Slido is an audience interaction platform. It's used by companies of all shapes and sizes for live polls at meetings, conferences and, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, on Zoom calls. Presenters at events can crowdsource questions and show audience insights on the big screen.
It's an extremely popular choice for running Q&A sessions, all hands meetings and fireside chats. One of the features that Slido talks most about is the ability for attendees to submit questions through their phones. And I think it's actually a really neat functionality – as long as you're open to the possibility of having some awkward questions go live on the screen.
However, the limited presentation options, the quickly escalating pricing model and the inability to use Slido for more than just live events often attract criticism from its users.
doopoll – a Slido alternative – is a real time polling tool designed with presentation in mind – the results look beautiful on the big screen. It features pricing options starting from £15/mo and, as well as all the meetings, events, conferences and Zoom calls you want to live poll on, you can use it to create surveys throughout the year.
This article will make as objective a comparison as possible between the two tools. Of course, we would love to have you decide to use doopoll – but ultimately, we'd prefer it if you found the tool that was correct for you and your use case.
Quick read: Is Slido or doopoll a better choice for you?
- Slido is very effective for crowdsourcing questions at an event – but if you want to moderate questions, you'll need to pay them £480 a year or £149 if you only want to do one event. Similar functionality starts at £33 per month on doopoll.
- doopoll is a live voting tool that allows you to create surveys and polls all year round – whether you're running an event or not. That means you get significantly better ROI – run your event AND the rest of your outreach throughout the year for the same price
- The results functionality on Slido leaves a lot to be desired – a lot of negative customer reviews cite poor design on the live results screens. doopoll users regularly say that the Presenter view is a huge win at their conferences and events
- If price is a concern, doopoll is a better option for you – Slido pricing ramps up steeply and can be prohibitive if you plan on more than one event in a year. doopoll plans start from £15/mo and go up to £100/mo. The savings add up FAST.
Showing results: Slido shows lacklustre poll results on the big screen, doopoll is designed to look great
Low down: Slido is made for events but still lacks quality of design on the results screen which, according to reviews, goes against it. doopoll consistently delights audiences with real time results and beautiful design.
One problem that I've always seen with Slido is that the codes to access live polls are numeric (e.g. #34563) which is actually kind of tough for lots of people. It looks like they have now added the functionality to change these.
doopoll also provides short URLs to help your audience get onto the live poll faster – but we allow you to change this to whatever you like. That means that you can give people a memorable word or name of your event as the short code. They just enter this at doo.vote in order to access the poll.
Another criticism that you occasionally read about Slido is that the results screen looks a little flat. For example, here's a review from one of their former customers:
The presentation of the survey results could have been even better and the highlighting of the correct answer a bit more "flashy", it is very discreet right now. – Susanne H., Capterra review
While I try to be generous about survey tools, there's not actually a huge number of positive things you can say about the results on Slido. They do look pretty boring.
Here's what they look like by default. I'm actually surprised that for a tool that makes this one of two main public facing screens they haven't put more effort into making the results screen attractive.
On the other hand, here's how the same screen looks on doopoll using the Presenter view:
And what's really cool is that the poll results look great on small screens as well as big screens. You can use doopoll on your next Zoom conference or team all hands meeting. We even live streamed a whole series of events using doopoll for live voting functionality.
Both Slido and doopoll have QR code functionality for accessing surveys.
Check out this testimonial from Cathy, one of doopoll's customers who uses QR codes to increase response rate when she collects workshop feedback:
doopoll is solving the problems of so much printing of feedback forms, data entry and getting reliable feedback. This is the future.
Slido is specifically designed for events and the functionality is really very good for that
Low down: Slido is genuinely good for even usage. Features like an integration with your slides might help you decide to use their product. But you should also consider what impacts this might have in a real scenario – do you want to be tied to a specific slide format for all your presenters and will your A/V team know what to do with the integrations?
As mentioned, Slido is a tool made just for events. And so, as you'd expect, they do the event functionality pretty well.
For example, responding to the crazy uptick in teams using remote tools because of Coronavirus, they have an integration for Zoom so that you can start a live poll with your team directly. However, one thing that seems a little jarring is the editing and management of the poll itself.
You can see how difficult this is because the team at Slido just announced they were closing down a similar integration with Slack saying:
The feature enables users only to collect questions or ideas. If they want team members to upvote them, they have to leave Slack and do it in a browser. With the current integration, users can't create and share polls in Slack. [...] You'll still be able to simply share a link to your Slido event, survey or poll and post it to any Slack channel.
I actually think this is a significantly better approach to creating, managing and sharing live polls. It's similar to the reason that doopoll doesn't have any integrations with other live event software or slide show software. Because those tools aren't designed for live polls, we can do it better by simply saying:
- Create your live poll in doopoll
- Share the link with your team through your call
- Share your screen when you want to display results
One other set of integrations that Slido provides is with slide show software like Google Slides and Powerpoint so that you can show your slides and switch to your live poll relatively easily. Still, a lot of people said that they find it difficult to switch between their slides and a live poll.
I have a lot of sympathy for Slido here because that's a tough problem to solve.
doopoll doesn't have integrations with slide show software for the reasons we already discussed above, but we've found that it's rarely a problem for people to switch between results in reality. This is especially they case at larger events where there is an audiovisual (A/V) team on hand to manage the event's visuals.
Still, in response to that criticism, Slido created Switcher, a desktop application designed for switching between poll and slides using your phone. It looks great – but a little complicated to manage still, maybe? Here's the video showing it off... you decide:
There are a couple of event features that Slido has. For example: I also really like that you can upload an event agenda and collect ideas for brainstorming sessions. Those are really neat features for event organisers.
While we don't have those features on doopoll, a lot of our customers collect ideas for brainstorming sessions using an open text question and the real time results functionality together. This seems to be more than sufficient for them.
Q&A sessions: Slido excels but beware of unmoderated questions
Low down: Slido's Q&A functionality is neat but you have to plump up minimum £149 (single event usage) £480 (annual plan, paid in advance) to moderate questions. If your budget can stretch to that, it's a good choice for Q&A sessions as the advanced features really make it sing.
Slido has a dedicated feature for collecting questions from the audience in a Q&A format.
On their free plan, respondents can submit anonymous questions directly to the live results without any moderation – if you read the reviews of this feature on sites like Capterra or G2, you'll see a number of people mention that their bosses were very nervous about the functionality.
The anonymity function gets kind of funny sometimes because some questions can get kind of snarky. But I guess that's what is also good about this software in that users don't have to be afraid to ask hard questions. – Susanne H., Capterra Review
Still, if you upgrade to their £480 package, you can moderate questions to make sure that only the questions you want are displayed on the screen.
Note: with the Super package (£100/mo) on doopoll, you can hide individual or all comments from the presenter screen. This way you can collect questions from the audience, while also achieving moderation control over what appears behind your boss' head!
The Q&A functionality on Slido also incorporates labelling of questions asked by the audience, the ability to have other participants 'downvote' a question if they don't like it, and also the ability to have participants leave comments on questions other people have posed (that last one might attract a bit of abuse though so do beware)
Slido is significantly more expensive than doopoll – unless you're running a one off event
Low down: Slido pricing can become prohibitive unless you're willing to commit to annual payments. But paying a big price for an annual subscription to Slido isn't value for money when you consider that you can get a cheaper plan on doopoll and use the tool for many live polls as well as other classic surveys like customer satisfaction etc. Overall doopoll is a much more cost effective buy than Slido.
Not every business and event organiser is concerned about price. But if you're investing in some event technology, it can be useful to get an idea of how the costs may change as you go deeper into the usage of a product.
Here's a review from a former Slido user:
The costs [of Slido] can add up very quickly, especially if using per event pricing. A subsidised rate for students would be useful. – Sana M, Capterra Review
Slido actually has two pricing models.
The first one is for people who want to do one off events. Prices start with a free plan – but it's severely limited. For example, you can only ask 3 questions per event – Slido calls these polls. In our experience and from having analysed over 16 million votes on doopoll, this is not nearly enough for most events.
So you'll end mostly likely want to opt for Professional – why? because Engage doesn't allow you to moderate questions from the audience. They'll just appear for everyone to see leaving you open to embarrassing moments. That'll cost you £149 per event – an event allows you access to your live poll for 3 days.
Alternatively, if you want to use Slido for more than one event a year, it might be worth looking into annual pricing (unlike doopoll they don't allow you to pay monthly.) Annual pricing for Professional (remember what we said about it in the previous point), starts at £480 annually although you can also add additional users to your licence for £360 per user annually.
A comparable package on doopoll will get you up to 10 users and all the features for £996 annually. The same package on Slido would cost you £3720 annually.
By choosing doopoll, you save up to £2724 each year. Additionally, you can choose to pay monthly on doopoll with no minimum contract length which makes it far and away the more cost effective option.
Overall: doopoll is more flexible for year-round usage, but Slido is specifically designed for event usage
If you're looking for a polling platform that can facilitate Q&A sessions at live events, Slido would be a good choice for you.
However, if you'd also like the ability to roll out customer satisfaction, post event feedback and employee engagement surveys throughout the year, you're going to want to consider doopoll. It is more cost effective, has a similar but less event oriented feature set to Slido, and is more attractive to use overall.
Ultimately, I want you to achieve the goal you're setting out to do. And so if there's a way that I can clear up any of your questions about either Slido or doopoll, I'd prefer to do that rather than have you choose a tool too early.
So here's what I'd recommend: If you have questions about either of these tools, I will do my absolute best to answer them if you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want a demo of doopoll, you can also book in with one of our team here.
Before I go, I'll just remind you of the quick decision making criteria a lot of our customers have used when making the same choice you are:
- Slido is very effective for crowdsourcing questions at an event but moderation functionality will increase the cost significantly
- doopoll is a live voting tool that allows you to create surveys and polls all year round meaning you get a lot more bang for your buck
- The results functionality on Slido leaves a lot to be desired – doopoll users love the visual appeal of the Presenter screen at live events and find the QR code generator that's built in to be a great addition
- If price is a concern, doopoll is a better option for you. The savings add up FAST.