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Looking for Survey Examples? Find Hidden Surveys with These Search Tips

Looking for Survey Examples? Find Hidden Surveys with These Search Tips

search_fingerprintIf you’re new to writing surveys, it’s sometimes easiest to learn by following the example of others.

While it’s best to use the Survey Templates that are created by our expert survey methodologists, you can also get inspiration from surveys written by other SurveyMonkey customers.

This is most useful if you’ve got a highly specific or uncommon survey topic and you’re not sure exactly what to ask your survey respondents.

Here are a few Google search techniques for finding the perfect customer-created survey:

Get cozy with Google’s advanced search tools

You can start by using search commands that help to narrow down your search. Google calls these commands search operators, which is really just a fancy way of saying “advanced search tools.”

In this case, adding the operator “site:” to your search will narrow down your search results to those from a specific site or domain.search_operators1

While there are a ton of search operators to help refine your search, you don’t have to memorize them all. Google’s advanced search tool will do that for you.

Let’s go back to the example above. In this search, we’re using “site:” + to let Google know that we only want to search within the site.

Since SurveyMonkey surveys are located within the /r/ directory, our site operator would look like this:search_operators2

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Find surveys from far and wide

Now we can finally narrow our search down to the type of survey we’re looking for. All we have to do is add in the appropriate keywords.

For example, let’s say you’re working for a hospital that wants to know how patients felt about their treatment. The best place to start would be with a survey from our Healthcare Surveys page. The templates there are created by experts to avoid bias and ensure you get good data.

But you can get some extra ideas by finding a customer created survey. Try using an operator that looks like this:search_operators3
Our first search result takes us to “UK PMP Aftercare Following Hospital Treatment,” a patient satisfaction survey from a primary medical provider. It’s got questions on patient satisfaction, how informed they were during their care, and how well the staff met patient needs. There might be some good ideas in there you hadn’t thought of previously.

Let’s take a very common, but also very specific situation. What if you’re thinking of organizing a Fantasy Football League?

Is there enough interest? Would your friends and colleagues by willing to pay to participate? How much? How do you even write a survey like that?

Let’s go to Google, and use this site operator again to find out: search_operators4

That search takes us to a Fantasy Football survey for a company with a large membership. So far, so good.

It’s got questions about whether people would be willing to participate, what would make a positive experience, how likely they’d be to attend a draft party, and asks for their suggestions for the Fantasy Football league. Perfect.

This technique can be especially helpful when you’re looking for survey examples for relatively rare topics.

For example, what if your company runs a successful music festival and you want to collect some customer feedback to make it even better? What questions would you ask to see how the attendees felt about the music and venue? Using search operators can help: search_operators5

The second result is a Lincoln Park festival survey. Using similar questions from this survey, you can obtain how much they’re willing to pay for food, merchandise, and parking. You can see whether they’ve heard about the festival, how many days they attended, and whether they brought children.

Sounds like a good starting point for a music festival follow-up survey.  Feel free to look through Google’s search results for more inspiration.

Now you’ve got the know-how to refine your searches so that they only comb through the directory level of a specific site.

That means you’ve got access to vast treasure trove of survey examples. There’s likely been someone who has created a similar survey to most of the use cases you can imagine.  Now it’s your turn to dig in and check out some examples for yourself.

Online marketing manager Jason Youk is SurveyMonkey’s SEO guru. He spends his days making sure people across the world can find the surveys they’re looking for. Check back on the blog to get more SEO tips and tricks that he’s got hidden up his sleeve.

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