Incorporating polls into your event sessions helps engage your attendees and can give you insights into what they think or feel about a topic. Polls can be pushed out to attendees as soon as they are created or scheduled to appear to attendees at a specific date/time.
This article explains how to create a poll using the chat sidebar within a session. Check out this article for an explanation of how to create polls from the Events Builder.
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Who Can Create a Poll?
Polls can be created by users with the following roles:
- Event Owners
- Speakers assigned to the session the poll appears in
- Booth reps assigned to the booth the poll appears in
For an explanation of user roles and permissions and how to assign them, check out this article.
How Do I Create a Poll?
To create a poll, you need to first enable polls in General Settings. Log in to the Events Builder and click on your event. Click General Settings > Pages and turn on the Enable Polls toggle in the General section.
|Note: Enabling this setting will set the Polls tab in the Chat sidebar to appear in all sessions.|
Once this setting has been enabled, log in to your event and navigate to the session you want the poll to appear in. Click the message icon in the top right corner of the screen to reveal the chat sidebar, click the Polls tab, then Create Poll.
Enter your question in the Question field, and use the plus and trash can icons to add and remove answer options. You can add up to seven answer options.
|Tip: The poll results can be hidden from attendees but simply check the box next to "Hide Poll Attendee Results" and additionally Polls contain a single question. If you would like to ask multiple questions, simply create more polls!|
After entering your poll question and options, you can set when you would like the poll to be published and appear to session attendees: now or at a future date/time.
|Tip: Pay special attention to the Time Zone you set when scheduling polls. The poll will be published according to the time zone you set in this dropdown and will ignore the time zone of the event (as set in General Settings), the time zone of a user’s device, or the time zone a user selects to display when they log in to the event.|
Once you click Submit, you will see what the poll will look like for your session attendees. If you set the poll to publish Now, you can always hide it by clicking the ellipses in the top right corner.
Scheduled polls will be labeled with Only visible to Event Owners and Moderators. Once the poll goes live (at its scheduled date/time), the label will change to Shown to everyone.
|Tip: Polls can’t be edited after they’ve been created, even scheduled polls. If you need to edit a poll, click the ellipses icon to delete the original and create a new one.|
How Do I View Poll Results?
When attendees respond to a poll, the page will reload to display their response. Anyone, attendees, included, can view the poll results. Moderators can click View Results, whereas attendees simply need to navigate to the Polls tab in the chat sidebar to see how all respondents have answered the poll. These results are updated in real time as attendees respond to the poll.