Live polls and Q&A give attendees a space to engage with sponsors and speakers without sacrificing anonymity. Whether your event is in-person, hybrid, or virtual, presenters can access questions and responses instantly and then use the information to tailor presentations and facilitate lively, quality discussion.

Webex Events includes Polling and Q&A features for your Event App or Community. If these features don't suit your needs, we get it! As an alternative, there are a variety of third-party solutions that can work seamlessly with Webex Events. Keep reading to learn how. 📖

💡 Keep in mind, we partner with and highly recommend Slido. For more information on Slido, read Slido & Webex Events.


Live polling and live Q&A software

As long as a provider offers an embed link, any polling or Q&A can work with Webex Events. Here are the top options:

⭐️ Keep in mind, some of these options offer free tiers, though most events will require a paid version.

How to

The method you use to include third-party Q&A and polling in your Event App or Community depends on your needs. Keep reading to learn about your options and use the links in each section for instructions on setting up each related feature.

Custom tab

If you want to show polls or Q&A during live streams, it's easy! When you create an Agenda session or Live Stream feature, activate the 'Custom Tab' option and then paste in a link. This embeds the poll/Q&A into the Event App's web version so attendees can interact with without leaving the live stream. Attendees using the Mobile App tap the custom tab to access the poll/Q&A in their device's default browser.

Screenshot of a Slido poll embedded as a Custom Tab in an Agenda session.

Custom tab isn't only useful for streaming sessions — it's a great option for any session, whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid. To learn more, read how to embed web content with Custom Tabs.

The Web Link feature is perfect and simple when you want to highlight a single overall poll/Q&A that isn't tied to a specific session. Read how to set this up in our Web Link feature guide.

Screenshots showing a Live Polls and Q and A feature and a question inside the feature on the Mobile App.

Web List

The Web List feature can be a great solution when you have one live stream for the whole event. Each session can still have a separate link, and attendees simply select the correct one for the session they're attending. Read our Web List feature guide for more information.

Screenshot of a Web List feature renamed as Polls and Q and A. There are three options for several different sessions.

External Links let you link to polls from a wide variety of places in your Event App or Community. Link the poll or Q&A page to sponsor or speaker profiles, sessions, and more. Refer to our External Links article for complete details on all the features that use external links.

Screenshot of the Links section of an Agenda session on the Mobile App.

Pro tips! 😎

  • Consider polling the audience on their experience level with the discussion topic. Tailor the session accordingly to foster higher engagement in the session.

  • Place a poll at a time when you're getting ready to set up a point that you really want your audience to recall long term.

  • Consider how polling can help your audience think about a topic differently.

  • Consider how to best incorporate results into the discussion. If you're using the Webex Events Production Studio, show attendees the results in the stream.

  • Test your solution — Slido has some great resources for this. This is also a great time to familiarize your speakers with the functionality of the tool you are using.

  • Live Q&A via the Mobile App is a great way to supplement in-person Q&A so folks in the audience can ask anonymous questions if they're not comfortable being in the spotlight. Feel free to seed some questions ahead of time to get the party started. 🎉

Want more ideas on how to use live polls and Q&A to facilitate your event goals? Reach out to your Webex Events contact!

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