You can easily create a Doodle poll in minutes and send it off to your participants to let them choose the best time to meet. You can create Doodle polls for more than just meetings and scheduling; you can use them for surveys, questionnaires, or to book appointments. You can get started now and try it out for yourself or read on for more awesome information.
We’ll walk you through the basics of creating Doodle polls in this article:
- How to create a Doodle poll?
- Are Doodle polls free?
- Can Doodle polls be anonymous?
- How long does a Doodle poll last?
1. 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, 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 added a little note, which would be to look over the agenda beforehand.
2. If you’d like to create a survey or send out a questionnaire you can choose ‘text’ during step two and add any questions you like. For the board meeting in February, let’s make sure to add several time options so that our participants can make sure they can find the best time.
If you’ve connected your calendar with Doodle, you can see your appointments as you’re creating the Doodle. This way you’ll never double-book or overbook yourself. Pretty cool!
3. During step 3, you can find all the important settings for creating a Doodle poll. Choose yes, no, if-need-be, limited options, or make the Doodle poll hidden for example. Here you can also see several Premium Doodle options such as poll deadlines and additional information requests.
4. Add your name for step 4, your email, and then send the Doodle you’ve created out to your guests. Simply add their email addresses to the box to send out the invites. They can vote on the dates they like and in minutes you’ve found the best time to for your meeting. Choose the final date and close the poll to let everyone know. Doodle is the best way to schedule meetings!
Creating Doodle polls is indeed free. If you often create polls or surveys with Doodle, we certainly recommend creating 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.
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 graphics 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 poll online in just a few minutes.
Yes, they can! Hidden polls are a very useful feature you enable in step 3 when creating a Doodle poll. Simply check the box next to ‘hidden poll,’ and only you the creator will be able to view the results of the poll. Your participants will only be able to see their own selections in the poll and no one else’s. This is a great option to use if wish your participants to remain anonymous to each other (scheduling interviews, etc).
Doodle polls will stay in your dashboard for 3 months after the date of last activity. If you’re a Doodle Premium user, your polls will stick around indefinitely. So go Premium, or open your polls every once in a while if you want to keep them around.