Just looking for any tips or suggestions for vendors who provide polling and reporting features for live events. The basic idea is that clickers are distributed to the audience, and a presenter with a PowerPoint presentation is able to poll the audience and display the results in real time.
It seems like it can get pretty pricey.
Any product suggestions or feedback is welcome. Thank you!
If it were a webinar, I'd say that Adobe Connect has that feature and probably some other platforms do as well. For a live event, if you want to be able to show instantaneous results (or fairly quickly)...I'm not sure about hardware other than the clickers, which are pricey. There applications used for mobile data collection that you might be able to use for that purpose, like Magpi. I don't think the end user has to download anything, but they would have to accept charges for text messages. I'd also consider having some extra devices available for people who don't have phones or don't want to use their phones - I'm not sure if Magpi or similar programs work on tablets or laptops, but I have found that helpful using other applications that required a smartphone. I played around with a little in a training but didn't really use it in real life, so I'm not super familiar with all that it can do or how it works, but might be worth checking out. There are other similar applications, but I can't recall their names. My only other thought is that you could set up a Google form or Survey Monkey etc. - not sure how well those webforms work on mobile, but you wouldn't have the ability to push out a link to people at each point in the event where the presenter wants to poll.
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I have done this a few times, though the market has changed.
I used to used PollEverywhere: You show a slide with multiple choice style options. People in audience can respond via text, webbrowser, or tweet. It works well, but is only free up to 25 respondent's. The pricing seems to have gotten high from there as it is a monthly subscription service, so a poor choice if you are only using as a one off. *Edit* looks like they have added a One-time Use, but it is monthly and then you downgrade. What I liked about poll everywhere was that it updates automagically in realtime, so it is a great way to poll a room, and have some anonymous benchmark of where the group stands.
Thanks everyone! Very helpful. I will investigate these options.
we have also used SMSPoll.net (not.com that goes to Poll Anywhere) - may not be as sophisticated as Poll anywhere, but it has worked for our limited needs - its a bit lower $ for smaller audiences - so depends on your volume etc.
PA is also good