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Doodle for Android ― The Next Level

We started redesigning the Doodle Android App in March of this year. Our goal was to develop a truly native app that utilizes all possibilities to increase productivity as well as efficiency. Only by reaching that goal would we be able to meet the high standard that is associated with the Doodle brand.     

By working together with partners such as the Google team in London and by utilizing cutting-edge technology and principles, we are always striving to raise the bar in order to improve upon the functionality that’s provided by Doodle as a whole.

Doodle Android Update

Doodle Android Update

But what have we been doing during the past few months, and what’s next? Native applications offer great convenience and allow for more efficiency. In order to make use of that, our app must have all of the functionality that is provided by our website, which our users have become accustomed to over the years. A recent example of accomplishing that ambition is the integration of calendars, enabling you to see your plans at a glance while creating or participating in a poll. Push notifications have also been implemented in our app so you can always stay up to date.

Just recently, Google launched the newest Android version (6.0) called Marshmallow. In light of that, we have put in a lot of work to support its most important features, such as the permission system, from day one. As a result of our efforts, Google decided to feature us on the official list of Top Apps for Android Marshmallow. More details about the new features of the most recent Android update can be found here.

Google Marshmallow and Doodle

Google Marshmallow and Doodle

Thanks to the integration of Smart Lock, Doodle now offers an additional login option that is even easier, faster, and more secure than before since email addresses and passwords will now be able to be automatically synchronized across all of your devices. As soon as you install our app, Smart Lock will detect your credentials and offer you this new login. Detailed information on how this feature works can be retrieved from here.

What to expect next:

Nearby ― Invite participants who are in your immediate vicinity to your poll. Imagine a meeting where you want everyone present to be able to participate in a poll. Using Nearby, you can invite everyone with a single tap without needing to get their contact details. Thanks to the Doodle mobile app, everyone can now match their plans with the poll’s suggested options and make decisions much more efficiently.

Alexander Thiele
Doodle Team

Doodle launches The Productivity Book

We’re really happy to announce the release of The Productivity Book: 30 Professionals Talk About Time Management! This 200-page eBook is authored by Doodle CEO Michael Brecht, and is filled with personal stories and helpful tips from productivity experts that will help readers to be more productive with their time.

The Productivity Book from Doodle

The Productivity Book from Doodle

30 Professionals helped us with this book and provide us with an exclusive insight into how they structure their day. “Since productivity is at the heart of Doodle, I thought it would be interesting to interview leading productivity experts to find out what their thoughts are on how people can be more productive in all aspects of their lives,” said Michael Brecht.

“The interviewees shared a lot of details about their daily habits and productivity methods, and while each of them views productivity in a unique way, readers of the eBook will definitely be able to identify some clear trends that they can apply.”

The Doodle Productivity Book is now available to download through Amazon and iBooks and selected partners in various parts of this world. Download it today and start learning from some of the smartest minds in productivity!

Happy reading!
Your Doodle Team

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!

England gets ready for the RWC2015

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.

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.

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.

Your Doodle-Team