For the past few years, Slido has been gaining more and more users with its interactive and engaging presentations. That being said, there are other platforms and tools that provide a similar service to Slido with some added features and benefits.
A larger number of meetings (especially since the outbreak of you know what) now use some form of audience engagement platform to conduct and run presentations. These meetings can range from brainstorming sessions to workshops and regular daily updates. Tools and software that can help improve engagement and interaction are becoming more and more valuable - especially those that work equally well online and in-person.
Hence, we see a growing number of alternatives to Slido. While it is undoubtedly an incredibly useful and reliable tool, other services may be able to perform specific tasks better, help you get started quicker, or provide a more comprehensive service.
So let’s have a little look at a few of these alternatives and see what their strengths are.
Yes, I am admittedly a little bit biased but, at the same time, that’s probably because there really is great value in using Mentimeter. Similar to Slido, you can include a number of different interactive slides that are designed to engage your audience members. Both are designed to run quizzes, live polls, and Q&As, but the wider variety of slide types as well as more ‘traditional’ slides - bullet points, text blocks, images - users can access with Mentimeter mean that it is possible to create a full presentation rather than a few interactive slides.
While Slido excels in a live setting, running a survey before a meeting or after a lecture requires a tool with those capabilities. Quizzing a live audience or asking them to populate a Word Cloud in real-time certainly has its advantages, but many presenters will want to gather information about their audience beforehand or follow-up and gather all-important feedback after they are finished presenting. Thus, for more complete presentations that take the preparation, the presentation itself, and the feedback into account, Mentimeter is a more suitable option.
We mentioned above that Slido really thrives when it comes to live situations, from classrooms to meetings, but that running surveys may not be a strength of its platform. ThoughtExchange on the other hand really takes surveys to the next level with an incredible amount of detail and a variety of unique selling points.
ThoughtExchange strongly emphasizes how important eliminating the bias of a survey is and how gathering real opinions and feedback is the key to forming solid, data-driven strategies. This data-focused approach is fundamental to the way ThoughtExchange has built its platform and in doing so it can help presenters and leaders anywhere quickly come up with solutions to any complex problem.
Slido, while providing some solutions for those in education, is not an EdTech tool. Kahoot!, on the other hand, is the name that comes to mind when many of us think of educational technology. Tools that enable remote and hybrid teaching have become ever more present in the classroom, and educators around the world have leaned on Kahoot! to help them better engage their students. Thanks to its interface, design, and user-friendliness, it has become a hit with kids and teachers around the globe.
Thanks to Kahoot! teachers, especially those of younger children, can jump in and create their own bespoke quiz for any type of lesson or subject. Likewise, they can also browse the litany of online quizzes available in the Kahoot! Academy which brings together users from all over the world. Both of these tools cater to different users but, when it comes to teachers, Kahoot! is one of the strongest alternatives.
Slido offers a lot in terms of functionality and can impress audiences with its interactive features. Oftentimes however we, as presenters, will want to wow our audience with slides that jump off the screen and show off our flair for design. Pitch can help even the most artistically challenged - myself very much included here - design a slide deck that looks as good as the content included in it.
While Slido lets you fully customize your slides and your presentation with relative ease, it does not provide you with a clear starting point. Pitch does in fact offer a clear starting point thanks to its extensive library of pre-made presentations (also known as templates). Getting started with Pitch is a much easier process as you can take inspiration from a pre-designed series of slides and customize them to suit your own needs.
Slido offers a Q&A feature that allows audience members to submit questions that can easily be read by both fellow audience members and presenters. Audience members can also upvote their favorite questions so the most popular submissions will rise to the top. However, Slido is not a dedicated Q&A tool and there are alternatives out there that offer a more thorough experience.
Swift is one of the best tools when it comes to running Q&A sessions as it can be run in a live setting while also offering presenters the ability to moderate submissions. A particularly neat feature of Swift is that you can share the top questions during your presentation and highlight them on your screen, improving transparency and openness. Added to this is the option to embed questions onto your website. So for running a dedicated Q&A session it can be hard to look beyond Swift.
Now those familiar with Miro might be wondering “But how is this an alternative to Slido, don’t they serve a different purpose?” Well, you would be correct and you would also be wrong. Miro is a lot more versatile than many assume and perfect for creating a more collaborative and cooperative meeting. So in a nutshell, yes Miro can provide similar benefits to Slido and no it does not do it in the exact same way.
Miro, like Pitch and Kahoot!, offers new users a simple first step by providing a comprehensive library of templates that highlight just how many use cases Miro caters for. Timers, voting, a specific meeting mode, and chat features mean that Miro is more than capable of running collaborative meetings but in person and online. Brainstorming sessions are where Miro really takes the cake as its slide-less meetings and presentations become a streamlined and creative experience.
There are a number of different ways you can interact with your audience. As well as that, different audiences will respond better to different types of presentations - some prefer more visual cues while others want the ability to ask questions. The same goes for presenters as we all have our own preferences. Many of us will want to add in content slides to help provide context to our interactive elements while others will want to ditch the slides and go for something unique.