There is a good reason why most businesses don’t trust chat apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. for your business needs. Alternatives like Slack offer a more professional experience, with extensive management and scheduling benefits.
In addition to many other features, Slack gives you the option to take polls across channels. Polls can be very useful when trying to get a general consensus on a topic within a workspace.
In this article, you’ll learn how to take polls in Slack and how to customize them across multiple devices.
At its core, Slack is basically a chat app. Sure, you can create threads, preview various types of extensions, edit messages, etc. But the heart of Slack’s functionality is actually its available integrations.
Think of integrations as apps on your smartphone or tablet. Right out of the box, your phone has a few apps installed, some of which you might end up deleting. And, on the contrary, you will end up adding several apps to your device and, therefore, personalizing it.
This is exactly how integrations work in Slack. In fact, they are sometimes called “apps” to begin with.
Polling isn’t an option in Slack by default. Performing the basic installation of the application and creating a workspace does not give you the polling option. However, you can download one of the available integration options for surveys and you will get quick access to this feature.
Installation of integrations
Since you don’t get the polling option by default, you’ll need to learn how to install Slack integrations to get this feature. Don’t worry, this does not imply the use of incomplete third-party applications. Slack integrations are downloaded from the official Slack.com website, so you know they’re designed for use with the program.
While you can expect to be able to install these integrations through the app, installing an integration can only be done through a web browser. This is good because having an in-app navigation option would slow down and clutter the app. Plus, once you’ve added an integration to a workspace via a browser, it automatically integrates with all desktop/phone/tablet apps.
Here’s how to install any integration, including various polling options.
- And a Slack.com.
- Sign in to your workspace.
- Scroll down to the Integrations section.
- Click, tap, or select “Learn more about the apps.”
- Select “Explore all apps.
- Type the name of the desired application.
- Select “Agregar a Slack”.
Please note that these integration installation steps apply not only to all integrations available on Slack.com, but also to all supported devices.
There are many integrations available in Slack that allow you to create and customize polls. With this in mind, we have decided to put together a few options that can help you. Remember, each of these integrations/apps/bots are installed the same way.
While many Slack integrations offer polling options as one of their many features, Polly is poll-specific. Survey forms and tools are Polly’s bread and butter. This integration allows you to stay connected, respond quickly and access results instantly.
In addition to creating polls, Polly lets you run regular standups (for agile teams), run trivia games, run “hot shots” (polls that don’t have a definitive answer but are mostly just for fun), etc.
Polly comes with several pre-installed templates and also allows you to customize and create your own. For example, the weekly team check-in template is pre-filled with questions like “What is your main focus today?” and “Do you need support for challenges you may be facing?”
Polly’s design is also anything but tedious – she’s very easy on the eyes.
To get started with Polly, you don’t really need a tutorial. Simply go to any chat in Slack (provided you’ve installed the workspace integration) and type “/ polly.” The app will guide you.
The great thing about using Doodle to create polls is that it’s not specific to Slack. This means that both people who don’t use Slack and those who do can participate in a survey.
It’s as simple as sending them a share link once you’ve created a Slack poll. Yes, the survey results will include responses from both Slack team members and those who don’t use the app. You can also share surveys with non-Slack colleagues directly from the integration.
Doodle is also fully integrated with other software, such as various Google apps, Office 365 and Outlook, ICS feed, etc.
In addition to polls, Doodle allows you to create multiple meetings outside of Slack.
To start using Doodle in Slack, type “/scribble” and customize a survey.
Simple Poll integration is not complicated. It doesn’t have fancy customization features and it doesn’t work outside of Slack. But when it comes to simplicity and ease of use, there’s no other Slack polling app quite like it.
With Simple Poll, you can create the most basic, simple and fast surveys. Add a question, add answer options, get started. To start a poll, select a channel and type “/poll “[insert question]” “Otherwise”.” For example, to determine who will be available for this week’s meeting, simply type “/poll “Will you attend the weekly meeting tomorrow?” “If not”.
With some surveys, anonymity is often required. With Simple Poll, any survey can offer respondents the opportunity to respond anonymously. Add the “anonymous” tag at the end of the command. For example, “/survey “Are you satisfied with your salary?” “Yes” “Neutral” “No” anonymous.
By simply adding an emoji after a survey response, the emoji will be displayed as part of the option. Be sure to add the emoji after the quotes for each survey option without a space between the trailing quotes and the emoji.
You can also restrict the number of votes each user can cast in a poll. To do this, simply add the limit keyword, followed by the allowed number of votes. Here’s an example: “/poll “What is your favorite color?” “Blue” “Red” “Orange” limit 1.”
The importance of conducting surveys
Never underestimate the importance of having the survey option available. Surveys can break the stress in your team’s office life, but they can also be vitally important. For example, instead of wasting time asking everyone to choose what kind of food they want to order for lunch, simply send a survey to your colleagues and simplify the decision-making process.
On the other hand, surveys can be used to collect opinions on, for example, product management. If you can’t decide how to run a certain project, create a poll and let your colleagues vote. Alternatively, surveys can be used to collect important information about how happy your team is with their job, their salary, their position, or their company in general.
What do you get with a free Polly plan?
Unlike some Slack integrations, Polly comes with a free plan that doesn’t have a limited trial period. However, there are some restrictions, naturally. While you can create any type of survey, the total number of responses you can create in a single month is 25. Additionally, results older than 45 days will be hidden from the dashboard. The free plan also prevents you from sharing your results, adding collaborators, and viewing various advanced analytics features.
Is doodle free?
Doodle is a productivity app that isn’t specific to Slack. It allows you to schedule meetings, customize them, and also gives you a variety of other productivity and integration options. Doodle Bot, on the other hand, is a Slack polling integration that is completely free. The best part here is that the bot itself allows you to create polls for people who use Slack and those who don’t, for free. This is one of the best things about the bot.
What do you get for free with Simple Poll?
Simple Poll’s free plan is called “Hobby”. It allows you to create native and anonymous surveys. You can also collect up to 100 votes and 10 decisions per month. You can use 10 options per survey or create a single recurring survey. For those who use Slack as a secondary messaging program, the free plan is sufficient. For more serious needs, upgrading to the “Small Business” plan will remove the recurring survey limit as well as the monthly vote limit. The monthly decision limit is raised to 100 and you can offer 45 options per survey.
There is also a custom pricing option, but you will need to contact Simple Poll’s sales department for more information on this.
What are some of the best Slack integrations?
Asana is a popular project management tool that is fully compatible with Slack. It allows you to access multiple views, link tasks with Slack, create custom automations, etc. If you’re more familiar with a simple platform like Trello, don’t worry. Trello comes with a brilliant integration option for Slack. And using the Zoom integration for Slack is a much better alternative to using Slack’s video conferencing features, since Slack will eat up a lot of your bandwidth.
Surveys in Slack
Creating a poll in Slack depends on using an integration that allows you to do so. Although adding an integration to your Slack workspace is, for the most part, a consistent process, working with integrations that allow you to launch and run surveys can differ slightly from integration to integration. In general, however, they are very straightforward and easy to use.
Have you found your ideal survey integration option? Do you think there is a better option than one of the three mentioned here? Do not be a stranger. Hit the comments section below and fire away.