Retrospective 2019; Outlook 2020
We look back on an eventful year 2019. With almost 600 updates, we have not only released numerous improvements and functions, but also fulfilled user requests. We released three new PollUnit types, integrated Slack, created private and group ICS feeds, translated PollUnit into French and enabled the administration of organizations and their members.
The biggest innovations are the new PollUnit types.
With Free Tables you can create online lists and tables in which your members can register themselves in rows.
With our idea collections you can do brainstormings and collecting feature requests. The suggestions or ideas can be posted and discussed online.
Host your own online photo contest and let users rate existing photos or allow your participants to submit their own photos.
The main points of our Roadmap 2019 are almost completely fulfilled. The extremely high demand for photo competitions has prompted us to postpone the questionnaires until next year and bring the competition forward. And so we have already reached the most important question:
What will happen in 2020?
Surveys will allow you to ask several consecutive questions. For this purpose, various answer types will be offered for selection.
In a submission approval dashboard, user-generated options, images and photos can be approved or rejected. Only after an administrator has reviewed the content, it will be visible for the participants of your PollUnit.
We will improve our photo contests published at the end of 2019 and add new features like image export.
And of course we are still looking forward to your feedback and feature requests. Feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then we wish you a good start into the new year!
Published at: 2020-01-08 12:43 PMRetrospective 2019; Outlook...
Choose a master logo and master theme
If you mark a logo or theme as master, these will be automatically pre-selected when creating a new poll, idea collection or photo contest. In the step »Design« when creating the PollUnit, the logo and theme can be changed if desired.
Users who manage several organizations and members in PollUnit can choose one master logo and master theme per organization.
Published at: 2019-12-16 01:25 PMChoose a master logo and ma...
Disable voting or allow voting later
Today's update allows you to disable voting in your PollUnits. This feature is primarily intended for our idea collections and photo contests. So you can start your PollUnit and collect only the content of your participants.
This allows you, for example, to organize your online photo contest in two phases. In the first phase, the photographers upload their pictures. As an administrator, you can start the competition's second phase at any time. This activates the voting process. You can decide whether you want to deactivate the upload of photos or whether you want to continue.
You can also deactivate the upvoting function when collecting ideas.
You will find the necessary functions when creating and editing your PollUnit in the Advanced Settings. Here you can change the configuration at any time. An admin can also start voting directly from the PollUnit.
Published at: 2019-12-12 05:30 PMDisable voting or allow vot...
Allow users to post comments without logging in
With the last update it is now possible to leave comments without login. Our comment function now behaves in the same way as the restriction of the voting participants. So you can decide if participants can comment with or without account or only with an invitation.
Our Login-free Comments lower the barrier and simplify user interactions in your PollUnits. In the simplest case, not even a name is required.
You will find the necessary settings in the »Advanced« step when you create your PollUnit. Try it out right away, for small teams our poll maker is free.
Published at: 2019-11-27 11:51 PMAllow users to post comment...
Direct voting without account, login or other data
When we released our voting software a few years ago, it was about the creation of prioritizations, elections, or scheduling in which users and their identity played a very important role. Therefore, the indication of a user name was obligatory until today.
Recently a few new PollUnit types have been added, where the focus is no longer on the voters, but on the participants adding options or pictures. This includes our photo contest and our idea collections and feedback lists.
In the advanced settings, you can decide for yourself if your voting participants have to enter a name. If you deselect the option »Voters must enter names«, the user can immediately vote and we automatically create a UUID for the voter. With this UUID the voters can be identified in the evaluation.
This makes it as easy as possible for your participants to cast their votes; without opt-in hurdle or any input - just click and go!
Published at: 2019-11-22 04:31 PMDirect voting without accou...
Define mandatory fields for creators and uploaders
At the end of last month we introduced our new feature »Collect additional information«. With this feature you can request any data from voting participants, i.e. users can vote.
With our current update, you can now also collect additional data from option creators and image uploaders in your photo contests.
This allows you to request different information for voters and contributors of any kind. This information is only visible for administrators and can be viewed and exported in our evaluation.
Published at: 2019-11-20 07:20 PMDefine mandatory fields for...
Show or hide share dialog for participants
With our sharing dialog, admins and participants can publish your polls in several ways.
These include the social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest as well as e-mail and WhatsApp. You can also generate a QR code to print it on flyers or to present it at a live event on the big screen.
The sharing function can be found in the context menu of the PollUnit - either directly in the PollUnit or in the overview of all PollUnits.
Today we have a little update for you. In the step "Invite" of the poll maker you can now decide whether the Share dialog for participants should be hidden or shown.
Published at: 2019-11-19 10:51 PMShow or hide share dialog f...
Create a Online Photo Competition
Voting on photos and images has been one of our most important functions since the beginning of PollUnit. Our system was designed to collaborate with colleagues and customers on graphics. You quickly load a set of new icons or product designs into your PollUnit and receive feedback in real time.
That's why we are very happy to introduce you to a new PollUnit type. Starting today, PollUnit allows you to create online photo contests that have been optimized for a large number of photographs. Likewise, the focus here is not on the participants and their votes, but on the work of the photographer. An easy to use gallery with large thumbnails improves the experience of your participants.
We are curious how you like our competition feature and look forward to your feedback!
In addition, we have made some performance optimizations, which greatly speed up the loading of images in your PollUnits.
Published at: 2019-11-07 05:06 PMCreate a Online Photo Compe...
Create a Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest online
Get your office and friends into the holiday spirit and host a Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition with PollUnit. Invite your employees to wear a Christmas-themed sweater that could be considered in really bad taste.
This tacky holiday cheer has become a widespread Christmas tradition. Many companies use this festive happening to celebrate, laugh and share memories with their employees.
It's that simple: Create and host a PollUnit Photo Competition. Let your participants show off their creativity. Take photos from your employees wearing their jingle bells sweaters or ask them to upload their photos into your PollUnit Photo Contest. Start judging the entries by your Ugly Sweater experts or invite all employees to an open voting. And finally prize and present the Ugliest Christmas Sweater.
So start planning your Ugly Sweater Contest and enjoy the party along with your employees. Read more on our photo voting site.
Published at: 2019-11-01 12:30 PMCreate a Ugly Christmas Swe...
Querying email, addresses and other information
In the »Advanced« step of the PollUnit Wizard you will now find a new function »Request additional participant information«.
If you activate this option, you can add as many required fields which must be filled out before participation. For each of these fields you can choose one of the following types: email, free text, date, URL and number. This allows you to ask for a variety of information such as email addresses, web pages, birthdays, number of guests, etc. of your survey participants.
The collected information can be viewed and exported in the PollUnit evaluation views in the section »Participants«. The overview of invitations and their participants that were previously found under this item, have now their own page »Invitations« in the reports. You can search, filter, sort and export invitations in this view. Participants who have not yet voted can be reminded here or in the polls context context menu.
The new function can be used for all our PollUnit types. Whether feedback list, date polls or photo competitions.
Published at: 2019-10-28 05:28 PMQuerying email, addresses a...