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If you’ve ever been sitting at a train station, a particular lecturer’s classroom, or in a public area and a person with a stack of papers in his hands comes up to you out of the blue and asks if you have a few minutes to talk, then you have likely been asked to take part in a survey.
There are a lot of ways to conduct research and collect information, but one way that makes it really easy is by doing a survey. A survey is defined as a brief interview or discussion with individuals about a specific topic. The term survey is, unfortunately, a little vague, so we need to define it better. The term survey is often used to mean ‘collect information.’ For instance, you may imagine a researcher or a television scientist saying, ‘We need to do a survey!’ (I know, riveting television).
So, besides our definition above, survey also means to collect information. We have our first definition of a brief interview, and we have a second definition of collecting data. There is a third definition for survey. This third definition of survey is a specific type of survey research. Here are the three specific techniques of survey research:
- Questionnaires – a series of written questions a participant answers. This method gathers responses to questions that are essay or agree/neutral/disagree style.
- Interviews – questions posed to an individual to obtain information about him or her. This type of survey is like a job interview, with one person asking another a load of questions.
- Surveys – brief interviews and discussions with individuals about a specific topic. Yes, survey is also a specific type of survey, to make things even more confusing. A survey is a quick interview, with the surveyor asking only a few questions.
So, why are those people hanging around train stations and other public places? The reason is due to the nature of surveys and the purpose of study. A study is designed to collect information about a topic (for instance, ‘How do you feel about Bigfoot voting rights?’) and then analyze the collected information to draw a conclusion. The people hanging out in public areas are trying to collect the data. Each survey technique offers strengths and weaknesses, which will be explored in a moment. It is the job of the researcher to weigh those strengths and weaknesses against the needs of their study (people are against Bigfoot voting rights).
All of the surveys offer relatively quick ways of collecting information, and this lesson will show how a researcher might employ surveys in their methodology. Let’s say you, as a researcher, are interested in pet ownership and people’s views on it.
If you use questionnaires, you will sit down and write up some questions that you need answers to. This can go in several ways:
- Open ended questions where the participant fills in the answer with their thoughts. For example, ‘What do you think of pet ownership?’ This is useful for a descriptive study, but there is very little here that you can analyze statistically.
- Multiple-choice questions allow for statistical analysis such as, ‘Do you think pet ownership is a good thing for people.
How to get extra cash with Zap Surveys ? Here’s a few little tricks for the popular survey app Zap Surveys guaranteed to put some extra cash in your pocket.
1. Daily Check-Ins
Did you realize if you go to the ‘Daily’ section on Zap Surveys, there’s an option to check in by tapping on the day? Every day that you do this, you’re throwing another 3 cents on top of your current balance, getting you that much closer to your next cash out.
2. Location Rewards
Another quick way to effortlessly earn more money on the go is enabling Zap Surveys to know your location, which allows for promotions from various companies to be displayed on your notification screen. Opening these notifications results in instant earnings for as much as $0.25 per swipe!
3. Social Media
Head over to the ‘More’ tab and hit the Share button. You get $0.50 for sharing the app on Facebook and another $0.50 for Tweeting, so make sure you let all of your followers know how easy it is to make a little extra cash.
4. Referral Codes
While you’re still on that ‘More’ tab, you’ll also see your personal Referral ID. Make sure all your friends and followers you just shared the app with to use this code so you get an extra $0.15 per person, and anyone that uses your code gets $0.75!
Head back to the ‘Daily’ tab and you’ll notice there are also progressive challenges you can do which result in some sweet bonuses. The first of these is logging in for 45 days in a row, which nets a $0.75 payout. Couple this with your daily reward and you’ll make over $2.00 without even having to take any surveys.
6. Daily Tickets
Stay on the ‘Daily’ tab and head down to the Daily Pick’n Win section. Claiming this ticket every day gives you multiple entries to a regularly held sweepstakes! The more tickets you’ve collected the bigger the chance you earn whatever prize value is currently being offered.