You can create a Voting Form in Member365. Submissions to a Voting Form are always anonymous, even if your Contacts vote while logged into their Member Portals.
Votes in Member365 are similar to Surveys, but the analytics of a Voting Form are always anonymous whereas Survey responses can be tracked.
Create a new Voting Form
1. From the Member365 Administrator Dashboard, click ‘Modules’ at the top of the page.
2. Select ‘Surveys & Voting‘ from the drop-down menu that appears.
3. On the page that follows, click ‘+ Create’.
4. Choose to create a Voting Form when prompted by clicking the relevant ‘Create‘ button.
Tab One: Setup
You will specify the general settings of your Voting Form under its Setup tab.
Name & Category
Add a name for your Voting Form, and select its Category. Create a new Form Category by clicking the ‘+ Add’ button if necessary.
The ‘Lock Form’ toggle will prevent this Voting From from being deleted as long as the toggle is ON.
The ‘Show form questions and answers in the member portal’ toggle will allow you to show certain Contacts the results of this Voting From from within their Member Portals if the toggle is ON.
Use the calendar icons to specify the ‘Open On’ and ‘Close On’ dates for your Voting Form.
Contacts cannot submit responses to your Voting Form before the Open On date, or after the Close On date.
Tab Two: Messages
After configuring the basic settings for your Voting Form, it’s time to write its relevant messages!
Use the text editor to create a message for your Voting Form’s Instructions, then switch to the next sub-tab and configure your Submit Message.
Tab Three: Questions & Answers
Click ‘Launch Form Question Editor‘ to build your Voting Form!
We have a Knowledge Base article on the Form Question Editor if you are unfamiliar with how it works. Remember to ‘Save’ every question you configure, and remember to ‘Save’ the entire series of questions before returning to your Voting Form’s settngs!
Tab Four: Access
The series of sub-tabs under the Access tab will help you configure the Voting Form’s audience to any subset of Contacts you wish!
This sub-tab displays a series of check boxes, representing each Membership Category in your system. If you check a box, all Active Members of that Category will be able to submit to your Voting Form.
You can create and assign categories for Organizations in Member365. You can choose to give Voting Form access to Contacts who belong to Organizations of a specific category.
Contact Demographics allow you to classify Contacts in a way that’s independent of Membership Category or Membership Status. You can assign Voting Form access to Contacts of a specific demographic.
The Contacts sub-tab allows you to assign Voting Form access to individual Contacts on a case-by-case basis! Type their name or email address in the search field to allow them to vote in the Voting Form.
Use the drop-down menu if there is a specific Contact List that you wish to be able to vote in your Voting Form.
Copy the HTML code from the Public Link sub-tab to embed your Voting Form on your own website, and to share access to the Voting Form with whoever you wish.
Tab Five: Alerts & Reminders
Configure how your Contacts will see the Voting Form, through their Member Portals or via email.
Toggle ON ‘Add alert to portal dashboard’ for a link to this Voting Form to display on the Member Portal.
Only Contacts who have been granted access from the ‘Access’ tab will see the alert and a link to the Voting Form upon logging in.
Use the text area below the toggle to add your own custom messaging for the dashboard alert that will accompany the Voting Form link!
Toggle ON ‘Send invitation to contacts’ to configure an email that contains a link to your Voting Form.
When you click to Publish your Voting Form, all Contacts who you have assigned access in the ‘Access’ tab will receive this invitation email with a link to the Voting Form.
Switch to the ‘Submission Email’ sub-tab if you would like to configure an email that sends to respondents after they vote in your Voting Form.
Tab Six: Credits
Use the ‘Credits’ sub-tab if you wish to turn this Voting Form into an Activity in your Continuing Education Module.
Specify the amount of Credits and the Activity Level as needed.
If your organization does not use Continuing Education, you can ignore this tab!
Congratulations, you now know how to create and configure a Voting Form in Member365!