Live polls and Q&A empower your sponsors and speakers to engage with audiences in a wide variety of ways, allowing attendees to feel engaged and heard without sacrificing anonymity. Whether your event is in-person, hybrid, or virtual, presenters can see replies instantly and then use the information to tailor their presentation and facilitate important speaker-attendee interactions.

Webex Events includes flexible and engaging live polling and live Q&A sessions and Live Streams with your event or community. If you're looking for different functionality, we get it! As an alternative, you can seamlessly include third-party polling/Q&A in your event. Keep reading to learn how. 📖

⭐️ Keep in mind, we partner with and highly recommend Slido! For more information on Slido, check out Slido & Webex Events.


Live polling and live Q&A software

You can incorporate any polling or Q&A provider into a Webex Events App as long as they provide an embed link. There are many providers to choose from, including free and paid offerings. Some additional providers include:

⭐️ 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 depends on the type of event and your needs. Keep reading to learn a bit 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, you can turn on the Custom Tab option and then paste in a link. This embeds the poll/Q&A into the Event App so Web App attendees can interact with Slido without leaving the live stream! Mobile App attendees who tap the custom tab will see 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 just useful for sessions with live streams. It's a great option for any Agenda session, whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid. To learn more, check out Embed Web Content with Custom Tabs.

The Web Link feature is perfect when you want to highlight a single overall poll/Q&A that isn't tied to a specific session. Check out our Web Link feature guide for more information.

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 multiple sessions happening at the same time. Each session/room can have a separate link, and attendees simply select the correct one for the session they're attending. Check out 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 or community. Link the poll or Q&A page to sponsor or speaker profiles and more! Check out our External Links article for more information.

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 are 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.

  • Test your solution, especially if you won't be running it — 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 traditional Q&A (raised hands, walking around the room). 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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