User guide

Everything you ever hoped to know about polling

Getting started

The basics of getting started include: creating your first poll, presenting the live results, and customizing the look and feel of your poll. You can also publish the results via email, Twitter, or a website.

Types of polls

Poll Everywhere offers several types of polls:

  • Multiple-choice polls: The audience chooses from the response options you provide (including, for example a choice of either true or false.) You can also upload images to serve as response options. Multiple-choice polls

  • Open-ended polls: The audience responds freely to the poll, with anything they wish. Open-ended poll responses can be displayed in a variety of ways, including a live Word Cloud, ticker tape, text wall, and cluster. Use Moderation to manage which responses are shown publicly. Open-ended polls

  • Clickable image polls: The audience clicks on a specified or unspecified region of an image to vote. Currently this poll only allows web voting, not SMS texting. Clickable image polls (Image credit: www.allansanders.co.uk/The-Superheroes)

  • Discourse polls: The audience submits responses, and can anonymously agree or disagree with other responses by upvoting or downvoting. Currently available through Labs. Discourse polls

Creating a poll

A poll is a single question you pose to your audience.

You can create your first poll in less than 30 seconds without signing up. However if you do not sign up for an account, your poll question and any results will not be saved. It is free to sign up and create an account.

Step 1. To create your first poll, click on the Create Poll button.

  • If you are signed in, you can find the Create Poll button from your My Polls page.
  • If you have not signed in, you can find the Create Poll button on the Poll Everywhere homepage.

Creating a poll Step 1

Step 2. Type in your question

Creating a poll Step 2

Step 3. Select the type of poll. Poll Everywhere offers several different poll types including multiple choice, open-ended response, and clickable image polls.

  • For open-ended polls, select how you would like your audience’s responses to be visualized.

Creating a poll Step 3

  • For multiple choice polls or true/false polls, type in your response options. You can also upload images as response options.

Creating a poll Step 3

  • For clickable image polls, upload the image you would like to use as your poll. You can define clickable regions to be counted for grading and reporting purposes.

Creating a poll Step 3

Step 4. Click on the Create button to create the poll. Creating a poll Step 4

Accepting responses

Starting your poll

When you create a poll, it starts automatically so you are ready to receive responses. If your poll has stopped, you can easily restart it. Just go to your My Polls page, hover over the poll you want to start, and click the Start button on the right when it appears.

Start button

If the poll is in fullscreen mode, you can find the button to start or stop by hovering over the upper right side of your poll until the menu becomes visible. Then click the Start/Stop icon.

Start/Stop toggle

Activating your poll

If you would like the audience to be able to respond on your PollEv.com presenter page (i.e. PollEv.com/your-username), or to respond via text message or Twitter, you will need to activate the poll. This publishes the poll on your PollEv.com presenter page. To activate your poll from the My Polls page, click on the Activate icon, located to the right of the poll.

Activate your poll

The poll is automatically activated when in fullscreen mode. Only one poll can be activated on your presenter page at a time, so that the only poll visible to your participants is the poll you are displaying in fullscreen mode. The next poll will automatically activate as you advance through your polling slides, dynamically adjusting your presenter page. You can always access the Activate icon by hovering over the upper right side while in fullscreen mode.

Activate your poll

Ending your poll

To stop accepting responses, click the Stop icon to the right of the poll. If you stop a poll while it is still activated, participantscan see the poll on your PollEv.com presenter page, but are unable to respond. To remove the poll from your PollEv.com presenter page, simply click the Activate icon once more to deactivate.

Start/Stop toggle

If the poll is in fullscreen mode, you can access Start/Stop and Activate/Deactivate icons by hovering over the upper right side of the poll. Remember a poll in full screen is automatically activated.

Start/Stop toggle

Summary of start & activate options

Poll is activated Poll is deactivated
Poll is started Audience can respond + Poll appears on PollEv presenter page Audience can respond + Poll does not appear on PollEv presenter page
Poll is stopped Audience cannot respond + Poll appears on PollEv presenter page Audience cannot respond + Poll does not appear on PollEv presenter page

Clearing responses

The presenter can archive a poll’s results so that no responses are shown on screen. This allows you to reuse polls and save past results. It’s a good idea for presenters to send in a few test responses, but remember to clear test responses before the actual presentation.

When a poll is cleared the results are not lost or deleted, as long as you are on a paid plan. Results are stored as runs that can be accessed with the reporting features. There are several ways to clear poll results:

  • From the poll: Simply click the Clear results icon. This allows you to clear results for only that poll.

Clearing responses

  • From your My Polls page: Check off the boxes to the left of the titles of the polls or groups you wish to clear, and then click the Clear results button. This allows you to clear results from several polls at once.

Clearing responses

You can find the archived results of a poll in the Response History view. Open this by clicking Export in the bottom right panel on your poll, then clicking Response History.

Ways to respond

There are several ways an audience can respond to polls:

  • SMS text message responses
  • Web responses via the presenter’s custom PollEv.com polling page
  • Web responses via private link
  • Twitter responses

The presenter can decide which ways the audience is able to respond to polls. To do this, open the poll you would like to change. Select “How people can respond” on the right side of the poll to expand the menu. Check all of the ways you would like the audience to be able to respond.

Choosing Presenter Session vs. Keywords

There are two response modes you can use to allow the audience to text or tweet responses to polls: Presenter Session or Keywords.

Presenter Session allows your audience to use short responses like ABC, 123, and True/False. The audience must first text your username to the number shown on the poll to join your presenter session. After they’ve joined your session, they can simply text in their responses (e.g. True, A, or Yes) to all the remaining polls in your session, for up to 24 hours.

Presenter session MCP

After your participants have joined your session, they can respond to an open-ended question by simply texting or tweeting. There is no need to enter a long code with each response.

In most cases that involve a live presentation, Presenter Session is the way to go. It is available to all users on all plans, including the free plan.

The alternate method is Keywords mode. Keywords mode allows audience members to enter a unique auto-generated code for each response. This 6-7 digit code will be displayed on the poll.

Keywords MCP

You can also choose to use a reserved keyword, like HOUSE, instead of a code, if this feature is included in your plan. Note: While Keywords mode is available on all plans, reserved keywords are only allowed for certain paid plans. Please see our Plans and Pricing Page to see which plans include reserved keywords.

Reserved keyword

Keywords mode is better for polling that may not be conducted live. Each response option has a unique code that can be texted or tweeted, once the poll is started, without having to follow along with the presenter. However, the long, auto-generated codes can become tedious for some audience members, so the use of reserved keywords can make responding easier, if that feature is included on your plan.

Presenter Session and Keywords modes only apply if your audience will be responding via text or Twitter; web response options will be unaffected.

You do not have to commit to Presenter Session or Keywords for your entire presentation, or entire groups of polls. You can decide, poll by poll, which mode to use. Here is how to set it up:

  1. Log into your Poll Everywhere account and go to your My Polls page. This is the page that lists all of your polls.
  2. Click on the title of the poll to open to the live chart
  3. To the right of your poll, look at “How people can respond.” If you want people to respond by text message (SMS) or Twitter then select the appropriate checkboxes
  4. Once one of these has been selected, you will have the option to choose Presenter Session or Keywords. Presenter session or Keywords

Presenter Session: The Details

Before participants can begin to respond, they must first join your presenter session by texting in your unique username custom PollEv page to the number listed on your poll. Audience members do this just once at the beginning of your session. For example, if your custom PollEv page is PollEv.com/johnsmith, your audience will need to text johnsmith to the number shown on your poll (usually either 22333 or XXXXX). They will receive a text message informing them that they have joined John Smith’s session.

Join session

After the audience joins your presenter session, they will text the letter corresponding to their response (A, B, C, etc.) to the same number as before. You can choose whether the options are labeled ABC, 123, or True-False by clicking the drop-down menu under Presenter Session, in the “How people can respond” panel. On certain plans, you can also customize the ABC labels with custom keywords, such as ‘Blue’ to vote for blue.

In order for responses to count, you must have activated the poll. You control which poll responses count toward, by controlling which poll is activated. If you have not activated a poll, your audience will not be able to respond.

Participants who have joined a presenter’s session will stay logged in to that session until up to 24 hours of inactivity, or until texting “leave” to join a different presenter’s session.

Keywords: The Details

If you wish to substitute a reserved keyword for the auto-generated response codes, you may need to upgrade your plan. Keep in mind that all reserved keywords come from the same globally shared word bank, and so you may only reserve keywords that are not currently in use. You can usually resolve this issue by adding a number or letter, such as HOUSE1 instead of HOUSE.

You can assign reserved keywords to your poll response options while in the Edit menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by clicking a poll’s Edit link on your My Polls page or by opening a poll and selecting Edit on the bottom right side of the poll. You can also click the ‘Customize code’ link under the Keywords option on the ‘How people can respond’ panel.

Reserved keywords: step 1

In the response code column, you can type in the custom keyword you would like to reserve for each option. The system will tell you if the keyword is available.

Reserved keywords: step 2

If you are not able to type in a keyword, it means you are on a plan that does include reserved keywords and will need to upgrade to use this feature.

Premium keywords are special reserved keywords with three characters or less. They make responding even simpler, and therefore are in high demand. Premium keywords can be reserved for $5 each, subject to availability, with a minimum of $25 per order. Email sales@polleverywhere.com for more information.

Web responses on the presenter’s custom polling page

The easiest, most elegant way to respond to a Poll Everywhere poll is on your PollEv.com/your_name page. The audience visits your presenter page from any browser and responds to the polls as you activate them. Because it works with any browser, this response option is recommended for international audiences who may not have appropriate texting and long distance plans.

On certain paid plans, you can customize your PollEv.com page from the Settings page in your My Polls. In the box after ‘PollEv.com/’ type in the word you would like to use as your voting page. This word will also be your username. Many presenters choose usernames that are concise and relevant to their presentation. If it is available, it will be your username and voting page for as long as you have an account, or until you choose to change it. .

Reserve your pollev.com page

For example, if John Smith were setting up his own PollEv.com voting page, he would type ‘johnsmith’ in the box after PollEv.com/, and his audience would respond to his polls by visiting PollEv.com/johnsmith.

When you activate a poll, your PollEv.com page automatically updates to show the poll that you activated. If the audience sees a picture of a piece of pie when they visit your PollEv.com page, it means you have not yet activated your poll.

Web responses without a custom polling page

If the presenter does not have a PollEv page, the audience can still visit PollEv.com. Once there, they type in the keywords or codes that are displayed on the poll instructions, followed by a response. This works for multiple choice polls and open-ended polls.

PollEv.com

Discourse polls and clickable image polls require that the presenter have a PollEv polling page.

SMS text message responses

Members of the audience who do not have a smartphone can respond using SMS text messages from any cell phone. Standard text messaging rates apply, which means that some participants may have to pay their carriers for text messages (e.g., if they do not have unlimited SMS text messaging plans).

  • Multiple choice poll: The participants send a text message to the number displayed on the poll instructions (22333 in this case). In Keywords mode, the text message should contain the code or keyword associated with the answer they choose. In Presenter Session mode, the text should contain first the presenter’s session name, and then a short ABC/123 response for each subsequent poll.

Multiple Choice poll texting

  • Open-ended poll: The participant sends a text message to the number displayed on the poll instructions (22333 in this case.) If you use Keywords mode, the text message should contain the code or keyword that corresponds to that individual poll, followed by their message. If you use Presenter Session mode, the first text message should contain your username, followed by their message. Responses to subsequent open-ended polls need only contain the response message, in Presenter Session mode.

Open-ended poll texting

The audience can SMS text their responses to polls, even if they are not based in the United States. We provide a list of countries where we believe the SMS text option will work, and a list of our various international phone numbers. On the page, there is also a way to test for yourself whether SMS text voting works in your country.

Discourse polls and clickable image polls do not accept text responses. The presenter must have a PollEv.com voting page to use these poll types.

Twitter responses

The audience can respond to polls using Twitter. The participant tweets ‘@poll’ followed by the keyword associated with their choice, if you are using Keywords mode. Or the participant tweets responses directly to your linked Twitter account, if you are using Presenter Session mode. Their followers will not see the tweet, but it will be visible on their full updates page, and their response will display on your polling slide.

Twitter responses

You can link a Twitter account from your Settings menu by clicking “Use Poll Everywhere with Twitter!”

The audience can tweet poll responses from any country where Twitter works. Twitter offers local numbers in many countries, a list of which is provided by Twitter support. Responding to polls using Twitter allows your participants to avoid any international texting fees that might apply to SMS text voting.

Testing your poll

You can test drive your poll from the audience’s perspective with the handy, built-in testing tool. When your poll is open, the menu at the top right contains a Test tab. Click that tab to experience the way audience members will join your session and/or respond.

Testing your poll: Test tab

Step 1. Choose a response mode from the How people can respond menu. You can try Presenter Session or Keywords mode.

Step 2. Open the Test tab at the top of the menu. For Presenter Session, you can try joining the session and casting an A, B, C response. For Keywords mode, you can try texting in an auto-generated code as a response. You can try web responses or text responses by switching between the two tabs at the top of the test panel.

Web response testing: Testing your poll: WebText response testing: Testing your poll: Text

The testing tool will tell you if your poll is not activated. Open the poll in full screen or click the activate icon to activate the poll.

Note: The computer from which the poll is displayed must be connected to the internet.

Presenting your poll

There are two steps to presenting your poll: first, you show the instructions, so your audience knows how to respond. Second, you display the live results.

The majority of poll types have a separate instructions view and results view. This allows you to show the instructions, and then wait to reveal the results when you’re ready. Alternatively, you can display instructions directly on the live results chart. Many presenters find that showing the results live, as they come in, in real time, increases the excitement.

You can also create your own slide of instructions, or email instructions to your participants before the event begins. We have some example graphics available in our best practices for presenters guide. This is helpful if your audience includes people from multiple countries, and you need to instruct them on how to text in their responses. (Note that for international audiences responding by the web is typically preferable.)

Your poll – both the instructions view and the results – can be presented live from the web or directly in your PowerPoint presentation.

Presenting from the web

The quickest and easiest way to display a poll is directly from our website in fullscreen mode. Fullscreen mode hides all other browsers and browser buttons, so that only the poll displays on your screen.

Step 1. To display a poll in fullscreen mode, select a poll from the My Polls page by clicking on the poll’s title.

Presenting from the web: step 1

Step 2. Once the poll is loaded, look for the column of grey buttons along the right side of the poll, and select the icon at the bottom that indicates Enter Fullscreen.

Presenting from the web: step 1

Step 3. To end fullscreen mode, hover your mouse over the poll’s upper right corner and select the Exit Fullscreen icon. You can also just press the escape key on your keyboard.

Presenting from the web: step 1

To switch between different polls in the same group, you can use the arrow keys in the lower right hand corner of the screen, or the right and left arrows keys on your keyboard.

Presenting from the web: step 1

Note: The computer from which the poll is displayed must be connected to the internet.

Presenting in a slideshow

You can display a poll directly from PowerPoint by embedding your poll as a slide, to seamlessly present with your other PowerPoint slides.

To embed your polls in PowerPoint, you must install the PollEv Presenter app. In addition, the computer displaying the presentation must be connected to the internet in order for the polls to be displayed.

PowerPoint for Windows

Poll Everywhere is compatible with PowerPoint for Windows 2013, 2010, and 2007.

Step 1. Download the PollEv Presenter App

Step 2. Install the app.

PowerPoint for Windows: step 2

Step 3. Open or restart PowerPoint, and locate the Poll Everywhere ribbon at the top.

Step 4. Log into your Poll Everywhere account via the Poll Everywhere ribbon in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for Windows: step 3

Step 5. Using the ribbon, insert a poll into your presentation.

PowerPoint for Windows: step 4

Step 6. Start presenting. (You must be in slideshow mode to see the polls.)

You can move poll slides to different points in your presentation by copying and pasting the entire poll-slide thumbnail to the correct spot in your outline.

Some systems may not allow access to downloaded plug-ins. If you are using Powerpoint 2007, you must install Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 3. Please email us at support@polleverywhere.com if you have any trouble.

Web slides in Powerpoint

PollEv Presenter App allows for any web page to be inserted into a presentation.

Step 1. Enable inserting of web slides from the About option.

Web slides in Powerpoint: step 1

Step 2. Select the insert web page option.

Web slides in Powerpoint: step 2

Step 3. Add a web url.

Web slides in Powerpoint: step 3

PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac

PollEv Presenter is currently compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for Mac, Keynote 5.3, and Keynote 6.5.

Step 1. Download PollEv Presenter App for Mac

Step 2. Install PollEv Presenter for Mac by dragging the file to your Applications folder.

PowerPoint for Mac: step 2

Step 3. Open PollEv Presenter from your applications folder.

PowerPoint for Mac: step 3

Step 4. In the Poll Everywhere app, enter your login information.

PowerPoint for Mac: step 5

Step 5. Download your polls from your My Polls page.

PowerPoint for Mac: step 6

Step 6. Open the downloaded PowerPoint file and enter Slide Show mode to see it work!

Poll slides can be inserted into an existing presentation, or you can download a group of poll slides and build a PowerPoint presentation around the poll slides. Poll slides can be dragged between slides or into other presentations, just like any normal PowerPoint slide. Re-sizing the placeholder image will indicate where a poll should load on screen.

Make sure the PollEv Presenter App is installed and running before presenting.

Multiple poll slides will appear identical, as they contain a placeholder image in place of the actual poll. The poll will not display until you have successfully installed and logged into the Presenter app, and the slide is in full screen, or presentation mode. To differentiate between your polls, look for the text of your poll in the notes of the polling slide.

Presentation Remote

The Presentation Remote is available in the mobile app store or in any mobile browser at pollev.com. You can connect and control your Windows Powerpoint presentations.

Step 1. Follow the instructions for Powerpoint for Windows

Step 2. Select the remote option from the mobile app my/polls.

Presentation Remote: step 1

Step 3. Start your presentation in Powerpoint.

Presentation Remote: step 1

Step 4. Press connect.

Presentation Remote: step 2

Remember to login in with the same account on Powerpoint and on the mobile app.

Customizing your poll

The way your poll looks is up entirely up to you. You can customize the look and feel of your poll through the Visual Settings menu, which is accessible when viewing any of your polls.

From this menu, you can change the font, the font size, and the colors of your poll to match your personal style, the company aesthetic, or a presentation template. You can also add an image or your logo to the title or the background of your poll.

Step 1. To change the look and feel of a poll, select the poll from the My Polls page by clicking on the poll’s title.

Step 2. Once the poll is loaded, select the Visual Settings icon, which appears at the top of the list.

Visual settings icon

Step 3. You can change the look and feel of your poll by adjusting different settings within the various tabs under Visual Settings: :

Visual settings tabs

Here, you can control the look of the poll title, as well as the the instructions for how your audience can respond, and the color or image on the poll background. This panel also lets you set a logo image, choose colors and themes, and change the font.You can adjust your Instructions View or set a Heat Map, which automatically adjusts the color of the bars according to the number of responses. You can decide the chart layout, the color of the bars, and how the data appears, by either number of votes or percentages.

Step 4. To close the Visual Settings menu, click on the “x” in the upper right corner. The changes you made will be automatically saved to your poll.

Visual settings exit

Setting a default style

You can set a default style for your polls in the Settings menu, found on your My Polls page. All new polls will have the same visual settings (e.g., colors, fonts) as the poll you select as your template poll. You can also choose to update all existing polls to match the template poll.

This is useful when you want to create multiple polls with the same look and feel without having to make each change individually.

Step 1. To set a template poll, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings button at the top of the page.

Setting a default style: step 1

Step 2. Under the heading Polls, click Set, and select the poll you would like to use as the template.

Setting a default style: step 2

Step 3. Click the Update Profile button at the bottom left, to save your settings.

Setting a default style: step 3

Publishing your poll

In addition to presenting your poll live in front of an audience, you can also choose to publish your poll to a website, Facebook, Twitter, or any other place where people can follow a link.

Be aware that if you would like to accept responses to your poll, you will need to start the poll. If you would like to accept web responses from your PollEv.com page, you will also need to activate the poll, so your audience can see it when they visit your page. Learn more about accepting responses to your poll.

Live link to your poll

Each poll has a unique URL that can be shared. You can copy this URL directly from your internet browser’s address box and send it to your audience via email etc. Just be sure that the poll is started.

Live link to your poll

Alternately, you can visit the Present menu that appears on the right side of the poll when you are viewing the live chart. Expand the menu and click Share, then choose either the Sharable Response Link, which allows people to respond to your poll without seeing results, or the Live Results Link, which allows people to respond and see results live. For example, on a single question quiz you would use the Sharable Response Link to prevent participants from being influenced by others’ responses, but for a public brainstorm or word cloud you could use the Live Results Link.

Live link to your poll

People who follow the Live Results Link will see whichever view your poll is set to at the time, either (a) the instructions view where they are instructed on how to vote or (b) the results view where they can see the current results. If you have the results hidden on your live chart, participants who follow the Live Results Link will not be able to see the results until you click the icon to show the chart.

Posting a poll to Twitter

To automatically Tweet your poll question, click the Twitter icon to the right of the sharable link you wish to Tweet.

Posting a poll to Twitter

In order for people to respond to your tweeted poll, you must enable the Website response option. This can be found on the right side of any of your polls under the How People can Respond menu.

Posting a poll to Twitter

Embedding a poll in a web page

To embed your poll in your blog or webpage, visit the Present menu that appears on the right side of the poll when you are viewing the live chart. Expand the Share menu and click on the link labeled Embed poll.

Embedding a poll in a web page

Emailing your poll

Anyone who has the unique URL can view your poll. (They will only be able to respond, however, if your poll is started.) You can email a link to your poll without leaving your poll settings page. Expand the Present menu to the right of your poll, and click the Email icon, to the right of the sharable link you wish to use. If you wish, you can edit the subject line and message of the email before sending.

Emailing your poll

International Polling

You can poll international participants – whether they are sitting together in one location or dispersed around the globe. There are several ways in which your international audience can participate:

  • Web responses on the presenter’s custom polling page
  • International SMS text message responses
  • Twitter responses
  • The Poll Everywhere App from the app store, available for iPhone & Android

Web responses on the presenter’s custom polling page

The easiest, most elegant way for your international audience to respond to a Poll Everywhere poll is on your PollEv.com/your_name voting page. It works anywhere in the world as long as the participant has access to a functioning web browser on their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

Your audience can visit your PollEv presenter page from any browser and can respond to the polls as you activate them. The webpage to visit is displayed on the polling slide itself for your audience to view, or you can send out a link to it. You can set up your PollEv.com page from the Settings link in your My Polls page. In the box after ‘PollEv.com/’ type in the word you would like to use as your voting page. If it is available, it will be assigned to you. Custom polling pages are only available on certain paid plans.

Reserve your pollev.com page

For example, if John Smith were setting up his own PollEv.com voting page, he would type in johnsmith in the box after PollEv.com/ and his audience would respond to his polls by visiting PollEv.com/johnsmith.

When you activate a poll, your PollEv.com page automatically updates to show the poll that you activated. If your audience sees a picture of a piece of pie when they visit your PollEv.com page, it means you have not activated your poll.

International SMS text message responses

Each audience member’s ability to respond via SMS text message depends on several factors: their particular carrier, their particular text messaging plan, and the coverage we provide through our international SMS service partners.

To the best of our knowledge, here is a list of countries by continent that we believe we fully cover:

  • Asia, Africa, & the Middle East: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea (South), Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, Qatar.
  • Australia: Australia and New Zealand
  • Central and South America: Belize, Brazil, Chile. We are currently seeking local resellers to help us serve these markets better.
  • Europe: Italy, Greece, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • North America: United States, Canada (Served by short codes, not the long numbers shown below)

You can also view a comprehensive list of coverage by carrier and country.

We offer many different phone numbers to accommodate SMS text voting. You can share as many numbers as are appropriate to your audience. (For example, if you have audience members from several different countries, you may want to share several different phone numbers.) Additionally, some carriers don’t allow texting to short codes, such as “22333”, and those participants might get a response message in error. In that case, participants can text to the US 10- digit number and their response will still be accepted. The responses will all appear in your poll results no matter which number they were submitted through.

Our poll instructions will only be able to show one number at a time due to space constraints, but you can display multiple numbers on a slide projection, sign, or handout at your location, or you can send an email to participants.

We provide two different kinds of SMS texting phone numbers:

  • Regional numbers that can receive text messages from outside the country. Audience members that have cell phone plans outside that country will have to dial internationally and incur any applicable texting charges.
Region Regional SMS text number
Asia, Africa, & the Middle East 61429883481
Australia 61429883481
Europe 447624806527
South & Central America 61429883481
North America (US) 17474443548
North Amercia (Canada) 17808005606
  • Local numbers that can only receive text messages from within the country. Audience members that are local to that country will not incur long distance texting charges and have a shorter number to dial.
Country Country SMS text number
United States 22333
Canada & United States 37607
United Kingdom (local) 02033225822
Poland 48799599633
Belgium 32460200056
Finland 4573960544
Norway 59440194
Sweden 769439162
Switzerland 798071549
Spain 949060070
Lithuania 66840030
Hong Kong 64522795
Austria 676800505264
Estonia 59122157
Australia (local) 427541357

Testing that SMS voting works from your country You can test whether our regional numbers will accept texts from your country and carrier. Simply text a response to one of the polls below and wait for your response to appear. You can also test whether you are able to receive texts back from us. We will send a text message that reads, “Hello from… “

Twitter responses

The audience can tweet poll responses from any country where Twitter works. Twitter offers local numbers in many countries, a list of which is provided by Twitter support. Responding to polls using Twitter allows your participants to avoid any international texting fees that might apply to SMS text voting.

Twitter responses

Managing responses & participants

As part of your Poll Everywhere account, you have a number of options regarding how responses are treated, and how you manage the participants who are responding to your polls.

Response options

There are a number of options for customizing the way your audience can respond and how those responses are treated:

  • Responses per participant: Set how many times your participants can respond to each poll, or allow each participant unlimited responses to a poll.
  • Grading: Mark one or more of your response options as correct and show the correct option on your chart. (You can also run a grading or ranking report on the results.)
  • Anonymous responses: Allow participants to respond to polls without their identities being revealed, even if they are registered with your account.
  • Custom reply messages: Send a custom response to participants after they respond to your poll via SMS texting.

Responses per participant

You can set how many times your participants can respond to each poll.

The Each person may respond box is found in the Edit menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by clicking a poll’s Edit link on your My Polls page or by opening a poll and selecting Edit on the bottom-right side of the poll.

Open a poll from your My Polls page. To the right side of your poll, click on the Edit link. Your poll will open in editable form. Click on the Responses menu to expand the options. Type the number of times each person can respond.

For polls where it is very important that participants adhere to the response limit, it is best to allow SMS text responses only, as it is the most secure. Limiting the number of web-based responses requires that each participant uses the same device and the same browser to respond, and that the browser has cookies enabled.

Grading

You can mark one or more options as correct to grade incoming responses. You will be able to reveal the correct answer live on your results chart. You will also be able to download a report that grades all the responses to the poll and provides a ranking of your participants based on the number of correct responses and the average response time.

This feature is only available with certain paid plans.

The Grade incoming responses option is found in the Edit menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by clicking a poll’s Edit link on your My Polls page or by opening a poll and selecting Edit on the bottom-right side of the poll.

Under the Responses menu select Grade incoming responses in order to enable grading.

Check grade incoming responses

On Multiple Choice polls, you can mark correct responses. If you have registered participants, you can track individual scores under reporting.

Mark as correct

Once you have marked which option(s) is correct, the poll will not automatically indicate which response option or options you have marked. Instead, you can reveal the correct response on the live chart. To do so, hover over the upper right corner of the poll while in fullscreen mode. From the menu of options that appears, select the Toggle Correctness icon. The correct answer will be highlighted.

Toggle correctness

With Clickable Image Polls, the click regions you set can be considered correct responses. Participants will receive credit for clicking within the set region.

Mark clicks as correct

You can display the click region(s) and responses by hovering over the chart. A menu of icons will appear. Select the Show Regions and/or the Show Clicks icons.

Show regions and/or clicks

Anonymous responses

You can allow participants to respond to your polls without ever revealing their identities to yourself or other participants, even if they are registered with your account. You will not be able to correlate anonymous responses from the same participant with any other responses from the same participant. Anonymous polls are also excluded from certain reports that could be used to reveal identifying information.

Once a poll is made anonymous, the change cannot be undone.

To allow anonymous responses select Response settings on the right hand side of the poll.

Response-settings

In the menu, select Make responses anonymous.

Make responses anonymous

Custom reply messages

You can customize a reply message to be sent to participants once they have responded to your poll via SMS texting. You can also choose not to send any reply message at all.

Reply message

The Reply message option is found in the Response settings menu. Open the poll, and click the Response settings menu on the right side.

If you are not able to customize the reply message, it means you are on a plan that does not include custom reply messages. You will need to upgrade to use this feature. Customize reply message

Timing your polls

There are a number of options for customizing when your audience can respond to your polls:

  • Countdown timer: You can set a timer on your poll and give your participants a set amount of time in which to respond.
  • Auto start/stop time: You can schedule a poll to automatically start or stop.

Countdown timer

You can set a timer on your poll and give your participants a set amount of time in which to respond. A picture of a timer floats over the bottom left of your poll and counts down the remaining time, turning red as the poll nears its close. Once the timer hits zero, your poll will automatically stop, and no more responses will be received for that poll

Timer: step 1

To set the timer, hover over the bottom left corner of a poll. Click the timer bar. Enter how long you’d like your poll to remain open (minutes and seconds). You can disable the timer by clicking the small X within the icon. You can pause the timer by clicking on the pause button within the icon.

Auto start/stop time

The Schedule Start/Stop menu is found in the Configure menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by opening a poll and selecting Schedule Start/Stop Times on the right hand side of the poll.

Schedule-start-stop

You can schedule a poll to automatically start or stop at a specific time. You can choose from the default options of 5 minutes, 1 hour, and 1 day, or you can set a custom date and time.

Auto start/stop time

Multi-poll survey

You can send a group of polls formatted as a single-page survey that participants can complete on their own. This is useful when you want to collect information, and not all participants are together at the same place at the same time. This is also used by instructors who want to provide students with at-home material that can then be reviewed during class.

Step 1. To send a set of polls as a single-page survey, those polls must first be organized into a group. To group polls, go to your list of polls on the My Polls page. Select the polls you would like to group by checking the box next to each of their titles. Click the Group button at the top of the page to create a new group.

Multi-poll survey: step 1

Step 2. You can edit the group’s title by clicking the Edit button to the right of New Group.

Multi-poll survey: step 2

Step 3. To format the group of polls into a single-page survey, you first need to start each poll. You do this by clicking on the Start button to the right of each poll’s title. Only polls that are started will appear in your survey view.

Multi-poll survey: step 3

Step 4. Click the Survey View link to the right of the group’s title, and your polls will appear as a single page survey. You can distribute the survey by sharing the link shown in the address bar. When using surveys with questions that are set to only accept responses from registered students, it’s best to type “/intro” at the very end of the survey URL, so students are prompted to log in before responding.

Multi-poll survey: step 4

Segmentation

With segmentation, you can combine responses from multiple questions to show something interesting or fun. This feature is used to run team competitions completely on-the-fly and to show how responses are correlated across multiple questions (e.g., how women in the audience responded versus men in the audience.) It is one of our most powerful features.

It’s called Segmentation, because you divide a set of responses by another poll that divides your audience into segments. For example, you could run a poll saying “Pick a team: Red, Green, Blue, or Black,” and the segmentation feature will divide the audience into four groups based on their responses, and remember these parameters over the course of the segmented polls that follow. It is similar to running correlations, pivot tables, crosstabs, or stacked charts except that the results appear live in your chart.

This feature is only available with certain paid plans.

The Segmentation option is found in the Visual Settings menu of each poll.

Step 1. To access the Visual Settings menu, select the poll from the My Polls page by clicking on the poll’s title.

Segmentation: step 1

Step 2. Once the poll is loaded, select the Visual Settings icon from the top of the list.

Segmentation: step 2

Step 3. Locate the Segmentation tab toward the bottom of the list and click Enable.

Segmentation: step 3

Step 4. From the drop-down menu, select the poll to segment by (i.e., how you would like the responses to your poll to be grouped, usually a previous qualifying question).

Segmentation: step 4

Step 5. You can customize the segmented chart by editing the settings in the Segment Responses and Legend menus that appear.

Segmentation: step 5

Moderation

You can approve or reject responses to open-ended polls before they appear live on-screen. This can save quite a bit of embarrassment if you have a few pranksters in the audience.

To enable the Moderation feature, scroll to the section below your poll at the bottom left and check the box next to Moderator.

Moderation: step 2

Once enabled, you need to approve responses by clicking the tab to the left of each incoming response twice. The first click disapproves that response. You’ll see the tab turn red. The second click confirms the response will display on the Live Text Wall. You’ll see the tab turn green. The tabs that are green will be the only responses that show up on your Live Text Wall. If you click the tab again to disapprove the response, it will not be removed from the live chart until the poll is reloaded.

Moderation: step 3

If you are presenting from a single screen (e.g., on a single laptop with no switcher), you can use the Mobile Presenter app to moderate responses. You can approve responses on your smartphone or web-enabled device using the Mobile Presenter app. The approved responses show up on the laptop you’re using to present.

This feature is only available with certain paid plans.

Registration

With registration, you can identify participants and their responses by name, email, or other identifying information (e.g., student ID, personnel number). You can also restrict responses on your polls to registered participants only.

This feature is often used when it is important to securely and reliably track participation, for example, in classrooms, sensitive corporate events, and continuing medical education programs.

It is Poll Everywhere’s policy to never sell, rent, or otherwise share emails and phone numbers entrusted to us with any organization or third party. Please review our Privacy Policy for more details.

This feature is only available with certain paid plans.

Registration guide for presenters

There are several ways to register participants to your polls:

  • Import a list of participants (e.g., from an Excel spreadsheet)
  • Connect directly to your Learning Management System
  • Distribute a link to all participants and have them input their own information

Import a list of participants

You can import a list of participants and automatically register them to participate in your polls. This essentially creates accounts for your participants if you have all the required information. Your participants can simply log in with the email address and password you’ve assigned them. If a participant wants to respond via text, and you have not included a mobile phone number on their registration, they must log in and enter the phone number that they will be using to respond. They must also certify their phone number, in order for text responses to be associated with their participant account.

You can also organize your participants into a specific group when you import the list, or you can assign them to groups manually after you have registered them.

Step 1. Go to the Participants tab accessible from your My Polls page. This page will show any participants who have already registered to your account.

Import a list of participants step 1

Step 2. Click the Add button and select the Import option.

Import a list of participants step 2

Step 3. Download the CSV template provided or create your own with the same column order indicated. Email, first name, and last name are required information. You can also include a password, a US phone number, and a responding as identifier (e.g., a nickname, student ID.) Leave blank columns for fields you choose to omit.

Step 4. Save the spreadsheet as a CSV file.

Step 5. Return to Poll Everywhere and import the CSV file. At this point, you can also define a default password and create a participant group.

Import a list of participants step 5

Step 6. Click the Continue button.

Import a list of participants step 6

We will validate the file and show you progress. Validation includes checking the list of participants for duplicates.

Once we’ve validated all the people in your CSV file, we’ll show you any errors we can fix, errors we can’t fix without your help, and all the lines which are crystal clean. At this point you can correct any errors in your CSV file and start this process again from the beginning or click Continue to import the validated records.

Once the import is complete, you’ll be able to see the records that were imported successfully and those that were not.

Connect directly to your LMS

You can automatically download a student roster from your Learning Management System. A participant group will be created for each course and imported participants will be grouped by course automatically.

Step 1. Go to the Participants tab accessible from your My Polls page. This page will show any participants who have already registered to your account.

Connect directly to your LMS: step 1

Step 2. Click the Add button and select the Connect to LMS option.

Connect directly to your LMS: step 2

Step 3. Follow the instructions to connect to your LMS and import your student roster.

Connect directly to your LMS: step 3

We currently integrate with Canvas and BlackBoard, with more LMS integrations planned. Please email us to let us know which you would like us to work on next.

Distribute a link

You can distribute a personal invitation link to participants (e.g., via email.) When they follow this link, participants will certify their email address and phone number (if they will be participating via SMS texting) and create a password. They may also provide their name.

Step 1. Go to the Participants tab, accessible from your My Polls page. This page will show any participants who have already registered to your account.

Distribute a link: step 1

Step 2. Click the Add button and copy the link that appears in the box.

Distribute a link:: step 2

Step 3. Distribute the link to participants (e.g., by pasting it into an email.)

Distribute a link: step 3

Here is an example message you can include along with the link you send:

I will be using Poll Everywhere to collect your feedback. Please follow the link I provided in order to register to my account.

By registering with my account, I will be able to view your email or Twitter username and see your responses to my polls (unless the poll is clearly marked as anonymous).

You will be asked to provide your email address, certify your mobile phone number (if you would like to participate in my polls via SMS texting), and create a password. You may also choose to share your name with me after you register. (Your information is protected, and Poll Everywhere will never share emails or phone number with any third party.) If you have any questions, please visit the Poll Everywhere User Guide (http://www.polleverywhere.com/user-guide).

Thank you! I look forward to your participation in my polls.

Editing participant information

Account owners and administrators can assist participants by editing and certifying their mobile number, changing their Responding As data (e.g. student ID, personnel number), and resetting their password.

Step 1. To edit participant data, click the Participants tab at the top of the My Polls page.

Distribute a link: step 1

Step 2. Click the … to expand the participants list.

Editing participant information: step 2

Step 3. Click a field to edit participant information. If you are editing a participant’s phone number, and you are certain it is correct, you can mark it as certified. Otherwise, this person can certify the number, using their phone.

Editing participant information: step 3

Restricting participation

Once you have registered participants, you can restrict poll participation to only those who have registered.

You can do this through the Who can respond option. This can be accessed by clicking a poll title on your My Polls page to open the poll, and selecting Response settings on the right hand side of the poll.

Response settings

Under Who can respond, select Registered participants only.

Restricting participation

Registration guide for participants

If you are going to be part of an audience or class where Poll Everywhere is being used, you may receive a registration link. This allows you to share your name and other information, like your email address or a student ID, with the presenter or instructor.

Registering with the presenter or instructor allows them to associate your responses with your email, name, or other identifying information. It also allows them to restrict participation to only those who have registered.

It is Poll Everywhere’s policy to never sell, rent, or otherwise share emails and phone numbers entrusted to us with any organization or third party. Please review our Privacy Policy for more detail.

Step 1. To register with a presenter, click the participant invitation link sent to you by the presenter, speaker, or educator.

Step 2. Fill in your name and email address, and create a password. Remember to log in when responding via the web, to make sure your responses are attributed to you.

Step 3. Click Register My Account, review the terms, and click Register My Account a second time if you agree.

Step 4. To edit or enter any additional identification information, select Voter Registration under Settings. Click Details to the right of your registered course and complete or edit the info there, such as how your instructor will identify you, or your phone number. For example, enter your mobile number if you plan to respond via SMS text messaging.

Registration guide for participants

Step 5. If planning to respond via SMS text messaging, you need to certify your mobile phone number. To do so, text the word CERTIFY to the number indicated on the instruction page. You will need to send this text from the mobile phone you will be using to respond.

Registration guide for participants

Note: We will NOT send you a text message reminding you to certify your phone number. We do not send uninitiated text messages, in order to protect your privacy, and to prevent others from setting you up to receive unwanted spam.

Reporting

There are a variety of different report formats that can be created and bookmarked on the website. (Each report has a permalink displayed in the address bar that can be copied or bookmarked for later use). Alternatively, you can download reports as a CSV file for further editing or archiving in spreadsheet software like Excel.

You can also generate reports from your My Polls page in two ways:

  • From your My Polls page: First select the polls you’d like to include in the report, and then click on the Report option in the light blue options panel. This allows you to select a group of polls, rather than select each poll individually.

  • From the Reports tab: First go to the Reports tab at the top of your My Polls page, and then select the Add to Reports button for the polls you’d like to include in your report. You will not be able to select polls as a group.

In either case, the first report that will be opened by default is the List report, but you can click any of the options along the left to see the data in other report formats.

Report types

List

When generating a new report, the List Report is shown as the default. This format displays participant responses to multiple polls, and is useful for correlating participant responses. Each column represents a poll, and each row represents a unique participant (determined by participants' browser cookies or mobile numbers).

List report

Map

The Report Map can be selected from the menu to the left after generating a new report. This format only works for US participants who voted via text messaging. The map will display a heat map of participant locations by state (based on area code).

Map report

Summary

The Summary Report can be selected from the menu to the left after generating a new report. This format displays summarized poll results in a separate table for each poll included in the report.

Summary report

Survey

The Survey Report can be selected from the menu to the left after generating a new report. This format displays participant responses by row. The first or leftmost poll determines when to start a new row.

The Survey Report works best with 2 or more polls, all configured to allow multiple votes per poll. It’s intended to let you reuse a group of polls as a survey, where an answer to the first poll should signal that a new row in the report should be started.

For example, the Survey Report would be useful if you had these three polls:

  • Multiple Choice: What’s the Session ID of the presentation you just saw?
  • Multiple Choice: Rate the speaker on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).
  • Free Text: Any other feedback for this presenter? Although each participant may attend between 5 and 20 sessions, this allows you to see a separate row for each time any person starts the survey.

Pivot

The pivot report can be selected from the menu to the left after generating a new report. This format displays each response in its own row. It can be exported to Excel allowing you to easily generate Pivot Tables.

Report card (i.e. Grading)

The report card report can be selected from the menu to the left after generating a new report. This format allows you to grade and rank data for participant responses across multiple polls.

Report card

This report requires your polls to have Grading enabled, with the correct answers indicated.

Segmentation Report (i.e. grading teams)

The team report card is similar to the report card in that it shows grades on multiple polls. Unlike the Report Card, however, the segmentation report groups the grade results by segment (e.g., a team, a sales region.)

This report requires your polls to have Grading enabled, with the correct answers indicated.

Step 1. To generate a Segmentation Report, click the Reports tab at the top of your My Polls page and select Segmentation Report on the left.

Step 2. Specify the group of polls you would like to segment. If you like, you can select one at a time from the drop-down menu. You can also choose to count non-responses as incorrect.

Step 3. From the drop-down menu in section 2, select the poll you would like to segment by.

Step 4. Click Generate Report.

Sign-in sheet (i.e., attendance)

This report lets you generate an attendance and participation report. You select which polls to use as the sign-in and sign-out and the report gives you a timestamp of the response. You can also select a poll for which you’d like the response to appear.

One line in the output corresponds to a single person, and if someone has responded to a poll multiple times, we’ll only show the most recent response.

All fields in the report are optional and you can define and arrange your fields. You can define any field title by clicking on the text of that field title.

  • Calculated fields: First name, Last name, Email, Private data, and Responding as, are calculated for you. Note that personal information such as Responding as, names, and email addresses are only shown for your registered participants.
  • Fields that show the timestamp of the response: Click on the text of the field title. In order to show the timestamp of the poll response in the report, end the field title with poll time. Choose the poll you would like the report to use by typing in a keyword from your poll title and selecting from the options. The data returned will be the timestamp of the most recent poll response.
  • Fields that show the poll response: Click on the text of the field title. In order to show the poll response in the report, end the field title with poll. Choose the poll you would like the report to use by typing in a keyword from your poll title and selecting from the options. The data returned will be the most recent poll response.

Generating reports

From your My Polls page

Step 1. On your My Polls page, select the polls you would like included in your report.

Step 2. Click on the Report option in the grey options panel at the top of your page.

Step 3. The Report tab will automatically open. The default report that will appear if the List report.

Step 4. To access other reports, click on the report title in the left hand pane.

From the Reports tab

Step 1. On your My Polls page, click on the Reports tab at the top. A page will open that lists all of your polls.

Step 2. Click on Add to Reports to the right of the polls for which you want to generate reports. The top bar will show the list of polls to be included in the reports.

Step 3. Click on Generate Report. The default report that will appear is the List report.

Step 4. To access other reports, click on the report title in the left hand pane.

On the right hand side, there are multiple options for customizing your report:

  • You can download the report as a CSV for editing and archiving in a spreadsheet tool (e.g., Excel.)
  • You can show your participants.
  • You can show the time the response was received.
  • You can show the statistics, such as average.
  • If you have multiple runs of the same poll (i.e., you have cleared the poll results), you can specify which run to generate a report on.

Managing your account

Changing your plan

You can change your subscription level at any time depending on your needs. For example, if you will not be using your paid plan for a while, you can downgrade to the Free Plan to avoid monthly subscription charges.

Step 1. To change your plan level, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Changing your plan: step 1

Step 2. Select Change Plan from the menu on the left of the page. The plan you are currently subscribed to will be highlighted.

Changing your plan: step 2

Step 3. Click the Upgrade or Downgrade button under the plan of your choice and follow the instructions on the next page.

Downgrading to the Free Plan is the same as “canceling” your account. If you would like your account deleted, please contact Customer Support.

Updating your personal info

You can change your name, email address, mobile number, and on certain paid plans, the URL of your PollEv voting page. You can also specify how long your polls will be activated on your PollEv voting page and set a default poll template.

Step 1. To change your personal information, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings button at the top of the page.

Updating your personal info: step 1

Step 2. Within the Personal info page, edit the fields you would like to change.

Step 3. Click the Update Profile button at the bottom, to save your changes.

Updating your personal info: step 3

Displaying international text messaging instructions

Changing your coverage area changes the SMS text number displayed on your polls' instructions. This is important for instructing international audiences how to vote via text message, as different countries will need to text to different SMS numbers.

You can only display one SMS number on your polls at a time. However, all of our SMS numbers are always active and able to receive responses. Therefore, you can share them with participants according to their location and receive responses without needing to update any settings in your account. If you need to share multiple numbers (e.g., for an audience from multiple countries), you can distribute a document containing the relevant numbers, or copy them to a separate slide and display it before the live polling begins.

Step 1. To change the shortcode or phone number displayed on your poll as text message instructions, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Displaying international text messaging instructions: step 1

Step 2. Select International Text Messaging from the menu along the left, and then check the bubble for the number you would like to display on your polls' instructions. For more information on international text messaging, check out www.polleverywhere.com/international.

Displaying international text messaging instructions: step 2

Viewing and printing receipts

You can view and print receipts for each order you have placed with us.

Step 1. To access receipts for your orders, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Viewing and printing receipts: step 1

Step 2. Select Order History from the menu on the left side and choose the orders for which you would like a receipt.

Viewing and printing receipts: step 2

Keeping your polls private

Your poll’s question (but not its results or responses) is indexed by search engines, unless you enable this privacy setting. The results of your poll are always kept private.

Step 1. To mark polls as private, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Keeping your polls private: step 1

Step 2. Under Default Account Settings, check the box next to Keep all of my polls private.

Keeping your polls private: step 2

Step 3. Click the Update Profile button at the bottom, to save your changes.

Adding subusers

Adding subusers allows you to share a paid plan’s enhanced capabilities with additional presenters. It also allows you to activate several polls simultaneously on the same account, which is often useful during breakout sessions at a conference, during corporate training events, or in educational settings. Each sub-user receives their own Poll Everywhere user account. The number of sub-users allowed is determined by your plan level and you can purchase additional subusers at any time

Step 1. To add a subuser, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Adding subusers: step 1

Step 2. Select Manage users from the menu on the left side.

Adding subusers: step 2

Step 3. Click Add more users.

Adding subusers: step 3

Step 4. Enter the email addresses of the people you wish to add as users to your account in the text box. Place each email address on a new line.

Adding subusers: step 4

Step 5. Check the box stating you understand that you are sharing your premium features with sub users and click Send invitations.

Adding subusers: step 5

The top portion of the page will show invitations that have been accepted. You can view the number of polls and the last login for each. You can also grant admin privileges to a user by checking the box next to their name in the Admin column. Warning: Sub-users with admin privileges can make changes to and delete other users' polls.

Subusers: users

The bottom portion of the page will show pending invitations that have not yet been accepted. You can right click on View Invitation, and copy/paste the link to send the invitation in your own email. This is useful if the original invite has trouble getting through spam filters.

Subusers: invitations

Tips, tricks and cool stuff

Mobile polling

The Mobile Presenter App allows you to manage your polls on any mobile, web-enabled device. You can access the Mobile Presenter App by visiting PollEv.com/present from any browser.

Managing polls

Polls can be created and managed on a mobile device just like they can on a standard web browser.

Managing polls

Mobile moderation

You can approve open response messages from a mobile device before they appear live on-screen. This is especially useful for “solo” presenters who do not have a separate computer or display from which to moderate on stage.

PollEv Moderator

Asking on-the-fly questions

On-the-fly polls are a quick way to create basic polls and collect impromptu feedback when time is of the essence. During your presentation, an on-the-fly poll can be created, activated, and presented to the audience in a few seconds from your mobile device.

Asking on-the-fly questions

These polls use simple formatting to save time. You can always go back later from the full site to customize an On-The-Fly poll.

Polling without a projector

A presenter can push a poll from their mobile device to everybody who is tuned in to their PollEv.com page. The presenter selects a poll they would like to get responses to, and activates it, which makes it visible on the audience’s mobile devices. The responders then follow the instructions on their own devices to participate.

Polling without a projector

Time-saving tips

Moving multiple polls between groups or users

You can move multiple polls from one group or sub-user to another. Use this to keep organized or to create polls for other sub-users. (Polls can only be moved between users when they are sub-users on the same account.)

Step 1. From your My Polls page, select the polls you would like to move and click on the the Edit Multiple button at the top.

Moving multiple polls between groups or users: step 1

Step 2. Select Move Poll and indicate either the group or the sub-user you would like to move polls to. Select the polls you would like to move with the checkboxes.

Moving multiple polls between groups or users: step 2

Step 3. Click Apply to update and move the selected polls.

Importing polls or creating multiple polls at once

You can create multiple polls at once or import existing questions from a text document by copying and pasting text into the Poll Creator.

Step 1. To import existing poll questions, start by opening a text editor like Notepad or Word. (Keep in mind that some text editors may include HTML or other non-UTF8 formatting. Make sure to copy and paste as plain text.)

Step 2. A specific format is required in order to import polls: Each question must be entered on a new line. A ? is used to indicate the end of a question title. For multiple choice questions, enter the options separated by commas after the ?.

Example:
What is your favorite color? red,blue,green
What is your name?
Poll Everywhere is awesome? True,False
Rank this session on a scale of 1-5? 1=Awesome,2,3,4,5=Awful

Importing polls or creating multiple polls at once: step 2

Step 3. Once you’ve created your text file, simply copy and paste the text into the Poll Creator to generate all of the polls at once.

Importing polls or creating multiple polls at once: step 3

Step 4. Review the polls generated and click the Create button to create all of the polls indicated.

Importing polls or creating multiple polls at once: step 4