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Posted by Matt Milloway on May 26, 2015

Why Exhibitors Benefit From Events Offering a Mobile App

The benefits of mobile event apps for hosts and attendees are well documented. Exhibitors at events are technically attendees as well and often possess unique goals at conferences and trade shows with a lot to gain from a mobile app. Keep reading to better understand the exhibitor-specific benefits of a native mobile event app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. 

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Apr 30, 2015

How To Balance Mobile Event Apps & Paper Programs

Attendees are increasingly expecting to use mobile apps at conferences, meetings, and trade shows, yet many event planners and organizers are understandably hesitant about completely forgoing the use of paper programs. Any change to the way an event operates needs to be handled with care and the transition from paper to mobile is no exception. Consider the following tips to better manage the change to ensure attendees are on board with going mobile.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Apr 14, 2015

Event Apps Help Achieve Big-Picture Goals: AppBurst Featured in EPA’s Event Planners Guidebook

An article written by AppBurst co-founder and lead software developer Rob Cartagine was recently featured in The Event Planner’s Guidebook, a blog published by the Event Planners Association (EPA). The association consists of nearly 4,000 members nationwide and works with a variety of entities to achieve everything related to event planning.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Mar 31, 2015

Best Event Industry Articles: Volume 2

AppBurst’s “Best Event Industry Articles” series aims to share insight related to the event industry from around the internet with a focus on mobile technology. Content sources range from event industry-specific blogs to major technology websites and everything in between. Along with original Apps For Events blog posts, we hope these summaries serve to better educate our readers on mobile technology and the many benefits of event apps.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Mar 19, 2015

How-to Increase Event Anticipation For Attendees

Mobile event apps offer unprecedented opportunity to engage attendees at meetings, conferences, and trade shows. The success of engagement relies on a large percentage of attendees using the app and in a bigger-picture sense being excited about the event itself. Promoting the event and mobile app through e-blasts, social media, and other marketing efforts is a great start to increasing users and engagement at the event, yet a number of additional best practices, which utilize event app features, helps to maximize attendee anticipation before the event to ensure everyone is excited and engagement potential is met.

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educating attendees and event mobile apps
Posted by Matt Milloway on Mar 06, 2015

The Science of Educating Attendees & Event Apps

Educating meeting and conference attendees is not only a big reason why companies and organizations consider mobile apps, but represents a fundamental goal of most every event. From spreading company sales drive initiatives to experts discussing new advances in a given industry, conveying information to attendees and making it stick is an extremely important metric in gauging event success. What does science have to say about effectively educating attendees and how do mobile event apps play a role?

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Feb 16, 2015

A Mobile Event App Guide for Attendees

The majority of blog posts and articles related to mobile event apps focus on the inherent benefits of mobile technology, overviews of features, and best practices for topics ranging from event promotion to selling sponsorships. But what about the attendee experience during an event? Keep reading to learn how a number of event app features impact attendees--the most important users of all--in real-life examples at conferences, trade shows, and meetings.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Feb 04, 2015

How To Manage a Mobile Event App Project

Working with a mobile app developer is only one part of the equation to successfully plan, implement, and manage an event app. From establishing a team and asking the right internal questions to onsite management at the event, a number of considerations are important in managing the project from the planning stages to post-event. Continue reading to better understand the management and planning phases of a project for iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile event apps from the eyes of event planners and organizers.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Jan 13, 2015

Understanding Different Audiences for Mobile Event Apps

Mobile event apps by definition provide attendees with information about conferences, meetings, and trade shows. Yet the ultimate goal of event planners, as well as the relationship between host and attendees, varies greatly from one event to the next. Understanding how audiences arrive at events with different expectations and how to effectively address each scenario helps event planners not only better utilize mobile technology, but see additional opportunities to leverage event apps.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Jan 07, 2015

How To Increase Mobile Event App Adoption

Providing a great mobile event app to attendees and marketing its availability is only part of the battle to maximizing adoption prior to a meeting, conference, or trade show. Increasing mobile event app adoption for iPhone, iPad, and Android involves not only getting the app on a user’s device--which is increasingly easy as the use of smartphones and tablets increases with each passing year, but making sure attendees use the app during the event and beyond. Consider the following tips to incentivize attendees to access the app on their device and ensure both event planners and end users are getting the most out of mobile technology.

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Best Event Industry Articles: Volume One
Posted by Matt Milloway on Dec 29, 2014

Best Event Industry Articles: Volume 1

AppBurst’s new “Best Event Industry Articles” series aims to share insight related to the event industry from around the internet with a focus on mobile technology. Content sources range from event industry-specific blogs to major technology websites and everything in between. Along with original Apps For Events blog posts, we hope these summaries serve to better educate our readers on mobile technology and the many benefits of event apps.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Dec 22, 2014

WiFi Considerations & Best Event App Experiences: AppBurst Featured on TSNN

An article written by AppBurst co-founder and lead software developer Rob Cartagine was recently published on the Trade Show News Network (TSNN). The blog post discusses the tricky logistics behind WiFi at meetings, conferences, and trade shows and how to ensure the best possible experience for attendees -- all with an emphasis on mobile app usage. The following article excerpt highlights the benefits of native mobile apps at events:

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Dec 11, 2014

How to Use LinkedIn for Event Promotion

While many event organizers focus on Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn’s emphasis on business networking makes the social media network a perfect fit for event promoting. LinkedIn does have a more strict etiquette, however, when it comes to how messages are worded and connecting with other users. Understanding how to best utilize LinkedIn--as well as integrating the social media network in a mobile event app for iPhone, iPad, and Android--gives host companies and organizations a valuable tool to not only promote the event, but engage attendees, generate additional leads, and more.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Nov 13, 2014

International Events: Three Questions to Ask Mobile App Developers

Conferences are increasingly global affairs with attendees hailing from different countries and speaking a number of different languages. Mobile app development companies for iPhone, iPad, and Android event apps need to support the subtle differences between providing a mostly domestic event hosted in the United States and those located elsewhere with a largely international audience. Find out three of the most important considerations for an international event below:

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Nov 06, 2014

Questions to Ask Mobile Event App Development Companies

Developing a quality mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android entails creating a transparent relationship between the development company and client. Considering the collaboration and decision-making process during the development process, along with submitting the app and subsequent maintenance, the more a client understands about the product and service provided alleviates surprises after a contract is signed. Check out the following big-picture topics to learn what questions any prospective client should ask a development company well before an agreement is reached to build a mobile app.

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social media guide for event exhibitors
Posted by Matt Milloway on Oct 31, 2014

A Social Media Guide for Event Exhibitors

Exhibitors at a conference or trade show are faced with the important task of leaving a lasting impression on attendees. On one hand, the ability to personally interact with significant numbers of people in a given industry in one place represents a huge perk rarely enjoyed in another setting. Yet time at an event is finite and other exhibitors compete for each attendee’s time and attention. Event exhibitors who utilize social media--especially in conjunction with a mobile event app--are ultimately able to stand out from the crowd.

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Preparing speakers and exhibitors for event app technology
Posted by Matt Milloway on Oct 24, 2014

Preparing Speakers & Exhibitors for Mobile Event App Technology

Promoting an event app to attendees is a great start to realizing the benefits of going mobile.  Educating speakers and exhibitors on how to best prepare for and utilize available mobile technology, however, reflects the next step in maximizing the potential of a mobile event app at a meeting or conference. Find out what steps are necessary to ensure everyone is taking advantage of mobile app features and getting the most out their event experience in the process.

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Change Your Mobile Event App Technology
Posted by Matt Milloway on Oct 22, 2014

When to Change Your Event App Technology: Part 2

Part II of our series concerning when to consider changing mobile app technology focuses on the attendee experience. Check out Part I for more insight on event hosts saving time and money utilizing a mobile event app.

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Posted by Matt Milloway on Oct 14, 2014

Knowing When to Change Event App Technology: Part 1

Going mobile with conference and meeting content represents an increasingly popular trend in today’s digital age. Every event planner likely already works with a mobile app development company to provide an app to attendees or is in the process of determining the best option to start sharing mobile content to its user base. For those in the former situation with a mobile event app already in place, it may be time to assess not only the app itself, but the experience of everyone involved.

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event app destination guides
Posted by Matt Milloway on Aug 15, 2014

Using Event Apps as Destination Guides

Few event app features make more sense than a comprehensive destination guide for attendees, many of whom are visiting a host city for the first time and need advice on everything from public transportation to local restaurants. Value added features to attendees often fall outside of traditional program content and are benefits mobile technology brings to the table. Ensure users receive the best possible experience at both the event and in their free time around town by including a destination guide—potentially adding sponsor revenue in the process.

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