I recently had a pleasant experience at a local restaurant. Everyone I interacted with was friendly, the service was fast, and my food was excellent.

Not long after I got home, I saw an email from the restaurant in the inbox. It was a request to take a survey to tell them about my experience. And I was more than thrilled to share my positive feedback.

As a bonus, I was also entered to win a gift card just for sharing my opinion.

For businesses of all industries and sizes, sending surveys is essential. Surveys inform everything from customer experience to product ideation to marketing strategy. But you need to make sure you’re distributing them the right way.