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Combine a Usabilla test with an external survey How-tos

Combine a Usabilla test with an external survey

Usabilla offers quick visual feedback, but in some cases you might want to collect additional feedback from your participants or just some demographic data by conducting a traditional survey. There are plenty of wonderful survey tools out there that make your life easier (e.g SurveyGizmo, Wufoo, Polldady), and now we’ve released a new feature that allows you to seamlessly combine a Usabilla test with one of these tools.>

To introduce the feature we’ve created a demo case. Lets assume that a university wants to know what its students think of the faculty’s homepage (universities love surveys!). So, they create a Usabilla test to get specific feedback on the homepage and a SurveyGizmo survey  to get more generic feedback including some demographics of the users.

How to combine the two surveys in one?
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Submitting form data to a Usabilla test How-tos

Submitting form data to a Usabilla test

Not so long ago we’ve added ‘custom variables’ to our tests. We store every variable you specify in the URL of your test and include these variables and an unique participant id (pid) in your redirect URL. That might sound a bit complicated, but enables you to store additional data for individual participants in Usabilla and to pass through data to other services as well. Let me try to explain with a simple example using a web form to submit data to a Usabilla test:

A simple web form

You can submit a simple web form to a Usabilla test. If you use ‘GET’ as method, the fields in your form are submitted as URL encoded variables. Example:

<form method="get" id="screener" name="screener" action="http://usabilla.com/rate/15927259904cb5afe7f3c00"> 	
	<label for="name">Name:</label> 
	<input id="name" name="name" type="text" /> 
	<label for="group">Group:</label> 
	<select id="group" name="group"> 
		<option value="A">A</option> 
		<option value="B">B</option> 
	</select> 
	<input type="submit" value="Submit" /> 
</form>
<form method=”get” id=”screener” name=”screener” action=”http://usabilla.com/rate/15927259904cb5afe7f3c00″>
<label for=”name”>Name:</label>
<input id=”name” name=”name” type=”text” />
<label for=”group”>Group:</label>
<select id=”group” name=”group”>
<option value=”A”>A</option>
<option value=”B”>B</option>
</select>
<input type=”submit” value=”Submit” />
</form>

This example form submits two variables (name and group) to a Usabilla test. The form input is stored together with the test data of your participant. At the end of the test the variables will also be attached to the redirect URL. This redirect URL could be another survey as well: read about combining Usabilla with a PollDaddy survey.

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Feeding the hunger of data junkies with Google Docs How-tos

Feeding the hunger of data junkies with Google Docs

Last week we silently released the first version of our API. Sido explained our new XML export options and the new API key in his last blogpost. In short: we’ve implemented two new XML export options. You can use these exports to create XML files with the content of your test and the results of your test. We built this feature as a first step in opening up Usabilla and to make the data you collect in Usabilla accessible in any other tool. To demonstrate some of the possibilities with these new feeds, I’ve created a Google Spreadsheet that imports test results. In this post I will explain step by step how this Spreadsheet works and how you can build your own.

xml-export-gdocs

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