VIDEO GUIDE: Customizing Your Text to Screen Header Image

VIDEO GUIDE: Customizing Your Text to Screen Header Image

Mosio Q&A is great for event organizers who want simple text to screen software. It enables an interactive audience Q&A experience, letting attendees text their questions and have them show up on the screen for speakers or presenters to answer.

You may create your own graphic with the dimensions (1920 x 150) and customize the screen for your event, conference, or meeting.

We offer some default graphics you are welcome to use, located at:
http://www.mosio.com/mobileanswers/mosio-custom-text-to-screen-software-header-templates/

For more information, pricing, and to sign up for a free trial: https://www.mosio.com/qnaplans

4 Simple Church Service Improvements Using Text Messaging

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4 Simple Church Service Improvements Using Text Messaging

A recent study concluded that roughly 98 percent of SMS messages are opened and read within about fifteen minutes of receipt. Given these eye-opening statistics, there’s no doubt that text messaging is the most direct way to communicate with almost everyone today. Throughout the country, many churches are recognizing the importance of text messaging to create a more interactive experience for their visitors and members. In fact, many churches use a two-way text messaging software known as Mosio Q&A, and they love it.

Here are Four Features of Mosio Churches Love

Text to Screen – text questions or comments and then project them onto a screen.

With our innovative text to screen feature, you can let your congregation do the talking. Throughout a service, bible study, or other church events, our system makes it easy to encourage audience participation when they use text messaging to send a comment or question. These comments and questions are then projected onto a large display screen. Not only will your congregation become more engaged, you will also obtain key feedback through a simple text to liven the event in real-time.

Surveys – collect data and information
Many churches would like to survey visitors and members to improve their community outreach plan. Did you know that Mosio offers a simple and powerful way for churches to collect this important data and information?

During the church event, our system enables you to display polls on different screens or monitors. Contrary to similar text messaging services, our platform allows you to include as many questions on the poll as you would like. That way you are able to gather as much information as possible from the attendees.

After a great church event has ended, you can use our system to determine how to improve future events by sending out a simple text message to the attendees.

Alerts – send out text message updates, information or newsletters
According to much research, text messaging alerts have a 99 percent open rate. When you have Mosio by your side, you can make sure that your newsletters never go unnoticed again with our great alerts feature. As more and more of your church members actually read your newsletter, you’ll notice a substantial increase in attendance for church events.

TextChat – interactive, two-way text messaging that can be received and responded to.

In today’s society, pastors and church leaders are busy, and often times, it’s difficult for them to return phone calls in a timely manner. By using Mosio’s interactive, two-way text messaging feature known as TextChat, church leaders will be able to receive and quickly respond to multiple questions and comments from various members.

As church members receive quick and fast responses to questions and concerns, they will be more than willing to continue using text messaging to communicate with the church. The ultimate result of TextChat is a church with improved engagement.

Due to the fact that this amazing feature allows you to communicate 10-15X more efficiently than phone calls, TextChat is also great for church hotlines and helplines.

See how text messaging can work better for your church. Sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio Q&A.

Event Text Messaging | 6 Ways to Use SMS at Events, Conferences and Meetings

A few weeks ago I was at a conference in San Francisco, settling in for the keynote presentation, when the event host reminded everyone that there was a free Conference app they could download with information and other links, and that a screen would be showing the conference Twitter feed all day. I looked at the people sitting to either side of me, and they were checking their text messages on their mobile phones, not their smartphones.

It reminded me that just 28% of all mobile phone users in the U.S. have smartphones and I wondered, again, why conference and event organizers focus on the new thing that reaches just 1 in 4 attendees, when they could create similar systems through event text messaging and reach virtually everyone.

Events, conferences and meetings are all about communication, and text messaging is a powerful way to improve that communication, expand participation, and talk to people with the technologies they are using. With that in mind, here are…

6 ways you can use text messaging for your next event, conference or meeting

1. Text Information Booth: Designate a line where event attendees can text for information about the agenda, expo booths, lodging, meals, or any other aspect of the event. Make sure that someone is responsible for responding promptly, and that you publicize this line in event literature.

2. Text Questions: Many conference organizers find it clumsy to run around the floor with a microphone for questions after a panel or speaker. Enabling attendees to text their questions will produce more questions for speakers to answer, and allow them to choose the best to respond to.

3. Text to screen: Empowering event or conference attendees to make their voices heard by displaying messages for everyone to see increases participation, expand the conversation and tells attendees that you value their contributions.

4. Text Message Polling: Want to take the pulse of your audience during a speaker or a break? Want to gauge interest in topics for the open sessions on the final day? Text messaging is the ideal way to get feedback from your entire audience.

5. Text Message Sponsorship: Text messaging is another way to get your sponsor’s names out there. With any of the tactics described in this post, your sponsor’s name can be included in the response text.

6. Text Message Follow Up: Establishing an interaction based on trust between organizers and attendees means that your outreach will be read, and that means you can follow up. Leveraging the text message relationships you built through your event at the point of experience.

And these ideas are just the beginning. If you want to talk about how to customize text messaging for your event, conference or meeting, we would love to talk with you.

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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

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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

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

Text to Screen SMS Software – 4 ways to make mobile text messaging work better for you at your next conference or event

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Text messaging remains one of the most used mobile technologies around. In fact, more people read text messages than emails which makes it a more effective way of communicating information. Text messaging provides an excellent way to send out updates and other important information quickly, and for this reason, many event organizers are turning to Text to Screen SMS software to encourage attendee participation and invite questions.

The following are four ways to make text messaging work for you at your next conference or event.

1. Placing screens all across the event can encourage ongoing interaction.

Using the Mosio text to screen software, anyone at the event can send messages to a designated number and have it projected onto the screens all over the event.

2. Mobile photo posting allows attendees to share photos of their social activities at the event.

The text to screen software can allow attendees to share their experience with everyone. Their photos will be projected onto screens, informing others while also encouraging participation by other attendees in that social activity.

3. Use it for Q&A sessions instead of microphones.

Rather than going around the room and having each person ask questions into a microphone, text messaging is an easier solution. More attendees may be willing to ask questions if they can remain anonymous.

4. Gather information and data from attendee and audience member SMS polls.

Audience Response Systems (ARS) can be expensive to rent. With 99% of mobile phones being text messaging-enabled, more people can participate in polling and questions. More data can be gathered from more attendees.

Visit us to find out more about Mosio’s text to screen SMS software services.

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3 Reasons to Have Audience Text Questions and Information for Your Next Event, Speaker Session or Conference

Receiving text questions as an information source for your event attendees or audience members is a readily available resource that they can access from wherever they are, whenever they need it, and stay engaged, whatever the size of the audience.

When I was a kid, I was one of those inquisitive ones. Whenever there was something I didn’t know off the top of my head, the first thing I did was try to find the answer. At that time, I was looking it up in a dictionary or an encyclopedia! These days, I’m a huge fan of the Internet because I can find the answers I need when I need them- my answers on my time. And, if there’s a conversation happening at a blog or twitter, I want in on it.

When I find myself at a live event or a conference, I want the same kind of ability to find answers when I need them from where I am. While event staff are one option, they are not always around. While some people have smartphones and can check an event app or mobile site, you still have to hunt for information in unfamiliar territory.

What I want, and countless attendees and audience members appreciate, is reliable, instant access to often get flustered trying to get the answers I need about the event when I need them. Or, when those answers are from a person speaking in front of a large group, a way to instantly ask their question. Now there are many solutions that enable attendees to text questions and receive answers, either up on a text-to-screen projection or via web-based texting software.

Top 3 Reasons to Have Audience Text Questions and Information for Your Next Event

1. Receive & Respond: At any event, attendees need their questions answered fast. While attendees can’t always find event staff or a computer, they will always have their phone. Setting up a dedicated “Text 2″ code and staffing it with knowledgeable people to respond to text message inquiries from attendees/exhibitors gives every attendee somewhere to turn for fast answers to any question- on their timeline.

3. Speaker Q&A: Want to get your audience asking questions during a panel discussion or in a large exhibit hall? Enabling them to text questions in rather than raise hands and wait for a microphone allows you to screen questions first, increase engagement, and keep it accessible for all attendees.

3. Text 2 Revenue: While giving your audience access to instant information and a way to communicate with speakers is good for them, there’s another upside for you as the host. Hosting a live event takes money, and sponsors are always looking for the best way to get their names out to event attendees. When you integrate text messaging into your event, sponsorship space at the end of messages = ROI.

We would love to talk with you about how to customize Text 2 audience question and information technology for your next event.

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Text 2 Screen | 5 Reasons Why Text Messaging for Polls and Audience Response Works

Text 2 screen polls and audience response are two of the easiest ways to get the people in the crowd involved in what’s going on with your event. Using text messaging, available on 99% of all mobile phones, makes that kind of participation available to everyone in the audience.

A business colleague of mine came back from a conference the other day, raving about how innovative it was that he and other attendees could “tweet” messages with a conference #hashtag to get their tweet to show up on a screen. I couldn’t argue with his excitement- it’s fun to see something you write end up in front of people, and it’s rewarding to feel like your opinion matters at an event where there are hundreds of people from your industry. I’ve been at conferences where you can do just that, and it is a rush to see my message appear before the crowd. I’ve even had moderators offer to ask questions that people tweeted the same hashtag.

But if the goal is truly to get more people involved, I wonder why event organizers don’t use Text 2 Screen, empowering anyone with a text plan to participate (over 95% of mobile phone owners), rather than the much smaller sliver with smartphones (just 28% of mobile phone owners).

Text 2 Screen is a way to get the attendees involved at your next event or conference. By inviting virtually everyone at the event or conference to be part of the voice of the event, you create more ways to engage the entire audience.

Here are 5 Reasons Why Text 2 Screen Text Messaging Polls and Audience Response Works…

1. Text 2 Screen Polls:
These polls encourage audience participation during speaker sessions or workshops. We’ve all looked up from our own laptops during a session to see half the room… on their laptop. Taking polls to keep audience members thinking and responding is a great way to hold attention.

2. Text 2 Screen Questions:
Empowering attendees to text questions to displays during speaker sessions or around your event gives a voice to people who may not bring them up otherwise- and every question starts a conversation that your attendees will go home thinking and talking about.

3. Text 2 Screen Photos:
What do people love more than taking pictures? Showing their pictures to other people. Designating a number and a screen where conference attendees can display their photos encourages participation, and it also means more people will be taking photos. That means they’ll share more, not just at the conference, but when they leave and head home. That means more exposure for your event.

4. Text 2 Screen Audience Response:
Whether you’re asking the question to gauge audience sentiment, or counting feedback for attendees choice awards voting, soliciting audience response adds an important interactive dimension.

5. Text 2 Screen Moderation:
As the event organizer, you can set up your text 2 screen system so that answers to polls or streams of audience feedback can be moderated before they appear on the public feed, allowing you recourse in case anything doesn’t go smoothly.

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