Event coordinators were recently ranked #5 on Forbes Most Stressful Jobs List. A major contributor to this stress is managing event technology needs, especially when adhering to strict deadlines and catering to a large, diverse audience.
Fortunately, savvy event planners have a secret weapon at their disposal, iPad rentals! Below are 10 ways to implement iPad rentals to increase engagement, interaction and productivity at conferences and events.
1. Draw a crowd with an iPad Jeopardy wall.
The iPad Jeopardy wall is a totally unique solution that utilizes magnetic, snap-into-place iPads and is perfect for gamification at trade shows and conferences. Offer prizes to booth attendees for answering questions while simultaneously educating them on your industry, products and services!
2. Showcase apps & digital signage on a Giant iTab.
Looking for an effective way to showcase your iOS app? The Giant iTab is a 42″ touchscreen that looks and acts exactly like a giant iPad or iPhone. The perfect tool for app demonstrations, trainings, lead capture, games, social media, wayfinding, and much more.
3. Execute better event check-in & registration.
There are several great ways to execute a paperless check-in utilizing iPads. Event staff can easily utilize one of many event registration apps to have guests quickly sign in on iPads. Another more hands-off approach would be to load a custom registration app on iPad kiosks or iPad desk stands for attendee self-check-in.
4. Design custom kiosks for lead capture & surveys.
Custom branded iPad kiosks turn iPads into eye-catching user stations that are perfect for capturing attendee information and displaying content in key areas of your event. Registration, surveys, games and brochures are just a few of the ways to put these promotional marketing machines to good use.
5. Set up mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Need a way to streamline sales at pop-up events across the country? iPad Point of Sale systems allow you to accept mobile payments anywhere. Simply add inventory via touchscreen or scanner and then use a magnetic card reader to accept credit card payments. Receipts can be emailed or printed from the receipt printer. Those who only require a simple setup can use a Square or Paypal card reader that fits into the audio jack of any iPad.
6. Incorporate slide-sharing and live audience Q&A.
Looking to transform your company’s live meetings into dynamic experiences? Incorporate slide sharing, interactive polling and surveys into speaker presentations to drastically improve interaction and retention. This kind of audience response software also gives you post-event analytics so you can keep learning and improving.
7. Go paperless with a mobile event app.
Go green with a mobile event app and engage attendees by providing brochures, maps, social media and other event materials directly onto iPads. For less complex meetings, loading all event documents onto iPads as PDFs works great too!
8. Capture fun moments with a mobile photo booth.
Attract people and encourage social engagement by helping attendees remember their experiences with a video or photo from your booth. The Padcaster is a versatile and portable solution that makes engaging event-goers easy!
9. Print receipts, badges & labels.
There are a variety of wireless mobile printers on the market that are certified for use with iPads and other Apple devices. Print on-demand receipts for orders written at trade shows, or print badges for conference attendees directly from your iPad.
10. Engage & inspire attendees with gamification.
Not only are iPads incredibly versatile and perfect for the events industry, they’re classy, cool and easily customizable with apps, accessories, content and branding. Check out these apps for great gaming possibilities: Gamify, SCANVenger Hunt, and Go Game.