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Get creative and use SurveyMonkey for more than just surveys

Get creative and use SurveyMonkey for more than just surveys

As you know by now, SurveyMonkey is great at helping you create, send and analyze surveys. But recently, we’ve been noticing that some of you have been getting pretty creative with your surveys! Since SurveyMonkey collects and stores data for you, it can also be used to accomplish a wide variety of tasks and help you make better decisions like keeping track of customer data, planning an event, and one of our favorite examples, creating tournament brackets for your favorite sporting events!

So take a look, and get inspired!

Track and Store Customer Data

Robert Cradle is a master barber and the founder of the non-profit, Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF), which provides grooming services and products for the homeless. Since the organization started in 2000, RBCF has serviced over 6,000 clients and uses SurveyMonkey as its primary database, which makes keeping track of clients, generating impact data, and reporting back to the donor base a breeze. Read more about RBCF’s inspiring story:

The benefits to our clients are tracked via a paper "Outcome Indicator" form that is completed after each grooming service. Up until 2008, before subscribing to SurveyMonkey we used a complex and tedious database system that left us with a continuous back log of Outcome Indicator forms. We were further limited with only one volunteer familiar enough with the system to complete the data entry.

It was DREADFUL to see the piles of unentered forms and the resulting inability to report to our donors and to the media. Generating detailed client demographics and impact data was nearly impossible with our old system.

Then EUREKA! We discovered SurveyMonkey and decided not just to use it as way to create surveys but to use it as a system to track our clients. It has became our one and only client database since 2008, and in no-time those piles of unentered forms were ENTERED! We could now provide real-time reports to anyone who requested up to date results.

Operating SurveyMonkey is extremely easy, and I can do my data entry anywhere at anytime (our old system could only be accessed on one computer). It only took minutes to create a survey that allowed us to compile the most precious part of our work...the results! Now, by having such ease when sorting out our data we believe we have a better relationship with our donors because they know in real time how their funds are impacting our target population. In essence SurveyMonkey helped to increase our revenue by improving donor relations at little cost to us! The affordable subscription provided by SurveyMonkey more than pays for itself...and then some!

Plan Your Wedding

Sometimes it seems like planning a wedding, or any event for that matter, requires a PhD in organization! Tom and Angie used SurveyMonkey to plan their big day, coordinate with guests from all over the globe and, best of all, share their love story within the survey. Use our Event Planning Template to get started!

Create Quizzes and Tests

Time for a pop quiz! Don’t be scared, this is an easy one. What’s an easy-to-use, cost effective way to assess how well a group has grasped a concept? And how can this be done without the headache correcting tons of papers? We think you know the answer. But just to be sure, read on to see how one teacher uses SurveyMonkey in the classroom.

Just for Fun

Whether you’ve got Olympic fever or March Madness, we have the cure for you! Harness the spirit of competition by building your own tournament bracket within SurveyMonkey. Let the best man (or in our case, monkey) win!

Finally, September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. What better way to celebrate than with a survey, you scurvy sea-dog! Come sail the surveying seas (that's pirate talk for check out all of our "just for fun" surveys)!

What have you been using SurveyMonkey for? Any great ideas you'd like to share? Let us know!