7 Productivity Tips for Form Apps
Form apps are all about helping you increase the functionality and productivity of your online forms by connecting them with tools and products that you or your company is already using. In addition, they should even be able to explore new app options that would deliver the performance that your form app needs.
1. Making good use of the data you collect
When you need to collect information, learn people’s preferences, or gather feedback, forms are generally the most efficient way to do so. The problem is that we encounter them so often that forms can get boring. Luckily, form apps can help avoid a lackluster response to the form you’re using to collect data.
2. How do they work?
With innovations in design and increased flexibility, the newest form apps make basic contact fields and payment options almost look exciting. That being said, even the most traditional form app can be an important step for you to take if it’s helping your business grow.
Generally speaking, form apps tend to be pretty similar, with more or less the same dozen form fields, drag-and-drop editors, and basic themes. Most of them will also provide a function that can save your form results in a spreadsheet-like grid, and send you an email notification for new form results. Therefore, when selecting the one that is right for you, the devil is in the details. You want to consider how small changes in design and layout can help forms fit your business needs while making customers want to fill them out.
3. So which form builder app should you use?
Forms apps come in all shapes and sizes, there are straightforward, standalone form apps to form builders that come part in parcel with a spreadsheet app, or even advanced data processing tools that just happen to be built around a form. It really depends on the specific needs of your business, but in general there are a few standard qualities to look for throughout.
4. Flexibility for growth
You want a form app that has been designed specifically to build forms for your website. This means they will have the flexibility to create anything from a simple contact form, to a detailed, multi-page survey. Although your needs might be relatively straightforward off the top, you want a form app with increased options that can continue to grow alongside your business.
5. Simple and fast
You should be able to build a basic form in under 5 minutes, so you want an app that is easy to understand and that you feel comfortable using. If you’re just getting started, it might make sense to use an app that has different levels of sophistication, so that you don’t get bogged down by unnecessary functions until you need them.
Depending on the level of integration your form app allows with your existing data, you can use the power of a spreadsheet to validate your form entries and put your form data to work with customized reports and lists. This might require taking the extra time to put the data together using a spreadsheet tool, but once you have it, you can access it anytime and put it to work in different ways.
7. Convention or innovation
Depending on what you’re trying to do, it might be worth exploring some of the new options available that are throwing away convention and making apps fun. For example, there are some available where instead of showing you the entire form at once, they show one question at a time in a beautifully interactive design. You can tap on pictures to select multiple-choice options, type to sort through drop-down menu options, and jump back and forth to different fields.