Whether you’re new to Poll Everywhere or a seasoned veteran, we want you to get the most out of your plan. Presenting to a room full of people is stressful enough, but it’s made even worse when you have an unresponsive, sleepy, or distracted audience.
Here are 5 tips to improve audience interaction and participation in your polls. (Because that’s why you’re using Poll Everywhere in the first place!)
- Use It Live! Poll Everywhere was built as a live presentation tool for a reason! It’s engaging when participants see their results having a direct impact on screen. The “wow-factor” will encourage participation and audience interaction.
- Practice First! Use a sample or practice poll. We recommend starting your event with a fun poll question. This could be pop-culture based or as simple as “Where are you from?” Giving your audience an opportunity to learn how to participate in a low-pressure environment will improve participation on other poll questions later on.
- Slow Down! Presenters tend to rush polls because there is a natural tendency to be uncomfortable with the silence while waiting for people to learn how to text. Train your presenters to fight this urge. Uncomfortable texters will give up because of feeling rushed. Typically, you should allow 90 seconds for your first poll, and 30-40 seconds per poll thereafter. As your audience becomes accustomed to submitting their votes, you’ll be able to pick up the pace.
- Mix It Up! We find that audience participation on “just for fun” polls tends to drop off after four or more back-to-back polls. For the best participation make sure polls are spaced out in the presentation, and that the audience will be interested in learning their own consensus. For example, one poll with funny / silly answers works well, but a few in a row and the audience may lose attention.
- Offer Incentives! If people have high incentives to participate, “poll fatigue” is not usually an issue. Examples include text message scavenger hunts, prizes for participation, professional education credits, and quizzes / tests.
Want more tips on improving audience interaction and participation? Check out the resources here.
Have you had success using other methods? Share them in the comments for the greater good, Спасибо!
You probably know that we use Keywords or Codes to process votes and send them to your particular polls. For most of our users this involves an audience following along with a live presenter and submitting their answers to polls as they are displayed on stage or in a classroom.
“What if I want to receive multiple votes on the same poll from each of my participants? Or What if I have a bunch of polls’ instructions written down on posters or handouts?
Do my participants have to submit a separate text or web vote for each poll?”
Nope! You can submit multiple votes in one text message, one tweet, or with one web response (www.pollev.com). Here’s how it works:
- Enter the keywords or codes separated by a space into the “message body” of your text message, tweet, or the pollev.com page. You can enter as many multiple choice options as you like. Just make sure you don’t send half of a keyword if you get to the character limit on your phone. (Typically 130 – 160 characters depending on the carrier.)
- The votes will be submitted and processed all at once, whether you’re voting on one poll or several. (Make sure you have your polls set to accept multiple responses per participant if applicable.)
- When using the session feature, you can start your message with the session keyword (to join the session) followed by the single digit answer codes to submit multiple votes within a session.
- What about Free Text Polls? – You can include a response to a Free Text Poll, as long as you enter it as the last vote in your response. If you enter another poll’s keyword after a Free Text Poll’s keyword, you will simply submit that keyword within your response to the Free Text Poll. (Note: It is best to vote on a Free Text Poll with one text message because you have a character limit when responding via SMS. So, the less votes included in that message the more space you’ll have for your reply.)
Try it out! Send a message with multiple keywords.
(Ex: Text “1ofmany 3ofmany 6ofmany” to 22333)
For over a year now we’ve been receiving an overwhelming amount of requests for a new feature: Voteable Images. We waited this long so you’d really be desperate for it. Just kidding, it’s actually really hard to do right.
You probably know how to edit the visual settings of your poll and add a logo or background image to your polls. This is different and even more awesome. You can now add images to your polls as options in a multiple choice poll.
We’re also releasing full LaTeX support. Now all you math and science teachers can add beautiful equations. To create LaTeX, you can use a builder, a cheat sheet, a Google Docs plugin, or just recogize your math handwriting. Start your option with “latex:” so we know to convert it properly
Thanks for letting us know what you wanted. Now get out there and show us what you build! And since we’re clearly out of work to do, suggest something new.