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How To Create QR Code For A Survey: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Say you’ve a restaurant and you want to run a survey to learn more about your customers. Or how well your services are doing.

And you generally conduct it in either of the two ways:

First, you distribute paper survey forms to your customers. And ask them to fill it on-the-spot. Though, you do get responses handy by this method, it requires a lot of paper consumption.

Plus, you would then tediously have to analyse the results to get meaningful insights.

Second, you decide to create a survey form online and print the link on each paper bill you give to customers. Customers can type this link in their mobile browser and fill the survey form.

But the question is—will people really do that? Will they be willing to take out their phone, unlock it, open the browser, type the entire survey link, fill the form, and then submit their response?

Since this will need them to put both time and effort, many of them will simply skip doing it.

However, if you make it easier for them to access the form, you’ll see an increase in the number of responses. One way to do this is by adding a Survey QR Code to the bills.

QR Codes are actionable, trackable, and offer a sustainable solution to offline surveys.

Keep reading.

A. QR Codes—all you need to know

QR Codes are 2D barcodes that encode alphanumeric information. Today a lot of marketers use them to direct people from offline media to online content.

A Survey QR Code, when scanned, will bring up the survey form. People can fill it and submit their response.

You can then analyse the recorded data to improve your services/products.

And by creating Dynamic QR Codes, you can track the scanning activity. That is, you can get analytical data based on date, city, district, browser, and device from where the QR Code was scanned.

In addition, you can also capture the data of the people who scanned the Survey QR Code. This is possible by enabling the ‘Lead Generation’ feature, which we will discuss in detail later in the article.

Lastly, you can add design to your QR Code by adding a logo or a background image. This will make the QR Code a point-of-engagement on your bills. And prompt people to scan it and fill out the survey form.

Branded QR Code

Now, you know that with QR Codes, your customers will be able to fill the survey form effortlessly. Let’s move on to tell how to create a QR Code for a survey.

B. How to create a QR Code for a survey

There are two possible ways through which you can create a QR Code for your survey. These are:

a. Using an online survey tool and a QR Code generator

The first thing is to create a survey form. To do this, you’ll have to use an online survey tool.

You can use Google Forms and Zoho Survey, which are free online survey providers. In case you want advanced features, you can use paid services such as SurveyMonkey.

In order to know more about how to create a Google Form, you can refer to this detailed guide.

Once you create the survey form, you’ll get a unique URL (survey link). Now, copy this link and go to a professional online QR Code Generator such as Scanova.

Using Scanova QR Code Generator for demo purposes, you just need to follow some simple steps.

i. How to create a QR Code

1.Go to Scanova QR Code Generator Click on Create QR Code

2. Select Website URL category from amongst other QR Code categories.

Design website URL QR Code

3. Enter the link you want to encode and click Create QR Code

4. Next, you’ll see two QR Code designs. You can choose custom with logo or custom with background.

Note that a customized QR Code attracts more scans than a black-and-white one. Hence, to attract maximum scans, design your QR Code.

Choose design for QR Code

5. Once your QR Code is ready, click on Done Editing If everything looks good, proceed to download.

6. To download the QR Code, you need to create an account. Here, Sign Up to get started with a 14-day free trial.

7. In the window that pops up, specify the image format and size of the QR Code. Once done, click on Export.


Export QR Code image

Your QR Code with the survey link will be generated.

That’s it, you can use this QR Code on print media to get people to fill out the survey form.

ii. How to analyse responses captured in this method

You can get analytical data by applying formulas and functions on the response spreadsheet of your Google forms. This will help give you an overview of the responses.

Besides, you can use platforms such as SurveyMonkey that give advanced options to analyse data.

So, in this case you can create both Static (permanent and non-trackable) and Dynamic QR Code, depending upon the activity you want to track.

Now, let’s move to the second way of how to create Survey QR Code.

b. Using a Rich Text QR Code to capture responses

In case you don’t want to use a combination of two tools, you have another alternative. You can use a combination of Scanova’s features to capture open-ended text responses.

For this, you will create the form with lead generation feature and landing page via Rich Text QR Code.

Using Scanova for demo purpose, you have to follow some simple steps.

i. How to enable lead generation

1. Go to Scanova’s QR Code Generator and sign-up for a 14-day free trial.

2. From your account’s dashboard, click Leads and then click New List.

3. Next, you can change the list name and create form. Here you can add fields and select the type of content that needs to be entered in those fields (text, number, and email). Plus, you can add survey questions, which you want your readers to answer.

Go to lead list

4. Once you add fields, tick all the fields and click Create.

Edit leads list

ii. How to create a QR Code

5. Now, go to Scanova QR Code Generator

6. From QR Code categories, select Custom Page QR Code

Choose custom page QR Code

7. Enter the content you want to encode in the QR Code. You can even format it as you want and add up to 10 description boxes and buttons.

Specify details for custom page QR code


8. You can now name your QR Code and add tags. With tags, you can find your respective QR Code on your dashboard. Once you’ve added all the details, click Create QR Code.

Here, you can click on the Lead Generation option. 

Activate lead generation


f. Two QR Code designs will appear on your screen. You can select either of them.


Choose design for QR Code


g. Once you click on Download.


h. You will now be prompted to specify QR Code image size and format. Once done, click on Export.


Export QR Code image


You can now use this QR Code on print media to capture responses from your customers.

iii. How to analyse leads data

You will be able to access responses from your Scanova account under the Leads section. It also allows you to export data as CSV file.

iv. How to analyse scanning activity of your QR Code

Since Rich Text QR Code is a dynamic QR Code, you can get analytical data on QR Code scanning activity.

For this, you need to go to the Analytics section of your dashboard. Here, select the name of the QR Code you want to track the scanning activity.

Once specified you will get the following data:
a. Total Visits
b. Visits by time period
c. Visits by campaign
d. Visits by QR Code
e. Demographics
f. Visits by exact geolocation
g. Visits by device
h. Operating system and browser
i. Handset

The data will help you give useful insights on how well your QR Code campaign performed. For example, you can know the exact time period in which the maximum people responded and send your next survey forms accordingly.

You can export the analytical data in XLS and PDF format.
For your reference, here is a detailed guide on QR Code tracking.

Now you know how to optimize offline surveys. Create QR Code for your survey now and make it easier for your audience to access the form.

Create a QR Code for your survey

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