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Best Q&A and polling platforms in 2020

Best Q&A and polling platforms
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When running an event, a team meeting or gathering of another kind, capturing the unfiltered thoughts of your audience can help you gain critical insight. The best Q&A and polling platforms do this while adding spark to any event by encouraging interactivity. 

They can also be great for aiding decision-making, enabling a more democratic process that ensures that everybody's voice is heard when deciding on future direction. 

The best Q&A and polling platforms differ in many aspects and approaches - everything from their design and appearance to the platforms and various third-party integrations that they support. 

However, they all share the common goal of encouraging audience participation and taking your live event to the next level. Continue reading to discover what they have to offer.

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Best polling platforms - at a glance

  1. Slido
  2. Pigeonhole Live
  3. Vevox
  4. TurningPoint
  5. Thoughtexchange
  6. OMBEA
  7. Poll Everywhere
  8. Crowdpurr
  9. Glisser
  10. Conferences.io

Slido

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1. Slido

The best polling platform

Dynamic sessions
Inclusive feedback
Live polls with analytics
Integrations

Slido is considered by many to be the best polling platform for a reason. The software, which is used by companies such as Spotify, booking.com, Nike and Coca-Cola, is engineered for hosting dynamic and exciting Q&A sessions. By setting it up to run on a big screen, you can crowdsource the best questions from the audience and include everybody in the room in the conversation. 

Additionally, Slido lets you engage your audience with live polls which make meetings and events more interactive. Everything you do on it is backed up by actionable analytics which helps you discover which topics resonate with your audience. Slido works best when integrated with software suites such as Slack, Google Slides, and Vimeo, and it’s also compatible with most video conference and live streaming tools.

Pigeonhole Live

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2. Pigeonhole Live

Large range of different session Q&As

Various session formats
Live Q&A
Simple set up

Used by everyone from Fortune 500 companies to education institutions, Pigeonhole Live has been fostering interaction between speakers and audiences since 2010. It’s capable of facilitating a range of session formats tailored to meet specific needs. They include live question and answer sessions; multiple-choice polls; open ended polls; surveys; quizzes with leaderboards; and where'd cloud polls. 

The company has designed its service with simplicity in mind, and the platform can be up and running at a live meeting within 10 minutes. It is available as a free trial with more functionality introduced in its premium packages.

Vevox

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3. Vevox

Live polling platform

Live polling
Use any device
Combine polls, surveys, Q&A

Used by thousands of organisations - in addition to universities - including Samsung, HSBC and Toyota, Vevox’s intuitive live polling allows audiences to provide feedback and text their thoughts and opinions from any mobile device while a conference or event is in motion. 

Combining live polling, surveys, and anonymous Q&A sessions, it can be set up to be used in meetings to engage employees and encourage quieter staff to provide their thoughts. Additionally, its PowerPoint add-on is capable of transforming presentations into two-way conversations, providing the ability to create and edit polls before sessions which then display results on a screen or can be stored for later.

TurningPoint

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4. TurningPoint

Feature-rich audience participation platform

Lots of features
Simple interface
Import to Powerpoint

TurningPoint is an audience participation platform that packs a slew of features including live polling and unlimited surveys for insights into customers, employees or students. We like its simple interface that provides the ability for audience members to respond to questions using a smartphone, tablet or PC. 

Better yet, results can be saved and shared using TurningPoint’s web-based system that integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint to schedule surveys and assignments. If you prefer using a desktop app,TurningPoint desktop brings data into the application itself, granting it greater capabilities when combined with other locally installed productivity applications.

Thoughtexchange

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5. Thoughtexchange

The crowdsourcing polling platform

Crowdsource answers
Deep analytics
Virtual events

Designed to bring employees together, Thoughtexchange helps business leaders crowdsource answers to questions in real-time using its cloud-based platform. By doing so, Thoughtexchange, which was rated a 2019 ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner, helps companies gather the data needed to shape internal culture and policy.  

Backed up by deep analytics capabilities, users can then fine-tune their approaches to their employees’ personal development strategies in order to ‘level up’ their learning. In addition to hosting private internal events, users can run virtual events that invite members of the public along to share their insight and help form future strategies.

OMBEA

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6. OMBEA

Interactive presentation platform

Live feedback
Tailored for different audiences
Training & assessment

Built with the sole intention of helping companies impress their audiences, OMBEA facilitates the use of interactive presentations. Used by companies including Siemens, BMW and eBay, its audience response system displays live feedback on people's opinions and knowledge. It can be tailored for use by education institutions, businesses, government and non-profit organisations. 

For educators, its features are tailored to assessing students, tracking attainment, eliciting opinions and engaging parents. Businesses, meanwhile, can tailor the platform to train staff, engage communities, conduct focus groups, measure employee feedback and vote in general assemblies.

Poll Everywhere

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7. Poll Everywhere

Presentations with live updates

Live updates
Web or SMS responses
Various poll activities
Support for formulas

If you have set your sights on delivering polished presentations while gathering powerful feedback from audiences watching them, Poll Everywhere is a great shout. The platform allows you to ask a question and then the watch as its chart updates automatically with their responses. Audience members can respond on the web or using SMS text messaging for when cellular signal is poor. 

What’s more, users can create live trivia content to make meetings, lectures, or conferences more exciting. Poll Everywhere lets you choose from a large variety of poll activities, including multiple choice, live response, live Wordclouds, votable clickable images and more. Questions can be written in almost any language while including LaTeX syntax (for fomulas), and emojis.

Crowdpurr

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8. Crowdpurr

Educational and learning poll platform

Education focus
Live trivia games
Avoid inappropriate responses

Crowdpurr lets you create a live trivia game for your event or business meeting for free. The audience engagement platform works in three steps which begins by setting up the game through its online dashboard. It offers a deep level of customization, allowing you to interactively add questions, answers, images, custom branding, logos and more. 

To avoid inappropriate responses being submitted, you can require audiences to input their personal information – such as name, email, and other fields – and they can also sign in using a single click for convenience. At the end of your event, you can see fully detailed results for all participant responses, votes, and trivia rankings – and it's easy to export results into another application.

Glisser

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9. Glisser

All-in-one audience engagement software suite

Encourage participation
Interactive quizzes
Free trial

An all-in-one audience engagement software suite, Glisser is designed to encourage audience participation at events and other live sessions. It differentiates from competing products in that it can be used to foster interaction with event attendees through their smartphones without requiring a presentation running in the background. 

Available with a 14-day free trial, its other features include the ability to host interactive quizzes; set up Twitter Q&As (which can be moderated); analyse the effectiveness of events through the gathering of feedback; encourage digital note-taking during events, and more.

Conferences.io

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10. Conferences.io

Platform for attendee engagement, participation and learning

Improve engagement
Host hundreds of sessions
Education and/or business

A powerful audience engagement platform, Conferences.io looks to improve attendee engagement, participation and learning by empowering audiences to interact in real-time during presentations. It has three main strands; the first, for conferences, aims to improve attendee engagement, learning and satisfaction. This module has been designed to be simple enough for single-track events yet powerful enough to host hundreds of sessions. 

The second, for education, aims to make educational content more engaging and interactive, helping organisations comply with specific continuing education requirements at the same time. Finally, its solution for hybrid events lets you gather feedback from both attendees present in the room and those watching online.