Polling Through Mei

Get Intelligence From Each Other

Mei gives users access to intelligence they can’t get anywhere else, first from our AI, and soon from other users through our anonymous polling platform.  Since we’re able to pick up on insights about our users from their text messages, we can use those insights to direct polling questions to the right people. 

For example, imagine you’re looking for ideas for a birthday present for your 30-year-old cousin who has kids and likes soap operas and baking. You can Google gift ideas or ask friends and family, but the best people to ask would be someone just like your cousin.  With Mei, you can anonymously ask 20 women of similar age and with similar interests.

How Does It Work?

Only people who have opted into polling will be able to create or participate in polls.  To participate in polling, users simply have to turn on “Anonymous Polling” in advanced features menu in Mei.  Before that option is possible, users will have to turn on the AI assistant, which uploads the text message database and allows our system to build insights. 

In our upcoming release where we introduce user-created polls, any user who turns polling on will be able to create a poll.  The creator will create the questions, specify any target demographics (e.g. females only or specify age group) and list up to 4 interests (e.g. baking).  They also determine the number of respondents they would like and how many credits each respondent will get.  Once poll has been created and submitted, our team will moderate the poll and if approved, the poll will become live and sent to other users.  Credits are deducted from the creator’s credit balance as each respondent completes the poll.  Poll creators can see the poll results at any time and can end the poll early.   

Pollers will be given no information aside from respondents’ demographic data and survey responses.  Respondents will remain anonymous, and users are free to skip questions or turn off the polling feature at any point.

Survey responses are not currently incorporated into Mei’s AI assistant features or analysis.  If the future, if we decide to factor survey responses, we will leave that as a choice to users.

Why Poll Through Mei?

Pollers (Users Asking Questions)

  • Super Duper-targeted: Pre-select participants via algorithms and machine-learned predictions, eliminating need for screening questions 
  • Efficient: High response rates (~50%) and ability to reach tens of thousands instantly 
  • Easy to use: Polls created from within Mei using credits
  • Quick: Most answers completed in less than 30 minutes
  • Longitudinal: In later releases, we’ll offer the ability to maintain communication channel between pollers and respondents
  • Integrity: Algorithms can detect and flag questionable responses, verifying data integrity

Respondents (Users Answering Questions)

  • Incentivized: Users earn additional credits to use in Mei
  • Optional: Not intrusive and completely up to the user to turn on/off (off by default)
  • Anonymous: No one, including us, knows the identity of the respondent
  • No Spamming: Our analytical platform understands users, so only relevant polls are shown

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Mei Users Can Now Opt In To Anonymous Polling

In our latest release, we added the ability for users to opt in to anonymous polling. Polling is something we’ve been planning for some time and we believe it’s an incredible way for knowledge and opinions to be shared. We describe our vision in full detail on our website.

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Senate and Governor Pre-Election Polling Results

As of 7pm November 6, 2018

 

Total count (n) = 4,500 registered voters.  Average age = 26

 

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Senate and Governor Election Exit Polling Results

Updated on November 7

Total count (n) = 2,800 registered voters.  Average age = 26

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Midterm Elections 2018 = Mei Polling Pilot

Mei has launched a new polling platform and our first poll is on the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.   We sent 10,000 short midterm election polls to our users for Senate and Governor races across the U.S.  These polls provide almost instantaneous feedback from voters, with many responding within 10 minutes and the vast majority within 30 minutes.

This poll was conducted purely as a demonstration and pilot for the platform we’re building.  In the future, Mei users who opt-in to polling will be able to conduct their own polls.

By piloting on these elections, we hope to show that polling via Mei can be an effective complement to more traditional polling methods. 

Our midterm election results largely represent opinions of young voters, a group generally underrepresented in traditional polls.  More information on our findings and how we conducted the midterm polls can be found on our blog here.

Breakdown Of What Issues Voters Care About

As a follow-up to our election polls, we sent exit polls on Election night (November 6, 2018) to our users who had voted earlier that evening. Similar to other exit polls, we asked our Mei users “What issue do you care most about?” and provided 20 options, aggregated from several popular polls.

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