Did you know that every time an attendee creates a personal profile, asks the speaker a question via your app or votes during a presentation, Eureka is involved? The Eureka platform is the driving motor behind the social and interactive features of our apps and empowers speakers, attendees and event organisers. Since we recently re-designed Eureka, some things might look or feel a little different, so we invite both Conference Compass veterans and newbies to have a look at our intro:
What makes us at Conference Compass the perfect partner for medical and scientific organizations is that we understand the special needs of their conferences and constantly update our products to better cater to them. One key element of academic conferences are posters and abstracts. They play an important role for professionals and create the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees and share their research. As traditional paper poster sessions have started to become more digital, we optimized our app once again. Now, posters cannot only be easily added, found, and viewed, but also rated with all our event apps.
Conferences and their technologies have developed in the past year and the changes affected the way we view, plan and experience conferences. While certain trends are bound to stay, some technologies will see major updates in 2019. We asked our team about their predictions and trends for the coming year, and here are their answers:
It was a year we won’t forget: From new laws and changing guidelines to innovative technologies, a lot happened in 2018. As another year passed by, changes in the event industry affected the way we view, plan and experience conferences. We asked our team about some of the biggest changes and news in 2018, and here are their answers:
This month, we are bringing new updates* to one of our favourite tools: The Eureka Ask feature. We like this tool so much because if gives the audience the opportunity to take part in a presentation and to raise their questions, but in a way that keeps you in control. To make the experience for the attendees and you as the organiser even better, we now let app users know whenever there are new questions, so they don’t have to leave the Ask screen. Furthermore, all question- and like-updates are now happening in real time, so you won’t miss anything.
Q&A sessions are part of most scientific and medical conferences these days, and widely popular amongst attendees. And that for a good reason: They give them the rare opportunity to ask questions directly to an expert and interact with the presentation content.
Yet, blindly choosing one attendee out of a big crowd has its pitfalls. While you as the organizer and the presenter can spend weeks preparing for a presentation, the Q&A session is largely out of your control. Questions can be random and or regarding subjects that are not interesting for a majority of the audience. This is why an “Ask” feature in your event app can make a big difference. Here, attendees can submit questions from their seats via a mobile app and send them to the podium. A moderator will then see the submitted questions and can choose which ones are answered by the presenter. Not only will this put you back in control, it will also allow attendees that don’t like to speak in front of an audience to ask their questions.
To make your Q&A a success, our Head of Customer Success Management Clara shares 3 questions that you should ask yourself when using the Ask feature of your mobile app.
With many in-app opportunities that offer exposure, interaction and insights to your sponsors, it is crucial to know which features offer which benefits to them. By doing so, you can include the right options in your sponsor packages and generate additional revenue for your event. Our head of project management Clara Lluch shares 5 tips for a smooth and efficient in-app sponsor promotion.
With increasingly stricter sponsorship guidelines for events, medical and scientific associations are looking for new ways to offer their event sponsors the visibility they seek. Yet, visibility alone is not enough anymore: How can you enable your sponsors to interact with the attendees in an ethical manner, fostering qualitative engagements and knowledge exchange?
How can a congress app be of assistance?
For most societies and event organisers, their sponsors represent an important budget source for their conferences and educational events. But aside from budget, remember that your sponsors also bring expertise and innovation to your conference. The challenge is to bring these two together, in a way that moves away from plain advertising and towards knowledge exchange. Here’s how your conference app can help:
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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