Guild of Sommeliers Member Survey



A red asterisk (*) indicates required questions.


  1. Non-USA members, please enter your country of residence.


  1. Please enter your US state (2 letter abbreviation):


  1. Please rate the overall quality of the guildsomm.com website.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. Which of the following best describes your PRIMARY reason for logging on to the Guild website?*
    Study (for personal/professional growth)
    Study (for examinations)
    Community Networking
    Looking for Jobs
    Other


  1. How often do you read through the discussion forums?*
    Several times a day
    Once a day
    Several times a week
    Once a week
    Less than once a week
    Never


  1. Please rank your own interest in the following broad types of discussion topics (1 is most interesting to you, 8 is least interesting)*
        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   N/A
    Study Techniques for various exams/certifications    
    General Discussion of Wines    
    Wine law changes and other current wine news    
    Finding tasting and study groups    
    Food and wine pairing advice    
    Travel Recommendations    
    Real-life Service Issues/Advice/Stories    
    Other    


  1. How does the presence of Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, or other peers on the discussion board affect your posting/participation?*
    I am more likely to post my opinions (i.e. I like this wine because...)
    I am less likely to post my opinions
    I am more likely to post my questions
    I am less likely to post my questions
    It does not affect my posting at all


  1. Overall, please rate the overall quality of discussion in our forums.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. What, if anything, would encourage you to participate (post) more in the forums?


  1. Please rate the overall quality of content under the "features" tab.*
      1 2 3 4 5     N/A
    Excellent   Poor  


  1. How often do you read Guild feature articles?*
    I read every one.
    I read most featured articles.
    I read one featured article each month.
    I read some featured articles, when they are of particular interest to me.
    I rarely read Guild featured articles.


  1. What types of features would you like to see more of? (check all that apply)*
    Articles on Wine
    Articles on Beer
    Articles on Spirits
    Articles on Sake
    Articles on Coffee/Tea
    Interviews with Winemakers
    Interviews with Sommeliers
    Articles on Wine Business and Program Management
    Regional Sommelier Spotlights
    Articles on Exam Tips and Study Techniques
    Articles on Wine Science
    Articles on Viticulture
    Articles on Vinification
    Features written by Master Sommeliers
    Features written by Masters of Wine
    Wine Tasting Notes
    Articles on Wine Regions


  1. Do you regularly listen to Guild podcasts?*
    Yes
    No


  1. What type of podcast content do you enjoy most? (check all that apply)*
    Blind Tasting Podcasts
    Podcast Interviews with Winemakers and Importers.
    Podcast Interviews focusing on Study Techniques
    Podcasts focusing on Wine Regions in General
    Not interested in podcast content.


  1. Please rate the overall quality of Guild podcast content.*
      1 2 3 4 5     N/A
    Excellent   Poor  


  1. Please rate the overall quality of the Guild study guides.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. Is our study guide material relevant to your studies for various CMS certifications?*
      1 2 3 4 5     N/A
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree  


  1. Is our study guide content relevant to your WSET studies?*
      1 2 3 4 5     N/A
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree  


  1. Is our study guide content relevant to your SWE studies?*
      1 2 3 4 5     N/A
    Strongly agree   Strongly disagree  


  1. Select your best answer.*
    The Study Guides have just the right amount of information.
    The Study Guides have too little information.
    The Study Guides have too much information.


  1. How often do you look at the "review questions" under the main study guide tab?*
    Everyday
    Often
    Rarely
    Never
    I used to look at them, but do not anymore
    I would look at them more frequently if there were more questions


  1. Please rate the overall quality of our Compendium.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. Do you feel that any member should be able to edit the Compendium?*
    Yes
    No


  1. Do you use the audio pronunciation files in the Compendium?*
    Yes
    No


  1. Do you use the new Guild of Sommeliers-branded maps for study or reference? (not the old CMS maps)*
    Yes
    No


  1. Please rate the quality of ONLY the Guild of Sommeliers-branded maps. (not the old CMS maps)*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. Do you regularly check the industry news feeds provided on the Guild website (i.e. at least once a week)?*
    Yes
    No


  1. Please rate the overall quality and usefulness of the staff training manuals.*
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Excellent   Poor


  1. Have you used a staff training manual to TRAIN staff (i.e. wait staff)?*
    Yes
    No


  1. Please select one or two answers from the following:
    The staff training manuals have just the right amount of information for wait staff.
    The staff training manuals do not have enough detail.
    The staff training manuals have too much detail.
    Information in the staff training manuals was not helpful to my staff.
    Information in the staff training manuals has been helpful for my staff.


  1. Have you attended a Guild Masterclass ($50) or Tasting ($20)?*
    Yes
    No


  1. How likely would you be to attend a Guild Masterclass or Tasting if it were held in your area?*
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Extremely Likely  Not at all Likely


  1. Do the current number and scope of Guild Masterclasses and Tastings add value to your membership?*
    Yes
    No


  1. How likely are you to renew Guild membership for $100?*
    I will absolutely renew
    I am likely to review when I have an exam coming up
    I am undecided on whether or not I will renew
    I received a membership as part of the CMS Introductory Class and am unlikely to pay to review
    I will not renew


  1. Please select the one section of the website that you believe adds the MOST value to your membership fee.*
    Discussion Forums
    Features
    Study Guides
    Compendium
    Job Postings
    Maps
    Staff Training Manuals
    General Networking


  1. Please select any of the following websites for which you PAY to subscribe to online content. (optional)
    Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
    WineSpectator.com
    Burghound
    JamesSuckling.com
    Champagneguide.net
    Other


  1. Please select any of the following print magazines for which you have a subscription. (optional)
    Sommelier Journal
    Decanter
    Wine Spectator
    Wine Enthusiast
    Food and Wine
    World of Fine Wine
    Wine and Spirits
    TONG
    Imbibe


  1. If the Guild of Sommeliers published a quarterly print magazine, how likely would you be to subscribe (for an additional cost)?*
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Extremely Likely  Not at all Likely


  1. Have you used a special discount offered by the Guild for other publications or websites in the past (i.e. TONG, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages)?*
    Yes
    No


  1. How much value do special discounts on other wine-related publications or subscription-based websites add to your membership?*
     
      1 2 3 4 5  
    Great Value  No Value at All


  1. Are any of the following types of content important to you?*
    Tasting Notes by Fellow Sommeliers
    Vintage Charts
    Producer Profiles by Fellow Sommeliers
    Producer Profiles by Importers/Producers
    Restaurant Reviews from Fellow Sommeliers
    Winery Visit Reviews from Fellow Sommeliers
    None of the Above


  1. Do you have any ideas to make the Guild community and website better?


  1. If you have a CMS certification, please tell us what your current level of certification is.*
    Introductory (Level 1)
    Certified (Level 2)
    Advanced (Level 3)
    Master (Level 4)
    None




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