Everything you ever hoped to know about polling
The basics of getting started include: creating your first poll question, 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.
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.
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 text wall, or and cluster. You can use Moderation to manage which responses are shown publicly.
Q&A polls: The audience submits responses, and can anonymously agree or disagree with other responses by upvoting or downvoting. This poll only allows web voting, not SMS texting.
Ranking polls: The audience ranks the response options you provide. The responses will then show as an overall rank of the on a bar or column graph. This poll only allows web voting.
Clickable image polls: The audience clicks on an image to vote. You can even specify regions. This poll only allows web voting.
A poll is a single question you pose to your audience.
You can sign up for a free account and create your first poll in less than a couple of minutes, or you can create a quick poll without signing up. Click the big red button on the Poll Everywhere home page and make your first poll, however if you do not create an account your poll question and results will not be saved.
Step 1. To create your first poll, click on the Create button from your My Polls page.
Step 2. Type in your question
Step 3. Select the type of poll. Poll Everywhere offers several different poll types including multiple choice, open-ended, q&a, and ranking, and clickable image polls.
- For multiple choice polls or true/false polls, type in your response options. You can use images as response options by pasting a direct link or uploading from your computer using the camera icon.
- For open-ended polls, select how you would like your audience’s responses to be visualized.
- For clickable image polls, upload the image you would like to use as your poll. You can define clickable regions to be counted.
Step 4. Click on the Create button to create the poll.
When you are ready for the audience to respond to your poll you will need to activate it. This publishes the poll on your PollEv.com response page (i.e. PollEv.com/your-username). To activate your poll from the My Polls page, click on the Activate icon, located to the right of the poll.
To activate your poll from the poll chart click the activation button, or simply put your poll in full screen mode. The poll is automatically activated when in fullscreen mode. Only one poll can be activated on your presenter page at a time, so 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.
You can group of polls to create a self paced survey that participants can complete on their own. This is useful when ypolling participants are together at the same place at the same time. Surveys are great for self paced questionnaires, pre or post session assessments, and quizzes.
Step 1. Start by organizing your polls 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.
You can edit the group’s title by clicking the edit icon to the right of New Group.
Step 2. Next, convert your poll group to a survey by clicking the Convert to Survey Link. Note: Only polls that are unlocked will appear in your survey view.
Step 3. Click on the title of your new Survey to configure your survey options. Keep in mind, this will change the properties of the polls within the survey.
Step 4. When you are ready, you have two ways to share your Survey. From the My Polls page, you can send your participants a Survey response link by clicking on the Share link, or you can activate your Survey to display on your PollEv.com/you-username response page.
As with your polls, you can only have one poll or multi-question survy active at a time on your PollEv.com/you-username response page. Therefore, if you have a Survey active you will not be able to have a live poll active at the same time.
Surveys can only be responded to on the web.
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.
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.
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 are special, because they do not require the poll to be active for your participants to submit a response.
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 premium paid plans. Please see our Plans and Pricing Page to see which plans include reserved keywords.
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, without having to follow along with the presenter.
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:
- Log into your Poll Everywhere account and go to your My Polls page. This is the page that lists all of your polls.
- Click on the title of the poll to open to the live chart
- 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
- Once one of these has been selected, you will have the option to choose Presenter Session or Keywords.
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 22333 in the US). They will receive a text message informing them that they have joined John Smith’s 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. YYou control which poll is accepting responses, 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 texting “leave” or after 24 hours of inactivity
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
The easiest, most elegant way to respond to a Poll Everywhere poll or a survey is on your PollEv.com/your-username page. The audience visits your presenter page from a browser on any web-enabled device, 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.
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.
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 presenter is using keywords the audience can still respond PollEv.com. Once there, they type in the keywords or codes that are displayed on the poll instructions. This works for multiple choice polls and open-ended polls.
Q&A polls, Ranking Polls, Clickable image polls, and Surveys all require the presenter’s PollEv/you-username response page.
Members of the audience 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.
- 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.
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.
Clickable image polls, Q&A polls, and Ranking polls do not accept text responses. The presenter must have a PollEv.com voting page to use these poll types.
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.
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.
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.
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: Text response testing:
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.
To stop accepting responses you can deactivate or lock your poll. If you lock a poll while it is still activated, participants can 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.
If the poll is in fullscreen mode, you can access Lock and Activate/Deactivate icons by hovering over the upper right side of the poll. Remember a poll in full screen is automatically activated.
If your poll is locked, you can easily unlock it. Just go to your My Polls page, select the poll you want to unlock, and click the Unlock button at the top of the window.
If the poll is in fullscreen mode, you can find the button to lock or unlock by hovering over the upper right side of your poll until the menu becomes visible. Then click the Lock icon.
|Poll is activated||Poll is deactivated|
|Poll is unlocked||Audience can respond + Poll appears on PollEv presenter page||Audience can respond + Poll does not appear on PollEv presenter page|
|Poll is locked||Audience cannot respond + Poll appears on PollEv presenter page||Audience cannot respond + Poll does not appear on PollEv presenter page|
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. Results are stored as runs that can be accessed with the reporting features on a paid plan. 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.
- 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.
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.
Note: The computer from which the poll is displayed must be connected to the internet.
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 separate instructions view and results view. This allows you to show the instructions, and then wait to reveal the results when you’re ready. You can toggle instructions view and results view using the eye icon on your poll. You can always access these tools by hovering over the upper right side while in fullscreen mode.
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.
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.
Step 2. Select the fullscreen icon at the bottom that indicates to enter fullscreen mode.
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.
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.
Note: The computer from which the poll is displayed must be connected to the internet.
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.
The Poll Everywhere add-in is compatible with Windows XP and PowerPoint 2007 with Service Pack 3 and newer.
Step 1. Download the PollEv Presenter App
Step 2. Install the app.
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.
Step 5. Using the ribbon, create a new poll for your presentation.
Step 6. Using the ribbon, insert any polls you have created into your presentation.
Step 7. 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, or by simply dragging and dropping the slide.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble.
PollEv Presenter is currently compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 or higher for Mac, Keynote 5.3, and Keynote 6.5 or higher. We do not support Keynote 6.2. We recommend Apple OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer.
Step 1. Download PollEv Presenter App for Mac
Step 2. Install PollEv Presenter Add-in for Mac by dragging the file to your Applications folder.
Step 3. Open PollEv Presenter Add-in from your applications folder. It should appear on your Dock when running
Step 4. In the Poll Everywhere Add-in, enter your login information.
Step 5. Insert your polls directly into your open PowerPoint or Keynote. Or create a new poll using the add-in
Step 6. Start Slide Show mode to see your polls load directly in your presentation.
Make sure the PollEv Presenter application is installed and running before presenting. The application can only display the polls when you are in Slide Show mode, and the app is running. This will be shown by the Poll Everywhere icon in your dock along the bottom of your screenand on your taskbar at the top. Click on it to run the app.
Poll slides can be created or inserted into an existing presentation. You can also download a group of poll slides and build a PowerPoint presentation around them. Poll slide thumbnails can be dragged between slides or into other presentations, just like any normal PowerPoint or Keynote slide. Resizing the placeholder image will indicate where a poll should load on screen.
Multiple poll slides will appear identical, because they all use the same placeholder image (Your poll will show here), when they are not actively displayed in Slide Show mode. The poll will not display until you have successfully installed and logged into the PollEv Presenter Add-in, 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.
Please email us at email@example.com if you have any trouble.
Google Slides users can reap the benefits of integrated, live polling with the PollEv Presenter Google Slides Extension.
Step 1. Navigate to PollEv Presenter for Google Slides in the Chrome Web Store and add the extension to Chrome.
Step 2. Open a new Google Slides presentation.
Step 3. Click on the Poll Everywhere tab at the top right.
Step 4. Select login from the Poll Everywhere menu.
Step 5. Log in or sign up for a new account.
Step 6. Select the polls you want to insert and click “Insert polls” or create a new poll by clicking “Create poll”.
Step 7. Present your Google Slides deck to see your polls load directly in your presentation.
Make sure the Chrome Extension is installed on the computer you will use to present. The polls can only display within a Chrome web browser that has the PollEv Presenter Google Slides Extension installed and enabled. This will be shown by the Poll Everywhere icon in the address bar on any Google Slides page.
The extension can only display and activate your polls when
- You are in Presentation mode.
- You are logged in within the PollEv Presenter Google Slides Extension.
Poll slides can be created or inserted into an existing presentation. You can also download a group of poll slides and build a Google Slides presentation around them.
Poll slide thumbnails can be dragged between slides or into other Google Slides presentations, just like any normal slide. Moving the placeholder image will not move the poll. You must move the entire poll slide into place.
Multiple poll slides will appear identical, because they all use the same placeholder image (“Your poll will show here”), when they are not actively displayed in Presentation mode. The poll will not display until you have successfully installed and logged into the PollEv Presenter Google Slides Extension, and the slide is in full screen, or Presentation mode.
Note that you cannot open a pre-made PowerPoint or Keynote file that has poll slides in it within Google Slides, using our extension. You must insert poll slides using the PollEv Google Slides Extension, instead.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble.
The Presentation Remote is available in the mobile app store or in any mobile browser at pollev.com. With this app you can connect and control your Windows Powerpoint presentations from a mobile device. This will allow you to navigate through your presentation, control the tools of the poll visualization, and even allow you to moderate responses to open ended poll questions on certain paid plans.
Step 1. Follow the instructions for Powerpoint for Windows
Step 2. Select the remote option from the mobile app my/polls.
Step 3. Start your presentation in Powerpoint.
Step 4. Press connect.
Remember to login in with the same account on Powerpoint and on the mobile app.
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.
Step 3. You can change the look and feel of your poll by adjusting different settings within the various tabs under Visual Settings: :
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.
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 on your username to access the Settings button.
Step 2. Under the heading Poll Settings, click Set, and select the poll you would like to use as the template.
Step 3. You can click the “Apply to all my polls” button to retoractively set your template, and/or click the “Update profile” button at the bottom left, to save your settings for all the polls your create moving forward.
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 unlock 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.
Each poll has a unique URL that can be shared. You can copy this URL directly from your internet browser’s address box to send the poll chart to your audience. Just be sure that the poll is unlocked.
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.
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.
To automatically Tweet your poll question, click the Twitter icon to the right of the sharable link you wish to Tweet.
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.
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.
Anyone who has the unique URL can view your poll. (They will only be able to respond, however, if your poll is unlocked.) 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.
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
The easiest, most elegant way for your international audience to respond to a Poll Everywhere poll is on your PollEv.com/your-username 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. Click here to read more about Your custom Pollev.com response page.
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, Israel, 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: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom all have local numbers. We also have regional numbers for Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey
- North America: United States, Canada (Served by short codes, not the long numbers shown below) and Mexico
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|
|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|
|Canada & United States||37607|
|United Kingdom (local)||02033225822|
You can test whether our regional numbers will accept texts from your country and carrier on our international SMS voting page.
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. Click here to read more about Twitter Responses.
- Create polls on your My Polls page. Group all the polls you will be presenting into a single group and order them from first to last, according to your presentation flow.
- Always test the polls in your presentation before the event, using the computer that will be projecting your presentation, especially if that computer is not the one you’re currently using to prepare. If you’re presenting from within PowerPoint, make sure the PollEv Presenter is installed and you’re logged into the account.
- Script out instructions for the audience before you go live. The person who will introduce polling to the audience (MC, keynote, or speaker) should be comfortable with Poll Everywhere and know how it works – Try an icebreaker poll to get the audience ready!
The presentation computer should be hard-wired with Ethernet. If a hard-wire connection is not available you can use wifi, but, ideally you should use a different wifi network than the one you are offering to the audience. We recommend a dedicated connection with a minimum of 10 mb per second for the presentation computer.
For respondents on your PollEv.com/you-username resposne page, the data volume per device will be the number of KB it takes to load our mobile response page. Each web client’s initial load is about 780KB. After the initial load, the rest of the presentation loads in 1-2KB for each subsequent poll question.
It’s important to make sure you have enough access points for all of the devices you expect to use the wifi at your event (ask an IT staff member at the venue). Any backlog in the access points can cause some delays when people are connecting. Most conference wifi is correctly sized, but if installing manually, we recommend a ratio of 20:1 access points if using inexpensive gear, and 100:1 if using professional access points.
Explain what’s going on:
You might say something like this: “Now I’m going to ask for your opinion. You’ll use your phone, tablet, or laptop to respond, just like on American Idol. Please pull out your device and participate, but remember to keep devices in silent mode.”
“You’ll participate by sending a text message or visiting the URL from any web browser. You don’t need to download anything.”
Then demo with an icebreaker poll:
“Let’s do a quick poll now to get the hang of it. Everyone take out your device and tell me – Have you ever been to this conference before?”
Voting by text message: “Start a new message, and put this five-digit code (or phone number) in the “to” line. Type in the username, followed by your answer, in the body of the message.”
Voting via the webpage: “Visit pollev.com/(username). Wait for the poll to appear, and respond with a click.”
We’ve created instructional graphics and slides for you. Show these to your audience to put them at ease and teach them how to participate.
You should customize these graphics to match your Poll Everywhere information (found in the poll chart instructions, beneath the question or title). What to customize:
1. Five-digit voting number (or full phone number in some locations outside the US)
2. Name of your PollEv.com response page, a.k.a. your username
3. Voting codes or keywords that you have customized for your poll
If you are using Presenter Session (i.e., the ability to vote with A, B, or C rather than a keyword) more information is available in the presenter session section of the user guide.
If your plan allows Reserved Keywords (i.e., the ability to vote with keywords you choose rather than random numbers) more information is available in the keywords section of the user guide.
You can choose between using Presenter Session (default) or Keywords. Learn more
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.
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 gradebook report on the results to import into your grading system or to sort this report to find the winner.)
- Anonymous responses: Allow participants to respond to polls without their identities being revealed, even if they are registered with your account.
- Change Answer: Allows participants to undo and re-submit their response. This setting is enabled by default.
- Custom reply messages: Send a custom message to participants after they respond to your poll with a link or a thank you.
You can set how many times your participants can respond to each poll.
The “Each person may respond” setting is found in the Response Settings menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by opening a poll and selecting the Response Settings on the right side of the poll.
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.
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 on a paid plan.
You can mark the correct answer with the gray checkmark right on the poll creation menu. Or, select “Grade incoming responses” from 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.
On Multiple Choice polls, you can mark correct responses. If you have registered participants, you can track individual scores using a gradebook report.
Once you have marked which option(s) is correct, you will be able to reveal the correct response(s) 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(s) will be highlighted in green.
With Clickable Image Polls, the click regions you set can be considered correct responses. Participants will receive credit for clicking within the set region.
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.
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 all report types, except the Executive Summary.
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.
In the menu, select Make responses anonymous.
This setting allows your participants to clear their response and submit another when the poll is active and unlocked.
Participants will be able to clear their responses from the PollEv.com/you-username response page by clicking the Clear button, and users who are participating by text will be able to clear their responses by sending “clear” or “undo.” This action will clear all results that the participant has submitted to that poll question.
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.
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.
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 lock/unlock time: You can schedule a poll to automatically lock or unlock.
You can set a timer on your poll to limit the amount of time your participants have to respond. The timer will begin to countdown when you activate your poll, turning red as the poll nears its close. Once the timer hits zero, your poll will automatically lock, and no more responses will be accepted for that poll.
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.
The Schedule Lock/Unlock menu is found in the Configure menu of each poll. This menu can be accessed by opening a poll and selecting Schedule Lock/Unlock Times on the right hand side of the poll.
You can schedule a poll to automatically lock or unlock 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.
With segmentation, you can combine responses from multiple questions to show something interesting or fun. This feature is used to show how responses are correlated across multiple questions or to see how different groups/segments respond throughout your presentation (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 multiple choice polls.
Step 1. To access the Visual Settings menu, select the poll from the My Polls page by clicking on the poll’s title.
Step 2. Select the Visual Settings paintbrush icon from the top of the list.
Step 3. Locate the Segmentation tab toward the bottom of the list and click Enable.
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).
Step 5. You can customize the segmented chart by editing the settings in the Segment Responses and Legend menus that appear.
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.
Once enabled, you can click Hide to reject a reponse and hide it from the chart. You can select Show and the response will display on the Live Text Wall or Word Cloud. Nothing will display on the chart unless you choose to Show it.
If you are presenting from a single screen (e.g., on a single laptop with no switcher) you or a teammate can log in from a second computer to moderate responses, or you can approve responses on your smartphone or web-enabled device using the Mobile Presenter app for iOS and Android. The approved responses show up on the poll you are presenting.
This feature is only available with certain paid plans.
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.
This feature is only available with certain paid plans.
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
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.
Step 2. Click the Add button and select the Import option.
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 if you wish.
Step 6. Click the Continue button.
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.
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.
Step 2. Click the Add button and select the Connect to LMS option.
Step 3. Follow the instructions to connect to your LMS and import your student roster.
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.
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.
Step 2. Click the Add button and copy the link that appears in the box.
Step 3. Distribute the link to participants (e.g., by pasting it into an email.)
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.
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.
Step 2. Click the … to expand the participants list.
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.
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.
Under Who can respond, select Registered participants only.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
There are a variety of different report formats that can be created and saved in your Poll Everywhere account. Alternatively, you can download reports as a CSV file for further editing, calculations, or archiving in spreadsheet software like Excel.
You can generate reports from your My Polls page in two ways:
From your My Polls page: First check the boxes to the left of the polls you’d like to include in the report, and then click on the Report button in the light blue options panel at the top of the page. This allows you to select a group of polls or 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 Create a New Report button. A new window will appear for you to choose your desired report type. Don’t worry, you can change the report type later if you’d like.
Then check the boxes to the left of the polls you’d like to include in your report. You can also select polls as a group by checking the box to the left of the poll title. Then click Finish.
The Executive summary is the big picture overview. It displays summarized poll results in a separate table for each poll included in the report, which displays an overview of total responses, participants, and engagement. It is helpful for assessing response trends and ROI. A screenshot of each poll and a map report (optional) is included in this report.
The Participant response history displays when and how each individual response was submitted. It 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).
The Map report is automatically included in the participant response history and can be removed or included on any report by checking the box in the right sidebar at any time under “Report options.” This report currently only displays data from US participants who voted via text messaging. The map will display a heat map of participant locations by state (based on area code), displaying the states with more responses as a richer shade of color than other states. .
The Survey results report displays participant responses taken in sequence. One section per participant, one line per question. If a group of questions was used as a survey, use this report to view each participant’s responses in order.
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.
The Response pivot table displays dynamic tabular data with one row per response, perfect for exporting to Excel pivot tables. Useful for grouping, crosstabs, or computing sums and averages.
The Gradebook is a compact table with participants listed down the left and questions across the columns. It shows scores, participation, and attendance. Sort by rank to use as a leaderboard.
This report may also be exported directly to your LMS allowing you to quickly sync your gradebooks.
Segmentation reports displays a flexible crosstab table and chart. It should be used for team competitions to graph team scores. Also used to group answers by a category, such as “opinion by gender” or “sales targets by region”.
To calculate scores, this report requires your polls to have Grading enabled, with the correct answers indicated and for all of the selected polls to be within the same Group.
Step 1. To generate a Segmentation Report, click the Reports tab at the top of your My Polls page and select Segmentation Report after choosing to “Create a new report”
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. In section 2, begin to type the title of the poll you would like to segment by ( this is the qualifying poll question.
Step 4. Click Generate Report.
- 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.
Reports are saved automatically, and can be renamed at any time. On the right hand side, there are multiple options for customizing your report:
Polls: See a list of polls included in this report. Add or remove polls with the Change polls button at the bottom of this of polls.
Participants: A quick glance in this tab shows the total number of unique participants recorded. You may fill in the total audience size in the text box here get accurate engagement stats at the top of the report.
Select run: Select a particular run, or all runs for the report. A run is the collection of data from a single polling session, which resets every time you clear the poll, which archives the results to be retrieved here. You may have previously cleared a group of polls at once, called a shared run, from your My Polls page and then saved the shared run under a particular title. This is where you can access that previous run from the drop down menu as long as the selected polls exactly match what was included in the shared run.
Report options: Here you can choose to show or hide specific info from the report. Engagement, participant map, response totals, and average responses can also be removed by clicking the small red x in the report itself.
Export: You can download the report as a CSV for editing and archiving in a spreadsheet tool (e.g., Excel.)
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, click your username, and click the Settings link at the top of the page.
Step 2. Select Change Plan from the menu on the left of the page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 2. Select Order History from the menu on the left side and choose the orders for which you would like a receipt.
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. If you are on a paid plan then all of your polls will have privacy enabled by default.
Step 1. To mark polls as private, go to your My Polls page and click the Settings link at the top of the page.
Step 2. Under Account Settings, check the box next to Keep all of my polls private.
Step 3. Click the Update Profile button at the bottom, to save your changes.
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.
Step 2. Select Manage users from the menu on the left side.
Step 3. Click Add more users.
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.
Step 5. Check the box stating you understand that you are sharing your premium features with sub users and click Send invitations.
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.
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.
The Mobile Presenter App for 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. Or, download the app on your Android or Apple device
Polls can be created and managed on a mobile device just like they can on a standard web browser.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can bulk edit your polls in many ways from the My Polls page.
Step 1. From your My Polls page, select the polls you would like to modify and click on the the Edit button at the top.
Step 2. Select the action that you would like to perform with the Edit menu.
Step 3.* Click Apply to update the selected polls.
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 Move button at the top.
Step 2. Select Move Poll and indicate either the group or the sub-user you would like to move polls to.
Step 3. Click Apply to update and move the selected polls.
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 ?.
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
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.
Step 4. Review the polls generated and click the Create button to create all of the polls indicated.
Poll Everywhere makes it easy to import Google Moderator topics into your account as Q&A polls.
Step 1. Go to Google Takeout (Google’s data export tool), make sure “Moderator” is selected, then click “Next”:
Step 2. Verify “Zip” is selected for the file type from the drop-down (it should be by default) and click “Create archive”.
Step 3. Google will prompt you for your password, then you’ll be taken to a status screen that displays a download button when the export finishes:
Click the “Download” button and save the zip file to your computer.
Step 4. After you downloaded the zip file, open the Poll Everywhere Google Moderator importer, click “Browse”, and select the zip or CSV file that you’d like to import:
Click “Upload & Import Google Moderator topics” and that’s it! In just a few moments your Google Moderator topics will appear as QA-Brainstorm polls on your My Polls page.
Data: When importing data from Google Moderator to Poll Everywhere, most of your data will transfer over, but not all. Series and responses will arrive safely, but Google Moderator does not export sub-topic responses.
Account: We will NOT count any data you import from Google Moderator against your account limits. For example, you import a question with 50 responses. You select our Free Business account, which allows 25 responses per question. Your question can receive 25 additional responses before it reaches your response limit. So you will hit your limit only when you have 75 responses. Note: Upvotes and downvotes are unlimited.
On-going audience feedback: Poll Everywhere is primarily built for use in live events, so our users typically gather feedback for one question at a time. If you would like to collect feedback for multiple questions at the same time – let’s say three for our example. Create a separate Poll Everywhere account for each question you want to keep open and active at the same time. In our example, you would create three accounts. Each account will have its own unique response page to which you can direct your audience.