Here are some great ways to automatically send out your survey, thank and follow up with respondents, analyze your data, and make your survey fit into your workflow. You may be able to do some of these things with your app itself. For everything else, use Zapier, an automation tool that works with hundreds of apps, including many of the survey tools in this roundup.
2. Distribution. Once a questionnaire is complete, it is ready to be let out into the world or at least into the small part of it you wish to survey. At the very least, all packages will provide a web link that can be posted on a website or social media. Some packages will go the extra step by providing direct links into a range of social media networks, and some will include integrated contact managers and email campaign trackers. While this can make it easier to track how particular respondents answered in a non-anonymous survey, many offerings will require extra payment once an email list gets too large, whereas generic links can be shared with no respondent limit.
Although very little data are available for this work-at-home job since it is relatively new, thousands of listings for social media managers can be found on sites like CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com, and Upwork.com. If you have a demonstrated command of social media and a sizable following, you might even be able to get started by reaching out to companies directly and asking if they need help.
When explicitly offered the economy as a response, more than half of respondents (58%) chose this answer; only 35% of those who responded to the open-ended version volunteered the economy. Moreover, among those asked the closed-ended version, fewer than one-in-ten (8%) provided a response other than the five they were read; by contrast fully 43% of those asked the open-ended version provided a response not listed in the closed-ended version of the question. All of the other issues were chosen at least slightly more often when explicitly offered in the closed-ended version than in the open-ended version. (Also see “High Marks for the Campaign, a High Bar for Obama” for more information.)
Now that you've learned the basics you need to build a survey and have found a survey app to use, you're all ready to create an amazing survey and gather the data you've been needing. But what will you do with all that data? That's what Chapter 8 is for. It's an in-depth guide to optimizing your survey and turning your data into meaningful graphs—complete with template spreadsheets to help you easily analyze your survey data.
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The Once a Month Meals team uses Zapier's Google Sheets integration for just that. Whenever their SurveyMonkey applicant survey is filled out with, their Zap copies the survey data into different worksheets in the spreadsheet based on types of meals the applicant can cook. Their team can then find cooks for each type of menu just by opening the correct sheet.
When you're planning an event and need people to RSVP, you might first think of using a more flexible form builder to make a signup form. SurveyMethods, though, thinks a survey is the perfect thing for the job. With its "Event Registration" surveys, you can schedule an event, get information from your contacts about their thoughts on the event (what food they'd like, location suggestions, and more), then close the survey with a calendar invite and email confirmation to make sure everyone remembers to come and you know who's coming.
You can have as many surveys as you want running at one time, with no response limit. SurveyGizmo also does a great job of pulling an overall report. It will autopopulate averages and standard deviations for each question, while still letting you download your responses for a deeper dive. The data is never removed from your account, so you can go back and review old surveys as needed.
Define the research question: This is critically important to the success of a survey research project. Without a clearly defined question, it is difficult to determine the best approach for conducting the survey. For example, based on the research question, are the needed data exploratory, descriptive, or causal? The answer to this basic question has huge implications for the entire research process, yet it is often not directly addressed.