We were wondering... what type of blog posts do you like best?
So we had a look at the hits, and here they are - our Top 3 posts of all time.
Pass the tomatoes.
Don't be a Bob.
Written in 2012. We've helped many customers make progress since then!
It's always a pain in the whatsit, getting conference presenters to send you their profile images.
So we have built it into our abstract management system.
Less stress for everyone!
Perhaps you’ve heard of “crowd-sourcing”...
Our customers take part in it, although they may not realise it!
Our software is used by a crowd.
Ok, not a huge crowd, but a diverse one - ranging from conference organisers to tradeshow managers, and from market coordinators to photography clubs and wedding organisers.
And quite often, someone will say “Hey, it would be great if your system could also do....”. And we upgrade the software to include that function. And everyone benefits.
You need to seat 500 people at a gala dinner.
But Bob wants to sit with his friends, Mary wants 2 tables next to each other, and James wants to sit with that cute associate professor he met at the last congress.
If you seat them yourself, you'll get lots of requests for changes. If you don’t, there’s a bun-fight at the door on the night, and lots of unhappy diners.
So... let them seat themselves!
Our new product (we call it exbo/tables) allows you to send us a list of people who’ve booked/paid... and the floorplan of the dining area. And we’ll send you back a link that allows the delegates to pick their own table.
Before the event. No hassle. Here's a demo.
Some of our customers, particularly the exhibition organisers, quote their prices including VAT. Some don’t.
So we’ve added a way that the registration form can add VAT to the total. Click here for an example.
Our system has always used a 1-to-10 rating scale for the Reviewer to score an abstract.
And while that works just fine, many conferences have a set of questions for the Reviewer to consider before deciding on the score.
For example “was the abstract submitted to the appropriate theme?” and “is the spelling and grammar acceptable?”
So, we’ve built in a way to include those questions.
You can have exbo/abstracts set up either way... 1-10 or your set of questions which includes a score.
DID YOU KNOW WE BLOG?
We announce new features here.
And we write about new happenings in the industry, particularly regarding event-tech. Check it out!
That’s it for now - have a happy week!
The EXBO team.
This crazy post from "stupididiotic" got us thinking...
We get a lot of name badges at conferences.
Most are pretty standard. But some are clever, or weird, or funny.
There is the old "Hello, my name is" badge, where the delegate fills it in himself.
Of course, there are always a few jokers! :)
You can limit the choices a bit by pre-printing the names, and supplying ribbons that are added to the bottom of the namebadge. Let the delegate choose, at the registration desk.
Some cheeky, some serious, some creepy - just like the people at every event! :)
We paricularly like these ones, from TED Active.
"Talk to me about..." badges are perfect conversation starters.
Instead of that awkward small talk, you can pick a subject that the delegate is passionate about.
In the useful arena, there are badges with QR codes that lead to the delegate's website/social media page/profile.
This is an easier way to get to know people than collecting business cards and stuffing them into your conference bag.
And then there's the back-of-the-badge area, so often forgotten.
Use it for:
- a venue map
- condensed programme
- short bio of keynote speakers
- contact details for venue, organisers, taxi service
- anything else that might be useful to the delegate
Seen any good ones? Tell us in the comments!
Do you have this problem?
Delegates register for your event, then don't pay.
And you waste hours chasing them for payment. Aaargh!!
Here's an easier way...
As from today, you’ll find a new button at the foot of your registrations on each event.
Clicking it will bring up a list of everyone who has an outstanding balance (this assumes you are capturing the payments on our system)
You can then send one of 3 reminders to these delegates (click the top tickbox to select them all, or choose who to send to).
Reminder types are:
- Just a reminder (no time limit)
- A reminder saying they have 48 hours to pay before their registration is deleted.
- A reminder saying they have 7 days to pay before their registration is deleted.
We don’t actually delete – we leave that to your discretion.
You can select who to delete, and click the DELETE button if/when you wish.
We hope this proves to be a big time-saver for you! :)