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Offline Mark Austin

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Using Online Polls
« on: November 28, 2008, 05:50:00 PM »
Hey Guys,

I purchased rights to this report below. The author jumps around a bit, but the report does have a few good nuggets in it about using polls to increase your online profits.

Mark

Using Online Polls


Ok, so you’ve got your website uploaded with amazing cool copywriting and amazing graphics. The question is, do you know what people are looking for? For sure there’s a comment and suggestion provided for your website visitors to write about how they think, what they like and their needs regarding your products and services. Sometimes people are so lazy to type and give them their honest opinions. That’s why the easiest way to get into their minds is to include a “survey poll” on your website. Why do you need to know what people are thinking about your product or service?

Knowing all about your visitors opinions and views is important to help you decide what you need to keep in your website and what makes you tick. This is one way to ensure that visitors will keep coming back to your website and increase your chances of getting potential customers. Through these polls, you can quantify the effectiveness of your marketing strategies and effort and your site stickiness. Stickiness is often referred to the number of site visitors for one month. In this way, you can concentrate on your marketing expenses and spend it on the most profitable avenue. Having a question like “How did you hear about us” will enable you to determine where you should place that money for your marketing purposes. Having this knowledge can help you analyze what product should you push through with the market. The polls can be your good resource on how to improve your site, your product and service. Just make sure that you put a time frame to those poll answers and you must avoid having the same answer coming from the same IP address. Otherwise, the integrity of the data gathered from the polls will be affected.

Aside from the aforementioned benefits that you can get from having a poll on our website, you can also have that “interactivity” feature in your website. People just love to know what others are thinking and feeling. Somehow you have pleased people with their inquisitiveness regarding other people’s opinion. These polls serve some sort of ratings measurement regarding the product or service.

People’s curiosity over other people’s opinions, thoughts and views are prevalent as this attitude is manifested through online polls. The inclusion of polls is not limited to corporate and business website wherein the poll creators are only after the people’s rating and rankings regarding their product and services. Aside from them, who else are these polls creators? Allow me enumerate a few:

1.   Politicians. They constitute the most number of polls creator especially before the election period. They can afford to create loads of polls that are embedded to certain websites. They needed the data that can be collected out of the polls and use this to focus on what aspect of their campaign they needed to strengthen. Questions like “Who is most likely to win: Obama or McCain?” is like a pre-election tool to determine if their presidential bet can make it or not.

2.   Hollywood Fanatics. People are so obsessed with the famous and what they do in their lives. There are some fans who want to settle a debate between the popularity of two Hollywood personalities. I admit I enjoy participating on these polls, too. Questions that will be surely answered can be: “Who do you like the more: Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?” Thousands of votes will surely pour in. Another type of poll would be: “Rate Angelina Jolie’s clothing fashion” and within a day, you’ll find numerous responses coming from different people from separate places across the country.

3.   For Blogger’s Opinion. Anything under the sun can be discussed through polls. If I want to promote a healthy diet, I’ll create a poll in my blog wherein visitors will help me decide the healthiest diet among the lists I will provide on the poll. If I want to know an honest opinion about a certain event in my love life, I can create poll with multiple choice answers. This may sound so shallow but somehow, this can help me and other individuals as well.

4.   Awarding Bodies. Judges opinions and rate take a heavy toll on candidates’ nomination but polls surveys help. Sometimes the most number of votes in the poll has a separate award. The polls can take into a form of text votes or votes that was cast through the website.

5.   Gatherers of Popular Opinions. Aside from the people enumerated above, there is certain group of individuals who wants to collect information regarding a certain topic or event such as: “Do you favor Bush’ policy about negotiations on the Middle east countries?” It’s like a social weather survey aiming to collect people’s opinions about the government’s actions and decisions.

The Relevance Of Poll Generator Software To Research


What makes up a good research lies on the proper analysis and interpretation of data gathered. Successful research works are brought up by the significant ideas and updated surveys. While surveys are the best tools to collect different opinions and point of views, this method could also be a hindrance to an informative research. This happens when surveys are not properly conducted. An extensive approach to initiating surveys must be well organized and unbiased. Manual interpretation of data results can relatively affect the essence of the research work. Since data gathering is the most crucial part of the research, this must be properly overlaid. The formulation of questionnaires is indeed the most challenging one. If the researcher passed out questionnaires which are not that relevant to the topic, this could harm the whole research process. You could also ruin all your efforts if this happens. Another woe researchers are facing is the time constraint and expensive cash out in doing research. They must spend their time and effort in finding qualified respondents to the questionnaires provided. In doing such, this costs a lot of inconvenience.

The new technology now helps us realize that there is an alternative solution to these problems. The introduction of poll generators wiped all the weariness away. This is a time saving, economical and efficient software, which allows you to have your data gathered in a more accurate way. This provides the ease of creating questionnaires based on the options provided. Poll generators are responsible in the conduction of an easier yet more effective data collection and analysis. This is likewise easy to perform. You simply follow the instructions until you have forwarded the survey. And in just a few clicks away, the data collected will be readily analyzed and interpreted as well. This is not much of a tough job compared to the traditional creation of surveys. The basic features of poll generators are survey designation, a questionnaire tool, tool to enter data, answer or response analysis. The method of data analysis is based from statistical sources like graphs and tables. You can also customize your website through its customization features. You can make your websites more visible and more attractive to your visitors I such a way that you can create more appeal and can likewise be used for your website’s advertisement.

Poll generators are software packages which significantly share the same basic features. Some other packages are advanced with more detailed features. Also, you can also maximize the use of your websites by creating online forums. Online forums are one of the most essential aspects for the improvisation of your site. It creates interaction between you and your respondents. Forums and online polls are the cost efficient tolls in realizing every opinion related to the ongoing survey. More technologically advanced poll generators are now equipped with an important feature. This feature shows the ability of the software to record vocal interviews, which can be an interesting evidence for the presentation of the research.

The Role of Poll Generators in an Effective Web Design

A successful website is seen through the number of visitors, traffics and hits it acquires. Many websites are experiencing low turn outs because they do not directly see the problem. All they had relied upon is their effort in creating the website. Without follow up, a website could lose its credential of course. Improper maintenance and management of the website can cause you frustration. This could happen if you do not find satisfying results on your visits. An intensive research must be done in order to put your website on the apex of recognition. If creating the website only is the best effort you can give, then you might not as well sell your website.  If you are confident enough and you would pursue to improve your website, expect positive results. Many of the most successful websites did a lot of effort. Their journey through perfection does not stop until now. Frequent update and augmented content comprise a successful website.

Information and entertainment are the main focus of the customers. These are the factors which can keep them coming back. The more frequent they visit your website, the more traffic you get. With such improvements, you can also create your own brand and credibility. One effective method to enhance your website is through the use of polls generator. Polls generator is software which is potential of creating an interactive set- up for your site. Here are some of the features which could help you boost up your site.

Online forums and surveys

Expressing personal opinions is an interactive activity. With polls generator, you are able to start a forum topic. As the exchange of conversation and ideas heightens, interesting ideas come up. Bright ideas catch the attention of visitors and as well join the forum. As long as you post interesting topics everyday, you will surely maintain and increase the number of your patrons. Apart from creating online journals termed as “blog,” try to carry out information using surveys. Polls generator can enable you to distribute surveys to a specific community of respondents. Polls are the most relevant factors in surveys. They allow data collection with just few clicks away. With design options which are very easy to manipulate, surveys are conducted in a faster manner. When the analysis of data comes, results also come immediately.

You expect to have results which are more accurate and informative. Polls are a way for your visitors to voice out their opinions. They could also serve for the outlet of ideas. They do not only benefit the website owner through the inculcation of traffic, they also benefit the visitors and respondents in such a way that they take part in a successful research. Polls do not directly affect the success of your website. Polls generator must be launched in a proper way. It is up to the owner if she or he will impart surveys which catch the attention of surfers. Depending on the value of the topic or survey, polls are being carried out sensibly. Do not just rely on the efficiency of polls to get more traffic. Keep in mind that a successful website may not need polls at all as long as the content is relevant, educational, exploratory and valuable.

Tips on How to Choose the Right Web Poll Generator Software

Business competition is becoming more immense. This is manifested through many established companies and lines of businesses which are engaged in a continuous and never ending search for information that could help their fields succeed. These companies compete for the attention and engrossment of the consumers’ support for their products. This cycle is becoming visible through the competition on advertisements, product perfection and most importantly is the customer satisfaction. Every company aims to attract more customers and make them patrons. The search for capability and product improvement are not carried out unless we hear the opinions and preferences of people regarding the said product.

Through the conduction of surveys, a company will be able to find and conclude the specific needs of customers. Companies must then live up to the expectations of the common people. To be able to do so, they conduct many different methods to reach out to the people. Surveys are the basis for many business strategies and solutions. Businessmen are one of the most creative minds compared to other professions. They are well familiar with the art of healthy competition. As the business sector grows and competition heightens, companies should find more innovative ways to interact with their customers. The Internet nowadays has created a big impact on the success of many businesses. It turns out to be that the Internet is a very powerful tool to create business solutions. Apart from that, the technologically advanced world is continuously growing, improving. To carry out surveys at the most convenient manner, the web poll generator was developed.

Availing some of the web poll generators is a daunting job for one company. It should go along well with the needs of the company and more over the needs of the consumers. The companies should first consider some factors before engaging into one. But how do we choose the right web poll generator? Here are some tips to consider in finding the right web poll generator available. 

1.   Analyze the most valuable features of the web poll generator. It should have the basic features including options on the design of the survey, relevance of the questionnaire, relevant answers, data collection, prospecting possible respondents and data analysis. In choosing the right web poll generator, you should carefully study the software and decide if this fits your business needs.

2.   Compare the prices of prospected software and see to it that the price compromises the quality. Before you settle for the software, try out some trial offers to actually have a hands-on experience on the product.

3.   The product should assure you of technical assurance support from the company in cases of malfunctions and installation problems. This could help you find out the disadvantages of the product in the future.

4.   Research on reviews and articles about web poll generators. This will enable you to make the right decision.

5.   Consulting professionals is a must. Do not just rely on the sales talk. Be sure to learn from those who have experienced the product. Join online forums to do so.

Using Free Online Poll Creator

If you are a person who likes to try the effectiveness of utilizing polls on your website, you may try out free online poll creators. There are a lot of trial versions available that can be downloaded and there are also poll creators that you can create online. These entail a detailed and step-by-step instruction that you will do in order to create poll for your website.

Here are several free online poll creators for you:


1.   Statpac Inc. – They have the online poll survey creator website. All you have to do is to fill-up their questions and choose the color and format of your poll, copy and paste your html, and there you go, you’ve got it.

2.   QuestionForm – They have a free online survey poll creator. You just have to sign-up for a free account in order for you to access the features you want in the website. You can try it by clicking the “try the survey editor here” link on it site. They will bring you to the survey editor page.  In this page you will see the tool box that has the components that you need to include in your poll. All you have to do is to create your concept and use the tool box by clicking and dragging into the editor box the components you want to include. You can preview your poll design. However, some features are not available such as video and file upload. This site is good if you want to design your own poll and see how it looks like.

3.   Myspace Polls. It’s so easy and so darn free. Anything under the sun can be asked and surveyed here. I tried this by typing in the question field “How popular is the song Apologize by OneRepublic” and provided five possible answers in the answers field. After that, you can hit the “Create Poll” button and presto! An instant poll published. You can include this poll into your own website, forums and blogs by copying the html provided. The only thing here is, you cannot customize your poll into something you really want. For example, you cannot use the pie graph to view the answers. But at least, you can provide possible answers and can preview the results in an instant.

4.   Micropoll – It’s so easy to use and the best thing here is that you can embed the poll into your website. Voters and participants can readily see the results of the poll. In this way, you eliminate the hassle of navigating the people away from your page just to get them to participate into your polls. They used the Java language and the manual is so easy to understand and the system is so easy to operate. You can choose the type of poll you want. In my own opinion the Micropoll is suited for corporate website because of the classic look and mood of their poll design.


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Re: Using Online Polls
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 08:17:26 AM »
Mark

Never really thought of using polls.

Looks like it could be useful for business.

Frank

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Re: Using Online Polls
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 10:51:33 AM »
Thank you for such a great report on using polls.

I have seen where others use them in ezines or on forums, but haven't noticed them in blogs.

Learn something new each day.

Karen

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Re: Using Online Polls
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2009, 08:41:57 AM »
Thank you for such a great report on using polls.

I have seen where others use them in ezines or on forums, but haven't noticed them in blogs.

Learn something new each day.

Karen

Karen

When we stop learning something new each day it is time to give up.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :::ww

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Jim

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Re: Using Online Polls
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 12:00:53 PM »
Karen

When we stop learning something new each day it is time to give up.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :::ww

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Jim

Jim,

You are so right. 

And learning helps us to stay young, and keep the mind active.

Karen

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Re: Using Online Polls
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2009, 06:10:30 AM »
Jim,

You are so right. 

And learning helps us to stay young, and keep the mind active.

Karen

Karen

You are so right. :::tu :::tu

Jim