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Check out the many ways you can quickly send forms and surveys

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Once you’ve created your fillable form on Adobe FormsCentral, it’s time to get it in the hands of your target market.

Before you send

To improve your response rate, there are several things you'll want to do before you hit send.

  • Target your market: Carefully selecting your target audience will ensure the most responses possible—and, the answers you receive will be more relevant. Read on for more help defining and growing your target market.
  • Create a catchy subject line: Writing an enticing subject line will encourage recipients to take the time to fill out your form.
  • Proof your form: It's Murphy's Law—soon after you hit send you may discover a misspelled word in the header. Make sure that doesn't happen by having someone else proof your form. You may also want to send your form to a select number of people within your organization for testing.
  • Open your form: Once your form is completed and proofed, click the Distribute tab in your Adobe FormsCentral account and select Open. (Open means that it's now visible to the public.)

And that's it! Now you're ready to distribute your form.

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Tip: Have someone else proof your form. You may also want to send your form to a select number of people within your organization for testing.

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Easy distribution

Adobe FormsCentral makes sharing your form easy and efficient, giving you several distribution options. (These options can be found under the Distribute tab located at the top of your account.)

  • Email Link: This option opens your default email program with your form's URL in the body of the email. Add your contacts to the Bcc field (never the To field!), create an enticing subject line, and introduce your form. When recipients click the URL, the fillable form opens in a browser window.
  • Copy Link: To post your form or survey on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+, select Copy Link. Once it has been copied you can paste it anywhere you'd like.
  • Twitter: To share your form with your Twitter followers, click Twitter. The Twitter login dialog box opens. Once you are logged in, customize your message and click Tweet. Remember to keep it under 140 characters, including the form's link!
  • Distribute a PDF form: You can distribute forms and surveys as fillable PDFs that can be saved and filled out in stages, making it easy for your target audience to respond as time allows.* When under the Distribute tab, choose whether you want to send a basic PDF form or if you want users to be able to submit the form back to FormsCentral.
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Tip: Consider sending the email to yourself first as a test.

*Feature is available with select FormsCentral packages. See more reasons to upgrade.

Embed forms on your website

It's easy to embed a form onto your website or blog. To get the most responses, increase the visibility of your form by placing it in a highly trafficked area on your website. Or, to keep your main pages uncluttered, embed the form onto its own dedicated page within your website; then, simply place a link to it on your main page.

  • Embed forms: Click Embed to open a new window. Select your format preferences, then copy and paste the embed code on your website's HTML. Here you'll have the option to dictate the width size and background color of your form as well.
  • Embed results: Open the form in your Adobe FormsCentral account. Next, scroll over the Publish button on the bottom of the screen, choose Copy embed code, and paste the code into your website's HTML. It's that easy!
  • Who can receive and fill out forms and surveys?
    Adobe FormsCentral forms and surveys can be filled out by anyone with a web browser, or email program and Acrobat Reader—including tablet and smartphone users!

    After I distribute my form, what happens next?
    As soon as recipients begin to complete your form or survey, results will be updated in real time. Learn how easy it is to review and share responses.

    Depending on the type of survey you've created (ongoing or time sensitive), you may wish to close your form at some point after it has been published in order to restrict anyone else from submitting results. To close your form or survey, simply open your form, select the Distribute tab, then choose Close.

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Tip: Adobe FormsCentral forms and surveys can be filled out by anyone with a web browser, or email program and Acrobat Reader—including tablet and smartphone users!

*Feature is available with select FormsCentral packages. See more reasons to upgrade.