The passive web is dead – online polls and other interactive content are king. Gone are the days where your users would happily read page after page of content on a single site.

Nope, now it’s all about engaging the user – letting them click, play, vote, and learn.

The problem is that you don’t have a lot of spare time. You need a way to easily create content that gets your audience involved.

Online polls

 

This is where interactive polls like (ahem) Riddle’s come in.

Easy to create in just 60 seconds, you can (and should) embed one in every article or post on your site.

Online polls: the rise of smartphones

You can blame smartphones, since three out of four people in the developed world have one.

Always on and always available, people are spending more and more of their online time tapping, clicking, and interacting with what they read.

The good news is that once you get your audience tapping, commenting or interacting with your site, they stay an average of 34% longer.

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Why?

It’s basic human nature.

The simple act of giving your opinion means you stop being an observer – you’re now an active participant. And humans are social creatures – once we’re emotionally engaged, we’re far more likely to want to share the word with your friends.

Clicking on an interactive poll, quiz or other content boosts virality by 21%.

 

Online Polls: Where to Use?

Polls come in all sorts of flavors.

Take Riddle’s quiz builder and lead generation platform, for example.

Our classic poll features one question and from 2 to 10 choices. Intuitive and easy to click, they can be placed anywhere – but we recommend adding these early in your articles to keep readers interested.

Let your audience give their opinion, and they’re far more likely to finish (and share) the article.

This example is from 90min.com:

The other option is our ‘reaction poll’ unit.

Using a sliding scale, it’s designed to capture your audience’s ‘gut feel’ about a question. It’s perfect at the end of an article when you want to get users’ sentiment about what they just read.

Attracted by its subtly pulsing button, we see an average of 20% of all page visitors click and give their opinion.

Check out this example by English soccer powerhouse Manchester City:

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Hope that’s a good high level overview of how online polls can help you improve your engagement.

They might not be as viral as online quizzes or personality tests, but they’re much quicker to create and proven to work.

And because we practice what we preach, here’s our ‘end of article’ reaction poll… what do you think?


 

Can we answer any questions? Just send us a message at hello@riddle.com – we read and respond to everybody!