Survey Gizmo Review

Survey Gizmo have powered my contact and quote forms for as long as I can remember. Recently, I upgraded to pro and thought I’d share my thoughts with you guys on what I like about their software. Full disclosure – I have dealt with Survey Gizmo, but am getting no money for this nor was I required or even asked to link as part of our business.

Anyways, first of all, SG’ve got some cool features such as avoiding duplicate participation in quizzes you create. If you’re trying to survey a group for serious purposes, their dupe-vote blocking based on either cookies, milk or chocolate is terrific. I’m also a fan of IP-based blocking, having used IP-based bans as a moderator on forums and can speak to how effective the technology is.

Second, and this will be appreciated by anyone who likes to segment their data to get a better feel for who they’re dealing with, you can get reports and export them with geographic information attached. That means actionable intelligence, like if you’re doing a survey on winter tires and are getting a surprisingly high amount of “don’t use” in your national survey, you may want to check that the question is clear or that you’re targeting northern states as well.

Another thing that comes in handy is Survey Gizmo’s templates for its various form types. Whether you’re doing lead generation, a contact page or a poll on whether Presidents should auction their earwax for charity, these simplify and speed things up.

On the flip side of all this, Survey Gizmo’s integration with WordPress often leaves to be desired. It’ll break a page faster than you can blink, and it often takes several tries to get it displaying just right, not overlapping anything or busting up your site. However, given the advantages of the system over all, I’d say it’s worth it for the ease it brings to making contact forms. Also, if you’re short on funds, WordPress has various contact form plugins that can do the trick as well, or you can just use Survey Gizmo’s free, basic version.

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  1. With this kind of survey though, I would like to see it presented in a variety of formats that suits the website in question. For instance, some people are put off by splash screens on entry to a site, so maybe other sites would like a pole approach in the sidebar or next to where people post a comment, it's own page on the site, an emailable version, a twitterable link...etc...there's a lot more these kind of surveys can offer regarding how they market themselves I feel... Ed:Thanks Ben! :)

    Comment by Ben Mckay - November 13, 2008 @ 1:17pm
  2. Hey Ben, They offer a number of ways to embed their surveys, including some specifically oriented to email. Also, they offer different graphic looks and you control the size of the form fields, so you can use them for a sidebar form.

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - November 13, 2008 @ 10:06pm
  3. Thanks for the extra insight Gab...something I'll definitely bare in mind. I've installed the odd poll on clients' sites but nothing more. (Cheers for the link Gab - one thing though, for future reference, Wordpress reinserts the nofollow!...and I've just been defending Wordpress over at Sphinn for the last couple of days! The thoughts appreciated though!!)

    Comment by Ben McKay - November 16, 2008 @ 7:24am
  4. @Ben - No it doesn't, I added you a dofollow one. You as a commenter can't do it through the main URL box, but I can add one in the body .

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - November 16, 2008 @ 3:07pm
  5. I'm going to sound like I'm pestering for a link now!! Here's the code: Ben I can see where you removed it, but it's just been added back in by Wordpress I guess... Promise me you'll never ever give me a link again, otherwise I'll feel really, really guilty for pestering!!!

    Comment by Ben Mckay - November 17, 2008 @ 6:01am
  6. I've just copied code into the comments box and it's not displayed - what an idiot...! Don't worry about it! Cheers though.

    Comment by Ben Mckay - November 17, 2008 @ 6:03am

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