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Doodle online scheduling in Brazil

Watch these friends in Brazil organise their beach-football game in Rio – scheduling with Doodle is easy and saves time for the real things in life.

Your Doodle Team

Doodle photo contest in Brazil

This is a day to say thank you to all our Doodle users, doodling with the world’s favourite scheduling service all around the globe. When Doodle started in Switzerland a few years back, it was quite normal, that the German version of our product initially gained most users.

Today we count approx. 25m users per month using the tool in all 20 languages available in most countries of the world. From Australia to Korea, from India to Poland, from England to the US: Doodle is used for private and business scheduling and we love this growth!

Our latest inroads happened in several South American countries, where our users in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina use the Spanish and our many Brazilian users work with the Brazilian version. You helped us grow in each country by more than 100% over the last 6 months, simply awesome.

Let us add to this the news from Brazil, where we organized a great competition: a Doodle photo contest! Hundreds of mainly new users in Brazil participated. We received incredible pictures from real life Doodles that were initiated and we are really happy that Doodle was responsible for the organization of so many meetings.

We would have liked to choose various photos as a winner, but unfortunately we had to restrict ourselves to just one. The winner of the contest who received an iPhone 6 is Aline R. from Espírito Santo with this picture:

Congratulation to these winners in the Doodle photo competition

Congratulation to these winners in the Doodle photo competition

The image was chosen by our jury as it displays the fun Doodle can bring: gathering with friends during holidays in a beautiful and sunny place. We really like the vibrant colours that show a lot of happiness. Congratulations, Aline! And well done all!

Your Awesome Doodle Team

Updates to the Doodle Wizard – we’ve made it even easier for you to invite your participants

In the past several weeks, our Doodle Engineering Team has worked hard to help people who are using our scheduling tool for the first time. In fact, we’ve redesigned the invitation step of the Doodle poll wizard and we’re launching the updated version today. So what are these changes and how do they help?

First of all, you can now use Doodle to send out up to 20 invitations without needing to sign up for an account. We increased this number because so many Doodle polls include up to 20 participants, and this number has risen week by week. This tells us that you’re using Doodle with more and more people, which is simply awesome!

If you want to invite more than 20 people, then we will require you to sign up, simply to prevent misuse and spamming. Doodle will send out beautiful emails to your invitees, all of which you can preview in the wizard. These emails explain what Doodle is and they contain the invitation link to your poll. You can even add a personal message to these emails.

Invite more friends, colleagues or guests easily

Invite more friends, colleagues or guests easily

Secondly, you can now connect your Google and iCloud address books right in the wizard to make it even easier to find all of the email addresses for the people you want to invite. We honor your privacy and only send invitation emails to the users you want to invite – we will never contact someone from your address book without your permission. We do not even store your address book on our servers.

For our regular users, we want to point out that you can still use Doodle the way you always have. You can still invite people by sending the link to your survey on your own. Just skip the invite step and you’re good to go.

What do you think? What other ways to invite people would you like to see on Doodle? Please give us your feedback right here on our blog.

Your Doodle Team

Doodle strategy at work

The beginning of 2015 saw the Doodle Team and our colleagues from Tamedia Digital work on strategic subjects. The core of our work was based on findings, that an international branding agency gathered in the past weeks.

Feedback from Doodle Users

Feedback from Doodle Users

Many Doodle users were interviewed and helped us understand questions such as:
what makes Doodle such a great tool for more than 24m users per month around the globe? What is missing? How do we tackle the tasks in 2015 and the years to come? What can we take from our findings in 2014 and use these as the base for our way forward?

To tell you the truth: it was an intense day with hefty discussions and it was fantastic to be guided by Christian and his team from edenspiekermann_ from Berlin. The outcomes will come up in the coming weeks and we’ll make Doodle an even better scheduling tool for all of you. We’ll continue to help bringing people together from around the globe.

We’ll keep you posted – promised!

The Awesome Doodle Team

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Plan your Christmas party with Doodle

During the month of December, many companies will be celebrating their results by organizing parties for the entire company to enjoy. Of course, due to our busy schedules, finding a time that works for everyone can be a real challenge, but Doodle is here to solve your scheduling nightmares.

Whether you’re organizing your company’s Christmas party, an end-of-the-year lunch with some friends, or anything else, Doodle will help you find a time to meet with one or more people. Forget the painful back-and-forth communication that happens with emails or phone calls. Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, and it’s free.

Schedule your Christmas Party with Doodle

Schedule your Christmas Party with Doodle

Just follow these three steps:

1. Schedule an event

The first step in scheduling an event with Doodle is to fill out a simple form with the title, location, and description of the event. On this page, you’ll also enter your name and email address so you can receive the link to view or edit the poll.

2. Propose times and invite participants

The next screen asks you to choose the days and times that you are considering for the event, and then you’ll send this information to the participants via email or through Doodle.

3. Choose the final time

Once everyone responds, the last step is to determine which time works best for the group.

It’s almost too easy. Happy holidays!

Your Doodle-Team

International survey finds families are overwhelmed by group organization and communication

Based on the results of a new international survey* that we’ve conducted in Germany, the United States, and France, the dream of having a quiet family life is just a dream for most families. The results confirm that family life involves an enormous amount of organization.

The parents’ job situation plays an important role in this. Working parents have more organizational issues in their lives, and they’re also under more stress. Additionally, when it comes to scheduling, they make greater use of email, electronic calendar requests, and Doodle. With that said, they still primarily use phone calls to make arrangements with several people despite the fact that this method wastes the most time and there are much better alternatives.

Since finding a time for a meeting or making a decision with a group of people can be so time-consuming, we asked parents as well as people without children how often they have to handle those tasks in their personal lives.

The frequencies of schedules

Group Appointments

From back-to-school events to sports appointments and vacation plans, parents’ organizational efforts are definitely more complicated and increase in complexity according to the number of children in the household. Interestingly, there’s hardly any difference between men and women, which indicates that fathers are just as involved in family scheduling as mothers are.

But there are still major differences between men and women when it comes to their professional lives. For example, a substantially higher percentage of fathers work full-time (91% vs. 54%). The results also show that part-time work is popular among mothers, especially in Germany, as indicated here:

Job situation varies

The job situation of mothers in these three countries varies

Just under half of the respondents said that they usually handle the organizing within a group, and a similar percentage of them agreed that finding a suitable date for several people is annoying. In turn, while parents are usually more involved with group decisions, less than a third of them actually like to meet in large groups.

Family statements

International Statements on organizing

Mothers feel significantly more pressure with time in their personal lives than fathers do (49% vs. 38%), even if fathers are involved in group decisions to the same extent as we learned before.

There are also interesting differences between the countries concerning the request for an SMS confirmation before an appointment. French parents favor this (58%) while American (45%) and particularly German parents (24%) are skeptical about the idea.

Ultimately, whether they’re working full-time or part-time, employed people are more likely to organize events, they’re more annoyed by group scheduling, and they experience stronger pressures on their time.

This correlation with parents‘ job situations becomes even more apparent in a further analysis when we form an Organization Index as well as a Stress Index based on the requested statements.

Organisation in families

Stress index for families

When you look at the communication tools that families are using to organize their group decisions, it’s easy to see why so many of them are annoyed by the process.

The majority of respondents still rely on email and phone calls, which are highly inefficient methods of finding an agreement with a group of people.

Job status is the main factor for the frequency with which the communication tools are used. Working parents use almost all of the tools more regularly than nonworking parents. There’s also a particularly big difference concerning email and electronic calendar requests – calendar requests seem to be much more familiar to working parents. Additionally, Doodle is used more often by working parents to schedule personal appointments or make decisions with a group of people.

The tools of family communication

How do families communicate

Outside of job status, there are also some country-specific preferences with communication tools. For instance, American parents are more likely to use social networks for group decisions while German parents are more likely to use WhatsApp. In fact, 45% of German fathers and mothers regularly use this messaging service to organize appointments and agreements within groups while another 25% sometimes use it for those purposes. On the other end of the scale, more than 80% of American and French parents never use WhatsApp for group organization, so this use case appears to be a German phenomenon.

In the end, no matter which communication tools are used, it’s a fact that many families are choosing inefficient ways to communicate in groups. An experimental study for a Bachelor’s thesis at ETH Zurich revealed that using Doodle for group scheduling could save up to two-thirds of the time that you’d spend otherwise. Even in smaller groups, people benefit from online scheduling by saving around fifteen minutes for each event. Even if you only have a few group arrangements each week, the time that you save by using Doodle will mean that you’ll have more time with your family.

*Two-stage international online survey in July 2014 in Germany, the United States, and France of respondents between the ages of 18-60. Families among the internet population surveyed by Toluna Online Panel. Families and No Families surveyed by Doodle on-site survey. The current analysis is focused on respondents between the ages of 30-49 (N=6.562). More than half of all interviewed parents were a part of this group.

Doodle adds “reset admin link” feature to help administer your poll

Who hasn’t experienced this problem before: we click the SEND button in our eMail program and realise just in that same second, that we have sent a wrong link or have sent the eMail to the wrong person. Our Doodle users told us that they would love to get security for such error when sending the participation links for a scheduled poll out.

With today’s release, we have improved the use of Doodle admin links. Within the admin panel for your poll we now have added a functionality for organisers to reset the admin link. Such new admin link will be sent to the organiser by eMail, actually to that address that was used for setting up the poll. All users that have received the former admin link will be able to participate in the poll but not be able to administer the poll.

In hoping that we were able to help our users with such change we wish you happy Doodling on the world’s easiest scheduling tool.

Your Doodle Team