Since its conception in 2007, Doodle has become known as the optimum site for scheduling times to meet up with clients, colleagues, and teams. However, what is less well known is that the Doodle can also be utilized to make free online surveys and gauge preferences or gather feedback from the participants on points other than time and date. For instance, if you are planning a business conference (no easy task!), you create an online survey with Doodle asking your colleagues their preferences regarding the topic or location. Doodle is quick, efficient, and hassle-free. Everyone taking part in the survey online can see clearly which option has the most votes (unless you use the hidden feature) and then you can easily make a decision that appeals to the most people. Try it out and see how easy it is!
Create a free survey with Doodle – fast and easy to set up
One of the many advantages of Doodle is the simple interface that allows your participants to independently mark the dates and times they are available f0r the meeting. Or to choose their preferences in any kind of survey! First, start your Doodle poll by choosing ‘create a Doodle’ at the top of the page. On the first step include the name of the meeting you’d like to have, the location of the meeting, and any notes you like. For this example, we’ll use ‘Board meeting.’ The location is ‘our offices’ and we’ll also add a little note.
If you decide to create a survey to find out preferences on any given topic, rather than finding the best time for a meeting, you’d add the title of your survey here instead.
On step 2 you can click to add the time options. For the board meeting in February, let’s add a few options to ensure a higher likelihood of finding the best time to meet. If you’re scheduling meetings for a longer period of time, you could simply include all the options for those meetings or shifts. You can choose the month view to see all the days of the month and then add the times on the right. If you choose week view you can add the time slots directly to the calendar.
If you’re creating a survey as discussed above you can click ‘text’ and add any text options you like. It’s as simple as that!
During step 3, you can add all kinds of great bonus features. If you’d like to limit the number of options one can choose in a poll you select ‘limited poll.’ If you’d like to keep everyone’s choices and names anonymous you can choose ‘hidden poll.’ There are also numerous options for Premium Doodle users such as poll deadlines and additional information requests.
Add your name and email address to the last step (so we can send you your private administration link) and then you can send the meeting schedule out to your participants. All they have to do is open your link, choose the time or times that suit their schedules. In minutes you’ve found the best time for everyone. Get started today!
Are Doodle surveys free?
Creating Doodle surveys is indeed free. If you often create polls or surveys with Doodle, we certainly recommend creating an account. It’s totally free to have an account. Once you create your account you can sync your calendar and address books to better manage your scheduling and invitations. When creating and participating in polls you can view your calendar at the same time so that you don’t overbook yourself. We also keep track of all your Doodle’s in a convenient dashboard. You’ll also be able to see the appointments in your calendar while creating and participating in Doodle polls.
Not only is it easier to send invitations when you’ve registered a free account with Doodle, but certain bits of information that are required when making each free poll are automatically entered for you such as your name and email address. If you pay the minimal fee for a Premium Doodle account, then you can also add custom branding and a subdomain to your polls. Premium Doodle is ad-free for you and ad-free for your participants. Thanks to Doodle, it’s just that easy to create a free survey in just a few minutes.