When you start getting a lot of traffic to your site, one of the things worth doing is to get to know your readers a little better. You can leave comments on their blogs, you can follow them socially or you can also create your own survey to find out more about them. Here’s how you can do it with SurveyMonkey for free.
What Is SurveyMonkey?
SurveyMonkey is an online software company founded by Ryan Finley back in 1999. It provides basic survey creation tools for small businesses to advanced data collection and management for large enterprises. Even big brands like Samsung and Virgin America have used the program to find out what’s important for their consumers.
How to Create Your Own Survey for Free?
If you haven’t created a survey before, these 5 simple steps will walk you through the process.
Step #1 – Why Conduct a Survey?
Before getting started, you need to find out why you want to conduct a survey in the first place. The behavior of a niche can be reflected in a survey. If you are searching for information to write a good blog post, raise funds for campaigns or simply to create brand awareness, survey response can guide you in the right marketing direction.
Therefore, take some time to think about your goals and what you wish to achieve with your questionnaires.
Step #2 – Create a Survey
To get started, you need to sign up for an account with SurveyMonkey. Following that, there are two ways you can go about creating a survey 1) Design your own or 2) Import from ready made templates from a variety of niche categories as shown below.
Create an appropriate title for the survey before you proceed to the questionnaires.
Step #3 – Design the Questions
If you’ve participated in surveys before, you’ve probably seen different types of questions such as multiple choice to commenting format. SurveyMonkey offers a variety of question designs which can be easily added with just a simple drag-and-drop action. Within each design, you can create your own or edit the templates to your desired questions and answers style.
For example, this is a multiple choice question that I’ve just added into my survey. All I need to do is to customize it using the available editing tools.
Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the question bank that offers a variety of generic questions pertaining to certain categories. These questions are modifiable and they will be able to give you some ideas on how to create a more engaging survey.
Step #4 – Collect the Response
The next step is to send out the survey to collect responses from your readers. You can do this offline by manual data entry or online via email notification, posting on social media and displaying it directly on your website.
For example, to embed it on your WordPress website, you just need to copy the generated HTML code and paste it in the HTML editor. The survey will be made available to your readers immediately. By the way, I have designed a survey JUST FOR YOU, so please stay with me till the end of this article 🙂
Step #5 – Analyze the Results
Now, you just have to wait for the survey results to trickle in via different collecting channels. The data will be compiled automatically and displayed in charts and summaries for easy understanding.
How Much Does SurveyMonkey Cost?
As mentioned before, SurveyMonkey can be used for startups and large enterprises. So if you are on a budget, you can actually use it for free, but you are only limited to 10 questions and 100 responses per survey. If you want unlimited questions and responses or gain access to more advanced tools, you can choose from any of the three pricing plans;
- Select Plan – $17/month
- Gold Plan – $190/year
- Platinum Plan – $540/year
Let’s Hear What Others Say…
The software is very simple to use with a lot of handy features.
It is easily accessible online.
And works well on mobile devices too.
Even with the basic plan, you can get favorable results for your survey.
Quite an impressive tool, don’t you think? 🙂
So, Is SurveyMonkey Worthy of Your Time?
You are probably thinking – “Who has got the time to do surveys these days?!”. Well, they would if you know what type of questions to ask. Since SurveyMonkey allows you to create your own survey for free, it’s definitely worthy of your time to use this tool to understand your readers a little better. Don’t you think so?
On a personal note, ever since I created my Time Freedom website, I have been curious to know how my readers perceive their own time investment. In this era of advanced technology where things are moving so quickly, I wonder if people actually slow down to think about their needs and their future.
Therefore, I have created a simple survey with regards to YOUR time and future. These are simple questions; more like the stuff that you would talk about with a good friend. Hopefully, it would open up some ideas – for you and me – that have been dormant for a while. If not, it’s always nice to remind ourselves that what we do with our time today, is very important for what we choose to do for tomorrow.
Do you have any thoughts or questions about creating a survey? Please leave your comments below and I’ll get back to you.