Posts Tagged: speakers

kchopson

How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Five – Developing Your Conference Program Schedule

Event technology can provide a bewildering range of choices for the meeting planner. A good place to start making sense of the range of options is to look at how software can be utilized at the various stages of the event lifecycle. This series has been looking at the the lifecycle from the point of view of an association’s annual conference. We are now at the point of looking at tools that can help you in your day-to-day work in the months leading up to the conference. About the time of your previous annual conference, you may have already opened... Read more »

kchopson

How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part One – Choosing Your Speakers

Navigating through the myriad of event technology choices can be one of the toughest assignments a meeting professional can face. Just breaking down the possibilities into categories can be a daunting assignment itself. A helpful way to approach this problem is to see how software can be utilized at the various stages of the event lifecycle. Many activities for next year’s show begin right after the current one ends. To keep things simple, we will look at the lifecycle from the point of view of an association’s annual conference. This week we will look at choosing your speakers. Opening Up... Read more »

kchopson

Ten Signs That You Are Using Sub-Standard Online Registration Software

Have you heard of someone who bought an online registration software package that promised to deliver an attractive form and save time, only to find these expectations were not met? Did they get a lot of complaints from registrants? Was the software so limited that the planner had to spend long, late hours creating spreadsheets to manage tasks the software could not handle? Fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs that an online registration package is sub-standard. If you look for these during the evaluation process, you can be spared the pain of the unfortunate planner.Online registration form looks like a... Read more »

kchopson

13 Ways to Get Attendees to use Your Mobile Event App

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

So you’ve created a great mobile event app packed with useful features, but the number of times the app has been downloaded is disappointingly low. What do you do to increase the rate of usage? Here are some useful tips to get more attendees to download and use your event app:Pre-promote. On your web schedule page and related pages, mention that you will have an app. Create a mobile app web page. Give the app its own page within your event’s website. Before it is released, highlight features and benefits. After release, include the download links. Introduce the app with... Read more »

kchopson

How to Use Your Online Registration to Make Your Conference Program a Success

Crowded Room

Ever plan a conference where some rooms are overflowing while other rooms sit mostly empty? Did you ever have to face angry attendees that were turned away from a highly anticipated presentation because the session could not sit another person? Planners know that the latter case can seriously “ding” your overall conference survey scores because people do not forget the sessions they were forced to miss. Fortunately, you can use your online registration form to solve many of these problems. By letting attendees build their itinerary at the time of sign up, you can get an accurate picture of what... Read more »

kchopson

How to Increase Audience Engagement with Mobile Session Question & Answer

Have you ever heard of “Death by PowerPoint?” This generally refers to a presentation that makes poor use of slides. But what it really means is that the speaker bored the audience. However, even if the slides are well made, a lack of crowd interaction can result in disinterested attendees. Most meeting planners are well aware of this phenomenon and go to great lengths to alleviate its effects. Traditional techniques often involve cumbersome methods such as someone walking around with a microphone receiving questions from the crowd. Other variations including a line of people behind a mic or someone collecting... Read more »

kchopson

Why and How to Create a Great Conference Blog

Talk to a marketing expert about your event, conference or trade show and almost certainly you will be told that social media needs to be a key component of your promotion. However, what is often missing is the advice on how to do have a great social media campaign. What do you tweet about? What should you post on Facebook? How do you get started? To answer these questions, it is important to reconsider a core principal of social media marketing. This concept involves the idea of a “spoke” – as in a bicycle tire. At the center of this... Read more »

kchopson

Why You Should Not Organize Badges by Category

One of the most common reasons for long lines at a conference is the inability of the staffers at the registration desk to find an attendee’s badge. This happens frustratingly often, even to a person that has successfully pre-registered for the show. There are many causes for long lines, but one of the most common is organizing badges in an inappropriate fashion. In particular, planners often sort attendees by the category of registration, rather than by name. Let’s see why this is not a good idea and the confusion it can cause. Member versus Non-Member. Because it is important to... Read more »

kchopson

Ways to Keep Presentations Alive After the Conference

Speakers

So you had a great conference. The attendees were rewarded with great presentations and interesting speakers. So that attendees can refer to the talks after the show, you might provide a bunch of paper handouts. However, this approach produces a tremendous waste of paper, most of which is lost or even tossed before the plane trip home. So how can you use the Internet to keep your presentations alive after the conference? Here are a couple of ideas. You should have a series of web pages that show information about the program schedule, presentations, and speakers. Users should be able... Read more »

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Simplify the Assembly of Your Conference Schedule

Speakers

One of the most arduous and time-consuming tasks a planner faces is putting together the conference schedule. Vast amounts of data have to be collected and processed. The data ranges from session information, speaker information and bios, travel needs, A/V needs and so forth. Ultimately, all this information needs to be organized into the conference schedule and then made available to the attendee. Traditional methods of managing speakers and the schedule have focused on dozens of huge spreadsheets and uncountable amounts of data copying. Call for Papers and Speaker Management software slashes the amount of time spent in this process... Read more »