The move to mobile technology might seem to be driving people away from conferences, but ultimately it will also ensure they continue to show up for them. That is why it is increasingly important to be aware of the developments and what these can mean for you as a conference organiser or society. Our CEO & Founder Jelmer van Ast zooms in on 5 important developments and what they mean for your future events.
From our Sales Manager Sjoerd Bakx
As of now people spend more digital media time on mobile (51%) compared to desktop (42%) and 89% of their time spent on mobile media is through mobile apps*. It’s therefore no longer a question whether mobile trends are important to events. The event industry does have mixed feelings about the mobile trend with some claiming it distracts attendees. The fact however is that mobile is here to stay so it’s best to look at the benefits that the mobile revolution can offer to your event and organisation.
When organising your conference or event its success increasingly depends on the engagement you create with the content of sessions and presentations and the way in which you facilitate interaction between peers, speakers and chairmen. How can an interactive platform be of assistance to you and your attendees before, during and beyond your event? Our CEO Jelmer van Ast tells you more.
Engage your delegates
From our Sales Manager Sjoerd Bakx
With a growing number of interactive options in conference apps, it is important to know which benefits these features can offer to your delegates and organisation. Employing features such as LIVE voting, Q&A, Rating and Chat, can actually prove to be a great tool for increasing your event’s impact, ROI and the lifecycle of your app.
Money making app features
When investing in a conference app for your event or society it is good to consider which features can offer you benefits that reach beyond your event. For example, by assisting you in allocating your event budget for speakers and offering value to your event sponsors and presenters. Continue Reading ->
What are the KPI’s for your next congress and is your strategy to succeed mobile proof? Societies and associations are looking for more ways to further increase the value of their conferences and events. The use of the right society app is proving to be a great option. Offering value beyond a single event and assisting in the continuous facilitation of knowledge exchange to your members.
Four questions to ask yourself when choosing a society app
The questions asked when considering the use of a conference app have evolved from; Should we use an app? To; How can we use our app to offer more value all year round? High quality apps are constantly evolving, aiming to be beneficial beyond a single event use. Great apps share a goal with the medical societies and scientific associations they service; the facilitation of continuous knowledge sharing.
When choosing a society app it is therefore good to make sure that the following four elements of knowledge sharing are supported by your app as successful knowledge sharing requires:
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From our COO Marloes Koijen
For scientific and medical associations, abstracts are at the heart of their events. Containing the knowledge they wish to share, they form the base for conference programming and attracting potential visitors and sponsors. A complete integration of abstracts in your event app can be a critical success factor for your conference. Here there are some tips on how to make abstract support an extra convenient option.
How to improve abstract support convenience
1: Make sure your conference app supports all kinds of data and not just plain text. Images and formulas should not be an issue.
2: Communicate guidelines for layout. Just like in your abstract book, a uniform layout for the abstracts not only looks good, but it makes your abstracts more accessible as well, especially when read on mobile devices.
3: Check if your event app offers embargo options. Timing is everything and taking embargo demands into account is an absolute must in your choice for a app developer. Make sure they have experience.
4: Use an abstract handling system that generates XML files. With many abstracts used during a conference the use of a professional system can save you a lot of time, money and stress.
5: If the use of an abstract handling system is not an option, check with your app supplier. They should offer service options such as a template and/or a content management system that can assist you in integrating your abstracts.
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From our Sales Executive Remco Kraai:
As a society your conferences and seminars are a key element in facilitating knowledge sharing amongst your members. Considering the current and eminent changes, in both communication channels as well as in the ethical business guidelines for conferences, a congress app can prove to be essential for the successful continuation of your efforts in facilitating learning opportunities for your society members.
How to improve your ROI beyond your congress
As a society you are always looking for ways to provide added value to your members. Facilitating a meeting of minds by ways of a conference is a great asset. The use of a conference app can greatly benefit your delegates, assisting them in efficiently orientating themselves in the opportunities that your events offer. Making sure they find and attend the sessions and presentations that most suit their goals and by doing so making a visit to your congress all the more worthwhile. The question to ask when considering the use of an event app however, is how can the use of a congress app bring even more value to you as a society before, during and beyond your event as well?
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The last years have seen a major growth in the development of event mobile apps and the range of features on offer. As the technology evolves, we are continuously working to provide new features to improve connectivity and convenience. Better social media integration, networking, messaging capabilities and interactive sessions are just a few of the newer functions we have been working on. Event organizers are always interested in adding more possibilities to the app, but it’s important to see which features users actually find most useful.
At Conference Compass, we have gathered analytical data from more than 250 of our event apps and more than 100,000 users. From this data, we can reveal the top 5 most used features in our apps. It is interesting to see that users focus mostly on fundamental features but with some added interactive capabilities
In 2008, Apple launched the App store for app distribution for iPhones. That same year the Android app market was also launched. The concept of applications for phones and mobile devices transformed the communication industry and sparked a frenzy of app creation for any and all products and services. From checking emails, the weather, news, doing banking or connecting to social media, users increasingly depend on mobile apps to perform everyday tasks and to stay connected and informed.
Event organizers have a unique opportunity with an event app to offer attendees an interactive alternative to the program book, and to connect to them in a more direct way. Deciding to get an event app can be an investment that requires many considerations such as cost, benefits and effectiveness. In this post, we discuss 7 reasons why an event app is a must-have for your next event.
In today’s data-driven world, technology gives us various tools to measure and analyze the performance and effectiveness of our organizations. We also use this data to more easily gauge and adapt to the changing needs of consumers. Mobile apps have grown to become a standard offer for many organizations and events, meeting consumers’ desire for increased efficiency and convenience. Mobile apps have also become an important tool in gathering data for analysis.
For event planners, providing an event app offers many benefits across all parties. Users can access information quickly and easily, and organizers can utilize analytical data to understand what attendees find most interesting and what improvements can be made for future events. During the use of an event app, information gathered about the users also proves handy for real-time adaptations. Further, the data reveals the effectiveness and ROI of the event app itself and is the perfect way to attract event sponsors.