Change your voting layout for faster feedback!
With today's update we make PollUnit a bit more your online voting tool. Many of our users wished to be able to change the layout of votings. Besides the tabular view, where options and participants are visible, there is now also a simplified list view.
In the list view, all options available for voting are displayed one below the other. So the participants can easily navigate through all options and assign their votes.
You will find the setting right in the first step when creating your vote. A small preview shows you how your vote will look like.
The list view is recommended if there are a lot of options to vote for, or the votes of the participants are hidden or only secondary. If the votes of the participants are not hidden, they can be queried via the context menu of the respective option. As admin you can also analyze and export participants and votes in the PollUnit evaluation.
Published at: 2021-01-30 09:44 AMChange your voting layout f...
Secure votings with our new invitation features
With the »Invitation Required« feature, you can ensure that only Invitees can vote and access your PollUnits. Our update today extends this feature as follows:
If a person is invited, they will receive an email with a one-time link. If this one-time link is used, it cannot be used by other participants.
Previously, only people with PollUnit accounts could be invited or invited people had to register before they could participate. Now a registration is no longer necessary and it is now possible to limit the participation also to invited persons without a PollUnit account.
You can decide if an invitation is required only for voting or also for access. If you activate »Allow access with invitation only« only invited persons are allowed to see the PollUnit. If this option is deactivated, all people can see the PollUnit, but only invited people can vote.
In the invite dialog you can invite the participants by email. PollUnit will then automatically send a unique link per email address. It is now possible to write your own invitation text for the invitees.
You can also generate your own one-time links and share them e.g. via email or send them via WhatsApp, Threema, Signal etc. and make sure that everyone can vote only once.
Published at: 2021-01-14 10:25 AMSecure votings with our new...
Adding a security layer for sharing admin rights
When you make your own voting poll, two random links are generated. A public participation link for the voters and an additional link for admins. Depending on the link the visitors get different rights. Without knowing the exact address, the PollUnits cannot be accessed by third parties. So even without a PollUnit account polls can be created and administrated together.
If you create a PollUnit with an account, the admin link is only accessible for you and members of your organization. If you want to share admin rights with other users, you have to activate the admin link for others. This new security setting is only possible with a PollUnit account.
You can find the new setting directly in your PollUnit in the »Admin link« tab. With a click on »Make admin link accessible for others« you activate or deactivate the public admin link.
Also our free accounts benefit from this renewal.
Published at: 2021-01-05 08:48 AMAdding a security layer for...
A new invitation workflow for our poll maker
Right from the start, you were guided through five simple steps when using our poll website to create your votings. From the basic settings, to the content of your poll, the design, advanced settings and last but not least the invitation to your PollUnit. That changes now!
The last step »Invite« is removed. Instead you will be directed to your PollUnit. Here you can see what you have created and may make changes. The functions from the »Invite« step are now directly accessible in your PollUnit. We have also simplified switching between admin- and participant view. The workflow is now: Configure > Check > Invite. We think that feels really good - but we are always happy about feedback!
At this point, we would also like to thank you for all the feedback, which has led us to make this change.
The workflow changes for all our PollUnit types.
Your PollUnit Team
Published at: 2020-12-22 09:14 AMA new invitation workflow f...
Improved security and productivity with Single-Sign-On (SSO)
Single-Sign-On allows your users to authenticate themselves to PollUnit using the existing identity providers of your company. This means that your users only have to register once in the company network and can then use the services of PollUnit without a new user name and password.
The saved login time and reduced administrative effort increases productivity and usability for your employees. Since your employees do not have to create, update or reset any additional passwords, the SSO procedure also increases security and reduces the workload of your IT department.
As an Enterprise customer, you can now register one Single-Sign-On-Provider per PollUnit organization.
Published at: 2020-10-29 02:13 PMImproved security and produ...
Video contests now also available with Vimeo content
Vimeo is a platform where anyone can upload their own videos via a free account. PollUnit now allows you to combine these videos into a video contest and vote on the content. The usual PollUnit evaluation methods are available to you. Besides Vimeo videos, YouTube videos can also be added.
Published at: 2020-10-23 11:35 PMVideo contests now also ava...
Now in public beta: YouTube contests and music contests
We have two brand new PollUnit types for you. Furthermore, there is now the PollUnit Lab - a place for experiments, fulfilled user wishes and ideas of our developers. All functions in the lab are released as public beta versions. That means they are 100% functional but haven't been used extensively and we are especially missing user feedback. So try it out and give feedback.
But now to the new functions...
YouTube contests allow you to create polls for different YouTube videos. Your participants can post their links and you or your jury can vote for them.
Music contests allow you to create playlists, upload MP3s, listen to and rate them. Not only suitable for contests, but also for bands that want to share their playlists with fans.
Both PollUnit types use most of our standard PollUnit functions. So you can change the voting type, define deadlines, comment, restrict access etc.
Published at: 2020-10-02 10:00 AMNow in public beta: YouTube...
Increase the conversion rate with social media tags
Using meta tags like Facebook's Open Graph tags, we have some control over how information is transferred from PollUnit to Facebook and other social services. This allows the social networks to automatically create a post for their news feed.
Now you can take control of how social networks display your PollUnit! You only need to define a title, description and preview image to present your PollUnit in the best possible way on social networks.
Even if you don't want to publish your PollUnit in a Facebook or Twitter post, it makes sense to use the social media tags. For example, if one of your participants shares your photo contest on Facebook or sends the link to friends via WhatsApp or Slack, the social media tags are automatically read out and a preview is created. This preview is then displayed in the newsfeed or in the messanger.
With the right targeting and optimized preview image, you can achieve a greater reach. In the best case, this will lead to your PollUnit being shared widely and lead to more participants. So this is a measure that aims to increase the conversion rate.
Published at: 2020-10-01 01:00 PMIncrease the conversion rat...
Automate your voting and submission periods
Our deadline function has been updated! Now it is also possible not only to set an expiration date for the voting, but to automate the whole submission and voting process. Determine when your participants can submit photos or ideas, when the submission phase ends, when voting starts and ends.
Participants who create an account are informed about status changes and reminded to participate in the different phases.
So sit back, enjoy a coffee and watch your photo contest or voting develop fully automated in its phases.
Published at: 2020-09-22 01:12 PMAutomate your voting and su...
Range voting: Rate options or images with numbers
Score voting (Range voting, Rated Voting) is a particularly general and expressive method of voting. It is a voting procedure in which options and pictures are rated with points from a given interval. The voters can rate each option independently of the others.
A particularly widespread and easy-to-understand voting method is the star rating. Large marketplaces like Amazon and Co. rely on the form in which voters have the opportunity to rate products with stars. Especially popular are the 5-star ratings. If you decide on a star rating at PollUnit, you can determine how many stars, but not more than 10, your participants may vote from.
If a scale from 1 to 10 is not enough, there is now also the possibility to create scales from 0 to 100 with the new range voting. As creator you can determine the start and end of the scale. For example, you can allow voters to rate options and photos between 0 and 20 or between 7 and 50.
The voting is done with the help of a slider. Your users can move a small handle to the left and right on the scale you have created and choose a number.
Published at: 2020-08-09 08:37 AMRange voting: Rate options ...