10 Strategies to Increase Survey Responses

Kolapo Imam
Product Evangelist

June 2, 2023

Surveys are an essential tool for organisations looking to gather valuable consumer insights. However, low survey response rates can hinder the accuracy of the data collected, making it challenging to draw meaningful insights. In this article, we will explore the top ten practical steps to increase survey response rates and get more accurate data.

1. Keep it short and Interesting

Surveys might be tedious and time-consuming which could lead to low response rates. Keeping surveys short and straight to the point will help reduce the chances of drop-off or low response rates. Your surveys should focus on asking the most important questions and collecting the most critical data points for insights gathering.

2. Offer Incentives to Respondents

Incentivising survey responses is a great way to encourage participation. Offer rewards such as product discounts, recharge cards, payment coupons, or other incentives that are relevant to your target audience. This can be an effective way to increase response rates and gather more accurate data.

3. Clear and Concise Survey Title

Your survey titles should communicate what the survey is about and a brief description of why it is important to the target audience. A clear and concise title can help grab the attention of potential respondents and increase the likelihood of survey participation or even sharing.

4. Mobile-Friendly Survey Tools

With the increased usage and access to the internet across different device types, it is important to ensure that the survey is presented in a mobile-friendly manner. A mobile-optimised survey tool can make it easier for respondents to complete the survey, leading to higher response rates.

5. Reminders and Notifications

Sending non-intrusive reminders to survey respondents is a great way to increase survey responses. Send email reminders, push notifications, social media posts, or text messages to remind respondents and the target audience to complete the survey. This can be highly effective when combined with incentives like discounts or merchandise.

6. Survey Delivery Timing 

The timing of your survey can also impact response rates. Avoid sending surveys during holidays or other busy periods when people may be less likely to respond to the survey. Industry-based data or some internal data points can help identify the time when survey respondents are most likely available to engage with the survey and submit responses.

7. Clear and Simple Survey Design

Simple survey designs can help respondents and the target audience provide accurate feedback to the questions. Ensure the use of simple language and complex industry terms that might make questions difficult for respondents to understand.

8. Personalise Your Survey 

Personalisation is an effective hack in research, marketing and a host of other fields. Survey personalisation can help the target audience resonate with the questions and find completing the survey relevant to their needs. It also helps increase engagement and possibly patronage if it involves some product or service. Surveys should include personalised greetings and tailor-made questions that meet the respondent's interests, demographic and preferences which can help improve the accuracy of the data collected.

9. Unique Distribution Methods 

The distribution methods for surveys equally contribute to the completion rates and quality of responses. Using different distribution methods such as email, social media, SMS or push notifications can help reach a wider audience and achieve an improved survey response rate.

10. Share Findings Regularly

It is not highly recommended to always share survey results, especially for surveys involving confidential insights gathering. However, sharing the results of your survey with respondents can help increase engagement and build trust. Informing respondents on how their feedback will be used towards improving service delivery or their experience will help orchestrate a sense of community and encourage future participation.

In conclusion, increasing survey completion and responses is critical for organisations looking for unique ways to leverage consumer insights for growth. Keeping surveys short and concise, offering great incentives such as coupons, merchandise or discounts and sending reminders across multiple channels are great ways to increase survey responses. 

Ensuring the survey tool is mobile-friendly, with a clear and simple survey design, personalised questions and filtering can also contribute to the success of the survey. Organisations can gain valuable insights about their target audience, or market which will help data-driven business decisions by prioritising survey responses.

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