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7 Ways to Create Better Online Polls with Swift Polling

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By now, you’re familiar with all of the benefits of online polls. You know how quickly they can help you gain critical insights into what makes your customers tick and what they want to see next. You also know what an effective audience engagement tool they can be, and how they can help you get the important employee feedback you need to keep your business moving in the right direction.

But what about optimizing all of these benefits and truly getting the most out of your online polls?

That’s what we’re going to talk about today!

How to Create Better Online Polls with Swift Polling

In this post, we’ll share our seven favorite tips for creating unforgettable, engaging, and effective online polls that get you the results you need—and fast!

Keep Them Short

Your audience, employees, team members—whoever they may be—are busy. With more things demanding our attention at once than ever before, you’ll find response rates aren’t as high as you’d like on long polls. To ensure your online palls make the maximum impact, focus on keeping the questions short and sweet.

Give a Heads Up

Planning to send out an online poll from Swift Polling soon? Let your respondents know in advance. This will help them prepare to participate in the survey. At the same time, if they notice a survey invitation in their inbox, they’re less likely to disregard it if they had advanced warning.

Embed Your  Poll into a PowerPoint Presentation

 

Convenience is a major factor in boosting response rates for your online polls. If you’re conducting a PowerPoint presentation, why not embed your poll directly into the slides so your participants have an easy and fast way to take part? With Swift Polling, you can quickly and easily embed your surveys into PowerPoint with our PowerPoint polling integration tool. Learn all about it here.

Let Participants Know What to Expect

At the start of your survey, it’s helpful to include one or two sentences outlining what the survey will cover and how long it will take to complete. You could list how many questions it includes, the purpose/desired outcome of the survey, and approximately how long it will take to complete. If respondents know from the get-go that it will only take three minutes to complete, they’re much more likely to complete the survey rather than ducking out half-way through.

Share Results in Real Time

It’s one thing for your participants to vote in an online poll and never find out how others voted or what the results looked like. But when it comes to sharing real time poll results with your audience? This is an absolute game changer when it comes to participation rates and engagement! With Swift Polling, you can choose to share real time results with your audience. That way, they can watch the results come in live and see how others are voting.

This is also a super effective way to boost conversation rates among participants. After all, what could be more fun than sparking a lively debate about poll results that are evenly split?

Customize Your Online Polls with Your Logo, Colors, and Branding

Your business has worked hard to create a recognizable brand name, logo, and overall look. If all of your marketing efforts aren’t kept in line with these branding components, it’s a lot harder to make an impact. The good news is, Swift Polling makes it easy to brand your online polls however you’d like. This creates a more cohesive look for your surveys and also ensures your content looks professional.

Implement Fun, Creative Questions

Maybe your survey content is based around how the next year’s budget will be spent. While this may not be the most exciting content, there are ways to liven up your online polls and help keep participants engaged!

For example, why not toss a fun, ice-breaking question into your ball to keep things interesting? Whether you start the poll off with an icebreaker and let the audience watch results come in live or you switch things up by placing it in the middle, this is a surefire way to keep your participants focused on your poll.

Planning to try this strategy for your next poll?

Here are a few examples of icebreaking online poll questions you could use:

  • What is your favorite emoji? (and include four options for them to vote on)
  • Vote for your favorite cuisine: Italian, Japanese, American, French
  • Which season do you prefer? Vote for: Summer, Spring, Winter, or Fall

(Take a look at this post next to discover additional icebreakers to use for your next event)

Additionally, you could switch things up entirely and create a general trivia question (or questions) to include in your poll and keep participants on their toes.

Start Creating Online Polls with Swift Polling Today

Now you’ve got a bunch of extra tricks up your sleeve for creating unforgettable online polls. That means it’s time to put these tips to work for you. Click here to sign up for Swift Polling for free and create your first poll today.

 

Now you’ve got a bunch of extra tricks up your sleeve for creating unforgettable online polls. That means it’s time to put these tips to work for you. Click here to sign up for Swift Polling for free and create your first poll today.

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