Paper Surveys are Finally Dead

This is a bold prediction, but I think I can make it safely: the iPad will change the Field Survey business forever by killing the paper survey once and for all. I recently penned my thoughts on this topic in Research Magazine.

Here is my synopsis:

  • Field Surveys / Mall Intercept is needed – 75% of all purchasing decisions are made in-store
  • They are expensive/low margin business – so any gain in technology will add to the bottom-line.
  • iPad – it’s sexy, it’s cool, it’s connected, all of which makes getting respondents easier, as well as more efficient.

So throw away the paper-clip – get an iPad and run a survey on that!

Here is a link to the full article:

About Vivek Bhaskaran

Vivek Bhaskaran is the President and CEO of Survey Analytics.


  1. As a researcher we want to kill Paper Survey. However, on the other side in developing countries it is very much needed to collect information from gross-root level.

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