Today’s post comes from friend and Guest Blogger, Ade Olonoh:
If you do any work online, you’ve probably looked around for a tool to help you build online forms. If you’re a blogger, maybe it’s because you’re looking for something more advanced than you can get from a typical feedback form.
If you’re a marketer, you’ve probably found it to be a hassle to setup a form for collecting contest entries, or you’ve struggled trying to get some kind of value from the hundreds or thousands of emails in your inbox that came as a result of a successful online campaign. Admit it: even if you’re an HTML expert, you hate the tedious work of building forms.
I want to introduce you to FormSpring, a great tool that lets users of any skill level easily build online forms, and helps you better manage the submissions you capture from customers. It was originally launched in early 2006, but released version 2.0 this week which includes a bunch of cool features that make it worth a close look.
The beauty of FormSpring is that you can setup an online contact form, survey, or registration form in just minutes without using any HTML or scripting code. You might be relieved to know that you can do it all yourself without ever having to call someone from IT.
Here’s a screenshot of the form builder screen — you build your form by dragging and dropping fields, and can preview what your form will look like in real time:
When you’re ready to use your form, you can copy and paste a link to send to your users, or grab one line of HTML code that you can embed in your blog or website. The great part about this is that you can completely integrate your form within your existing design, maintaining your brand.
You can watch submissions roll in via email notifications or an RSS feed. And once you’re ready to process the results you can download an Excel spreadsheet containing the submissions, or import that data into a database or CRM system.
The best thing is that you can create a free account that provides most of the functionality. If you’re looking for some heavy use, paid plans start at $5/month with no contracts or setup fees.