Google Survey vs. Survey Monkey

By Katherine Johnson

Online surveys enable you to collect information from a large number of users.
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The Google Forms app on Google Drive is Google's survey program. Both Google Forms and Survey Monkey give you the ability to send surveys to friends, family or clients via email, or post them on the Web. Both programs enable you to use templates to create surveys and collect the responses for analysis.

Google Forms

With Google Forms, you can create and send out surveys via email or by posting them online through Google Drive. Google Forms does not offer the ability to post your question on Facebook like Survey Monkey, but you can post a link to your survey on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter directly from the Forms Web page. Unlike Survey Monkey, Google Forms does not have a paid version. You can create surveys with an unlimited number of questions, and send them to an unlimited number of email addresses.

Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey enables you to send up to 10 survey questions to your email list for free. With a paid plan, you can send an unlimited number of questions to an email list of any size. You can also record your questions verbally and have Survey Monkey send out an automated call to a list of phone numbers you supply. Respondents reply by pressing a button on the phone that corresponds to the answer they wish to give for a question, and you receive the results through your Survey Monkey account. Survey Monkey also enables you to send out surveys through Facebook or Salesforce. Salesforce is a customer relationship management system that enables you to manage social networking accounts, provide customer service, manage sales and communicate with your customers to obtain feedback about how your business is doing. You can also send questions to a list owned by Survey Monkey of qualified users that are interested in the topic of your survey.


Survey Monkey provides free templates, as well as the ability to create or upload your own template to match your company's branding. This enables you to create survey emails that are instantly recognizable by the recipients on your email list. Google Forms also offers free templates, but the app does not have as many templates as Survey Monkey. Google Forms also does not have a feature to upload or create your own template.


With Google Forms, you can receive your survey data through the the Documents app on Google Drive, where you can format the survey data, create graphs or export the document to your computer for further analysis. Survey Monkey offers a number of graphs, charts and filtering tools to analyze your data. Some versions of Survey Monkey enable you to export your data to your computer to analyze your data in SPSS or another predictive analytics software program.