Top 10 cool, easy-to-use web poll and survey tools for your blog and website

Lori Halley 06 September 2007 29 comments

Polls are always a good way to get a conversation started with your website or blog visitors. Most of us have participated in polls on websites and blogs.

Recently I also conducted a poll about our own blog asking readers about their most painful administrative tasks. Polls provide a way for a visitor to interact with the site and express their opinion. Visitors can also get a sense of how your readers feel about a topic simply by viewing the results of the poll on your site.

I took some time to review and search through a number of poll sites to find one that would be easy to use and customize, even with limited web design skills. So here are the top 10 web polls and survey tools that I found.

1. Poll Daddy

Poll Daddy is a fairly new site that allows you to create free polls and place them on your website, blog, MySpace account or anywhere online. After you sign up for a free account, you can create a poll and customize it to fit into your site design or choose one of 14 “skins”. Results can be viewed via the poll posted on your page, or you can see all the results of multiple polls from their site after you log in. Poll Daddy is great in that it provides specific instructions on how to embed the HTML code into WordPress, Typepad, and Blogger. Results can even be accessed via an RSS reader made possible by an RSS feed generated from your poll.

2. Cool Web Toys

After you register for a free account at Cool Web Toys, you can create a poll by choosing from a web poll, an embedded web chat client, or a “CoolWebOfTheDay”. The poll can include content such as word of the day, quote of the day, or any other content. As far as poll creation goes, it’s quite easy to use. You can specify size and colors to match your site! Results appear quickly and the visitor will not leave your site unless they click on “More Info”. If they click on that link a new browser window will open up and they will be on the site with a bunch of Adsense ads.

3. Vizu.com

Polls generated by Vizu.com are delivered via a Flash widget rather than a snippet of JavaScript or HTML code.  Vizu walks you through the steps of creating a poll and gives you total control of the look and feel. To create a poll, you first create the question, then choose if it’s an “opinion” or a “prediction” poll, then choose keywords and categories so that your poll is easy to find. You can also add pictures or links to your poll. A Vizu poll on your site is free with registration.

4. Blog Flux

Blog Flux requires that you create an account on their site before you can create a poll. Once your account is created, you can then create the poll with up to five options. You also have a choice of customizing the poll's look and feel. After the visitor clicks on the add my vote link, the results will appear in place of the poll questions on your site. A unique feature is that the voting results are mapped on Google maps. The site has other tools to enhance your blog such as a button or chicklet creator, a link logger, and a page rank checker.

5. Quimble


Creating a poll at Quimble.com is a simple two step process. After you are registered, log-in and choose your question and create the answers. There is no customization however. Visitors who choose to click on the “Discuss this poll at Quimble.com” link will be taken to their site, where they will need to register as a user before they are allowed to leave a comment about the poll.

6. SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey is a web-based service that allows you to create online surveys. It is quite intuitive and easy to use. You can either create from scratch or use templates. Participants can go to the site to respond, or you can create a link from your site. You can add logos and banners, change colors and customize in many different ways. Basic subscribers are limited to a total of 10 questions and 100 responses per survey. The basic subscription is free. If you want to go beyond 100 respondents, and up to 1000 and gain access to many more features, there is a cost.

7. Zoomerang

Zoomerang is a subscription-based web survey tool. With basic membership, you can conduct free surveys of up to 100 people! Effective, affordable and easy to use, Zoomerang helps organizations conduct professional-looking surveys and instantly analyze the feedback. The great thing about it is that no technical expertise is needed. You can easily create, send and start receiving survey responses in minutes. They also have some deals for non-profits and offer a version with limited-features for free.

8. Survey Gizmo

Survey Gizmo has an easy-to-use interface. It requires that you create an account on their site before you have access to the tools to create a survey. Once your account is created, you can set up an online survey with over 12 different styles of questions. You can also generate multiple reports when all of your data is inputted.  Finally, the connect-to-website feature is just great, allowing you the copy HTML into your site or just provide a link. I also like that it is free for up to 250 responses per month. After that the pricing goes up to $14/month for 1,000 responses. For surveys where you're expecting thousands of responses, Survey Gizmo's pricing is very reasonable and offers very good value for money.

9. Ballot-Box

Ballot-Box allows you to create a free online poll for your website. Before you can get started, you'll need to create an account. Then you can create 15 questions for your poll and each question can have 15 answers. Poll appearance are completely customizable with real-time updates and poll results. Poll results can be made private or public and also prevents users from voting twice. You can also create up to 25 polls. If you are conducting a survey, you might want to consider creating a poll with multiple questions.

10. Easy Poll

Easy Poll is an easy and effective way to make your site more interactive. Easy-Poll has a large selection of patterns and colors for free polls. They offer two sorts of polls: a yes or no poll and a multiple-choice poll. Another great thing about this poll creation site is that you don't need additional software or IT support - everything is handled and calculated on their servers quickly and safely. Two minutes is all it takes to sign up, and you can create a poll for free.

As you can see, there are many choices for poll creation, but my favorite one would be Polldaddy.com for ease of use and customization options.

 

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 06 September 2007 at 2:00 PM

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Comments

  • Asad

    Asad said:

    Thursday, 06 September 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Thanks for this great summary. Look forward to trying them out.

  • Michele Martin

    Michele Martin said:

    Friday, 07 September 2007 at 4:15 AM

    Great resources, Soha! You're really on a roll with the useful, awesome posts. Thank you!

  • Beth Kanter

    Beth Kanter said:

    Friday, 07 September 2007 at 7:43 AM

    It is amazing to see how many more poll widgets are out there.  I like vzu and poll daddy for throw away or at a glance polls - where you don't need to collected more than one or two questions and the idea is simply a conversation starter.    Some pointers for incorporating polls into blog posts effectively:

    -Link the poll to some popular content or issue on your site -- review your stats to see what topics resonate

    -Write a post that gives it context and encourages people to vote

    -You'd probably want to publicize it or place it high on your sidebar on your blog and do some email or other promotion

    -Encourage some commentary (e.g. comments) related to the hard numbers

    -Share back the results in a useful context

  • Ben

    Ben said:

    Friday, 07 September 2007 at 6:12 PM

    www.wufoo.com is another widget-like embeddable poll/form generator.

  • Carie Lewis

    Carie Lewis said:

    Monday, 10 September 2007 at 9:33 AM

    we've been using polldaddy for our simple surveys - i love the ease of the widget that you can place almost anywhere. the only problem i've found is that there's no option to hide the poll results from voters. anyone figure out how to do that?

  • Pollection

    Pollection said:

    Wednesday, 12 September 2007 at 11:07 AM

    This is a great post -- check out http://www.pollection.com.  

    Pollection is the best multimedia polling platform for any use. It is a free service and allows anybody to build creative and engaging polls and display them on any online property as easily as you would post a YouTube video. Happy Polling!

  • Fernando

    Fernando said:

    Saturday, 15 September 2007 at 3:50 AM

    Thanks Soha, really good survey and poll tools overview!

    But I've missed in your post my favorite survey platform that I use in my blog - fo.reca.st surveys. It is free easy-to-use web survey service. You can customize the layout of your survey, add video, audio or image resources. I'm loving it! :-) You can check it out at http://fo.reca.st/surveys.

  • Greg from Australia...

    Greg from Australia... said:

    Thursday, 27 September 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Does anyone have experience with a easy to use, inexpensive QUIZZ program? We need to do some on-line graded quizzes where the respondent can either pass or fail depending upon their score. Ideally if it links in to Salesforce.com that would be an added bonus - can anyone help?

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Wednesday, 03 October 2007 at 10:13 AM

    These were the posts of most interest to our readers in Sep 2007 according to Google Analytics.... The

  • Robin Reagler

    Robin Reagler said:

    Tuesday, 16 October 2007 at 9:53 AM

    This is very helpful.  Thanks for a great summary.

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 16 October 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Thanks Robin, glad this helped.

  • Tony

    Tony said:

    Thursday, 18 October 2007 at 9:57 AM

    http://guroopolls.net is a great poll service as well, been using them for a few weeks now and have been very impressed with their polls.

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Friday, 08 February 2008 at 9:59 AM

    The more you know about your members, the better your organization can serve them. As we've mentioned,

  • polls

    polls said:

    Wednesday, 27 February 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Hi,

    check out the new service from 99polls.com

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Tuesday, 15 April 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Your organization may send out a feedback request with its appeals or reports to members. And perhaps

  • Jennifer Ann's Group

    Jennifer Ann's Group said:

    Friday, 02 May 2008 at 9:47 AM

    I'm glad that I found this list. We're a *very* small non-profit and I've started investigating the use of online polls to help us to best understand how our constituents use our services.

    I did find a site that offers free "premium" services for non-profits. It requires a link to their site on your home page and I'm not entirely sure if I'm comfortable with that but thought other non-profits would at least like to know that it's available as an option. The free service regularly sells for $150 / year so it might be an option that I'll look at in the future.

    The company is called Survey Console and the page that has the requirements and sign-up form for non-profits is available here:

    http://www.surveyconsole.com/non-profit-research/index.html

    I know nothing about this company other than what is listed on their website and have no connection to them at all.

    Good luck & thanks again for the helpful info.

    Drew Crecente

    Director, Jennifer Ann's Group

    www.JenniferAnn.org

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  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 07 May 2008 at 4:34 AM

    Helping small nonprofits find ways to "do more with less" online is our main focus at the Wild Apricot blog, so it's good to hear you're finding this information useful; and very good to get your tips for other resources for nonprofits can explore. Thank you!

  • Julia

    Julia said:

    Friday, 23 May 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Greg from Australia asked this a while back but it's worth asking again to see if anyone can help this time around...

    How about online quizzes?  Does anyone have a recommendation?  

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Saturday, 24 May 2008 at 6:55 AM

    Julia, thanks for the question: I'll have a snoop around and see what might be out there now.

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Tuesday, 03 June 2008 at 11:39 AM

    In response to our Top 10 round-up of tools for online polls and surveys, some readers asked about the best web-based tools to create custom quizzes and tests. Here, we've rounded up 5 web-based quiz tools to help get you started. Some of these quiz-makers

  • jay1982

    jay1982 said:

    Thursday, 10 July 2008 at 3:30 AM

    limesurvey.org a great tool .

  • Jennifer B

    Jennifer B said:

    Wednesday, 17 September 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Hi, I'm a high school teacher and I teach a research module which requires my students to conduct a survey of their interest, and to analyse their results.

    I advise them to use <a href="http://www.pollograph.com" title="pollograph, free online surveys">pollograph.com</a> as a starting point to do their surveys online.

    If you're looking for something easy to use, I highly recommend them.

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Wednesday, 24 September 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Are the people who are visiting your website really the audience that you're trying to target? The more

  • The Happy Rock

    The Happy Rock said:

    Tuesday, 13 January 2009 at 3:19 AM

    I am looking for a polling option that allows links to page in the answer section and I am not having much luck.  Either none of the poll sites advertise it well or they just don't offer.

    You seem to hint that Vizu offers it, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.

    Any thoughts?  Thanks.

    Great list by the way.

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 13 January 2009 at 6:16 AM

    Do you mean that you'd like to be able to enable your respondents to include a clickable link in their responses, The Happy Rock? I'm not quite clear on what feature you're looking for...

  • Rob

    Rob said:

    Thursday, 22 January 2009 at 3:35 AM

    One more to add to your list is Zoho Polls at http://zoho.com which is part of a suite of free applications, for example a spreadsheet, database, presentation software etc, many of which can be embedded in your website or blog. The polls application is very easy to setup and use and you can see the results instantly. Zoho needs to introduce the ability to change the colours as the default scheme doesn't look good on any sites I have used it on. But overall it's a good polling application.

    Another one I have experimented with is at www.glowday.com, which does enable you to customise everything which is good, but it just doesn't work and is very unfisnished which is disappointing.

    Examples of both are at http://www.strathviewconsultants.co.uk/support:polls

    My preferred poll application would be PollDaddy if I could only get it to embed in my wikidot wikis!

  • Ari

    Ari said:

    Thursday, 23 April 2009 at 11:47 PM

    Thank you for the great summary. We have been using SelectSurvey from ClassApps. It's not SaaS service, so I'm not that happy about buying and installing version upgrades, but it's an alternative.

  • Wild Apricot Blog

    Wild Apricot Blog said:

    Wednesday, 02 September 2009 at 11:18 AM

    NTEN is offering a chance to win a free registration for the Online Nonprofit Technology Conference this month. It's not only a great chance for some lucky non-profit folks to get free professional development, but there's a quick lesson in online marketing

  • David Lemont

    David Lemont said:

    Saturday, 29 October 2011 at 11:04 AM
    This list a tiny bit out of date but is still good. I suggest also www.SurveyBuilder.com, it is similar to other online survey tools but is free to use with no limits. New site and well designed.
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