Twitter polls make it easy to show off your personality and engage with your audience. Here's how to make the most of these simple quizzes.
No matter how many followers you have, encouraging engagement on any social platform can be tricky. That’s why Twitter polls are a handy tool to keep in your back pocket. They’re super interactive, easy to create, and fun to take part in.
A Twitter poll can help you learn more about what your audience thinks, wants, and how they behave. And the more you know about your audience, the easier it is to determine what you should be doing for your brand.
In this guide, we’ll teach you what Twitter polls are and how to use them to connect with your audience.
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What is a Twitter poll?
A Twitter poll allows you to pose a question to your audience in a Tweet with four response options (but you can choose only two or three if you like).
Polls on Twitter make it easy for people to share their opinion. No directing them to another page, asking them to fill out a form, or taking up valuable time. Voting only takes a second or two—at most.
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It’s super easy to create Twitter polls. Once you’ve decided on your question and potential answers, it will only take a minute or two. Really. We promise.
Start a Tweet
Click the blue Tweet button on the left navigation menu on the desktop. Or tap the create Tweet logo in the top right corner of the mobile app — just like you would for any Tweet.
Start your poll
Click or tap the Add poll option in the dialog that pops up.
Add your poll question
Ask the question you want an answer for. You can use up to the max character count (280) in your poll question. So add some relevant hashtags, @mentions, and links.
When it comes to language, treat polls like your tweets—keep them short, clear, and fun.
Choose your poll options
Now it’s time to give your audience some choices. Add your first response option into the Choice 1 box and your second into the Choice 2 box. You can click + Add a choice to add additional options to your poll if you want.
Your poll must have two options (it’s not much of a vote otherwise) and can include up to four options.
You can use up to 25 characters for each option. That includes emoji, symbols and punctuation, so feel free to play around a little—it’s your Twitter poll.
Set your poll length
By default, Twitter polls last one day. You change the duration of your poll by clicking 1 day and changing the days, hours and minutes. The minimum length of a poll is five minutes, and the maximum is seven days.
Post your poll
If you’re happy with your selections, click Tweet to publish the poll. Now it’s time to wait for the responses to roll in!
How to use Twitter polls to boost engagement (ideas + examples)
Twitter’s user count is expected to grow upwards of 329 million in 2022. If you want to connect with those people, start using Twitter polls as part of your marketing strategy to stand out from the crowd.
Here are 11 ideas to engage (and maybe enrage) your followers. After all, engagement is a key ranking signal to the Twitter algorithm. Use polls to create some life for your brand and go from boring to captivating in no time.
Listen and learn
Listening is the best way to build a personal relationship. The same rule applies to social media. When you ask your followers to chime in on a decision, they’ll feel heard.
Karla Cosmetics asks its followers what product they’d like to see them create next.
What product do you want to see us create next? 🌿✨🌈👀
You can use the feedback you gain to adapt your strategy and shape your next offering.
Timing is everything. (Look, sometimes clichés are true!)
Make sure you’re on top of trends and seasonal events and send out a timely poll that fits the moment. Whether there’s a trending news story or a viral piece of pop culture, use Twitter polls to get your audience involved in the conversation.
A week before Halloween, Eventbrite asks Twitter users about the Halloween activity they’re most excited for.
Which #Halloween activity are you most excited about? 🎃🐈⬛
Make it fun for followers to engage with your brand by turning your Twitter poll into a game or a lighthearted quiz.
Instead of endless doom-scrolling, a quiz encourages people to participate. They’re a great way to get users to engage with your brand. People might even retweet the poll to their own followers and drive up your response rate.
The Daily Grind podcast asks people to join in on a game of This or That.
AddThis asks followers to guess how many emails are opened on mobile devices. As a brand that specializes in marketing tools, they likely know that their audience cares about targeting and personalization.
Twitter is a great place to learn more about your target audience’s preferences and behavior. Use your polls to figure out what they like about your product or how they use it. You can then use the feedback to inform your offering.
Starbucks asks customers how they plan to use their Rewards during a special week of daily offers.
Calling all Starbucks® Rewards members—it’s Star Days! 📣 We’re celebrating you with a week of daily exclusive offers, from 10/18–10/22. Learn more: https://t.co/K5zQvwXprH
Got a burning question about Twitter polls? Check out our top four frequently asked questions.
Are Twitter polls anonymous? Can you see who voted on your Twitter poll?
All Twitter polls are anonymous. No one, not even the poll creator, can see who has voted or what they chose. All you can see is the percentage of votes for each option. You can learn more about your audience through Twitter analytics.
Can you create a poll with pictures on Twitter?
While you can’t add pictures to the same Tweet with the poll, you could add a picture to the same Tweet thread.
Can you buy Twitter poll votes?
Sure, you can buy Twitter poll votes. But that doesn’t mean you should!
If your goal is to grow organically and sustainably, then buying votes (or followers, for that matter) is a bad idea. Paid engagement tells you nothing about your audience, and a flood of activity from bot accounts can harm how Twitter perceives your account.
Can you schedule Twitter polls?
Twitter polls are meant to be highly interactive, so you can’t currently schedule them on Hootsuite or other scheduling platforms. You can schedule other Tweets, though.
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