Compare web-based response systems

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This data was collected across 2012, and is being published in September, 2012. We don't have the resources to maintain it continuously, but we are open to corrections and your opinions about how to more fairly present the data until November, 2012.

For legal reasons we must disclaim the accuracy of the information below. That's unfortunate, but we still stand by our research, and we expect that we'll be called out publically if something is incorrect. Contact us if you have an idea for improving the objectivity of this table.

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(2012 data) Poll Everywhere Socrative Top Hat Monocle SMSPoll.net ClickerSchool Text The Mob Shakespeak

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polleverywhere.com socrative.com tophatmonocle.com smspoll.net clickerschool.com textthemob.com shakespeak.com

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Tagline "The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices." - polleverywhere.com "Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets." - socrative.com "A web based clicker and online homework tool" - tophatmonocle.com "SMS Poll is the easiest and fastest way to find out what your audience is thinking." - smspoll.net "The evolution of clickers. A smarter student response system for the mobile age." - clickerschool.com
(This is a hardware clicker company evolving to a mobile product)
"The easiest and most entertaining way to collect feedback from your audience:" - textthemob.com "Your audience speaks now. Vote and post via TXT, internet, and Twitter. Your tool for PowerPoint presentations." - shakespeak.com

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Pricing

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Plans Business & Non-profit
Price Votes/poll
Free 40
$15 50
$65 250
$140 700
$375 2500
$1400 20,000
K-12 plans
Free and $50/yr: all features but keywords

Higher Ed plans
Who pays (pick one) Price
University (per prof.) $349/semester (6 months) or $649/year
University (per student) $3.50/student (min 200)
Individual Students $9/semester or $14/year
Free (for now while in Beta)
(Product is limited to 50 participants at once)
Free Trial
Teachers (including K-12) can setup account to test the system; test account cannot be deployed for practical use

University
Who pays (pick one) Price
University $6/month per student license
Individual Students $20/semester (4 months) or $38 for 5 years

Events
$100 - $300/day "depending on attendance" (contact for exact pricing)
All Customers:
Price Votes/poll Votes/month*
Free 15 300
$15 50 1000
$50 300 5,000
$135 800 13,500
$350 2500 42,500
$850 6,000 100,000

* Other products do not have monthly vote maximums, which is why they are not listed in other products' columns

Free trial
120 votes/poll (1 month trial). Plans available on semester or year basis only.
Semester Year Votes/poll
$48 $88 50
$185 $334 200
$270 $488 300
$581 $1,050 700
$1,850 $3,350 2,500
$13,799 $25,000 20,000
All customers:
Price Votes/poll
Free 50
$5 200
$15 500
Free: includes 20 credits
Purchase "credits".
1 credit = 1 person per 24 hrs.
Credits cost $0.27 - $0.12 depending on volume
A monthly subscription is 25% off; educators get 50% off. E.g.: An educator pays $45.31/mo for 500 credits with 25% subscription discount

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Free Plan, votes per poll 40 (K-12 can request free increase to largest class, e.g. band/choir) 50 N/A - trial account cannot be deployed for long-term practical use 15 120 (1 month only) 50 Unlimited votes from up to 40 participant credits. Participant credits can only be used once for a 24 hour session.

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Free Plan, votes per month Unlimited Unlimited (pricing model not established yet) Unlimited 300 Unlimited (1 month only) Unlimited see above

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Free plan polls Unlimited Unlimited (pricing model not established yet) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (1 month only) 3 See above

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Poll (question) tiers Unlimited Unlimited (pricing model not established yet) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (1 month only) Free: 3 polls
$5/mo: 10 polls
$15/mo:100 polls
See above

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Moderation lowest price $50/year Free N/A (included on free pilot) N/A $20/student/semester Free Free

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Payment Options Credit cards, POs for >$500 N/A Credit cards, PO Credit cards via PayPal N/A Credit cards via PayPal iDeal (EU bank transfer), Credit cards

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Web form minimum purchase period / Web form maximum purchase period 1 month / 1 year N/A 1 semester / 5 years 1 month / 1 month (No web form) 1 semester / 1 year 1 month / 1 month 24 hours / 24 hours

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Typical Pricing

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Average professor, 200 students, 1 semester
Who pays (pick one) Price
University (one prof) $349
University (all profs) $700
Individual Students $1,800*
Discounts
* A semester is $9 per student per semester; a full year is $14 per student which would make the per-semester price $1,400
(Not intended for Higher Ed; limited to 50 students at a time)
Who pays (pick one) Price
University $4,000**
Individual Students $4,000*
Discounts
* The primary discount is $38 for 5-year student license, which would make the per-semester price $760 for 5 years.
** Bulk and term length discounts are available when the university-pays; contact them.
$50/mo with max of 300 student votes/poll and 5,000 student votes/mo $430/semester, $71.66/month for 500 student votes/poll $15/mo with max of 100 polls and 500 student votes/poll $0.14 - $0.06 per group of polls per student
Ex: $45.31 for 500 credits or one time use (24 hrs)

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Average K-12 teacher (40 students) Free or $50/yr depending on desired features Free (beta) Free pilots now offered to K12 as per http://bit.ly/PqTPze $15/mo with max of 1,000 student votes/mo $39/semester $72/year Free: 3 polls
$5/mo: 10 polls
$15/mo:100 polls
$3.96/one time use (24 hrs)

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Average conference user (with audience of 250) $65/mo N/A. education only N/A. education only $50/mo max of 5,000 votes/mo N/A. education only $15/mo max of 100 polls $45.91/24 hr period

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Branding

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3rd party ads on SMS None (No SMS) None None* None All None

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Product name on SMS All (No SMS) First message All (No SMS) None None

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Product name on live screens Free users only No live screens Yes Yes Yes Yes Can be removed

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Product name on web response pages Free users only No Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Reliability

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Alexa Global Traffic Rank, as of 7/18/12. Lower number (higher ranking) is better. # 139,715 # 820,393 # 1,048,449 # 1,350,712 # 3,843,508 # 3,954,816 # 4,265,400

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Uptime, 3 month test 99.98%, professionally monitored 99.74% Not measured 99.52% Not measured Not measured 99.99%

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Downtime, 3 month test 21 minutes 5.5 hours Not measured 10.6 hours Not measured Not measured 10 minutes

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Public status page http://status.polleverywhere.com None None None None None None

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Security against cheating Explained in FAQ Not publicly explained Not publicly explained Not publicly explained Security measures in place - contact them. Not publicly explained Not publicly explained

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Security of data Audited in detail by banks, defense contractors, accounting firms, and R&D departments. Please check with them. Please check with them. Please check with them. Security measures in place - contact them. Please check with them. Please check with them.

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Underlying technology Ruby on Rails, Backbone, Websockets PHP, Java ASP.NET, Windows application PHP ASP.NET Drupal PHP

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Experience

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Number of polls created >1,000,000 Not listed Not listed Not Listed Not listed Database IDs indicate >4,000 Not listed

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Large clients >350 of Fortune 1000 None listed, but a $94,000 3-year contract with Forsyth County Schools was covered in the media See below See below None listed None listed See below

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Reference customers Google, McDonalds, MIT, Accenture, Oracle, TED, Genentech, P&G. Notre Dame, MIT, UC schools. Many public K-12 districts. Testimonials referencing Alabama Public Schools, U Michigan, and Boston Public Schools. 58 listed higher education clients including Harvard and Waterloo Billabong, Corona, Bottlemart, Sky, Austin Health, Pareto Fundraising None listed Global Kids Testimonials referencing Martinair and Phillips, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and video reference with Richard Branson.

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Support

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Full-time dedicated staff 12 3 22 1 Unknown Unknown 4

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Contact methods Email, phone, community message board, Twitter, blog, Facebook, UserVoice Email, web form Web form, phone, Twitter, blog, Facebook Web form Facebook, Twitter, live help Web form Email, web form, Dutch phone-number, Twitter, blog, Facebook

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Phone support 8am - 8pm EST M-F, plus 24/7 pre-scheduled available. Dedicated remote support available. Phone number shown on informational and product/support pages. While rarely enforced, phone-based technical support is only offered for paid plans $140/month and up. Not offered 9am - 7pm EST M-F. Phone number shown on informational pages. Web form with implied phone support (send us your contact number field) Not offered Not offered Not offered, but Dutch phone number is given in contact information.

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Instructional videos 13 3 6, with an interactive getting started guide 1 with 4 parts 1 1 1

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FAQ entries 54 curated - 300 on community message boards. 11 6 17 basic questions with an emphasis on selling the service or additional services. 10 2 25

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Ways to Respond

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Methods Text, smartphone (follow-along and keyword entry), web, iPad, Twitter, widget iPhone app (wrapper), Android app (wrapper), web Text, web Text, smartphone (keyword entry), widget Clicker, web Text, web Text, smartphone, web, Twitter

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Enable each separately Yes No Can disable SMS Yes No No (web is insecure) Yes

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SMS Text Message

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Supports SMS Text Messages Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes

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Ads on text messages No N/A No No N/A Yes No

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US texting (SMS) Dedicated short code they own and operate N/A No short code - uses Twilio long numbers Textingly (shared short code) N/A Textmarks (shared short code) Wire2Air

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Countries supported (SMS) Over 200 N/A 2 (unknown if they have enabled Twilio's July 2012 international expansion to 150 countries for longcode SMS) 4 N/A 1 15

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Local phone numbers US, Canada - short code
UK, Australia - long number
N/A US, Canada - long number US, UK, Australia, New Zealand N/A US - short code US, UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, Israel, UAE, Sweden, Spain, Italy, New Zealand - mix of long numbers and short codes.

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Full phone numbers available to poll creator No. Assigned anonymous "Voter ID" N/A Yes No. Assigned anonymous "Voter ID" N/A No No

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10-digit backup number for students with short code texting disabled (and Skype, Google Voice, or free texting apps) Yes N/A Yes. (Default, no short codes) No N/A No Yes, but there's just a short code option or normal number option. You pick which one you want to use prior, and only certain keywords work on each one.

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Example of simplest text message voting keyword A N/A 4289 A VOTE 3757 N/A RETURN ID14 1 TALK01 A

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Custom keywords Self-reservation on some paid plans. N/A No No N/A No No. Can only choose from list for SMS. Can create custom keywords for web and twitter voting.

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Number of keywords Unlimited at $65/mo N/A Auto assigned - no user choice. Auto assigned - no user choice. N/A Auto assigned - no user choice. List of 10-30 to choose from, depending on country. Automaticaly assigns 2 digit number after chosen keyword.

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Keyword availability Reserved from their own inventory. N/A Reserved from their own inventory. Reserved form their own inventory. N/A Shared with Textmarks: "RETURN" + ID + Option 10-30 auto-generated keywords to choose from

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Sub-keywords (everybody can grab any keyword, even if being used by other people) 1-9, A-Z only N/A No No N/A No 0-99 on listed keywords

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Web Browser Response

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Supports Web Browser Response Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Types 1) Same as SMS (keywords)
2) Direct private links per-poll
3) Embedable widgets
4) Live presenter link that follows the presentation
Browser link to enter "room" or group polling environment. Follows along live. Browser link to enter "course" or group polling environment that allows anonymous users and students to view presentation and interact with demos. No direct link - browser serves only to send keyword. Browser link to enter "room" or group polling environment. Software runs in browser. Web form or "virtual clicker" One direct link per poll. Browser link to enter "session" or group polling environment and then follows along live.

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Example URL pollev.com, or pollev.com/jeff m.socrative.com tophatmonocle.com/e612660 smspoll.net/mobilevote.htm connect.clickerschool.com m.textthemob.com/id14 shakeq.com

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Embedable web widgets 3 types (live, results image, and click-to-vote) 0 0 2 types (live chart and click-to-vote) 0 0 0

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Optimized version for each size of screen, laptop vs iPad vs smartphone Yes Smartphone only Smartphone optimized for voting. Used to have mobile apps to view interactive demos. Smartphone for responses Yes No Smartphone for responses

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HTML5 charts for devices without Flash (iPads, mobile phones) Yes Yes N/A. Results are not displayed on student devices. No Single bar displaying numerical and graphical response distribution. Yes No

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Poll Functionality

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Group and sort polls to organize them Yes Yes Yes Sort only Yes No Poll's are automatically grouped by session.

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Multi-question groups Yes. Polls may be grouped as a "survey." Yes. Questions may be grouped as a "Quiz." Yes No Yes No Yes. Poll's must be created in the same PowerPoint.

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Copy your own polls Yes Yes Yes No Yes, by "saving as." No No

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Copy polls from searchable public community collection Yes No Yes, paid users can copy from pre-made lesson plans. No No No No

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Start/Stop polls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

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Auto stop polls/set time Yes, and scheduled start. No Yes Yes, and scheduled start. No No Yes, both through session scheduling as well as "countdown" timer.

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Clear poll results Yes, auto-archived into "prior runs" Yes Yes Delete results. No archive Results can be emailed as .CSV after each "run" and are automatically cleared. Delete results. No archive Yes

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Run the same poll multiple times and save answers from multiple classes Yes Yes. But results can only be exported (not saved on site). Yes No Yes No Yes. But only within 24 hour "session."

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Restrict the number of responses per person 1, set number, or unlimited 1 only 1 only 1 or unlimited 1 only Locked to 1 for multiple choice, and unlimited for message board. 1 or unlimited

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Ability to change answer No Yes Yes No Yes, but only on multiple choice questions. No No

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Customize the reply message Yes, with variables. No No No No No No

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Bulk start/stop/clear/delete Yes No Bulk delete only No No No No

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Completely anonymous voting Yes Yes Yes for web. No for SMS. Default. Only option. Yes, by forging names on "quick poll." Yes for multiple choice. No for message boards. Default. Only option (except on Twitter votes).

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Ability to restrict participation to a list of pre-registered participants Yes No Yes No Yes No No

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Sharing options Link, widgets, Facebook, Twitter, email Link or mobile app, but must be accompanied with user given room number. Link Widgets Link accompanied with user given room number. Link Link, but needs participant code to join session.

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Presenter-paced broadcasting of questions to mobile devices Yes, "PollEv" pages Yes, "teacher paced quizes" Yes No Yes, including revealing one-option-at-a-time No No

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Poll owner can send an SMS request for a specific poll's results Yes - "RESULTS", or "RESULTS " from your phone No No Yes - "RESULTS 6421 " No No No

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Multiple Choice Polls

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Supports Multiple Choice Polls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Number of options allowed per poll 1000 5 Unlimited. Max of 26 for graded response. 10 6 10 10

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Length of each option text 255 characters Unlimited Unlimited 50 characters Unlimited 64 characters Unlimited

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Length of title 1000 Unlimited Unlimited 160 Unlimited 128 Unlimited

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Ability to hide votes until done Yes Yes Yes No Yes Votes are either shown instantly or when poll is closed Yes

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Show either totals or percentages Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes

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Leaderboard sort Yes No Yes No Yes No No

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Graded polls (right/wrong answers) Yes Yes, but only one option may be marked correct. Yes, but only one option may be marked correct. No Yes No No

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Live chart or data visual modes Bar (horizontal), column (vertical), list, stacked series (team competitions and segmentation) Column (vertical), list Bar (horizontal), list Bar (horizontal);
9 other modes have been marked "coming soon" on Upgrade page since 2009. These have not been released as of 9/1/2012.
Bar (horizontal), list, pie Bar (horizontal) Bar (horizontal)

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Images as votable options Yes No Yes No No, but available in Questions No Yes, via manually entery in PowerPoint

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Math equations, subscripts and superscripts as votable options Yes (including LaTeX) No Yes No No No Yes, via manually entery in PowerPoint

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Roll over bar feature (hover) No No No Yes. Show totals or percentages. User selected. No No No

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Free Text / Message Board / Text to Screen / Open Response

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Supports Free Text / Message Board / Text to Screen / Open Response Yes Yes Yes, but not displayed live. No Yes, but not displayed live. Yes Yes

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Moderation Yes. Auto-censor profanity, and human Yes, human N/A - not displayed live N/A N/A - not displayed live Yes, human Yes, human

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Ability to un-moderate single messages Yes, but not live on screen. Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes, live Yes, live

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Peer upvotes on answers to open-ended questions No Yes No N/A N/A No No

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Ability to show message source (e.g. SMS vs web) Yes N/A Yes N/A N/A Yes No

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Message animation modes Linear, floating, marquee ticker, one-at-a-time N/A (no projection screen) None N/A N/A Linear None

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Text animations 9 N/A None N/A N/A 1 None

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Controllable scroll back in time Yes N/A No N/A N/A Yes, by scrolling the browser, which causes the instructions to disappear. No

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Partial phone numbers shown on free text walls to encourage appropriate use Optional N/A No. Table view displays responses with User Id (web) or full phone number (SMS) N/A N/A Yes No

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Ability to specify maximum amount of responses to display at a time No. However users can make only a certain number of responses shown via font sizing N/A No N/A N/A N/A Yes. Select between 1-8; however, responses may overlap depending on length

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Competition Mode

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Supports Competition Mode Yes, "Segmentation" (team scoring) Yes, "Space Race" Yes, "Tournament Mode". Note that Top Hat Monocle considers this to be one of the most important features they offer. This section of the comparison may be too small to corrrectly convey this. Would you like us to expand it? No No No No

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Interactive content, e.g. mini simulations

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Supports Interactive content No No Yes, but Java applets not widely compatible on mobile devices No No No No

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Other experience innovations

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Other experience innovations
  • Chat with individual students
  • Images in poll questions

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Poll Visuals

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Technology Flash in PowerPoint, HTML5 on iPads/mobiles HTML, mobile apps (web wrappers) HTML, software download (monocleCAT presenter) Flash HTML, Flash Graph: Flash, wrapper: HTML PowerPoint plugin

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Slideware Integrations All versions of PowerPoint for Mac and PC None. Site states PowerPoint plugin has been planned for over a year. Downloadable presenter app (runs on top) for Mac and PC PowerPoint for PC None None PowerPoint for PC

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Full-screen mode from browser Yes N/A - not designed for live projection No...but has browser maxing helper function Yes No Only via Internet Explorer command line on Windows N/A

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Stretch to any size or rectangle shape Yes N/A Yes No Yes No - locked to 1024 wide N/A

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Service name (e.g. "Poll Everywhere") on free account polls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, but can be removed in PowerPoint.

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Customizable logo Yes. Left, center, right No Yes No No Yes. Left, 40x70px Via PowerPoint

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Background image Yes. Fill, Tile, Stretch No No No No No Via PowerPoint

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Color options Yes. Background, background opacity, title gradient, message color, chart bar color, text color, highlight correct option No No Yes. Background, grid, chart/bar, title, label, chart/bar gradient (white and chosen color) No No Via PowerPoint

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Independently show or hide poll sections Yes. Title, instructions, axis, percentages, keywords No Yes "Hide Vote Info" hides all keywords and instructions No No Via PowerPoint

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Set text sizes for visibility Yes No No Yes No No Via PowerPoint

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Set text font family No No No Yes, 5 system fonts No No Via PowerPoint

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Can update question and options and have text update on all remote screens without reload Yes Yes for content. Visuals are always set at default. No No Yes No No

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Preset visual themes to choose from 7 1 1 1 1 1 1

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Ability to save a set of styles and apply to other polls Yes No No No No No No

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Ability to set a default style for new polls Yes No No No No No No

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Reporting

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Availability All paid plans Free All paid plans Free All paid plans Free Free

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Output HTML, CSV, image, JSON, XML, RSS CSV, email HTML, CSV CSV CSV, PDF CSV PPT, PDF

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Upload registration or student lists Yes No Limited to student IDs, then requires student follow up No Yes No No

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Individual results Yes Yes. Based on user response Yes Yes. Based on automatically assigned "Voter ID" Yes Yes No

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Show results from prior runs of the same poll Yes Yes No No No No No

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Show time a vote was received (attendance) Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes

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Show participant identity Yes Yes. Based on user response Yes No. Only "Voter ID" Yes No No

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Map of responses Yes. By US area codes No No No No No No

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Show multiple polls' summaries in one report Yes Only if polls were run together (grouped/quiz) No No Yes No No

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Show multiple polls' detailed responses in one report Yes Only if polls were run together (grouped/quiz) No No Yes No No

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Crosstabulation between polls (AKA "Segmentation", "Team competitions", "Pivot charts/tables", "Correlation") Yes No No No No No No

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Use as an attendance tool Yes No / not automated Yes No / not automated Yes No No / not automated

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Grade reports by student Yes Yes Yes No / not automated Yes No No

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Grouping into teams or competitions Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No

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Assign arbitrary participant identifiers (e.g. student ID) Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes

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View an individual's response history Yes No / not automated Yes No / not automated Yes No No

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Multi-user

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Multi-user features available Yes. Set number of users on each paid plan. No multi-user accounts; however, teacher accounts are free and teachers can share questions via link. No multi-user accounts needed, teacher accounts are free; however, participants must pay for or be given license to use. Teachers are able to share and upload content including questions. No No No Yes. Unlimited on paid plans

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Multiple users (subusers) can share one paid account Yes See above See above No No No Yes

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Subusers can be marked as administrators to help other users with their polls Yes No No No No No No

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Notable Integrations

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Single Sign On Yes (SAML, OpenAuth, LMS) No Yes (LMS) No No No No

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Partner integrations Publishers: Pearson, Cengage, McGraw-Hill
LMS (Blackboard, Moodle, etc): via manual exports (not tightly integrated)
Edmodo Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Desire2Learn None Other Eduware apps None None

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API

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Documentation api.polleverywhere.com Not publicly available Not publicly available Not publicly available Not publicly available Not publicly available Not publicly available

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Formats JSON, XML, RSS, CSV (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API)

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Read-only API Free (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API)

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Poll and vote creation Paid (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API) (No public API)

Other products

We don't have enough data or proven interest from customers to include the following, but we're aware of them.

  • eZuku - dead
  • iVoted - dead
  • EnterYourVote - dead
  • LiveVote.ca - dead
  • TextCastLive - dead
  • iTextVote - dead
  • Votapedia - dead
  • MicroPoll SMS - dead
  • Touchwork
  • v5v5
  • Let'sGoVote
  • Snoozy / Excitem
  • Mentimeter
  • PushOne
  • SendSteps (ShakeSpeak NL)
  • Log On / Plug 'n Poll
  • XLearn
  • Vision Tree
  • TapPoll
  • Mobiode
  • Plickers
  • mCLK
  • GoSoapBox
  • ViaResponse
  • Educatools
  • Learning Catalytics*
  • ChimeIn
  • Nearpod*
  • Balloon / Wisembly
  • Understoodit
  • Textello
  • ExitTicket
  • InfuseLearning
  • Naiku

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