About Sending Surveys with the Slack App
The Qualtrics app for Slack allows you to send your surveys through Slack. Pick from your account’s surveys to distribute to channels and individuals of your choice, allowing them to either take the survey right in Slack, or sending them a link they can open in their web or mobile browser.
Connecting a Qualtrics Account to the Slack App
Once you have access to the app, follow these steps to get your Qualtrics account connected.
/qualtricsinto a channel or direct message.
- Press Enter on your keyboard to submit.
- A new window will open in Slack. Click Connect.
- Enter your Qualtrics credentials.
- Click Sign in.
- Select Allow this application to retain access for up to a year.
- Select Authorize.
Slack will notify you to let you know if the authorization was a success.
Sending Surveys in Slack
/qualtricsinto a channel or direct message.
- Press Enter on your keyboard to submit.
- A new window will open in Slack. Click Send a Survey.
- Select the survey you’d like to send.
Qtip: If a survey doesn’t appear here, it has not been activated.
- Add the individuals and / or channels you’d like to distribute this survey to.
Qtip: You cannot distribute to private channels or group conversations.
- Select the method you’d like to use to distribute the survey.
- External Survey Link: When the individuals / channels receive the survey in slack, it’ll be in the form of a button that says Take the Survey. When the individuals / channels click Take the Survey, the survey will open in their web browser instead of Slack. This method acts like an anonymous link that does not save the respondent’s contact information.
- Embedded Slack Survey: When the individuals / channels click Take the Survey, the survey will open in an embedded window in Slack. This method does not save your respondent’s progress or any contact information. Depending on the features in your survey, this option may not be available. See Making a Survey That Can Be Embedded in Slack for more information.
Qtip: Standard Engagement Slack surveys are only available as embedded surveys. However, anonymous Engagement surveys can be sent as an external survey link. See the linked section for more details.
- Type a message to your survey recipients. This field is required.
- Click Next.
- Double-check your recipients. You can make last-second edits, if needed.
Qtip: If you want to make changes to your message or method of distribution, click Edit.
- When ready, click Send Survey.
- Slack will let you know that your survey has been successfully sent.
- The Qualtrics app will also send you a message confirming that your survey has sent. Click Add Action to be directed to the Actions tab of your distributed survey. Here, you can automate tasks, like sending a follow-up email or creating a ticket, based on survey response events.
Don’t worry if you haven’t yet created or activated the survey you want to send in Slack. The Qualtrics Slack integration can easily direct you to your Qualtrics account to manage your surveys. After connecting your Qualtrics account to Slack, click Manage Surveys to be brought to your Projects Page. From here, you can either create a new survey or activate an existing one.
Special Considerations for Engagement Slack Surveys
To send an Engagement survey via Slack, you must make sure your project has the following:
- The participants in your project must have an email address that matches their Slack email address. Only participants who have a matching email will be able to access the survey. Each participant must have a unique email address. If multiple participants have the same email address, then they will not be able to take the survey.
Qtip:If a person who is not a valid participant tries to take the survey, they will receive the below message that they need to be added as a participant.
The survey owner will also receive a message from the Qualtrics Slack app letting them know that someone not listed as a participant tried to take the survey.Attention: If distributing to a large channel in Slack, we recommend ensuring your participant list contains all members of the channel. This is because you will receive a notification every time a non-participant tries to take the survey.
- Disable the back button in Survey Options. This feature is enabled by default in all EX projects, but is incompatible with Slack surveys.
Once your project meets the above requirements, you’re ready to send your survey! The process for distributing an Engagement survey is the same as a regular survey. See Sending Surveys via Slack for full instructions.
Distributing Anonymous Engagement Surveys via Slack
You can distribute an anonymous version of your Engagement survey if you do not want your responses to be tied to their associated participants. The procedure to distribute an anonymous Engagement survey is similar to regular surveys, with some minor adjustments. To distribute an anonymous survey:
- Enable the Anonymous Link option in Survey Options.
- Follow the steps in Sending Surveys in Slack to distribute your survey.
- Choose how you want to distribute the survey. You may distribute it as an Embedded Slack Survey, where participants take the survey directly in Slack, or as an External Survey Link, where the survey opens in a web browser.
- If you chose Embedded Slack Survey as your distribution method, you will receive a follow-up asking if you want responses to remain anonymous. You can choose:
- Yes, keep responses anonymous: All survey responses will be anonymous and not associated with any participants.
- No, include information about the survey participants: All survey responses will be associated with the participants who submitted them.
Making a Survey That Can Be Embedded in Slack
Surveys embedded in Slack work by asking survey questions right inside Slack, instead of simply sending users a link to the survey that can be opened in a browser. Because of this, there are certain survey features that cannot be used.
This list covers all features that are incompatible with surveys embedded in Slack. Any feature not listed here can be assumed to be compatible.
- Text Entry Form and Password Questions
- Matrix Table Questions
- Pick, Group, and Rank Questions
- Side by Side Questions
- Slider Questions
- Constant Sum Questions
- Timing Questions
- File Upload Questions
- Drill Down Questions
- Captcha Questions
- Hot Spot Questions
- Heat Map Questions
- Signature Questions
- Meta Info Questions
- Highlight Questions
- Rank Order Questions
- Org Hierarchy Questions (EX)
- Table of Contents
- Reference Surveys
- Default Choices
- In-Page Display Logic
- Display and Branch Logic based on Device Type
- Choice Groups
- Back Button
- Invitation Only
- Survey Password Protection
- HTTP Referer URL
- Prevent multiple submissions
- Inactive Survey Message
- End of Survey elements are compatible, but cannot be set to redirect to a URL or display a response summary.
If you are distributing an embedded Slack survey in multiple languages, you need to make sure your languages are compatible with Slack. Below is a list of all compatible languages:
- English (UK)
- English (US)
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Spanish (LATAM)
- Spanish (EU)
See our page on Translating Surveys for more information on creating multi-language surveys.
How Recipients See Embedded Surveys
If the survey is embedded, the user will be able to set a reminder to complete the survey later.
Possible Error Messages
When taking an embedded Slack survey, there are a couple error messages that you may see.
- This survey can no longer be taken in Slack because it has been disabled by the survey owner. This error message occurs when the survey owner disconnects their Slack integration after distributing an embedded survey. You can contact the survey owner and ask them to reconnect their account.
- This survey can no longer be taken in Slack because it is not compatible. Please contact the survey owner. This error message appears when the survey owner edits their survey to contain incompatible features. You can contact the survey owner and ask them to make their survey compatible again. Alternatively, you can click Take Survey in Browser to take the survey in your web browser instead of in Slack.
- There was a problem connecting with Qualtrics. Please try again. This error message appears when the owner has closed the survey. Contact the survey owner and ask them to reactivate the survey.
Removing the Qualtrics App on Slack
- Go to https://my.slack.com/apps and log in to your Slack Account.
- Click Manage.
- Click Apps.
- Search for Qualtrics and select the Qualtrics App.
- Scroll down on the page and select Remove App.