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7 Ways to enhance your Event Agenda App

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If you’ve ever had an event app, you will know the importance of the Event Agenda feature. The agenda is the first feature everyone expects when they get their event app. They use it to highlight rich speaker profiles, description of the session, personal reminders, rating & feedback, and attaching documents.

The agenda has often been confused as a feature that can only be used to inform attendees. To enhance your event experience in far more interactive ways, the agenda feature really helps. Let us show you how.

Interactive Event Agenda Features

Live Q&A

During panel discussions or speaker sessions, the Live Q&A feature is very helpful. The audience can ask questions through the mobile event APP. Projection of questions happens post-moderation. This is a fun and interactive way to engage with the audience rather than using an old-fashioned method of the speaker individually choosing a member of the audience to ask a question.

Live Q&A

Individual/Group Chat

During the event, since the speaker doesn’t have time to answer or point out to every nuance of his speech, it can be hard for an attendee to follow. To rectify this dilemma, we have enabled the chat feature on the event agenda. Here, the audience can chat with their fellow attendees and discuss topics that are related to the session.

Session Check-in

For some event owners, its vital that they know the number of people attending a session. Such event analytics are necessary for a lead generation platform, limit the session to a selected few and so on. Using the event agenda, we can integrate it with our check-in and help the event owners and organizers get this crucial data. Before attending the session, with the event agenda, all the attendee needs to do is scan the QR-Code and get approved. Instantly, the data will get uploaded to the system for analysis.

Live Polling

To maintain the interest of the attendees, you need to interact with them during the session. Live polling is a brilliant way of getting opinions from the attendees and making them invested in the session. For example, during a session, the speaker can pose a question to the audience and based on their viewpoint they can answer accordingly. Projecting this on to the main screen to see the live result is what makes it interesting!Live Polls

Personalized Agenda

There are times in events where there are many sessions in the same time slot, a limited number of seats and etc. To commit to one of these sessions, the attendees need to know the time and description of it. Once they identify the session they want to attend, they can click the RSVP button and then register themselves. This ensures that they have a chance to attend the event and it also provides the event organizer with real-time data on how many people have registered.

Video/Note-taking

When attendees come into a session, expecting them to have pen and papers is a big ask. Note-taking is an important part of any session! Depending on their preference they can either write them down or take a video. What makes it really interactive is that they can share their notes and views with the fellow audience!

 

Event Agenda App

Sponsored sessions

There are many ways one can highlight the sponsors of the event. It can range from banners, ads in the event and etc. The problem with this is, not many attendees will remember them since it is not their main concern. An Event Agenda APP can power your sponsors better. Since attendees will constantly be on the event app, you can market your sponsors in their agenda. In each session, the attendees will get to know either in the description, through images, banners in the app of what that sponsor does. The analytics you get from this will really be helpful to them.

Conclusion

To interact with your audience and not just inform them is what makes a successful event agenda. Getting raving reviews is the whole idea of making the event interactive. In conclusion, an event agenda is a powerful tool that provides a quicker and cheaper alternative to traditional methods to achieve your goals.

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How to plan and deliver your event app content!

By | Aida

Mobile apps are in the mainstream today, the question for the event organizers is not whether “do I need an event app to leverage on the event?” but rather “how does one improve the user experience through a mobile app and with the right content?” 

You can maximize the leverage on your event by creating great content, which can significantly generate online interest for the event, as well as extend its life cycle and recall value. Let’s now delve into how you can plan and deliver your event content to create an engaging event.

Planning your Event APP content

Event APP

Content planning can involve different strategies, depending on the goals of the event, which can start with:

Setting The Objectives

Do you need to persuade, to inform, to include, to join the event? Make the plan as detailed as possible, include numbers and other tangible measurements to ensure you can monitor and know when you get to the respective milestones. For example, if you are organising a local concert, then define the needs you have: reach 100K users (target audience – explained later) within November 15th with an expected ticket conversion rate of 1% (1000).

Are there other sub-objectives?

  • Cross-selling of products or services to event attendees.
  • Building your database for the future events etc.

Tip: Spend time at this stage, make sure you get an agreement from all the stakeholders before finalising the objectives and be sure that the set goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed (SMART Objectives). Once set, email all the stakeholders to be sure to document what was agreed to get them all on the same page.

Defining The Target Audience (TA)

The next step towards content planning is defining the target audience for your event app. Which of the event participants will be served most by the event app? Mostly, the answer to this is the “event attendees”. Following are a few questions that one must keep in mind when defining the target audience.

Start building your buyer persona:

  • Demographics: Age, gender, location, income level, education, marital status and other details you deem important.
  • Personality traits: attitude, values, lifestyle, interest and hobbies etc.

From the above, look at your current database on how many such users you can target and do you have enough target population to reach the magic mark (100K users based on the earlier example

). If the target users do not reach the required number (100K) you may need to modify the sub-objectives into “acquire new users” and “target existing users”, and respective goals.

Tip: You can increase your demographic set by understanding who are your competitors targeting and their customers. You can also identify current gaps in their campaign or bring in a new target segment if they fit into the equation.

Using Content Marketing Metrics

Identifying key metrics is vital for the content sharing success. An understanding of what is on track or not at the start of the campaign will help to measure your success objectively.

  • Consumption metrics, which indicates the view or download rate of the event content.
  • Share metrics, which indicates the number of shares for the content.
  • Lead generation metrics, which indicates if the content has generated any leads for the event.
  • Sales metrics, which indicates the number of event registrations from the various forms of content.

Delivering your Event content

Event APP

Improving your attendees’ event experience is critical, not just for the event goals, but also empowering them with helpful information at their fingertips. The right event app for attendees is the right medium, capturing the essence of the event, thus enabling their ability to:

  • Recall and share the event online, or with their friends or colleagues.
  • Use their gained insights (through presentation slides, handouts, and notes) to understand the event better.
  • Engage with the event and the organisers consistently.

Content Types

Content that you produce should answer general user questions about the event: why would they, (TA), be interested in your event? How can your content help them make a decision to purchase/promote?

Understand the content funnels and types, start with:

  • Promotional campaigns: Are you offering some early discounts? And why should they purchase? Notification can be used here to talk about new content. This can also be presented using a landing page (or a promotional template).
  • Exclusive campaigns: Create exclusive content based on your objectives and the target audience. For example, millennials are known to love video content that is entertaining and engaging. Others can include infographics, illustrations and photos.
  • Social activity campaigns: Push content when their friends and followers perform an activity, to generate interest or desired result. Encourage conversation among the users (do not forget to moderate).
  • Re-Permission campaigns: Reminders when they have exited the app without the desired result, e.g: Push Notifications – Retargeting your interested users should be one of your main strategies here.
  • Transactional Campaigns: An interaction that leads to some transaction, a sign-up / purchase etc. Make sure your messaging is accurate and clear on the goals you want to achieve.
  • Event details: It is easy to miss concentrating on the event details with all the promotion that is around. Do not forget to craft a great “events page” with all the required details, descriptions, videos, pictures, FAQs and any other content you feel is important (do the brainstorming).

Understand that majority of your users may come from outside the app. A strategy that helps to bring new users to the event part of the app can be useful.

  • Which social media channels are appropriate for this type of content?
  • What type of content should be delivered into each of these channels?
  • Do you want to leverage email marketing?

Tip 1: The content needs to be app friendly and brief, especially when targeting an impatient generation. So, know your target audience and design your content accordingly.

Tip 2: The key is to choose the right campaigns/mediums for the objectives at hand, and not what is popular. For example, the Boeing current market outlook app by the aeroplane company is not here to sell planes on their app, but to provide interested users with the right information, to put a human face to their operations. So, the objective of each company may differ.  

Content Calendar

Scheduling all the tasks including who does what is important, but keeping to it is even more critical. Sending timely calendar events to participants before the event, including first invites, follow-ups regarding confirmation, and reminders. The calendar planning must happen once at the planning stage, and the details need to be revisited when the content types and campaigns are agreed upon.

Tip 1: Keep the various content funnel templates (content at various stages) ready in advance. Running campaigns (delivery of content) and production (creation of content) at the same time creates speed mismatch and puts additional pressure on the teams.  

Tip 2: Consider making the content easily viral: content outreach can be easily increased tenfold by making it easy to share and via marketing platforms.

Tip 3: Post regularly, make sure you control the frequency. The content should not be too frequent or otherwise.

Conclusion

A successful content strategy for your event app is about reaching your target audience at the right time and frequency. For this to happen, quantify your plan, involve all stakeholders, develop a content strategy, put-in a milestone check, measure and communicate. The key is making a plan, timely checks and improvising (backed by data) as needed.

About Us

Aidaio’s platform focusses on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. Visit our website www.aidaio.com/event-app to know more or write to us at [email protected]

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Why We Love QR Code Check-ins at Events!

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Introducing our QR Code Check-In Solution!

Quoting Wikipedia – “A QR code consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera.” QR codes have become popular as a mechanism to direct people to a website a lot quicker than manually entering a URL.

Whether you are an event professional or an attendee, long lines at the registration desk are always an eyesore. For an event organizer, the day of the event is already rough with all the running around. On top of it, the chaos and unhappiness caused by long lines can be nerve-racking. 

How can I leverage the convenience of QR codes to ease my pain on event days, you ask? Well, when an attendee registers for your event, a unique QR code is shared with them. On the day of the event, all you have to do is equip your ground staff with QR code scanners. When the delegate arrives at the venue, they are asked to display their unique QR code to your ground staff at the entrance. Once it is successfully scanned, the QR code becomes an authorized digital entry pass for the delegate.

Still not blown away by this nifty check-in solution? Let us tell you how they are the next-big-thing to revolutionize your events.

Main Benefits

Easy Setup and Dismantling  – Time and manpower spent in the construction of registration counters and dismantling them afterwards are immense. With QR code check-ins, you can cut that out by at least a tenth.

Smaller and Faster Moving Lines  – The QR code check-in solution takes less time per attendee check-in. In addition, there are no badges or lunch passes to be handed out separately. The code acts as a single pass for all possible entry points at the venue. That’s one QR code to rule them all!

Fewer Security Concerns – If you are organizing large events, you know handling massive crowds is not only cumbersome, but also raises security concerns. No matter how many times you check and re-check, the same guests end up getting listed more than once. Eliminate duplication of guest profiles and free your mind for other important aspects of the event that needs your attention.

Fewer Devices, Staff and Stationery – QR code check-ins not only take less time but fewer ground staff too. QR code scanners are super easy to handle and operate. Stop worrying about procuring and setting up laptops and stationery for your staff at the registration desk. 

No Power or Internet Connection Required – A most painful and dubious part of setting up is the task of ensuring that the power supply and internet connection for laptops at the registration desks work. Well, not anymore! These QR code scanners can be charged beforehand and they work offline too.

Simple Training and Briefing  – QR code scanners are very easy to operate. Your ground staff will need no training to start using them. All you have to do is test the scanners ahead of the event. When you huddle with your team before the start of the event to raise their spirits for the big day, you can cut out the whole activity of briefing them about making registrations work.

Other Benefits

Go Green -A single QR code can be used as an entry pass, a lunch coupon or as a form of authorized access to various parts of the event. You will be reducing the printing costs for the entry passes/badges/lunch passes. That means less litter at the end of the event as well!

Less waste – The number of guests who have checked in is data that you can pass to the kitchen straight away. You’ll be helping your chef plan better and avoid wastage or shortage of food. 

Actionable Analytics – With obsolete registration counters, there’s no comprehensive way to know when a guest arrived and when they left. Metrics like that can be very useful to track and analyze. During the span of the event, when did the maximum number of check-outs happen? Was it during a particular session or time? If yes, what can you do to ensure that it does not happen at your forthcoming event? Once you are back to the office after a great event, we will empower you with analytics and reports to make sure your next event is even better!

Cut Costs, Save Money – Now that you know all of the above, the monetary benefits to you are a no-brainer.

Lo and behold, check-ins are no longer a pain – not for you nor for your attendees. You have invested your heart, body and soul for each of your events. Don’t let the long and chaotic registration lines reduce the shine at all. Unlock the power of QR code check-ins for your next event!

About Us

AidaIO’s platform focusses on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. Visit our website www.aidaio.com/event-app to know more or write to us at [email protected]

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A Feature Focus on App Event Sponsorship!

By | Aida

45% of event planners say that event sponsorship is their biggest challenge when planning an event. Source

If you are one of these event planners, worrying about the budget for your next event, then fret not, you are at the right place.

Problem

Every sponsor does their ground work before agreeing to associate their brand with an event. Once that hurdle is crossed, they have to make it a successful sales campaign in terms of brand visibility and customer reach. Standees and banners at venues have become a thing of the past. There are so many of these, all around the venue, that the brand gets lost in the sea of billboards.

To stand out from competitors and grab more eyeballs, why not go digital? Smartphones have become a part and parcel of our lives, and we spend more time with these than with a family member or friend.

Most event planners today, consider event apps as an indispensable and integral part of their events. But have you thought about how you can make it a win-win for you and your event sponsors? Here are some features of the event app that enable you to do just that.

Splash Screen

This is the entry point for the users to the app and thus offers a great opportunity it to make an unforgettable first impression. And the feather on the cap is that the coverage is maximum  – because it is full screen. Moreover, every time users open the app, the splash screen with brand collaterals are displayed to them.

Banner Images

BannerOnce the user logs in, she gets to the landing screen where general information about the event is shared, also termed as the home screen. These rotating images are displayed on the top section of the mobile screen. A banner of the brand is displayed for around 5 seconds.

Partner Listing

If the motive is to share details of your brand through website and contact details like telephone number email address etc., then highlighted partner listing is the best option. The sponsors can be classified into categories – for instance, Platinum, Gold or Silver Partners, and listed accordingly.

Ad Banner

If you don’t want to share your space with anybody and want to be featured all across the app, then ad banners are your best bet. The brand is displayed at the bottom of the mobile screen and stays in the user’s view all throughout.

If brands are exhibiting their products in stalls at the venue, then the opportunities are much more.

Sponsored Notifications

Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 12.04.21 AMImagine a situation where an individual venture to a stall and she gets a custom notification about the brand and its products. Such services are striking as they grab the individual’s attention and drive home the point by exploiting the advantage of proximity. The notifications based on proximity require hardware to trigger the notifications, called Beacons. But if you wish to remove the overhead of hardware, then sponsored notifications can be configured to be sent at regular intervals.

Floor Maps

Most events today share the floor map of the venue to make it easy for themselves and the delegates. Exhibitors can use it to their advantage by getting their stall highlighted in the venue map.

Conclusion

We have got you covered for the budget for your next event – one of the many things that you as an event planner worry about and definitely of the topmost priority. It’s up to you now to interest your sponsors by creating the best digital event sponsorship packages.

About Us

The AidaIo platform is focussed on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. Visit our website www.aidaio.com to know more about how we can help with event sponsorship. You can also write to us at [email protected]

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A Feature Focus on Live Audience Polls for Engagement

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Live Audience Polls

Engaging events are never a one-way journey. It’s all about interactivity and capturing the imagination of your audience polls. Instant audience engagement and interaction can be rewarding, not only in terms of evaluating your event but also to prepare for the next.

Then comes the fancy world of ARS (Audience Response System). Yes, the same thing that you see in some of the TV shows. The presenter asks a question and the audience press a button on a small voting pad and shares their votes. There is a receiver device that captures and consolidates these votes.

Problem

On the first look, ARS does seem very interesting, but as you delve deep into its world, you realise it’s just more responsibilities falling on your shoulders, in terms of procuring the devices, testing them and the list goes on.

Procurement – First and foremost, for using ARS in your event, you must plan ahead to procure or rent the devices. Once procured, they have to be stored appropriately.

Capacity – The number of devices needed for your event depends on the number of targeted voters. Each receiver has a set capacity, which is usually around 200-500 voters.

Cost – The rental cost is often around $5-$20 for each voting device. Over that, there is a fixed cost that is to be paid for the receivers, which could be anywhere from $800 to $1000.

Powering – Once procured, you have to ensure that all the devices are powered and working properly. These devices work on small batteries, which need to be checked often and recharged. In case of faulty devices, you need to get them repaired ahead of the onset of the event.

Dry runs – And once that is ensured, you must go ahead and carry out multiple dry runs with the devices and receivers. A small amount of training and ‘getting-used-to’ is required for setting up polls.

Handling – You also need volunteers to hand out devices and collect them once the voting is over. With larger events, ARS becomes all the more cumbersome to distribute, collect and store.

Proximity – If the targeted audience is distributed across the venue, then good luck on getting them to assemble at one point and casting their votes. The voting pads need to be within the range of the receiver, which is usually a radius of 100 meters.

Solution

There’s got to be a better way. Each one of us carries a smartphone today, so how about putting them to good use at events. How about sending Polls to your audience through your event app?

Using the right tool makes it a lot easier. The audience have their smartphones in their pockets, so you don’t have to worry about any of the above problems. Even if the audience is spread across the venue, you can broadcast a poll and they can send their responses from wherever they are. Moreover, at a given point of time, multiple polls can be active simultaneously. Users can peruse previous polls and their votes. As the results pour in, you can display them on a live display screen of your choice.

Just imagine the plethora of analytics possibilities that would be available. Based on how an individual vote’s, you can target content to her appropriately. You could make use of these learnings to plan your next event. Since the possibilities are endless – Make sure you make the most it!

About Us

Aidaio’s platform focusses on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. Visit our website www.aidaio.com/event-app to know more or write to us at [email protected]
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Event ROI : Actionable metrics for Venue

By | Aida

This is Part 2 of our Event ROI series – Venue Performance Evaluation. Check out Part 1 -Speaker Evaluation.

When organizing any event, an event planner has to make many decisions that will have an impact on the overall success of the event. Deciding upon the best event space is one such delicate decision that has the largest impact both on experience and budget. There are lots of reading material on how to choose a location. Here is the link. But often neglected is getting feedback from the attendees post-event about the Event space.

Evaluate your venue performance with these 9 metrics (w/BONUS).

You: Where the Needs met? | Visitor: “I accomplished my goal”

  1. How good were the basic amenities at the venue? Like lighting, water, power, fire exits, etc.
  2. Was it too crowded ? Was there ample space for networking or finding people?
  3. How were the acoustics at venue ? Too loud ? Was it hard to hear people?
  4. [BONUS] Was the venue accessible to everyone? Special needs? Elderly guests? etc.,

You: Was it Easy? | Visitor : “I didn’t have to work hard”

  1. Was it easy to locate the place? Parking? Public transportation availability?
  2. Were the venue staff/in-charge easily accessible ? Did you know/utilize the venue concierge service? 
  3. Was the layout easy to navigate? Did the floor plan help to locate areas of interests?

You : Was it Enjoyable? | Visitor: “I felt good about that”

  1. What was your impression of the overall decor and ambiance of the venue ?
  2. Was the location clean?Restrooms, Dining areas etc.,
  3. Would you recommend or visit the event space again with family or colleagues ?

Using Aidaio Event apps you can not only capture above data efficiently, but also provide venue information such as parking information, interactive floor plans and much more.

About Us

At AIDAIO, we believe a significant part of the answer lies in data generated by event technology and mobile apps. Using the Customer Experience Pyramid we are excited to start a series to provide Actionable metrics for event planners to measure various aspects of Event ROI. We are glad to hear from you and add to it. Do visit our website www.aidaio.com to know more. You can also write to us at [email protected]

Event Marketing tactics for your Event App

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You’re exploring event apps for your next event, but you’re unsure whether attendees will download your app? Do you feel that event marketing for your app can take up much of your time and effort?

According to EventManagerBlog, 29% of event professionals reported less than 35% of their attendees downloaded their event app. This is a real problem! Our experience shows that event engagement increases when at least 50% of your attendees download the app. Event apps can boost attendee engagement by over 77%.  Event apps also offer many tangible benefits for event organizers. Leveraging event apps can help you realize significant ROI from your events. We have seen that with some simple app promotion strategies, you can ensure upto 65% downloads pre-event.

App stats

Event App adoption

Yet most organisers feel that app marketing is an additional task at hand. Given your hectic schedules especially closer to the date of the event, you may feel overwhelmed with the task of promoting apps. Yet, to ensure that attendees download event apps, an app promotion strategy is a must.

The good news is that event app promotion is not such a hard task. There is but a little effort involved in ensuring app downloads.

Plugging in app promotion as part of event marketing strategy can help you create a much better impact.

App promotion methods are subjective to the type of your event. Listed below are some of the simple event marketing steps for your app that we recommend . Consider these for promoting app downloads and adoption.

App availability before event – Ensure apps are available for download at least 2 weeks before your event. Look for event apps that offer the flexibility to change content without the need to publish the app to the app stores.  Also see the event app with rich, relevant event information. Your attendees don’t want to download an app that is blank, and with no relevant content.

Email marketing about the app – When you send out EDMs to your attendees, speakers, and sponsors, include a short highlight about the event app. Sending out one or more exclusive emailers detailing why your attendees need to download the event app can also be helpful. Plan for these EDMs in the 2 weeks lead up to your event so it stays fresh in your attendee’s mind.

Integrate with Social Campaigns – Looking at app promotion as an isolated activity is a rookie mistake. When you have your social handles, print & broadcast media active, you don’t need to look further. Plug in your app promotion content into these channels. Introduce event app details

Familiarity – When you are familiar with the features of your event app you can influence your audience effectively. If you don’t use the event app yourself, it can be quite pointless to ask your audience to do so. So make sure you and your on-ground team downloads and actively use the app.

Content – Keep your app content up-to-date. Keep your attendees’ interest alive even pre-event. Publish event trivia, photos from event planning, quotes from speakers, and all event related updates. Make sure that your attendees look forward to seeing fresh content every day.  Interesting, relevant and timely content is a great way to trigger app promotions.

Incentivize attendees – Educating attendees about the value of the event app is one way to trigger app promotions. In addition, you should also consider other incentives.  Offer special discounts, goodies, VIP check-in, special seating. Running contests in the app for early adopters can help create a buzz, that could trigger organic downloads.

At-venue app signage – Make your event app visible. Provide a chance to download the app during the event.  Printed posters of the app at registration desks, QR codes to app URL on delegate kits, app details on event background displays, short announcements etc. can help promote adoption.

In-session promotions – Reminding attendees to rate sessions or post questions will encourage app usage and downloads during the event.

Create a community  – Don’t stop at pushing information. You want your attendees to engage with your content. Once you reach a certain threshold of users on the app, start publishing polls, or posts seeking inputs from your audience. Use data from these polls to attract other attendees to also download and participate in the event community.

Conclusion

Do not just focus on creating an event app – focus on creating the experience around your event app. Promoting an event app does not need to be an isolated activity.  When you channelise a small percentage of your event marketing efforts to include event app promotion, it can positively impact app adoption.

About Us

The AidaIo platform is focused on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. If you’re looking for more ideas on rolling out an event app for your next event, visit our website www.aidaio.com. You can also write to us at [email protected]

Attendee Engagement : A journey in 5 steps

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Attendee engagement is a journey. Brands strive to build an emotional connect with a consumer. It begins with powerful messaging. But brands can sustain this only by creating amazing experiences, and building a community.

Events are a high touch point channel for brand to connect with a highly activated audience.

The journey of a brand’s connect with its attendees begins with Brand visibility, and progresses towards Brand activation, then engagement and finally creating Brand Ambassadors.

Technology is a great enabler for consumer engagement whether it is in events or elsewhere. Social media and cross-channel marketing strategies are quite powerful in reaching out to potential consumers. But, often brand connect and social communities stay out of sync.   It is important to have solutions that create a unified persona of the consumer across the different channels.

Also important, is the need to understand the consumer’s context, and target relevant content based on her location, interests and preferences.

At AIDA, we see this connect between brand and consumer evolve through 5 stages.

Introducing the Attendee Engagement Funnel

engagement funnel

Event AgendaGuidance:  When a brand initiates it’s connect with consumers, it is crucial to guide, educate and inform them.

This is the first step towards understanding what a brand stands for, and what the consumer can gain from the brand.

In the case of events, the program schedule, speaker list, venue etc. serve the purpose of guidance.

But, bringing in an interactive aspect to this information can change the way a consumer receives this. Structuring content such that it leads a consumer on a journey of discovery, can help make Guidance a fun way to connect to the consumer.

Simple interactions, such as RSVP on agenda, guided maps; chat to speakers etc. can go a long way in establishing the ground for the next stage of Engagement.

Attendee Engagement

Engagement: As consumers embark on their journey of content discovery, they find more and more reasons to engage with the brands. Even asking for more information or expressing an opinion about the brand’s content can be gratifying.

This engagement sets the grounds for brands to initiate 2 way conversations with their consumers.

In events, many of these conversations are primarily face-to-face. Can technology complement these face-to-face conversations? The answer is a resounding Yes.

Polls, surveys, event activity walls, 1 on 1 chat with organizers/ event partners etc. are easy to use technology complements. Games such as Treasure Hunts are an effective way to activate your audience. They can have a great time while discovering brand content!

Networking

Community: When people have a good time, they tell others about it. They create their own communities, and share their experiences. This is a key social behavior that brands can leverage. Social media is a space where most of a brand’s community building happens today. But, social media is an open forum. A consumer needs to sift through a lot of noise before they can find relevant content.

There is a need today to create a channel that can seamlessly combine social media advantages with the private social context of a brand.  White labeled mobile apps serve as a context aware channel for brands to achieve this.

Providing a space for attendees to connect to other delegates, share, like and comment on event activities, creating a social buzz in the context of the event, creating multi lingual content etc. can nudge even the passive attendee into being part of the larger event community.

Interactive Digital Games

Achievement: Sustaining the community connect, conversations is equally essential. Recognizing the influencers in the community, responding actively to the pulse of the community, identifying trending topics is a good way to begin. But, unless there is a sense of achievement that your consumer can realize from her engagement, this buzz is likely to die down.

Gamification is a great way to push the community engagement to the nest stage. Can you reward the active participants or even promote a healthy competition among the peers? Combine social conversations with in-venue gratification by launching in-venue gamified social walls.  Plan a crowd sourced social activity that can result in a larger achievement or reward for the entire community. For instance, if 50 photos are posted under the event hashtag in the next 1 hour, everyone gets a free coupon!

Brands no more need to worry about creating content, since the community has started co-creating content for them.

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Influence: When the community is so highly activated, everyone is a brand ambassador. Even the passive consumer, is now an active influencer for the brand.

In the case of events, this translates into extending these conversations over and beyond the event. Turning them into a year long conversation channel, and as a lead up to the next edition.

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Start your journey with AIDA today. Activate your passive consumer into passionate brand ambassadors.

 

 

 

Benefits of Event Apps

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We bet your events are informative, engaging, and fun. But do you continue to rely on printed material for distributing event information? Do you still use outdated technology for communicating with your attendees?

event manager adoption image smallAttendees today have high engagement needs but low attention spans. They are smart, and are eager to converse. They carry smart phones and embrace technology with ease.

Why then are your events still in the era of printed-paper?

It is indeed time for you to consider an app for your next event. There are many benefits of rolling out a mobile app for your event. We have listed a few of these below.

  1. Go Green, Go Paperless

Every event needs to distribute information about the program, venue layout, partners and promotional material, banners etc.  Printing may not be the most important item on your cost cutting list. Yet they have a larger impact on your responsibility to environmental sustainability. Besides, no one ever wants to go through a conference carrying a load of papers. Go Green. Now.

Putting up event information on a website isn’t good enough. Especially given the flaky nature of Internet in-venue. Mobile apps can easily be the channel for your event information. Go for the ones where you can publish last minute changes with ease. Your attendees must be able to access event information even when offline.

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  1. Stay tuned to Event schedule

Every event manager has had last minute changes to make in the program. Speakers cancel at the last minute. Partners may need changes to their promotional material.  Why go through the hassle of re-printing event material, when you can make changes in a few seconds?

Moreover, digital content is interactive and real time. You can push notifications and announcements through the app. You can even integrate your social channels with your app for a seamless end to end engagement experience.

  1. Why start your event with a long queue ?

Every event begins with a really long queue. Your attendees wait in frustration, while your registration desk tries to sort through piles of registration badges, and lanyards.  Why start a great event with frustration ?

Mobile apps can create digital badges through QR codes. You can even issue your food coupons or limit access to sessions through these digital badges. Offer special treatment to your prominent guests or key speakers. Be notified of their arrival, and check-them in automatically.

  1.    A digital emcee 

Let your attendees take complete control of their schedules. Attendees can create their own schedule by choosing lectures of their interest and get reminders for the sessions chosen.

Sitting in hall A, an attendee can now know what lectures are running in other halls.

They can also take notes in session. They can download presentation material. They can post questions too. Your event app can become a digital emcee.

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  1. Create an Event Community

Networking is a big part of every event. People attend events just to find the right people to meet, network and socially engage with.

Why not help your attendees network, setup meetings, reach out to your partners, and even reach out to you with ease ?

Event apps have created a new way of engagement that was previously non-existent in traditional events. Attendees can discover fellow delegates, chat, post comments & photos. They can respond to live polling, participate in games, and engage in conversations. As your attendees engage and network, you can glean powerful insights into their likes and dislikes, and trending topics. You can use these insights to respond and react fast.

  1. More value for your Event Partnersnetworking blog image 1

Your event partners can get a themed digital booth in your event app. Attendees can view digital promotional content, sponsored notifications, product brochures, videos and much more. They can also reach out to your partners through the app. This is a great way for your partners to capture leads. What better way to show your event partners a great event ROI?

If you need more information about how Carrot apps can help your next event, reach out to us now.

Activate Your Audience Engagement Today

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Brands harness the power of consumer influence through captive messaging, emotional connect and interactive audience engagement. At its core, the power of marketing hinges on the relationship between a brand and its consumers. By employing appropriate media platforms, brands can nurture a community of actively engaged consumers.

Brand Visibility can be sustained by Innovative ideas and digital strategies.  Social connect, digital innovation and face-to-face engagement can activate an audience engagement.

Product launches, experiential marketing, brand activations and Promotions thrive on the emotional connect that a brand can make with its audience. To create a successful experiential campaign, brands rely on Brand Visibility, Brand Experience, and Brand-Recall.

Technology plays an important role in complementing these experiences.

venue mapsImagine a large physical venue with curated brand content. For instance, a large art gallery, a new corporate campus or even a large exhibition ground. How can a brand make its messaging and content visible to its audience in-venue?  How can the brand enthrall its audience even as they traverse the large venue?

Can fun be induced into this experience?  How to make the audience not just passively consume brand content, but actively engage and discover?

A guided tour or games such as Treasure hunts or scavenger hunt can be a great way to lead your audience across your venue.  Digitizing a guided tour or these games is a real option. A digital treasure hunt can provide clues, quizzes, and trivia based on the audience location. When used in conjunction with beacons and proximity targeting it can also act as a channel to publish relevant information.

Live Social WallsExperiencing the brand is a combination of social, digital, and face-to-face interactions. Not all consumers are active on social channels. Yet, brands get a high visibility and marketing leverage on social channels. They are always on the lookout for simple ways to increase social engagement. Gamifying the social engagement through competitive social leaderboards, live social walls or activity points can activate the audience engagement.

It is not new to offer simple giveaways for audiences who are actively engaging with a brand. It creates a unique brand recall value.

Traditionally giveaways involve games, typically lotteries or simple puzzle solving or other activities. Digitizing these games gives a brand not only the flexibility to theme & configure these games but also to capture leads. Virtual reality, Augmented reality, 3D experiences are making a huge wave in the experiential world. But they are a costly affair. There are also simple, affordable, easy to use solutions.

Interactive Digital GamesAIDAIO introduces Ice – Interactive Digital Games to increase attendee engagement in exhibitor booths, conferences, activation events, and product launches. Choose from games such as SpinWheel, Treasure Hunt, Quiz, Picture puzzles and more.

Ice games are easy to set up. You can theme your games per your branding. Setup and configure game rules and giveaways. You can customize lead capture forms, go live with your game in an hour, and preview your game setup.

Ice games are phone and tablet friendly, easy to install, and cost-effective. Options for multiplayer, single player, conducted games are available. You can also choose a single game or a basket of games to suit your brand engagement needs. You can also activate it as part of your Event App.

Explore how Ice can make a difference in your brand engagement strategy.

Download the Ice app now and sign up for a free trial.

About Us

The AidaIo platform is focussed on driving engagement and getting you up close and personal with your audience. We have built a suite of features to create interaction and engagement. Visit our website www.aidaio.com to know more or write to us at [email protected]