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How to Integrate Survey Results into Your CRM
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How To Integrate Survey Results Into Your CRM

Getting to your survey response data
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Getting to your survey response data

Once you start a survey, it will collect responses for you.  We collect your response data and then give it back to you several different ways.  Here is a breakdown of the different ways you can collect the data from your responses.

Aggregate data in graphs

We collect your responses and show you the response data in aggregate in our reporting page.  Using filters, you can also slice and dice your survey data, re-arranging your view of your data using answers to previous questions.  So for example if you asked your respondents their gender, you could then filter you results just to see graphs of the responses from men or women.

View in PowerPoint

Many customers want to present their survey finding into PowerPoint presentations that they can then show to their collegues.  We make this process easy with our feature to Export to Powerpoint by clicking the “Export to PPT” button at the top of the Reporting section of the survey.

 

View individual responses

If you are interested in seeing any particular response we give you a “grayed-out” view of individual responses.  First look at your list of responses and then click the “View” icon.

 

 

Download Comma-separated values (CSV) file

If you want to manipulate your data in Excel or Google Sheets, you can export all your response data into a CSV and then from there you can import into different systems to create your own reports.

 

 

Receive via Webhook

Survey webhooks are notifications that we can send to a listener of your choice via an HTTP POST when someone takes certain actions in their survey account.  A listener is simply a script that lives at a URL that stands ready to do something with the information we send it. Then when a respondent completes a survey we notify the listener with answers to the questions.  That listener can then “do something” with the data immediately, like add it to a CRM database.  Webhooks are the best way for programs to stay in sync with each other in real-time.

Retrieve via API

Unlike Webhooks which push information to you, our survey API allows you to retrieve you survey data “on-demand”.  Get an API key from your account and connect to our service at https://api.surveytown.com/2/REST/ to retrieve your data in JSON format.

 

In sum, once your respondents start taking your survey, you can retrieve you data in a many ways.  We strive to help you access your data in a way that is most useful to you at the time you want to get access to it.

 

How to Share Survey Reports Across Your Organization
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How to Share Survey Reports Across Your Organization

You’ve done the hard work – you created, revised, tested and sent a terrific survey.

The results came in quickly and in great numbers.

You put together the data, looked at it and found that it’s high-quality, insightful and actionable.

The key word here is actionable because now that you’ve got the data, it’s time to do something with it. In this article, we look at how to share survey reports across your organization, so you can turn your data into action.

Allow Survey Access

For many businesses, it’s advantageous to have multiple users in your survey platform.

For example, Survey Town collects your survey responses and provides you with graphs and reports of your data.

Not only can you see the number of responses and view the aggregated statistics in charts, but your team can view them as well.

Allowing multi-users makes it easy for your team to manage and analyze your survey results, ultimately collaborating and deciding on action.

The bonus in Survey Town is that you can assign permissions on a per user basis. This means your team may have access to one survey but not another.

Share a Web Link

One of the easiest, most straightforward ways to share your survey results is to share a web link throughout your organization.

For example, you might send an email with a summary of your survey results exported into a spreadsheet and include a link to the data export of your survey.

This allows your employees access to the survey results and your analysis of it without giving them backend access to your survey.

Create a Presentation

Another way to share survey reports across your organization is through a presentation that you do in-person.

You can export your survey results into a presentation-ready format for presenting to your core team.

By creating an offline copy of your data, you can insert it into a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, so you can share the results to your team members.

This allows you to meet together, discuss the results in person and then brainstorm ways to take action on the data. When you provide data that is easy to read, it’s a great way to start the conversation with your employees and strategize using the data.

Now that you know how to share survey results, let’s look at why you should.

Why Share Survey Results?

One of the most important reasons you should share your survey results is because it makes you and your staff accountable to the data. It begins the conversation and encourages your staff to take action.

Another reason to share your results is education. With the data in front of them, your staff can begin an open and honest evaluation of your processes and how they affect your customers.

You and your staff can look at customer engagement and really understand how your customers view your company.

When you make the results available to your staff, you help them see the overall big picture. Everyone can begin to see and understand where your company excels and where there’s an opportunity for exploration and change.

Sharing survey results ultimately enlists buy-in from your employees and gives them a reason to improve. Your staff will feel more loyal to your brand as they all work together to change for the better.

It’s a good idea to share survey results because it opens up an avenue for a culture of continued improvement as your staff works to improve their survey data.

Final Thoughts

With several avenues available to you, you’re sure to find a way to share survey results across your organization that spurs conversation and change.

Find the way that works best for you and your team and move forward. You may even find that multiple ways are best for getting the data out to your staff. 

Surveys help you make the best decisions for your business. Are you ready to get started with your free Survey Town trial? Start with your free account today, and you can upgrade at any time.

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NPS Score vs. Ratings: Measuring Customer Satisfaction
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NPS Score: Measuring Customer Satisfaction

For businesses today, the single most affirming action a customer can make is to come back to your business again. This is one of the true measures of customer satisfaction.

Your goal as a business owner is to ensure your customer’s happiness so they’ll return for a visit.

Right along with this and just as important is knowing your happy customers will tell others about you, and this is where the NPS (Net Promoter Score) comes in. An effective way to measure this is by actively asking for feedback through the Net Promoter Survey.

In this article, we look at the NPS survey and how it relates to the customer satisfaction survey.

NPS and Customer Satisfaction Surveys

The Net Promoter Score is often calculated separately from the customer satisfaction survey, but it can also be part of it.

Remember that the Net Promoter Score survey is the way you learn your customer’s willingness to recommend your business to others.

It includes one question, ““How likely is it that you would recommend x business to a friend or colleague?” The NPS survey uses a 0-to-10-point rating scale and people are categorized as either promoters, passives or detractors.

On the other hand, the customer satisfaction survey gauges how your customers feel about your services (both positively and negatively).

The customer satisfaction survey normally has five-10 questions, uses a ratings scale of one to 10, and queries the customer on their experience, satisfaction and service delivery. It aims to find out how happy your customers are.

The customer satisfaction survey needs to ask more questions to come up with an overall rating, while the NPS only needs to ask one question.

Final Thoughts

The NPS survey and the customer satisfaction survey aren’t really interchangeable, but they can be used in unison when measuring customer satisfaction. (tweet this)

So, which is better? It could be that the two surveys complement one another. You might embed the NPS question in the customer satisfaction survey to give your team on overall view of the customer’s satisfaction as well as their likelihood to recommend you.

Surveys help you make the best decisions for your business. Are you ready to get started with your free Survey Town trial? Start with your free account today, and you can upgrade at any time.

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How to Get Links To Your Survey In Front Of Your Customers
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How To Get Links To Your Survey In Front Of Your Customers

You want to provide the best customer experience possible, and one of the best ways to do this is to find out how your customers feel about their experience with your company.

A survey is an excellent way to find out if your customer service, products and overall experience are meeting the needs of your customers.

But, what happens when your survey participation rates are low because you aren’t sure how to disseminate your survey?

In this article, we look at how to get links to your survey in front of your customers.

Send an Email

One of the most efficient and commonplace ways to communicate with your customers and get your survey link to them is through your email marketing channel.

Since email is a direct line of communication with your customers, you can easily send them a link to your survey.

Your email lands right in the inner sanctum of their email box, and because you can highly target your email list, you can decide just exactly who to send your surveys to.

For example, you might choose to send a survey to only the people on your list who made a purchase in the last year. Or, perhaps you want to survey customers who haven’t made a purchase in the last year.

You also might segment your lists by demographics. Another option is to survey people who landed on a specific page of your website and not made a purchase.

Finally, perhaps you’d like to survey those on your list who chatted with your customer service staff. The possibilities with email are limitless.

It’s worth noting that your emailed surveys will most likely show the highest response rate because these are people who’ve opted in to your email list and are receptive to communication from you.

As you send your email surveys, here are a few tips to follow for the best results:

  • Use a short and specific headline to grab your customers’ attention.
  • Make the subject line seem like an exclusive, special invitation.
  • Do nothing else in your email other than explain your survey and provide the link to avoid any distractions.
  • Be brief in your description.
  • Offer your thanks and explain the incentive if you’re offering one.
  • Make your call to action button (your link to the survey) big, colorful and visible.
  • Send a follow up reminder if you have a low initial response rate.

Host Your Survey on Your Website

Another way to get links to your survey in front of your customers is by hosting the survey on your website.

By placing your survey on your website, you can invite your website visitors to complete your survey.

This can be beneficial to you because while these people may not be your customers yet, you can still gain valuable information from them.

Even though you gain information about your website visitors through your Google Analytics, you can glean even more information by posing specific questions to the people who visit your website.

How might you do this? Here are a few questions for putting surveys to work for you right on your website:

  • Create surveys for specific pages of your website. For example, you might include surveys on your product pages or your blog.
  • One survey might ask them what brought them to your website or how they learned about you. Another survey might ask them what they think of your brand-new product or what they might think of a proposed product or service.
  • In addition, you could ask them if they found your content useful or enjoyable.
  • You could also use a survey as a means to gain their contact information. Just be sure to tell them that you are doing it. There are many possibilities.

Where you place your survey is of significant importance. While you might place it right on your pages, you could also put your link in a pop-up box as visitors either land on your site or prepare to depart your site.

You can also use a survey on a follow-up page. For example, you might add a survey on your thank-you page after someone downloads something, makes a purchase or signs up for a beta of your services.

Do be sure to use a strong call to action and a very visible button.

Create a Blog

Another way to get a link out is to write a blog article and add the survey to the article.

This allows you to briefly explain why you want to conduct a survey and what you hope to gain by it. You can also return to update the blog post once you have your results.

Your blog allows you the ability to really connect with participants and encourage them to complete your survey.

Again, you want to use a strong call to action as well as a button link to your survey and text links to your survey within the blog text itself. 

Use Social Media

Another premier spot to get your survey links into the hands of your customers is through social media.

While you can link to the blog post that includes your survey link, you can also create posts that share direct links to your survey.

The benefits of social media are many. Namely, social media allows you to start a conversation and encourage feedback in a friendly, low-key manner.

When utilizing social media, include a direct link to your survey. Consider using bitly to shorten the link as a best practice.

You can also use others on social media to share your link as well. Capitalize on your influencers to share your survey link.

You might also add a drawing to your social media link to encourage more survey participation.

Final Thoughts

The value of the survey is quite unsurpassed for finding out what your customers think about your business.

In fact, a survey by the Pew Research Center says that online surveys are one of the most convenient and cost effective ways to collect data from your customers.

Yet, it can be difficult to get responses for your surveys. The best way to combat this is to have an effective plan for distribution, and then to follow up and make sure it’s working.

Use your existing digital channels and brainstorm a few others. Then, promote your survey and distribute it to elicit a higher response rate.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is to make your survey about your customers, not you. You want to learn how they feel, so tailor your questions so your customers know how much you value their opinions.

Surveys help you make the best decisions for your business. Are you ready to get started with your free Survey Town trial? Start with your free account today, and you can upgrade at any time.

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Rewarding Managers For Good Survey Scores
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Rewarding Managers For Good Survey Scores

Should you reward your managers for providing a superb customer experience by managing their employees well and setting the tone for improved customer encounters?

In many cases, the answer to this question is, “Yes.” While you expect your managers to excel at leading their teams, you also want to reward them when they’ve done well.

How will you know when they’ve excelled at their job? When you’ve received positive survey scores.

In this article, we look at rewarding managers for good survey scores.

Customer Service is Key

In today’s digital world where reviews are everywhere on the internet, it’s never been more important to provide the best possible customer service. It’s what separates your business from the competition.

One way to encourage your staff to provide top notch service is to reward them, and this starts with your managers.

Since you recognize the importance of providing excellent service, you want to use your surveys to find out if your customers agree that is what is happening.

By surveying respondents to learn how they feel about your service, you are immediately putting your staff on notice. This may be a cultural shift for some of them, but one that’s immensely important to your overall success.

As your managers and ultimately your entire team see that customer service is your top concern, and they note that you are going to use surveys to gauge it, they’ll soon jump on-board.

So, by rewarding managers for good survey scores, you send a strong message that customer service matters, and that you’re willing to reward staff members for helping you excel.

Tips for Succeeding with Rewards

Before you decide to reward your managers for good survey scores, you want to have the following in place:

  • Set up a training program for your managers as well as your staff so they know how to serve your customers best.
  • Create some parameters for measuring customer service through your surveys. Decide what you’d like to benchmark and what you consider good enough for rewarding your managers. They must know what’s expected if they’re going to reach your goals.
  • Make sure your surveys reflect what’s important to the customer and not necessarily to you. For example, what the customer wants out of the experience might not be what you think they want.
  • Once you receive the surveys, go through them with your managers. You want to communicate the feedback you receive so everyone understands it and places the same value on it.
  • Use your Net Promoter Score. Let it drive the change you want to see in your business. The NPS tells you the value your company has in the eyes of the consumer. This is a good way to measure the customer experience, so you can reward managers when it’s positive.
  • If the surveys aren’t positive, do you have a structure in place to identify problems and effect change? Talk to your manager and implement the proper procedures.
  • Make sure your managers have ownership of the survey results and create a plan with your team for managing the customer experience throughout the year.
  • Outline the reward program so it’s official. Give them a target to reach for and encourage them to share the “thank-you” with their staff for a job well done.

Final Thoughts

It can be beneficial for your company to reward and incentivize your managers for good survey scores.

Not only will it help your company excel at customer service, it let’s your entire staff know that a culture of “customer first” is important to you.

On the flip side, you do want to set out in writing what you’re going to do when surveys don’t come back with good scores. It pays to make your staff aware of what happens when you receive good survey scores and when you receive not-so-good scores.

Ultimately, the goal of rewarding your managers is to encourage their strong participation in your customer service goals and to improve your bottom line.

Surveys help you make the best decisions for your business. Are you ready to get started with your free Survey Town trial? Start with your free account today, and you can upgrade at any time.

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NPS Score Why It's Good To Use
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NPS Score: Why It’s Good To Use

The Net Promoter (NPS) Score is the single best question to ask respondents because it not only helps you gauge customer loyalty, but it helps you learn whether your customers appreciate you so much they’d tell other people about you.

The NPS question is this: “How likely is it that you would recommend our business to someone else.”

Let’s look at the NPS score and why it’s good to use.

It Measures Repeat Business

With one simple question, you can determine if your customers will shop with you again.

It’s a great tool for forecasting your business growth potential.

The NPS score measures the likelihood of repeat business while at the same time measuring the probability of new business. (tweet this) For example, if a customer responds high on the positivity scale, you know they’ll be back, and they’ll recommend you to others. 

It’s Easy to Implement

What could be easier for respondents than a one question survey?

The NPS Score is simple, straightforward and lightning quick for your survey takers. All you want to know is how likely they are to recommend your business to a friend. 

It Helps You Track Change

Let’s say that your first NPS Score didn’t reveal great results.

You go back to the drawing board and fine tune your customer service policies. You train your staff and provide ongoing refreshers. Finally, you begin instilling the thank you culture into your business model.

It’s six months later, and you send out another survey, and the results are much improved.

By using your NPS Score, you can survey customers twice a year to see if your improvements are working. If they aren’t, you can again make changes. 

Final Thoughts

Start the process in your business today and use the Net Promoter Score as part of your overall marketing strategy and business growth plan.

You’ll gain valuable insights about the customer experience and learn where you need to improve.

Use the NPS Score to improve your customer service and your processes for the absolute best customer relationships and to ultimately grow your business.

Surveys help you make the best decisions for your business. Are you ready to get started with your free Survey Town trial? Start with your free account today, and you can upgrade at any time.

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