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Survey & Forms Building Tools Overview

What is Survey & Forms Building?

An online survey is a questionnaire that people can complete over the Internet.


Online surveys are typically created as Web forms. Answers are then stored in a database. Statistical software can provide analytics based on the answers.


Survey tools let users create and distribute surveys. From there, users can collect, report and analyze survey responses. Some survey tools act as comprehensive research platforms. These tools include advanced analytics and crowdsourcing for responses. Other survey and forms building tools focus on the survey creation and response. Users can then use other resources (like Excel) to complete the review process.

Survey Tools Features & Capabilities

Survey Format

Most survey tools support the creation of online surveys. Some tools also support paper surveys with a ‘print’ option. Advanced survey tools include the creation and deployment of phone surveys. All formats include a collection mechanism for response data. Survey tools usually offer a method for manually entering response data.

Survey Appearance

Designing the look and feel of a survey is central to all survey tools. Most tools include survey templates with layouts and themes to choose from. Often, more flexibility in appearance is available for a higher price. Free tools typically include the vendor’s logo on the survey. This interferes with company branding. Custom branding is a priority for many business use cases.

Survey Content

The most important features for survey content include three areas: Question types, question design, and survey flow.

Survey Questions

For question types, complex survey tools usually include a broader range than simpler tools.


Survey question types to consider include:

  1. Multiple choice

  2. Checkboxes

  3. Sliding scale

  4. Ratings

  5. Matrix questions

  6. Open-ended free response

Survey Design

Users often say that question design is a very difficult aspect of using survey tools successfully. Some tools include educational material for research design. This material includes tips, recommendations and best practices.

Survey Flow

Beyond question type and design is the survey flow. This is the order of the questions within a survey. Complex survey tools allow custom question pathways. This creates a more relevant survey based on respondents demographic information and previous answers.

Survey Logic

Survey logic features allow users to set up custom question pathways. This helps users segment respondents in analysis. It also personalizes surveys based on contextual information from the respondent. Examples of survey logic include:

  • Conditional questions

  • Question branching

  • Randomization

  • Question piping

Different tools support different types of logic and to varying levels of complexity.

Analytics & Reporting

Most survey tools include basic results reporting capabilities. This means reviewing and assessing answers upon survey completion. Many tools also include reporting on respondent demographics.

Some tools have more advanced built-in analytics. Others are meant to be used alongside another product, like Excel or SPSS. In these cases, data export capabilities and integrations are important. Be aware that some vendors charge more for data export.

Integrations

Some survey tools can be integrated with related tools. Depending on the use case, these integrations include:

  • CRM systems

  • Social media platforms

  • E-commerce tools

  • Email marketing tools

Some tools can also be embedded on a company website for customer feedback.

Automation

Some survey tools offer a handful of automation features, including:
  • Notifications and alerts (triggered by responses or opt-outs)

  • Scheduling for survey publication and closure

  • Follow-up emails to respondents

Admin & Security

Survey administration and security features are important for larger organizations and studies. Admin and security features allow users to:

  • Manage multiple users and use roles

  • Maintain survey ownership

  • Manage response data permissions

Some survey tools even support data compliance standards, such as HIPPA.

Survey Distribution

Most survey tools enable survey distribution via email. This can be through the tool or via the user’s personal email account. Other tools have cross-channel distribution. The capability allows distribution and tracking via social media or a company website.


In the interest of branding, many tools offer custom URLs for survey distribution. Another distribution feature is anonymous response collection and respondent restrictions. This allows users to set controls related to audience demographics.


In some use cases, there is no pre-existing contact pool. Some vendors offer paid crowdsourcing options, giving users access to an audience or panel of respondents.

Free Online Survey Tools

Many survey tools have free offerings. Examples include:

Some free tools allow surveys with unlimited questions and responses. More often, price scales with survey size. Paid versions add capabilities, including:

  • Survey logic

  • Data exportability

  • Reporting & Analytics

  • Custom logos/branding

  • Question types

Users tend to recommend free tools for smaller-scale surveys. However, free tools do not work for every use case. Some free tools have better aesthetics, but others offer more detailed reports. Selecting a free survey tool depends, to some extent, on your priorities.

Survey Research Use Cases

There are several different research use cases for surveys. The three most common include:


  • Customer satisfaction surveys

  • Employee feedback surveys (360 Degree feedback)

  • Research studies

Some vendors offer different versions to cover these different survey types.

Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Customer satisfaction surveys are used to collect information about a customer’s experience. The goal is typically quality assurance or suggestions for new product developments. Surveys are usually distributed via email to customer contacts. Another option is to embed the survey as an intercept popup on a website. Visitors and customers can complete the survey directly.

Employee Engagement & Feedback

Employee feedback surveys collect information about employee performance, engagement and satisfaction. They are most often completed anonymously. The process is sometimes called 360 Degree feedback. This is because the survey population is all people working in a company.

Research Studies

Research studies are usually larger scale surveys. Users can analyze survey responses within the context of respondents’ demographic information. Research surveys are used by marketing researchers and academic institutions. Important features include analytics, survey logic and privacy of information. Some survey tools have dedicated versions to this type of use case.

Pricing Information

Survey tools are usually priced by the number of respondents and analytics capabilities in a subscription model. At the basic level, survey tools can be completely free. This works for smaller audiences and small-scale surveys. Paid survey platforms start at around $15/mo. for up to 1,000 respondents and basic reporting. Pricing can run up to a few hundred dollars monthly. This level typically includes integrations, analytics, and thousands of respondents.


Survey & Forms Building Products

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Appsmith

Appsmith is an open source framework to build admin panels, CRUD apps and workflows.

SmartSurvey

With the SmartSurvey SaaS platform, users can capture, analyse and report virtually any type of data via an online survey service. SmartSurvey allows users to directly reach the people whose opinions matter the most – clients, partners, patients, students and suppliers. SmartSurvey…

Ungapped

Ungapped is a platform for email marketing, invitations, surveys, signup forms, and text messages. Users can create mailings, newsletters and invitations. This solution includes ready to use templates, and has a drag and drop editing tool. The survey tool allows users to produce…

Pabbly Plus

Pabbly is an software solution for online forms, subscription billing and email marketing solution, from Magnet Brains in Bhopal. Pabbly Plus is an all-in-one package that combines Pabbly's individual capabilities into a single product.

iPerceptions

iPerceptions is a global leader in Voice of the Customer and audience solutions that are designed to help the world's most respected brands become customer-centric organizations. iPerceptions’ Enterprise-Class Customer Analytics platform collects, analyzes and predicts customer feedback…

Kantar Marketplace (formerly Lightspeed Research)

Kantar Marketplace (formerly Lightspeed Research) is a market research specialist offering survey engagement software and global panel management, data on-demand, and market insights.

Fulcrum

Fulcrum is a hosted mobile forms platform that enables users to build custom apps for capturing information from the field. Users can design forms using the intuitive, web-based drag-and-drop designer and deploy to their mobile workforce for gathering information like Text, Photos,…

MindSwarms

MindSwarms is a mobile video ethnography software built primarily to conduct research.

Zurvey.io

Zurvey.io is presented by the vendor, Neticle, as a professional survey creator and customer review analyzer. According to Neticle, Zurvey.io has analyzed and quantified 14.7 million pieces of feedback for more than 170 clients.

EmailMeForm

EmailMeForm is a survey and form building platform with capabilities such as payment integration and advanced reporting.

FormDesigner

FormDesigner is a web form builder that allows users to create surveys, quizzes, tests, calculators, online entry forms and any other web forms, without the help of a designer or programmer. FormDesigner is presented as a solution for creating both simple and very complex forms,…

Retently

Retently offers NPS surveys to measure customer satisfaction.

Cheetah Experiences

Cheetah Experiences (formerly Wayin), now from Cheetah Digital (acquired July 2019) is a zero-party data collection tool, providing engaging quizzes, polls, or contests to collect user and brand fan data.

Mercer Mettl 360View

Mercer | Mettl 360 View is a data-focused, cloud-based platform that enables organizations to conduct insightful 360-degree feedback surveys. The tool enables organizations to gather holistic employee feedback from managers, peers, leaders, subordinates and clients, among other…

Zonka Feedback

Zonka Feedback CX Platform is a multichannel Survey and Feedback Software to transform the way users manage Employee and Customer Experience. Measure the right CX metrics including Net Promoter Score, Customer Effort Score & Customer Satisfaction Score. Take feedback and…

Ask Inline

Ask Inline is designed to help teams create and automate customer feedback campaigns using in-app or email based NPS and CSAT surveys. This solution includes surveys, customer segmentation, feedback tagging, and automated categorization.

Opinsta

Opista is a customer experience management solution. It focuses on collecting customer data and feedback. The platform organizes this information to provide a complete single customer view, fuel personalisation, and drive brand strategy around actionable data. Users can unify and…

Reputation

Reputation.com aims to help large B2C multi-location rooftops as well as B2B web-based companies monitor and improve their reputation, and optimize customer experience — online and onsite. By leveraging prescriptive analytics, the vendor's goal is to not only show customers where…

Form Builder

Form Builder enables businesses to survey their users, create and grow mailing lists or collect new sales leads. This tool is customizable and edits can be made from a webpage.

Survicate

Survicate is an all-in-one customer feedback tool designed for SMB. It offers 5 solutions: targeted website surveys, user-initiated feedback widgets, one-click email surveys, NPS email surveys, and questionnaires. With just one tool, you can collect customer feedback across all digital…

Blue Enterprise Surveys

Blue® is an enterprise-class survey creation and management system that leverages a company’s data for full automation. Completely flexible and scalable, Blue is the best fit for organizations with ever-expanding survey needs. As an all-in-one solution, Blue provides survey and report…