Web Survey Software

Need to quickly gather information from a bunch of people? Whether you want to query 10,000 customers or two dozen friends, nothing comes close to web survey software for rapid feedback, data storage, and most importantly, the speed at which you can make use of the information. If you need those answers quickly, there’s no better way to get it done. Today’s best web survey software is fast, easy to use, and inexpensive to implement …

In the bad old days, before the advent of web survey software, a survey operation would commonly take place over weeks, not days. Once the survey was written, it would have to be typeset, printed, stuffed in envelopes, and mailed out. Then you had to wait for the responses to trickle in to your snailmailbox, and worst of all, the info had to be brought into the computer—either through scanning or (horror of horrors) manual keyboarding. It was heinous!

Nowadays, you can crank out your web survey in the morning and watch a running tally accumulate over the course of a day. By lunchtime you might have a pretty good feel for how the tide is flowing. And by the time the sun sets that evening, your instant web survey may have provided enough information on how to move forward with your plans.

The world of web survey software is crowded with entries from the likes of SurveyMonkey, Zoomerang, Quask, Inquisite, Perseus, WebSurveyor, Snap Surveys, Raosoft, Corvus, Prezza Technologies, eXplorance, Apian Software, LiveSurveys, InstantSurvey and many other companies. As you can see, it’s quite a crowded market. The good news is that many companies offer free trial periods—and even free basic memberships—for you to take their web survey software for a test drive.

There’s a broad range in the cost of web survey software, and significant differences in the way that surveys are implemented. Some web survey solutions work entirely online, with the software hosted on the provider’s servers. Others allow you to prepare and serve the survey on your own computers.

SurveyMonkey is one example of a hosted survey solution. If you’re doing things on a small scale, it might be all you need. And best of all, their basic subscription is free. Of course, free won’t buy you the world—a free SurveyMonkey subscription will only allow ten questions per survey and is limited to just 100 responses. For $19.95, SurveyMonkey’s professional subscription allows for 1000 responses per month. (with additional responses charged at five cents a piece). Zoomerang is another company that offers a free basic membership. With either of these solutions, you’ll prepare and watch your survey from your web browser. They may be all you need for a small group.

As your needs increase, so do your choices and costs. Perseus, for example, provides their web survey software in both self-hosted and hosted flavors. The self-hosted Perseus SurveySolutions 6 Standard edition starts at $495 and the Professional edition is $995. The pricing for their Enterprise edition is not publicly listed. If you need Perseus to host your survey, you can expect to pay for hosting fees. Additional costs may include charges for collection, security, reporting, review services, and consulting. Needless to say, Perseus is a very powerful solution and is priced accordingly.

If you’ve never prepared a web survey, you’ll be amazed at how easy it can be to create one. You can sign up for a free account with one of the providers and start implementing your survey in the wink of an eye. ;)

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  • http://www.prezzatech.com Brian

    Great article Dan. I’m from Prezza. let me know if you would like to try the newest version of our product! Thanks, Brian

  • http://www.prezzatech.com Survey Software

    We now have a hosted version over on our site.

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/iMarkF1 Mark Dalton

    im not optimistic for the ipad getting a retina display ever, a higher definition display? yes but retina would be too expensive and apple want to keep costs down to remain competitive

    • EHawthorn

      One word: Verizon iPad. OK that’s two words.

  • Anonymous

    I would have been interested, but I don’t think I can afford it. What I said last year, I know.

    I’m tempted to check out second hand iPad 1 prices…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the Apple Digital AV Adapter will work on older devices, but it won’t do 1080p and mirror what’s on the screen like the iPad 2. It will only do 720p on the older devices. Also, it will only work on slideshows and movies, which is the same as the current AV output for the older devices. From the Apple website:

    “Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to 1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p).

    Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) to an HDTV or HDMI-compatible display.”

    • Anonymous

      I was afraid what you stated is true. It would have been nice to mirror iPhone 4 and get hulu and angry bird like games on big screen

    • Anonymous

      Dam you apple! I want to mirror iPhone 4

  • http://twitter.com/icolorado303 iColorado303

    are you joking, you can sell your ipad 16GB wifi only Ipad 1 for $365 to gazelle.com, so your $200-$300 difference figure is quite off

  • http://siliconexus.com/blog Bill Houle

    If the iPad2 had no camera(s), then I’d agree with your “spend time transferring the footage” iMovie comment. However, I believe their intent is that you *take* the footage from the iPad, and then edit it right there. Ditto for stills in Photo Booth.

    I agree with your assessment in general. If I needed FaceTime (or iMovie), I’d be lining up to upgrade. As it stands, I don’t _need_ it, but am nonetheless fighting a strong urge.

    BTW, I think one upsell is exposing PC users to Mac mainstays like Garage Band and iMovie, and lure more to the Apple desktop/laptop platform – the halo effect, but now via the software rather than the hardware.

  • AJH

    I’m not at all impressed with the iPad running iOS. I think it should run a stripped version of OS X, including Safari, Dashboard, iCal, Photobooth, Facetime, iTunes, iChat, and the app store. Also have the pop out keyboard and about two USB ports.

    This is a pet peeve of mine, but it’s not $500 / $600 / $700. It’s $499, $599, and $699. There is no .99 cent charge. They’re 499, 599, and 699 dollars even.

  • http://oyousif.wordpress.com Oday Yousif

    I’m not trying to hat and I don’t know if your an anti Apple person or not but it just seems to me anyone who hates Apple and/or the iPad will always finding something bad to say about their products.

    • http://www.myunv.com/ Sunny Singh

      And what’s wrong with that? Apple is not perfect, and their products aren’t either. Angelo is simply voicing their opinion, and that perhaps the iPad 2 is not as great a leap between itself and the original iPad. Any good company (and its users) will want great feedback and criticism like this to improve. You want a better iPad, don’t you?

      I’m also not trying to hate, but many Apple fans tend to say something bad about any product not made by Apple.

  • Angelo Carosio

    Is anyone going to shoot video with the iPad? It feels like it would feel really really silly to carry it around to record video with.

  • Vk507

    I completely agree with you, it’s dower have enough “newness ” to upgrade.

  • http://cmsexpo.net/ CMS Expo

    Fair enougn, Chris. I think you’ve got a point for the folks thinking of upgrading. The real sales will come from folks who were waiting for 2nd gen before buying their first tablet. Me? I’m keeping my iPad AND getting an iPad2. Gonna hinge ‘em together into an iPadwich.

  • Anonymous

    The hdmi dongle only mirrors ipad2 and it only plays audio and video on select apps on all other devices.

  • Erik

    I couldn’t agree more. The IPAD2 is a great device and I was jealous if you will, that my Pad would be left out with some of the new features such as the Safari upgrade and the HDMI hook-up. However, now that you clarified this, and that it will be available for the IPad 1st Generation – I am even more sure that I will wait to Generation 3 to upgrade

    Let me also point out a few things that concern me about the IPAD 2:

    1) The Speakers: Yes, they are better but they also have been moved. They have been moved to the lower back of the unit. Now, if you are like me and OCD, and have to have a case for every bit of tech I own, having a case is must. Now, they may come out with them but once again, it’s just another item I have to sell. Otherwise we would have a lot of muffled speakers. the same goes for the front camera …any Ipad case out there now would be useless for the new IPAD2. Not to mention that because it’s thinner, which is great, many cases might as well be tossed away.

    2) The Smart Cases: I am really unsure about these. They are very cool looking and seem to be very useful but what on earth will they protect? If the unit falls, this case won’t do a thing. So you will not only need a smart case but another case to go over it, in my opinion. I may get one for my IPAD, but I just have to see them in person. Also, the magnetic clasp – for me, this looks a little “iffy” as it is a guaranteed “scratch” maker. Metal on metal?

    I agree. My opinion would be for existing IPAD owners, to wait until the next Generation, that is unless you really would get a lot out of Facetime and the cameras in general.

    E

  • Dizzle31477

    Wait until new apps come out that are only compatible with faster ipad 2. Then write about how you will not get one and that it isn’t worth it.

    im not an apple fanboy, nor do i like the idea of apple products becoming obsolete within months of release. I just take the early impressions about the products with a grain of salt. So many naysayers (some i know personally) claim they will NEVER own the recently announced products. Then end up having them and loving them.

    Also, in technology… If you wait for the “next best thing” to come out before buying, you will be waiting forever.

    • http://twitter.com/clozeone clozeone

      Found this article by chance. I just wanted to say, Garageband works on the iPad 1. Checked it myself.

  • Drift

    Personally I just got my iPad and this came out? Not thoroughly impressed… I’ll wait for the 3rd gen iPad. Not worth the upgrade.