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?

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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Make Town Hall Meetings More Engaging: Use Text Messaging for Audience Q&A Questions

Town hall meetings are very important as they are used to discuss any outstanding issues which come up and make a good decision. During the meetings, the attendees can raise their hands in order to ask a question, offer an opinion, or raise concerns and issues. But, why are we using this old fashioned method when we live in the digital age? Also, many attendees may not be comfortable fully expressing themselves in such an open way. This results in only some people participating in town hall meetings and can lead to some issues not being resolved.

Using text messaging for audience question & answer sessions is the best solution for town hall meetings because the attendees do not need to hold a microphone to ask their questions, offer an opinion, or raise a concern. Additionally, attendees often feel more comfortable being able to provide their feedback in an anonymous way.  Mosio for Events is a web based software package which will help you to make any town hall meeting more engaging, by allowing anyone to participate quickly, easily, and anonymously..

Mosio for Events offers a system which connects all attendees who have a cell phone at the town hall meeting, and can be easily managed using a web-based back end. The attendees are able to send any questions, feedback, or concerns by simply sending a text message from their phone. Their feedback can then be shared with the rest of the attendees on a screen by using a projector. Moderators can choose which messages they wish to share on screen with a simple click of a button. While the message which is sent is displayed on the screen, the sender’s information, such as name or mobile number, is not shown. This allows for completely anonymous feedback and promotes engagement from those who are worried about having their name attached to it.

Using text messaging for collecting questions, feedback or concerns at a town hall meeting has many advantages. The system is very easy to use and is better than an app because not everyone has a smart phone, but 98% of cell phones can send and receive a text message. The fact that it is anonymous allows those that are too shy to share something by standing in front of an audience to voice their opinions as well. Sometimes, meetings are very short and not everyone has a chance to have their say. By using text messaging many people can submit their questions or feedback and it can be reviewed at any time.

In conclusion, there really isn’t a better way to make town hall meetings more engaging than with text messaging. Mosio for Events will help make your next town hall meeting more engaging, and allow your attendees to submit their questions and feedback more easily than ever before.