Mentimeter Review

Mentimeter is a software that allows you to create interactive, engaging presentations, both for virtual meetings and remote lectures.

Designed for both business and educational use cases, Mentimeter’s useful polls, word clouds, and polls will boost engagement during your presentations and help you gain valuable feedback.

In this review, I will be exploring Mentimeter’s features. Whether you’re a teacher or company leader, read on to learn whether this tool is right for you.

Verdict

Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✩

Mentimeter is an excellent solution for business meetings and presentations, allowing you to boost engagement with your team. For higher education, it can also be a great tool.

However, it lacks games that would be of interest to younger students.

Pros

Cons

  • It is limited in the types of gamified solutions you can set up (quizzes, surveys, live polls, Q&As, and word clouds are the only options).
  • It is not suitable for younger students.
  • The free plan only allows 50 participants per month.

Mentimeter Features

Let’s explore how you can use Mentimeter in the (virtual) classroom. Let’s start by exploring the features Mentimeter offers.

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Quizzes

Quizzes are particularly useful for teachers who want to test their students’ knowledge. You can create short quizzes and even set a timer to make your students think fast and keep them on their feet.

You can add quizzes to your live presentations and even combine them with slides, which can provide fun facts or additional information about the topic your students are being quizzed on.

There are quiz templates for both business and educational use cases. For education, templates include:

  • Countries of the world quiz
  • Chemistry quiz
  • US history quiz
  • World flags quiz

You aren’t limited to those templates, of course, as you can always create your own, complete with unique multiple-choice questions and answers.

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Live Polls

The live polls are a great way to boost engagement. You can create multiple-choice questions and get instant visualizations of the answers in the form of bar charts.

This can be a good way to gauge, for example, how many of your students can arrive at the correct answer. If only a small number can, it is an indicator that you may need to go over the subject once more.

The questions can have images as possible answers. Providing images instead of text-based answers can be a great way to boost engagement.

In addition to images, other elements you can add include word clouds, documents, and quotes.

Ranking-based polls help you gauge your audience’s sense of priorities: how highly they rank one thing as a priority compared to others, such as company culture compared to freedom to choose their own hours.

Live polls are, of course, also a great way to gauge what your audience thinks about a certain topic. That makes it perfect for team meetings or webinars with your employees.

For example, you may give several options your workers can choose from when it comes to organizing the end-of-year party. Or, you can use live polls to ask users what form of training would be most helpful to them (online videos, live classes, textbooks, etc.).

If you are having difficulty creating your own poll, you can use one of the available poll templates. There are templates related to teacher training, project management, and other topics.

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Word Clouds

Word clouds are collections of words and phrases submitted by audiences. For example, if you want to know what students like most about their school, they can submit words such as:

  • Fun
  • Friends
  • Accomplishments
  • Learning
  • Growth

Everyone can submit answers from their own phones.

All of these responses will come together to form a word cloud.

Word clouds are another great way to gauge how your audience feels about a certain topic.

Polls have set answers, which make it difficult for your audience to submit unique, creative answers. If you really want to know what your audience is thinking, you should give them an opportunity to use their own words, and word clouds are perfect for that.

Words will appear in real time in a beautiful format. In addition to words, your audience can submit emojis, which are a text-free way to express how they are feeling about something.

For word clouds, too, Mentimeter provides templates for your convenience. There is a template for keynote takeaways from a webinar, for example, allowing you to gain a better understanding of what your audience really took away from your lecture.

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Live Q&As

At the end of your lecture or presentation, you might want to hold a live question and answer session where students can ask questions. This is also useful at the end of business meetings.

With the live Q&A feature, you can do just that. Your audience members will be able to submit questions from their own phones.

You can also add question slides that people can respond to, such as “What do you want us to cover in the next lecture?”

Alternatively, you can hold a freestyle “ask me anything,” where everything goes.

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Surveys

With the survey feature, you can create surveys during your presentations. You can share a voting link so attendees can vote from their own devices.

If you want, you can allow multiple submissions from a single attendee.

In addition to running surveys during your presentation, you can run them before or after.

Not only will you get helpful visualizations of the responses, but you can also segment them based on categories. For example, if you are surveying university students, you can categorize the responses based on which year the student is in: sophomore, freshman, etc.

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Presentation Editor

Mentimeter also offers an easy-to-use presentation editor that lets you create interactive slides. There are plenty of templates to choose from if you don’t want to start from scratch.

There are lots of elements you can add to your slides, including background images.

Mentimeter integrates with Zoom and Microsoft Teams, so you can easily share the presentations you created in your live classes, lectures, or webinars.

You can also upload your existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or work with Google Slides to transform your existing presentations.

Hybrid Learning

Mentimeter is great for hybrid learning. If you are holding an in-person class that is also being streamed over the internet to students who have opted for online classes, you can use Mentimeter to boost engagement from both categories of students.

Students can partake in the polls, Q&A sessions, and other interactive features whether they are logging in online or in person.

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Pricing

One of the best parts about Mentimeter is that it offers a free plan. This free plan can be good for teachers with small classes or small teams.

The free plan only allows for 50 participants per month. Note that this doesn’t refer to attendees but participants – people who actually participate in polls, word clouds, and other activities.

However, the good news is that Mentimeter is pretty generous about this and won’t enforce the limit in the middle of an ongoing presentation.

In other words, if you meet this limit in the middle of your presentation, additional participants can continue to vote and participate in polls without any interruption to your presentation.

However, after eight hours or during the next presentation (whichever is first), you will no longer be able to add new participants.

The free plan gives you access to all the slide types (polls, Q&As, word clouds, etc.), but you can’t import slides from PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote or sheets from Excel. You can import images on the free plan, though.

You also can’t make your presentations private, access custom colors and themes, designate workplace roles, and access other premium features, like custom branding. It’s a great way to try out Mentimeter, though, and if you only have a small team or group, it could even be used long term.

As for the premium plans, there are two: Basic, which is $11.99/month, and Pro, which is $24.99/month. Both are billed yearly.

If you are purchasing Mentimeter for educational purposes (e.g., you are a teacher), then you get a 30% discount on both the Basic and Pro plans.

Basic gives you access to most features, but it’s missing company branding, custom colors, and some advanced features (like the ability for a participant to give two answers to a survey from a single device).

There is also custom pricing available for enterprises.

All in all, the plans are flexible and decently priced. Always check the pricing page for updated pricing information.

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Conclusion

Mentimeter is a great option if you want to hold interactive and engaging business meetings. It’s also great for teachers and lecturers, but primarily if you have older students.

For younger students, Mentimeter is lacking gamified learning solutions. Polls, word clouds, and Q&A sessions help engage older students but aren’t that suitable for first-graders; actual games might be better.

About Author

Tom loves to write on technology, e-commerce & internet marketing. I started my first e-commerce company in college, designing and selling t-shirts for my campus bar crawl using print-on-demand. Having successfully established multiple 6 & 7-figure e-commerce businesses (in women’s fashion and hiking gear), I think I can share a tip or 2 to help you succeed.