This week I want to challenge you with this thought: “Think Outside of the Box.” The topic of this blog is a little different and will require you to think outside of the box.
Diving right into it, I do not want you to think about all the questions to put into your survey. I want you think about the outcome first! So many people fail before they hit the ground running with their survey because they think “Questions First.”
Think about it…before creating and writing questions, you need to know what you want from them first. Therefore, in hindsight, your first question to ask is: “What is your Outcome.” and “What’s your goal, what information do you need, or what kind of problems in your business will a survey help you with?”
Once you figure out your outcome, the next step is coming up with some objectives. It is very important to limit your objectives to two for the outcome. By limiting your objectives to two, it will help you in the end with coming up with specific questions. Another reason for keeping it to two objectives is to follow my number one rule with surveys:
Less questions is more! No more than 15 Questions!
To help you out, I am going to give you some examples of good outcomes and objectives to get your creative juices flowing.
- I want to get new testimonials – at least 10.
- I want to find out what keeps my clients awake at night.
- I want to know what my client’s biggest challenge is.
- I want to know what my customers like and don’t like about my newsletter.
- I want to know what kind of topics my customers want to read about in my blogs.
So your homework this week is to take the time and come up with some serious outcomes that you’d like to get for doing a survey to your prospects and customers.