You can increase viewer engagement during your live events by opening polls and question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions directly in your event. This is available alongside the live chat feature.
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Our Live Polls feature allows you to insert questions into your live stream for viewers to respond to via Vimeo Live Chat. Polls can be used to gather feedback from viewers (answers ranked by percentage) or as a quiz (one option being the correct response). You can have as many polls as you’d like per stream, but only one poll may be open at a time.
Once you have set up your live event, you can see a “Polls” tab to the left side of the page, where you can create your poll.
After clicking "Create poll," you will be prompted to enter the question to display, up to four options, and the optional ability to mark one option as the correct choice by clicking the star icon associated with that option.
Once your poll has been created and you are live, you can select “Open poll” to show this poll and allow viewers to participate. Polls can be created before going live, but they cannot be opened until you are streaming.
Opened polls will be pinned to the beginning of the live chat so it will be visible to all viewers. You can keep your poll open for as long as you’d like. While open, you can choose to “Show graphic” which will show the poll options on the stream itself. The percentages for each option will continue to changes as more viewers partake.
Once your viewers have had enough time to submit their response, clicking “Publish results” will close the poll so no more responses can be accepted. You can continue to use the “Show graphic/Hide graphic” button to display or hide the final results. Once your poll has concluded and you no longer need the results, you can remove it by clicking “Archive.”
Keep in mind that the results will not be stored anywhere on your Vimeo account after your event so be sure to take note of them before removing them.
Live Q&A allows you to accept questions, have viewers vote to order questions based on popularity, publish the question to the stream, and ultimately answer them.
Once you have set up your live event, you can see a Q&A tab to the left side of the page, where you can click Start Q&A to open your event up to questions. You can do this before your stream or while you're live, although note that you cannot take action on a question until your event is broadcasting.
Under the Active tab, questions will populate, which you can sort either by Recent or Popular.
When you’d like to answer a question, hover the cursor over the question and then click Answer.
A graphic overlay will appear as a lower third with the question automatically.
You can hide (and re-show) the graphic overlay by clicking Hide (Show) in the Active Questions list.
When you’ve finished answering the question, click Archive to remove the question from the list. You may also archive questions without answering them or publishing them to the stream.
If you've archived a question by mistake, you can switch over to the Archived tab, hover the cursor over the questions and click Unarchive. This will put the question back in the Active tab.
To end your Q&A session, click End Q&A below the list of questions.
Please note that ending Q&A does not end the live chat. Live chat will end as soon as the broadcast ends and will not be available afterward.
Once you end the Q&A, you can export a CSV log of the Q&A by click Export at the top of the page.
If you're streaming from a recurring event, this button opens a drop-down menu with a list of the date/times of all streams in the last 30 days that you can archive; select Current event for the active event.
The CSV includes the following information:
Name (person who asked it / anonymous)
Number of upvotes
Approved (yes/no/N/A – this only applies to Enterprise customers who have access to moderation features)
Q&A number (if you held multiple Q&A sessions within one stream, i.e. you started a Q&A, then ended it, then started it again prior to ending your broadcast; this lets you know if the question was asked during which Q&A session during the course of the stream).