Find The Right Appointment Quickly And Easily With Your Doodle Alternative meetergo

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Teams, freelancers and companies are constantly faced with the same challenge: What is the quickest way to find a suitable appointment for several team members or employees? The classic tool for finding appointments is, of course, Doodle – but the survey tool is not 100% GDPR-compliant. And data security is an enormously important issue, especially for internal company or personal data.

So how can data security and fast, easy appointment finding with several people be reconciled? A Doodle alternative with a German server and GDPR compliance provides the answer to this question. The functions of the German Doodle alternative from meetergo offer you much more than surveys and scheduling. In the following article, you will learn about the alternatives to the well-known but not secure Doodle survey tool, how they differ, and how a scheduling tool optimizes team-internal processes.

The problem with Doodle and GDPR compliance

Digital voting tools have been a popular way to quickly and easily find appointments, vote on ideas or make a selection from various options for several years now. Email correspondence with multiple people is time-consuming and quickly becomes confusing when there are three or more team members.

A poll via Doodle is quickly created and sent to colleagues with a simple invitation link. The date for the meeting, the Christmas party or the project meeting is quickly found. But then a colleague asks the crucial question: Is Doodle even GDPR-compliant? From a data protection point of view, this can be a real problem.

Forwarding personal data

Although users and participants do not have to register with Doodle in order to take part in a survey, personal data is generated during use even without registration. For example, names of participants, email addresses, or other sensitive information. If this information is requested internally within the team or company during the survey, this falls under the scope of the GDPR. And this is where the problem arises when using Doodle.

The data is not only stored by the company or the survey creator but is automatically uploaded to Doodle AG’s servers. Since this is a storage of personal data by third parties and the servers of Doodle are partly located outside of Europe, an order processing contract is required by law.

Many companies and users of Doodle are not aware of this and do not set up such a contract. This can quickly lead to data breaches and thus to a real problem.

No access protection to surveys

As quickly as the link to the Doodle survey is created, it can also be forwarded easily. This can be practical in some cases, of course, but it also poses a problem under data protection law. By forwarding, third parties (whether intentionally or accidentally) can participate in the survey or appointment poll. If projects, concepts or data are exchanged internally within teams via Doodle, a real data protection incident exists if third parties gain access. In addition, survey results could be influenced and falsified by the lack of access protection.

These data protection problems are not only present in the free version of Doodle, but also appear in the Premium version. Doodle uses several tracking tools, some of which access user data anonymously and transfer it to the USA.

Non-transparent placement of advertisements

Anyone who has ever created a poll on Doodle or participated in a Doodle poll has certainly noticed the following: Google ads at regular intervals. Not only are the many ads more than enough, participants see ads matching the content of the poll. Whether the IP addresses, data or other information about the participants are stored is not clear.

This non-transparent placement of Google advertising should make any company or team cautious that has already worked with Doodle. With your Doodle alternative from meetergo, the privacy of your team members or employees is paramount. In order to find an appointment or vote on something with your team, company or employees quickly as well as GDPR-compliant, you have several Doodle alternatives at your disposal, which are more or less limited in their functions.

Digital voting tools for teams as a Doodle alternative

As we’ve highlighted, while Doodle is a handy tool for finding appointments and conducting polls, it struggles significantly with GDPR compliance. Especially in internal company communication, data security should play a major role.

This aspect has been addressed by Doodle alternatives to offer companies and teams the possibility to find an appointment in a GDPR-compliant way and still quickly.

Other alternatives to the Doodle polling tool are:

  • VOAT
  • fragab
  • plan it easy
  • kulibri
  • Calendly
  • Looping
  • TerminO
  • Letsfind

Dudle of TU Dresden

Even though the name may seem like a misspelling of the Swiss company Doodle at first glance, Dudle is an independent tool of the Technical University of Dresden. Surveys can be created free of charge via the TU Dresden website and do not require registration on the part of the author or the participants. After two months, polls are automatically deleted if no one has accessed the poll in the meantime.

A special feature of Dudle is that participants can also take part in surveys anonymously. This makes it possible, for example, to quickly obtain an opinion on a project or concept. In addition, the tool is extremely data-saving and no more data than absolutely necessary is stored. Completely without advertising and with end-to-end encryption, Dudle is a worthy Doodle alternative.

One drawback, however, is that the website is not very visually appealing and its functions are limited to polls and finding appointments.

DFN online appointment scheduling software “Foodle” and online appointment scheduling software from IT.NRW

Both platforms have an identical design and offer a free online tool for voting on appointments. While the online appointment scheduling software is provided by IT.NRW, the DFN online appointment scheduling software is operated by the ‚ÄúVerein zur F√∂rderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V.‚ÄĚ. Both platforms are data-saving¬†and comparable to the Doodle alternative of the TU Dresden Dudle. The data is deleted after the poll expires or after the appointment is found, and the tool runs both ad-free and tracking-free.

Nuudel – non-saving appointment tool

If the name of the Doodle alternative nuudel makes you smile, you are not alone. The appointment tool, which itself advertises that it does not store data, was developed by the German association digitalcourage. The association is committed to data protection in Germany, which makes it clear that GDPR is of utmost importance at nuudel.

No registration is necessary to use nuudel. The platform’s functions are limited to scheduling with a specific date or surveys with self-selected answer options. For the extra portion of security, surveys can optionally be additionally protected with a password, so that only those who have been given the password have access to the survey

The design is a bit more modern than the already mentioned Doodle alternatives, but the layout of the website does not show as much creativity as the name suggests.

The advanced bitpoll

The Doodle alternative bitpoll is an advancement of Dudle, developed by the University of Hamburg. Bitpoll comes with the same functions as Dudle but uses a much more modern design and an optimized user interface.

The difference between the two Doodle alternatives bitpoll and Dudle is that bitpoll uses a different selection logic¬†when creating the survey and when filling out appointments. Participants can choose between “don’t know yet”, “if necessary” and other answer options. In terms of data protection, bitpoll convinces by deleting the server log files after four days.

It should also be said that bitpoll’s functions are limited exclusively to surveys and finding appointments.

Diverse surveys with Lamapoll

The survey tool Lamapoll comes with countless ways to create a survey and evaluate it directly on the site. Lamapoll takes its users by the hand when creating the survey and offers them pre-made templates and samples for a wide variety of users. For example, there are specific samples for educational institutions, event planning and hospitality, employee and customer surveys, as well as citizen surveys and opinion polls

The Doodle alternative is available for free in limited form and in different packages at different prices. Features not related to surveys are not offered by Lamapoll.

The All-Rounder from meetergo

Unlike the survey tools already mentioned, meetergo’s Doodle alternative offers much more than just the creation of surveys and appointment requests. As an online appointment scheduling software for project managers, freelancers and teams, you can use meetergo to arrange appointments with customers and partners with just a few clicks. Instead of constantly sending e-mails back and forth to find a suitable appointment, you simply send a link to your personal booking page in professional corporate design, where your customers, team members or partners can choose an appointment. Connected to your Google or Microsoft appointment calendars, the appointment is automatically transferred to your calendar.

As an online appointment scheduling software calendar for teams, the functions are optimized for team use. With the Doodle alternative from meetergo, you can create a poll for finding appointments with your colleagues and employees in just a few minutes. By hosting your Calendly alternative on a German server, all data is processed in compliance with the GDPR. This way, you can always be sure that you or your company will not encounter any data protection problems when using the survey to find appointments.

Your scheduling survey is sent directly to your team members via the online appointment scheduling software. After they indicate available times or their favorite appointment, matches are filtered out and a suitable appointment is transferred directly into the appointment calendar. Locally or digitally via the Zoom alternative meetergo connect, you can keep your appointments and discuss projects, concepts and team- or company-internal matters in full compliance with the GDPR.

All this is available not only on your desktop, but also as a browser extension and on your mobile device. The Doodle alternative from meetergo combines several online tools in one online appointment booking software and is therefore a real all-rounder. The automated appointment booking in combination with the survey tool saves you time and allows you to focus on your projects in the team, as a project manager, freelancer or self-employed.

Optimize your team-internal processes with the Doodle alternative from meetergo

Arrangements, scheduling and communication take up a lot of time and space in project phases and team-internal collaboration. If you add up the time that team members spend trying to find an appointment, you get a lot of hours and therefore a lot of working time. Converted into hourly wages for employees and teammates, communication becomes increasingly inefficient. The Doodle alternative from meetergo provides a remedy for this.

With automated scheduling, you and your team members no longer waste time emailing each other about a suitable appointment. In just a few minutes, the survey is created and sent to everyone in the team. A suitable appointment is automatically entered into everyone’s synchronized calendar. Thanks to timely notifications before the upcoming meeting, no appointment is missed and everyone is well prepared. The practical filter function in the online appointment calendar for teams also allows everyone to see whether team members currently have capacity for a meeting or whether the survey should be adjusted accordingly.

Both internal team communication and communication with customers are optimized with the Doodle alternative from meetergo. In this way, you and your team save time on organizational matters and thus money. Your processes are productively adapted to your individual workflow by using the survey tool and other useful functions, thus promoting your business and achieving more success.

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