How to collect responses
Once you finish designing your survey, you can decide how you would like to distribute it to collect responses:
- Sending your survey via email?
- Putting a link on your blog?
- Using social media to reach your audience?
Collecting responses is as simple as copying and pasting a link to your survey into an outgoing email message or into a page on a website. By creating a Collector, you will choose how you want to send the survey to your audience. Once you distribute the survey link, responses are returned automatically into your SurveyMonkey account.
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A Collector is what generates the link to your survey, and it also determines the distribution method.
- After designing the survey, click the Collect icon to get started. It is located to the right of the survey title on the My Surveys page.
- This opens the collection wizard and allows you to pick one of the four collection options described below.
Tip! You can create an automatic Web Link immediately. Once you design your survey, click the [Send Survey] button at the top of the Edit Survey page. This shows you a link you can email or post on your website. Visit the following article for complete details: What are Collectors?
The link you send in your own email or post on your web page is called the Web Link Collector. This generates a single, anonymous survey link that you will be able to distribute yourself.
Visit the following article for details: How to create a Web Link collector.
With the Email Invitation collector, you upload your email addresses into our system. Once you have customized the invitation message and scheduled the delivery, we distribute a unique, tracking link to each recipient on your list. You also have other benefits such as tracking who responded, managing the opt outs, sending out reminder messages to those who have not yet responded, and organizing your email list by status.
Visit the following article for complete details: How to create an Email Invitation collector.
Take advantage of social networking by inviting your friends on Facebook to take your survey. Place a survey link on your own wall's news feed and your friends' feeds, or embed a survey directly on your page.
Learn more here: How do I post a link on my Facebook Wall?
Learn more here: How do I embed a survey on my Facebook Page?
You can embed your survey on your website or display it in a popup window. You can specify the popup configuration that you want and we generate a link that includes all of the back end code to make your popup behave according to your settings. All you need to do is copy and paste this into your web page code.
Visit the following article for complete details: How to embed/popup a survey
Using the "Buy a Targeted Audience" collector type (Currently only available to U.S. based customers), you can purchase survey responses from U.S. based respondents who meet your chosen demographic criteria.
Visit the following page for complete details: Launching your own SurveyMonkey Audience project
If you are a non-U.S. based customer, or if you would like responses from respondents outside of the U.S., we can still help! Learn more about other options available from SurveyMonkey Audience
Once you have created a collector, you can customize how it behaves with a number of setting options found in the left tool bar of your Collector Details/Your Survey Web Link section. Please note, not all Settings are available for all Collector types.
A. Change Settings
Click the [Change Settings] in the left tool bar to view the list of these settings you can customize and change how your link and survey access will work for respondents:
Visit the following article for complete details: Collector Settings
B. Change Restrictions
Click the [Change Restrictions] in the left tool bar to view the list of these restriction options you can customize and change how your link and survey access will work for respondents:
Visit the following article for complete details: Collector Restrictions
Additional Data Collection Options
In the Collector page there are additional options you can use to manage access to your links:
You can use multiple collectors to reach different audiences with one survey. Want extra tips about how to use multiple collectors to more effectively manage your data collection? Learn more.