Idea Screening Solution

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Idea Screening lets you quickly test and rank early stage product, marketing, or brand creative ideas so you know which are best to invest in. 

Let’s say you're a marketer and you need to present new ad ideas to your team. However, you want to narrow those ideas down from 10 to 3, and your meeting is in 2 hours. With Idea Screening, you can quickly upload your ad ideas, choose your target audience, and get results in a presentation-ready report before your meeting.

With Idea Screening, respondents give feedback on your text, image, or video idea, also called stimuli. You can add 2 to 20 text, image, or video stimuli, and each respondent will see up to 5 stimuli.

Measure your idea through attributes like first reaction and purchase intent. Attributes are pre-written, industry standard questions created specifically for idea screening and concept testing. The 5-point Likert scale question, "How likely are you to purchase this product?" and the open-ended question, "What do you like most about this product?" are examples. You can create your own custom attributes and add questions before or after your respondent sees your stimuli.

Visit our Market Research Solutions page to create your Idea Screening study. Once created, your study is available from the My Surveys page in your account.

Add-on Purchase: For assistance customizing your Idea Screening study, including adding multiple languages, different question types, or reaching a hard-to-reach audience, we can help! Contact our team

Adding an image or video with a text description gives your survey takers the most information about your product, service, or messaging.

To add your stimulus content:

  1. Visit our Market Research Solutions page to Get Started on an Idea Screening study.
  2. Select +Add stimulus content.
  3. Create a nickname for your text, image, or video stimuli. The nickname is only visible to you.
  4. Use the rich text editor to add your stimuli and descriptor:
    • Text: Use the options such as bold, underline, font size, bullet points, and tables to format your text.
    • Image: Select the Image icon, then choose the General or Upload option to add your image and Save.
    • Video: Select the Media icon, then choose the General or Embed option to add a Vimeo or YouTube video and Save.
  5. Select OK.
  6. (Optional) Repeat steps 2 - 5 to add more stimuli to test.
  7. Choose the number of stimuli for each respondent to see.
  8. Choose the number of responses per stimulus.
    • Total number of responses are calculated by:
      # of total stimuli / (# of stimuli respondents see * # of responses per stimulus)
  9. At the bottom of the screen, review the summary and the subtotal. Select Next to set up your Target Audience.

SurveyMonkey Audience panelists have been sorted based on hundreds of targeting options so you can target your respondents based on country, demographics, employment status, hobbies, religion, and more.

To choose your target audience:

  1. Select your target audience by choosing CountryGenderAge, and Income criteria.
  2. Select More Targeting Options to browse and choose from hundreds of other targeting options.
  3. (Optional) Add one or more screening questions to narrow down your target audience and disqualify people who aren't the best fit for your survey. This is useful if you didn't find all the targeting options you wanted.
  4. In the Estimate your qualification rate section, select the qualification rate you expect.
  5. At the bottom of the screen, review the summary and the subtotal. Select Next to set up your survey.

TIP! Want to choose the distribution of completed responses by age and gender? Learn more about Custom Balancing your target audience.

To set up your survey:

  1. Toggle the Show instructions option on or off. If on, enter the instructions you want respondents to read before seeing the stimuli.
  2. In the Attributes section, drag and drop attributes in the order you like. You can select Add attributes to include other standard or custom attributes, or hover over an attribute to Remove it. Attribute questions display below each stimulus within your survey.
    • Change the term used in the question via the open-ended box.
    • To view details about the question the respondent will see, select the Expand icon to the right of each question.
  3. Click Save.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, review the screening summary and subtotal. Select Next to preview your survey.

To preview your survey:

  1. Take the survey in the preview.
    • By default, the preview shows you a subset of stimuli, like respondents see, but if you want to view all stimuli, click the toggle on to View all stimuli in the preview.
    • Click the Device views to see how your survey looks on desktop, tablet, or mobile screens.
  2. (Optional) Select Style to change the color theme that respondents see.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, review the summary and subtotal. Select Next to check out.

TIP! You can use the Back button at the bottom of the screen to change the setup of your Idea Screening study at any time before checkout.

To pay for your Idea Screening:

  1. Review the details of your order.
  2. Under Payment Details, select to pay by Credit or Debit Card, or with My Credits.
  3. Enter your Billing Details, review the total, and select Confirm.

Idea Screening provides you with instant insights and automated analysis capabilities. Scorecards show statistical significance and compile results in a single visual. AI-powered insights surface which ideas scored best, or worst with different groups of respondents. Also, presentation-ready PowerPoint exports make sharing your findings easy.

You can view a comparison of your survey results or browse through individual responses.

  • Comparison
  • Individual Responses

Filtering allows you to show responses that match your filter criteria and hide the rest. Recommended filters through AI-powered Insights focus on segments of your data where we think you'll find interesting information. You can only apply 1 filter at a time.

  • Create Your Own Filters
  • Create Filters with AI-powered Insights

You can export raw data in Excel or SPSS to analyze offline, or use presentation-ready, customizable PowerPoint exports to share with your stakeholders.

To export your data:

  1. Select Export.
  2. Choose PPTXLSXSPSS, or CSV format.
  3. Select Current View if filter rules are applied or Original View if no rules are applied.
  4. Name your file and select Export.

TIP! Once you've refined your product ideas, check out our other Market Research Solutions for further insights.