Sending Online Surveys and Web Forms

Mineful’s online survey software and online forms creator allows you to send your surveys in 3 different ways. In this post we will show how easy it is to send your online surveys and how powerful each of these methods are.

Creating a Web Link

You can create a link to your online survey or form. Use this link on your web page, emails, and blogs. For example, you can access our Survey on Survey Software here.
To create a link to your survey, go to Publish and Add a New Web Link.

Simply copy the URL given and use it on your site. Use the URL for text or image links.

You can create multiple links and keep track of respondents to each different link that you create.

Both the online surveys and web forms can be published via a link.

Creating Source Code

Creating source code allows you to copy one line of code and put it as part of your webpage. Creat a source code on the Publish page, copy the code, and place it on your website. Your online surveys and web forms will look as part of your page (even though it makes a request to Mineful servers).

See our Survey Examples or Online Form Examples to view how we created surveys with an html page.

The code generated is an iframe that can be modified to your needs. Here are some adjustments to the default code you can do:

Width and Height By default, width and height are set to 100% and will occupy as much space as the region where it copies permits. You can change these values on your website to fit a specific width and height in pixels (e.g. 600×600).
Allow Transparency Sets or retrieves whether the object can be transparent. When the property is set to false, the backgroundColor property of the object can only be that of the window. When the property is set to true, the background Color property of the object can be set to any value, including the default value of transparent.
Margins Set margin values in the marginwidth and marginheight attributes.
Space Horizontal and vertical space can be modified in the hspace and vspace attributes.
Scroll Bar The scrolling attribute allows scrollbars inside the survey. For surveys with long pages, it is recommended to change the scrolling attribute to “yes”.

Sending Surveys with Email Lists

You can send email survey invitations to your email list using a simple email list management tool. Track who responds to your survey, and send follow-up reminders to the slackers.

Upload a CSV file or type in your list emails, names, etc., create an email message and send to respondents. Create various lists and test which subjects and email messages get more clicks and survey completions.

Steps to create a survey email list:

  1. Click on to create an email list.
  2. Enter a name for your email list.
  3. Copy and paste your addresses.Enter each email address on a separate line. If you want to add a name to the address follow this guide line. Sample : joe@mydomain.com,first name,last name.
  4. Create.
  5. Click on to create a message and send the survey.
  6. Enter a subject. You can include tags to use data you uploaded, for example, you can write {first_name}, a survey for you. This would translate into the person’s name that you uploaded and its message, e.g. James, a survey for you.
  7. Enter your survey message. Make sure to include the {survey_link}. This tag creates a unique link to your survey for each respondent. This allows you to track who responded and completed your survey.
  8. Reply to: enter the Reply to address that your respondents can use to respond to your email.
  9. Send to: either All Recipients, New Recipients, Recipients that HAVE responded, or Recipients that HAVE NOT responded (send reminders).
  10. Test the message. A test message is sent to the Reply to address.
  11. Send!

See our VIDEO: Getting Started with Mineful Market Research and Analysis Software

Mineful is a web-based market research and survey software that was created to collect and study the market’s information. This online solution is very flexible when it comes to presenting all the figures and numbers you need to know about your company and your targeted market. In addition to this, you will have the chance to share the processed data with other fellow professionals.

Getting Started
Create a FREE account and start using Mineful. This free account will not expire. Use Mineful anytime from anywhere. Once you see everything you can do with Mineful, but need to take advantage of more advanced features Mineful has to offer, you can Upgrade at any time. Once you are done using Mineful, you can downgrade to a free account at anytime and you will not lose your data.

Once you have created an account, you can login from our homepage or through our Portal Login. Mineful Market Research Software works like a desktop. Each application can be reached by clicking on the icon or by going through the Start menu.

Questions? Contact Mineful Support, we’ll be glad to help you get started.

Introduction to Online Surveys

  • Create a new survey by clicking on at the top left of the menu.
  • Create from Scratch (blank survey) or from a previously created survey
  • Add your first question from a list of more that 15 survey question types
  • Enter the information needed, choose from various question specific options and save
  • Add pages or questions as needed
  • Choose from many Options on the menu like: including a progress bar, removing question numbers, and many more…
  • Preview your survey
  • Send your survey via a link, an email list, or paste code on your site
  • Done!

Introduction to Online Forms

  • Create a new form by clicking on at the top left of the menu.
  • Give it a name, category, and description.
  • Drag and drop data fields from the Toolbar on the right
  • You can fill out the form right there (internally) or create a link and/or put code on your site so visitors can fill out your form.
  • Choose from many Options like: changing the Thank You page message, adding your logo, and many more.
  • Done!

Introduction to the Data View
Mineful’s data views allows you to browse and view data submissions online. Click on the “Views” icon on the Desktop, select the survey or form for which you want to view the data, and browse away.

  • View data for either surveys or forms
  • Browse data in table form or record by record
  • Sort survey data
  • Edit form data
  • Download data as a CSV file to use with Microsoft Excel or Access

Introduction to the Analysis Sandbox

  • Access the Analysis Sandbox from the Desktop or from the Start menu Workspaces Analysis Sandbox
  • Choose whether you are analyzing an online survey or a online form
  • Choose from over 12 different analysis to gain insights on your data
  • Your output is an easy to understand chart that you can customize to your preference

The Pros and Cons of Online Surveys

More and more businesses are relying on online surveys to learn what their customers want, need, and value. Well-constructed online surveys can be effective market research tools, but they do have some disadvantages. Learning more about the pros and cons of online surveys can help you make better use of these powerful tools.


9 Tips to Writing Good Survey Questions

Today, surveys still carry much importance in gathering metrics and understanding people’s opinions. In business, customers provide valuable feedback on products and services. In education, children’s measures of intelligence are gathered through “survey tests”. In Economics, unemployment rates are calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics via phone, mail, and online surveys. The point is, asking questions is important!

It is essential to any market researcher to write questions that are understandable and can provide accurate and consistent results. What is a good question? A good survey question produces answers that are reliable and valid measures of something we want to describe. Just the style of writing a question can alter its meaning to the participant. Here are a few ways to write questions that can make a survey more effective.

  1. Keep the language very simple. A survey question is not a test of your vocabulary skills. The use of language that is incomprehensible to the participant will only distort the findings. So avoid framing a question like

Online surveys have transformed the field of market research. Retailers in particular are discovering how the latest internet survey software can provide valuable insights into how customers make decisions.

Going Beyond Sales Data
Traditionally retailers have relied mainly on sales data to determine their customers

Characteristics of Internet Users

Anyone who wants to do online surveys or market research online should be curious about who actually uses the Internet. Although usage patterns are constantly changing, it is still possible to create a fairly clear profile of Internet users.

Who Uses the Internet?
In 2008, Asia accounted for the largest number of Internet users, followed by Europe and then North America. (http://www.internetworldstats.com/). As a percentage of the population, North America leads the world, with almost 75% of the population having access to the Internet and the basic skills needed to use it.

In the U.S., women account for slightly more than half of Internet users (51%). In terms of ethnic background, the numbers are generally in line with the population as a whole. Approximately 74% of users are white, 11% are Hispanic, 9% are African-American, and the remaining 6% belong to other racial or ethnic groups.

The percentage of the population that uses the Internet on a regular basis stays fairly constant until about age 55. Then it begins to decline steadily, from about 67% for the 50-54 age group to about 16% for people over 75. (www.clickz.com/3446641)

More than half of Internet users (54%) live in suburbs, 30% live in cities, and 16% live in rural areas.

What People Are Doing Online?
So what are all these people doing on the Internet? The most frequent activity is still email, although it is being challenged for the top spot by online searches. (www.pewinternet.org/Data-Tools). Other frequent uses include searching for a map or driving directions, looking for information on a hobby or interest, checking the weather, and getting news. Online commerce (shopping, banking, paying bills) continues to grow in popularity, but it is not one of the most frequent activities.

How people use the Internet depends to some extent on who they are. Men are more likely than women to get news, buy travel services, check sports scores, and participate in online auctions. Women are more likely than men to get health information, use support-group Web sites, and get information about spiritual and religious topics. Young Internet users (ages 18-29) are more likely than others to do research for school, use instant messaging, listen to music, use dating sites, and share files. (www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0931238.html)

New Trends in Access and Content
One of the most significant trends in Internet use involves how people are accessing the Internet. In December 2007, about six months after release of Apple

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