BlockSurvey – Create Surveys utilising AI

BlockSurvey - Create Surveys utilising AI

We have all built surveys for numerous reasons. I myself started building surveys all the way back to elementary school and up today where I’m asking for product feedback and using surveys it is perfect for all of this. Luckily, time changes and back from when I did it in elementary school and until today. Then, with today’s showcase, you can create surveys utilising AI. Todays product showcase is BlockSurvey and BlockSurvey is built on top of a blockchain, which makes it possible to encrypt all of your data.

So without further ado, let’s dive into BlockSurvey and let me show you how you set up a survey. We are now inside BlockSurvey, where we have our dashboard here, where we can choose to create our first survey. We can either choose to create completely from scratch or we can create it from a template. And last but not least, of course, we can create it using AI they have a lot of different types of templates you can choose between.

And this is an easy and fast way to get started with your survey. First off, I’ll just show you how it looks when it is you want to create from a template. You can see in here they have almost three hundred different types of templates. So depending on your need, they do most likely have a template for you. For instance, I’ll just take this photography feedback form just for the sake of this video so you can see how it looks like.

So when it is, you choose your template. You will see how it looks for the user, of course, and not so much for you in the backend. And as you can see, this one is very simple. It is not so much like Typeform here. This is more like where we just have the fields, we have some text field we can fill out here and then we can submit it in the bottom. This one is very, very simple.

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    Of course we can change it to be a little bit more like TypeForm where we have one question at a time. So they only have to focus at one question at a time. Or we can change to the last part, which is more of a conversational part where you do have a conversation with the type of bot you can say so. If we do want to use this template, we basically just click up here on the red button, and then we are within where it is we create our template.

    So now we have the template and we’re now within the survey up here in the menu, we have the design, the preview, share, integrate, responses and analytics. So over here on the left, we have, of course, all of our questions. And if you do want to either add a question add a welcome screen, change the title and description, you basically just click over here. And for each of these questions, you have a lot of different options, of course.

    For now, I’m just choosing the question, what would you have done differently if you had taken this picture? And for this question, we can choose whether it should be required or not, which means that they have to answer it, whether they should be able to skip or hide the question if there should be a character limit or it should be a loop question. Furthermore, for each question, we can do a logic saying that if the question A was answered in this type of way, then show this question.

    Otherwise show another question. Furthermore, we have assignment’s over here where we can say that if they answer this question correct or they answer a certain way, they will get X amount of points. And then in the end, based on the amount of points, then you show an end result based on that. Furthermore, we have the feedback here where we can display or receive instant feedback. We have last but not least, the messages here where you can choose what the button text should be, the button hint, the feedback button text, the answer is required.

    And if they exceed the limit, that is, of course, if you want it in another language or you just want to customise them to exactly your need. Of course, over to the right, we can always see how the question looks like. So if I change the button text here, then you can see the button also changes here. So this is a great way to always stay on top. Whether your changes are good are not.

    In the bottom here we have our submit screen, which is the last step. Where it is they have to submit the entire form they have now filled out. This one is very simple, you can see that we can allow multiple submissions, which means that the same user can go in and fill out the entire form again. We can choose whether it should be a parent direct. It should be a hide submit screen. And then, of course, we can choose a redirect logic if it should go to another screen when it is that they submit their form.

    It could be, you have made a specific page on your website you want to send them over to. And of course, last but not least, we can again change the button text or whatever it is we want to change. If you do not redirect away from the form, we have our thank you for your time page down here, which is the submission form after you have submitted. So here they will land. And right now, just says thank you for your time.

    You can, of course, fill out whatever it is you want to fill out. Show a logo, or what you want this specific page to look like. I’m fine how the survey look now. So what I will do is that I will preview it. And that would do up here and here we have the option to preview it on desktop, on tablet or on mobile to see how it transforms down to the different screen sizes. Of course, again, we can change up here whether we want it to be classic, we want it to be conversational.

    Or we want it back to be just like one question at a time, which I personally like. And then you can basically try to fill out the entire form to see how it feels like if there is some stuff you want to change, it works very smoothly, and you can always see what it is you have entered by scrolling up. Very simple. Now, when you think it is done, and you want to share it, it is in here. Either you can choose your own custom domain or you can choose BlockSurvey’s domain and then publish it.

    When we do publish it. As you can see here, we have a link where we can share it or we can generate a shorter link. If you want to share on Twitter or similar places in the bottom here, we can share it in multiple ways where we can do a link preview, where we can customise the link preview as exactly as you want it, we can do a custom URL, how it looks on social, if you want to share it directly on social. As a QR code or directly to an email, the next menu point up here is to integrate this is if you want this feedback form to be on your website, let’s say you have a SaaS company and you want feedback on an onboarding flow, then you could use BlockSurvey over here and then in a widget enter it on your website.

    So as soon as they are done with the onboarding, they will get a widget saying how was your onboarding process is there anything we can improve and then can go through the survey of course. There are right now three different ways you can do it. You can either do it with Web hooks, with a widget or embed it. And in the example I just explained, it would be a widget that would be the best possible way for you. Furthermore, down here, you can choose whether it should be a custom embed, if it should be a full page pop up or a slider.

    Again, that depends on your need and the specific need you have for this survey. The last two elements here is the responses. Here you will just have an overview of all the people who have answered your survey. And the analytics is basically how many has completed, how many stopped midways and how many didn’t even start and where they’re coming from and so much more. You can see it in real time when people start filling out the survey. Before I show you how to create utilising AI just want to show you the brandkit here, because when it is we build out these surveys, we want them, of course, to blend in within our website.

    And that is also possible within BlockSurvey. So here you can choose your images and your fonts. Of course, I’m hoping to see colours as well. But to begin with, images and fonts is a great way to just get it approximately into your website space. But now to the exciting element. Let’s try and create a survey utilising AI. So when we use a here it is in beta right now here we have to choose the topic. Whether it’s just default, it can be very generic.

    If it’s customer experience, employee experience, that is if you want to do an internal survey within your company and so on. For now I’ll just choose default. And then we need to do a title, for this title I will call this one sign up flow feedback because I want feedback on a sign up flow, let’s just say that. In the description I need to explain what this survey is about. So in the description I have written, give me feedback for how it was signing up for my project management tool.

    What we will do now is we will generate questions and then see the results. I have now generated the questions, as you can see over here and the questions are a bit of a mix. Of course. First of all, question two here is a little bit combined with question one, where it says if you could change anything in the application, what would it be and why? So those two questions are actually together. However, I would like to just tweak it a little bit and say if you would change anything in the sign up form, what would it be and why?

    Then it would be perfect. But of course I can just add it and then change that, it’s not like it needs to be perfect. And what I just did here is I click on the plus here because I liked the first question and then it would make a similar question. Where it now says what is the main reason for the above answer to best of your knowledge? Is the feedback something that others in your situation would also share? It’s a bit irrelevant, but of course it is still relevant for the first question.

    I would remove the third question here and now the fourth question, which is now the third question, technically speaking, how does such a tool help with your project management? That question is more generic of using project management tool. Not so much in the sign up flow, so I’ll just delete that as well. And then the last question is, if you were using a traditional paper based method and wanted to do some revision, edit on it, please explain what you would do.

    This one is also completely irrelevant, so I’ll delete that. And now I will press make more just to see if we can get some better results. Now, the third question that came in here can be quite good. I would just tweak it a little bit to say how long did it take for you to sign up for the project management tool? And then the last one is also great. Where I would again change it a little bit to say what was your overall satisfaction with signing up for the project management tool?

    But for now I’ll just keep them, because in the next step, I can always tweak them when I then press create. You can see within the view, which I showed you just before and in here, I can then just make the tweaks that I was talking about before. So for instance, the last question I would change to be what was your overall satisfaction with the sign up flow? And then over here you can see it’s just right now a simple question where you can answer with text.

    But of course, we can also make it more advanced if we do want to and change the question type up here to be the short text, a number, choices, matrix, multiple and so much more, the options are endless. Furthermore, which I didn’t shown you before is over here we have the views. It is a little bit like preview here, but here we can just tweak it even more saying that the desktop should have these font sizes and the mobile should have these font sizes and so much more.

    So this is very specific, depending on the screen. Over here, we can change all of the messages within our survey, or if we do want to change to another language right now, they do only have five languages English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and French, but hopefully they will add more soon enough. Then we have our themes here, and this was a little bit what I was talking about before. I would like to have this in our brand kit, but of course, here we can change to exactly the colour that we are using because we can just change it and then enter our colour code right here.

    So this is great to see because then we can really narrow it in to look exactly how it will be on our website. Furthermore, we can change the fonts. Of course, this will be taken from the brand kit, if you do have a brand kit. We can choose the variables here, if we do want to tweak that, maybe you’re working with UTM variable codes, you can enter them in here. In here in notification we can enable whether we want to have an email notification every time there is a lead.

    This can be a great way to just ensure that you always save the lead, for instance, especially in the future, when they are hopefully going to add integrations. It’s great to get an email every time to check that the integration went through the right way because a lot of stuff can happen. And the last point down here is the settings where you choose stuff like do you want to show the question number, do you want to enable question randomisation?

    If you just want the questions to be in a randomised order, if you want to predict the question type based on what the question is, as you just saw before, the question type was jumping a little bit up and down when I was writing and so much more within here. Of course, you can add the privacy policy, but that is basically it within BlockSurvey. And of course, all of your data here is built on top of a blockchain, which means that it is completely encrypted and you’re one hundred percent sure that your data is secure.

    Taking a look at the pricing structure within BlockSurvey as you can see here, they have four plans, whereas you can get started completely free. Of course, they do only offer 30 responses, which means that you can only test out BlockSurvey with this pricing. If you do want more, you can sign up for the next plan, which only costs 8 USD, and then you get three thousand responses. So that is very generous when you look at the price compared to the responses you get.

    Furthermore, of course, all of the features also differs depending on your plan. And if you do want unlimited responses, then you need to get the highest plan. Taking a look at the competitors, it reminds me a lot of TypeForm, not only the way you answer the surveys, but also the way you build up the survey. Of course, they distanced themselves a little bit from TypeForm by having this AI element. But when it comes to integrations, BlockSurvey is again falling a little bit behind by Typeform.

    I would like to see in the near future that they would add some integration so we could send all of this data into Encharge or ActiveCampaign or whatever it is we’re using to work on our leads, because you are often using surveys to do specific things. So whether it’s product feedback or it is that they need to sign up for an ebook or something similar, we want to utilise this data and work more with it. So integrations is something that I really think would put them up against TypeForm because they have the encryption part and the AI part.

    So by having the integrations, they are definitely ahead of TypeForm. Now, the future within BlockSurvey is quite exciting, of course, I’m hoping for integrations, but they’re working on a Stripe integration within the survey so you can do paid surveys or whatever it is you want to integrate, Stripe to. Furthermore, they’re adding more answer options so you can do dropdown options and way more different types of answers that you can allow your visitors and users to do in your surveys.

    This allows BlockSurvey to open up and be even more agile. Last but not least, they’re working on more widget options and much more. This means that you can add the widget as it is your survey within your chat functionality, for instance, or wherever it is you want it on your website. I was so lucky to have a talk with Wilson, the co-founder of BlockSurvey, where we discuss not only where BlockSurvey originated, but also where it’s going and what is happening within BlockSurvey.

    I’m Wilson, I’m the co-founder of BlockSurvey. My experience primarily comes from I have about a decade of experience in the FinTech and Blockchain space, and currently I’m working on BlockSurvey, we’re building for about the last two years with the focus on privacy and security in mind. BlockSurvey is a platform for surveys and forms with the focus on privacy and security. Yeah, we are five developers and we have a couple of interns helping us with content and marketing.

    But when did the idea start of BlockSurvey? How did that idea occurred to you?

    When we venture out to start build solutions for people? So we were using the survey tools to research, primarily to do market research, and we were looking for a secure solution and we didn’t see anything available in that space. So that led us to create BlockSurvey.

    When I did start to try out BlockSurvey, the first that came into my mind was a TypeForm, probably also one of your competitors. How is BlockSurvey compared to TypeForm?

    I think TypeForm really redefined with respect to how forms and surveys can be enjoyable. They’ve set a standard with respect to how forms and surveys can look really beautiful. But today how BlockSurvey is focussing on the privacy and security. It’s end to end encrypted. You get to design good looking forms as well closer to Typeform.

    Exactly. And I think also you have an AI module, which Typeform doesn’t have, as I am aware of. And is that AI module built on top of GPT-3 or is that something you’re running inhouse?

    Yeah, so we do have inhouse AI solutions as well, but the question generator, which we recently launched in ProductHunt, it’s primarily using GPT-3, but other modules, which gives you prediction, like your question type prediction as you type, you don’t have to select a question at all. So, for example, if you type name we decide the right question component for you and if you type email, then it is auto corrected. So those are internal models.

    But we continue to see or usually we go with ready-made solutions first and then. Building out BlockSurvey, what is the biggest challenge you have had as you see it?

    Yeah, I think if you know the stack of BlockSurvey, it is built on top of a block chain called Stacks, which in turn runs on top of Bitcoin. So think of Stacks as a development tool which enables you to write programmes on top of a block chain, for example, creating a tighter collaborative space. Real time collaboration is a challenge which we are still trying to solve. So there are challenges like that, it’s because with privacy and security coming in, certain features are a trade-Off.

    I think it’s great that you have such a big focus on privacy, especially now in the world, that it is such a big focus and we hear so much from Apple and Samsung and all the big brands that privacy is such a big focus. So I think it’s great to see that you has it as a big focus as well.

    Yeah, I think the focus is primarily we wanted to help people who run sensitive surveys, especially in the spaces of mental health, wellness, therapy, activism, protest, political surveys and many, many more. Wherever there is sensitivity involved, that’s where we fit in very well.

    So building out BlockSurvey what is the goal with BlockSurvey, of course, the privacy part, but the overall goal with BlockSurvey. How do you see that?

    Yeah, I think we we are currently focussed on serving only the privacy niche. So I remember reading a recent research from Gartner, which says is about only 10 percent of the population cares about privacy today, but by 2023, the population size would be about 65 percent. So we really see a trend where we are at early stages, but we are looking at only the very first cohort of attracting the privacy audience, think of blocks away is like signal for surveys over the next couple of years is going to be focussed just on that.

    We wanted to anker ourselves as how people see if they are looking for a privacy focussed tool in the space and then BlockSurvey has to be the go to name. So that’s what we are focussing for next year. Now we are also focussing on product experience as well, I think it is focussed more on employee experience and mental health and so on. But product experience is also a possibility. So if you’re looking at collecting feedback, you can collect.

    Well, now, you also mentioned a little bit about like the long distance goal for you. But if we look into maybe just a year ahead what is for BlockSurvey the next year, we are still bootstrapped and we are looking at accelerating right now to grow our recurring revenue. So we wanted to get to a space where we want to hit 10.000 dollars in revenue. Right now we are about 3000 dollars in MRR and we are looking at 10.000 dollars in MRR sooner and then we want to accelerate from there.

    So we want to see how we can bootstrap this journey and be self-sufficient. And we have a designer with us. He’s a young chap. He finished his studies from college and then he was interning with us and he went to design school to spend time for about three months, and then he learnt it. And it’s a constant iteration. It’s a never ending process. So he is helping us, his name is Sam. He’s our UX designer and he’s helping us to shape up BlockSurvey

    In the end here, I hope that you have some some funny anecdotes or some experience you can share. But I would just like to hear if you have had any funny experiences, building BlockSurvey or any special moments you think are funny to mention or specific moments, it could be anything.

    Yeah, absolutely, I think it all started from a hackathon, that’s a funny side of it. I think people see it seriously. We went to a hackathon, crypto block chain hackathon, and there we were using survey tools to validate ideas. Quickly we were creating questions to validate our assumptions and sending to friends and families and to social networks to validate those ideas. The very tool what we were using in the hackathon, we thought, OK, why not create this in a decentralised way where enable people to collect this data securely and savely.

    And you own your ideas and insights, what you collect from the tools. So that’s the very idea, I think we sat there for about a couple of nights, we are just running high on caffeine and then we built it with the first prototype in about 48 hours, and then we presented. And then we immediately launched it on ProductHunt just to see if there’s some interest and we got little interest, we got about 170 votes in ProductHunt and few sign ups came in.

    Then we we thought, OK, why not build it further and make people use it? If they like it, we can continue to build. So we got few paying customers so that motivated us to build for it.

    Using BlockSurvey, I’ve been able to create beautiful surveys which I have generated by the help of AI, there’s no doubt their integrations and AI module shows BlockSurvey they are in for the future. Thank you, Wilson, for making this interview possible. And remember, you can get started today completely free using BlockSurvey. So, yeah, that is my review of BlockSurvey. I hope that you liked the video. And if you did, please give it a thumbs up.

    If you have any questions to BlockSurvey or other products you would like me to review, please leave a comment down below. Thank you so much for watching. Let’s catch up on the next one.

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