What you’ll learn in this course

Anthropology meets market research in this fast-paced, crash-course on ethnography.  

No previous experience required: this is a beginner-level course.

Ethnography has been a niche market research methodology for decades, but with the recent increase in observational methods overall, its practice is rising. Instructor Ben Doepke will teach important concepts that will help you decide when to use ethnography (traditional or online), how to plan a project, and how to avoid some common errors.  

Please note this class focuses on ethnography; for in-depth interviewing, see our other classes Research Interviews 101 and Conducting Research Interviews.  

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe important concepts of ethnography 
  • Decide when ethnography is the right choice for your market research goals 
  • Weigh the pros and cons of traditional versus online ethnography (mobile ethnography) 
  • Plan an ethnographic project 
  • Avoid common pitfalls of ethnography

As a student, you get lots of helpful videos, readings and reference material.

Take a look inside the course

  • 1


    • Getting Ready to Rock!

    • Access Your Live Session Here

  • 2

    Ethnography for Customer Insights: An Introduction

    • Rockstar Pre-Reading

    • Lesson Plan

    • Ethnography for Customer Insights: An Introduction [Lecture]

    • Ethnography for Customer Insights: An Introduction [Slide Viewer]

    • Ethnography for Customer Insights: An Introduction [Slide File Download]

  • 3

    Bonus Resources

    • Recommended Reading & Viewing

  • 4


    • Your Rockstar Status Awaits: Final Assessment

  • 5

    Our Short Feedback Survey

    • Your candid feedback helps us improve

Meet Your Instructor

Ben Doepke

Principal at IX, Insight & Strategy

Ben Doepke has over 15 years of experience designing and conducting ethnographic research on behalf of companies including P&G, Starbucks, Pepsi, Kroger, Medtronic, and Gap. As principal of IX, a human-reverent strategy company that guides brands into uplifting the human condition he has established a framework for organizing and activating qualitative insight. His background includes cognitive psychology and advanced study in in-depth psychology, anthropology, sociology, and design.

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