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

3 Problems Text to Screen Software Will Solve

What does your ideal conference, seminar or meeting look like? You have put in the time and money to get the word out. The brochures look beautiful. All of the presenters are lined up and ready to go. You gaze out into the sea of faces, and delight in there not being an empty seat in the house.

Then, it happens: During the question and answer session, someone knocks the microphone doesn’t work or it is making a popping sound. The sound does not amplify anymore, and people in the audience cannot hear the questions, much less the answers. With twenty-three people still in line to get their concerns addressed and two-hundred people in the conference hall getting irritated and restless, you feel the anxiety starting to build as all of your best-laid plans start to fall to the wayside.

As you slowly slink into the background and make a mental note to update your resume, someone comments that you should have used text to screen software, and you just cringe.

Three Problems Text to Screen Software Will Solve

1 – No Microphones in the Audience
An audio problem during a presentation can unravel weeks of planning in a split second. When you implement text to screen capabilities, you do not have to worry about questions not being heard; they will be displayed on the screen for all to see. The only voice projecting is that of the speaker on the stage.

There is also no need for presenters to walk around the crowd chasing after raised hands, nor do people have to wade through the aisles to make it to microphone stands strategically placed around the auditorium. Furthermore, no one likes standing up to wait in line in front of hundreds of people. So, don’t make them!

2 – Apprehension and Fear
Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. A whopping 75 percent of people suffer some anxiety or downright terror at the thought of getting up in front of a crowd and talking. To make matters worse, this number does not include those who suffer social anxiety or other generalized anxiety disorders. This statistic is of concern to anyone who genuinely wants to hear their audience, because there are so many unasked questions left due to people being afraid to ask them.

By allowing people to ask questions and address their concerns through text messaging, you are allowing anonymity and setting their fears at ease.

3 – Inappropriate Questions
We can all agree, every question is not a good question. There will always be that one person who just cannot wait to get to the microphone, sometimes it’s hard to tell if they have a question or just want to talk. Time is wasted and the audience annoyed. They can be disruptive at best, and at worst can turn a promising gathering into an awkward tangent. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could moderate the questions before they get asked?

You can! With text to screen software, your staff can vet questions as they come in, removing those that are inapplicable to the discussion.

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

7 Tips to Use Text Messaging to Make Your Next Event the Most Successful One Yet

Events are all about communication, and when your business hosts one, be it a meetup or full-blown conference, the success of it lies in how well you can communicate and hold your audience’s attention. What better way to accomplish that than by placing yourself in their hands?

Here, we will give you seven ideas to use text messaging for events and make your next one the most successful yet!

1 – Concierge by Text
If your event is a big one, chances are people are going to be attending from all over. You can help make their stay as enjoyable as it can be by ensuring they have all of their concerns answered in a timely fashion. Add a dedicated text number in your event information to have customer service representatives answer their questions about directions, lodging, where the best eateries are and more.

2 – Build Your List
It is all in the list. This sage wisdom has been passed around the internet marketing world for over a decade now, and it is still a relevant piece of advice. Now, you can make it easier on your customers by instructing them to join your opt-in through text message. Add this information to your flyers, put a message up on the screen or have the speaker ask for it so you can see those addresses come flying in real-time.

3 – Run a Giveaway
Encourage interaction by letting your audience know they can win some cool prizes just by interacting with you on their phones. Let them know that at the end of the event a certain number of participants will win and that every person that interacts is automatically entered. The idea of winning something gives added incentive to send in their emails, vote in your polls and whatever other awesome systems you set up.

4 – Calculate Votes
What better way to learn what customers want than by asking them? Gone are the days when you would pass out questionnaires, wait for them to be turned in, and then pay someone to tally up the responses and make a nice little pie chart for you to see if the masses want their widgets in red or blue. These days you can see results calculated as they come in and be certain that the count is right. You know, since machines do not have that whole “human error” element.

5 – Questions, Anyone?
No one likes tripping over microphone wires, much less waiting in line to speak into one. If your guests can ask presenters questions from their phone without the embarrassment of having to actually speak, you will make them very happy indeed!

6 – Gauge Success
You may think your event went off without a hitch, or you might be fearing that it tanked. We all know that the customer is always right, so you better find out what they think. After the event ends, send the attendees a quick survey to see what they thought.

7 – Thank Them
The people who graciously took time out of their busy lives to listen to you at least deserve some appreciation, right? A little thank you goes a long way, and this text will show how much you care.

As you can see, businesses can use text messaging for events in many creative ways. How will you spice up your next get-together with our technology?

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

Surveys via Text Messaging = Increased Truthfulness

Surveys via Text Messaging = Increased Truthfulness

Everyone is texting. With their friends, family, coworkers and businesses. It’s officially a comfortable communication method, used more than voice calls for the average American mobile user. But did you know it can actually help provide you with more truthful information when conducting surveys?

During elections, we hear about robocalls and the difference between polling companies because they call mobile phones as well as landlines. We consistently think “what about text messaging?” Besides the fact that it is illegal to randomly pick numbers and begin sending them text messages, we think it is a valuable medium for gathering data, especially from more people. Not everyone has a smart phone and even those who do still text.

Well a recent study from the University of Michigan showed not only that text messaging was a great method of gathering data via surveys, respondents were actually more truthful in their response. A quote from the researcher “so far it seems that texting may reduce some respondents’ tendency to shade the truth or to present themselves in the best possible light in an interview—even when they know it’s a human interviewer they are communicating with via text.”

This is truly an amazing finding. Text messaging can help offer that additional social buffer of “safety” where another person is concerned and it is a medium that is rooted in personal communications.

If you are looking to offer surveys via text messaging, we can help you design and implement a solution that enables live “textchat” responses with interviewers or automated responses. Let us know what your text messaging survey goals are in a free consultation and we’ll put together a quick quote for you.

 

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Mosio Announces Publication of New Patient Recruitment and Retention eBook

Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips eBook

Company publishes second book of clinical trial patient recruitment and retention tips and strategies

SEATTLE, WA — Mosio, a leader in clinical research patient engagement technology, announces the release of its second eBook, “Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips.” Partnering with experienced clinical research professionals, Mosio revisits the hurdle of patient recruitment and retention in this eBook by providing practical tips, tools, and strategies for clinical researchers.

“The landscape of how patients receive and respond to information is constantly changing. While some tried and true methods remain, these tips enable readers to go to the next level with patient recruitment and retention,” said Noel Chandler, Co-Founder and CEO of Mosio. “We are thankful to our contributors, who provided carefully crafted, action-based, expert tips that come from years of experience in clinical research. As a company, Mosio works hard to enable researchers to efficiently improve patient recruitment and retention efforts to make clinical trials more successful through innovative mobile messaging solutions. This eBook goes beyond mobile messaging to provide additional ideas on how patient engagement can be made easier by those in recruitment and retention in clinical trials.”

Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips eBook
Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips eBook

“Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips” includes eye-catching illustrations created by Brenda Brown, a well-known illustrator of the best-selling “Worst-Case Scenario” book series, alongside a set of 42 recruitment and retention recommendations. Readers benefit from this additional set of tips relating to marketing materials, social media presence, patient outreach, networking, and more as a follow-up to Mosio’s first eBook, “Clinical Trials Patient Recruiting and Retention: Tips for Success.” Along with those submitted by the Mosio team, tips were submitted by patient recruitment and retention experts Kim Ribeiro (AbbVie), Claire Reyneke (Bay Recruitment), Vanessa Montanari (Pharmaspecific), David Nalos (Geronimo! Patient Recruitment), Jacqui Blem and Tori Pratola (Regulus Therapeutics).

Mosio is dedicated to increasing the success of clinical trials through mobile technology. Its mobile software platform offers research sites, sponsors, and CROs an efficient, cost-effective way to extend their outreach and stay connected to participants through interactive, two-way text message alerts, reminders, and surveys.

Download the patient recruitment and retention strategies eBook at http://www.mosio.com/prebook

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To learn more about Mosio’s mobile solutions for clinical research, visit http://www.mosio.com or call/text 415-799-4144.

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.

How to Ensure Productive Town Hall Meetings by Using Mobile Text Messaging

Nowadays, town hall meetings are very common to discuss any concerns or host celebrations. The main goal of these meetings is to gather everyone together and have some sort of announcement. Many town hall meetings have a Q&A session, however in many cases people don’t participate. Text messaging is an event technology service which can help encourage attendees to participate by asking questions and offering feedback.

One of the major advantages to text messaging, is it allows someone to ask a question or provide feedback anonymously. Some people are not comfortable providing feedback in a public setting in front of a group of people. If you give people an opportunity to provide their feedback or ask questions anonymously, you will increase participation.

In some town hall meetings there isn’t a Q&A session available to attendees due to time constraints or the number of people in attendance. By using text messaging, you will give everyone a chance to ask their question or submit their feedback, without the need to wait their turn in a long lineup. Also, you may collect questions and feedback at one meeting, and then address them at the next meeting. This will help save time, as perhaps one topic that is scheduled does not need to be discussed as there aren’t any questions on it.

 

If town hall meetings are held in a big corporate event, or political, environment, then almost no questions are answered directly anyway. So, there is little incentive for people to stand up and try to be heard in a big group of people, if it’s likely their question won’t be answered anyway. Text messaging allows not only the people in attendance to ask a question, but also it allows the meeting moderators to screen the questions, in case someone is submitting something that is inappropriate. By collecting questions via text message, the event coordinators, moderators, or anyone else can send answers back should they choose as well.

Text messaging has many benefits to help ensure a productive town hall meeting, especially since it allows anyone to have their say. For your next town hall meeting, why not give it a try?

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.

How to Have a More Effective Meeting Using Text Messaging

Meetings are a crucial aspect to any business, as they allow to exchange ideas and bring up any issues that might exist. Because meetings are so crucial to a company you want to ensure that you are making them as engaging as possible, and allow attendees to freely express themselves. By making meetings as engaging as possible, and allowing for easy feedback and participation, you can increase meeting efficiency.

Are your company meetings as effective as they should be? Probably not, because not all participants will provide feedback or ask questions in an open setting for any number of reasons. However, your meeting will never be as efficient as it should be if your attendees do not provide any feedback at all. You need to come up with a way to allow everyone to speak their mind, and encourage them to provide feedback. This method of providing feedback also needs to be easy to use, inexpensive, and not time consuming.

Text messaging is the answer to the question “how to have an effective meeting” because it helps attendees provide their feedback instantaneously and anonymously. Essentially, text messaging gets rid of two issues: Time, and Comfort level. If you have large meetings, not everyone will always have a chance to say their piece, especially if they need to wait in a line or go up to a podium. Likewise, not everyone is comfortable providing their feedback in a setting where all eyes are on them either. Therefore text messaging not only allows everyone to have their say, but also allows those that aren’t comfortable being in the spotlight an outlet which doesn’t make them uncomfortable.

Now, that isn’t to say that everyone who texts in some feedback or a question will have it answered right then and there. As mentioned before, some meetings are rather short, and it wouldn’t be possible to field 100 to 150 different questions or concerns. However, those questions, concerns and feedback can be stored for later use, rather than have them not be received at all.

Every business or company should use text messaging in order to make their meetings more effective. Some companies and businesses may choose to go with a complete ARS (audience response system) but those can be costly to set up, and time consuming to get everyone using correctly. If you want a low cost, easy to use way to get more people to participate in meetings, then you will definitely want to consider text messaging.

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

Why Text Messaging is Still One of the Best Conference Technologies

Hey! This is 2014, the decade of numerous advancements in technology to help make our lives and businesses easier to manage and more comfortable. With recent advancements in science and technology, conferences are becoming more productive and more engaging than ever before. New technologies are being used in conferences to help boost audience engagement and collect feedback. However, even with all the technological advances none have come close to beating out text messaging as one of the best conference technologies.

Why is that? The answer is simple. Text messaging is easy to use, affordable, doesn’t require extra instruction for people to use it, and doesn’t require any additional equipment.

You will see there are a number of different conference technologies to choose from when planning a business conference. You may even be tempted to use some different technologies instead of text messaging. However, these newer technologies have some drawbacks. Your audience may not be familiar with the technology and will need some additional help to use it, resulting in lost time, or lost feedback. However, almost everyone and their brother knows how to write a text. So, nobody will have any issue in asking a question, or supplying feedback.

98% of people have a cellphone. They are pretty much universal, and most people never leave home without one. This is a huge benefit above using another audience response systems as you won’t need to rent any equipment or pay people to install it. Everyone brings their own. Also, some audience response systems rely on using microphones, and for that people need to wait their turn to use it. With texting, everyone can submit their feedback or question, whenever they want.

Your company can not only save a lot of money by not needing to rent any additional equipment, but it’s also more aesthetically pleasing as you don’t have a bunch of wires running all over the place.

Text messaging is also very affordable, and many people have a texting plan with their carrier. Also, besides the fact that an attendee can provide their feedback or ask their question anytime they want, they can also do so anonymously. Organizers of the conference can also send out any important announcements regarding times, venues or special alerts via text message as well.

For all the above reasons and more, text messaging is still at the top of the list when it comes to conference technologies to help improve audience engagement and participation. Be sure to check out text messaging for your next conference, before thinking about an expensive audience response system.

Increase Audience Participation At Your Next Event Using Text Messaging Software

Are you satisfied with the rate of audience engagement? If you’re not, then you should try something new at your next event to increase participation from your attendees. There are many ways that you can make your next event or town hall meeting more engaging, however, you should try and make sure that the way you use is not only easy, but can also offer anonymity. Why would you want to allow anonymous feedback or questions? Some people are just shy, or don’t want to speak up with everyone’s eyes on them. So, by ensuring that the way you use to gather feedback is not only easy, but also anonymous you will easily increase the engagement from your attendees. Text messaging is not only affordable, but it also fills both of these needs.

Text messaging software is an easy and comfortable method for people to submit their feedback or questions at any event or meeting. This is because 98% of mobile phones can send and receive texts, and the average person already texts numerous times a month. Not only that, but some audience engagement technologies require some sort of app or smart phone to participate, and while ownership of smart phones is on the rise, the majority of people still do not have one. Also, who wants to be forced to install an app on their phone to be able to leave feedback at an event or meeting? As a result, less people participate than before, rather than more.

Using text messages is also an excellent way to distribute any sudden notice, venue change, or other important information and ensure that the majority of your attendees get it.

Text messaging also allows everyone who wants to provide feedback to provide it. With more traditional methods, people would need to wait their turn, and as we all know, it is not always possible to get to everyone in the time allotted for the meeting or event. This means that there could potentially be essential feedback or questions missed out on. Text messaging allows you to save those for later, to ensure they aren’t missed. 

In a nutshell, text messaging software increases audience participation in the following ways:

  • No extra Software is required
  • Comfortable & easy to use with no more learning
  • Provide Answers after meeting session too!
  • Great way to response anonymously

In conclusion, if you start using text messaging in your events and meetings, you can expect to increase your audience participation by quite a bit.

How To Properly Utilize Text Messaging At Your Corporate Events

Corporate events are crucial to a company gathering feedback and input from business partners, employees, and clients. Therefore, it is essential that the event is engaging in order to collect the maximum amount of feedback. Many times organizers of these events fail to make the event as engaging as it could be. For this reason, starting to incorporate text messages can be a good start to making your events more engaging, and thus more successful.

No More Microphones, Use Your Mobile

It is often considered alright if your employees wait in line and give their comments by being passed a microphone or standing in front of a podium. However, can the same be said for your clients and business partners? What if you have 1,000 attendees and everyone has something to say? It can be embarrassing, and frustrating if someone leaves a corporate event without being able to have their say. Text messaging not only allows everyone who wants to chime in chime in, it also allows them to do so in a more anonymous way.

Ask Questions Safely & Anonymously

Traditionally in corporate events attendees need to stand up to ask a question. As a result, some people may not provide feedback because they don’t like to be in the spotlight. In some cases employees are afraid of asking questions on misconduct or some decisions the company is making. This cuts down on crucial feedback the company needs in order to move forward. By adding a layer of anonymity, more people are encouraged to speak their mind.

Invite Attendees To Ask Question Via Mail Or Text Message & Show On Screen

By using text messaging, you are allowing attendees the choice of if they want to give their feedback or ask questions via their phones or e-mail. Also, by ensuring that all questions being asked are being shown on a screen somewhere, it helps to cut down on duplicate questions. This also encourages more engagement because attendees can see that other people may have the same questions or feedback they do.

Make sure you also have the option to moderate questions and not post all of them to the big screen. Some questions are of a more sensitive nature, and not meant for the public eye. By making it a choice if the question is posted or not, you give attendees the security to ask what they want, without risking exposing some sensitive issue that may not have been brought up initially.

See, not only can anonymous text messaging make the attendees more comfortable about asking questions and providing feedback, you won’t miss out on any feedback due to needing to wait one’s turn to chime in.

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When should you use text messaging as part of an audience response system?

Audience response systems are one of many vital components to town hall meetings and corporate events, especially today. In fact, it is commonly believed that this is the absolute best way to increase engagement and get feedback from your audience. ARS systems are one type of wireless equipment that can be used to collect feedback, such as on web polls. These systems can also be used for a variety of other real-time response data collection such as; dial-testing, perception analysis, an audience response meter and more. However, many events and town hall meetings are using a text messaging system as part of audience response instead of a complete ARS system. How does text messaging stack up to an ARS system?

Text messaging is low-cost, or sometimes free, for the audience attending a town hall meeting or corporate event. Text messaging is also a preferred method because almost everyone has a mobile phone, and 98% of mobile phones can send and receive text messages. On the other hand, ARS systems are fairly pricey because you need to buy the whole system with enough hardware to cover everyone in your audience to ensure everyone can participate.  

Another advantage to using text messaging is that it is easy. With ARS systems you need to coordinate with an onsite technician, and there are more things that can go wrong. With text messaging, the equipment everyone has, and it only relies on the mobile carriers to work. You also don’t need to worry about buying or renting additional equipment, which may or may not be readily available before your corporate event or town hall meeting.

With text messaging, you won’t need to explain to everyone at your event or meeting how to use their phone. On the other hand, with an ARS system, you will likely need to go through a 5 to 8 minute introductory speech so that everyone knows how to operate the additional equipment. It’s also important to note the range of an ARS system might actually not be enough to get your whole audience, especially at larger events and meetings. Whereas, as long as there is a signal, people will always be able to text.

It’s not hard to imagine how using text messaging can increase audience responsiveness. Almost everyone has a cell phone, and the majority of those text on a regular basis.

There is no question that ARS systems are exceptional for town hall meetings or corporate events, however, text messaging is becoming more popular due to its ease of use, price and compatibility with the audience.

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