says there are times in running a business when it’s useful to get feed back from people who give you an honest answer.

You know how it is with friends and family. You’ll say, ‘What do you think of this,’ and they’ll say ‘Oh great, fantastic, wonderful, you’re a genius,’ when what they really mean is, ‘Oh I can’t bear to break the news. It’s terrible; I’ll just stroke his ego.’

Anyway, now there’s a resource called, where within 24 to 48 hours you can get feedback from 500 people on any question you’d like to put out there. So it’s a really useful research tool.

Just sign up on the site – it’s completely free – post your question, and within 24-48 hours you’ll get the results. Now if you want to narrow the results just to your existing customers, you can also embed the survey in your own Web site – very nifty.

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