Mentimeter is a free web based online voting system for quickly and easily conducting polls during a live presentations.
Easy to Use Free Online Voting System
While we have already covered a comprehensive list of tools with different modes of voting in our post about Best Polling Software and Solutions for Live Presentations; the good thing about Mentimeter is that its free version is good enough for comprehensively conducting polls during presentations, without a hefty price tag or complicated configurations.
How to Use Mentimeter
Like most web apps you will require signing up for a Mentimeter account. After you login to your account you will also be given a quick tour to help you understand how Mentimeter works, you can also go through the quick guide to get a headstart.
Create New Question
Now, go to your Dashboard and select Create Question. You can also see the sample questions to get an idea about how Mentimeter works.
Add Questions for Your Presentation
You can add one or more question(s) for your presentation and specify the theme that you wish to use, as well as the polling mechanism you intend to use. The available polling options include Multiple Choice questions, Open Ended questions, Dual Axis, Points and Scales. As you can see from the image given below, some of these questions are not available in the free version.
Needless to say, you will require specifying question choices where applicable. For example, the below image shows a multiple choice question with answer choices I added. Once your questions are ready you can either save them and return to Dashboard or click Start Presentation to proceed further.
Start Your Poll
Once you click Start Presentation, your poll will go Live. Just give the mentioned URL and polling code to your audience and you are good to go.
Allow Your Audience to Poll from Any Internet Connected Device
The below image shows an Android device being used to cast a vote. Your audience can use any internet connected device to cast their votes by going to ‘govote.at’ and entering the relevant polling code. This will allow them to submit their answers.
Gather Instant Feedback and Statistics
You will be instantly presented with polling results in your browser, which you can optionally share with your audience by putting them on display. Other features that you will be provided with include:
- Fullscreen Mode for displaying your poll results
- Hide Results
- Close Voting
- See results based on previous voting sessions
- Add Segmentation
- Export to Excel
- Reveal QR Code for voting
- Start a new voting session while retaining the old session
- Edit poll in real-time
To take Mentimeter for a spin, see the link given below. As mentioned earlier, Mentimeter has both a free and paid version, however, the free version covers basic voting options which are good enough to help you conduct polls based on multiple choice and open ended questions, with real-time voting results.
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