You’re probably aware that Facebook polls are easy to post and very engaging. Instagram introduced its poll feature in October 2017, and it was an immediate success. Twitter polls are also extremely popular, and they cover both fun topics and serious ones.
The Appeal of Making Polls
Why are polls so popular on social media?
People like answering questions and making snap decisions. They like expressing their opinions, especially when there’s a quick and easy way to do that.
Running a poll is an entertaining way to get in touch with your followers. It can also help you attract new ones. Some polls start conversations, while some simply give people a fun question to think about.
So can you run polls if you’re on Snapchat?
What You Need to Know About Snapchat Polls
Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t give you the option to create polls within the app.
You can fill out polls that are posted to Snapchat Discover. But if you want to run a poll of your own, you have to install a third-party app.
Polly was the most popular app for running polls on Snapchat. It was very simple to use. You could fill out Polly polls in Snapchat’s internal browser.
But unfortunately, this app is currently not available. So if you want to get in touch with your followers by making a poll, you have to look into a different solution.
There are many poll-making apps and websites to choose from. The following tutorial focuses on Pollsgo, but the same basic steps apply for any poll maker.
Making a Snapchat Poll Using Pollsgo
Pollsgo is a user-friendly way to make polls. Here is what you should do.
1. Go to the Website
Open pollsgo.com on your computer or your smartphone.
2. Give Your Poll a Title
Pollsgo polls can contain multiple questions. But this isn’t true for all poll apps and websites. In some cases, you can only link to individual questions.
3. Decide Who Will See the Results
Do you want your poll participants to view the results immediately? Or would you rather be the only person who has access to that data?
Both approaches can be interesting. If your followers see the results after they vote, you get an immediate discussion topic. On the other hand, it can be fun to define a limited voting period and share the results with your followers after that.
Tick the box if you do want poll respondents to see how the poll is going.
4. Add Question to Your Poll
Now it’s time to put your poll together. While it’s fun to stick to one theme with all your questions, you can also create an engaging poll if you combine personal and generic questions.
Some poll apps and websites help you out by giving you ideas for questions to ask. This is a large part of why Polly was so popular. That app offered a very wide selection of interesting, teen-appropriate poll questions for you to choose from.
With Pollsgo, there are three types of questions that you can create:
Here, you can choose between eight personal questions. Some of the questions invite honesty – for example, you can ask “Who am I to you?” or “One thing I need to work on”. On the other hand, some questions are more lighthearted, like asking your followers to determine which movie genre suits you the best.
When you select a question, you can change the text:
To return to the previous screen, you can tap on the return button, or simply press Escape.
Group questions refer to your group’s dynamics. Here, your poll participants can give their anonymous opinions about other group members. For example, one of the questions is “Who would survive longest in a zombie apocalypse?”
This option is more interesting if you have a closed group of Snapchat followers. Again, it’s possible to change any question after you have selected it.
Your Own Question
This is probably the option you will be using the most often. After all, the stock Pollsgo questions would get boring if you didn’t include unique questions too. Ask something that is close to your followers’ interests.
5. Add Options
After you have selected a question, it’s time to give your poll respondents options to choose from.
If you selected a Personal Question, you’ll be able to pick a few stock replies. But again, you can change or delete any of the website’s suggestions.
You can’t add more than six options. Additionally, there has to be at least two options for every question, though it’s fine if the options are identical.
This is also where you can change the background color of your questions. It’s not possible to add images to your polls in Pollsgo.
6. Select Done Adding Questions
Now Pollsgo will create the poll for you to share with your Snapchat followers.
There will be a URL that you can copy. There are also buttons that let you share the poll on various social media, including Snapchat. But copying the poll link is the most straightforward option.
7. Open Your Snapchat App
8. Create a Snap
9. Select the Paperclip Icon on the Right
You can decorate your Snap in various ways, and you can also add a link to it. Select the paperclip icon to access your clipboard.
Simply paste your poll link.
10. Draw Attention to the Link
By adding a caption or doodle to your Snap, you can inspire people to tap on the poll link.
11. Post Your Snap
When your Snap goes live, people can click on the link and then vote anonymously in your poll.
A Final Word
To stay on the mind of your Snapchat followers is to get creative. Making polls is a good way to grab people’s attention. But don’t forget to discuss the results when they start rolling in.