Top 5 FluidSurveys University Posts of 2014

FluidSurveys has always been an amazing online survey tool for companies big and small. Our users rely on our software to be both powerful and flexible, while at the same time being easy-to-use. That being said, we also know that there is more to creating a successful survey than the tool you use, like the processes involved in research design, questionnaire crafting, data collection, and response analysis. Each section plays a crucial role on the usefulness of the information you collect.

Over the year, we attempted to address these challenges in the survey research industry by introducing FluidSurveys University. And what a success FluidSurveys University has been! The rapidly growing number of visitors throughout the year and the high level of interaction from our users have shown us that survey makers are eager to devour all the knowledge they can on online survey best practices.

Today, we take a look at the top 5 FluidSurveys University articles of 2014 based on the number of views each received over the course of the year. Want to see why they are so popular? Go ahead and click the links and the end of each section to check them out for yourself:

5) Presenting Your Rating Scales –Numbered versus Worded Lists

Numbers vs Words

Coming in at number 5 is Presenting Your Rating Scales –Numbered versus Worded Lists. In this article we go over the strengths and weaknesses of creating a survey rating scale with options labeled as numbers or words. It does a good job of looking at the issue from both the survey taker’s and survey researcher’s perspective. Click here, to learn when to use either presentation of a rating scale and how they can affect your survey’s results.

4) 3 Types of Survey Research, When to Use them, and How they Can Benefit Your Organization!

3 researchers

This article was written in June as the first of a four part series on the types of research one can use surveys for. In it we summarize the three types of research; exploratory, descriptive, and causal. The article is a quick teaser for parts 2-4 of the series where we go much further in depth into each type, and is a great starting point for surveyors looking to understand how to use research effectively. Click here to check it out!

3) Comparing Closed-Ended and Open-Ended Questions


One of our long time popular posts, Comparing Closed-Ended and Open-Ended Questions made it to the third most popular article of 2014. This article looks at how to use both forms of questioning and why they work so well together when gathering feedback. A good balance of closed and open-ended questions is your survey’s ticket to gathering both measurable and actionable data. Read the article now!

2) How to Write a Proper Survey Introduction


Coming in at a close second is the University’s survey introduction post. Its popularity makes a lot of sense when acknowledging that the vast majority of dropouts happen on the first page. The short but sweet article skips over the fluff of survey design and styling to give the 4 key points that are essential to include in any survey introduction. Want to increase completion rates? Read this one to ensure your introduction has what it needs!

1) How to Use 6 Basic Charts to Create Effective Reports


Finally, the winner of the FluidSurveys University’s article of the year goes to ‘How to Use 6 Basic Charts to Create Effective Reports’! It may be hard to believe that our online survey resource’s most popular piece is about using different graphs like pie charts and histograms, but when we stop to think about it, any survey researcher who is part of a team or organization will eventually be faced with the challenge of conveying their project’s results. Building a report that uses charts correctly is a powerful skill. Being able to take complex survey findings and present that information in a way that is intuitive to the viewer is an even greater talent. Check out this article to learn how to present survey results to your coworkers in a professional and effective manner.

FluidSurveys University Set to Continue Forward into 2015!

It’s been a great year of learning and discussing all things online survey research. As FluidSurveys continues its journey into 2015, we plan on keeping our university going strong! If there are any topics you would like to see covered in the New Year, let us know in the comments below. We love helping out fellow FluidSurveys researchers!

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