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.
Issues & Solutions: How Text Software Helps to Increase Employee Participation
Do you have an optimal level of staff participation at your company meetings? A recent conversation with a potential client had me considering the importance of constructive communication between staff and CEO. Unfortunately, these issues aren’t just limited to this potential client…Do any of these issues sound familiar to you? Text-to-screen software for events offers up some potential solutions to staff participation problems.
The Major Issue: Lack of Employee Participation at Company Meetings
In 2 years of quarterly meetings, not a single question was asked of this particular CEO. Not only does he know his employees have questions that are going unanswered, it’s disappointing for him to put so much effort into creating company-wide presentations and not get any feedback, questions or concerns.
This CEO wants to create an engaging dynamic between himself and his employees, one that encourages back and forth communication and growth. Without proper employee participation, both parties are missing out on opportunities to create positive change within the company.
Event texting software removes the most common barriers to communication by allowing employees to text comments, questions and concerns anonymously. Texting software allows employees to ask the tough questions that can create necessary changes in a company. Maybe an employee doesn’t want their name associated with a critique. Many employees simply have a fear of public speaking. Whatever the case may be, anonymous texting software removes these fears allowing for you to create an atmosphere of open communication for more effective meetings.
Second Issue: Remote Employees Aren’t Active Participants
This particular company holds meetings with a large number of employees who work remotely. While technology allows for easy viewing of meetings, remote employees don’t have a way to participate in a Q&A session nearly as effectively as the employees who are physically present.
If you have a cell phone with SMS capabilities, you can participate in your meeting in a direct way. Remote employees can text their questions to the CEO from anywhere in the world. This leads to increased overall audience participation, employee satisfaction and inclusion. Text polling software provides an efficient avenue for remote employees to participate, making them feel engaged in the experience and not just like an “outside viewer.”
Third Issue: Employees Miss an Opportunity to Interact with Their CEO
Employees are losing out on a valuable resource of information: Their own CEO. Don’t underestimate the power of hearing directly from your company’s CEO. While sending e-mails and newsletters may get information across to an entire company, hearing the CEO respond to your questions and concerns verbally has a more personal impact.
The Solution Text to screen software promotes active participation during your event. Instead of pushing for verbal feedback and not getting a response, or using surveys after the meeting, use live text message polling to spark a conversation right then and there. Ensuring staff participation with text polling and response also ensures that employees get to hear from their CEO directly. Take advantage of this powerful opportunity.
If your company is facing similar issues, know that there are ways to increase employee participation at your events. Text message polling, questions and feedback have the ability to drastically increase your staff’s participation, leading to much more effective meetings.
Mosio’s text-to-screen software enables you to add a custom header for the look and feel of your event or brand.
You’re free to make your own (1920 x 150 pixels) or use one of ours for ease of use. We recommend putting all relevant information, text, logos, etc in the middle of the image. This way you’ll ensure that no matter what the screen/projector size is, your main content will be visible.
Click on the images to launch the full (1920 x 150) size:
Are you interested in making your next event more engaging with text-to-screen software for audience Q&A? Sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events: http://www.mosio.com/eventstrial
Text Messaging: One of the Most Powerful Conference Technologies You’re Probably Not Using
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.
Part of the success and appeal of text to screen technology lies in its ability to serve such a wide variety of industries. This technology is accessible to anyone who has basic texting capabilities on their cell phone: a specified telephone number is given to participants at a particular event, allowing them to text comments, ask questions and even respond to a presenter’s question or poll. Participant text is then broadcasted live on screen for the other attendees and presenters to view.
Although texting technology is applicable to any industry that places emphasis on engaging an audience or clientele, certain industries are a natural fit. We’ve listed out five of these industries and their potential uses for text to tv screen technology:
1. Business, Any Sector
Text to tv screen is useful at staff meetings, presentations and just about any company event imaginable. Consider this technology for large corporations or group meetings in which not every employee may get a chance to speak or give feedback. Also, if an employee wants to ask a question or make a comment anonymously, he or she has the ability to do so. Increasing the amount of feedback and accessibility during a presentation and the ability to gauge an audience are just a couple benefits that text to screen technology can provide in a corporate setting.
2. Television Programming
Television broadcasting has come a long way in creating an interactive experience for home viewers. Text to tv screen technology adds another avenue for viewers to feel as though they are actively taking part in the viewing experience. Texting commentary or pictures might be encouraged by a local news station to enhance a viewer’s sense of community, or a television program may broadcast viewer opinions submitted via text. These experiences create a unique and interactive opportunity for both broadcaster and viewer.
With an increasing number of schools applying the latest technologies to their classrooms, text to screen technology has many applications in the academic field. While students have the ability to answer and ask questions via text, professors are better able to direct class discussion to meet students’ needs. Students who often forgo asking important questions in class can ask questions without fear of judgement. Additionally, asking large groups of students to respond to a question via text to screen technology provides professors a unique opportunity to asses student comprehension.
Concerts and sporting events with large monitors provide great opportunities to utilize text to screen technology. Audience member commentary can add an element of fun and excitement to an already charged event.
In this industry, audience insight and commentary is abundant. Text to screen technology is a great way to broadcast the many voices and opinions that occur during large-scale political events.
Although these industries are varied, text to screen technology helps them all achieve a common goal: engaging as many people as possible to create a positive impact.
Creating a back-and-forth dialogue with your audience can be tricky. Since great events and presentations often depend on quality audience participation, this aspect of event planning is not to be overlooked. Text-to-screen services, allowing the audience to respond to a question or comment through text messaging, can be an extremely beneficial tool for a presenter or event leader.
Text Responses in your events allow you to…
Gauge the State of your Audience
Are they focused on what’s being presented? Do you need to take your presentation in a different direction? Gaining a response through text allows you to assess the interest of most, if not all, of your audience members. Of those who own and operate a cell phone, text messaging has become a tool that users utilize on a daily basis. Sending a comment or text during a presentation is quick, easy and something that most audience members can do without taking attention away from the important information at hand.
Open the Lines of Communication
Text response comments facilitate communication between the audience and the presenter. Many barriers to communication are removed. Audience members who don’t feel comfortable voicing their opinion or question publicly can do so anonymously through a text message. Valuable and necessary discussions are brought up, allowing for important information to be exchanged.
Increase Interactivity, Increase Attention
Asking the audience for a text response, whether it be a question, comment, or poll vote, stimulates the audience’s attention. By allowing them an opportunity to interact, you will also increase their attention to the information that is being presented. Your audience takes in information in many different ways, primarily through auditory and visual channels. Taking in information tactilely is one more way you can stimulate your audience’s engagement in your presentation. Just as with taking written notes, text messaging physically engages the audience in a non-typical way, increasing awareness and engagement in the presentation itself.
Allow for Flexibility in your Presentation
You have the ability to take your presentation in many different directions, thanks to input from your audience. Many presenters find the opportunity useful: it often relieves the pressure of hoping the audience benefits from your presentation or event, because you are free to discuss the topics of interest to your audience. Instead of wondering if you’re hitting the right points of interest, you create a more audience-driven presentation.
Audience-to-presenter text response creates a more beneficial and memorable event experience. Implementing text-to-screen software is an ideal way to open the lines of communication and gauge the response of your audience in real-time.
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
If you have any questions, please submit a support ticket. If you’re looking for a way to make your events more engaging with live Q&A or SMS Surveys, sign up for a free, 14 day trial of Mosio for Events now.
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.
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 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!
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.