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The Switch-over

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It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies. From its start over ten years ago, Doodle has grown into one of the most popular scheduling tools worldwide, with millions of users and millions of polls created every month. If you meander through the memories in our blog, you’ll notice there’s been a lot of changes over the years, most recently with the launch of our redesign. The redesign brings effortless poll creation and management, as well as a fresh modern look.   

But now it’s time for the grand switch-over. From October 19th, 2017, the old version of the site will be retired, and the new redesigned version of Doodle will continue on as the official version. It’s time to crack a bottle of champagne on the hull and let it set sail.   

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Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Features

Doodle is the simplest way to find a time for a meeting or an event. First you create a poll with all the options you like, then you send it out to your friends or colleagues. They vote, and in minutes you have the time that best suits everyone’s busy schedules.

Based on feedback from our millions of users, we’ve refined the core features of Doodle and improved the process of poll creation and management. Now, you can set up a poll in only three quick steps. We’ve also polished the time-picker, and combined both date and time selection into the same page. In a snap, your poll is finished and you’ve sent out your invites.

Managing polls is just as easy as it’s ever been with new version. There’s one intuitive menu at the top of the page where you can find everything you need. Want to add another date or make it a hidden poll? A few clicks and your poll is updated and upgraded. As the votes come in, Doodle automatically highlights the best option with a star, so you can find it with a glance and set the date.

Doodle offers a direct calendar connection, so that the final option appears in your calendar automatically. It’s also easy to recognize scheduling conflicts when creating and participating in polls.   

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Premium Doodle

Doodle offers several plans full of advanced features specifically designed for business professionals and teams.

With a Premium plan you’ll be able to send out private polls, with their own individual links, ensuring that only those you’ve specifically invited can participate in your poll.

This is also necessary to employ the Doodle’s handy ‘who is missing?’ feature that allows you to quickly view who has and who hasn’t participated in your poll. And what if you’re missing a few participants? With Premium Doodle you’ll be able to quickly see who you’ve invited to the poll and send out reminders directly to your participants encouraging them to make their selection before the poll closes. Premium business users can include a company logo or background and send out their polls without the ads, ensuring that their polls have a more professional quality.  

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Even more to come  

First we improved poll creation and management by streamlining the process to make it even more user-friendly. Next up is adding a little shine and design to the dashboard and improving the login and sign-up processes. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of Doodle as much as we do. Keep your eyes peeled for the new developments on the way.    

“Hi Meekan!” — Doodle welcomes Meekan, the scheduling assistant chatbot

The Doodle Team is thrilled to announce that the Israel-based startup Meekan is now part of the Doodle family! Meekan’s chatbot supports users as a virtual assistant with easy and fast scheduling — a perfect fit to enhance Doodle’s already powerful online scheduling service.

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Driven thoroughly by artificial intelligence, Meekan acts as a virtual scheduling assistant and is controlled by a conversational interface. In response to a simple request, the chatbot automatically matches up the schedules of all members of a group chat within seconds and proposes prioritized dates. The Meekan chatbot is adaptive and remembers prior preferences and practices of its users to optimally plan and adjust schedules. Unique to this industry, Meekan is 100% driven by artificial intelligence, with no humans involved “behind the curtains”.

Meekan was established in Israel in 2013 by Lior Yavor, Eyal Yavor and Matty Marianksy and has been supported by Hong Kong-based venture capital investor Horizons Ventures up to now. The Meekan scheduler is already in use as a robot assistant in the instant messaging applications of Slack and HipChat.

As members of the Doodle management team, the founders Lior Yavor, Eyal Yavor and Matty Marianksy will continue to be responsible for the development of Meekan. Lior Yavor, CEO of Meekan: “We very much look forward to working with Doodle, a strong international brand with more than 26 million users a month worldwide. With the chatbot feature and other developments, Doodle will still be the first choice for scheduling in the future, both for personal use and for business purposes.”

For further details, please refer to the press release.

 

 

Doodle gets you ready for the Rugby World Cup in England

Rugby fan? Amateur player? Here’s some tips to make sure you’re on form for the upcoming World Cup.

On 18th September England will host the eighth ever Rugby World Cup. Over the tournament, 48 games of rugby will be played across 13 different venues in 11 host cities. 20 participating teams will sell out 2.3 million seats and draw in nearly half a million international visitors.

This is a hugely exciting time for all rugby enthusiasts, but how can you make the most of this special occasion.

Never miss a match …

With nearly fifty matches to watch, a game or two could easily slip past you. This handy app lets you select your team and then automatically imports all the fixtures into your calendar. Never miss a match again!

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England gets ready for the RWC2015

Watching the matches with your mates

It’s probably safe to say that you’ll be rounding up your mates, work colleagues and team mates to watch your side’s matches. But what about the other teams you’re hoping to watch such as the almighty All Blacks or the brave Wallabies from Down Under.

Find out if your mates, colleagues or team mates are free to watch even more matches by sending a quick and easy Doodle poll. You simply set up an event online, add all the dates and times of the matches and then send the invitation link to your rugby pals. All they then have to do is select the times they’re available and the matches they want to see and the clever tool works out the best time for everyone and notifies you.

Where to watch …

With England’s games being played on a Saturday night, you may want to avoid any TV clashes with the likes of Strictly and X-Factor by checking out where you can watch the game locally. You can use The Pub Finder to find those local gems.

This year, all the games are being shown on ITV, so chances are any pub worth its salt will be showing the games. Time Out have a great list of the best London pubs to watch rugby so make sure you get a group together and try them out … maybe all of them. If you really want to get into the spirit, then visit one of the 14 Fanzones where you can watch all the action.

How to stay in the know …

With so many games going on and so many players to get to grips with, you’re probably going to need a little help keeping your rugby facts on point. Download ITV’s Rugby World Cup app to find out all the vital stats and impress your mates. You can even turn on alerts from the BBC Sport app, so you’ll be the first in the office to find out the latest news.

Make the most of RWC 2015

Get inspired from the fantastic rugby games you’ll be watching! Maybe you could see if your friends, family or colleagues fancy setting up an amateur team. Depending on the skill levels you could start out with a friendly game of touch rugby. Keep practices and match times organised using Doodle to see when works best for everyone. Make sure to factor in the important post-practice/match pub session into any event.

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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.

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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.

Tamedia completes acquisition of Doodle and shifts gears for further investments

Swiss media group Tamedia has increased its share in Doodle to 100 per cent and intends to keep investing in the scheduling platform.

The founders Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç as well as the Innovation Foundation of the Canton Bank of Schwyz as minority shareholders have relinquished their 51 per cent share as already agreed upon in 2011. Following the successful transfer of operational management to Michael Brecht in February 2014, Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç are now leaving the Supervisory Board of Doodle AG with the sale of their shares.

The scheduling platform under the direction of the new CEO Michael Brecht has invested further in internationalisation over the past months. This strategy has been rewarded with a substantial increase in sales. Today, more than 20 million people use Doodle globally every month. The scheduling platform, which is available in 17 languages, plans the opening of an office in Berlin in 2015, from where 10 employees will support the platform’s international growth.

The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

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