How to self-recruit with Sonar

At Sonar, we always recommend sourcing participants from within your own network, such as your customer base, followers, or audience, if you have the opportunity to do so. Alternatively, you can leverage our expansive network of 4+ million people worldwide. Our dedicated in-house sourcing team is available to assist, ensuring you will always have the best participants for your testing needs.

On this page we will guide your through the process of self-recruiting.

The art of identifying the right audience

When recruiting your audience, note that mixed methods can be beneficial; combining approaches like emails and social media ensures a diverse participant pool. Moreover, you should always screen potential participants to ensure their relevance to the study’s focus. Remember, the quality of participants often determines the depth and applicability of your findings, so invest time in getting it right.

Incentives will lead to better results

Using incentives to recruit an audience for studies or surveys offers multiple advantages. Firstly, they serve as a motivating factor, enticing a broader array of potential participants to engage in the study. Moreover, incentives demonstrate appreciation for the participants’ time and effort, underscoring the value placed on their input. This appreciation often leads to higher-quality responses, as individuals feel their feedback is genuinely valued. In short, incentives can enhance both participation rates and the quality of data collected.

Quality Assurance is key

Before sending out study links to participants, it’s crucial to double-check all elements. Conducting a thorough QA guarantees that components like the study link, participation instructions, and the task design itself operate as intended. A meticulous QA reduces the risk of issues that could discourage participants or skew results, thereby bolstering the study’s credibility and effectiveness. With Sonar, you can always test the study personally before distributing it to participants.

The ideal number of participants

We typically suggest recruiting a minimum of 10-15 participants for each study. Having fewer than 15 may not capture a wide range of insights, while more than 50 can lead to repetitive information and complicate the data analysis. This range ensures diverse feedback without making the analysis overly complex.

Reach out with clear instructions

When conducting outreach for your study, it’s imperative to communicate with precision and clarity. Ensure your outreach message succinctly details the language in which respondents should engage. Additionally, highlight the necessary technical equipment, such as a camera, microphone, computer, or phone, they’ll need to effectively participate in the study.

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How to self-recruit with Sonar

You're now ready to start recruiting on your own. Follow these steps to get started!
Before we begin, ensure you're logged into your account and have chosen the right study template.
On the study configuration page, select ‘Self-recruit’ and choose the relevant language.
After you have completed the creation of the study, you will get an e-mail with a unique study link, that you can share with your designated participants.