Unless you are from Des Moines and are closely networked to the field of market research, there is a good chance you have never heard of a company called Quester®. In the business of market research for over 30 years, Quester may be small in size but their innovative techniques and proprietary technology for conducting qualitative market research makes them a leader in the industry. What started out as one man’s brilliant idea, which was quickly developed into a patented interviewing software, has now become a host of unique products that companies can use to gather both qualitative and quantitative data to help solve problems and improve sales.
Quester’s goal is to provide their clients not only with data on what their consumers want but they also analyze the data in a way that highlights the most prevalent themes and ideas. Their unique software doesn’t just ask questions, it has a conversation with the user utilizing psychiatric interviewing techniques and linguistic analytics. Clients are able to get insights into their business based not just on what people are saying but the way they say it and how often.
One of Quester’s latest big ideas is to provide clients their innovative probing technology on mobile devices. They partnered with Eki Communications® to integrate their software moderator in to Eki’s mobile research platform, known as Survelytics®. It allows the software-based interviewer to chat with the consumer via their smartphone so they can take surveys while shopping or using a product. Consumers not only provide their thoughts and ideas, but they can also share photos, video, or audio. Survelytics will allow researchers to get more in-depth, accurate information because users are sharing information while they are “in the moment” rather than trying to remember a past experience.
Along with their original OnDemand Platforms including Socrates® and Aristotle®, Quester also provides their clients with a variety of innovative products that each serve their own unique purpose. These include MomQuest, Consumer Syndicated Reports, Path to Purchase and much more.
RE/MAX PRIDE, INC is a leader in the real estate market in Southeast Iowa. They buy and sell all types of properties in Oskaloosa and the surrounding areas including Knoxville, Mahaska County, and even the Lake of the Ozarks. From commercial properties to residential homes, farmland, acreages, or a lakefront vacation property, home buyers can find it all at Re/Max Pride.
The team at Re/Max Pride not only prides themselves on being friendly and professional, they also strive every day to challenge themselves. Whether it’s in meeting a potential client, selling a home, or even their personal life, these Oskaloosa, Iowa real estate agents work to make each day, and each sale, better than the one before. Meet the team at RE/MAX PRIDE, INC.
John Carter is a broker and the owner of Re/Max Pride. He started in the real estate business in 1986 and prides himself in the unbeatable services he provides for his clients. He and his wife, Mary, have a son and daughter along with two grandchildren. John’s son, Jason Carter, is also a realtor in the family business. With graduate degrees from both ISU and Drake, Jason takes on the challenges of the real estate business with passion and excellent customer service skills.
Karen Converse and Julie Bechtel are also skilled realtors that are part of the Re/Max Pride team. Karen has been working with clients since 2008. She is also the owner of Pride Home Staging which allows her to provide professional staging techniques and services to help her clients sell their homes more quickly. Julie is new to the Re/Max Pride team and is excited to provide her knowledge of buying and selling real estate to the success of the business.
All of the realtors at RE/MAX PRIDE INC are licensed and participate in continuing education to keep their knowledge and skills current. They work together to make the buying and selling experience simple and enjoyable for their clients. So whether you are new to the Oskaloosa, IA area and are looking for a new home or property or need to sell your current property quickly and efficiently, contact one of these friendly and professional realtors today.
Attention all homeowners, business owners, or anyone in the market for a remodeling project. You won’t want to miss this event! The 2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes will be taking place in Des Moines on September 21 and 22. Back by popular demand, this is the 13th annual tour which is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines Remodelers Council. Whether one is ready to finish their basement, upgrade their kitchen, or simply want a facelift for the home’s exterior, the Tour of Remodeled Homes will gives consumers a chance to acquire some ideas and get a feel for the newest trends in remodeling.
While on the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to view 13 professionally remodeled homes across the Des Moines area including Ankeny, West Des Moines, Waukee, and Urbandale. These homes vary in age, price range, and style so attendees are sure to see finishes that fit their budget and taste. All of the remodeling projects have been completed by top professional remodelers in Des Moines who use the latest technologies, products, and finishes. As members of the Remodelers Council, these contractors are dedicated to providing the best quality construction and professional customer service available in Des Moines.
Tickets for the 2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes are $10 and can be purchased at any of the thirteen homes on the tour. Interested parties can simply choose the home that is most conveniently located for them to purchase tickets and begin there. A map is provided along with addresses and directions to each home. Visit them all or pick a few that look most interesting. The tour begins at 10:00 AM each day and runs until 6:00 PM. Visit www.RemodelDesMoines.com for more information or view the video below to learn more.
Gone are the days when the mention of the state of Iowa invoked images of barns, cows, and corn fields. Over the last 5 years Iowa has had the opportunity to become home to several well-known, technology- based companies, allowing it to grow as a recognized technology hub. All of this growth started in 2008 when Microsoft selected West Des Moines as the site for their newest data center.
By 2012, the Microsoft Data Center was completed and opened for business. Like most large scale business projects they had their share of obstacles, including dealing with the heat and humidity of an Iowa summer, but were able to complete 2 phases of the project to build a more than $200 million facility. The data center not only uses state of the art technology for online services and IT, but has also been designed with advanced technology in building and cooling systems.
Along with the Data Center, built on 42 acres of land in West Des Moines, Microsoft also houses administrative offices in downtown Des Moines. Relocating to this facility in 2012 gave them 6,300 square feet of space that is open and bright. The company wanted to encourage collaboration and openness among employees for sharing ideas and making business advancements.
With the building of Microsoft’s data center, Iowa has started well on its way to becoming a focal point for data centers in the Midwest. In addition, Iowa is also home to Google’s data center in Council Bluffs and will also soon be home to Facebook’s newest data center to be located in Altoona. According to a recent article on the Des Moines Register’s blog, West Des Moines could soon become home to another $140 million data center. Known as Project Mountain, it has not yet been officially approved but could be solidified by the end of the month, depending on financial incentives from the city and state. The building of these facilities not only gains recognition for the state of Iowa but brings jobs and a boost to Iowa’s economy as well.
A small town, a suburb as most would call it, just to the east of Des Moines is growing with leaps and bounds thanks to its recent acquisition of several new businesses and companies. Altoona, IA – which to many used to only be known as the location of Adventureland, Iowa’s beloved amusement park – has grown significantly over the past few years. First it became home to the outdoor megastore, Bass Pro Shops. Now it is moving into the technology market by welcoming Facebook and a nearly $300 million project.
Altoona will soon become home to the third of Facebook’s data centers in the country. This giant center will hold the custom designed servers that aide in connecting Facebook’s billions of users on a daily basis. Located on 200 acres, the project includes a 476,000 square foot building that will be using the latest technology in energy efficiency as well as the latest technology in server designs. Altoona had to compete with several other locations, including neighboring Nebraska, to secure the project. It will now be joining North Carolina and Oregon who house similar data center.
The residents of Altoona and of the state of Iowa are not only excited to say they will be home to Facebook, but are also eager to bring hundreds of new jobs to the state. The data center will require numerous construction jobs and will then employ more than 30 full-time operations jobs. Along with an approved $18 million in tax benefits the new center will also receive local incentives from the city of Altoona. Both the governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad and mayor of Altoona, Skip Conkling are excited for the opportunities this new endeavor will bring to both the city and the state. They hope it will also get Iowa recognition as a leader in technology in the Midwest.