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Distributing your survey URL

Launching your survey opens your survey so that it can receive responses.  Launching your survey does not automatically distribute your survey to your respondents.

There are several ways to distribute your survey to your respondents, both within online surveys and outside of online surveys.  The survey distribution and sharing options within online surveys become available in the launchpad icon Survey launchpad once you have launched your survey.

You can:

Share the Public URL using your own methods

The Public URL for your survey appears near the top of the launchpad icon Survey launchpad.  This URL can be emailed out to your target audience or posted on your institution’s intranet.

If you have set up survey access control, make sure you send your respondents the relevant credentials (e.g. the survey password) as well as providing them with the Public URL.

survey launchpad URL

Send email invitations containing personalised URLs

If you have set up a respondent list using survey access control, you can send invitation emails containing personalised URLs to your respondents.  You can do this using the email tool within online surveys, or you can export your respondent list and send out the URLs yourself using a mail merge.

send invitation emails

Share your survey via social media

You can share your survey via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ straight from the Sharing section of the launchpad icon Survey launchpad.  Simply click on the relevant icon to share your survey.


Embed the survey into your own site

The Sharing section of the launchpad icon Survey launchpad also provides you with HTML code that you can use to embed the survey into your own website.

Embed survey code

Publish your survey on the Call For Participants platform

Call For Participants is a simple advertising platform focused on bringing opportunities for taking part in academic research to the general public. Visit their website today and discover hundreds of fun and exciting research studies from universities around the world. Their service is the first to open up academic research from all disciplines to the general public, and provide the academic researcher with a smarter way to communicate their research beyond their own networks.

If you are an academic researcher you can create a free study advert to promote your research to the Call for Participants community and the general public. To create your study advert visit:


Visit the researcher study page to help you get the most out of advertising your research study page on Call for Participants.  This page equips you with all you need to know in order to maximise your advertising efforts. You will also find handy step-by-step guides to get you started and detailed information on how to create the perfect study page: