5 New Things You Can Do with Your Reports!

It is an understatement to say FluidSurveys Reports have undergone an amazing advancement over the last few years. Even over the past 8 months we have seen the introduction of crosstab charts, benchmarking and advanced sharing options. But that just whetted our appetites for more! Over the next few days leading up to the reporting webinar, we will be taking a look at some of the amazing new capabilities our reporting section has gained with the release of FluidSurveys 5.1. Today, we will be highlighting the top 5 reporting design features introduced to your FluidSurveys account, and how you can use them to build a report that will impress!

1) Multi-Dimensional Pie Chart

No one can deny the beauty of a well done pie chart. As we all know from our previous blog, “How to Use 6 Basic Charts to Create Effective Reports,” pie charts are the number one way to represent a sample distributed on a single dimension. Take the pie chart below as an example. We divided our sample based on education:

Highest Level of Education Completed

This looks fantastic and shows off the distribution of our respondents in an easy to read display. But what if we wanted to show how the distribution of our sample’s education relates to another variable, like gender. In the past I would recommend a cross-tab in bar chart format, however, FluidSurveys’s new Multi-Dimensional Pie Chart gives you another option:

Highest Level of Education Completed Divided by Gender

As you can see, the inner circle shows the distribution of your sample based on the first variable (education) and the outer ring divides each category based on your second variable (gender). Learn how you can make charts like these by watching this video tutorial:

2) Bucketing Cross-tabs

Cross-tabs allow you to see how the distribution of your sample on a particular dimension is affected by another variable. In the multi-dimensional pie chart above we displayed our sample’s distribution based on education and cross-tabbed it against the sample’s gender. Sometimes the large number of categories in a cross-tab can make their display hard to read. That’s where bucketing comes in!

Bucketing allows you to combine different categories together in order to better display results. In this example, we took our multi-dimensional pie chart from above and combined the education categories into 4 easy-to-read categories:

Highest Level of Education Completed Divided by Gender

In the newly bucketed cross-tab, we have combined the categories College, University, and Graduate, High School and Less than High School, as well as Other and Prefer Not to Say. Now the pie chart is much easier to read and still presents the data in a useful way. Learn how to bucket your own crosstabs by clicking here!

3) Global Report Settings

One great improvement to the reporting section is its global report settings. It is no longer necessary to modify each graph in your report individually. The global report settings allow you to apply uniform changes with a click of a button. This includes adding statistical data, modifying your display options, specifying how many decimal places your data is rounded to, and the format in which text responses will be exported. With global report settings you’ll be able to design your report in a matter of seconds. Check out the tutorial below to see how it works:

4) Multi-lingual Reports

FluidSurveys prides itself on being multi-language friendly. FluidSurveys 5.1 brings this one step further by allowing for multi-lingual reports. This works in the exact same way as creating a multi-language survey. After specifying your languages through the editor, you will be able to toggle through your report into each language. After adding in your own translation, whomever you share your report with will be able to read the report in the language of their choice. Learn more about this incredible feature by clicking here.

5) Customizing Report Colours

Colours are a big part of a presentation and we want you to have control over them. With version 5.1, you now have the ability to set your own colours for your charts. This has a duel benefit. First, you can brand your reports with your company colours, which is great for presentations and showing results to external clients. Second, it is now possible to ensure that your lists of categories remain in the same colours. For example, if you had several questions with the same choice lists, like USA, Canada and Great Britain. You can make it so each country remains the same colour throughout the report. This consistency avoids confusion and leaves you looking organized! You can read our documentation on customizing report colour by clicking here.

Get the Scoop on All FluidSurveys 5.1 has to Offer

Now that you know some of the great new design features introduced in reporting, it’s time to go ahead and test them out yourself. Next stop on the blog, we will be taking a look at reporting’s more advanced features, like multi-survey dashboards and password protected and scheduled reports. Also, don’t forget to watch our in depth webinar, “Gain More Insights with New Report Features,” where our product specialists show all these incredible reporting features in action.

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  • Grammar Apologist says:

    Sorry to pick Rick, but you don’t “wet” your appetite. You “whet” it. Whet (I think) comes from sharpen, as in “use a whetstone to sharpen a knife”. So you sharpen your appetite.

    Re the reports, looks like you are trying to reduce the need for a Statwing account?

    • RickPenwarden says:

      Thanks for picking that up, and for the added etymological lesson! It really ‘whet my whistle’ 😉
      As for Statwing, we have a great integration with them and acknowledge their software as a great tool for more advanced statistical analysis, like measuring statistical significance and analyzing multiple variables for correlation.
      All the upgrades and innovations we implemented into our reporting section are simply a product of our development team improving on our current capabilities and building off our users’ feedback.
      We always strive to have our users feel comfortable using FluidSurveys to conduct their survey project from start to finish. That is, from questionnaire design to data analysis and reporting. But we understand that some surveys have specific needs that can be addressed externally.
      Thanks again for the tip!