THE PINOCCHIO NATION – 81% OF BRITS TELL PORKIES TO BAIL ON MATES

At Doodle, we wanted to find out if Brits ever cancelled on their mates after making plans and if so, what do they say to their mates to let them down. Are they always honest?

The results showed that a staggering 81% of Brits admit to telling ‘porkies’ to get out of pre-arranged plans.

With almost half (48%) admitting to cancelling on friends at least once a month, the research also revealed the top excuses Brits use to save face when ducking out of plans.

63% use the classic sickness bug to get out of social plans, over a fifth (23%) blame family birthdays and get-togethers, and 15% put it down to forgetfulness. Shockingly, even a death in the family isn’t off limits, with 5% using this distasteful excuse to back out of pre-arranged plans.

In reality, the reasons Brits are bailing are far more lame.

Tiredness tops the list of blowing off plans (41%) followed by ‘could no longer be bothered’ (33%), a lack of money (29%) and for almost 1 in 10 (8%), a night in binging on Netflix is more appealing than a date with their mates.

Poor planning also emerged as a big issue with 18% admitting to double booking themselves, and having to cancel plans as a result. They could easily avoid this issue by being better organised and using a tool like Doodle to make sure al friends are on the same page.

To help you spot if a friend is bailing on you in future here are the top five excuses we found Brits using:

1. I’m too ill
2. It’s my nan’s birthday – I can’t get out of it
3. I have to look after a sick family member
4. I completely forgot!
5. I was so tired I just fell asleep

And here are the top five reasons they are actually dropping out:

1. I was too knackered
2. I couldn’t be bothered
3. Completely broke
4. I had double booked myself
5. I wanted to see my boyfriend/girlfriend

The research also revealed that women are more likely to fabricate an excuse when cancelling, with 83% admitting to stretching the truth. And, a jaw dropping 91% of people 25-34 years regularly tell porkies to avoid a meet-up with a mate.

It appears that Brits would rather tell a few elaborate porkies than confess their lame excuses for bailing on their so-called mates. Perhaps with better planning and a little more honesty, we’re more likely to keep our friendships and our conscience intact.

Doodle launches new Android App

Today is a big day for Doodle. We’re excited to announce the release of our completely redesigned and rebuilt Doodle App for Android, which is now much more powerful and easier to use. The new Doodle App has everything that people liked about the old version, but it also includes some great new features.

Stay connected with powerful notification options

Need to clarify something? The built-in chat feature enables you to instantly chat with all of the participants. Push notifications will keep you informed about everything that’s going on.

Keep your contacts and participants visible

Contact integration helps you to quickly invite all of the people that are important to you, and with the matrix view you can quickly review all participations.

We are listening

In addition to the new Android App we are also releasing an update for our iPhone App that brings you the matrix view as well as the possibility to create Text Polls. Stay tuned, we have an exciting mobile roadmap planned for you.

But for now, visit the Play Store and download our new Android App for free!

Your Doodle Team

New feature: Multi-day events

The process of picking times on individual days is something that our users are very familiar with when scheduling an event with Doodle, but what about scheduling events that span multiple days, such as a vacation with friends or a conference? Our users have frequently requested a multi-day feature, and we’re happy to say that multi-day event polls are now supported internationally on the Desktop Web version of Doodle!

This free new feature has already been available in the United States and Canada, and users in those locations have tested multi-day events and provided their feedback. During this testing period, around 65,000 multi-day event polls were created, and more than 250,000 people participated in those events. Based on the success of those polls, the time has come to roll this feature out to all of our users.

Scheduling a multi-day event is simple. Just click on a date, grab the green arrow, and select the number of days that you need. Enjoy!

Multi-day events

Doodle gets a major iPhone update

Today is a big day for Doodle. We are very excited to announce the release of our completely redesigned and rebuilt Doodle App for iPhone, which is now much more powerful and easier to use.

we present the new Doodle iOS App

Presenting the new Doodle iOS App

A totally new experience

Our previous iOS App was intended as a mobile companion for heavy Doodle users – something you used between accessing Doodle on your computers. Now that people are increasingly relying on mobile devices in addition to (or instead of) their computers, our old approach was not sufficient. We started from scratch by focusing on how our millions of users manage their time on the go. The result is a brand new experience for your iPhone that helps you to come to an agreement with a group of people – at any time and in any place – right from your mobile device. It’s available today and it’s free.

The power of Doodle at your fingertips

The new Doodle App has everything that people liked about the old version, but it also includes some new features which are wrapped in a fresh and improved easy-to-use interface. It’s compatible with iPhone 4s and newer, including iPhone 6 Plus.

Stay connected with powerful notification options

Need to clarify something? The built-in chat feature enables you to instantly chat with all of the participants. Push notifications will keep you informed about everything that’s going on.

Keep your contacts and appointments visible

Contact integration helps you to quickly invite all of the people that are important to you, and with the built-in calendar integration (for Premium users), scheduling conflicts are a thing of the past.

More on the way

Our mobile team is now a dedicated product and engineering team at Doodle, and we have an exciting mobile roadmap planned for you. Next up is the release of our iPad version and a major update to our Android App. But for now, visit the App Store and download our new iOS App for free!

Online scheduling platform Doodle expands to Nordics through partnership with Sellbranch

We are very happy to announce the new partnership with Nordic advertisement agency Sellbranch.

Nordic Doodle users have helped grow the platform to be one of the rising stars in the Nordic internet scene, with yearly growth rates of more than 30%. Sellbranch will help monetise the valuable traffic millions of Doodle users are generating month by month in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Michael Brecht, CEO of Doodle explains ”I am really happy about the partnership between the leading Swedish online advertising agency Sellbranch and Doodle as the global standard for online scheduling, as we will jointly offer our highly interesting ads inventory to Nordic clients.”

“We are really looking forward to launch Doodle in the Nordics. Doodle has fantastic advertising solutions which we look forward to bring to the market. Combining Doodle’s high end users with Sellbranch programmatic technology and sales force I’m confident that we will deliver high values for advertisers and consumers” says Marcus Ericson, Programmatic Director at Sellbranch.

Doodle is attractive for corporate clients as the company offers highly-affine branding solutions for advertisers, all situated around the poll, the Doodle users are creating. With more than 25 million people using Doodle around the world every month, the application has become the global standard for online group scheduling.

Välkommen Sellbranch –
your Doodle Team

Social Media Making us Less sociable – finds Doodle study in the UK

Online scheduling specialist Doodle did a recent study on the use of social media in the UK, here are the findings:

· Every hour Brits spend with friends takes 28 minutes to plan on social media

· 61% cancel social gatherings after planning drags on

· Average meet-up with mates takes 30 messages to organise

Social media like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have made pinning down a date to meet with mates a logistical nightmare, meaning frustrated Brits are now less likely to see friends face to face. That’s according to new research1 from Doodle, examining how friends plan get-togethers in the digital age.

It found that a whopping three quarters of us (73%) regularly use social media or messaging tools to plan gathering with friends, but with the average three-person meeting taking 30 messages to organise, many are simply tuning out. The situation is even more painful for 18-24 year olds, with the average meeting requiring a thread stretching to 50 messages.

As a result, 61% say that social gatherings are cancelled because friends, frustrated by the drawn-out planning process, drop out and over 28 million (58%) of us admit to ignoring email threads, muting never ending WhatsApp conversations and leaving Facebook notifications unread.

36% of us also admit to discussing the same meeting across three or more social media platforms or messaging tools at one time. Thanks to this endless game of planning ping pong it now takes Brits an average of 28 minutes to organise every hour they spend with their friends.

Yet, half of Brits say they would like to see their friends more, and 49% said that they would be much more likely to do so if it was easier to figure out when their friends were free.

Michael Brecht, CEO of Doodle said, “Agreeing a date and time to meet friends can be like pinning jelly to a wall at the best of times, but the explosion of messaging services has made it even worse. Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter were meant to make communicating simpler and all of us more sociable – this research suggests they are having the opposite effect.”

Doodle has developed a simple, free solution to the problem, which Michael hopes will result in more friends meeting up face to face. Doodle users set up an event online, add suggested times and then send the invitation link to all invited. Invitees then select the times they’re available and Doodle works out the best time for everyone and notifies you. Our Doodle service is growing rapidly in the UK, with a Brit using Doodle to arrange a meet up every minute of every day2.

Michael concludes, “Friendships are incredibly important, and need to be nurtured – studies have shown they even help you live longer. We feel like we’re doing our little bit to make it easier for friends to meet up and share quality time together.”

Top social media and messaging tools to organise outings with friends in the UK:

1. Facebook (51%)
2. Email (43%)
3. Facebook Messenger (30%)
4. SMS (28%)
5. WhatsApp (26%)
6. Twitter (18%)
7. Skype (16%)
8. Snapchat (9%)

1 Methodology: Research commissioned by Doodle and conducted by independent research firm, One Poll between 17th and 19th February 2015. One Poll carried out a survey of 2,000 UK consumers aged 18 – 55+. Percentages and figures quoted refer to the proportion of the whole sample, unless otherwise stated.

2 In 2014, over 947,000 meeting ‘polls’ were created on Doodle in the UK, equating to 1.8 polls/minute

Doodle appoints Capella for UK brief

We have news about our PR work in the United Kingdom. We are very happy to announce that we have appointed London based Capella as our retained PR agency.

Doodle is already the nation’s favourite social scheduling tool, with a Brit using the online service to arrange a meet up with friends every minute of every day1. Capella will lead a campaign to encourage even more consumers to use Doodle. It will focus on positioning Doodle as a way to sustain and rekindle friendships.

Capella delivers integrated PR and digital campaigns for consumer and b2b brands. Capella was named Small Agency of the Year 2014 by both the PRCA and PR Moment in the United Kingdom and is a PR Week New Consultancy 2014 finalist. Capella employs twelve staff at its London offices.

Gareth Thomas, founder of Capella, said, “In a world of jam-packed diaries, arranging group social meet ups can sometimes feel like herding cats. Doodle solves this issue and is already growing exponentially – we’re looking forward to accelerating this with a campaign that connects Doodle with friendship and showcases how it makes our social lives easier.”

Michael Brecht, CEO of Doodle, said, “Capella has some really smart ideas about how we can take the Doodle brand to the next level in the UK and we’re delighted to be partnering with them to boost awareness and users.”

1 In 2014, over 947,000 polls were created on Doodle in the UK, equating to 1.8 polls / minute.