Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Account Management Facility(AMF)

Survey Galaxy's Account Management Facility(AMF) is a free module that can be used with the Pay-as-you-go or Enterprise Subscription payment plans. With AMF an organisation can have a single billing account and grant access to an unlimited number of users.

So that the account management responsibilities can be shared AMF will allow organisations to nominate multiple account administrators. AMF also allows for optional content approval procedures to be implemented so that surveys can not be published until they have been approved internally.

AMF is available on request or as part of the Enterprise subscription.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Is a "Shoot to kill" policy ever acceptable?

With the London bombings still fresh in the minds of all Londoners terrorist tried to inflict further devastation but this time their bombs failed to explode. As the bombers fled and London's police force launched a full scale man hunt, armed police shot dead a Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes.

Eyewitness reports indicated that the police chased and then caught Menezes and then shot him eight times suspecting that he was a suicide bomber.

The police have since issued a statement that they are now satisfied that Jean Menezes was innocent of any connection to the London bombings.

Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that he was "desperately sorry" about the killing, but added that the police were working in "very, very difficult circumstances."

Early reports seem to suggest that after being challenged by plain clothed policemen Mr Menezes fled into the tube station giving the impression to the chasing officers that he was indeed, as they had suspected, a suicide bomber.

Was this just a tragic event or have the authorities, by adopting a "shoot to kill policy", played into the terrorist hands and made London a city where the general public now have to fear the police?

If you would like to participate in this survey click on this link Is a "Shoot to kill" policy ever acceptable? .

Friday, July 22, 2005

Introducing Subscription Payment Option

We are pleased to announce that in addition to our low cost Pay-as-you-go payment option we have now introduce two subscription levels called Personal and Enterprise subscription.

Personal Subscription

If you intend to conduct regular surveys and as a sole user you will be interested in the Personal Subscription payment plan.

For a monthly fee you are able to conduct as many surveys as you like and download the detailed results as often as you like.

Included in the Personal Subscription is the respondent activity monitor.

Personal Subscription includes 2,000 monthly responses with any excess being charged for at the end of each month. Where excess charges apply no interruption to the service will occur providing payment for any excess is cleared by the specified payment due date

There are three bands of Personal Subscription to choose from for small, medium and large surveys and there are also discounts for taking out a subscription for longer periods.

Where discounts apply the discount will also be applied for any service not covered within the personal subscription plan.

Enterprise Subscription

The Enterprise Subscription offers the same features as the personal subscription but is specifically designed for organisations who wish to establish a single billing account for an unlimited number of users. Included with the Enterprise Subscription is Survey Galaxy's Account Management Facility(AMF) facility.

AMF will allow you to manage the enterprise account, add users and establish controls for content approval - more about the features of AMF in later entries.

With the Enterprise Subscription you are able to create any number of survey templates and make them available across the whole organisation.

As with the Personal Subscription the Enterprise Subscription includes 2,000 monthly responses with any excess being charged for at the end of each month and also like the Personal Subscription is available in three bands.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Do you believe in UFO's?

Earth is just one of billions of stars. Do you think it is conceivable that we are alone or does other life, similar to our own, exist elsewhere in the Universe?

Have you ever seen an extra terrestrial being?

Maybe you think they have visited Earth or are already here, integrated into our culture and maybe they have prominent and influential positions? After all have you ever thought why some people appear to be just too gifted?

Are you a UFO believer or not? Take part in this weeks free public survey.

UFO's Are you a believer?

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Beatles Paul, George, Ringo and John

The Beatles - Favourite song, album, film and Beatle

With a new generation growing up that may not have even heard of the Beatles, yet probably still know some of their songs, we asked people to vote for their favourite Beatle song, album, film and Beatle.

At the time of writing there is a dead heat for favourite song between Hey Jude and Let it Be.

For the albums it is neck and neck with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band just loosing out by 1% to The Beatles (White Album).

Maybe surprisingly the film It's a hard days night is in a strong lead over Help which is trailing in second place.

There are no surprises that John is leading the favourite Beatle, followed by Paul with Ringo and then George bringing up the rear.

For American respondents the favourite song is In my Life while the British respondents go for Let it be, while all other nationalities are going for Hey Jude.

While all male respondents go for Hey Jude the female respondents are less decided with nothing to choose between Let it Be and Yesterday.

If you would like to participate in this survey click on this link The Beatles - (Favourite Song, Album, Film and Beatle).

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Have you fixed the broken window?

Left alone it doesn't take long for a building with a single broken window to rapidly become a building with many broken windows. Fixing problems when they are small will prevent them from developing into larger problems.

The same is true when considering the level of employee satisfaction. Dissatisfaction spreads like wildfire and in a surprisingly short period of time you’ve got morale problems of the kind that are notoriously hard to fix.

Ensuring your employees are happy is mostly about being tuned into what their problems are and, importantly, dealing with them early on. Keeping the initiative is really important and the secret is that it is better to give a little and often.

This turns out be a virtuous circle. Fixing the problem when it’s small is also when it’s easiest and when it’s cheapest. And taking the initiative without being prompted puts the manager in a position of strength, which also suits the employees. Staff like strong, confident management and this approach generates respect not least because someone has taken the time to understand some of the employees’ issues.

Compare that with managers who are out of touch. They arrive late at a problem so they are on the defensive, and with their credibility eroded they have to concede to demands which in turn leads to further and less reasonable demands. It’s not big and it's not clever.

The issue, then, is how to go about monitoring the morale of a company without a big budget and without much spare time?

The first port of call should be an online survey. They’re quick, easy to use, and a low cost solution. Surveys can be created in minutes and deployed in seconds, with the results compiled in real time; and by using email and websites they cost nothing to disseminate.

A corporate internet is the ideal delivery mechanism. By linking through to an online survey website such as a company can regularly conduct surveys so they become part and parcel of the daily operations.

With an online survey’s ability to produce results in real-time the mood of the employees can rapidly be gauged and concerns highlighted both on a collective and individual level.

Using the survey results companies can quickly identify problem areas and follow-up surveys can be used to target specific concerns. With good information managers are able to get to the root of specific problems and prepare a considered response.

A major advantage of regular surveys is that it allows a company to address small problems in a timely manner avoiding 'the straw that broke the camels back' syndrome where a relatively insignificant incident unleashes a torrent of pent up concerns.

And don’t forget that the majority of employees appreciate being consulted so asking their opinion is not a sign of weakness but an indicator of good decision making.

It’s unusual to find, but there it is – sometimes management problems can be solved with something that is quick, easy and won't break the bank.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Laura Webb a former work colleague that was lost to us all through senseless violence on July 7 2005.

London bombings July 7 2005

After a week that saw London host the Live 8 concert that brought together people in solidaity to campaign for an end to needless world poverty; a week that saw London celebrate winning the nomination for the 2012 Olympics; only to be followed the next day by a devastating and barbaric attack by terrorist who took innocent lives. London has in a single week seen the highs of lows of mankind.

This weeks public survey is focused on the terrorist attacks in London on July 7 2005 and attempts to gauge the mood of ordinary people from around the world to some of the views and statements that have been reported through the many forms of media.

How strongly do you agree with the selected statements that attempt to explain the root causes of the London bombings, the steps that could be taken to prevent them and the need or otherwise to change US and UK policy?

London under attack July 7 2005

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Top Tip - Including an active email address

It is something useful to be able to provide respondents with the ability to send an email from within a survey.

Because Survey Galaxy allows HTML code to be included in a survey you are able to link to the respondents local email transport by using the following code, substituting with the required email address.

<a href=""></a>The following is a sample survey that demonstrates how an email address might be used:-

Start a Publishing Revolution Survey

(Please note that Survey Galaxy allow but do not guarantee support for HTML coding that is entered using invalid syntax).

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Top Tip - Composing multiple surveys

With Survey Galaxy's composer modifications to the surveys are saved at each step so if for any reason your internet connection is unexpectedly terminated your changes will be automatically saved.

It is also possible to switch between surveys without leaving the composer menu by using the Composing other surveys... selection box located below the Preview, Publish and End buttons.

Pick a survey from the list of available surveys and the composer will end the current survey and switch to the selected survey. Please note that only surveys that are in preparation state will be listed.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Live 8 Concert Hyde Park July 2 2005

Make Poverty History campaign

Twenty years on from the Live Aid concerts that galvanised individuals from the worlds richest nations into positive action to help save starving people, The Make Poverty History campaign, through Live 8, staged a demonstration, across four continents, against poverty.

200,000 people attended the London Hyde Park event, that along with concerts in Berlin, Moscow, Johannesburg, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome and Toronto was seen by a global audience estimated to be in the region of 3 billion.

Bob Geldof, who with his band the Boomtown Rats enjoyed musical success in the late 70's and early 80's, inspired the original Live Aid concerts and has had his achievements recognised with an honorary Knighthood making him Sir Bob. A tireless campaigner for the world’s poorest and with the ear of many a world leader, he has through staging Live 8 ensured that the plight of Africa is again centre stage.

With the music event now over and the G8 leaders now firmly in the spotlight, we ask you in our weekly survey will Live 8 help the poor?

The chance to make poverty history

Monday, July 04, 2005

Top Tip - Delete and un-delete

Top Tip

When using the Survey Galaxy composer you are able to easily move items within a survey up or down using the composer menu arrow keys.

A quick way to move an item to the top or bottom of the survey is to double click the arrow menu buttons.

You are also able to move blocks of items by using the delete menu button (or Alt-X), then moving to the new location in the list and using the Un-delete function, Alt-Z.

For example to move three items to a new location first delete the three items, then move to the new location and then type Alt-Z three times to restore them. The Alt-Z will restore the last deleted item first.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Grease out in front

You're The One That I Want

You're the one that I want from Grease is currently topping the polls in our public survey Best ever song from a film musical?.

Hot on it's heels is The Time Warp from the cult film the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

So will Sandy and Danny keep the Riff Raff misfits at bay or will there be a late surge from the likes of Dorothy and Don?

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Exorcist - The scariest film ever?

The most scary film ever

It seems that there is a clear winner emerging in our public survey What is the most scary film ever?.

The 1973 film the Exorcist is way out in front with 27% of the vote, trailing way behind is a gaggle of films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (8%), Psycho and The Shining (both 7%).

Friday, July 01, 2005

Jed Bartlett US President

If Jed Bartlett really was the US President?

The TV series the West Wing has the Democrat Jed Bartlett played by Martin Sheen as President of the United States.

Over 2,000 people have so far participated in our If Jed Bartlett really was the US President? public survey.

91% of all survey participants expressed the opinion that if they were able to vote and Jed Bartlett was a real candidate they would vote for him.

81% of Americans who participated in the survey indicated they would vote for Jed Bartlett. 16% of the American participants declared themselves as Republicans and 65% of Republicans indicated that they would vote for the Democratic Jed Bartlett.

Martin Sheen may take comfort from knowing that if he ran for President 29% of the American Republicans who participated 'would' (11%), or 'may' (18%), vote for him and this rose to 56% when including those Americans who had other political allegiances, ('would vote' 24% and 'may vote' 32%).