We live in an exciting time! One where the minds of this world are closely connected, even across seas. This presents us with a unique opportunity that no other age in history has played host to. The opportunity to easily gain thoughts and opinions from many people, from many perspectives and cultures, simultaneously. You can get people’s thoughts on just about anything, provided that you ask in the correct manner. One of the quickest, yet deceptively difficult ways is to use a mobile form.
How can you make your mobile form a successful attempt at gathering information, though? In this handy guide, we will discuss five easy tips to keep in mind when creating a mobile form.
1. Concise and Direct
Anyone willing to fill out a mobile form will most likely be doing it on the go. The issue is that when people are typically using a mobile device, they are on the move. Whether it be physically on the move, or simply moving from app to app, you can count on having their full attention for only a short amount of time. Therefore, you need to make sure that your form moves swiftly, not bogging the user down with long, difficult to comprehend sentences. Try to aim for a form that allows them to get in and get out quickly.
2. Avoid Multiple Input Fields
If you have ever attempted to fill out a mobile form, you may have been given a multiple input field. You may have also thought, “Whoa, those are a lot of questions, and I don’t have time for that,” and then backed out of the form. This is a pretty common action, and the best way to remedy that is to stick to single input fields when creating a mobile form. Instead of being presented with a lot of information all at once, the user is allowed to take the form one question at a time, which is an admittedly easier format.
3. Horizontal is Bad
Most people hold their phone vertically by default. Whenever you are browsing or texting, you’re probably not holding the device horizontally, so making your form in that format is generally not a great idea. It’s more difficult to read the questionnaire and even more difficult to input information. Plus, you don’t really gain anything from a horizontal format, aside from your user’s frustration.
4. Progress Tracking is Good
Have you ever been fifteen questions into a form and wondered where the light at the end of the tunnel is? You most likely felt that way because the form did not have a progress tracker. Keeping an eye on how much farther a user has to go keeps them around, as they would either stop before finishing or simply begin to rush through otherwise. Neither of those outcomes really help you at all, so this is a mutually beneficial tip.
5. Speediness is Key
While your mobile forms should be quick, as in short and focused, there is another speed you should consider. If it takes the user more than about five seconds to move from one page of the form to the next, there is a high possibility that they will simply quit the form. So make sure that you do anything you can to make the mobile form as quick and speedy as possible for mobile users. Of course, this all depends upon the user’s data speed, but you should still take any opportunity you have to make it a faster process.