Focus Group digital transcription means transcribing group discussions. These discussions can relate to any topic, and usually aim at some particular achievement. For instance, the HR recruitment process in a company involves screening the candidates after looking at their resumes, and then through personal interviews. When there are multiple applications for a particular vacancy, HR prefers group discussions to select the final candidates.
One of the areas where focus group digital transcription is fundamental is it helps to assess the discussion between these candidates. There are several other fields and companies where focus group digital transcription helps in many ways. Some of the places where this type of transcription is required are training companies, market research companies, NGOs or non-profit organizations, teleconference groups, universities for their academic research and market consultancy companies.
Technological advancement has led companies to conduct online discussions instead of spending too much on travel expenses and other logistics. By a web-based discussion, companies enable more people to get involved in the discussion and thus, a much larger group discussion is possible. This is particularly applicable to market research firms who conduct routine surveys on vast consumer groups to instill reaction and reactions for their launched or upcoming products. Transcribing dictation from the audio or digital recording of these discussions and surveys from helps the researchers to analyze and then make their inferences and conclusions.
If you are transcribing a focus group, you must have a very high quality recording because there are many people discussing and there may be moments when they are talking at the same time. It is always better if the issues to be discussed are shared with the transcriber before the discussion takes place, because it helps to get good quality transcripts. When online discussions are held, the members are instructed on how to log on to the discussion. They are asked to log on to the web at a definite time and then the entire discussion is recorded. The recording may be in a digital format like MP3, WAV, WMA, MP4, Mpeg and many others. These audio files are uploaded on to a file server. They are sent through mail to the transcriber for the audio files to be converted into a notes form.
In addition to the transcript of the entire meeting, many online digital transcription service providers offer profile of the group discussion participants along with the minutes of the discussion. Experienced transcriptionists can give well-crafted summaries to the discussion because they listen to the discussion with attention to every detail. These inputs from the transcriptionist help companies assess the projects better with added angles and perspectives.