7 Reasons Every Event Manager Should Be Using Text Messaging

Every event manager knows that the job does not come with a step-by-step how-to manual that outlines what you need to do to succeed. Every single one is different, and while they all have the common goal of bringing people together for a common cause, that is where their similarities end. Event managers must be able to multitask skillfully, communicate effectively with many varying personalities, find the best bargains in town to keep budgets bearable, steer gracefully through problems that will invariably occur, and do all of this with confidence and a smile.

No problem, right?

Luckily, today we have the technology that can take just a little of the pressure off. Not many people consider how widespread cell phone use is. However, these statistics are of vital importance to anyone planning a large event, as managers can take advantage of cellular use to help streamline their planning, keeping everyone up-to-date from the first contact through to the post event survey. You can keep everyone in the loop and informed by the push of a button. (Ok, we admit, it takes a few button presses to text – but you get the idea!)

Here are seven reasons every event planner needs to be using text messaging:

1 – The Pew Research Center found that as of November 2016, 95 percent of Americans have cell phones.

2 – Conversely, only 77 percent of cell phone owners have smartphones. If you rely on event software that requires people to download an app, you will invariably be leaving people out.

3 – Text messaging is the number one utilized feature on phones, with 97 percent of Americans using it daily. You are not forcing people to learn something new, which some may balk at. Texting is something they are adept at and already accustomed to.

4 – Texting is not just for personal use. According to eWeek, 80 percent of people already use it for business, so why shouldn’t they be using it for yours as well?

5 – Email is not where it is at anymore; only 20 percent of emails are opened, whereas text messaging has a whopping 98 percent open rate. You can be assured that when you press ‘send,’ your message will get to the recipients promptly, and will actually be seen. No more missed communications!

6 – The CFI Group discovered in 2012 that texting is what keeps consumers satisfied when it comes to business communications. The technology earned 90 out of 100 points in their survey, while phone calls only earned 77 points. Your customers want to be texted.

7 – eWeek also found that when it comes to business professionals, 72 percent would prefer to text than to use a messaging app.

Don’t make the mistake of making your customers or employees go the extra mile for your event. Show them that you are an event manager that is hip to what they want by offering text messaging for events. You will keep them happy, save money, and are more likely to get that post event survey filled out!

Sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events: http://www.mosio.com/eventstrial

Is It an Effective Meeting if No One Asks a Question?

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A good example of an effective meeting: audience participation
Issues & Solutions: How Text Software Helps to Increase Employee Participation

Do you have an optimal level of staff participation at your company meetings? A recent conversation with a potential client had me considering the importance of constructive communication between staff and CEO. Unfortunately, these issues aren’t just limited to this potential client…Do any of these issues sound familiar to you? Text-to-screen software for events offers up some potential solutions to staff participation problems.

The Major Issue: Lack of Employee Participation at Company Meetings
In 2 years of quarterly meetings, not a single question was asked of this particular CEO. Not only does he know his employees have questions that are going unanswered, it’s disappointing for him to put so much effort into creating company-wide presentations and not get any feedback, questions or concerns.

This CEO wants to create an engaging dynamic between himself and his employees, one that encourages back and forth communication and growth. Without proper employee participation, both parties are missing out on opportunities to create positive change within the company.

The Solution
Event texting software removes the most common barriers to communication by allowing employees to text comments, questions and concerns anonymously. Texting software allows employees to ask the tough questions that can create necessary changes in a company. Maybe an employee doesn’t want their name associated with a critique. Many employees simply have a fear of public speaking. Whatever the case may be, anonymous texting software removes these fears allowing for you to create an atmosphere of open communication for more effective meetings.

 

Second Issue: Remote Employees Aren’t Active Participants
This particular company holds meetings with a large number of employees who work remotely. While technology allows for easy viewing of meetings, remote employees don’t have a way to participate in a Q&A session nearly as effectively as the employees who are physically present.

The Solution
If you have a cell phone with SMS capabilities, you can participate in your meeting in a direct way. Remote employees can text their questions to the CEO from anywhere in the world. This leads to increased overall audience participation, employee satisfaction and inclusion. Text polling software provides an efficient avenue for remote employees to participate, making them feel engaged in the experience and not just like an “outside viewer.”

 

Third Issue: Employees Miss an Opportunity to Interact with Their CEO
Employees are losing out on a valuable resource of information: Their own CEO. Don’t underestimate the power of hearing directly from your company’s CEO. While sending e-mails and newsletters may get information across to an entire company, hearing the CEO respond to your questions and concerns verbally has a more personal impact.

The Solution
Text to screen software promotes active participation during your event. Instead of pushing for verbal feedback and not getting a response, or using surveys after the meeting, use live text message polling to spark a conversation right then and there. Ensuring staff participation with text polling and response also ensures that employees get to hear from their CEO directly. Take advantage of this powerful opportunity.

If your company is facing similar issues, know that there are ways to increase employee participation at your events. Text message polling, questions and feedback have the ability to drastically increase your staff’s participation, leading to much more effective meetings.

Sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events: http://www.mosio.com/eventstrial

How to Make Event Survey Questions Fun, Useful, and Response-Worthy

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How to Make Event Survey Questions Fun, Useful, and Response-Worthy

Your event is over, and it was a massive success. Or was it? The best way to find out is by sending out a post event text survey. In doing so, you will be able to gauge precisely what your guests thought about the experience, measure their satisfaction, and see if there are any tweaks you can make to make your next one even more successful. This can all be achieved through event survey questions.

The problem is, how do you go about doing this without boring your attendees to death? After all, you want to improve SMS survey response rates, and considering the actual rate of some survey responses hovers around a measly 30 percent, you need to make sure you get as many as you can to fill out your form.

Five Tips to Make Event Survey Questions Fun, Useful, and Response-Worthy

1 – Avoid ambiguity.

When performing text polls after an event, you want to make sure that your questions are eliciting the types of responses you want. To accomplish this, you need to avoid confusing your respondents.

For instance, asking “how would you improve our product” is going to garner answers all over the place. Instead, ask “in which of the following ways do you think our product could be improved.” Then, list the answers so you can easily see what areas need the most improvement. (Be sure to put a “nothing, it is perfect” answer in there as well, of course, so that you can see how many people truly love it!)

2 – Do not create bias by asking leading questions.

Asking a question like “what do you think about the utterly fantastic XYZ” automatically deems ‘XYZ’ as being utterly fantastic. This creates a subconscious thought process that will not allow a fair answer. For better responses, ask people how they would rate ‘XYZ.’

3 – Provide a plausible range of responses.

Just as you do not want to create any bias when asking a question, you also do not want leading answers. For instance, when asking how people would rate the event, it would be a mistake to have the answers saying “it was awesome,” it was fantastic” and “it was so much fun.” These answers are only going to frustrate people. Be honest in your range of answer choices so that your respondents can answer how they really feel.

4 – Do not alienate anyone in your survey.

Say you want to know what vehicles your demographic drives. Providing only “truck, SUV or sedan” as the possible answers will frustrate anyone who drives a motorcycle, hybrid or who does not drive at all. Be sure you provide all possible choices and when in doubt, use ‘other’ along with a way for them to let you know what that ‘other’ is.

5 – Do not be afraid to inject humor.

If we are to be honest, some people love doing surveys, but most do not. They can be quite dull. Don’t be afraid to liven your text polls up to make them fun. Injecting humor in your questions or providing a funny answer can entertain your guests, making them more likely to fill it out in its entirety.

Event survey questions do not have to be dull and boring. By utilizing the above tips, you can make the texts more enjoyable as well as garner responses that help you learn how to improve in the future.

For more information about live audience polling or event survey software, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events

 

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Mosio Custom Text-to-Screen Software Header Templates

Mosio’s text-to-screen software enables you to add a custom header for the look and feel of your event or brand.

You’re free to make your own (1920 x 150 pixels) or use one of ours for ease of use. We recommend putting all relevant information, text, logos, etc in the middle of the image. This way you’ll ensure that no matter what the screen/projector size is, your main content will be visible.

Click on the images to launch the full (1920 x 150) size:

Are you interested in making your next event more engaging with text-to-screen software for audience Q&A? Sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events: http://www.mosio.com/eventstrial

Text Messaging: One of the Most Powerful Conference Technologies You’re Probably Not Using

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Text Messaging: One of the Most Powerful Conference Technologies You’re Probably Not Using

The statistics about text messaging are staggering: 23 billion texts are sent each day worldwide; 97% of Americans send at least one text a day; the average adult spends 23 hours a week texting. With texting growing more popular each year it’s surprising that this leading communication tool has not been embraced as a priority for conference technologies. Yet, there are many reasons for conference designers to include a text messaging system as a conference tool.

Text messaging is a versatile tool.

It’s passive applications are well known such as sending out reminders, or providing important details and directions for large meetings. Recent text-to-screen innovations have expanded the usefulness of text messaging for conferences. For example, a text messaging applications allows conference leaders on stage to receive text from the audience and then display the text in real time on the large stage screens.

The use of text to screen apps makes conferences and large corporate meetings truly interactive.

Attendees can send questions via text messages to podium speakers, who can then modify presentations in real time to meet the needs and interests of the audience. This interactive connection can greatly enhance the conference value. Education specialists have long known the value of interactivity. Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur, a self-described “confirmed lecturer, became discouraged that his lectures were putting students asleep. In desperation one day, Mazur had his students discuss a question he had just asked.

He was surprised when the class had solved the problem in two minutes. He decided then and there to change his teaching style—from lecturer to interactive teacher. He has been amazed with the results. ““What I was able to show is that I doubled the learning gains. In fact, it tripled once I got better questions to ask in class and also much longer retention,” Mazur added, “I’ve never looked back.”

The use of a text messaging system allows for “gamification” of activities during the conference.

Gamification is an approach to increase learning and retention of information through the use of games. With text-to-screen capability conference organizers can establish games for the delegates that use text messaging, even as simple as trivia questions which conference attenders can answer by texts to the podium. Organizers can use these games to increase audience engagement, to drive traffic, or promote products during the conference.

Text messaging allows widespread involvement during question answer times and panel discussions.

The old method of passing around a microphone limited the number of questions and was very inefficient. With text-to-screen the amount of questions received and answer is greatly increased. As 20 Bedford Way event center blog states, “There is no need anymore for an assistant to run around with a mic, leaving awkward pauses.”

SMS allows for more complete and honest feedback.

This is especially important during corporate town hall type meetings, where business leaders need to interact with employees about serious issues. The use of text-to-screen apps helps to improve communication between employees and corporate leaders in two ways. First, it removes the fear public speaking that hinders many people.

As Preston Ni writes for Psychology Today, “Did you know that according to the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the number one fear in America? The fear of death is ranked number two!” Second, the use of anonymous means to ask questions allows for more honesty and openness. For a business this is especially important for employee morale. “In employee attitude surveys, communication from management is almost always ranked low by employees…When employees feel “in the know”, they have a greater satisfaction level about the workplace,” writes William Hubbartt.

Though text messaging certainly has become such an important part of everyday life, there are still many new areas to pioneer in its application to modern life—especially as a tool in conference technologies.

For more information about live audience polling or event survey software, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events
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Why Live Polls are the Secret Ingredient to More Successful Events

Imagine you’re mid-way through an important presentation. You’re not picking up a good read on your audience…What are they thinking? Should you change direction? You might wish there was a way to check in with your attendees, make sure they are comprehending your most important ideas and enjoying the presentation. With text polling software, all of this is possible. We believe SMS polls are the secret ingredient to creating more successful events. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Increase Audience Comprehension
Does your audience understand the ideas you’re presenting? You might have a strong presentation, but if your audience isn’t absorbing the information, it’s time to make some adjustments. Live audience polling allows you to assess your audience’s level of comprehension and re-hash your most important ideas if necessary. You have the opportunity to ensure your audience exits the presentation with your most important takeaways.

2. Give the Audience Control
No event is the same. It’s smart to be slightly flexible in your presentation to match the needs of each individual audience. Using a live SMS poll throughout your presentation makes it easy to figure out which topics to really delve into, and which topics to skim by. By catering your event directly to your attendees, you help to guarantee that your attendees gain maximum value from your presentation.

3. Get Instant Feedback
It’s not uncommon to gather feedback through polling after an event is over. Instead of realizing you missed the mark after the presentation ends, use live polling to check in with your audience mid-presentation. SMS polling can be done through text messaging anonymously, so expect to get honest answers from your audience. Live polling gives you the necessary tools to engage your audience from start to finish.

4. Put Your Audience First
You present yourself as the type of event leader that puts their event attendees first.
Checking in with your audience is not only smart, its courteous. Your audience will appreciate the chance to share their input through live poll because it’s simply not an opportunity that many event leaders incorporate. By standing out and utilizing live polls, you interact with your audience in a new and exciting way.

Why do we think live polls are the secret ingredient to successful events?
It’s simple: implementing live polling directly impacts your audience’s understanding, engagement and enjoyment of your event. Incorporate live polling at your next event and notice the difference.

For more information about audience response systems using cell phones, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events

 

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How to Create More Sparks at Your Next Company Meeting With SMS

Raise your hand if you like company meetings? Us too! We like who we work with and try to keep them as fun as possible. Creativity helps as well, but not all meetings can be fun. Or can they? The reality is this: they’re important and absolutely necessary, but a company meeting is essentially a blank canvas. You can paint something boring on it or you can create something amazing. You can create something amazing on the canvas without even using paint! If you haven’t considered using text messaging to improve the interactivity and engagement at your next company meeting, come on in. People are going to be looking at their phones, there’s a great opportunity here to put those mobiles to other good uses.

While the ability to send text messages hasn’t been around for all that long, it seems that these days that we’re barely able to function without it. Text messaging (SMS, texting, etc) has moved well beyond the realm of friends and family communicating more efficiently. It’s being used more and more by businesses to promote products and to communicate with customers. And not just externally. Corporations are increasingly coming to appreciate how text messaging can be used to facilitate efficient team communications.

Text Messaging To The Rescue
Texting allows town hall and meeting participants to truly participate in a new way, making it a useful tool at company meetings. While a very simple technology, enabling mobile users to send up to 160 characters, it’s incredibly powerful, you just need to apply a little creativity to the medium (not unlike the blank canvas that is your company meeting).

Here are a few ideas to create more sparks at your next company meeting:

Encourage Questions
Enabling staff to text in their questions before the meeting makes things more efficient and move along faster. It also provides management with a host of questions staff might have that they can address later.

Pre-Event Surveys
Send out a survey in advance of the meeting to gather information and insights. Depending on what you ask, you can come in more prepared on the meeting approach and better strategize your format.

Raffles or Giveaways
Have people text in a key phrase to be entered to win. Pick a number randomly to see who wins and then send them a text to let them know they won. See “Award Punctuality” below for a way to combine the two.

Idea Sharing
Mobile photos are a great way for people to show or share their visual ideas about something. If you’re using text to screen software, those photos can be projected up onto a screen for everyone to see. Bonus points if the text-to-screen software provider you use support emojis. 😎

Polls and Voting
Trying to get consensus on a topic or idea? Text message polls are a great way to let everyone have a say, privately, if necessary. Making a poll is also a great way to use creativity and make it fun for people to participate. Have fun with them and others will too.

Tease and Reveal
Send an alert in advance to the team to let them know about some special guest or new piece of information. Suspense is a great way to build anticipation of something to come at an event.

Agenda in Advance
Agendas keep things running smoothly because they prepare everyone with what is going to be covered and in what order. If you’re an organization that prides itself in running short meetings, you either provide agendas for each meeting or you have a simple format. Sending out an agenda in advance (or reminder of your format) via text message keeps everyone on the same page.

Award Punctuality
We’ve read about companies that make people who are late sing. While probably incredibly motivating, everyone is late at some point, because: clients, co-workers, email isn’t sending, fax isn’t going through (people still use faxes and that still happens). You can use text messaging as a time stamp by having everyone text a word in that is written on a board for X minutes. Or you can use that same word be entry into a raffle. Or…if you’re into shaming the tardy, have everyone at the meeting take photos of those who are late, post them to a screen for the world to see. We don’t recommend this last idea, but we bet some people would rather have their photo up on a screen than have to sing to the group.

Suggestion Box
Some people love raising their hands and speaking their minds. In some of the others, brilliant insights and ideas are going unheard. By encouraging people to text their ideas and comments in, they can do so quietly, efficiently. All information can be looked at and easily shared later in it’s natural digital format vs handwritten notes on paper or written on a whiteboard.

We hope these have been helpful and wish you the best in making your next company meeting a successful and creative one. Hey! While we have your attention, did you know we sell text messaging software for company meetings? If you’re interested in learning more about it, you can visit us or sign up for a free trial to take it for a spin. All of the ideas above can be done using Mosio’s software.

6 Ways to Use Text Messaging in Company Team Building

Building a strong and positive team should be a main focus for any business. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on outdated team building exercises, think about incorporating text messaging to create a strong and unified team.

Here are 6 ways that text messaging can be used in team building:

1. Staff Surveys/Questionnaires
Text message your employees about a change they’d like to see implemented, or ask something as simple as where to order lunch. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to contribute. Getting the entire company involved in both the big and little everyday decisions can go a long way in boosting team morale.

2. Get to Know New Employees
Two-way texting software is beneficial for welcoming new members to your team. Texting seems much more personal than sending a generic “Welcome to Our Company” e-mail. Two-way text could even be utilized between team members in mentorship scenarios, giving brand new team members the opportunity to feel supported while acclimating to a new working environment.

3. Send Picture Messages
Who doesn’t get excited to receive a picture message? Our two-way text messaging software supports image, making texts even more personal. Try planning a team building exercise around a scavenger hunt in which participants must send a picture of something specific. Encourage employees to take pictures of their workspace or an exciting project they’re working on. Images have the ability to bring people together by enhancing personal connections.

4. Voting/Polling
Bring together your team to come to an efficient group decision. Text employees a question in the form of a poll. Poll results can give the team a visual breakdown of where everyone stands on any given issue, giving them a greater understanding of the wants and needs of the entire group.

5. Exchange Ideas
Business leaders, especially at larger corporations, have a reputation of being inaccessible. Implementing texting software gives you a chance to make yourself instantly available to employees, more so than any other method of written communication. The more personal connections you are able to make with your team, the more they will feel as though they are members of a strong unit.

6. Giveaways
What better way to motivate your employees to initiate or respond to a text than by picking one lucky responder to win a prize? Make it something that employees look forward to. Try company trivia and pick a winner from one of the correct responders.

The ways to incorporate text messaging in team building exercises extend far beyond the few ideas we’ve provided. If you want to build a corporate culture that thrives, consider utilizing two-way text messaging for team building exercises.

For more information about Mosio for Events, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events

7 Reasons Text Messaging is a Better Way to Engage Your Event Attendees than Anything You’re Using Now

If you think about it, the question and answer period of any corporate event is critical in the context of your audience’s experience: It’s a time for attendees to seek clarification and the last chance for you to positively impact your attendees. While there are many ways to engage an audience in Q&A, not all are created equal when it comes to effectiveness and efficiency. If you’re not using text messaging at your corporate events, you could be missing out on opportunities to maximize audience engagement.

Here are our top 7 reasons why text messaging engages your audience better than any other method you might be using now:

1. Texting Takes Advantage of the Shift in Communication Styles
In recent years, there’s been a shift in communication styles: More people are likely to use text than any other form of communication, especially young adults. Knowing that so many people prefer to text, it makes sense to try incorporating it into your next event.

2. Answer More Questions in a Shorter Amount of Time
Passing around a microphone and asking your audience to raise their hands to speak are two extremely common ways to ask questions at events…That also tend to eat up the most Q&A time. Texting allows for quick, to-the-point information to be exchanged. This means more opportunity for you to answer important questions.

3. Opportunity to Pre-select Questions
You have the ability to moderate text questions at your event. Is there an important point or takeaway you’d like to emphasize with your attendees? Simply choose the best text message questions to accomplish your goals.

4. Texting Reaches the Vast Majority
Many companies use social media outlets to take questions during events. Instead of hoping that the majority of your audience has a twitter account and knows how to use it, rely on the fact that over 91% of adults in the US own a cell phone with texting capabilities.

5. Receive Text Input from All Attendees
Not everyone feels comfortable speaking out at large corporate events, and that’s okay! Text allows an alternate mode of questioning for those who are more apt to utilize written communication.

6. Text Questions can be Submitted Anonymously and Moderated, Presenting the Best Ones for Speaker Responses
There are many important questions that go unasked because someone might not feel at ease attaching their name or face to the issue at hand. Texting anonymously is the perfect way to get these types of important questions asked at your event.

7. Promote Audience Participation
While most other forms of Q&A engage only the person asking the question, texting provides an opportunity for the majority of your audience to interact with you. Event attendees who actively participate retain more information and will be more likely to correlate your event with a positive experience. Allowing everyone to text in a question shifts an attendee’s perspective from passive to active.

Don’t let outdated or inadequate methods of Q&A detract from your next event.

Consider utilizing text messaging software for a more effective, efficient and successful Q&A session.

For more information about Mosio for Events pricing and plans, visit: http://www.mosio.com/eventsplans

5 Industries that Should Utilize Text to TV Screen Technology

Text to TV Screen

Part of the success and appeal of text to screen technology lies in its ability to serve such a wide variety of industries. This technology is accessible to anyone who has basic texting capabilities on their cell phone: a specified telephone number is given to participants at a particular event, allowing them to text comments, ask questions and even respond to a presenter’s question or poll. Participant text is then broadcasted live on screen for the other attendees and presenters to view.

Although texting technology is applicable to any industry that places emphasis on engaging an audience or clientele, certain industries are a natural fit. We’ve listed out five of these industries and their potential uses for text to tv screen technology:

1. Business, Any Sector
Text to tv screen is useful at staff meetings, presentations and just about any company event imaginable. Consider this technology for large corporations or group meetings in which not every employee may get a chance to speak or give feedback. Also, if an employee wants to ask a question or make a comment anonymously, he or she has the ability to do so. Increasing the amount of feedback and accessibility during a presentation and the ability to gauge an audience are just a couple benefits that text to screen technology can provide in a corporate setting.

2. Television Programming
Television broadcasting has come a long way in creating an interactive experience for home viewers. Text to tv screen technology adds another avenue for viewers to feel as though they are actively taking part in the viewing experience. Texting commentary or pictures might be encouraged by a local news station to enhance a viewer’s sense of community, or a television program may broadcast viewer opinions submitted via text. These experiences create a unique and interactive opportunity for both broadcaster and viewer.

3. Education
With an increasing number of schools applying the latest technologies to their classrooms, text to screen technology has many applications in the academic field. While students have the ability to answer and ask questions via text, professors are better able to direct class discussion to meet students’ needs. Students who often forgo asking important questions in class can ask questions without fear of judgement. Additionally, asking large groups of students to respond to a question via text to screen technology provides professors a unique opportunity to asses student comprehension.

4. Entertainment
Concerts and sporting events with large monitors provide great opportunities to utilize text to screen technology. Audience member commentary can add an element of fun and excitement to an already charged event.

5. Politics
In this industry, audience insight and commentary is abundant. Text to screen technology is a great way to broadcast the many voices and opinions that occur during large-scale political events.

Although these industries are varied, text to screen technology helps them all achieve a common goal: engaging as many people as possible to create a positive impact.

For more information about Mosio for Events pricing and plans, visit: http://www.mosio.com/eventsplans

Benefits of Text Response for Event Leaders

Text Response for Events

Creating a back-and-forth dialogue with your audience can be tricky. Since great events and presentations often depend on quality audience participation, this aspect of event planning is not to be overlooked. Text-to-screen services, allowing the audience to respond to a question or comment through text messaging, can be an extremely beneficial tool for a presenter or event leader.

Text Responses in your events allow you to…

Gauge the State of your Audience
Are they focused on what’s being presented? Do you need to take your presentation in a different direction? Gaining a response through text allows you to assess the interest of most, if not all, of your audience members. Of those who own and operate a cell phone, text messaging has become a tool that users utilize on a daily basis. Sending a comment or text during a presentation is quick, easy and something that most audience members can do without taking attention away from the important information at hand.

Open the Lines of Communication
Text response comments facilitate communication between the audience and the presenter. Many barriers to communication are removed. Audience members who don’t feel comfortable voicing their opinion or question publicly can do so anonymously through a text message. Valuable and necessary discussions are brought up, allowing for important information to be exchanged.

Increase Interactivity, Increase Attention
Asking the audience for a text response, whether it be a question, comment, or poll vote, stimulates the audience’s attention. By allowing them an opportunity to interact, you will also increase their attention to the information that is being presented. Your audience takes in information in many different ways, primarily through auditory and visual channels. Taking in information tactilely is one more way you can stimulate your audience’s engagement in your presentation. Just as with taking written notes, text messaging physically engages the audience in a non-typical way, increasing awareness and engagement in the presentation itself.

Allow for Flexibility in your Presentation
You have the ability to take your presentation in many different directions, thanks to input from your audience. Many presenters find the opportunity useful: it often relieves the pressure of hoping the audience benefits from your presentation or event, because you are free to discuss the topics of interest to your audience. Instead of wondering if you’re hitting the right points of interest, you create a more audience-driven presentation.

Audience-to-presenter text response creates a more beneficial and memorable event experience. Implementing text-to-screen software is an ideal way to open the lines of communication and gauge the response of your audience in real-time.

For more information about Mosio for Events, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events

 

Top 5 Ways Text Messaging Enhances Audience Participation

Mosio Enhances Audience Participation

We’ve always been told to turn off our phones for important events and meetings. But what if you were told that allowing your audience to text message during your next presentation could greatly increase overall participation? It’s true: Text-to-screen services are changing the rules when it comes to proper phone etiquette during events and presentations.

Live-broadcasted text messages in the form of questions, comments or poll responses create an engaging dynamic in which audience members feel empowered to participate. We’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why text-to-screen service directly enhances audience participation at your next event:

1. Interact with More Audience Members
Text-to-screen technology has the ability to increase participation through directly increasing the number of audience members a presenter can engage. With many conferences and events being broadcasted online, a text-to-screen service has the ability to make web viewers feel like they are part of the live audience. By giving remote participants equal ability to share and participate in the event, you can substantially increase overall audience participation.

2. Gain Audience Feedback in Real-time
Text-to-screen technology gives power to the audience. Audience members can essentially direct the flow of the event through the use of comments and questions posted on screen. Giving the audience this type of control creates investment that leads to increased participation, simply because they have a hand in shaping the type of presentation they want to view and hear. In turn, the audience cares more about what you, the speaker, has to say.

3. Create a Safe Forum for Discussion
Tough questions that may provoke meaningful discussion often go unasked due to audience member apprehension. A text-to-screen service can provide audience members the anonymity to discuss questions and concerns freely without fear of judgement. Audience members who normally may not be active participants may feel more comfortable making their voices heard.

4. Foster an Interactive Environment
Text messaging involvement improves participation through audience member interaction. It’s easy to zone out or lose focus when a presentation does not contain interactive elements. By utilizing text messaging, audience members are not only hearing the information you provide, they can interact with the information in a personalized way. As an added bonus, audience members who are encouraged to interact during an event are apt to reflect back on the experience as positive and engaging.

5. Create a Novel Experience for Audience Members
By changing the common “turn off your phone” narrative and actively encouraging participants to use their phones to text, you create a novel experience for the audience in any style of event. People want to participate because its a new, fun, and relevant way to keep discussion honest and open.

When it comes to creating impactful events and presentations, audience participation is key. Don’t underestimate the impact that text messaging can have at your next event. Ironically, keeping all phones on and within reach might be just what you need to increase the participation of your audience.

For more information about Mosio for Events, visit: http://www.mosio.com/events

18 Great Event, Meeting and Conference Memes

18 Great Event, Meeting and Conference Memes

We scoured the internet and found these 18 great event, meeting and conference memes. Click on each to open the images into the gallery. Enjoy!

For more information about Mosio for Events pricing and plans, visit: http://www.mosio.com/eventsplans

Launching the Mosio for Events Display from a PowerPoint Presentation

Launching the Mosio for Events Display from Inside a PowerPoint Presentation

Launching the Mosio for Events Display from a PowerPoint Presentation

We’ve had some clients ask the best way to launch their events display from inside of PowerPoint, Keynote, or other presentation software. Some have asked if they are able show the event’s screen inside of their presentation software. First, the reason we don’t recommend launching your text-to-screen display inside of PowerPoint, then onto our recommended way to do so.

Embedding Your Text-to-Screen Display in Powerpoint: Not Recommended

We understand that people have different reasons for wanting the functions and features they want, but we don’t recommend it for a pretty simple reason: Why try to replace the functions and flexibilities of a web browser through plugins and add-ons when a browser does the job perfectly? 

We pride ourselves in making things as simple and cost effective as possible without plugins, add-ins, Adobe Flash, ActiveX, or any additional tech wherever possible, so we recommend using your web browser for the screen you’re going to be projecting. The best feedback we get from clients is that our software is easy to use. We hope you agree.

BUT…If you absolutely must, we have information inside of the training guide PDF and a ink to a free PowerPoint add-in called LiveWeb.

Launch the Mosio for Events Display from a PowerPoint Presentation

The training PDF does a great job of showing the simple steps in accomplishing this. You can either download the PDF, or view each of the slides below.
Launching Mosio From Powerpoint (PDF)

Training Guide Slides

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Download LiveWeb (Free): http://bit.ly/LiVEweb
LiveWeb How To Guide: http://bit.ly/2ozUJjG

 


If you have any questions, please submit a support ticket. If you’re looking for a way to make your events more engaging with live Q&A or SMS Surveys, sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events now.

10 Reasons You Will Love an Event Text Messaging Service

Have you been considering using an event text messaging service for your next conference, seminar or town hall meeting? Maybe you are on the fence about it or don’t know how your company will benefit from the technology, or perhaps you think it is too technical to implement?

Here are 10 reasons why event text messaging is perfect for you and your attendees:

1 – Use software with no installation, only the internet.
We highly advise against using an application that requires installation. What if the computer you’re using crashes or isn’t available? Use something web-based that works in the cloud and reaches all users who have text messaging (SMS) capabilities. That is 99 percent of phones on the market today!

2 – You can communicate itinerary changes instantly.
If there is a conference room number change, or even a venue or date change, you need to be able to let people know efficiently and immediately. With web-based event text messaging services, you do not have to worry about getting the memo out. Send a text, and you update everyone at once. How is that for ease and peace of mind?

3 – There is no need to rent expensive equipment.
Remove the need for physical audience response systems and clickers that need to be passed out. The technology required is already in your conference-goer’s pockets (their mobile phones), and since they already use their phones every day, they do not have to be tech-savvy to figure it out.

4 – The learning curve for your company is minimal as well.
All that is needed is a laptop with an internet connection, and you are ready to start connecting with attendees.

5 – The two-way messaging engages audiences and increases participation percentages.
It can be scary to stand up in front of a crowd, so many people will not get up and ask questions even when they have them. You know what is not scary? Sending a text – everyone does it!

6 – Your staff can review messages and inquiries as they come in.
The last thing you want is something damaging or offensive popping up on the on-stage screen for all to see. Vet the questions on your laptop before they have a chance to cause embarrassment for your company or constituent.

7 – Collate issues to address or study after the event.
The best event text messaging services enable you to export questions to an Excel spreadsheet for analyzing core concerns, and for answering those that were not discussed live.

8 – People do not have to attend your meeting physically.
Web-based widgets allow virtual attendance from anywhere in the world through smartphone, tablet or computer.

9 – Encourage participation with rewards.
People love to win prizes, and sometimes that is the nudge otherwise shy people need to begin interacting. You can offer real-time prizes like Amazon gift certificates just for people communicating with you!

10 – Increase your return on investment with customized promotional messages.
Enter your contact information or a clear call-to-action that folks can complete right from their mobile phone.

You want your event to be a successful one. Mosio can help.

 

For more information about Mosio for Events pricing and plans, visit: http://www.mosio.com/eventsplans