An Event Planning Blog by Gather Digital

Expert Series: Gamification

Posted by Taylor Sisk on Feb 23, 2018 1:20:00 PM

A mobile event app feature that clients are increasingly embracing is gamification, or the badge game. Gamification is an excellent vehicle for encouraging more comprehensive event participation and offering positive reinforcement. It’s a fun enticement for your guests to effectively network, provide valuable feedback and create their own narratives.

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15 Ways Your Event App Can Make Your Next Internal Meeting the Best Yet

Posted by Angie Sloan on Jan 31, 2018 10:56:47 AM

The new CEO of a large financial services company decided to get creative. He was being introduced for the first time to the company’s managing directors at an internal meeting. He wanted to invite conversation and, more importantly, questions from this key team of leaders.

Even with a group like this, people can be timid about asking questions in a large-group setting, especially to their new boss.

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Expert Series: VIP Portal for Speakers and Exhibitors

Posted by Taylor Sisk on Jan 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM

A relatively new feature of the Gather Digital mobile event app, this is one that event planners are finding to be a considerable timesaver. It’s called the VIP Portal. 

It was, in fact, input from event planners that brought the VIP Portal to fruition. Account manager Elyse Allen explains that she and her colleagues were hearing from their clients that it surely would be wonderful to be able to offer a feature that gives event speakers and exhibitors more control over their own content­—meanwhile taking some of the workload off the planner’s plate.

Enter the VIP Portal.

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Event Website vs. Native Event App: Solid Reasons Why You'll Want Both

Posted by Samuel Bavido on Dec 20, 2017 9:45:00 AM

At one point in the not-too-distant past, a bright-eyed salesman tried to sell a website to an event planner. “Why would I need a website?” he was asked.

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Gather Digital Joins Certain

Posted by Jon Phillips, CEO on Dec 5, 2017 7:52:50 AM

Live events are a dynamic marketing channel. They allow organizations to reach and connect with customers, employees and partners in a uniquely rich experience. There’s nothing better for building and solidifying relationships than bringing the right people together.

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Expert Series: Messaging

Posted by Taylor Sisk on Nov 6, 2017 2:55:00 PM

In this new series of blog posts, we are asking internal feature experts to do a deep-dive look at some of our most popular features and how they can and are being used to their fullest potential.

Messaging is a very powerful feature, and sometimes one that is underutilized. It allows conference teams to circulate efficiently a wide range of information. Messages can be planned and scheduled well in advance, or can be sent on the fly, when things change throughout the event. They can be sent with a push notification to indicate high importance or time sensitivity. And they can be sent to all attendees or targeted to particular groups or individuals.

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Venue Wi-Fi: Considerations for Your Next Event

Posted by Samuel Bavido on Oct 27, 2017 12:10:02 PM

As you prepare for your event, how can you know that your attendees will have the means to access your mobile event app? How can you ensure that your attendees are able to make full use of the great features that are available to them? These are questions that we are often asked, so it made sense to put together a quick guide to venue Wi-Fi requirements.

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Event App Login (presented in a clear, easy-to-follow map)

Posted by Angie Sloan on Oct 11, 2017 10:20:00 AM

What level of authentication will your event app need? Deciding what login requirements you want for your event or program app is one of the first decisions you'll make regarding the structure of your app.

Will it be chock full of information that is meant only for your meeting participants' eyes and ears? Or will it contain information that you'd like the whole world to have access to?

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Why a Mobile Event App? Amazing Insights. That's Why.

Posted by Taylor Sisk on Aug 30, 2017 11:15:00 AM

We’re guessing that getting your boss psyched about the value of a mobile event app won’t be terribly difficult. Frankly, they’re becoming ubiquitous, and for very good reasons. But just by way of reinforcement, we’d like to offer something of a cheat sheet of those reasons as you prepare to make your case.

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What Does Apple’s Recent Developer Guidelines Update Mean for Event Apps?

Posted by Jon Phillips, CEO on Aug 8, 2017 11:05:15 AM

Apple has recently made a change to their developer guidelines. Many app developers, including event app developers like Gather Digital, are planning for what this change may mean for event apps and event app clients going forward.

What are the changes?

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