Import SurveyMonkey Data to Google Sheets

SurveyMonkey is a popular tool for creating online surveys. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to automatically pull survey data from the SurveyMonkey API directly into Google Sheets, using the API Connector add-on for Sheets. This enables more options and flexibility than their official Google Sheets plugin. We’ll first get an Access Token from Survey Monkey, and then set up a request to pull in metrics from Survey Monkey to your spreadsheet.

Note: To use Survey Monkey’s API, you must have a paid SurveyMonkey plan that includes API access. Currently that means you must be on a TEAM PREMIER plan. If your plan doesn’t enable API access, you can still use their own Google Sheets plugin linked above.

CONTENTS

STEP 1: GET YOUR SURVEY MONKEY ACCESS TOKEN

  1. Log in to Survey Monkey and click the Developers link in the footer (or just navigate directly to https://developer.surveymonkey.com/).
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  2. Click My Apps in the header. (https://developer.surveymonkey.com/apps/)
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  3. Click ‘Add a New App’
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  4. You can call your app anything, but we’ll call it Google Sheets. Since we only need to access our own Survey Monkey account, choose Private App and click the ‘Create App’ button.
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  5. Click on the Settings tab. Scroll down for your Access Token! Keep it handy as we’ll need this in a moment.
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  6. Click the Deploy button up top to deploy your new app.

STEP 2: CREATE YOUR SURVEY MONKEY API REQUEST URL

We’re first going to follow the Survey Monkey API documentation to request a list of survey IDs. This will be useful for constructing your other API requests.

  • Base URL:https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3
  • Endpoint: /surveys

Putting it together, we get the full API Request URL:

https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/surveys

STEP 3: PULL SURVEYMONKEY API DATA INTO SHEETS

We can now enter all our values into API Connector to start importing Survey Monkey data into Google Sheets.

  1. Open up Google Sheets and click Add-ons > API Connector > Create New API Request.
  2. In the Create Request interface, enter the Request URL we just created
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  3. Under headers, enter a set of key-value pairs like this:
    Authorizationbearer YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN
    Content-Typeapplication/json

    Replace YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN with the token you got above in step 5.
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  4. Create a new tab. You can call it whatever you like, but here we’ll call it ‘Survey Monkey IDs’. While still in that tab, click ‘Set’ to use that tab as your data destination.
  5. Name your request. Again we’ll call it ‘Survey Monkey IDs’
  6. Click Run and a moment later you’ll see a list of your survey IDs populate your Google Sheet
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STEP 4: GET MORE DATA & HANDLE PAGINATION

  1. You can check the documentation for the full list of available API requests,  but if you just want to jump in, you can play around with the URLs you enter in the API URL path field. Try the following (one at a time):
    https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/surveys
    https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/users/me
    https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/question_bank/questions
    https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/contacts
  2. Pay special attention to the value(s) reported in the data » id field in the initial /surveys API request. You can use these survey IDs to create new requests that return detailed survey response data. For example, this call will fetch information on the first 100 responses to your survey:
    https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/surveys/YOUR_SURVEY_ID/responses/bulk

    Replace YOUR_SURVEY_ID with your survey ID.
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  3. You can also make use of the ‘page’ query string to get more responses, like this:
    page 1: https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/surveys/YOUR_SURVEY_ID/responses/bulk?page=1
    page 2:  https://api.surveymonkey.com/v3/surveys/YOUR_SURVEY_ID/responses/bulk?page=2

    With API Connector, you can either set these up as separate requests or run through them automatically with pagination handling (paid feature).

4 thoughts on “Import SurveyMonkey Data to Google Sheets”

  1. Hi, the URL doesn’t seem to be working with my version. Could you please tell me step by step how to read through the documentation and create it? Or the URL should be same as on your example?

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    • Hey Chris, I just checked the examples in this article and they are still working for me, so the URLs should be the same. Can you please confirm that you’re on a Survey Monkey plan that allows API access, and that you’ve substituted in your own Access Token into the Header value? If it’s still not working, feel free to give me access to your sheet so I can investigate.

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