Create a word cloud with your audience
Create a free word cloud with Swift Polling to visualize popular phrases and big ideas from your audience
What is a Word Cloud?
Whether you call them word clouds, tag clouds, a word collage, or a wordle, the idea behind this tool is to collect data and insights from an audience and have them visually represented in a cloud of words. The more frequent an answer or response, the bigger and bolder it will appear. Not only is it visually appealing, but your audience will get a thrill seeing their input represented this way over traditional graphs and charts.
How Do Swift Word Clouds Work?
Word clouds work by representing more popular ideas in bigger or bolder spaces and fonts. For example, you could poll your audience on their favorite color and give them blue, red, and orange to choose from. If the majority of the audience votes for blue, the word “blue” will be the biggest and boldest in the word cloud. Then, if red is the second most popular choice, it will be represented by the second biggest size. Finally, orange will have the smallest representation in the word cloud. You can also let your participants choose from a longer word list, or ask them a question they can submit an open-ended answer to.
When to use Word Clouds
Holding a brainstorming session? Or maybe you want to break the ice in a new group? To discover popular opinions or illuminate complex topics that need further discussion? No matter, a word cloud helps presenters inspire, engage, and interact with their audience! Word clouds can be used during in-person and remote meetings and events–and with software like Swift Polling, it only takes a few clicks to set up polling tools and start collecting feedback, input, and other data.
Teachers can quiz their students or get their opinion on a particular subject with word cloud images. Rather than displaying results in a graph or chart, let your students see their responses in a vibrant, colorful tag cloud format that sparks conversation. This is a fun alternative to traditional quizzes or Q&A sessions that everyone will enjoy.
Rather than relying on each group member to speak up and share their vote or opinion, why not have them enter their answer online with a PC, Mac, or smartphone, or via SMS message and create word clouds? This streamlines the voting process and also boosts transparency by showing the data in real-time.
The key to an engaging and effective presentation is making it interactive. One of the best ways to do that is calling on your audience to share thoughts or vote on a particular subject and share the results with them in a word cloud.
Any chance you get to add an exciting visual element to your marketing materials, you’ll notice how much more your audience interacts and engages with it. Rather than using an image with basic text on it, create a word cloud to use for your marketing campaign and you’ll be amazed at the response!
How to Make a Word Cloud
First, you’ll enter your Swift Polling user dashboard and select “Create a Poll.” Then, you will choose the Word Cloud option to visualize the keywords your presentation audience submits in this classic, colorful format. You can ask an open-ended question or have your audience pick from a set of words you choose. When you create a word cloud with Swift, you have the ability to share the word cloud with participants or keep it to yourself. You can even filter out certain words, moderate answers, and use a profanity filter to watch for offensive words.