Socio's Polling makes your Socio live stream an even richer experience for your attendees! There's no need to pay for an outside tool, and everything you need to keep your attendees engaged with your sessions is manageable from Socio.

Animated GIF of a user answering a Poll in a Live Stream.

Socio's Polling functionality becomes available after you publish your event, once you have access to the Manage tools.

You can enable Polling individually for certain Agenda sessions or the Live Stream feature, import several at a time, or have a dedicated Polling feature.

Add a Polling feature

If you want a general Poll for your event, you can add it as a feature that attendees can click on from the event's main navigation. If you simply want to add Polling to sessions, skip to the next section.

On the Edit Event page, click Add Features. In the modal that pops up, click Add under the Polling feature, then close the modal. To rename the feature, give it a custom icon, or restrict it to certain Groups, click the Settings (⚙️) icon. Remember to click Save Changes when you're done.

Animated GIF of the process described above.

Now you've added the feature, but there's nothing in it just yet. Keep reading to learn how to add a Poll to your new Polling feature.

Add a Poll to a feature

From the Edit Event page, click the Event Name in the breadcrumbs for the page, then click Q&A and Polling. On the next page, click the Polling tab, then click New Poll.

Animated GIF showing a user completing the process described above.

In the modal that appears, use the Link to field to search for the Polling feature, Agenda session or Live Stream feature you want to link this Poll to.

⭐️ Keep in mind, before you attempt this process, you must have already added the Polling feature, Live Stream feature, or Agenda session you're creating this Poll for.

Screenshot of the New Poll modal with some sample information filled in.

Next, fill in the following fields:

Poll Status

Set the Poll Status to Active, Inactive, or Scheduled. Inactive Polls will be invisible to attendees. If you select Scheduled, you can set the date and time at which the Poll will become active.

If you want the Poll to stay hidden until a specific point in a live stream that may not be predictable, you can select Inactive for now and then come back at the right time to enable it.

Question

Enter the question text that users will respond to. Underneath, enter the text for the options attendees can select in answer to the poll. If you want to add more than two options, click Add New Option as needed.

Share Poll Results After Voting

If enabled, attendees will see the existing poll results immediately after they submit their votes. If disabled, they'll see only the answer they submitted.

Click Save Changes when you're done.

Manage Polls

After you've made some Polls, they'll appear in a list on the Q&A and Polling page under the Polling sub-tab. You can click the Settings (⚙️) icon next to each Poll to View Results, Edit, Export (results), Disable, or Delete a Poll.

Screenshot of the Polling tab. The settings cog next to one of the Polls is expanded.

You can also multi-select Polls and click the three dots next to the search field to Export (results), Deactivate, or Delete them.

Screenshot of the Polling tab. Several Polls are selected and the three dot icon is expanded.

Polling in Practice

If you added a Polling feature, attendees can click on it to see questions and submit their answers.

Screenshot of a Polling feature in an event.

When attendees are viewing your Agenda session or Live Stream, they'll see the Polling tab on the right side panel with Chat and Q&A (if they're enabled).

Screenshot of an Agenda session with the Polling tab visible.

Before a Poll has been made available, the Polling tab will show "No Polls yet".

If you un-checked the Share poll results... option, attendees will see the answer they selected after they submit an answer. If you checked the Share poll results... option, they'll see the percentage of all votes that each Poll answer received after they submit an answer.

Metrics

When you export Polls from the Polling tab as mentioned above, an Excel file labeled 'Polling' will download. The file contains Instructions, Polling, and Reference Sheet tabs related to the Poll import template. These three sheets don't contain any information about results.

The rest of the file contains a sheet for each feature in your event that had a Poll assigned to it. If a feature had several different Polls associated, all of those polls will be included in that sheet. The feature sheets show the following rows with the relevant data in columns:

  • Question

  • Options

  • Vote Percentage

  • Vote Numbers

  • Voters - includes name, title, company, and email

Screenshot of a Polling sheet open in Excel with the items listed above visible.

In addition to the in-depth export, the Metrics page has some basic counts data for Polling.

You're well on your way to becoming a Polling master! 📊 While you're here, why not take a look at using Polling's sister feature - Q&A.

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