What Is an Online Survey, Anyway?

Above all, it’s nothing special! It’s just a web page that’s mainly made up of a form. There may also be some texts, pictures, and video along with it. The goal of this page—this survey—is to gather data, or you might say answers.

Examples of Online Surveys

Online surveys are generally used for quickly collecting feedback and other information from customers, employees, hospital patients, etc. That most often means:

  • Marketing research surveys
  • Customer satisfaction surveys
  • Surveys for evaluating a product or service
  • Surveys for students
  • Employee satisfaction surveys
  • Post-training surveys

How Do You Create an Online Survey?

There are many ways to create an online survey form. But here are three typical ways that people use in practice.

Word Processors

You can create a document with questions and entry fields using a word processor like MS Word or OpenOffice. You can save it as a web page, which you then have to publish at some web address (URL). Doing this only creates a passive web page with a form, which cannot collect any data. So it’s a bit of a mystery why some people do this, since a form like this doesn’t do anything. All that it’s good for is publishing for later printing and sharing.

Another way to use a form made in a text editor is to email that form and have people fill it out. But if you do this, you may be sorry you did. You’ll get back a mountain of files, one for every single answer, and you’ll have to open and evaluate them one by one.

This is a laborious, time-intensive solution that also demands experience with office software like Word, Write, Excel, etc.

Custom Solutions

Until recently this was the only way to have a true online survey. Here the survey is “hard-programmed” into a web form based on a sample you provide. After this, it is published, followed by the collecting of data (answers) into a text file.

This solution is functional, but inconvenient—you can’t normally edit the survey later, preview the results in pre-made graphs, etc.

Programming an online survey demands knowledge of basic scripting languages (PHP, ASP, etc.), many hours of work, and feature testing, and costs of hundreds of dollars or more.

It’s true that there are professionally produced customized surveys out there, including graphic designs and access to the evaluated data. But these are ten to a hundred times more expensive.

Online Survey Creation Tools

There’s no shortage of tools on the market today that let users create online forms. Some are convenient, some aren’t. These systems have several benefits. Creating a survey in them is easy, and they have templates you can use and automatic evaluations.

Every online survey system should be able to not only create a survey, but also distribute it, and above all collect answers and then show them in tables and graphs. You’ll also be a lot happier if you can add your survey to Facebook, your website, and your e-shop.

Online tools such as Survio.com make creating surveys and collecting data very easy and quick—and free.

Survio as the simplest tool for creating surveys

Creating online surveys in Survio is simply a snap, and it works like this:

  1. You sign in or register
  2. You pick a ready-made survey from our library
  3. You pick a graphical template

And you’re done!

We’ve designed the whole system to meet ordinary web users, and their knowledge, in the middle.  So with Survio, anyone can design and use their own online survey.

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