For as long as there have been three or more people making a decision, there have been polls. Whether you’re picking a president or a place to eat (FYI, our vote is for tacos, always), polling is a great way to get a group involved, and find out what they think. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our newest live streaming feature: live polls. Now, any broadcaster with a Vimeo Premium or Enterprise plan can create and publish interactive polls in real time. Preparing a new recipe? Ask your audience what they think. Hosting a local basketball game? Quiz fans about their favorite players. Teaching a yoga class? Find out how many of your students are beginners. The beauty of live polling is that no matter what you’re broadcasting, you can ask the questions — and get the answers — that are important to you.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every poll is conducted through audience chat. That means the results will appear in audience chat (next to the Vimeo player) in real-time.
  • Audience chat and your polls are also embeddable, so you can conduct polls on your own custom websites.
  • Creators have the bonus option of including a poll and its results as a graphic on top of their stream — further encouraging everyone to join in the conversation.
Adding live polls is the first of many steps that Vimeo is taking to create the most interactive live-streaming experience on the internet. So next time you stream, set up a poll and ask away. You and your fans will be happy you did.