Creating a fun survey: Topics and best practices

Surveys are used in many organizations and educational institutions. While they’re often made for business purposes, such as measuring customer satisfaction or product usability, sometimes they’re simply done for entertainment’s sake or to learn more about friends and family members.

Surveys can act as icebreakers among groups and even help bring people closer together. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of fun surveys you can conduct with family, friends, colleagues, and other people in your life.

Fun survey topics

What constitutes “fun” varies from one person to another, which makes the list of potential fun survey topics virtually endless. Here are just a few examples you could use:

  • Pop culture: Ask about popular music and movie icons, cult classics, trendy social media dances, and more. These questions and answers can serve as the basis for a trivia or game night.
  • Politics and current events: There’s so much happening in the world you can ask about — recent elections, international relations, natural disasters, and hot-button topics. These types of surveys are a great source of education as well.
  • Games and activities: Find out what your respondents like to do, from board games to pub crawls, and learn whether they have a competitive streak. This is a great way for organizations to get ideas for employee social events.
  • Event planning: If you’re planning a party or event, ask guests to send you fun ideas for activities, music, food, and more. This is particularly helpful when you’re hosting an event for people you don’t know very well.
  • Travel: Whether you’re looking for input on vacation destinations or you just want to hear about other people’s adventures, asking about travel is a great way to learn about new places and get recommendations for hotels, landmarks, restaurants, and more.
  • Ask me anything: Turn the survey around by getting your respondents to pose questions to you. This type of reverse survey is perfect for getting acquainted with a guest of honor at a sales meeting or bridal shower.
  • Media: Learn what others like to read, watch, and listen to across a range of media platforms — books, magazines, TV shows, movies, comic books, podcasts, music, and more. This can be useful for getting to know new friends and colleagues.

Best practices for conducting a fun survey

Writing a casual survey isn’t the same as writing a business-oriented one. Follow these tips to make your survey enjoyable for your respondents:

  • Know your audience. Remember that not everyone finds the same things fun. Cater the survey questions and topics to your respondents’ tastes.
  • Keep your tone light. It can be easy to fall back into business language, especially if that’s what you’re used to writing. To make your survey fun, use a casual tone, keep sentences short and simple, and use colloquialisms where possible.
  • Keep it short. Long surveys feel like a chore. Instead, keep your survey short and sweet so respondents won’t feel like they’re doing their homework when they’re filling it out.
  • Get visual. Emojis and images can be entertaining and funny. Add them to questions and multiple-choice answers to break up the text.

Jotform: The best way to make fun surveys

The best — and easiest — way to create and distribute your fun survey is with Jotform. Jotform has hundreds of templates you can use as the foundation for your survey. You can also add features like star ratings and images. Plus, each template is highly customizable, down to the colors and visual details.

What fun question will you ask first?

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