I am trying to conduct a market survey, using it to gauge the experiences of people who visit a very old open-air market and what improvements they would like to see. This place is pretty popular with tourists, both foreign and domestic. Currently, this is how I am conducting the survey:
Purpose of the survey:
1. I have a few ideas on what can be done to improve the experience of the people as they visit the open-air market. I want to figure out if there is a market for what I have in mind.
1. The objective of the survey is to collect data on the experiences of the people. Mailing the survey etc. would not be a feasible option for lack of resources and the fact that not many people are willing to furnish email/home addresses.
Issues that I am facing:
1. It is extremely difficult to get people to stop, even for 20 seconds, to answer my questions. My pitch to get them to fill out the survey is something on the following lines (said with a smile): "Excuse me, but would you like to help me out by answering a few questions based on your experiences of the market?" to which most of the replies are a gruff shake of the head and you-are-dismissed wave of the hand. It could be because of the hot weather, bad reputation of the market survey-type people or touts in the market. Though it is entirely understandable why you would not want to answer any questions, it makes my job a lot harder. In about 3 hours I spent yesterday (in the sun), I got a grand total of 4 respondents (God bless their souls). This is the first time I have done something like this, so it is still early days and I want to correct what I may have done wrong.
My questions based on all the above:
1. How do you approach people to fill out a survey? Is there something that I should say or do that I am not doing at present?
2. How much of a sample size should I be looking at?
3. Are there any tips to approaching people and getting them to do as you want them to (given that I have all of 5 seconds to make a pitch)?
P.S: Please let me know in case any more details are needed. Please also feel free to add any questions you think are important to this thread and that I may have missed.
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The best way to get people to fill out a survey is to give them something for doing it. Even cheap little things will help your conversion rate.
You can also do a raffle for something even better but that takes a little bit more coordinating
I would also setup an official looking table so that it's easy for your respondents to fill the survey out and get information about what you are doing.
Doing a survey in this way will typically get a low response rate since people are just busy going about their day.
Some other things to try include:
As for sample size, it all depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to get a good cross section of attitudes on your survey, then you would have to go on multiple days, at different times and stand in random places (to get a good sampling).
If you did that, then I would say the minimum response rate to make decisions on would be anywhere north of 96 responses (10% margin of error). Obviously, the more the better. The real trick is that the sampling has to be as random as you can make it or your data will be skewed.
Take a look at this wikipedia article on Margin of Error and also Sampling for some ideas on how to properly sample a population.
1. How do you approach people to fill out a survey? Is there something that I should say or do that I am not doing at present? Ideas for improving your pitch would include:
Are there any tips to approaching people and getting them to do as you want them to (given that I have all of 5 seconds to make a pitch)?