A Beginner's Guide to Customer Surveys
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A Beginner's Guide to Customer Surveys

Posted on 10 October 2019
A Beginner's Guide to Customer Surveys

Are you listening to your customers? If you're not, it's possible you're missing some very important feedback that could help you better serve your customers and keep them coming back, and most importantly, referring your business to their friends. It also helps you improve your marketing because you'll understand your customers needs better.

Before you send out a survey to your email list, or via your social media channel, it's important to make sure your questions are clear and well written, which means having a goal in mind as to what you want to achieve from your survey. Here's some ideas on what types of things a survey can help you achieve:

  • Discover what your existing customers like (or don't like) about doing business with you, so you know what areas of your business needs improving.
  • Find out what's important to your customers.
  • Send a thank you survey to your customers after they purchase to get feedback.
  • Test interest on a new idea you have for a service, product, or a system.
  • A survey can even be used as part of your lead generation strategy. This can be beneficial for people who are researching or in the consideration stage.
  • You could create a fun quiz to get a better understanding of a subject matter. This can help you create better content to engage with and educate your potential customers. You could even make your quiz a competition!

Get more engagement with your surveys

Let's be honest. Most people aren't going to get excited about completing a survey. That's why it's important to keep surveys short, simple to answer, and motivate people to take part.

  • Make sure your survey is appropriate to where you clients are within your sales cycle.
  • Don't make your survey take longer than 5-7 minutes to complete.
  • Don't use too many open ended questions.
  • Keep your questions simple and free from jargon or technical language (unless it's appropriate).

Offer an incentive

Everyone loves being appreciated! Why not offer a value add (gift) or a discount on the next purchase from you, for everyone who completes your survey.

At Bloomtools, we offer flexible survey builders with advanced features that you can use to create, send, and analyse the results. Learn more about our Online Survey Software here - if you're interested in discussing how surveys can help your business, get in touch with your local internet consultant.

What follows is an article discussing four case studies of how surveys helped businesses.

Four Case Studies - How surveys made a real difference in their business

Ever wondered how surveys might help your business out? Then read our next four case studies from Bloomtools clients who have had amazing successes with surveys.

Case Study 1 - Surveys to introduce a new idea / gain insight into consumer thoughts

A retail business wanted to know if their customers would be interested in buying their products online. Moving the business towards ecommerce was going to be a significant investment and they wanted to know whether the investment would be worth it. They needed to ask their current customers if they would buy online and they did this using a survey. Their was one excellent reason for choosing an online survey in this instance: to find out their customer's willingness to participate in online activities. If they were timid about doing an online survey, there's a good chance that they wouldn't feel comfortable with online shopping.

The client put together their list of contacts and email addresses that they had acquired using a free downloaded report on their website. They then built their survey, offered the chance to win free products if they participated in the survey, and then sent a link to the survey using their email marketing account to about 8,000 recipients. Within half an hour they had over two hundred survey results. By the next morning they had over two thousand and ended up with at least 30% of the recipients responding to the survey! The information provided the client with much better data from which they could make a more informed decision about selling their product online.

Case Study 2 - One Survey increased their businesses revenue tenfold

An accountant had found out that it was eight times more expensive to attract a new client as it was to get an existing client to do more business with you. Armed with this new information, they decided to create an online survey that would enable them to learn more about what their clients wanted so they could offer it to them...and earn more.

They used a range of different question styles to get the information they wanted. Multiple choice questions prompted the customer to indicate which products and services they new the accountant provided. Interval questions allowed the customer to rate the accountant's services on a scale of 1 to 10. Open text responses were perfect for getting the customer's opinion about something. Furthermore, to increase the level of response, recipients were offered a free financial service consultation.

Again, this survey generated amazingly high respondents (over 20%) and the results started pouring in within minutes of the email going out. This data was extremely valuable to the client in making business and marketing decisions. They identified many areas and services that their current clients did not know they offered and from this alone they were able to increase the average dollar spend per client by 15% simply by using their current services! They also identified the need to increase the number of times they needed to see their clients, which also increased their profitability ten fold. What a fantastic response!

Case Study 3 - 360 degree review of employees helped improve staff performances

As business owners, you would understand the importance of giving your staff feedback about their performances. This particular business placed a lot of weight on its teamwork and values, and wanted to ensure the that staff gained some valuable insight into their position within the company and what they could do to improve themselves. The company introduced a 360 degrees survey, which is feedback that is given to the employee from their fellows team mates in a top-down, bottom-up and peer-to-peer fashion. It also includes a self-assessment. 

Every year, the client produces an online survey asking for feedback on each of the team members, and send these out to the staff. The staff members respond to the surveys, and the information is then compiled by the management team and used to identify the strengths and areas for improvement of each of the staff members. The benefits of using the online survey for the 360 degree reviews was its anonymity (they were more likely to get honest results), is discreteness (the staff members could do the survey at home where they felt more relaxed), and the ability to produce an easy to read report for the management team to follow. As a result of these yearly reviews, the client discovered that they had a longer staff retention as well as job satisfaction in their team.

Case study 4 - Client communication - Are you giving enough value to your clients? What do they want more of from you?

Recently we had an existing client that wanted to know what their customers thought of their business and what feelings their brand conjured up in their mind. They didn't want to prompt their customers, but wanted to determine if their brand was clearly communicating their message. They were in the process of determining whether they should re-fresh their existing logo or whether they needed a complete re-brand with a new name to better align with the future direction of the company.

By using an online survey the client received feedback from the participants that showed what thoughts and feelings were evoked with the current brand. It also highlighted to the client untapped areas within their business and it set a level of expectation of what the client needed. The final results were that the client was able to re-fresh the look of brand without changing their name, saving the client lots of money while also being able to align their brand with the clients expectations and re-gaining customer loyalty.

If you would like to learn more about how to take advantage of our online survey builder, get in touch with your local internet consultant today.

Author: Bloomtools
Tags: Lead Generation