How to Create a Survey Online

Every organization needs feedback to improve. But creating a survey to get that data can seem hard. At SurveyKing, we make it simple!

The most important step is to know your objective. Why are you sending out a survey? What insights are you hoping to gain? What specific data do you need? Make sure to keep your survey concise and on track based on your objective.

The Keys to a Great Survey

Use Formatting:

Keep similar questions together to give your survey a logical and focused feel. Using multiple pages, page titles and instructions help people understand what you’re asking and why.

Don't cram all questions on one page. Spread your questions out over multiple pages so respondents do not feel overwhelmed.

Be Specific:

Create survey questions that explore one idea at a time to make sure your respondents can understand what you’re asking. Vague, general, multi-part questions can be confusing and tricky to answer.

Always Clarify:

Spell out everything that could be interpreted in more than one way. Do you want to know if someone is conservative? Make sure you specify whether you're talking about the way they dress, their politics, their preference in music, or their approach to life.

Be Brief:

The question text and number of questions should be held to a minimum to keep respondents motivated to complete your survey.

Be Relevant:

Make sure that respondents are focused by only showing them relevant questions. A great way to do this is by using skip logic to eliminate irrelevant questions. For example, if you have a set of questions pertaining to males and females, put those questions on different pages and use logic to only show the appropriate ones.

Avoid Matrix Questions When Not Necessary:

Avoid the matrix question type when possible. Presented with a matrix, respondents will typically focus on filling in the grid rather than paying careful attention to each question. This will impact the quality of your data.

Use Words for Ratings:

Use words rather than numbers when asking respondents to rate. When designing answer choices, use phrases such as "slightly satisfied" or "extremely satisfied" rather than numbers such as "2" or "4" to indicate rating. Answer choices with words are easier for people to understand.

The Importance of Being Brief

As mentioned above, from December of 2016 to September 2017, we asked over 30,000 of our survey respondents "What is the most important factor when taking a survey?". By far the most important factor was the length of the survey; the shorter the better. We asked one follow up question to those respondents who marked length as their most important factor. We found that over 60% of those respondents would exit the survey early!

From this, you can clearly see the length of a survey is directly correlated with response rates. The shorter your survey is, the higher your completion rate will be. The more responses you get, the more data you have to work with.

Get Help Designing Your Survey

Contact support and let us know what you need. We can help you write questions, generate ideas on a user friendly layout, and assist with sending your survey out.

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