31 Jan

The Expat Survey: Participate for your chance to win £1,000

The current Expat Survey research programme closes on 31 January 2014.

It’s not too late to get involved in the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. Wherever you have relocated to in the world and whatever you are doing now, if you haven’t already joined in, The Expat Survey still really wants to hear from you before the 2013 programme finally closes at the end of this month.

There are three surveys in the programme – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’. All live links can be found on the homepage at www.theexpatsurvey.com. When you complete all three parts you will automatically be entered into the free prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish.

Your opinion really matters to the research team. Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge your views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites you to tell them about your experiences on life abroad.

Expat trends

Led by the ex-head of research from BBC World, the specialist research team is independent and has received responses from more than 100 countries so far.

“We have been thrilled with the response from expatriates from all walks of life around the globe who have shared their stories with us. It has been a truly engaging experience for the team and has provided us with unique insight enabling us to establish a very in-depth understanding of those residing in a foreign country,” said Emma Wood, Project Director.

“In a world of rapid globalisation where physical and virtual boundaries no longer exist due to growing freedom of movement and technology, it is essential to interpret and comprehend these dynamics. What motivates relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expatriates face? What do they expect from those that service them? How do they communicate and what do they respond to? Our aim has been to really zoom in and examine all of these elements.”

Emerging highlights show a broad spectrum of online shopping behaviour. Some 69 percent of expats have purchased multiple travel tickets via the internet in the last 6 months, versus just 12 percent on groceries and essentials; as they opt to shop locally to engage in their adopted communities and eat native produce when not on the move.

Analysis of spending habits has revealed some fast growing online trends when it comes to expatriates making purchases from .com stores outside their country of residence. Around 55 percent bought books, CDs and DVDs online in the second half of last year. Some 78 percent spent up to £100 on shoes, with 66 percent treating themselves to clothes up to £100 every month.

Almost 70 percent of respondents have made it clear that delivery charges are an important consideration when shopping online, with 42 percent making arrangements with friends and family to take goods out to them on their next visit.

Amazingly and despite the growing volume and nature of currency exchange specialists 72 percent still transfer their money via their bank.

“On behalf of the team I would like to convey our gratitude to the many thousands that have joined in so far. What the programme has really demonstrated to us is that it isn’t just about percentages and statistics, but about getting to the heart of what, when and particularly why”, said Emma Wood.

The Expat Survey does not share any personal information with third parties and has no links with Governments.

To participate in the programme please visit www.theexpatsurvey.com as soon as possible.

30 Jan

The Latest News on The Expat Survey 2013

Don’t miss your chance to WIN £1,000
The current Expat Survey research programme closes on 31st January 2014.

It’s not too late to get involved in the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. Wherever you have relocated to in the world and whatever you are doing now, if you haven’t already joined in, The Expat Survey still really wants to hear from you before the 2013 programme finally closes at the end of this month.

There are three surveys in the programme – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’. All live links can be found on the homepage at www.theexpatsurvey.com and when you complete all three parts you will automatically be entered into its free prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish.

Your opinion really matters to the research team. Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge your views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites you to tell them about your experiences on life abroad.

Led by the ex-head of research from BBC World, the specialist research team is independent and has received responses from more than 100 countries so far.

“We have been thrilled with the response from expatriates from all walks of life around the globe who have shared their stories with us. It has been a truly engaging experience for the team and has provided us with unique insight enabling us to establish a very in-depth understanding of those residing in a foreign country” said Emma Wood, Project Director.

“In a world of rapid globalisation where physical and virtual boundaries no longer exist due to growing freedom of movement and technology, it is essential to interpret and comprehend these dynamics. What motivates relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expatriates face? What do they expect from those that service them? How do they communicate and what do they respond to? Our aim has been to really zoom in and examine all of these elements.”

Emerging highlights show a broad spectrum of online shopping behaviour. 69% of expats have purchased multiple travel tickets via the internet in the last 6 months, versus just 12% on groceries and essentials; as they opt to shop locally to engage in their adopted communities and eat native produce when not on the move.

Analysis of spending habits has revealed some fast growing online trends when it comes to expatriates making purchases from .com stores outside their country of residence. 55% bought books, CDs and DVDs online in the second half of last year. 78% spent up to £100 on shoes, with 66% treating themselves to clothes up to £100 every month.

Almost 70% of respondents have made it clear that delivery charges are an important consideration when shopping online, with 42% making arrangements with friends and family to take goods out to them on their next visit.

Amazingly and despite the growing volume and nature of currency exchange specialists 72% still transfer their money via their bank.

“On behalf of the team I would like to convey our gratitude to the many thousands that have joined in so far. What the programme has really demonstrated to us is that it isn’t just about percentages and statistics, but about getting to the heart of what, when and particularly why”, said Emma Wood.

The Expat Survey does not share any personal information with third parties and has no links with Governments. To participate in the programme please visit www.theexpatsurvey.com as soon as possible.

This press release was issued by:
Max Media International, 1 Cobden Court, Wimpole Close, Bromley BR2 9JF United Kingdom
For all enquiries in relation to this articles please contact:
Mark Edwards – Media Director
[email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8464 5593

28 Jan

Last November we told you about an interesting new global study by London-based Max Media International in our AVA blog “New Survey Says Most Expats Will Remain Expats.” Well, the study rolls on and is continuing to produce interesting insights about living life abroad.

Based on over 5,000 responses from expats in 110 countries, the “Migration and Lifestyle” study is the first in a series of three surveys that will be conducted annually. “Retail and Finance” and “Travel and Health” studies are still live on the company’s website for expat participation.

Max Media tells us that it is still not too late to get involved in what they call the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. But hurry, the study closes on February 1, 2014.

“The purpose of launching these annual expat surveys is to get detailed insights from those outside their country of origin,” Managing Director Stuart Smith told us recently. “Our initial survey examined where expats live and are moving, why they are expats, when they became expats and their lives now in their new communities. The survey takes about 20 minutes, but we have had respondents take up to 50 minutes to tell us about what they like and dislike about their adopted homes. Apparently, many had strong opinions on that subject.”

Max Media also wants to know: What motivates expat relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expats face? What do expats expect from those that provide them with services? How do expats communicate and what do they respond to?

Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge expat views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites expats to share their experiences abroad.

So far, the study has revealed that 70 percent of expats say they intend to remain living outside their country of origin, suggesting that most expats will remain expats. An additional 22 percent say they are considering moving to another country. And, 72 percent of expats transfer their money via their banks.

We’ll be interviewing Project Director Emma Wood in February when all the juicy details are revealed. Stay tuned. www.theexpatsurvey.com

24 Jan

The Latest News on The Expat Survey 2013

Don’t miss your chance to WIN £1,000
The current Expat Survey research programme closes on 31st January

It’s not too late to get involved in the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. Wherever you have relocated to in the world and whatever you are doing now, if you haven’t already joined in, The Expat Survey still really wants to hear from you before the 2013 programme finally closes at the end of this month.

There are three surveys in the programme – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’. All live links can be found on the homepage at www.theexpatsurvey.com and when you complete all three parts you will automatically be entered into its free prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish.

Your opinion really matters to the research team. Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge your views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites you to tell them about your experiences on life abroad.

Led by the ex-head of research from BBC World, the specialist research team is independent and has received responses from more than 100 countries so far.

“We have been thrilled with the response from expatriates from all walks of life around the globe who have shared their stories with us. It has been a truly engaging experience for the team and has provided us with unique insight enabling us to establish a very in-depth understanding of those residing in a foreign country” said Emma Wood, Project Director.

“In a world of rapid globalisation where physical and virtual boundaries no longer exist due to growing freedom of movement and technology, it is essential to interpret and comprehend these dynamics. What motivates relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expatriates face? What do they expect from those that service them? How do they communicate and what do they respond to? Our aim has been to really zoom in and examine all of these elements.”

Emerging highlights show a broad spectrum of online shopping behaviour. 69% of expats have purchased multiple travel tickets via the internet in the last 6 months, versus just 12% on groceries and essentials; as they opt to shop locally to engage in their adopted communities and eat native produce when not on the move.

Analysis of spending habits has revealed some fast growing online trends when it comes to expatriates making purchases from .com stores outside their country of residence. 55% bought books, CDs and DVDs online in the second half of last year. 78% spent up to £100 on shoes, with 66% treating themselves to clothes up to £100 every month.

Almost 70% of respondents have made it clear that delivery charges are an important consideration when shopping online, with 42% making arrangements with friends and family to take goods out to them on their next visit.

Amazingly and despite the growing volume and nature of currency exchange specialists 72% still transfer their money via their bank.

“On behalf of the team I would like to convey our gratitude to the many thousands that have joined in so far. What the programme has really demonstrated to us is that it isn’t just about percentages and statistics, but about getting to the heart of what, when and particularly why”, said Emma Wood.

The Expat Survey does not share any personal information with third parties and has no links with Governments. To participate in the programme please visit www.theexpatsurvey.com as soon as possible.

This press release was issued by:
Max Media International, 1 Cobden Court, Wimpole Close, Bromley BR2 9JF United Kingdom
For all enquiries in relation to this articles please contact:
Mark Edwards – Media Director
[email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8464 5593

21 Jan

Get Involved in the Expat Survey 2013 and Stand a Chance to Win Money

It’s not too late to get involved in the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. Wherever you have relocated to in the world and whatever you are doing now, if you haven’t already joined in, The Expat Survey still really wants to hear from you before the 2013 programme finally closes at the end of this month.

There are three surveys in the programme – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’. All live links can be found on the homepage at www.theexpatsurvey.com and when you complete all three parts you will automatically be entered into its free prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish.

Your opinion really matters to the research team. Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge your views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites you to tell them about your experiences on life abroad.

Led by the ex-head of research from BBC World, the specialist research team is independent and has received responses from more than 100 countries so far.

“We have been thrilled with the response from expatriates from all walks of life around the globe who have shared their stories with us. It has been a truly engaging experience for the team and has provided us with unique insight enabling us to establish a very in-depth understanding of those residing in a foreign country” said Emma Wood, Project Director.

“In a world of rapid globalisation where physical and virtual boundaries no longer exist due to growing freedom of movement and technology, it is essential to interpret and comprehend these dynamics. What motivates relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expatriates face? What do they expect from those that service them? How do they communicate and what do they respond to? Our aim has been to really zoom in and examine all of these elements.”

Emerging highlights show a broad spectrum of online shopping behaviour. 69% of expats have purchased multiple travel tickets via the internet in the last 6 months, versus just 12% on groceries and essentials; as they opt to shop locally to engage in their adopted communities and eat native produce when not on the move.

Analysis of spending habits has revealed some fast growing online trends when it comes to expatriates making purchases from .com stores outside their country of residence. 55% bought books, CDs and DVDs online in the second half of last year. 78% spent up to £100 on shoes, with 66% treating themselves to clothes up to £100 every month.

Almost 70% of respondents have made it clear that delivery charges are an important consideration when shopping online, with 42% making arrangements with friends and family to take goods out to them on their next visit.

Amazingly and despite the growing volume and nature of currency exchange specialists 72% still transfer their money via their bank.

“On behalf of the team I would like to convey our gratitude to the many thousands that have joined in so far. What the programme has really demonstrated to us is that it isn’t just about percentages and statistics, but about getting to the heart of what, when and particularly why”, said Emma Wood.

The Expat Survey does not share any personal information with third parties and has no links with Governments. To participate in the programme please visit www.theexpatsurvey.com as soon as possible.

20 Jan

Latest News from The Expat Survey – 15th January 2014

Don’t miss your chance to WIN £1,000
The current Expat Survey research programme closes on 31st January.

It’s not too late to get involved in the largest international research study of those living outside their country of origin. Wherever you have relocated to in the world and whatever you are doing now, if you haven’t already joined in, The Expat Survey still really wants to hear from you before the 2013 programme finally closes at the end of this month.

There are three surveys in the programme – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’. All live links can be found on the homepage at www.theexpatsurvey.com and when you complete all three parts you will automatically be entered into its free prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish.

Your opinion really matters to the research team. Each questionnaire has been designed to not only gauge your views on popular lifestyle and consumer topics, but also invites you to tell them about your experiences on life abroad.

Led by the ex-head of research from BBC World, the specialist research team is independent and has received responses from more than 100 countries so far.
“We have been thrilled with the response from expatriates from all walks of life around the globe who have shared their stories with us. It has been a truly engaging experience for the team and has provided us with unique insight enabling us to establish a very in-depth understanding of those residing in a foreign country” said Emma Wood, Project Director.
“In a world of rapid globalisation where physical and virtual boundaries no longer exist due to growing freedom of movement and technology, it is essential to interpret and comprehend these dynamics. What motivates relocation in different parts of the world? What challenges do expatriates face? What do they expect from those that service them? How do they communicate and what do they respond to? Our aim has been to really zoom in and examine all of these elements.”

Emerging highlights show a broad spectrum of online shopping behaviour. 69% of expats have purchased multiple travel tickets via the internet in the last 6 months, versus just 12% on groceries and essentials; as they opt to shop locally to engage in their adopted communities and eat native produce when not on the move.

Analysis of spending habits has revealed some fast growing online trends when it comes to expatriates making purchases from .com stores outside their country of residence. 55% bought books, CDs and DVDs online in the second half of last year. 78% spent up to £100 on shoes, with 66% treating themselves to clothes up to £100 every month.

Almost 70% of respondents have made it clear that delivery charges are an important consideration when shopping online, with 42% making arrangements with friends and family to take goods out to them on their next visit.

Amazingly and despite the growing volume and nature of currency exchange specialists 72% still transfer their money via their bank.
“On behalf of the team I would like to convey our gratitude to the many thousands that have joined in so far. What the programme has really demonstrated to us is that it isn’t just about percentages and statistics, but about getting to the heart of what, when and particularly why”, said Emma Wood.

The Expat Survey does not share any personal information with third parties and has no links with Governments. To participate in the programme please visit www.theexpatsurvey.com as soon as possible.

This press release was issued by:
Max Media International, 1 Cobden Court, Wimpole Close, Bromley BR2 9JF United Kingdom
For all enquiries in relation to this articles please contact:
Mark Edwards – Media Director
[email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8464 5593

17 Jan

New Survey Says Most Expats Will Remain Expats

A new survey by London-based Max Media International finds that over 70 percent of expats say they intend to remain living outside their country of origin, suggesting that most expats will remain expats. An additional 22 percent say they are considering moving to another country.

Based on over 5,000 responses from expats in 110 countries, the “Migration and Lifestyle” study is the first in a series of three surveys that will be conducted annually. “Retail and Finance” and “Travel and Health” studies are live on the company’s website for expat participation.

We chatted briefly with Max Media’s Managing Director Stuart Smith about the studies.

“The purpose of launching these annual expat surveys is to get detailed insights from those outside their country of origin,” Smith Said. “Our initial survey examined where expats live and are moving, why they are expats, when they became expats and their lives now in their new communities. The survey takes about 20 minutes, but we had respondents take up to 50 minutes to tell us about what they like and dislike about their adopted homes. Apparently, many had strong opinions on that subject.”

Although respondents included both corporate movers and self-movers, one of the key findings from the study shows a high level of frustration among women involved in corporate moves, particularly those with children. The stress of corporate relocation can be not only a career-breaker, but a marriage-breaker as well, according to the study. Having a corporate relocation specialist to work with appears not to have helped in many cases. Respondents often accused them of not understanding and meeting their needs.

South Korea receives top marks as a relocation facilitator and integrator, while China and Japan get a thumbs-down for difficulty in getting a work permit.

Smith says he will provide us with a complete executive summary of the “Migration and Lifestyle” study when it is completed in the near future. We will bring you all of those insights in a future article.

Stay tuned.

16 Jan

The Expat Survey – Is An Expat’s Grass Greener?

iWorld Research has announced a third category in its expat survey, a survey they believe will answer the question, ‘Is the grass greener on the other side?’.

The ‘other side’ they are referring to is the place thousands of people move to when they take the leap to go overseas – away from their home ‘side’ and onto the ‘greener’ expat one.

The Expat Survey launched last year with two parts: ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ and ‘Retail & Finance’ – they are now joined by ‘Travel & Health’.

All three surveys are live and open for expats to contribute to until the closing date of 31 January 2014. Click here to take part.

On completion of all three surveys expats will be entered into a £1,000 prize draw (or euros or dollars calculated on bank exchange rate as at the closing date of 31st January 2014) or they can opt to donate the prize to charity.