How to create a Facebook Live poll video [Guide], super simple and free!





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If you were on planet earth during the last US election period you couldn’t have escaped the new trend in the Facebook Live arena- the Live Poll. From Trump and Clinton, to Messi and Ronaldo and Cats vs. Dogs, it was all over the internet, gaining reactions, views and organic reach like a hurricane, driving small and un-important Facebook pages to amazing numbers, rewarding their efforts to be the first to introduce the platform.

A week later and every major Facebook page was doing it, the method to create the PHP script to scrape the Facebook API for reactions counter became known and spread like wildfire with no end in sight.

>>Learn how to create a Facebook Live poll from your mobile!<<




But we live in a fast forward world and today you don’t even need to write (or copy-paste) a PHP script to make it work, in this guide i’ll walk you through the guide to create your own viral video without code and completely free. Keep in mind Facebook’s API can’t scrape private profiles so make sure you only use a business page.


Before we begin I must say a few words: I really hate these kind of videos, I believe it makes people lose trust in the Live platform so that every video they see they first believe is a fake, even if it’s a live view of the space station… Please take your time once you got to work this new method to create real videos and real engagement so that we will all have a better future.

>>Learn how to bring more viewers to your Facebook Live Videos<<

How to create Facebook Live poll video

The easiest tool I’ve encountered so far is upLIVE, a new website enabling you to create polls  (and soon puzzles) without any code hassle. You can choose the amount of emojis you want people to vote to and their design on the screen, you also have ready-made background to choose from (or use your own). Once you design you poll you can choose automatic upload to your chosen Facebook page or manual if you feel like deep diving and handling everything yourself. While this tool is super easy and fast, it’s not free. You get 2 hours for free once you register but you are also limited to a 30 minute stream, so you will need to buy credits to remove the watermark and have longer videos. The pricing plan is very reasonable, with the basic starts at 5$ for 10 streaming hours, and you pay less for every hour with bigger plans. See how easy it is in the video below.

[UPDATE: You can now create Facebook Live games and puzzles, click here for more info]

Click here to start your live poll

 

Want a free alternative?

The good guys at Binj.Tv, a new content platform for creating and broadcasting live, high-end tv-like style, have decided to host a free polling system on their website. To access the polling system, scroll to the bottom of the binj.tv homepage.

After you log-in with your Facebook profile, you get to choose between Head-to-Head or multiple choice formats. After you make your choice you’ll be asked to upload a background image and smaller images to go with each choice according to the reaction (emoji) you want people to vote with. Add a title and some text to your post and you are ready to go live.

Once your poll is ready you’ll reach the instruction page, where you’ll have a step-by-step guide on how to connect your new poll with OBS and go live on Facebook. Follow the steps and you are live!

Here’s how it looks

Now all you have to do is choose the reactions you want to use, set the text for each option and you can also play with the background colour and add image, but that’s something you’ll find easier doing with OBS.

To read the full tutorial on how to use and what features the platform offers- read the full article on my Facebook Live News blog.




>>Click here for the latest Facebook Live News & Tutorials<<

 


Having issues? Need support? Join our Facebook Live Professionals community!

If you are new to Facebook Live start with the below articles and guides:

How to create a Facebook Live poll from your mobile

Facebook Live tips and tricks

Facebook Live Q&A from your computer in 3 clicks

Must have accessories for Mobile live videos

How to use a pro camera in your Facebook Live video

Facebook Live with a pro camera and a mobile phone

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20 Comments
  • lyn
    November 13, 2016

    It doesn’t work anymore with Tonyfast, now is paid service 🙁 alternatives?

    • Geva Telem
      November 17, 2016

      Hi Lyn, updated the guide with 2 new free tools. Hope it works out for you.

      • Nina
        November 18, 2016

        HeyGeva Telem ! Yesterday there were 2 website to design the template but today I can only find one :/ Can you please give me the other one too?
        Have a great day!
        Nina

        • Geva Telem
          November 18, 2016

          Sorry Nina, Hevger decided to shut down his service because it was too demanding…

          • Roel
            November 18, 2016

            Hi, so this project: https://react.cast.net.au/polls/, it’w not working anymore? 🙁

          • Geva Telem
            November 19, 2016

            It is, why not? The other service was shut down, this one is still working.

  • Eliya
    December 18, 2016

    Got stuck at “Copy this link and paste it in you OBS’s BrowserSource to connect all ends and you are good to go. Start streaming in Obs and click Go Live in your preview Facebook window.”
    Can’t figure out where to copy the link to in OBS 🙁

    • Geva Telem
      December 18, 2016

      This is where you paste the link:

      OBS Browser Source

      • Eliya
        December 18, 2016

        Just downloaded OBS and don’t have that option under sources…

  • Emma
    December 24, 2016

    When I force OBS to refresh the page the counters still aren’t working 🙁

    • Geva Telem
      December 25, 2016

      Sorry, can’t understand the problem. Please PM my FB page.

  • JOSHUA
    January 22, 2017

    the counter is stays at 0; ive saved it may times in obs

    • Geva Telem
      January 22, 2017

      If you have technical problems try using the first platform, it will only cost a few $ but it’s much friendlier.

  • alex
    January 31, 2017

    i have tried over ten times, it does not work. the live poll comes up on OBS but on FB the live poll does not change. so when someone clicks like the OBS shows that it has been liked but on fb both the polls stay at zero. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE

    • Geva Telem
      January 31, 2017

      Too hard to say what you did wrong. You can use the other option for a few $ if you gave up…

      • Alexa
        February 15, 2017

        Same problem here 🙁

  • AnDev
    February 4, 2017

    does’t work anymore :/ no more “video_id” in iframe’s link

    • Geva Telem
      February 5, 2017

      you can bypass that by clicking Next in the first screen and click the embed button on the top right in the next screen. You’ll see a long number in the URL and this is your post ID, just make sure to use only the numbers after the “2F”, so no letters are used in the ID.
      Example: http://www.facebook.com%2FGeekStyle.co.il%2Fvideos%2F1807168016213951%2F&width=400″

      • AnDev
        February 5, 2017

        perfect! 😉 thanks <3

  • Lorentz
    November 1, 2017

    Is there a way to create a live poll/survey where people can come up with their own answers using hashtags? Say I want to ask “what’s your favorite junk food?” And people can choose answers themselves such as #pizza. #burgers, #tacos etc. And then make it show how the stats are?

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