Conducting an Online Survey

You can do it yourself if you follow these words of advice.

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Conducting your own can be a cheap and efficient way to gain insight into the customers' minds-and possibly their pocketbooks. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure a successful online survey:

  1. Do the survey yourself.
  2. Determine the survey's goal.
  3. Keep the survey short.
  4. Select your survey channels.
  5. Test the survey.
  6. For quantitative answers, don't overlap the survey categories.
  7. Always provide survey-takers the option of answering "I don't know."
  8. Keep it simple.
  9. Ask for a list.
  10. Offer an related to respondents' interests.
  11. When selecting incentives, keep them unrelated to the survey questions.
  12. Keep your in mind.
  13. Remember simplicity.
  14. Do for the right reasons.

Excerpted from Entrepreneur magazine, July 2001

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