Category Archives: Doodle app

New Frontiers with Doodle and Meekan

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Doodle is more than just Doodle.com and our iOS and Android apps you know. Doodle is also Meekan! Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. It’s a chatbot you can talk with on Slack, Hipchat, and Microsoft teams. Just ask for a meeting and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time. Together with Meekan, we’re expanding our scheduling domain into other territories with three exciting new projects. Now you can experience the power of Meekan in your browser, on your desktop, and on your Android device.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Google calendar Chrome extension

Are you a Chrome user? Statistically speaking, that’s probably the case. And it’s good news for you too. We’re bringing you Meekan in the form of a Chrome extension (which is just a custom program for your browser). You can download it from the Chrome store and start scheduling with Meekan in seconds. Just add the contacts you’d like to invite, and Meekan will suggest appropriate times based on everyone’s calendar. See below. I added a few contacts for my meeting and found a time when everyone can make it!

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Everyone can make it!

Mac OS app

The brains of Meekan can also accessed directly from your desktop with our new Mac OS app. Download it here. I’ll wait!

You can schedule meetings with anyone right from your desktop. No need to open your calendar, or send endless emails back and forth trying. Simply click, add your contacts, and Meekan will find a time that fits everyone. It’s as simple as that.

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Easy scheduling, right on your desktop

Meekan for Android

Now you can have Meekan in the palm of your hand. Download the new Meekan prototype for your Android device and experience just how easy scheduling a meeting can be. Just like our other prototypes, all you have to do is add a contact and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time to meet.

If you want to experience just how effortless scheduling is with Meekan, go ahead and try one (or all!) of our new prototypes. If you have feedback feel free to get in touch on Twitter or send us an email at support@doodle.com.  

 

Doodle at AMP 2018

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We’re so excited that our very own Michael Wuergler presented at this year’s AMP conference in Amsterdam.

AMP is an open-source project that aims to make the web better for everyone by creating faster web pages that perform better across all platforms. Most recently, Google has been working to bring the power of this framework to Gmail, and they asked us to develop a few applications for the new prototype.

Now, emails will no longer be static blocks of HTML that age and grow moss in your inbox. With this technology, developers will be able to create engaging, interactive email experiences. Your emails will be more dynamic; they’ll live and change with time. AMP for Email will make it possible for your emails to remain up to date every time you open them.

What does this mean for Doodle?

It means that you could get poll updates directly in your inbox. And I’m not talking about notification emails; I mean that your original admin email will update itself when people make their selections in your poll. You’ll be able to have a running tally of who voted for what in your poll as it’s happening. You could even choose a final date and close the poll right from your inbox. All without opening your browser. Finding a time to meet will be faster and easier with the ability to manage polls from your email.  

We’re waiting for Google to roll out AMP for Email, and then we can move to bring you all our cool AMP related projects.

If you’re interested in AMP and want to see Michael’s presentation you can check out the video below. He starts at about 6:30.

 

How Slack Made Doodle More Productive

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Slack is the premier communication tool for us at Doodle. It’s hard to imagine what work was like before it. Now our workspace is more than just our offices in Zurich, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Belgrade. All of us are connected on another plane, where work, communication and progress, are streamlined. We love Slack for all kinds of reasons, but here are the top 5.

And for all you Doodle fans out there that aren’t already on board with Slack, you can check out a special offer and get started today.

Channels

Slack channels are fundamental to our work. We use channels for everything. A general one with everyone included. Channels for our different teams; backend, design, apps, and so on. We have channels going for relevant tech news and even the weird stuff we stumble across on the web.

But what makes Slack so vital to our productivity as a company is that we create channels whenever a new topic arises. New project or idea? Start a conversation and add the relevant teammates. Inside of 5 minutes, we’ll have more ideas outlined and overall progress than if we’d scheduled a kick-off meeting and had to wait for a conference room.

Remote work

With the Doodle wheels turning in four different offices, we’re no strangers to remote work and conference calls. We use Slack to communicate in threads rather than emailing back and forth all the time, and we also use it for video instead of Skype or Hangouts.

You can use it for one-to-one meetings, or you can invite others to join. Our favorite part is the nifty sketch feature you can use when you share your screen. The sketch feature facilitates a little more back and forth between teammates when you’re presenting or communicating an idea. It’s funny how often you wish you could draw what you mean instead of describing it. Problem solved. 

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Apps

Slack offers hundreds of app integrations. When you can integrate all of the other tools you use on a daily basis with Slack, it becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. 2+2=5 right?

Google Drive – It’s so easy to manage all Google Drive needs from Slack. There’s no need to toggle back to email to approve access requests or find some lost comment notification. I’ll get every update on the documents I’m working right on my desktop.

Desk.com – When a user contacts us with feedback on a new feature, the message is automatically sent to our support channel in Slack. Our product team can have a look at it and discuss the next steps for implementation. There’s never any shortage of great ideas, and this Slack app helps to keep them coming.

Meekan

Our favorite app for Slack gets its own section. Meekan.

Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. Meekan can connect everyone’s calendars, and propose the best times to meet, all through chat on Slack. Meekan learns your habits and the times you typically meet with certain people and bases its suggestions on that. No more early meetings or anything after 6. And it’s not just you either, Meekan will do its best to make your whole team happy, having already learned everyone’s schedules.

But Meekan can do more than just set meetings. It is your assistant after all. Ask Meekan to edit, reschedule, rename, or move meetings around too. If you’re late to the office, pull up Slack and ask Meekan to push your first meeting back 15 minutes. It’ll send out a notification letting everyone know. You can ask Meekan how many meetings you have tomorrow or next week, and it’ll give you a breakdown of your schedule.

We Doodlers are flying between our offices all the time. To help us out, Meekan can also check the world’s flight database and find the earliest arriving, shortest, and cheapest flights anywhere.  

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Mobile

All of these great features are available on the go with the Slack apps for Android and iOS. The Slack app is a great way to catch up on what I missed yesterday or to get a start on my workday while I’m on my commute. If you need to alert team members, you can tap the @ to bring up a list of teammates and groups. They’ll get a notification that they need to check out a thread or take a look at a document. With the app, it’s just as easy to swipe and set your status to away if you’re not taking your work home with you.

Slack enables us as a company to share our ideas, our creativity and our progress. It also helps us to send cat videos and weird gifs to each other the second we see them.

Here’s a selection from our random Slack channel.  

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Not using Slack? Get started with $100 off by using a special discount from our team at https://try.slack.com/doodle.

Experience the Benefits: Doodle Premium

Curious about what makes Doodle Premium so special?

Here’s a look at all the cool features and benefits.

Who is missing

With Doodle Premium you can easily keep track of who has and who hasn’t participated in your poll. When you send invitations via Doodle (by clicking Invite participants at the top of the page and then ‘email’), you’ll notice that every email address you send the invites to will appear on the bottom of the poll. These email addresses will act as placeholders until your participants make their selections, and then they’ll disappear. With just a glance at your poll, you can easily see who needs to be reminded to participate.

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Send reminders

If you want to send a quick email reminder to those who haven’t participated in your poll, you can do so with one click. Click the ‘Send reminders’ button at the top of the page to view a list of the non-responders. You can edit the list if you like and add a custom message.

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Branding

If you take a look at our Premium plans, you’ll notice that all the business options include customized branding. You can add your logo to your polls as well as a custom background. With Doodle Premium Business plans you add a professional look to all the polls you send out to your clients and your team.

Additional information requests

Additional information requests allow you to acquire more information from your participants when they make their selections in a poll. When your participants save their selections in your poll, you can ask them to provide their email address, phone number, or postal address. It’s a pretty nifty feature if you want to start a contact list for a newsletter (for example) or if you just want to make sure you can get back in touch with everyone after your event.

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User management

You can have Premium Business plans with as many users as you like. If you purchase a Business plan for teams, you’ll be able to add others to your account and them to create polls with all the same Premium benefits. It’s as simple as adding their email address to your user management page here. Then they can see who is missing, send reminders, and add information requests.

Also, keep in mind that all Doodle Premium plans are ad-free! Take a look at our Premium plans.

Meet Anywhere in the World

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There’s no question that Doodle is the best way to organize a time to meet. It wouldn’t be the best time-finding tool if we didn’t take into account one vital issue.

Time zones. Your 8 o’clock or my 8 o’clock? Wait, when are we meeting again?

We’ve taken care of all of this already. Just in case you had any questions, I wanted to share the details with you.

There are two time zone settings you’ll encounter when polling.

Poll time zone

During step 2 when you create the poll, you will set the “poll time zone.” If you have an account, the poll should automatically take whichever time zone you have in your account settings. Check yours here. If you don’t have an account, the poll time zone is taken from your IP address. You’re free to click on the time zone during step 2 and choose another if you wish. This will be the time zone of your poll and the time zone of your event.

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Display time zone

Consider the following from the perspective of your participants.  When viewing a poll, you’ll notice the “display time zone” just under the title of the poll. This time zone will be unique to the person viewing the poll, depending on their location. The poll should adjust the time options according to the person’s account settings or IP address. The poll time zone remains the same and the display options are changed for each participant. You can also click on the time zone and change it if you like. 

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For Example

I’d like to have a conference call with some colleagues overseas. I’m in Berlin and I’ve created a poll with some options that I think might work for everyone. The poll time zone is Berlin. When my colleagues in New York open the poll, they’ll see my Berlin times adjusted to their time zone (see above). The 11am option they choose will be my 5pm, taking into account the 6 hour time difference. When the phone rings at 11am New York time, they’ll be ready to answer it.  

What about the apps?

When you create a poll with time slots in the app, Doodle will take whichever time zone you have your phone set to as the poll time zone. Likewise, when viewing a poll in the app, the display time zone will be adjusted according to your phone settings. There’s no need to adjust the time zone, we handle this for you automatically.

You can also check out our FAQ here for more details.

Make Some Memories

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It’s not too late to bring all your pals together for a great New Years Eve event. Where are you going? When are you meeting? Who can make it and who can’t? It’s not as complicated as it seems. Or at least it doesn’t have to be. Make a poll with Doodle and get the party going!

Add locations to the date of your event

So you want to organize your perfect New Years Eve, and you can’t decide where and when to have it? We can certainly help you there. When you create a poll with Doodle, you can easily add locations to the chosen date options.

During step 2 when you create your poll, you can choose your date. In this case December 31st. Maybe you have a few different ideas for restaurants or other locales that would be perfect for your party. When you click ‘add times’ on the right side of the screen, you can simply write your text in the blank (and also the time of a likely reservation if you like). It would look something like this:

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When you schedule with Doodle, your New Year’s Eve plans take care of themselves. It’s not only possible to plan the when of your event, but also the where. So get rid of that holiday stress and get together with Doodle.

Happy new year from the Doodle team!

 

 

Stay in the Loop!

Here’s a quick guide to our notifications.

Doodle polls are excellent ways to organize events and plan your life. They’re also great communication tools. Sure you can send invitations directly from Doodle, but there are lots of other ways in which these polls can facilitate communication.

When are notifications sent? 

When you choose options in a poll you’ll be posed with a question. Subscribe to notifications or go back to the poll. If you choose to subscribe to notifications you’ll be updated each time another person participates, and when the admin makes changes to the poll.

You’ll also be notified automatically when the poll creator chooses the final date and closes the poll. Admins don’t have to bother sending out more emails. We’ve got this covered. Meetings are important; we wouldn’t want you to miss an update.

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Email or push? 

You also have control over how you receive this messages. If you also have our app we give you the option to choose push notifications over emails. You can change this option in your account settings or your app settings on your phone. When there’s an update on the poll we’ll just ping your phone to keep in touch. How convenient!

Sending reminders

There’s another way Premium Doodlers can communicate with their invitees. They can send polite reminders to those who haven’t yet made their votes. Rather than waiting around for everyone to participate you can send them a quick encouraging message. Sending reminders is just one of the many benefits of a Premium account. Sign up for a free trial and try it out!  

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