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Planning By Numbers 

Delegates at our Data and Dining event in March 2020 welcomed Hina Mistry, Project Director at the global independent experience company - Imagination. Hina talked to the group about the importance of planning by numbers - using the right metrics to measure and improve the impact of clients’ exhibitions and activations. She shared her experience of supporting clients to create successful stands and how the right numbers drive the decisions.   The big numbers Organisers are the first to use numbers to create the ‘buzz’. “One of the biggest events in the industry”, “Attended by almost all the professionals in the industry” and “This event is the focal point for decision makers in the industry” are frequent claims. But do the big numbers mean anything for you and your return on investment? Similarly, brands’ expectations from their activations often need further analysis and quantification. Hina talks to brands about what success looks like for them. She shared the phrases she often hears -   “Impactful presence wow factor - it’s the biggest event in the industry” “All our competitors will be there - we need to be the most innovative” “The industry to see we are the leaders” “The stand that must be visited”. All need quantifying. Hina shared an example of a recent client and how she used data to help dig deeper and evaluate their existing stand, before making recommendations for the future. The right numbers Rather than chasing broad targets, all exhibitors need to ask themselves questions such as: [...]

2020-06-14T21:14:23+01:00June 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

Trends in Event Technology

Chris Green from Etherlive spoke at our recent Data and Dining event. Etherlive is an event technology services company working at events of all sizes from pop-ups to exhibitions, festivals and large outdoor sporting events. He updated us on trends in event technology and the impact 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will have on future events and over what time period.  Here are the key points: 5G 5G will be a great technology but it’s not there yet and events are not going to be run off 5G any time soon.  Chris explained that it’s a really complex technology and there are lots of developments still to come.  Going from 4G to 5G is a much bigger step change than from 3G to 4G so it will take time for the full range of functionality to be available. Over the next five to six years it will integrate more closely with Wi-Fi rather than replace it.  In the short term 5G will be of more benefit to event attendees than event organisers. Long term it does have some exciting potential for event organisers.   Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 is already here but has been rebranded to make it sound more exciting! Again it is something that is a multi-year evolution and is seeping into the market. It is backwards compatible which means you don’t need new devices to be able to use it, although to take full advantage you would need a new device. The main benefit of Wi-Fi 6 is much greater [...]

2020-06-14T20:40:45+01:00June 14th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

See you at Event Tech Live!

    We can't wait for this year’s Event Tech Live, and not just because we are shortlisted in five categories at the Event Technology Awards!   We’re looking forward to meeting attendees, providing free coffee, and giving away over £1000 worth of prizes. Our Commercial Director Rob Murdoch will be sharing his industry-leading knowledge on how to use event technology to give you the effective data you need and talking through the issue of Facial Recognition. Catch him on the Brand & Buzz stage on Wednesday 6th at 11.25 and again at 13.50. To be in with a chance of winning a prize all you need to do is drink a free coffee from our coffee bar in the Martech Zone. Then bring your 'smart cup' to our stand, number 1106, to see if you are a winner. While you are there, have a chat with one of our friendly team about how our technology to capture event analytics can help you to calculate return on marketing investment and some of our latest developments including Twitter integration. Keep your fingers crossed for us on the evening of 6th November. The Event Technology Awards take place after Day One of Event Tech Live. We’re short-listed for Best Technology Partnership with SaleStratus, Best Use of technology at Brand Event, Best Venue Installation, Best Use of Technology for Event Analytics, and Best use of Wireless Technology.  Thanks to all of our clients who helped us to finalise the entries. As part of our Best [...]

2019-11-06T09:03:35+00:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Aperture, Apex, Blog, EX Sensors|Tags: , , , |

The Science of Experience : What’s your Party Factor?

Physical and, increasingly, digital interactive content is a key part of any experiential activation. Technology use has increased and numbers of engagements are a critical metric in measuring performance. Through analysis of the data provided by Exposure:EX we've discovered that, taken on their own, these numbers drastically underestimate the number and impact of these interactions. In other words, the 'Party Factor' means your experiential activations are WAY more successful than you think! What is this 'Party Factor' then? Whatever the interactive there's a 'Principle' who you count and the 'Audience' that you don't. Our first example comes from an activation at a sports venue where fans can, through interaction with a camera and large touch screen, dress themselves in their favourite team's uniform and have the image emailed to them or posted to social media. Throughout the game there were approximately 100 recorded completed interactions. Having installed one of our Exposure Smart Sensors behind the screens we measured engagement by distance (within 2m) and dwell time (minimum 60 seconds). Our data shows there were 923 engaged fans with an average dwell time of 3m 36s. A 'Party Factor' of 9! The image above is taken from the Exposure portal, Engaged Visitors are classified as those people detected within 2m of the sensor for 60 seconds or longer. In the past the agency would have reported only the hard data, the 100 recorded interactions. When you think about it, the additional impact uncovered by Exposure:EX make total sense. Who goes to a game on their own? The game [...]

2019-03-13T12:25:44+00:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |