This blog post is going to show you 5 Tools for collecting interactive data.
What is interactive data?
Interacting with your website readers leads to closer, more personal bonding with them. It also enables you to know their preferences, likes and dislikes.
You can also collect their complaints and suggestions. You can also get their feedback on your performance and gather valuable demographic data on them. All these data can furnish fresh content to use on your site.
Such content makes for interesting reading for your website readers. This is because the genesis came from or was based on them.
The problem is, how can you collect this information?
This is done by using interactive tools.
- First interactive data tool: Polls and Surveys
The first of the 5 tools for collecting interactive data we are going to talk about is polls and surveys.
Poll is recording the opinion of a person or a group in an opinion or Gallup poll. This is an assessment of public opinion by questioning a representative sample on a subject. While a survey is the general view or consideration of something.
You can also ask your website readers for their opinion about an article (e.g: “What did you like or what didn’t you like about it?”).
You can ask them about a controversial issue (e.g.: “The legalisation of same sex marriage being a legislation binding on all, do you think churches should be forced to celebrate such marriages?”)
You can also ask them about current affairs (e.g.: “Do you perceive terrorism as the biggest threat to the West now?”)
Finally, you can ask them on demographic data (e.g.: “What is your household income?”), and about user preferences (e.g. “What changes would you like to see on this site?”
How do you go about collecting these opinions?
Ask a few questions (7 or 8 would do). Make them open-ended (that is, questions which need only a yes or a no answer). Provide an incentive for taking part (such as a discount, trial membership, free e-book, etc.) to get more replies. Use the survey site or an email autoresponder to send the results to the respondents (to let them know how the issue stands with others and in general). And say what you are doing about the feedback (this shows you care about their opinion).
There are a few surveys on this website where you give your opinion to collect some valuable gifts. Check them below:
- Second interactive data tool: Feedback
The second of the 5 tools for collecting interactive data we are going to discuss is feedback.
A feedback is a response or any information concerning the results or success of something. An example is an experiment.
An African proverb goes that the person charting a path does not know that it’s getting curved. Another says that one cannot dance and appreciate oneself. Which are the same as to be judge and judged.
So, at a moment in your online journey, you would need some people to let you know how you are doing. And above all, how you can do it better.
To get that feedback, you must ask a question (e.g.: “Would you like to see a new category on this site? If yes, which?”). Let them know that you would welcome a feedback. And that you’ll use them to change, improve or act on things and find areas where you must provide content that helps your readers.
How can you collect feedback?
You can do so in the comment boxes on posts, via an email address, through an email autoresponder or on a feedback form.
- Third interactive data tool: Group discussion
The third of the 5 tools for collecting interactive data we are going to look at is group discussion.
You can create a discussion group and invite your readers to join. Then ask the members to debate controversial matters like articles and news stories, and discuss other issues related to your website’s topic.
This lively debate will generate content material for your site that your readers will love.
- Fourth interactive data tool: Forums
The fourth of the 5 tools for collecting interactive data we are going to examine is forums.
Create an electronic bulletin board where website visitors can respond to messages posted by others and add their own. This will produce a growing list of discussions. These can be encapsulated into a feature article or other form of content on your site.
- Fifth interactive data tool: Chat Rooms
The fifth of the 5 tools for collecting interactive data we are going to talk about is chat rooms.
With real-time online chats, you can interview participants, especially experts and celebrities. You can also discuss featured topics and issues. Organizing workshops and seminars for your visitors are not ruled out. Transcripts of these sessions can provide invaluable content.
So, these are the 5 ways for you to collect interactive data to be used for content creation for your website.
Certainly there many more out there. Do you know of any other? Share them with us in the comment box.
I may even produce an article on them.
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