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5 Reasons to Integrate Survey Results into Your CRM
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5 Reasons to Integrate Survey Results into Your CRM

A CRM (customer relationship management) platform is a vital centerpiece to your business.

Why? In our digital age, the business that builds relationships is the one that succeeds. The best way for you to set yourself apart from the competition is by using your CRM to interact with your customers.

And, when it comes to meeting the needs of your customers and providing the best products and services, you have to know what they want. One way to learn about their needs is through surveys.

So, instead of leaving your survey results out there on their own, you can send the information to your CRM.

In this article, we look at five reasons to integrate survey results into your CRM. When you do this, you can add this info to your CRM to enhance the service you provide your customers.

First, let’s look at customer feedback.

Why Feedback is Important

Before we get into the importance of integration, we want to discuss why surveys are so important to the customer service experience you provide your customers.

Feedback is vital to understanding the desires of your customers and to learn how they feel about you. It’s nearly impossible to improve your customer experience if you don’t ask people what they think.

Asking for input means you can take action quickly.

Because feedback is so important to your success, it doesn’t help you to keep it outside of your CRM. Enhancing the customer experience means seeing the big picture, and that’s best done through integration.

Now let’s discuss why you should integrate your survey results into your CRM.

#1: You Get Immediate Feedback

Integrating your survey into your CRM software gives you more power to convert leads into customers.

For example, if someone contacts you through your website, you can set up an automatic survey to learn more about them. Once you get this feedback, you can qualify the lead based on their survey responses.

#2: You Get to Know Your Customers

Let’s say you use a survey platform like Survey Town, and you have a CRM. If you integrate them, you have access to all of your customers’ information in one place.

For example, you may have a website lead, Bob Smith. You have the info he requested on your contact form. He may have even made a purchase from you, and that information is in your CRM.

You sent out a survey last week, and Bob Smith completed it. Because you have an integrated system, you can see his data in your CRM and use it with the other data to reach out to him and provide him with just what he’s looking for.

Or, conversely, if he hasn’t made a purchase yet, you can send him a survey to learn more about his needs.

#3: Provide Better Customer Service

Your customer just purchased several items from you. Then, you wait about two weeks, and you send them a survey to get their feedback on your products/services.

The survey responses land in your CRM, and you have all the information you need to reach out. This is especially helpful if the comments are negative.

By having this leverage, you may keep bad reviews off social media and Google because you can respond faster.

An integrated system lets you respond to negative experiences and provide immediate solutions which is a win-win for everyone.

#4: You Reach Qualified People

You can use your CRM data to conduct better surveys. For example, if you send a survey on its own, you may not have a way to tie it to a person. But, if you integrate your CRM, you have a better chance of reaching qualified people who give you great feedback.

Customer feedback surveys and customer relationship management systems are uniquely intertwined.

They pack a powerful one-two punch when it comes to building customer relationships and improving their satisfaction.

#5: You Get Your Staff Involved

Another benefit to integrating your survey results and your CRM is the help it provides your employees.

This integration gives your team members the ability to handle leads in a more informed way which in turn helps them convert more of these leads into paying customers.

If closing sales is your goal, integrating your survey results into your CRM is a must-do.

Improve Your Systems

We’ve looked at some ways this integration helps with your customers, but let’s also look at how it helps your business.

When you tie the two together, you simplify your processes. Everything lands in one place, and you aren’t spending time importing lists or manually sending out survey emails. Your integrated feedback and CRM solution does all of this for you.

When you can see your survey results along with the purchases and contacts each customer has had with your business, you have more insight into what works and what doesn’t. (tweet this)

This also helps your sales team and your customer service team because all of the info is in one place.

To Conclude

Marketing in today’s digital climate is all about the customer. You want to get them the right information at the right time, and you want to make sure you’re meeting their needs.

To do this, you may already be sending surveys which is terrific. Increase the power of your surveys by integrating them with your customer relationship management system.

By integrating, you’re also streamlining your systems. This makes your data work harder and allows you to build strong customer relationships.

Combining your survey feedback and your CRM helps you personalize your customer messaging and your marketing targeting.

You can send custom surveys that are tailored to happy as well as unhappy customers, again enhancing the relationship.

Bottom line – your goal is connecting your target audience with your products and services. To do this you not only have to know what they want, but you have to build a relationship.

Integrating your survey results into your CRM helps you connect everything together so you can grow a strong 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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What is an NPS Score, and Why is it Important
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What is a NPS Score, and Why is it Important?

For businesses who like to know what their customers think about their company, the NPS Score is an important tool.

But, you may ask, “What is a NPS Score, and why is it important?”

In this article, we look at the NPS Score survey and how it can benefit your business.

What is the NPS Score?

NPS stands for Net Promoter Score. It measures customer satisfaction.

This score comes from the Net Promoter Survey, and it’s a really simple, one question survey.

All you do is ask your customers this question: “How likely are you on a scale of 0-10 to recommend our (name of business/products/services) to your friends, family, or colleagues?”

This is what your answers mean:

  • Those who choose between 0-6 on the scale are called detractors.
  • People who answer with a 7 or 8 are neutral or passive to your business.
  • Respondents who choose a 9 or a 10 are your promoters.

To get your NPS Score, you subtract the percentage of detractors from the percentage of promoters, and you have your answer. You completely ignore those who answer with a seven or eight.

The higher your score, the better you did.

Why is it Important?

Overall, the Net Promoter Score is important to your business because it provides a big-picture look at your customer loyalty. (tweet this)

You can see how this separates you from the competition, and it helps you see where you can improve.

The NPS Score also shows you how specific departments in your company are doing so everyone is getting equally high scores.

Plus, if you use the NPS Score, and you use it as a key indicator of how well your company is doing, you’ll see it helps drive your business growth as you work to improve your score.

For example, if your first score is under eight, and you make a plan for improvement, you can resend the survey six months later and see if your score grows.

The NPS Score Works

We like the NPS for many reasons, one of which is that you can gauge company success by this score.

Those people rated as promoters (score of nine or ten) are much more likely to be repeat customers. You are in essence closing the funnel because you are locking in future business.

So, by aiming for a promoter rating, you are helping ensure your success.

In addition, we like the score because it lets you know if you can count on word of mouth.

Hands down, word of mouth referrals are the most important piece of your marketing strategy. Word of mouth is better than any marketing strategy you can come up with.

In our hyper-digital age, people want to know what others think. They even trust the word of strangers. So, the more promoters you have promoting your business, the better.

Because you value the NPS Score, you can work hard for your nine or ten score, and if you do, you’ll know that the referral is right around the corner.

Best practices are to track your NPS Score on a regular basis, compare the results over time, strategize for improvement and continue to evaluate the data.

Final Thoughts

The business environment is increasingly crowded, and it’s more important than ever before to not only get new customers but retain your current ones.

The best way to increase your business is to keep your customer base so happy that they’ll share how much they like you with friends and family.

The Net Promoter Score is the best gauge of customer satisfaction and one you can use to determine how content your customers are with your products and services.

Bottom line – the NPS helps you understand if your customers would recommend you to others. If your score is under eight, you’ve got some evaluating to do.

A low score means you need to have frank discussions about your products, customer service, and overall processes. Your goal is to get your score to nine or ten.

If your score is already a nine or ten, you still want to have a strategy session to make sure you carry on and provide for your customers, so they continue to sing your praises.

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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5 Smart Ways to Improve Your NPS Score
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5 Smart Ways to Improve Your NPS Score

Are you ready to supercharge your Net Promoter Score (NPS)?

As the game-changing survey, you’ll find that the NPS is the single best way to gauge your customers’ loyalty and find out how willing they are to talk positively about you to family and friends.

In this article, we look at five smart ways to improve your NPS score so you can make your customers happier and increase retention. 

#1: Concentrate on Service

In this day and age, your customers expect incredible customer service. Make sure their experience is seamless and easy. Don’t waste their time and make sure your employees keep the customer at the forefront.

In addition, resolve any conflicts quickly. 

#2: Engage Your Staff

Happy employees mean happy customers.

Treat your employees great, and you can be sure they’ll pass on the good service. An employee who is content at a job is more likely to share those good feelings and culture with your customers. (tweet this)

#3: Listen to Phone Calls

You can improve your NPS by listening to customer calls or watching employee/customer interactions at your place of business.

If an employee falls short, it’s time for some extra training.

#4: Provide Ongoing Training

Customer service training should go on all year long and not just once a year or at new hire on-boarding.

Create a culture of service by working on it on a daily basis.

#5: Say Thank You

You should of course say thank you in your NPS survey, but you also want to consider saying thank you after the results come in.

There are several options for thanking your customers for completing a survey. One way is to send a thank you email, but if you really want to impress, and you know your customer’s name, send them a hand-written note through the mail.

Final Thoughts

Surveys have their place for any business, especially when you want to know how your customers feel about your products and your service.

NPS surveys are important, too, as they give you a clear picture of how your customers feel about you. It helps you learn if you’re excelling or falling short. It also lets you know very specifically if you can count on your customers to be brand advocates, which is important to your overall marketing and growth strategy.

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 Know If You Have Good Survey Questions
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How to Know If You Have “Good Survey Questions”

You’ve done your research. You’ve drafted your questions, and you think you’re ready to send your survey.

But, how do you know it’s good enough to elicit the kinds of responses you need?

While online survey tools make it easy to send surveys, you still need to do the legwork and create a survey that actually works. This requires careful planning.

Without it, you may not get the meaningful data you’re looking for.

To help you evaluate your survey, in this article, we look at how to know if you have “good survey questions.”

Take a look at the following and then look at your survey questions. If they meet these qualifications, you have good survey questions.

Have a Goal

Do you have a goal for your survey? It’s best practice to have a goal in mind before you start crafting your survey questions.

For example, ask yourself about the objective of your survey. What’s the most important thing you want to know? What else are you looking for?

Once you have your goal, you can craft questions to go with it.

Keep It Simple

We can almost promise you that your customers won’t answer long surveys (unless the reward is overly beneficial).

Because of this, you want to keep your survey as simple as possible. If your survey is simple, and short, you’re more likely to have a larger pool or respondents.

People are busy, and you want to provide them easy access to your survey. Make sure they can complete your survey in under 10 minutes. (tweet this)

If you want to ensure the best results, keep your survey well under five minutes. Show your respondents you care and respect their time, otherwise your abandonment rate will skyrocket. 

Stay Away from Yes/No Questions

Otherwise known as a polar question, the yes/no question in most instances isn’t going to provide you much data.

With this question there are only two possible answers, and that is all you’re going to get.

You leave your respondents without a voice. They can’t tell you what they think, and they have no other choice by yes or no. It may be they are somewhere in between.

What’s more, this question is leading. If your respondent isn’t squarely in the yes or no corner, they are forced to pick one of those answers, creating bias.

You’re after real, authentic data, and the polar question isn’t the way to get it.

If you are really set on a closed-ended type of question like this, at least give your respondents multiple items to choose from. The multiple choice question is certainly a better option because you are giving them more choices.

In addition, you may also want to include a line for “other,” so they can add their own answer. After all, you may not have thought of all possible answers. 

Use the Right Type of Question

When working with surveys, you’ll note there are many different types of questions.

In order to get the best data, you want to use the right type of question.

Qualitative questions are open-ended. Use these types of questions when you want a written answer.

Quantitative questions are closed-ended, and you offer options for respondents. These may include:

  • Check boxes
  • Drop down menus
  • Radio buttons
  • Rating scales
  • Ranking scales

Often, you’ll find that a mix of questions is ideal for your needs. You might even follow up with an open-ended question after a respondent answers a closed-ended question in a particular way.

Use Open-Ended Questions

This type of question can be very valuable because your respondents provide a comment. It can be one sentence or many and often gives you insight into how your survey respondents really feel about your business or your products.

The open-ended question allows you to really dig deep for data.

As we just mentioned, not all of your questions have to be open-ended nor should they be. Consider one or two open-ended questions so as not to overly tax your respondents. 

Do be careful when wording this question. You want to ensure you aren’t leading respondents to a particular answer. 

Ask One Thing in Each Question

This is a problem that derails many survey writers.

It happens when someone writes a question that actually includes more than one question. For example:

  • Do you like product x? What is your favorite thing about it? How is it beneficial?

Not only are you asking too many similar questions, but you’re confusing your respondents.

If it was open-ended, you might expect to only get one of your questions answered.  If it was closed-ended, your respondents wouldn’t know what to answer, so your data will be skewed.

Each question should pose only one thing. Don’t make it hard for respondents to answer you accurately and precisely.

You might reword the above example like this: “What do you find most beneficial about product x?”

Don’t Use Leading Words

Great writers know that words can have very different meanings depending on their context.

Good survey writers are aware of the same nuances.

In order to get the most precise data from your survey, be very careful with your wording. Make sure your questions aren’t leading and that they say exactly what you mean.

Have others look over your questions to see if they interpret them differently than you meant them.

Avoid Double-Barreled Questions

Similar to the leading question, this one shows great bias.

For example, if you own a hotel, a double-barreled question might look like this: “Is our hotel your favorite place to stay?” Or, “What is the most economical hotel for you to stay at?”

Not only are these questions leading, but in the case of the last question, one person’s economical isn’t always the same as another. 

Final Thoughts

Some sources attribute the following to Albert Einstein, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

As you craft your survey and look for good survey questions that produce the best data, consider this quote.

If you ask the right questions and in the right manner, you’re sure to get the data you’re looking for to meet your overall goals. 

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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Understanding Your Survey Results
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Understanding Your Survey Results

You’ve done your due diligence and created a simple, data-rich survey, and the results are pouring in.

Now what?

It’s time to review your survey responses. In this article, we look at understanding your survey results and how to move forward with them.

Display Your Results Visually

The human brain processes visual images 60,000 times faster than it does text.

So, take your data and put it into an image-based format. Think tables and graphs. This makes it easier not only for you, but for the rest of your team, to interpret the results.

Consider tables when looking at precise numbers or when you have just a few comparisons. Use graphs and other imagery when you have more to compare.

Ignore the Outliers

Once you have your survey data in a visually appealing format, you can concentrate on the high points. This means look at the biggest trends and for the initial discussion, ignore the outliers.

At first glance, you’re after the big picture of the data. For example, 15 respondents answered a question the same way, while two people didn’t. Save those outliers for a later discussion because they might even be mistakes.

You don’t want to miss the big picture because you focused on the smallest survey responses. (tweet this)

Use the Data Wisely

Let’s say you conducted a survey, and you wanted 100 responses, but you only got 10.

If your survey was about something as important as a major product change, you might want to send out a few more surveys a respectable time apart to be sure the data is correct.

If you do this, consider revising your survey and asking the question in a new way to elicit more responses.

Once you find your survey data correlates with one another, you can feel safe moving forward with your business change.

Final Thoughts

The best surveys are simple and specific with data that you can take action on. They begin with a well-crafted survey and end with a thorough examination of your survey results.

Finally, before you create your survey, write down its purpose along with what you think you’ll find. Then, you’ll have better results and something to compare them to.

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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10 Unique Survey Questions
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5 Unique Survey Questions

Surveys are a terrific way to gather vital information for your business. You may have already started surveying your customers with this popular data-collection method.

You may have found that surveys can help you survey large groups of people in a cost-effective manner. Perhaps you’re getting ready to send another survey, and you’d like to send one that isn’t predictable or boring.

Asking unexpected, fun questions is a great way to encourage more survey responses. You might find that shaking things up a bit increases your response rates.

We put together this list of five unique survey questions so you an reduce your survey abandonment rates and encourage more respondents to not only start your survey but finish it.

#1: Picture Question – Choose One

The image choice question is fun for respondents, and it’s especially useful for your more visual customers.

This type of question is a simple, closed-ended question where your survey respondents can choose from one or more image answers.

You provide the images, and they are free to pick their favorite(s).

We like the image-based question because it’s highly interactive for your survey respondents and encourages engagement. This is especially helpful if your customers are suffering from survey fatigue.

Because your customers are hit every day with surveys, the interactive image-based question can energize your customers and make them want to complete your survey. This can reduce your survey abandonment rate and increase your response rate.

The picture question can help you break through the survey clutter and show your customers their opinions matter.

#2: The Constant Sum Question

With this distinctive survey question, you allow your respondents to express how valuable or important something is to them.

A constant sum survey question helps you collect a ratio of data showing it in comparison to other data.

For example, you might offer respondents a sliding scale that they can move themselves. You could ask them to show how likely they are to do a series of things.

Let’s say you own a clothing store, and you want to know how likely your customers are to spend money on individual items. They can move the slider showing how they spend their money. You might ask them to slide the scale on the following:

  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Jewelry
  • Hats and Belts
  • Shoes

You can use this question when you are relatively sure your customers will make a purchase from you, but you want to know on what.

#3: Upload a File

There are times when you may really want to engage your survey respondents and asking them to upload a file on their cellphone is one way to do this.

Perhaps you’re looking for photos, documents or other information. If so, you can add an upload question to your survey.

Using this question allows your respondents to not only provide you a survey response but upload a file as well. It allows you to collect data that might not be available to you through standard survey questions.

While your customers will find this question fairly easy to deal with, you want to make sure to restrict the type of file your respondents can upload. For example, if you’re looking for an image, you don’t want them to upload a spreadsheet.

Be sure to provide hints and tips for users who may not be well-versed in mobile uploads.

#4: Reword the Question

Another way to make your surveys more unique is to get your creative juices working. Find fun ways to rewrite your standards survey questions so they inspire your respondents and elicit higher response rates.

Consider this survey question example:

How likely are you to purchase this product again?

  • Heck yeah!
  • Stuck in the middle.
  • Wishy washy.
  • No way.

By using clever choices, you give your customers a smile and create a survey they might actually want to complete.

Note, though, that this doesn’t work for all survey questions, and you should remain serious where it’s called for and if your industry wouldn’t work well with a bit of creativity.

Know your audience and use your best judgement.

#5: Throw in Some Humor

Yes, surveys are important for your data collection, and you don’t want to venture too far away from getting your results, but in the right circumstances you can consider using a little humor.

For example, if you have a long survey of 10 questions, and you want to add a bit of levity to the seriousness of it, you might through in a humorous question in the middle.

Do make sure the question still gathers data but ask it in a unique way. Perhaps halfway through your long survey, you might ask customers, “Are you tired yet?”

For the answers, make it apply to your business:

  • Choice #1: Yes! I’m as tired as I was walking from one end of your store to the other to find what I needed.
  • Choice #2: Of course not, you would never tire me.

From this question/answer, you add some humor, but you’re still able to take away vital data. If they chose choice #1, you might rethink your store layout for ease of use.

Bottom line have fun with your wording but do make sure you’re still getting valuable data about your customers’ experience with you. (tweet this)

Final Thoughts

Hilary Swank, a well-known actress, said, “If I’m going to do something different, and if I want it to meet someone’s needs, I really need to go the distance.”

If you take this quote to heart, you can see how important it is to first, survey your customers so you ensure you’re meeting their needs. Second, you want to create a survey that is engaging enough your customers will want to take it.

One way to do this is to throw in some unique survey questions to increase your response rate and engage your best customers.

Now that you have some survey questions to help you step out of your response, you’re well on your way to getting responses while making your customers feel that you went the extra mile to make sure their survey experience was one of a kind.

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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