Recently we attended a seminar on "Innovation".
And an idea that came out of that was that sometimes you don't need to upgrade, add to or improve your product. You need to make it simpler.
We realised that we sometimes have calls from clients who want to use our software - but only part of it. They don't need all the functionality, they just want the basics.
So, we have released a series of LITE versions of our event tools!
Here's the first one - our much-loved abstract management system:
|Function||Full version||Lite version|
|Authors can submit online||√||√|
|Systems checks for errors and standards||√||√|
|Secure storage on online database||√||√|
|System is available 24/7||√||√|
|Conference themes are accommodated||√||√|
|Supporting documents can be allowed||√||√|
|Download of database to Excel||√||√|
|Publish "Abstract Book" to Word||√||√|
|Abstract text can include HTML||√|
|Reviewers can be assigned to themes||√|
|Notifications of abstracts sent to Reviewers||√|
|Abstract scoring done online||√|
|Ability to accept/reject submissions||√|
|Bulk mail authors||√|
|Handles multiple rounds of review||√|
|Pricing per conference (as of April 2015)||R 3500||R1000|
(next lite version will be our exhibition stand-booking system)
It's not because we've been lazing on a tropical island (sadly). We've been BUSY!
We've developed a whole batch of new goodies for event organisers of all descriptions. Branching our from our original conference offering, we now have products for festivals, theatres, and even wedding organisers. In fact, if you are getting a group together for any reason, we have something for you.
Have a look at our mini-catalogue.
Still not sure where to start with Social Media for your event?
We work with several conference organisers, most of whom have attended conferences themselves where they've be told they must make use of Twitter (in particular) and other social media platforms. But most are still hesitant, or unsure of how to get started.
We recently set up a site for a client who was braver than most.
They've used MailChimp and Twitter rather nicely. Have a look at the site here: www.physicians2014.co.za
At the bottom left, you'll see a signup form for interested parties. This subscribes the delegates to a free MailChimp mailing list, and updates (nice branded HTML updates that adhere to all anti-spam policies) are mailed to them when something important happens.
At the right, you'll see a Twitter Feed. We created a Twitter account for them, and with a bit of magic and some clever plugins, voila! The site is continually fed with whatever they post on Twitter. This also encourages people to follow them, and mention them before and during the conference itself... a 2-way dialogue, just what the social media doctor ordered.
This is really simple to do, and both Twitter and Mailchimp are free for this sort of use (if you are technically-challenged we'll set it up for you for a small fee). You'll be surprised how much exposure you'll get from such small additions to your website.