I’m experimenting with posting simple polls on social media.
Not the political or statistically perfect variety. I’m talking quick-hit, kinda-fun options that help me know my followers better and build community. This post shows how to set up a poll in 30-minutes or less on a blog or social media sites.
I became intrigued when I saw how polls attracted followers in one of my Facebook groups. Plus, it was fun to weigh in and instantly see how my thoughts stacked up with others’. For authors, polls can gather instant feedback on topics of interest to book lovers. Which title is the best? What’s the best book cover? Select the best character name from this list.
Alas, Facebook's polling app wasn't available for my business page, so I searched for inexpensive, easy alternatives and discovered polldaddy.com.
So far, I’m pleased using the app's free version. Poll-embedded posts on my business Facebook page and blog scored positive feedback and increased reader engagement. Here’s how I incorporated a simple question-and-response set on my social media sites.
1. Log onto polldaddy.com
2. Create the poll question and responses
3. Adjust Settings
Settings are at the bottom of the question screen, so scroll down to find them. I selected these free setting options:
4. Select style, size; Preview
5. Publish Link, Embed Code
Almost done! From the dashboard, click collect votes to find links and embed codes for your social media platforms.
6. View Results
Ahhhh… the fun part. Sit back and watch your answers sort themselves out. Enjoy a lovely pie chart or bar graph to share or use for future posts.
I love adding polls to my writerly toolkit and hope you find them useful, too. I want to test polls on Twitter next and create silly quizzes for kids about my books for my website and e-books. A final thought: my polls are neither scientific nor statistically significant AND, like all good things, are best used in moderation.
Please give the poll we just created a test drive, and let me know what you think in the comments section. Happy polling!
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