Growing up, whenever a telemarketer would call the house, my father would pick up the phone, listen until he understood the nature of the call, and then unleash all hell on the unlucky soul at the other end. I was never privy to the calls, but I like to think the questions that set him off were as banal as, “Are you interested in X?” or, “Have you ever considered Y?”

Whatever they were, they always threw him into a rage. He would scream into the phone, get flustered, lecture the caller and then slam the handset down on the receiver. Saying “no” wasn’t enough; he had to let them know how much he hated their surveys. It was always a great show.

Sensitive eardrums and fragile cell phones need no longer live in fear – the age of the telemarketer is over. Thanks to digital advancements, telephone intrusion has evolved into browser disruption, taking the form of a popup or survey prompt. Now that he’s retired and spends a lot of time on the computer, I get to see and hear my father lash out at an inanimate object. His frustration hasn’t diminished, despite there being no one on the receiving end. To add more futility to the situation: those surveyors still aren’t getting him to answer the questions they asked in the first place.

Whether in the real or virtual world, when suddenly prompted with a question, it’s our instinct to feel intruded upon and vulnerable. We immediately want to know “Why are you asking?” “Who are you asking for?” “What is this for?” A question out of context feels inorganic and intrusive. Quizzes put these questions into context. When wrapped in a larger, more fun experience, questions become approachable, and, consequently, more answerable.

What is your survey spirit persona?

Our true selves come out when confronted with an unsolicited survey.

Pop-up Protester

Survey Junkie

Survey Shredder

How much do you hate online surveys?

If they're relevant to me, I suppose they're ok

Hate? I love that others understand how important my opinion is

Unnecessary evil

Why the f*** is there a survey in the middle of a blog post?

When asked to provide feedback, you usually:

Politely comply

Ask away!

Nip it in the bud. I refuse to humor these jerks

Are you enjoying this post?

I was until prompted with this survey. Not sure why I'm still participating...

I guess. I was bored

Very much so. I find it quite relevant

If you can engage users in an immersive, fun, vivid quiz, they will more easily answer questions which they may have otherwise shied away from. The questions in a quiz exist within the context of the whole experience. The questions on a dry survey or questionnaire exist in a vacuum as stand alone, boring lines of text. When we build a quiz experience, we use captivating pictures and descriptive words to immerse users. Users get so caught up in the experience and yearning to obtain a result that they become far more willing to answer just about anything you ask them.

Let’s say we want to find out what my father’s favorite food is. We know neither calling or delivering a browser pop up will work. Well, he loves baseball. What if we built a quiz and included “Pick a ballpark snack” as one of the questions? He would answer this question and, depending on the range of options you presented, you would then know my father’s favorite food.

People enjoy answering questions when they are relatable and tied to personal experiences. A quality quiz achieves this every time. Give it a try and see just how much more you can learn about your audience.  

I hate unsolicited surveys!

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