Anonymisation in Surveys – Sending an email that includes a unique participant identifier
When distributing surveys, you can track whether a given participant has responded and if not, send them reminder emails.
You may need participants to log in to ensure that they only complete a questionnaire once, or to enable Snap Online to keep track of the responses. To set up a login page, you must have a known list of participants and they must each have a unique ID that they use to log in. In Snap Online this must be set up in the participants file.
To make life simple for participants and help to increase your response rate, the email invitations can contain a link to the survey that, when clicked, automatically logs the participant into the survey.
What you need
- A unique email address for each participant. You can also add additional fields to personalise your email invite or to provide login details.
Uploading the participants
- Open your survey in Snap Online and from the survey’s Summary click on the Collect link.
- Select the Participants side menu to view the participants and invitations. The Participants Overview is selected by default.
- Click on the Participant list menu item to view the participants.
- Click on Upload Participants to open the Upload Participants Wizard.
- On the first page, click Select file to add the file with the participants’ data. The accepted formats are CSV and XLSX. Click Next.
- Select the survey options for sending email invitations and using logins.
- Select Send email invites/reminders to be able to send email invitations and reminders.
- In Email address field, select the spreadsheet column that contains the email address for the participants. This field is required and Snap Online attempts to match the most likely column.
- Select Seed data into invites/reminders if you wish to seed participant data into the invitations and reminders.
- Select Allow Snap Online to track your participants for questionnaire seeding. This will allow your participant to be tracked when they have responded.
- In the Login field, select the spreadsheet column that contains the login for the participants. This field is required and Snap Online attempts to match the most likely column.
- Click Next. The overview summarizes the chosen settings for you to review.
- Click Upload to upload the participants to the survey. The results are displayed when the upload is complete. Click Finish to close the wizard.
Creating the email invitation
- Click on the Invitations menu item to view the email invitations and reminders.
- Click Add Invitation to create an email invitation in the Email Editor.
- Add a heading in Subject.
- Type the email message in the message area.
- Click Insert tag to add a SurveyLinkAuto link. This provides a link for the participant to access the survey and must be included in the email message.
- You should also include a link enabling your participants to opt out of the survey. Click Insert tag and select the OptOut link.
- The link text can be customised by clicking Insert hyperlink .
- The list of participants can be managed in Snap Online.
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