Guild makes it easy to create and manage online communities, groups and networks.

Asking your community for their opinion is a simple way to increase member engagement in your community and spark new conversations.

Polls provide members who rarely engage in a community a way to contribute to a community or group anonymously and without too much pressure.

They can provide useful data for research purposes and content creation. Polls allow you to take a regular temperature check in your community, and they can also be fun.

Guild offers a simple poll feature in every community.

Here's a quick tour of how to create and manage polls on Guild.


Create a new poll in a Guild group

Firstly, only group hosts or admins can post polls.

You won't see the option to post a poll in a Guild group if you are a member.

Click the button to start a new conversation and you'll see an option to change your conversation in to a poll.

Tap the 'poll' button to get started.

If you run a community on Guild it's easy to start a new poll for your members - click the Poll toggle when you open a new conversation
If you run a community on Guild it's easy to start a new poll for your members. Click the Poll button when you open a new conversation


Add your poll question and answers

You'll see a field for your poll question, and more fields for your response/answer options.

There are four response options by default, but you can add up to 10 using the 'Add Option' link.

You don't have to complete all four options - just leave those you don't need blank.

You have 140 characters for your question and 80 characters for each answer.

You can decide how many options you want to include in your poll
You can have up to 10 response/answer options on your polls in your Guild groups



Ensure your group members see your poll

Before you post your poll, consider if you want to use the 'visibility boost' option.

If you use this, your group members will receive an email alert about the poll, which will help increase your responses.

When you're ready to submit your poll, you can also choose to add Visibility Boost to reach all your members by email
When you're ready to submit your poll, you can also choose to add 'Visibility Boost' to reach all your Guild group members by email



Collecting poll answers

The poll will appear as a new thread in your community, with its own icon.

When a group member clicks the poll they'll be shown the answer options and can click on one.

Nobody can see other people's responses until they vote themselves, and each member can only vote once.

You need to vote to see the poll results.

Polls are highlighted in conversations with this teal, pink and grey graph logo. You have to answer the poll to be able to view results.
Polls are highlighted in conversations with the poll icon. Members have to answer the poll to view the results.



Viewing poll results

Once a group member has voted they'll be able to see the current poll results.

They'll see how many people have already answered and which option they voted for.

Once you select a response and submit you'll see the results of the poll and you can always check your own vote at the end. You can't see who else voted.
Once a group member submits an answer they'll see the current results of the poll. They can't see who else has voted.



Editing or deleting your poll

As a group host or admin, you have some additional options.

With the poll open, click the three dots at the top right of the poll and you'll see options to edit the poll, copy a link, pin it and delete it.

If you do choose to edit the poll, ensure that you don't change the answers once people have started responding to avoid corrupting the data.

Additional menu items for your poll - copy, edit, pin or delete
Additional menu items for your poll include 'copy', 'edit', 'pin' and 'delete'



Sharing your poll on social media and elsewhere

Sharing your live Guild group polls on social media can be a great way to encourage people to join your group - and take part in the poll themselves.

You might also want to share an image of the final poll results on social media, on your website, newsletter, presentations etc.

That's simple to do. Just take a screengrab. The poll won't disappear until you decide to delete it.

To share a link to a live poll, use the 'copy link' option by clicking on the three dots at the top right of the poll.  

You can copy the link into a social media post, blog post, newsletter, email signature...in fact, anywhere you like!

You might also want to take a screengrab of the current results of your poll to add as an image.

You can share a link to your poll on social media and screenshot the current or final results - this example is from the excellent Ecommerce Marketing Leaders community who use polls on Guild to organise events and AMAs (Ask Me Anything)


Members of your community will be taken straight to the poll if they're logged in.

If you share a link to a poll or conversation on social media, newsletters, blog posts etc., people will be prompted to join your community if they aren't already members.

This can help with growing your community.

Share a link to your poll - if you send it to someone who isn't a member of your group they'll be invited to join (you decide who gets in to your community though!)
Share a link to your poll - if you send it to someone who isn't a member of your group they'll be invited to join - you decide who gets in to your community though!


Some ideas for polls in your Guild community or group

  • Poll from a shortlist of topics or speakers for an event.
  • Gauge knowledge or opinions from your community before an event - see our example below
  • Temperature check - how are your community members feeling?
  • Survey opinions on a connected topic in your profession or sector, e.g.:
    - how frequently people work from home
    - can you totally switch off on holiday?
    - do you digital detox regularly?
    - do you agree with a publicly voiced opinion from an industry expert?
    - does your organisation offer sabbaticals?
  • Preferred dates, locations or formats for an event to make sure it works for your members.
  • Getting to know you - ask broad questions about career stages, qualifications, working practices without compromising individuals' privacy.
At Guild Community Summit in May 2022, community members voted on a live poll related to one of the speaker sessions. Results were shared on the day providing feedback for the speaker and a topic of conversation for delegates
At Guild Community Summit in May 2022, community members voted on a live poll related to one of the speaker sessions. Results were shared on the day providing feedback for the speaker and a topic of conversation for delegates




Polls allow community hosts to get creative with community engagement!

Share your polls with us. We might even feature them here, on Guild and other social media platforms.


More resources for running your community on Guild

Get off to a great start with your Guild group

How to use the Guild mobile app

Ways to grow your Guild community

Creating engagement in your Guild group

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