While filling out surveys, keep in mind that there is a fine line between being efficient and “speeding” through surveys. There are certain things you can do to speed up the time taken by the survey in a legal manner, without breaching any laws.
For market researchers, "speeders" are classified as individuals who take online surveys faster than normal. Speeders are not looked at favorably by companies in market research. This is because the data submitted by speeders is often discarded, which may mean not being paid for a survey, or worse still, being totally banned from a panel.
To get away with spending less time taking online surveys, below are the top five things to keep in mind:
1) When it comes to open-ended questions and complex questions, Speeders tend to give shorter answers, and often even choose to skip them. Avoid doing so. To qualify and get paid, you should answer every question in detail, particularly those where you are asked to type your answers into a box.
2) Speeders tend to often give ambiguous answers. That means they address one question one way, and then give a different answer to a similar question. If it takes less time than normal for you to complete a survey, ensure that you are actually reading the questions and honestly giving quality replies.
3) Increase your typing speed. Using a physical keyboard results in faster typing speed, compared to on-screen typing. Also, you’re likely to make fewer errors. So, if you’re filling in a long survey, use your desktop or laptop, instead of a mobile phone or tablet.
4) Use form filling software. This software is designed to automatically fill in general details, such as your name, address, etc. on a website. It can also remember usernames and passwords of multiple websites. Some of them can even check boxes for you and speed up the survey-taking process. While some companies do not object to the use of such software, others might even ban you from their panel. So, ensure you check the survey policies before using such software.
5) Keep your browser software and plugins updated. While this seems like an obvious thing to do, many people tend to overlook this step. It's never a good scenario to see your Internet browser crash in the midst of a survey. So, please make sure your browser is up-to-date and that you have the newest Flash version updated.
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