Group Discussion Transcription

  • Strict verbatim
  • Intelligent verbatim
  • Edited transcripts
  • Humans only – NO automation
  • Human Transcription Onl

    Human Transcription Only

    No AI or Automation

  • Fast Track Service

    Fast Track Service

    from 4 hours

  • Industry Leader

    Industry Leader

    Established in 1993

Group Discussion Transcriptions

Group discussion transcription is one of our specialities and our level of quality has helped keep us at the top of the industry since 1993. We can provide strict verbatim, intelligent verbatim or edited transcripts of discussions with a fast turnaround time, using our standard transcription templates or your own specified one if required.

We’ve provided audio transcription services for groups and businesses of all sizes and types, in a wide range of different industries. Whether it’s a small or large group, our work will always be produced at the same exacting quality.

Focus Group Transcription Services

An essential part of market research, this is where a group (normally around 8-10 people) gather to discuss a product or service. Focus groups allow businesses and organisations to collect qualitative data and get customer insight into their products, services, and ideas. Participants discuss their thoughts and opinions with each other. It can help companies to make sure they are meeting customer needs. Here at McGowan Transcriptions, we provide a professional and accurate focus group transcription service so that you can gather more insights from your qualitative research.

With our focus group transcription services, we can guarantee your focus group transcript will be delivered on time, every time.

Group video transcription

We can provide high-quality transcripts of group video recordings, whether that’s for a focus group, a marketing video, or YouTube videos.

Panel discussion transcripts

Panel discussions commonly take place at conferences and seminars, where a group of people with specialist knowledge answer questions from the audience or a moderator. We offer highly professional transcripts of panel discussions – either for your own records, or so that knowledge from the panel discussion can be shared more widely online in newsletters and blog posts.

Podcast subtitling

Having transcripts of podcasts available is incredibly useful. They can be converted into subtitles or closed captions when podcasts are published online. Furthermore, the full transcript can be published alongside the audio to make the content more accessible to search engines. Excerpts of transcripts can also be published on blogs or emailed to followers.

Group legal transcription

We offer a 100% confidential service for group legal discussions, whether that’s for important meetings, interviews, arbitrations or hearings. We can provide highly precise, verbatim transcripts with fast delivery.

Conference transcripts

We can create professional transcripts of discussions and speeches at conferences and similar events.

Meeting Transcriptions

From important board meetings to creative team brainstorming sessions, having a record of what’s been said can be invaluable. We are able to create polished transcripts of vital workplace meetings.

How our digital audio transcription process works

Step 1

Upload Video or Audio Files
Upload Video or Audio Files

Choose your template and easily upload your files via web or email.

Step 2

Agree on Price
Agree on Price

If this is your first project we will confirm exact rate applicable via email.

Step 3

Receive your Files
Receive your Files

Delivered via email or downloadable via our secure portal.

The Benefits of Professional Group Discussion Transcription

Many businesses and groups take written minutes during a meeting; however, this is not always the best method for recording a group or panel discussion. Listening to audio recordings and writing at the same time can be challenging, and this means that important comments and details may be left out of the final minutes.

This is a problem when a verbatim record is required – for example, for focus groups it’s often useful to have a record of what was said to add context to the comments and so that detailed analysis can be carried out. Similarly, it’s essential that records of legal discussions are full and accurate, and they may also need to include further details such as tone of voice and body language.

Transcripts of podcasts, panel discussions, and group videos can also be very useful, especially when you are publishing online. Having full transcripts to accompany videos and podcasts makes the content much more accessible for audiences with hearing loss, and will also help to make your content more search engine friendly.

Recording a discussion and having it transcribed afterwards is therefore a very pragmatic decision. During the discussion itself you can focus on what’s being said, rather than taking notes. Afterwards, you can be confident that you’ll have a complete, accurate record to use.

Although you may be tempted to transcribe in-house, this can be far more time-consuming than you might expect. It takes skill, training, and experience to transcribe group discussions accurately. You have to identify different speakers accurately, and capture every word that’s said. It can take many rewinds for an inexperienced transcriptionist, and seemingly endless hours of work. The process may be made more complicated and time-consuming by factors like strong accents, unusual styles of speaking, interruptions, background noise, and poor audio quality.

By outsourcing your transcription work to us, you’ll be saving time and money so you can focus on the work that matters to you. You’ll also be guaranteed a high-quality result that meets your needs, and transcripts can be delivered in as little as 24 hours.

Polished Transcripts of Multiple Speakers

More than one speaker can be challenging and can take longer to transcribe. Our group transcription service team will always go the extra mile when transcribing lively group discussions, panel discussions, informal staff retreats, emotive team meetings, heated focus group debates or even exciting brainstorming sessions.

We will always rewind numerous times while transcribing to try to decipher that one word that is difficult to hear because several people are speaking at once. Then we go through the entire transcript afterwards in Quality Control to try to capture any unclear words because we want to make sure all recordings are transcribed perfectly and precisely. Our meticulous approach means we will always transcribe the speech of all participants – not just the loudest!

As well as transcribing a wide variety of audio formats, we can also work with video files.

We are happy to include additional, useful details such as time stamps to help you get the most from your transcript. For more information on the types of transcript templates we can provide, click here.

Contact us today to receive a quote for our audio transcription services and place an order for your transcript. Once you’re ready, simply upload your audio files to our secure server.

Below are just a few of our valued customers

Less Than 4 Hour Turnaround Available

See what our clients have to say about us

"Perfect. Good communication, reasonable price and quick turnaround. Really happy, thank you. " Customer • 30/06/2023
"A super swift and accurate transcription service for a medium scale research project that involved interviews and focus groups. Communication throughout the process was timely and clear and the transcription docs in MS Word format are perfect for me to begin my analysis. I would certainly use this service again and happy to recommend to others. " Jordan • 18/06/2023
"McGowan Transcriptions are excellent!! We have been using them for a couple of years now. They always deliver high quality transcriptions in a timely manner. Would highly recommend. " Mary Myatt Learning Ltd • 06/10/2022
"I have been using McGowan Transcriptions for interviews with approximately 80 people and they have provided an excellent service. They have formatted the interviews as requested, and the accuracy is superb. They are efficient with their turn around times and always deliver to deadline (usually ahead of it). Some of the quality of the interview recordings I did were poor, but they still managed to transcribe these so we were able to get some data. I would highly recommend this service, and will certainly continue to use them myself. If you want a quality job done, that is accurate and to time – this is the company you need to use! " Kate • 01/10/2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to transcribe a focus group?

It can take up to 4-9 hours to transcribe one hour of audio or video. The actual number depends on a variety of factors including how many speakers there are and the audio quality. A focus group discussion on university education would not be expected to take as long to document as, say, a focus group discussion about clinical trials for a new pharmaceutical drug. Medical terms, unfamiliar words, personalities all take longer to transcribe.

How do you transcribe a focus group?

When transcribing focus groups, we find intelligent verbatim is the best format for readability. It is also important to time stamp parts of the transcription where it is unclear or particularly hard to decipher (for example, if people are talking over one another). Transcribing focus groups is difficult and requires a lot of time, concentration and patience. Click here if you want to hire a professional focus group transcriptionist.

How do you analyse a focus group transcript?

Start by looking closely at the transcript and categorising what was discussed. Are there themes in the data? Any important quotes? Look for any significant findings that may include the most common responses and concerns, and consider how they might be utilised to help improve future programs, focus groups, services and policies, etc.

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