Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Edit Details Action Button

For more convenient access the survey's Edit Details menu option has been added to the list surveys display action buttons.

Create a Survey - New Folder Option

When you create a survey you now have the folder options to leave the new survey unassigned, assign it to an existing folder or specify a new folder name.

You will be able to change a survey's folder assignment by using the Manage Folders and Assign Folders menu options, or a survey's Edit Details menu option.

Survey File Management Facility

We have now added support to allow folders to be created and assigned to surveys for easier management.

For more details please view the Survey Folder Management tutorial.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Survey 'Edit Details' Displayed Reorganized

The survey's Edit Details display options have been re-ordered and reorganized into six sections, General, Runtime, Presentation, Language, Popup and Search Engine Optimisation options; with the exception of the General section, sections can be expanded or collapsed.

You can also now use the Edit Details menu option to assign individual surveys to predefined folders.

The Public Decide Blog - Public Surveys

A new Blog, The Public Decide, has been associated to the main Survey Galaxy website.

The Public Decide blog features fun and topical public surveys for all the family.

The link, Public Surveys, can be found on the home page in the footer section.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Questionnaire Questions

Many people find themselves in a position where they know they could benefit from conducting a questionnaire but have difficultly on deciding what questions to ask.

Questionnaires come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be conducted for a plethora of reasons and there is unfortunately no definitive answer to what the right questionnaire questions should be.

Our latest article Questionnaire Questions provides some basic guidelines for writing effective questionnaires.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Survey Questionnaire Checklist

So you have created your questionnaire and are ready to publish it to the Internet, before you do why not just run through a final checklist to confirm what you already know that your questionnaire is as perfect as you think it is.

Check out our latest guide Survey Questionnaire Checklist.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Enhancement - Response Capture Facility Updated

The Response Capture facility has been reworked to make it easier to enter response data from external sources, remove unwanted and modify existing responses.

To activate the facility, select the survey that you wish to modify, then use the Capture menu option.

The Capture menu will only be displayed for surveys that have been previously published, changes can be made to surveys that are no longer published but the facility will only operate on the latest dataset.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Getting the Best Out of Survey Galaxy

The Survey Galaxy interface is designed so that new Members find it easy to use and simple to learn, but that can mean that some of the advanced features are hidden from view and sometimes a little guidance wouldn't go amiss to reveal features that may help you design better surveys.

If you would like a little guidance please view the new article added to our Article library Getting the Best Out of Survey Galaxy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spotlight - Business Surveys

Besides the traditional Customer, Employee, Marketing and Market Research surveys there are many other areas of business that can benefit from using online surveys.

From helping to write your business plan, assisting in promoting and managing health and safety and compliance issues online surveys can be adapted in many different ways.

Listed here are articles from the Survey Galaxy article library that detail some of the areas where online surveys can really benefit a business or organization.

Id Title
11. Let Your Survey Write Your Business Plan
23. The Compliance Officer's Killer Application
30. Surveys - The Effective Management Tool

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Spotlight - Employer, Employee and Human Resources

The mark of a good organization will often be that they have made the effort and established good communications between Senior Management and the workforce.

Although it is reasonable for a small business with a handful of employees to communicate with each other one on one, the numbers do not have to grow very high before the practicalities of one on one communications disappear.

No matter how large the organization, if done properly online surveys can be an effective method of maintaining the communication between the Boardroom and the coal face.

Listed here are a number of articles from Survey Galaxy's article library that are related to the Employer and Employee relationship.

Id Title
6. Why Employee Satisfaction Surveys And Employee Exit Surveys Make Good Sense
20. Have You Fixed The Broken Window?
24. I Can't Get No Employee Satisfaction
26. Employee Satisfaction Surveys - Step By Step Guide
27. The Advantages Considerations & Risks of Employee Satisfaction Surveys
28. Why Do Good Employees Leave?
29. A Manager's Guide To Redundancy
40. Are Employee Satisfaction Surveys a Waste of Time?
41. Employee Surveys – Asking the Right Questions
42. Employee Satisfaction - Why Bother?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Spotlight - Political Campaigning and Polling

Be it for the school prom King and Queen or mainstream politics communicating with the electoral register is essential when polling or running a political campaign.

Online surveys are a cost effective and efficient method to collate the concerns and preferences of the electorate and to deliver the candidate's message.

The following article from Survey Galaxy's article library discusses how to take full advantage of online surveys.

Id Title
5. Political Poll And Campaign Tool

Friday, August 05, 2011

Spotlight - Publishing, Complementing Comment

For a long time now the fashion adopted by most online media sites is to allow comments to be made against published articles.

Putting aside the problem of spam comments which is a nuisance and an unfortunate by-product of the media there is also the problem of having to filter out the insightful, cruel and abusive comments.

Like road-rage, online anonymity can reduce a debate to cheap mudslinging where it can be difficult to find any meaningful comment.

Attaching an online survey to an article can help channel opinion and questions can be framed to elevate the debate.

For people who do not have to make difficult decisions it is often easy to pretend that we live in a black and white world, in reality we all live in a world where difficult decision making comes in many shades of grey.

Today's featured article considers how to extend commenting to further engage with the readers.

Id Title
3. Want To Start A Publishing Revolution?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Spotlight - General Online Survey Articles

Survey Galaxy makes it very easy to create and design surveys.

However, the questions asked and the way they are written is down to the person using it.

The information page's article library have a number of articles that will help those that are new to online surveys to create effective surveys.

Recommended reading for anyone who wants to save themselves from some of the common mistakes that people make.

Id Title
2. 20 Top Tips To Writing Effective Surveys
9. New Rules For Online Surveys And Questionnaires
12. How To Improve Survey Response Rates
13. Designing Effective Surveys
25. Survey Galaxy - A Hosted Application
35. Multi-Lingual Surveys
36. How to Make a Survey
37. Making a Good Survey
38. The Advantages and Concerns of Online Surveys
43. Considerations for Survey Reports
44. When Customer Meets Satisfaction
45. Getting the Best Out of Survey Galaxy
46. Survey Questionnaire
47. Questionnaire Questions
48. Make Survey
49. Questionnaire Design

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Spotlight - Marketing Articles

Online surveys are being used by savvy marketers’ as an effective and inexpensive way of delivering a marketing message and at the same time collecting important demographic information.

Online surveys engage one-on-one with their audience and by requiring a response, unlike conventional advertising, ensures that the marketing message has been read.

The following are a number of articles that are available from Survey Galaxy's Article library that discuss the benefits of marketing using online surveys.

Id Title
1. Ten Reasons Why Online Surveys Are The Future Of Marketing
10. Relevancy - The New Black For Online Marketing?
14. Viral Marketing Strategies
15. Encouraging Contact
19. Learn How To Leverage Online Surveys For Greater CRM
21. Wise Man Marketing

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New French Section Added to Article Index

A new French section has been added to the Information page's article index and a number of articles relating to Customer and Employee satisfaction surveys have been included.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Progress Bar Styles Added

In addition to the new Slider formats announced in yesterdays posting we have also added a number of new progress bar styles.

As with the slider formats, to select an alternative progress bar style use the Composer Pane's Styles Defaults facility, click on the current progress bar style and you will be able to then select an alternative from the list of available styles.

When displayed, the progress bar will show the respondent the percentage of the survey that has already been completed, the percentage of the survey that the current page represents and the percentage of the survey that is still remaining.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Slider Styles Added

A number of new slider styles have been added.

The survey slider style can be changed through the Composer's Preview Pane Styles Defaults menu option.

Click on the currently selected style to view and select an alternative style.

The slider style for published surveys can be changed through the Compose Characteristics facility.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to Create a Survey

Sit back, relax and let the lovely Serena guide you through the process of creating surveys using the Survey Galaxy composer.

It really is that quick and simple!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Look for Survey Galaxy Website

Today we have launched a new look to the Survey Galaxy home page and taken the opportunity to re-organize the public information so that it is easier to find and navigate. Under the hood it is very much business as usual.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Results Analyzer Report Key Facility

Members that make regular use of the online Results Analyzer's Report key facility will already know and appreciate how useful the facility is.

For those that are unfamiliar with the facility the report key allows you to specify a respondent's answer as a key and then associate that value to other responses.

For example if you have requested the respondent's name you can specify their name as the report key and have their name appear against any comments that they made, or against other free text answers.

For more information please view the Defining a Report Key tutorial.

For those that are already familiar with Report Key facility please be advised that we have made an improvement with the grouping of Report Keys with the same value whereby blank values, (or 'no response' data), will in future be identified by having a Report key group value of <Blank>.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Improvements to the Styles Defaults Facility

A number of improvements have been made to the survey Styles Defaults display.

Background Images

You can now specify a background image by selecting from our library of background images. For example if you want to have your survey appear as though it were written on paper select one of the paper background images.

Select Style of Slider and Progress Bar

We have also made it possible to select from a number of different styles for the Progress bar and the Slider format. We plan to add more style options over time.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Slider Format

A new Slider Question/Answer format has been added to the Survey Galaxy Composer allowing respondents to register their degree of desirability between two conditions.

The following is a screen shot of a sample survey using the slider format to determine to what extent the respondent Agrees or Disagrees with a particular statement.

The new slider format is an extension of the Data Entry Field format.

Choose the Slider format from the Field Data Type selection list, specify the Left and Right answers then click on the Save button.

Results Analyzer

When the slider results are analysed through the online Results Analyzer the report will show the degree that all respondents chose between the two answer options.

To view a sample survey containing questions utilising the slider format try the Sample Survey - Slider Format

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Feature for 2011

We would like to wish all our Member's the very best for the New Year and are pleased to introduce a new feature that will enable the Results Analyzer report to be exported to Microsoft Word format and for the individual charts to be displayed as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and also supply the Flash charts as separate BMP images.

An Export button that will activate the facility has replaced the Results Analyzer's Print button.

The Export button will display a selection of Export formats and provides the facility to include a reference which may prove useful if the reports are using filtered results, in which case the reference could be for example "Male only Responses".

Once submitted the request will be queued for processing and when completed a confirmation Email sent providing a link to the requested formats. The documents are delivered in a zipped format protected with the Member's case sensitive Survey Galaxy password.

The charts can be supplied as individual static BMP images and/or as Flash object's that will provide the full Flash interactive experience such as hover text and for pie and doughnut formats, rotation and slicing.

Downloads will also be listed in the Results Export section of the Show Survey Details screen.