Panel Providers and Limesurvey - your experience?

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9 years 11 months ago #47802 by Mazi
Hi Limesurveyors,

I'd like to know which panel providers you can recommend to use with Limesurvey.

Mostly they pass a token to a Limesurvey survey which and after the user ahs submitted the survey some data is passed back to the panel provider.
Problem is that some panel provider have very strict guidelines and are not able to adapt the URL so data can be easily stored in a Limesurvey survey.

What experiences did you make?

Which panel providers can you recommend?

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9 years 10 months ago #48933 by Mazi
jelo wrote:

They might prefer the two big ones ;-) But to choose a provider because he is "limesurveyfriendly" will hurt your studies. The quality of the panel should be the first criteria.

This is not my field of work so I'm really interestd about the two big names ;-)

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9 years 8 months ago #53492 by JoyLaneResearch
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I've worked successfully with the eRewards panel (company = ResearchNow).

We've used quotas and passed parameters through URLs.

Can provide examples of parameters if desired.
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9 years 8 months ago #53503 by Mazi
Maybe you can describe the process of using panel providers in more details so other users know about your successful approach.

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9 years 8 months ago - 9 years 8 months ago #53516 by JoyLaneResearch
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To work with the eRewards panel, they need to include my survey "sid" # and "token" #s in the survey link they provide their panelists and they need me to return a result ties to their "ftouch" code. It works like this:

The links they provide to their panelists have the general form:
http://mysurveysite.com/index.php?sid=AAAAA&token=BBBBB&ftouch=CCCCC
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When someone completes my survey, the survey is programmed to automatically load this web page:
http://www.e-rewards.com/complete.do?{PASSTHRULABEL}={PASSTHRUVALUE}&id={TOKEN}

When someone fails to pass a quota screen, I auto-load this web site instead:
http://www.e-rewards.com/terminate.do?{PASSTHRULABEL}={PASSTHRUVALUE}&id={TOKEN}

The "passthrulabel" parameter pickes up "ftouch" from their invitation link, and the "passthruvalue" parameter grabs the actual code ("CCCCC" in this case) to pass back to their servers. Passing the "ftouch" code to their servers this way allows them to reward participants without manual intervention.

Make sense?
Last edit: 9 years 8 months ago by JoyLaneResearch. Reason: I may have listed the parameters in the first link in the wrong order. If you try this, consider listing the parameter that you want to pass in the link first.
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9 years 8 months ago #53526 by paulfiner
I have just completed a survey with respondents coming from a panel company called Toluna.

My experience was similar to JoyLaneResearch's in that the link I supplied to them consisted of my SID and reference to a hidden field at the start of my survey which was used to populate the ID number of the respondent coming from their panel.

I was given two returning links to use for people who completed the survey and those that failed any quotas.

Everything worked fairly well considering this was the first time I'd done anything like this.

I would say that the quota options in LimeSurvey are fairly basic and could do with some extra development.
For example, I had the need to screen people out if they didn't select an option from a multiple choice type question. The only way I could do this was to present an extra Y/N question straight after and only show it if the respondent didn't select my required answer. The quota could then be set if they said 'No'.

Does the development roadmap for version 2 include any improvements in this area?

Cheers

Paul
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9 years 8 months ago #53528 by Mazi
paulfiner wrote:

I would say that the quota options in LimeSurvey are fairly basic and could do with some extra development.
For example, I had the need to screen people out if they didn't select an option from a multiple choice type question. The only way I could do this was to present an extra Y/N question straight after and only show it if the respondent didn't select my required answer. The quota could then be set if they said 'No'.

Does the development roadmap for version 2 include any improvements in this area?

You can add this as a feature request at our feature tracker . Please describe your idea as detailed as possible and try to outline a suitable solution/implementation aswell.

Limesurvey 2 won't have a quota feature at the beginning. It will only have some very basic features and question types.

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9 years 2 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #62158 by wnagase
Hello Mazi!

I am running a project with more than 10k respondents with Noviodata, they gave me the best quota for Europe and America.


Cheers,
Wilton
Last edit: 8 years 9 months ago by c_schmitz.
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8 years 8 months ago #69869 by hint-of-citrus
I have used e-Rewards / Research now too, several times, and found them to be very helpful.
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8 years 5 months ago - 8 years 5 months ago #75369 by TwentyTwo
I am using succesfully GMI (gmi-mr.com), GTM - Global Test Market.

They will redirect their respondents to your Limesurvey survey as following:


1) You provide them your surveylink and sid where you save their panel ID:

www.yourdomain.com/limesurvey/index.php ?sid=48529&48529X3X140=[access_code]&newtest=Y&lang=en

Where [access_code] is their panel ID.
I save that ID in a hidden question sid=48529&48529X3X140


2) They will provide you also the redirect links to their system


For completes:
globaltestmarket.com/20/survey/finished.phtml?ac={INSERTANS :48529X3X140}&sn=XXX&lang=E

ac is their access_code again, you have saved their panel ID already in 48529X3X140 so you will send that value back in their end link. sn=XXX is their studynumber for your project, they will deliver you that ID.

For screeners:
globaltestmarket.com/20/survey/finished....&sn=XXX&lang=E&sco=s

For quotafull:
globaltestmarket.com/20/survey/finished....&sn=XXX&lang=E&sco=o


Because LS doens't have screener exits, I mean if a particular answer is exit, you need to create a quota with quota limit 0.
And you add in there the autoload URL with the link for screeners.

For any other quota you built add the autoload URL with the link for quotafull.

For completes, you first put on the setting "Automatically load URL when survey complete" at the General settings.

And in the "edit survey text elements" at "end url" you enter the link for completes.
Last edit: 8 years 5 months ago by TwentyTwo.
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6 years 11 months ago #99122 by amoswagon
Not sure I understand how you register new TOKENS coming in from a URL if the panel vendors sends them?
Do you preload a list of tokens in advance?
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6 years 11 months ago #99124 by amoswagon
I see.
But you cannot really validate that panelists don't modify those IDs and take the survey multiple times.
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6 years 11 months ago #99139 by TwentyTwo
Most of the time the link (from the panelprovider) can be used once, so the security is done on their part.
They just pass the respondent to the survey hosted in your Limesurvey.
The link itself will not be shown to the respondent.
If they have completed the survey the ID is send back and recorded as complete on the panelproviders end.
So if that same respondent wants to participate again, their system will not allow to continue and the redirect itself to the limsurvey survey will not work.
Also the respondent will receive only once their incentive.
So there will not be a reason to fill it more than once.
If they do, you can just easily clean (if you can fill int the survey more then once) it afterwards, every double ID will be removed.
Hope that helps, Dennis
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5 years 6 months ago #116991 by Mazi

amoswagon wrote: I see.
But you cannot really validate that panelists don't modify those IDs and take the survey multiple times.

The only way to do this is e.g. loading all panel user IDs into Limesurvey and using the ID as token at Limesurvey.
If you set up Limesurvey to use each token only once, then the token will be marked "used" after submit.

This is rarely used because the work-flow without tokens usually works fine for the reasons mentioned by TwentyTwo.

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5 years 6 months ago #117019 by DenisChenu
New plugin event 'beforeSurveyPage' allow us to create token on the fly.

Some provider offer too API json for information from user.

A solution ca be:
- User come with "panel user id"
- Testing if this panel user id exist in token table :
- if yes : go to the survey with the good token
- If no : search with the API for extra user information and create a token with all information
- redirect to the good token

I already done this with www.panelwizard.com API.

Denis

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