Are you purchasing a mobile app for a medical or scientific conference? Between numerous available event app options, it can be a challenge to identify which features should be prioritised. What is most important when it comes to events that are characterised by a vast amount of information, sessions, and attendees? Over the past years, Event Manager Blog analysed 98 healthcare events with mobile apps to isolate the most popular features. After all, knowing what the majority of event organisers have chosen in the past years can give you an indication of what features you might want to consider for your own event app. We have a closer look at the top 10 features to explain their benefits.
Messages are the perfect way to keep your attendees in the know about your organisation. You can use them to announce event updates or to share your latest news. But how can you post urgent information like time changes or deadlines without running a risk to clutter the app’s newsfeed? The solution: expiration dates. Our latest feature within the message scheduler allows you to keep the right focus by showing messages only while they are relevant. Here is how:
Did you know that videos are processed 60,000x faster in the brain than text? Not only that: We are also programmed to retain visual content better. Studies have shown that the average viewer remembers 95% of a message when it is watched, whereas only 10% when read*. Reason enough for us to spend the past weeks creating a video about the Society App, in which we show you the clear design, smart features and endless possibilities of this app solution for associations and conferences. Today, we are happy to launch our very first product video:
Having a well-established network is an important part of our lives and one of the main reasons why professionals attend conferences. For just a few days, experts from all around the world come together and create the unique opportunity to make connections that wouldn’t have been possible before. At Conference Compass, it is part of our vision to enable and build powerful connections, so we added some great new features* to our apps to make the networking around events and conferences even easier.
From our UX Designer Annette Voesenek
Your app structure and the organisation of your event data in your app can make the difference between a great and mediocre user experience. Therefore, the definition of your conference app’s structure is an important factor in its successful employment. Our UX designer Annette Voesenek gives 5 tips for a high-quality app experience.
From our Project Manager Hasmig Mekking-Momdjian
Millennials are mobile natives and that means that the mobile tools you offer them, have to cater to their specific needs and interests. As an association this means that some features and app elements, that you might consider of less importance, are the exact opposite. Our Project Manager Hasmig Momdjian highlights 5 features and elements that are an absolute must in engaging your millennial (prospect) members and conference attendees.
App features to feature
One of the main reasons for millennial professionals to join an association is professional advancement. In order to achieve this, they want an option to network with peers and professional leaders in their field. Therefore, the opportunity to communicate with both, not just at an annual congress but throughout the year, is a feature that every association should incorporate in their mobile app. Don’t just offer the chat channel to offer peer-to-peer communication, but invite younger members by letting your big names in your industry host topical discussions on relevant subjects. Invite new members to suggest subjects as well.
From our Software Engineer Sander van der Burg
An event app is a great communication tool for event organisers and associations. The quality of the app depends on a good usability experience, which in turn depends greatly on the organisation of both the app content and the way in which communication tools are organised. While good app providers will assist in the correct in-app organisation, there are some things you can do yourself as well. Our Software Engineer Sander van der Burg gives 5 tips for great in-app communication.
5 tips to get communicative
1. Start with your structure
Before you can generate good communication about your event’s content, there has to be content to communicate about. The way in which this content is structured, is of high importance for the way it is received and used. So before you employ your app, start structuring your data and make sure you honour one global structure for everything. Take notice of sessions or presentations that you would like to highlight and organise your data in such a way that it includes these highlights in a logical way for your users to find them. If this sounds a bit technical, no worries, your app provider normally will provide a number of flexible data integration solutions and is there to advise you as well. Taking some time to consider a good structure of your content is very important though.
From our Sales Executive Remco Kraai
Associations face the challenge of turning the ad hoc interest in their association during the yearly event, into constant communication with their members 365 days a year. The step from a single event app to a society app can assist greatly and our Sales Executive Remco Kraai gives 5 practical examples that help you turn year-round.
Event organisers and associations most often only employ an event app for their yearly conference. By moving to a society app you have a tool that can incorporate all your events, seminars, courses and more. List them! The listing of all your activities gives you the possibility to showcase them across all users. This means that you can both promote your courses and smaller seminars to the visitors of your yearly congress, as well as market your yearly congress to the attendees of your courses and other small events.
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From our Project Manager Hasmig Momdjian
The rating feature in event apps often does not receive the credit it deserves. Our Project Manager Hasmig Momdjian gives 5 tips to make its use benefit your event and association.
5 reasons to love rating
1. Support your award program
At most conferences there is some sort of award ceremony honouring the best presentations and posters of the event. By employing the rate feature and promoting it, chances are you are about to receive many more reactions from your delegates than by using a traditional form.
Event app features can offer true value that can, for example, increase your event’s engagement with 200%. While there are many to choose from, some are too important to miss out on. Our CEO Jelmer van Ast shares his 3 must-have features and explains which value they offer in order to give some clarity.
Which of the features of your event app do you employ? With many features to choose from, lots of organisations under-use the possibilities of their event app. As the offer of app features can be a little overwhelming and some might seem too ambitious, it is good to know which features offer which benefits. The successful employment of your app can greatly increase the impact of your event.