Best practices for conducting user experience surveys

Looking for a way to understand your customers better and create a better user experience? User experience surveys (or UX surveys) could be the answer to all of your prayers! After all, according to Forbes, a well-designed user interface could raise your website’s conversion rate by up to 200%. With the data gathered from these types of surveys, businesses can more easily identify trends, gain insights into customer behaviour, and create a better overall user experience. So, if you want to create a more enjoyable and engaging customer experience, user experience surveys might be the way to go.

But where do you start? What constitutes a ‘good’ user experience survey? And what are the best practices for conducting these surveys? Let’s dive in.

What is the User Experience (UX)?

The user experience (UX) is essentially the overall experience of a user when he/she interacts with your product (i.e. software or a digital channel such as the website or mobile app) or service. This includes the user interface, design and functionality. It can be a great differentiator in a crowded marketplace, which is why so many organisations focus so heavily on continuously improving this experience.

Monitoring the user experience is typically done by way of user experience tracking tools such as UX analytics and event-tracking tools, session recording and heatmapping tools, A/B and split testing tools, design and wireframing tools and usability feedback tools. However, in this article we will focus on how to collect feedback (via user experience surveys).

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Benefits of Conducting User Experience Surveys

User experience surveys are considered very beneficial to organisations for many reasons, including:

  • Helps gain a better understanding of user needs. User experience surveys give insight into the needs and expectations of your users by gathering information about pain points, features that they do or don’t like, and areas in which you can improve.
  • Identifies key trends and patterns. UX surveys, if conducted properly, can reveal important trends taking place on your digital channel(s) and tell you a lot about user behaviour and preferences over time. This is important as user needs change on a regular basis.
  • Validates your assumptions. Considering they enable you to test different assumptions, user experience surveys can give your optimisation efforts a serious boost. The feedback gathered in surveys will tell you whether a certain design or feature works for your users. In fact, that’s what makes user feedback so critical for UX designers.
  • Improves overall product design. Leveraging the insights gained from your user experience surveys, you can make more informed decisions about both product design and development. In the long run, this will also save you time and money otherwise spent on resources or features that wouldn’t be as successful.

What Should You Ask in a User Experience Survey?

These types of UX surveys can be used just about anywhere within your product or on your digital channels (i.e website or mobile apps).

  • Rate your experience with our product/website.
  • How satisfied are you with your experience?
  • How do you feel about our brand?
  • What score would you give the product/website?
  • Did you find our website / mobile app easy to navigate?
  • Do you think our product is easy to use?

Example of a general UX survey on

Customer satisfaction UX surveys

These user experience surveys are great for monitoring loyalty and retention. They are used to measure the satisfaction of your users both during and after interacting with your product or website.

  • How likely are you to recommend our product/website to a friend or family member?
  • How would you rate your overall satisfaction with our product / website?
  • What do you like most about our product / website?

Example of an NPS survey in Meistertask.

In-depth research surveys

These are typically longer, more in-depth surveys (as opposed to the microsurveys showcased above). In addition to panel research and interviews, UX research surveys can tell you a lot about the UX as a whole, from users who are willing to take the time and share all of the ins and outs of their experience. These types of surveys are typically conducted via email so as not to disturb the UX while a user interacts with your product.

When it comes to defining which questions to ask in a survey like this, there isn’t a cookie cutter approach. A UX research survey should incorporate questions that meet the needs of the team conducting the research and is therefore not applicable in all scenarios. However, here are some questions that are commonly asked in surveys:

  • What are your first impressions with the product / website?
  • Why did you start using our product?
  • How useful is our product / website to you?
  • Tell us about your experience using our product / website?
  • How would you rate the user-friendliness of our product interface?

Example of an in-depth UX survey from the Medline website.

How to Design an Effective User Experience Survey

When designing a user experience survey, there are a couple of things to consider. For example, how your questions are formulated (tone of voice, length of each question, etc.) and if the survey is relevant to the user at that moment.

Let’s take a look at some tricks for designing a good user experience survey:

Decide the focus of the survey

This is the best place to start when designing a new user experience survey. Every survey serves an important purpose and if that purpose is misplaced, odds are the user will be more reluctant to complete the survey. Define what you will use the survey for, what you hope to achieve with the results from the survey and from there you can start formulating your question(s).

Keep the survey short and concise

Two to three questions is typically the most optimal choice when creating surveys. It’s your best bet in increasing your survey responses rates and keeping the user engaged. There are cases in which you will perhaps need to use a longer survey, i.e. in-depth UX research surveys. In this case, be sure to inform your users of their progress and give them an idea of the estimated time they will spend on it beforehand. This will reduce unnecessary frustration brought on by not knowing how much longer the survey will take to complete.


Make sure questions are relevant to your users

Surprisingly, this is a major frustration among many respondents when taking any type of feedback survey. Being prompted with a question that doesn’t apply to you is not only annoying, but also time-consuming. To avoid this issue altogether, there are some feedback solutions – like Mopinion – that offer question routing (or survey logic) capabilities. When building your surveys, you can create different questions that will be displayed depending on the answer to the previous question. This not only makes the questions more relevant for the respondent (and thus giving them a tailored experience), but it will also give your organisation more useful feedback data as a result.

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Use both quantitative and qualitative questions

Best practice is to start the survey with a quantitative question, i.e. a metric such as Net Promoter Score or another type of rating. That way you have data that can quickly and easily be analysed. This type of data is also better for recognising major trends within your data. However, quantitative data alone doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the user experience. That is why it’s important to incorporate qualitative questions such as why they came to your website in the first place, or why they came back for a second or third visit. You can ask them how they experienced your product/website directly after they completed a specific action. Additionally, you can add open answer questions at the bottom of your surveys, enabling your users to provide any additional comments they may have.

Read more about this topic in our post about quantitative and qualitative data.

Start creating those user experience surveys!

Equipped with the know-how for conducting powerful user experience surveys, you’re ready to get started. The question is…which solution will provide you with the most flexibility and support in creating beautifully branded, customisable UX surveys? And lets not forget, you’re going to need a solution that not only gathers this feedback, but also furthers your initiative with built-in analysis and action management tools.

Mopinion is an all-in-one user feedback tool that helps organisations collect and analyse website, mobile and email campaign user feedback. It has an easy-to-use interface, with which users can build, design and configure feedback forms however they like.

Mopinion users can also target specific groups of visitors with feedback forms and gain insights into why they are struggling to convert. Once collected, feedback items can be visualised in customisable dashboards and charts for advanced analyses. Additionally, digital teams can share and take action on these feedback items in a timely manner with the help of smart alerts.

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