Pre-fill Intro Fields


You can pre-fill the Intro fields (more about Intro fields here) to save respondents time and get their attention. If you have a field asking for the respondent's name, use a URL parameter to pre-fill this field if you already know their name and simply ask respondents to check the spelling, rather than making them enter data unnecessarily.


A URL parameter is the final part of the URL, which you can customize and use to identify someone or add information that will appear in the Intro fields. For example, to pre-fill a respondent's country, your URL could look like this: surveyanyplace.com/s/dnqjtsir/?cf2=Belgium


Here's a few ideas of when you can use a URL parameter:
- Use the URL parameter to link a contact from your contact list
- Use a URL parameter to pre-fill the intro fields in your questionnaire
- Use the URL parameter to identify certain data and pre-fill certain areas in your result pages without showing (so hiding the intro fields) the data in your survey.


Tip: Pre-fill the Intro fields and use piping to give respondents a personalized intro screen. Grab their attention right away, and say "Welcome Neil, can you check your personal info is all correct and up-to-date?"


Let's see how to do this. Log in and find the questionnaire link over here:


Pre-fill intro fields - questionnaire link


We'll be using this link and adding information to the end of the link. You'll need to copy down the full link, both the beginning part in grey and the end part.


You can have as many Intro fields as you like. We'll use two fields (name and city), but once you've got the hang of pre-filling the fields, you can do this for all of your fields.


Pre-fill intro fields - example


See how each Intro field is numbered. Pre-fill each field by adding the following text to the end of the link:

  • /?cf
  • Your Intro field number and a = sign. E.g. 1= for Intro field 1, 2= for Intro field 2 and so on
  • The data you want to pre-fill, so either name, city or whatever data you have

So in our example, to pre-fill the first field with the respondent's name, the link would look like this:

surveyanyplace.com/s/dnqjtsir/?cf1=Susan


For the second field asking for city name, our link would be: surveyanyplace.com/s/dnqjtsir/?cf2=London


If you want to include both the first field for name and second field for city, use the sign, so you link would be: 

surveyanyplace.com/s/dnqjtsir/?cf1=Susan&cf2=London


Make sure to send the right link to the right people!