How to Use Forms for Effective Project Management

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Wufoo InterQHere at InterQ, we’re in the business of doing qualitative and quantitative research.

Qual-what? Ah, excuse our jargon.

Basically, we conduct focus groups, interview customers/potential customers, and even do a little UX work that includes biometrics and customer journey mapping.

Essentially, we’re in the business of people-to-people research. We help companies refine their products before they launch them, and we work with existing companies to improve their brands, marketing, and products.

Focus groups are an especially popular methodology that we use, and recently, we had a project that required an upfront questionnaire before we could assemble the focus groups. Naturally, we turned to Wufoo to help us out. Here’s how their super-easy-to-use forms totally enhanced our project and made it much more awesome.

Web Site Visitor Survey

We were going to be discussing a website for a focus group project in order to help our client enhance all sorts of things–content, flow, navigation and so on. We ran into a bit of a sticky issue however: We needed to make sure that all of the focus group participants (64 of them, broken into 8 groups of 8) were familiar with the site before we had our group discussion. How to do this? How to do this??

We thought and thought about it. And then we settled on a brilliant plan.

Brilliant plan below

Long story short–we decided to launch a brief survey that we’d send to the focus group participants prior to the actual groups. By asking the participants to answer specific questions about the website, we’d be able to ensure that they were familiar with the content before we assembled everyone and got their feedback. We called it homework. But, like, the fun kind.

So full disclosure: Here at InterQ, we’re pretty rad (yes, people do still use rad) at doing qualitative research, but we’re not so rad at writing code. Actually, it’s downright intimidating. But no worries. Wufoo has pre-made templates that we could choose from for our homework exercise.

The Web Site Visitor Survey was perfect for our purposes. Check it out.

Wufoo InterQ

As mentioned, we’re not savvy when it comes to writing code or programming. Fortunately, Wufoo’s forms make it super easy with their drag ’n drop functionality. We chose the form, and then we were able to easily customize it based on our specific survey needs. We asked people to go to the website, and then we had them fill in specific questions (both multiple choice and open-ended) to ensure that they actually spent time poking around the site. At the end, we dropped in an Email and Name section to help us track who had filled out the form:

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Putting it all together: Analyzing the results

Prior to conducting the focus groups, we needed to keep track of who had filled out the homework assignment, and, as a bonus, we were able to learn a bit more about each participant by reading through their responses. Wufoo’s Reporting Manager feature made this super handy:

Wufoo InterQ

In the Report Manager, we could go in and get detailed views of not only the answers to the survey questions, but we could also see where people lived by region, what kinds of software they used to fill it out, and how many responses we were getting by day. We then exported the data to a spreadsheet to make it easy to share and analyze amongst our team.

Wufoo InterQ

So easy. SO easy.

Wufoo’s Form Gallery, Drag ‘n Drop functionality, and Report features took a huge burden off of our project management logistics. We were able to develop our focus group homework assignment surveys in a short period of time, direct participants to the survey through a link, and analyze the results with just a few clicks.

By setting up the survey process through Wufoo, we ensured that all 64 of our focus group participants visited the website we were discussing for the project. All this enabled us to have a fruitful, productive set of focus groups that yielded transformative insights for our client.

Need qualitative research done? Check out InterQ’s website page to learn more about their work and process.

Comments

  • Thanks for the tip. Do your templates integrate with SquareSpace and/or Shopify sites?

    Posted May 12th, 2016 by Fletcher Murray.
  • @Fletcher You can add a Wufoo form anywhere that will accept HTML and Javascript! When creating or editing a new page in Shopify, click on the View HTML button. This will let you view the HTML and add your Wufoo embed code. Same for Squarespace, although I believe they call these “Code Blocks”. My best advice is to check in with your platform provider and ask if they allow HTML and Javascript to be added within their service. If so, you’re in business. You can find your embed codes in Wufoo by clicking on Share for any of your forms.

    Posted May 12th, 2016 by Cody Curry.
  • Great and useful article.Looking forward to implementing them for our new start up.
    Keep up the good work

    Posted May 12th, 2016 by stayfine.

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