Doodle was founded in Switzerland in 2007, and since then it has been the best website around for scheduling meetings. Over 30 million people every month using Doodle to find the best time to meet as of November 2018. The sheer popularity of the site proves that it offers a great service that’s easy to use.
What isn’t so well known is that Doodle also offers you the option to create an online web survey. This allows you to find out answers and preferences to a whole range of questions, over and beyond when people have available time. When it comes to event planning, you can create a Doodle web survey to find out where people want to hold the event or what they want to do. Of course, the web-based survey doesn’t have to be about scheduling an event, it could be about something completely different. In fact, you could use Doodle to poll opinions about anything you like!
Creating Doodle web surveys – a quick guide
So how does Doodle’s web survey software work? The most popular application of Doodle polls is to find the best time to meet. That’s why we offer calendar connections to your Google, Outlook, or other calendar feeds. Doodle is the best way to schedule and keep track of all your meetings, regardless of how many people attend. Let’s look at an example to see how easy it is to set up your first Doodle poll.
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’d like to gather opinions or send out a web survey, in the more classical sense, simply choose ‘text’ on step 2. There you can add your text options!
For this example, we’ll be adding time slots to our poll because we’d like to find the best time for our board meeting. We’ll add a few options to ensure a higher likelihood of finding the best time for everyone to meet. 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.
In step three, you can add all kinds of additional features to help you streamline your scheduling. You can limit the number of votes per participant, make the poll hidden to hide the information of your attendees or add a third ‘if-need-be’ option for more flexibility. If you upgrade to a Premium account you can add deadlines to get your votes in even faster, and require contact details so you can get back in touch with your participants after your meeting.
During step 4 you can send out your meeting invitations. You can add the email addresses of your contacts, or you can copy the link and share it as you like.