Last week I had the pleasure of attending Connect16, a showcase of the Irish Events industry, that filled three halls in the RDS in Dublin. Connect16 packed a huge amount of activity into one day. It was a big set up for single day, but it was a good call as delegates streamed in all day long and there was great buzz around the event.
Here are my key take-aways from the event:
The Power Of A Great Speaker
I was busy talking event apps at our stand for most of the day, but I did manage to attend a couple of the conference sessions.
When if comes to conferencing, we recommend involving audiences in session content using event app tools such as the Q&A and vote-up feature.
This can help engage audiences. Often their insights and experience are as valuable as the speaker’s. At Connect16 however, I attended one session that reminded me how powerful a great speaker can be.
The speaker was David Meade and his session topic was Leadership and Engagement in High Performance Sales Teams. From the get-go his level of enthusiasm and sharp wit captivated the audience. He also involved us in the session content in a variety of interesting ways, challenging us to think and making us laugh.
But above all his content was excellent and I learned a lot about sales.
Event App Game
In addition to providing the event app for the Connect16 we ran a game within the app to encourage visitors to take the time to see more exhibitors.
There were some amazing prizes on offer and it was great to see contestants enthusiastically collecting codes and climbing up the leaderboard.
Our event app’s digital signage was also on display on screens around the halls.
This was a great way to show which sessions were up next, the game leaderboard and all the event sponsors.
Speaking of sponsors, Connect 16 did a fantastic job of utilising the app to give the event sponsors exposure. The app featured a number of impressive banner ads and the push notification feature was used to deliver a select number of beautifully branded sponsor messages.
2016 was the first year for the Connect Showcase but I’m sure it won’t be the last. It was an impressive look at Irish events and what Ireland has to offer in terms of amazing event facilities and features. Looking forward to Connect17 already!
Dee Brannick – CrowdComms, Co-Founder
Working in Event Tech since 2003, Dee has made thousands of events shine by incorporating market leading technology into a diverse range of events. From boardroom meetings to multi-location conferences, Dee is passionate about finding the right solution for her clients. In 2011 she co-founded CrowdComms to maximise the explosion in smart phone usage at events and now works out of the UK office in sunny Dorset.