When we conduct research, we want to be able to choose the right path to get us the answers we need. There are two type of research tools you can use to gather information, a survey or an experiment. A marketing research survey is usually conducted by participants answering questions about a certain product or service. An experiment on the other hand is usually used to understand a consumer’s behavior. When conducting these experiments usually the administrator would study the everyday behavioral patterns of their potential target audience. If you need to figure out which research method is better for your research objective, the key is to find out whether your trying to find out a behavioral pattern or ask questions about a particular product. When it comes to the cosmetics industry for example, conducting a marketing research survey would help when you want to find out what properties in cosmetics are most important. An experiment would usually be once the target market walks into a store where do they usually walk towards first.