Posts Categorized: Mobile Event Apps

kchopson

Tech Tuesday: Email versus Messaging and Your Mobile Event Apps

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

As you plow your way through your fat Email inbox, you might think that all the time you spend in Email is not so unusual. After all, Email is the main way we communicate these days, isn’t it? While Email is still the number one way of digital business communication, messaging is now the method of choice for 30-40 percent of the population, especially young people. When we talk about messaging, we usually think about text messages. However, communicating through social media (Facebook, Twitter…) or dedicated messaging apps like WhatsApp have also become very popular. So why is messaging on... Read more »

Mobile Monday: What can event marketers learn from the Super Bowl?

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

Everybody knows that the Super Bowl is the… umm, Super Bowl (for lack of a better term) of marketing. At $4.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime, marketers are becoming more inventive every year with the way they deliver messages. So, what can we learn from these marketers, in order to deliver a better message about our events, or products? Social isn’t easy  Social media, a key digital marketing strategy, is becoming more and more complex. There is an upward trend of video and link posts in order to combat the ever-changing social media algorithms. Marketers are becoming less dependent... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Strategists, Airbnb, Sponsorship, and Wi-Fi

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about meeting strategists, Airbnb, sponsorship, and wifi!  Enjoy! The Rise of ‘Meeting Strategists’ & How Hotels Should Approach Them – Greg Oates (@gregoates) How Much of a Threat Does Airbnb Pose to the Hotel Industry? – PerformanceIN (@PerformanceIN) CIC Releases White Paper and Best Practices Resources on Room Block Piracy and Poaching – Convention Industry Council (@ConvIndustry) 5 Tips To Strengthen Your Sponsorship Program – PCMA (@pcmahq) FCC to Marriott: Never try to block Wi-Fi again – CNN Money (@CNNMoney) Hotel Forecaster: Expect Hotel Rates to Rise ‘Significantly’ in 2015 – TravelPulse (@travelpulse) See you next week with more interesting articles... Read more »

Mobile Monday: Photosharing, The New Disposable Camera

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

Have you ever been to a wedding where the bride and groom put a disposable camera on each table, hoping that they’ll end up with 240 amazing photos taken by their guests? While, I have yet to see this concept done on a larger scale like a conference, it’s hard to deny that our attendees like to share photos. On twitter, a tweet with a photo has 5x the amount of engagement as a text only tweet. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. What if I told you there was an app that acted like a... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airbnb, Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, Meetings Mean Business

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Airbnb, Hotel Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, and Meetings Mean Business!  Enjoy! Airbnb will soon be booking more rooms than the world’s largest hotel chains – Quartz by Zainab Mudallal (@Zainab_Mudallal) New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels – USA Today (@USATodayNews) The 10 Worst US Cities For Hotel Wi-Fi – Thrillist (@Thrillist) 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Trip – Yahoo! Travel (@YahooTravel) Optimizing the Value of your Sponsorship – GES (@GESGlobal) Meetings Mean Business Coalition Co-Chairs Provide Industry Update for 2015 – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

lbradford

Mobile Monday: Using Apps to Extend the Life of Your Event

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

Making Mobile Count: Using Apps to Extend the Life of Your Event In recent years, there has been a push towards creating hybrid events–integrating a live, in-person event with digital content. This trend aims to foster year-round engagement, making your event last far beyond the days when you are onsite. One of the best ways to make your event last is to utilize an event app. Event apps give you one place to keep all of your conference’s content, making your app the number one resource for your event. But how do you know what to include in your app... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Hotels, Travel Megatrends, Non-profits

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about travel, non-profits, meeting hotels, and innovation!  Enjoy! CES 2015: Has the tech show lost its focus? – BBC News (@BBCTech) Cvent’s Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – Cvent (@Cvent) Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015 – Skift Magazine by Rafat Ali (@rafat) The Serious Problem That’s Getting In The Way Of Non-Profits – PCMA via Dan Pallotta (@danpallotta) 6 Principles of “Frugal Innovation” – BizBash (@bizbash) Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports – CNN.com (@CNN) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airline Fees, Better Travel Tech, Embracing Second Screen

This week’s Rebel Round-Up comes straight to you from the convention floor of PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Enjoy! 16 Fees We’d Like To Charge The Airlines – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why Chef’s Tables Are Growing In Popularity – BizBash (@bizbash) 11 Cool Things From the Consumer Electronics Show That Will Make Travel Better – Yahoo  by Chris Morris (@MorrisatLarge) The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015 – CareerCast (@careercast) Three Reasons Smart Event Marketers are Embracing Second Screen – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted... Read more »

kchopson

How Beacons Can Help You Understand Your Trade Show

Beacon

One of the hot trends of 2015 is the use of Beacons at meetings and trade shows that work with your mobile attendee app. Beacons are small wireless transmitters that interact with the latest releases of Apple iOS and Android devices. They use BLE technology – also known as Bluetooth low-energy or Bluetooth Smart. The most important thing to know is that the devices are aimed at noticing when your smart phone/wireless device enters the perimeter of an area, such as a store or a trade show. Your phone needs to have the appropriate app installed, and probably should be... Read more »

kchopson

Increase Your Workshop Survey Response Rates

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

There are few ways to better determine how your audience feels about your workshop than a survey. Until recently, most workshop questionnaires were conducted by having a stack of paper surveys placed on a table at the back of the room. If the planners were lucky, a few people would grab a piece of paper and turn it in before the conference was over. However, most attendees ignored the survey because they were in a rush to get to the next event, or didn’t want to hassle with finding a pen and a hard surface to complete the survey. For... Read more »

Mobile Monday: The Battle For Wearables Begins and What That Means For Events

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

In a battle over who can make consumers keep their phones in their pockets and wear their phones on their face and wrists instead, there seems to be only one true winner, the consumer. As producers of face-to-face human interaction, event planners have a unique opportunity to utilize wearables in a way that may not be used daily. We have a responsibility of being ahead of the trends and looking for ways to incorporate new tech into our events. Google glass has found more of a home in business than the consumer sector, but you shouldn’t expect the same results... Read more »

Mobile Apps: Attendees Looking Down = Attendee Engagement Going Up

You stood in line 6 hours for tickets. You’ve waited months for this day to come. You’re finally seeing that band you love live! You get to your seat, the music starts, and a cloud of smoke erupts from the stage. The band starts to play and you are instantly disappointed. Not because the band isn’t everything you dreamed of and more, but because you’re watching their performance through the thousands of tiny mobile devices being held up in front of you. Nobody can deny that technology has changed the way we experience live events, and not always for the... Read more »

kchopson

Using Evernote for Business: How Evernote can Help Meeting Planners

Evernote

A common difficulty in event management is organization; keeping track of constant changes and updates is hard. Using Evernote for business can keep you organized and sync your notes across all of your devices. Ask yourself:  Have you ever walked into a site visit with a paper notebook in your hand, furiously sketching notes throughout the day? When you got back to the office, did you then take a few hours to type those notes into your laptop so you could report your findings? Have you occasionally misplace your notebook in a stack of other notebooks? If you have a... Read more »

kchopson

Nine Features Your Mobile Event App Must Have!

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

Apps for conferences and trade shows are red hot. Your attendees expect that your show will have a mobile app that will not only replace the old printed program, but will add some additional modules as a result of being digital. So what are the key features your app must have? Schedule. All sessions and events should be listed in the program including (with few exceptions) those that require an extra fee, pre-registration or restricted attendance. Times should be clearly listed along with the location or room. Itinerary. One of the favorite activities of many conference attendees has been to... Read more »

kchopson

EventRebels’ Mobile Conference Attendee App is Out!

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

EventRebels already has two mobile apps in the store for Google and Apple devices. The EROnsite app is for planners to monitor their show and, most importantly, scan QR codes on badges to track show and session attendance. Using the same QR code technology, exhibitors can run the ERLead app on their smartphone for lead retrieval. But we saved the best for last. The ERMobile app for attendees of conferences is now available for iPhone and Android! Our first releases have these exciting features: Full Conference Schedule with details for each presentation User’s Itinerary Maps of the Venue Exhibitor and... Read more »

kchopson

Start Planning Wi-Fi for your Meeting – Identify the Needs

It is now common these days for people to show up at a meeting not only with their smartphone, but also with a laptop and even a table. Regardless of their device, your attendee expects to be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network at no cost. Throughout the conference a large percentage of your attendees will be using your Wi-Fi network for a variety of purposes. At many points, the usage may increase to the point that the network cannot handle the load and attendees will either experience slow service or no service at all. When this happens, expect... Read more »

kchopson

Checkout EventRebels’ New Website!

Event Rebels Event Management Software

EventRebels is very excited to introduce our new website, designed and built by our friends at Ainsley & Company. Besides having an exciting new look, the site has a number of new features that you may find of interest. Most exciting is four new product videos! These short videos give you a quick, but thorough, offering of our main product lines. There are videos for: EROnline, the most robust conference software in the industry. ERShow, our online interactive trade show and exhibitor management software. ERSpeaker for call for papers and speaker management. There is also a video that introduces our... Read more »

kchopson

How Geofencing Can Enrich Your Meeting

Geofencing

2013 is the year smartphones significantly changed how events function. From social networking apps to innovative ways badges and smart phones can change session tracking, check-ins and lead retrieval, the mobile platform offers exciting possibilities that weren’t even considered a few years ago. One new such technology is called “geofencing.” As you probably already know, the GPS (“Global Positioning System”) in your smartphone interacts with location-based apps – like Google Maps and Foursquare – to use your location for your benefit. A geo-fence takes this a step further. An establishment – like a store or a booth at a trade... Read more »

Mobile, QR Codes and Your Events

Event marketing is changing. Mobile devices have added a new level of interactivity to events and given marketers more opportunities to connect with their audience. I noticed a few things during this year’s July 4th celebrations… 1. Vendors taking payments with mobile phones 2. People everywhere taking and sharing photos with the mobile phones 3. Signs asking people to connect, share, scan and more All of these events are not only opportunities for businesses to advertise, but also opportunities for them to connect with a larger audience. Mobile has become the new, not-so-secret weapon, for successful event marketing. Mobile marketing... Read more »