When it comes to live polling and wordclouds, many people think of Mentimeter. The Swedish company has build a presentation software to interact with your audience in a live setting.
We at Edkimo love good questions, live feedback and nice visualizations. Here’s why you should try Edkimo as a simple, intuitive, cost-effective and privacy-friendly Mentimeter alternative for your live polls and longer-term surveys. And you will get a nice wordcloud, too.
- Edkimo vs Mentimeter comparison: What are the differences?
- Simple vs simplistic
- Privacy of you and your participants
- Compliance with GDPR privacy regulations
- Learning vs Entertainment
- Why is Edkimo over 20% cheaper than Mentimeter?
- Why is Edkimo a great Mentimeter alternative?
Edkimo vs Mentimeter comparison: What are the differences?
Simple vs simplistic
Edkimo is easy to use with no training or prior experience in survey design. Edkimo works in live meetings and for long-term evaluation of training programs. It helps you to focus on real learning and to save time. There are no complex layers and navigational paths to create a survey in Edkimo. We have great templates and research-based answer scales so that you can easily build your own questionnaire. A good survey is more than a one-time live interaction. Edkimo helps you set up and run an effective feedback loop: Ask better questions, discuss the results, take action!
We agree that less is more. You won’t need an 85-item psychometric questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of your workshop. But two questions that you can get for free from Mentimeter might not always be enough. Although Mentimeter is easy to use, it can quickly become overly simplistic, especially for teachers and educators who want to focus on real learning, ask more questions, dive deeper into the data and look for longer term insights rather than live interaction.
When you choose your feedback tool, just keep in mind our favorite Einstein quote: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
Privacy of you and your participants
Edkimo is a part of the privacy shift on the web. By using Edkimo, you keep 100% ownership of your survey data and you protect the privacy of your participants at the same time. We are developing Edkimo with the principle “privacy-by-design” in mind. You remain completely in control of your survey data and you fully own all of your data.
- Your survey data is not shared with advertising companies or any other companies in general.
- Your survey data is not used for marketing.
- Your survey data is not monetized.
- No Amazon, no Facebook, no Google. Period.
That is not necessarily the case with Mentimeter. Just have a look at their Cookies list and decide whether you want to share your and your participants’ data for online ads by Facebook and Google. In the free plan it is also impossible to make your presentation private.
Compliance with EU GDPR privacy regulations
If you are collecting anonymous live polling data from users in Europe with a tool that sends the data to servers outside the EU you need to ask for and get explicit consent from the participants according to the recent regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
If you use Edkimo, all of your polling data is stored on our servers in the European Union (in Germany and Finland). With our privacy-by-design approach we avoid and minimize the collected data. We go an extra-length to run our own infrastructure on open-source tools, servers, and services based in the EU.
Mentimeter is also a European company, but contrary to Edkimo, they make extensive use of US-based servers, services and infrastructure: Google, Amazon, Slack, Dropbox to name just a few. There is a lot of personal data crossing the Atlantic and your live poll might quickly become a potential liability. As a survey manager, that means you must disclose to your participants the potential privacy issues when you use a tool like Mentimeter.
Learning vs entertainment
With Edkimo you focus learning – with Mentimeter on entertainment.
Edkimo helps you discover the magic of learning. Research has shown the feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement. What you need to find out is what works best for you and your group of learners? We believe that the experts for learning and teaching are already in the room and do not need an outside expert. All you need is an easy, fast and efficient way to make this collective expertise visible and enter into a dialogue about teaching and learning.
Mentimeter describes itself as “an Interactive Presentation Platform that transforms presentations, meetings and lectures by turning passive audiences into engaged contributors.” This might seem similar but makes a huge difference if you want to improve learning in the longterm. Whether it is by evaluating the training programs in your company or connecting with parents, students and the whole school community.
Some things happen live, but real learning takes time!
Why is Edkimo cheaper than Mentimeter?
Edkimo gives every user a 30-day free trial. Time to try it out and to collect as many responses as you want. After your free trial period you should be able to evaluate if Edkimo is a good fit for your needs. Depending on your business Edkimo starts at €5 per user/month. We do not offer a timely “unlimited” Free Plan as Mentimeter does. But their so-called “unlimited” plan is actually quite limited in numbers of questions, saving templates or sharing of devices. If you need pro features even as an educator the costs jump directly to 7,99$ per user/month. Edkimo is over 20% cheaper! So take your time to compare, do the math, and decide what works best for you.
Why is Edkimo a great Mentimeter alternative?
Edkimo is a simple, intuitive, real-time and privacy-friendly alternative to Mentimeter. It helps you focus on learning, rather than interaction and entertainment. With Edkimo you can collect and visualize smart data and draw valuable insights at a glance while respecting the privacy of your participants, being compliant with GDPR.
Do you plan a survey project, want to start a live poll or evaluate your training programs? Give Edkimo a chance. Sign up for a 30-days free trial with no obligations and explore our simple and privacy-friendly survey tool.