We want your surveys to be as inclusive as possible and that is why have recently launched some updates to make your surveys more accessible for participants who may have disabilities and may require third-party screen readers or rely heavily on keyboard navigation.
By reviewing the structure of our surveys and improving the underlying HTML tags following the WAI-ARIA specification, we have made dramatic improvements to the way screen readers interact with the survey content. We also reviewed how accessible each question type was when being answered by only using the keyboard.
Click on the screen recording below to see a survey which was controlled only with the keyboard:
It is possible to fully participate in our survey only using the keyboard. Every item is read aloud by screen readers, allowing people with impaired vision to complete it as well.
We are always looking for ways to improve the accessibility of our online surveys. If you, or your participants, have any feedback, or have faced some problems related to accessibility, then please let us know.
One of the most common ways for you to share your survey is to use a survey link. You can use this link to share your survey in an email, on social media, etc. However, sometimes you may want to share your survey on printed media such as a poster or flyer. This is where QR codes come in handy.
QR codes are perfect for print media as they allow potential participants to get to your survey directly by quickly scanning the code, rather than having to read and manually input a long survey URL.
For every “Survey Link” collector you create, you can now also generate a QR code as an image file. You can then take this image and place it virtually anywhere. Here is an example:
Try it out, scan the code above with a QR scanner on your smartphone and you will be redirected to the corresponding survey.
We are happy to announce that we have another question type for you. The “Ranking” question allows your participants to order a list of choices by priority, opinion, etc., using drag and drop.
When a participant drops a choice into the right-side container, it will automatically be “ranked” by number.
In your survey results, you will find detailed information about the ranking. The question’s items will be ordered by overall rank as well as show their distribution (how many times first, second, etc.).
We are happy to include this question type in the tool for you and hope you find it to be a useful addition to your online survey.
We are happy to announce that there is a new question type available for you to use in your online survey. The “Slider” question allows your participants to select a position between two poles (e.g. “Poor” vs “Great”) by simply moving the slider on a scale from whatever numeric range you define (e.g. -10 to 10, one step at a time).
The slider is fully responsive and works also great on mobile devices.
You will be able to see which positions your participants have selected in your survey results both within the tool and in your exports.
The Slider question is a classic online survey question and we are happy to now include it in the tool for you!
When a participant completes your survey, they are normally shown a “Thank you” page. This page acts as a confirmation that they have indeed reached the end of your survey. Up until now, the text that was displayed on this page was fixed.
This has been made more flexible as you can now customize the text that is displayed to the participant on survey completion.
This is a great way to add a personal touch to your survey or if your survey is serving a specific purpose, like a contact form, to confirm the next actions that will follow based on their survey submission.
To collect true and honest feedback, it is often necessary to conduct surveys that are anonymous. Right now, you can do so by not applying any settings that might allow you to identify a response. You can then mention this e.g. in your survey invitation and within your questionnaire.
However, how would your participants know your survey is indeed anonymous? There is no way for them to verify that. Doubts regarding anonymity often lead to dishonest responses and skewed data.
Today we are happy to announce that we have made some updates to the tool and you can now offer a guarantee of complete anonymity to your participants. This is an option that can easily be enabled for each individual survey.
When this is active, we will show a label to your participants that officially confirms the anonymity of the survey. They can click on it for more information onto how we guarantee anonymity.
An ideal use case for this is e.g. when you would like to run an employee feedback survey. Informing the participants that their responses will remain anonymous will allow them to put their privacy concerns at ease and answer questions truthfully.
When you activate the option “Anonymous Survey”, we will automatically hide the email address, IP address, link parameters, meta data and any other piece of information that might allow the identification of a participant.
You can activate the “Anonymous Survey” option in your survey settings. To add one more level of protection, this setting cannot be deactivated once it has been turned on.
Today we are happy to announce that we have made these notifications even better. You can now see the answers from the response directly in the notification email we send you.
Having all responses right in the email means you do not need to log into SurveyHero to see what the participants have answered. If you do not want the answers to be included in the notification emails, you can simply disable this option within the settings of your collector.
You can now append URL parameters (also know as “query string”, “hidden field” or “hidden value”) to your survey link and we will automatically store that information for you in the response.
You are probably thinking… “Ok, what is a parameter and why should I care?”
Well, although it may sound technical, it is actually very useful and easy to set up. It allows you to send out the same survey link, but customize it for each participant, making it easy for you to connect the response to the participant later.
Here is an example use case: You have a survey you would like to share with your customers. Normally you would send the same survey link to all customers and the only way you would know which customers responded would be to ask for their details as a question directly in the survey.
Now, using query strings, you can just append each customer’s number onto the survey link, completely removing the need for you to ask. We will then get that information for you, save it along with the response and include it in your exports. You can add as many custom variables as you need, we will save all information that is added to the link.
This feature is a great addition to the tool and by removing the need for you to ask for participants details, it will make your surveys look even more professional!