There are promising new developments on the horizon for event organizers when it comes to mobile technology. Apple’s 2017 proposed changes to the App Store Guidelines created a brief stopgap that the industry was forced to navigate. Luckily, Apple revised these changes to make them more event app-friendly. Event organizers can now create engaging mobile experiences with a few simple adjustments.
What are some things you consider with new tech? ‘Cause it’s important to think about total cost of ownership when buying new event tech, and not just it’s features!
Read on for some tips that cover:
- Trends vs Fads: Know the difference.
- How to choose the RIGHT tools!
- Think ‘Total Cost of Ownership’.
- And Prioritise!
More information: https://www.eventtechtribe.com/blog/2018/9/14/deploying-new-tech
Technology allows event planners to connect with their audiences in many ways – even past having their favorite coffee drink automatically available first thing in the morning, although that is pretty amazing. One of the most impressive ways is how audiovisual services and other design elements can transform a venue. Savvy event planners are transforming spaces in indescribable ways using AV and other “magical” methods.
More information: https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/transform-event-venue
When predicting marketing trends for 2018 and beyond, analysts and prognosticators tend to lump together virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The technologies are linked; both have a history that stretches back decades, both are in the midst of a renaissance driven by the rising processing power of mobile devices and both promise connections with audiences on new sensory levels.
People attend events to connect. This simple truth should be the guiding light for every event professional who expects his or her work to bear fruit both during and after an event. By designing a strong system of wireless Internet connections that works well with your event, you can build a bridge between an audience and an event brand. With innovative event technologies, you not only enable full wireless Internet coverage for any venue, from stadiums to parking lots, but you also increase the quality of onsite interactions.
More information: https://www.gevme.com/blog/wireless-technology-choose-next-event/
An Intro to VR in the Meeting and Events Industry
Ready or not, VR is here today
While virtual reality technology will not alter the fundamental needs of human communication, it will alter the format and medium of that communication and is therefore a core issue for meeting professionals. Counter to popular opinion, this technology is live and powerful today, and gaining adoption and market share Although, this tech has yet to break through the “tipping point” of broad adoption, meeting professionals need to be well-versed in currently available options.
More information: https://meetingtomorrow.com/blog/virtual-reality-meetings-events
RFID technology — used for hotel door-entry cards or a highway toll tags — has the power to enhance the attendee experience on all levels of your event. From speeding up entry to simplifying cashless payments and reducing fraud, even helping you prove return on investment to your sponsors, if RFID is right for your event, it can pay off big.
But not all RFID solutions are alike. Faulty wristbands or poor fulfillment, can leave attendees frustrated.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/choosing-rfid-vendor-ds0c/
When attendees arrive at your event, their anticipation is high. But nothing can ruin their experience faster than long lines outside your event.
To get event-goers in the door quickly, you need a better solution than paper registration lists. That’s where event management apps come in. Read on to learn how these (often free) apps help you get attendees in the door and provide exceptional customer service.
More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/event-management-apps-ds0c/
Our last blog talked about how to make your event mobile app more interesting and engaging for the attendees and prove useful for the organizers.
Now that your hard work has come to fruition and your app looks absolutely fantastic with all the media, event information, speaker data, sponsor images and what not. You can’t believe that this pretty thing has come out of your own imagination and creativity (and your app builder’s too, but let’s not share the credit!).
More information: http://www.explara.com/blog/promote-your-event-mobile-app/
Events industry has seen a huge and continuous growth over the years. Companies spend millions on events as they provide them a huge marketing platform, possibility to interact directly with customers, allow them to showcase their products, network with clients and a chance to get sponsors and investors.
So, it is only natural that they want people attending the event to get complete experience and information of the event and keep them up to date.
When an attendee arrives at your event, they’re there for two main reasons: networking and content.
But as the planner, you aren’t just responsible for creating networking opportunities and providing great content. You also need to help attendees get where they need to go and communicate with them onsite. Remember those clunky event guides and printed agendas and maps?
With higher importance being put on the overall event experience, there has been a shift in what engages attendees and what attendee engagement really is. In this post, we discuss what the future looks like, and how event tech plays into engagement and the event experience with tips and takeaways for planners.
Screens are (and have been) an integral part of our life for some time now. Walk around and you’ll see that the people without smartphones in their hands are now the exception, and not the rule. Also, there are big flat TV screens everywhere, and in a way they have lost their charm and their WOW! factor.
More information: https://meetingtomorrow.com/blog/video-walls-as-collaboration-tools
Go West is an annual national event held in Western Canada for Canadian west coast event professionals to connect, collaborate and learn. Presenting the latest trends in meeting technology, Go West was an eloquently crafted event where technology, design, and innovation were major talking points. In addition to interesting topics, the Go West event team used EventMobi’s event app technology and digital signage product, Live Display. Go West loved the simplicity of EventMobi’s Live Display and how it seamlessly connected to and fed content from their event app to digital screens.
We’re so appreciative for having been recognized with a Silver win for Contact Center of the Year in the 12th Annual Stevies Awards for Sales & Customer Service. At EventMobi, we take our clients’ success very seriously. Making sure we help our clients design an engaging event experience and achieve their event goals is a priority. So when EventMobi’s client, Meeting Expectations, doubled their attendee event app adoption rate from last year, it was an exciting moment for everyone. Here are the highlights of how they did it.
We’ve all had that feeling. You’re working on a big project or piece of content, and you double, even triple check your work before hitting send -> submit -> share. Reviewing your content and ensuring it’s ready to share with your audience is definitely a best practice and something that you should always exercise before you launch your event app to your attendees. But sometimes you need a second pair of eyes, or someone to take on the role altogether when you have a hundred other tasks filling your time.
Many event planners get excited about the idea of incorporating gamification into their event, but when it comes time to making those event game ideas into a reality, it can be hard to know where to begin.
The Secret to Executing Your Event Game Ideas
To ensure your odds for success, make sure you have a solid understanding of what event goals you’re looking to achieve, and identify each goal’s success metrics.
So you’ve decided to invest in event app technology at your next event and are excited that you get to check off one more thing from your endless list of to-do’s leading up to your event. But as time ticks on and your event gets nearer, you realize, ’Wait…now I actually need to build my app!’ And then panic sets in.
Have no fear – your friendly EventMobi Support Team is here! As EventMobi’s App Design Specialist, I’m going to be sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned during my experience designing hundreds of event apps for planners.
Gamification is one of my favorite features within the EventMobi platform. It allows you to create impactful games that facilitate real life actions. You can virtually create any game to achieve any event goal — it just takes a bit of creativity and know-how. Learning from the successes and mistakes of other event planners is always a great way to get started. Keep reading to learn how IncentiveWorks was able to create a winning gamification strategy at their 2018 conference.