Survs

New Feature: Pre-Populate

May 21st, 2014

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Pre-Populate. This new feature allows you to automatically fill some survey fields with data that you already have (i.e. name, age, email, etc.) rather than ask for the information again.

How it works

Here is sample survey:

If a user clicks on the link, they will be taken to the survey with no pre-filled questions. To pre-fill a question, more information must be appended to the end of the URL. The following example fills the first question with “Mary”:

The following link automatically selects the third choice of the second question:

You can also append multiple parameters in the same URL to pre-fill multiple questions, like in this example:

Pre-Populate URL formatting

The formats for the URL parameters for each question type are as follows:

  • Multiple Choice
    q1_2 – Selects the second choice of question number one.
  • Open Text
    q2=Mary – Enters “Mary” into question number two.
  • Multiple Textboxes
    q3_1=John – Enters “John” into the first textbox of question number three.
  • Matrix
    q4_1=2 – Selects the second column of the first row in question number four.

As usual, we welcome questions and feedback from you. If you’d like to get in touch, please email us at: support@survs.com

New Feature: Piping

May 13th, 2014

Today, we’re happy to introduce a helpful new feature called Piping. Available on paid plans, Piping allows you to display an answer from a previous question on a later page. For example, a piped answer could be displayed in a question or as a new answer choice in a follow-up question.

If you ask the participant to choose a favorite color:

1. What is your favorite color?

Red

Green

Blue

You could incorporate the answer into a question asked later in the survey:

2. Please tell us why you like Green best.

Or, if you ask the participant’s name:

1. Please tell us your name.

You could include his or her name in a final “thank you” message:

Thank you for answering our survey Mary!

How to Add Piping

Piping can be used to pull answers from the following question types:

  • Multiple Choice – Single answer
  • Multiple Choice – List
  • Open Text – Single line
  • Open Text – Paragraph

Selected, or piped, text can be displayed within these survey elements:

  • Question titles
  • Answer choices
  • Headings and paragraphs
  • A “thank you” message

Remember, in order to add piping, the piped text must be inserted below its original placement, in a later page of the survey. For example, to display text for question one, simply insert [Q1] in the text of a later question, answer choice, paragraph, or message.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please email us at: support@survs.com.

New: Email Notifications, Better HTML Channel

May 5th, 2014

We’re excited to share three new features we’ve been working on over the past few weeks.

Email Notifications

You can now subscribe to email notifications for new survey responses. Once subscribed, you will receive a daily email digest with a summary only when there are new responses. Sign up for notifications via the survey Settings page by activating the Email Notifications option.

Better HTML Embed Channel

We’ve made improvements to the HTML Embed channel. When embedding the survey into your website or blog, you can now choose from the following options:

  • Auto resize – Adapts the frame height to the survey height.
  • Transparent background – Sets the survey background transparent.
  • Hide header – Hides the survey header.
  • Full width – Removes the survey margins, making the frame full width.

HTML Text Formatting

You can now add basic HTML tags to create links as well as embolden, italicize, and underline text within the survey.