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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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

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)

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

 


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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

 

The Text to Screen App That Isn’t an App at All

A great text to screen app increases engagement and audience participation.

Every successful event does one thing: it gets the audience’s attention and keeps it. What better way is there to do this than by asking for their participation to help guide the event? This may sound like the proverbial “easier said than done” advice, but it can be accomplished easily with a text to screen app!

These applications are great tools to help keep everyone in the audience interested because they can send in questions, comments and even images, which then show up on the large event screens for all to see.

Presenters can scan through the incoming texts to vet out anything inappropriate and to keep things moving along. Afterward, many, like Mosio, allow for the incoming information to be exported to a spreadsheet for review or answering later.

10 Benefits of Text to Screen Apps:
1 – Increased audience participation
2 – No equipment to buy or rent
3 – Everyone knows how to text
4 – No learning curve for the company
5 – Remove the anxiety of verbally asking questions
6 – No waiting in line at microphones
7 – Everyone can read the questions on the screen
8 – Questions are vetted in real-time
9 – Brand awareness
10 – Call to actions can be included

Not only are text to screen apps incredibly useful, but they are beneficial to a wide variety of businesses and events:
1 – Corporate conferences
2 – Churches
3 – Town Hall meetings
4 – Political rallies
5 – Sports arenas
6 – Trade shows
7 – Corporate training events
8 – Restaurants
9 – Bars & Nightclubs
10 – Coaching seminars

This list is by no means exhaustive. Texting apps are useful to anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and make their event a memorable one. Your situation may be entirely different from anything listed, and we would love to hear how you would use the technology!

Drawbacks to Text to Screen Apps
You may be wondering if there are any drawbacks to these apps. There is one, and that is they require users to have a smartphone to be able to download the application and install it on their iPhone or Android. However, according to an Ofcom consumer research study performed in October 2016, only 77 percent of users in the United States have smartphones.

This data shows that 23 percent of users may not be able to interact with you at your event!

Is there any way you can increase the interactivity for all of your audience? There is, and the answer is to utilize a service that provides everything a text to screen app does, without requiring users to download an application.

Utilizing Text to Screen Without an App
Mosio understands that not all users at your event are going to have a smartphone, and we know it is important to you not to ostracize anyone for their choice of technology. That is why our service is not dependent on an app. The users can interact with your presenters by doing what they do on a daily basis: texting!

All that is required is that their phone has text messaging (SMS) capabilities – and that is 99 percent of the phones on the market today.

If you would like to learn how to make your next event interactive for everyone involved, contact Mosio today.

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

 

Why Would You Want the Audience Texting Questions During Presentations?

Have you heard of text-enabled events? You may be thinking that allowing the audience to text questions during a presentation would be distracting, and would disrupt the flow of the conference, meeting or seminar that you worked so hard to set up. That is a common concern, so here we will address that and four more questions people often have about this unique service.

Five Concerns About Texting Questions During Presentations:

Wouldn’t the audience members have to learn how to use the handhelds or clickers?
No! It is true that some audience response systems use complicated equipment or clickers to record responses from event-goers. With simple-to-use event text messaging software, there is no learning curve, as people use technology they already know: their cell phone. Your members do not have to be tech-savvy, and you do not incur the cost of renting expensive equipment.

Would I have to worry about training some of my staff to use the technology? I have enough to worry about with the day-to-day operations of my company to have one more training session to plan!
No specialized training is needed. The best audience texting software requires only a laptop and an internet connection. Setup is super easy, too, and support is available to guide you every step of the way should you need some assistance.

Is it available in the app store for Android or iPhone, and how much will it cost for attendees? I am sure they will groan at having to download something else that takes up precious space, and highly doubt they will pay for it.
Our system is cloud-based, and does not require downloading any applications. In fact, smartphones are not necessary at all! As long as the mobile phone allows SMS text messaging, users have all they need to begin participating. This functionality is available in 99 percent of the phones on the market today, so chances are, most everyone will be able to join in.

How is texting questions better than people just asking them at a microphone?
It is true that you could make sure you have a couple of extra microphones on stands strategically placed around the hall or even have staff members ready to reach questioners when they stand to speak. However, microphones fail, batteries die and electrical cords can trip people up. You certainly do not want the audio going out during a question and answer session.

People can also be genuinely afraid to speak up. When you give them the opportunity to ask questions through text – something they do daily – you remove that fear. People are more willing to ask the burning questions they have when they have the safety of anonymity.

Won’t texting questions during a presentation be distracting to the presenters?
Quite the contrary! The inquiries will show up on the laptop screen, so there are no instances when those on stage cannot hear what an attendee is saying. They simply read them on the screen. The text can also be displayed on a large screen so that everyone in the crowd can see them as well. Any inappropriate questions or comments can be audited out, and all of them are available for exporting to a spreadsheet for review once the event is over.

If you have any concerns about texting questions during presentations that we have not addressed here, let us know!

 

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

6 Ways to use Text Messaging, the New Audience Response System for Events

6 Ways to use Text Messaging, the New Audience Response System for Events

Audience response technology has come a long way from the clickers of yesteryear. Today they are versatile tools that can be effective in a myriad of applications, and through the power of software as a service (SaaS) and text messaging, it is no longer necessary to rent physical equipment. Your users do not even need a smartphone! Here are seven examples of how forward-thinking companies are utilizing this exciting technology.

1 – Schools and Universities
Teachers from kindergarten through college can use audience response to give out quizzes that generate real-time answers and consequent assessments faster than putting pencils to paper ever could. The embarrassment of students being in the “spotlight” when raising their hands is removed, so educators see higher percentages of student interaction when utilizing these audience response systems.

2 – Staff Training
These tools are highly useful for workshops and employee training. Testing is quick and efficient, and trainers can analyze knowledge retention immediately to recognize what areas they need to address in more detail.

 3 – Engaging Audiences Through Gaming
How many times have we all sat through conferences and meetings in which we struggle to stay awake? Adding elements of gameplay to speeches and presentations can keep audiences engaged and interested. You can accomplish this through polls, interactive questions and much more.

4 – Risk Management
Risk management is a critical process for a variety of institutions. Audience response technology can be used by team members to gauge many different viewpoints at once, which managers can then quickly turn into visual representations showing the risks of any given project.

5 – City Government Meetings
Towns and cities have long used polling responses to determine how to use budgets, see where the majority of citizen concern is and more. Utilizing instant response, city leaders can reduce analytical time by knowing how voters feel on issues right away. The technology also cuts out wait times in question and answer sessions by removing the need for people to wait for their turn at the microphone, and it likewise reduces impropriety because questions can easily be vetted.

6 – Trade Shows
It can be hard to stand out at trade shows when your booth is surrounded by many others all vying for the attention of the crowd. When a business incorporates audience response systems into their presentations, the spectators will remember them as the booth that gave them a unique experience. You might allow questions by text, set up a trivia game or come up with another way to keep them engaged.

Every day, companies are coming up with new and exciting ways to train staff, get instant feedback from employees and consumers alike, stay in front of their competition and much more. How will you use audience response system at your next event?

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

8 Ways to use Text Message Alerts and Announcements at Events

When it comes to effectively getting your message distributed and read by a large group at your event or conference, text messages knock the ball out of the park. Using text message alerts and announcements are the most effective way to reach the most people and be sure your is actually reaching the people you want to receive it.

Last weekend, the San Francisco Giants were playing and I took my place as the 10th player…on the couch 🙂 It wasn’t long until Buster Possey, our catcher who has a .281 batting average, stepped up to bat. In baseball, a .281 batting average, getting a hit just under 1/3 of the times at bat, is pretty good- it gets you a key position in the lineup and millions of dollars a year.

While I moonlight as the 10th player from my couch (and I maintain that my popcorn eating & cheering is critical), if I tried to sell a service that only connected with its intended audience 28% of the time, I certainly wouldn’t be the rookie of the year. I probably wouldn’t even have a business.

Just 28% of mobile phone users in the U.S. have smartphones. Meaning, if you’re counting on getting a message out to your conference or event attendees with an app, you only have a chance with 28% of them. And that’s if all of them use the app.

More than 90% of text messages are read, meaning they are a better medium than email or mobile apps to reach your attendees on-the-go.

Here are 8 ways to use text message alerts and announcements at your next event or conference…

1. Text alerts for schedule updates: When timing at your event changes without warning, the fastest way to get the word out is by text.

2. Text alerts for evening events: If you’ve got some events that are happening after-hours that you want to remind people about, sending a well-timed text is perfect.

3. Send out live live polls and surveys via text message: Attendees at your event are on the go, but they’re also at the point of experiencing your event in real-time. This is the best time to get relevant and good information from them through a live poll.

4. Send text announcements with special offers: It’s good to keep some things a surprise at your event, and when you want to make a secret party, speaker, or prize winner known, text message is an instant way to reach everyone.

5. Text announcements for keynote speakers: Is there a link your keynote speaker references that you want everyone in the audience to have access to? Text it to them at the end of the speech.

6. Text announcements for real-time access: Send updates and announcements in real-time for anything that needs to be known instantly by your attendees.

7. Deliver timely information before, during and after: Want to reach your attendees while they are on their way and just after they leave? You know they’ll be checking their phones…

8. Text message marketing for corporate sponsors: Adding the name of your event sponsors to the bottom of conference text messages increases exposure for their promotions or contests, and your revenue.

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Increase Efficiency in Event Coordination With Text Messages

In order to truly have a successful event, you need to have the proper coordination. If you do not coordinate and organize the event properly, you can’t expect it to be a success. There are a bunch of different technologies out there for helping coordinating events. You have ARS (audience response systems), Live Responding, and text messaging among others. However, of all the technologies available, text messaging is at the top of the list.

Text messaging is at the top of the list because it is the only way to send out alerts and update to attendees even if they are not on site. Sometimes a venue, a time, or other important change can happen at the last minute and you need to be able to alert your attendees to the change. This is one of the biggest challenges event coordinators face, because it is often difficult to get the information out to all the attendees. Text messaging can reach at least 95% of your attendees because 98% of all cell phones can get text messages, and almost everyone reads their text messages immediately.

Text messaging can also be incorporated in the Q&A session of your event as well. In the past, people at an event used to have to wait their turn and stand up in front of a microphone and ask their question. Text messaging takes care of that issue. Also, text messaging is the only technology that allows your attendees to ask questions and provide feedback anonymously.

Text messaging can also be used to coordinate among event staff, security, valets, and other essential employees to make the event run smoothly. Normally large events have a dozen staff or more across different areas, and it can be cumbersome managing them all. By using text messaging, you have nearly instant communication and can coordinate effectively, no matter where they may be at the time.

If you have a sudden change in staff, or need a light bulb changed, text messaging can help you get the message out, without needing to pull your hair out by trying to track someone down and tell them.

A lot of events also use text messaging not only in the Q&A session, but also to collect feedback after an event as well. You can ask attendees what they liked about the event, which speakers were best, how the accommodations were etc.

So, the next time you have a big event coming up, consider using text messaging not only to increase engagement in your event, but to make coordinating the event a breeze as well.

Why Should You Use Text Messaging When Considering Event Technology Services?

Everyone wants to be able to maximize engagement at their events, to bring in new ideas, or find solutions to possible issues. One way to encourage more participation in events is to allow them to easily provide feedback or ask questions. There are many event technology services available to help increase engagement from attendees. However, text messaging stands out as being one o the best choices when it comes to increasing engagement and participation at your event.

Text messaging stands out as being one of the best event technology services because it not only works, but it is simple and easy to use. 98% of phones can send and receive text messages and 95% of cell phone owners text multiple times a day every day. For that reason, text messaging is an attractive event technology service to use.

When you are looking at the different event technology services available to you, you need to take cost into consideration. A lot of event technology services can be expensive, bulky, and complicated to set up and use for your attendees. There are many companies who avoid a Q&A session altogether, because they don’t want the headache associated with it. Text messaging can really save the day here, as there is no other equipment to rent or buy, and no lengthy or complicated set up is needed. Everyone has their own cell phone, and almost no one leaves home without it.

There are some that also use Facebook or Twitter for their feedback and Q&A sessions. However, these technologies still can’t be fully utilized because not everyone will be able to use them. Also, if you have any sensitive information, anyone can find it if you post it on twitter.

So, you can’t really depend on social media sites for Q&A sessions, but texting doesn’t have any of the issues that social accounts have. Text messages are more secure, because they can be deleted easily by the end user, and it isn’t as likely someone will hack into a phone as it is a social account.

As you can see, text messaging has a lot of distinct advantages over other event technology services. So, if you haven’t thought about using text messaging at your next event, we would suggest you do. It’s affordable, easy to use, and can really increase engagement.

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Text Messaging for Audience Q&A | Text-to-Screen Software 

The most successful events are both engaging and interactive, but getting information to and from attendees can be difficult. Alerting everyone of updates and changes in real-time can be next to impossible. And attendees asking questions in sessions via microphones or writing on paper is simply inefficient.

Mosio for Events offers a better way…

With Mosio, organizers can notify and communicate with attendees using their mobile phones.

And since text messaging works on 99% of mobile phones, it reaches more people than a mobile app, instantly.

How does Mosio boost attendee participation?

  • Audience Q&A enables participants to ask questions of speakers and or guest services.
  • Alerts and Announcements allow you to schedule or send real-time updates, reminders and promotions.
  • Text-to-Screen builds engagement by displaying attendee questions and photos on screens and monitors.

Efficiently communicate, connect and interact with event attendees. Learn more about Mosio at www.mosio.com/events

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Watching trends is always a good way to know what event attendees may expect from you if you’re planning on holding an event. Whilst some rules are golden and should always be stuck by, you’ll often see new tends crop up, especially when technology is advancing at the rate it is currently. This article does itself well by pointing out 5 trends related to technology that should be known about in 2013, including tips about smartphones, digital integration and virtual conferences. With smartphones being tossed around so often these days most of them are far from surprising.

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Could you imagine a world where everywhere we go we have access to super smooth WiFi for free? Whilst we may all have experienced the poor WiFi we get in hotel rooms and small coffee shops, organisations out there are working on improving public WiFi to help us all stay connected. One example of this involves Amtrak, a train and bus travel company, has started to improve the public WiFi available within their methods of transport, allowing the public to have access to a good WiFi connection whilst traveling. This can be important when you need to make important connections with friends, family or workmates whilst on a long journey and it’s a positive step towards us all sharing our connectedness together.

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