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If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently you’ll have seen a HUGE amount of LinkedIn Polls in the newsfeed

Another tool in the humanisation of LinkedIn to make the platform a little more engaging

LinkedIn stories are also coming soon to the platform

That of course is a massive plus for the platform in freeing itself from the shackles of it’s stuffy past

Remember the vast majority of LinkedIn user are lurkers, so small steps like this that take people from lurking to engaging is a good step

On the other hand you might be shaking your head at total disbelief in why someone would post a poll on the platform, that simply looks to waste peoples time

Below we’ll be looking at:

  • How Do You Create A LinkedIn Poll?
  • Why you should create a LinkedIn Poll?
  • Are polls or text only questions better?
  • And how do LinkedIn Polls compare to Twitter Polls, Facebook Polls and Instagram Polls

Plus much more

Let’s deep dive into LinkedIn Polls and delve into all the questions people are asking

Wait – haven’t LinkedIn Polls been around before?

I’ve been on LinkedIn for 10 years, but back in the day when LinkedIn Polls were around, I used to spend a lot more time on Twitter and Facebook. But you’re right, prior to 2014, LinkedIn did have polls

So rather than you thinking LinkedIn is being late to the idea of polls, it’s simply bringing back something that they used to have

It certainly makes you think about some of the features that LinkedIn should bring back

How do you create a LinkedIn Poll?

Creating a LinkedIn Poll is really easy
– Click share an update
– Look at the options at the bottom and Create A Poll is next to Celebrate a Teammate and Find An Expert
– Type Your Question (you have 140 characters for this)
– Give your Poll Options (up to 4 with 30 characters for each answer)
– Select duration (1 day / 3 days / 1 week / 2 weeks)
– Select Done
– And then add your caption – don’t forget how powerful the caption can be (spend as much time on this as the poll itself)


Why should you set up a LinkedIn Poll?
You should set up a LinkedIn poll because it bridges the cross section of the following
– It helps serve your business and marketing objectives
– It offers value to your audience

Like any new feature people are testing and playing with it at the moment and we are suffering poll fatigue

But the concept of polls can be used for
– Research
– Testing an Idea
– Aiding the sales process

I’d genuinely be interested in receiving screengrabs or links to LinkedIn Poll examples where you feel it’s added value to your feed

Please email with examples

Should you post engagement bait style LinkedIn Polls?
Like any platform people will abuse the poll function for absolute twaddle

– Barm or Bap
– Ketchup or Brown Sauce
– The Top Tier of

Remember LinkedIn is a professional network and what you post should fulfil your business objectives in some way

Are you adding to people’s day or wasting their time?

Naturally entertainment and personality can play a huge part in that. I’ll mention my passions such as Running, Rock & Roll and Veganism regularly in an entertaining way that also links with my business

But remember likes, comments and random poll votes do not pay the mortgage

You can’t call your bank manager and say can I pay my mortgage this month with the 200 people who voted Barm over Bap in my latest LinkedIn Poll

But you might make enough sales to pay the mortgage if you ask polls as part of your content mix that are Research, Testing an Idea and Aiding the sales process

Can you see who voted in a LinkedIn Poll?
If you’re the author of the poll then yes, you get to see who voted and how they voted

If you voted in a poll you can’t see who voted, but once you vote you can see the percentage of votes for each option

Where do you see or find people’s LinkedIn Polls?
LinkedIn Polls feature in your newsfeed

You can also look at a users profile and see their posts as you would any status update

For important polls you might see user flagging them up in their featured posts section

Which type of posts will get greater reach in the LinkedIn algorithm – Polls or Text Only Status Updates?

Remember you have always been able to ask polls on LinkedIn by offering up options as A – / B – / C- / D- as a text only status updated and asking people to comment the letter or their choice

Due to the fact that the LinkedIn algorithm favours comments over likes / low touch engagement such as polls, then long term it’s likely text only status updates will get more reach once the novelty dies down

Hopefully though polls could tempt lurkers to voters. And then to comment once they gain more confidence

Reach alone is a vanity metric

But reach + insightful posts + your target customers = success

What should you do if responding to a LinkedIn Poll?
One big tip here for LinkedIn Polls

If you want to help the author of the poll – as well as voting, also comment on the poll as it will increase the reach of the poll to more people

If you want to help yourself – as well as voting, also comment on the poll as it will increase your visibility to the author and their connections

Insightful comments help the whole LinkedIn eco system

Make it your mission to comment more on LinkedIn (or for that matter any Social Media platform you use)

How do LinkedIn Polls compare to Twitter Polls, Facebook Polls and Instagram Polls?

Twitter Polls
– Polls that perform well on Twitter are “World Cup Of Crisps” style
– Twitter has 280 characters for your question
– Up to 4 poll options
– Poll Duration of up to 7 days
– Voting is anonymous – author can’t see who voted
– Both author / voters can only see percentage

Facebook Polls
– Great for B2C Brands
– 2 poll options
– Can also add photos / gifs to polls
– Duration of 1 day / 1 week / never end / set date
– Audience can see who voted

Instagram Polls
– Very short question length
– 24 hour polls in Instagram Stories
– A/B options i.e 2 poll options
– Author can see who voted
– Public can only see percentage of votes

Any more questions on LinkedIn Polls?

If there is something I haven’t covered above or something you want more detail on email

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