The Basics of Composing Proper Survey Questions

When designing surveys, there are basic elements to consider when composing properly designed survey questions

survey-designAs you begin to plan and develop your survey, you must first determine what information you want to collect, which then guides you through choosing which questions to ask, how to ask them, and of whom. Be precise. you should be creating questions that are as precise as possible.  Precision questions have the highest degree of accuracy as a result of the participants’ ability to recall events with ease. When asking questions about events, activities, and behaviors, the following components contribute to improving the precision of your survey questions.  Continue reading

What Do Your Prospects Want? Ask! 7 Strategies to Help.

 7 strategies to help you determine what your prospects are looking to purchase

Do you know exactly what products and services your prospects want to purchase? Wouldn’t it make sales and marketing much easier if you knew exactly what they want?  Although there is no one straight answer to this question, there are several strategies you can use to gather information on what your target market is looking for in terms of products and services.

Here are 7 strategies you can use to determine what your prospects are looking to purchase.

  1. Ask your current customers for ideas about new products and services. This is an obvious method, but it’s also one of the most effective means for gathering ideas. You can also make use of your current email subscribers and social media followers by asking them if they have any suggestions for new products or services.customer-sat
  2. Ask your current customers for feedback on products and services they currently use, not including your company’s.  When you survey your current customers, don’t just focus on gathering feedback about your products or services. Ask them what they have purchased from other businesses, and how satisfied they are with those products and services, and what features stood out that made them purchase those products or services. This will give you a clearer understanding of what your customers purchasing habits, and how you can effectively market to them and persuade them to buy from your company. Continue reading

7 Most Common Mistakes in Customer Feedback, #1 No Clear Objective

Mistake #1: You start the customer feedback process without clear objectives

A spectrum of sophistication

Experts point to a spectrum of sophistication when it comes to online research tools and that they are horses-for-courses, depending on the scope of your feedback needs.set-clear-customer-feedback-objectives

“The difference between a quick question on Google Surveys and a more refined tool allowing for routing of questions and advanced analytics is like the difference between a ring tone and a live gig,” says Dr Nicola Stanley, director of engagement at agency Silver Dialogue and a former researcher at Unilever. “There’s a need for both, but they are worlds apart.” 

Based on the findings from Snap Surveys’ own consumer research, the marketer survey it conducted with BrandRepublic and the opinions of experts, marketers may be prone to committing one or more of the following missteps when commissioning and handling feedback:

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Blog Series Intro: 7 Most Common Mistakes in Gathering Customer Feedback

Introduction: Blog Series: 7 most common mistakes in gathering customer feedback – and how to avoid them 

We at Snap Surveys, a leading survey software and service solutions provider, partnered with Brand Republic, the UK’s leading online destination for people working in the marketing and communications industries, to explore how brands are capturing customer feedback and what they do with the findings.

Feedback is a powerful tool, but it needs to be collected and used correctly

When it comes to gathering customer feedback, marketers these days have an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the internet and that 24/7 global chat room called social media. In fact, there is now a bewildering array of feedback tools that marketers have at their disposal, regardless of whether it is even appropriate to solicit consumer opinion in the first place. Continue reading

How Long is a Customer Satisfaction Survey?

How long do you expect a customer satisfaction survey to be?

customer-satisfaction-surveysThe primary reasons for assessing customer satisfaction are to maximize customer retention, and to gain and retain customer loyalty. Customer satisfaction is essential to the survival of any business. How do we find out whether our customers are satisfied? We ask them. Customer satisfaction surveys are an important tool used to gather feedback from customers about their satisfaction levels, and for developing strategies for improvement.

In the development process, how long do you make a customer satisfaction survey? As with any survey, the answer is always “it depends.” It depends on many factors, in particular, the main objectives set for the research. If comprehensive and realistic objectives are not set, the survey will have little to no value. Before you begin the process of designing a customer satisfaction survey, ask yourself why you are conducting the survey and what you want to learn from it. Continue reading

Know When to Respond to Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Knowing when to respond to feedback from customer satisfaction surveys can help you improve overall customer satisfaction

customer-satisfactionThe ability to respond to customer satisfaction surveys in a timely manner is one of the main advantages of online surveys and mobile surveys. When gathering feedback on a customer’s level of satisfaction with your products & services, or your organizational processes, a higher level of immediacy should be taken. Reacting to survey feedback immediately has become the standard in improving customer satisfaction on a respondent-by-respondent basis. Continue reading

Satisfied Employees Leads to Satisfied Customers

Employee Satisfaction Produces Customer Loyalty

Satisfied employees help produce satisfied customers. Satisfied employees are likely to assist customers with a more pleasant demeanor and a higher level of customer service. This creates a more satisfying customer experience, increases customer loyalty, and ultimately drives increased profitability.  Conversely, low employee satisfaction and overall low employee morale can negatively effect company operations greatly, causing dissatisfied customers and hurt profitability.

Any business, including your business, needs to focus efforts on front-line service staff – those employees that have direct, daily contact with customers. The connection between front-line employees and customers should be at the center of management attention. Managers need to take into consideration the additional factors that yield profitability at every level in the organization, including: investment in good, quality workers; technology that supports front-line employees; concrete recruiting and training practices; and compensation linked to employee performance.

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Measure Customer Satisfaction from Current and Past Customers

Measuring customer satisfaction not only from current customers, but also from past customers

Administering customer satisfaction surveys is one of the best ways to uncover data about how customers feel about your products, services, customer service, business and marketing programs, events, and  your company’s overall ability to remain successful. Customer satisfaction surveys produce data that can help your company solve any current customer issues and help prevent potential customer problems.  Collected data can also help gauge your company’s current success with business and marketing strategies, so that you can be assured that your company is staying on target. Customer satisfaction surveys provide your business with an immense amount of valuable data.

What is the Value of Customer Retention?

Understand the value of customer retention

Many companies realize that customer retention is extremely important. They recognize that losing valued, loyal customers is bad for the company’s long term revenue potential and overall success. Even though this is understood on a basic level, few companies – especially those companies providing a service – seem to misunderstand what losing a single customer can mean to their business.

 

Example:  Sandra took her car to an auto maintenance facility for trouble with her oil gauge. Sandra knows very little about cars, so she decided it would be wise to have her car towed to the closest auto maintenance facility to be serviced. The mechanic on duty treated Sandra with absolute condescension.  He acted as if Sandra should know much more about cars and how to check her own oil. Upon completion of service, the mechanic charged Sandra for 2 hours of service even though Sandra had only waited an hour for her oil to be checked and changed.  It was obviously a bad experience for Sandra, and she had no intention of returning to that auto maintenance facility for future services, nor would she recommend their services to friends and family.

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Customer Satisfaction Surveys – Advantages and Disadvantages

Take customer satisfaction into consideration when developing strategic business decisions. 

The most efficient way to measure customer satisfaction is to develop customer satisfaction surveys with the help of a good survey software solution. An advanced survey software solution can manage multi-mode survey research methods – produce the same survey in different formats; including online surveys, mobile surveys,  paper surveys, and more – depending on the best method to reach your target customer base. Customer satisfaction surveys are designed to give you anonymous and unambiguous insight into your customers’ thoughts and perceptions pertaining to your products, services, programs, and your organization as a whole. They can also provide valuable information leading to what needs to be changed in order to retain lasting customer relationships.

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