Conference and events
A conference or event makes the most impact when it generates discussion, content and action amongst its participants. It isn’t enough to put questions on a slide to punctuate a meeting – delegates want to be involved in events, to have a voice, and contribute to or learn from the issues in hand. They want content that is relevant, engaging and with tangible results. This is where ATS Conference can help.
Our interactive voting systems ensure that your audience remain alert and attentive. Participants have the opportunity to provide real-time, honest ideas and feedback in a fun, organised and professional fashion through our easy-to-use keypads and fully integrated Powerpoint software. We even offer mobile solutions too.
In our experience, the more advanced planning you do, the more rewarding the outcomes. Our consultative approach means that you we will work with you prior to your event to help you get the most out of using an audience response system. We will encourage you to define the purpose of the event, identify what a successful outcome would look like and outline how you aim to achieve it. This means knowing your audience, understanding what they want and delivering it using the best method for them.
By understanding your audience and desired outcomes for the event, we can suggest the most appropriate question types to gain audience feedback. Once you’ve decided what questions to ask, we can incorporate them into your Powerpoint presentation and overlay them with sample results. A slide preview before your event starts will ensure that you are happy with the layouts and presentation of charts, as well as the data to be collected. You can then add presentation backgrounds, timer animations and music to give the presentation a professional finish.
On the day of the event, a member of the ATS team will be there to offer ongoing, hands-on support. From set-up and rehearsal through to last minute changes and amends, our technician is there to ensure your event is a success.
We capture all of the voting results and audience feedback in a dedicated database, which enables you to create a number of invaluable results post event. These take many formats, but are most commonly a summary of the overall responses, with percentages of responses and number of responders. If you choose to incorporate demographic questions, the reports will reflect this too.
“Whether we work with you directly, through your chosen venue or as an approved subcontractor of an AV company, we have the solution to meet your requirements.”
Audience response systems can create a new level of interaction and feedback during team building and training events. Our solutions allow your employees and delegates to participate in group answer sessions, or even to compete against one another in team building exercises. Our interactive systems provide the ideal gateway for participants to exchange their ideas and opinions in a relaxed environment. You can use them to build individual confidence with team building scenarios and questions, and present the results instantly, thereby prompting further discussion and engagement.
Education and training
Have you ever come away from an event wondering how much your audience really learnt? Interactive learning is a proven teaching and training method that can give trainers and educators a quantifiable means to assess learning.
By engaging delegates for longer and maintaining their interest, you can ensure better quality feedback and results. Interactive decision support systems that use real-time testing and scoring can enable your audience to realise their true potential during an event, while post event reports by delegates highlight areas for improvement and outstanding achievement.
Audience response systems are being used more and more in schools, colleges and other training arenas to provide a non-threatening environment in which students can see their knowledge level on subject matter in comparison to their peers. These systems allow moderators to view individual data responses. They also enable scores to be held on file and assessments carried out quickly and easily with a minimum of paperwork.
Advanced software features allow you to assign questions to specific topics and to allocate different scores/weights to questions within these topics. It is possible to deliver assessment scores as an overall pass rate, or by topic module.
Make learning fun by incorporating questions into a workshop. Our interactive audience response solutions enable you to introduce a new subject with an initial question and then follow it up with a presentation, at the end of which you can test the audience knowledge. By comparing the opening and closing results of the workshop, you can easily identify any areas that require further teaching. You can use continuous assessment to revisit the subject matter in future events and even demonstrate tangible progress across a given timeframe by using pre-captured data.
Exhibitions & Tradeshows
You can effortlessly increase interest at your stand or POS by making it interactive. By combining simple games and product-knowledge quiz questions, you can create fun, eye-catching exhibits and help draw people to your stand. Our interactive response systems have the added benefit of capturing reliable consumer information while you communicate your company message.
Accumulated results demonstrate popularity. You can ask opinions on slogans, for example, and choose the winning message at the end of the day in front of a live audience, or use self-paced question surveys to conduct in-depth research on consumer preference. You can always offer incentives for feedback by donating funds to a charity chosen by the participant.
Our systems give you the opportunity to use interactive voting at exhibition seminars and even use interactivity to generate interest and attendees for your seminar. In small environments, asking people to speak up and ask questions can be intimidating, especially in front of strangers or industry peers. With our systems, you can stimulate debate using statement questions to ask attendees to agree or disagree with an idea. Once participants realise they’re not alone in their view, opening discussion becomes easy.
In addition, you can use voting to ascertain what your audience thought of your paid speakers. By asking a couple of session close questions, without disclosing the results, you can get evaluation direct from the audience while the experience is still fresh in their minds.
Special events / Quizzes and Games
We have many stock quiz formats, or you can work with our producers to create your own game show-style quiz. Typically, these take a little longer to prepare but, with time and effort, the results can be stunning. Pit colleagues against each other in teams or allow individual play; utilise bonus rounds to allow extra point scoring or use fastest finger to sort out ‘tie-breaks’; the choice is yours. You can even include game show rounds and varying media types to enhance the interactivity, fun and engaging format of your event.
We also have interactive event solutions for product launches, client roadshows, multi-site events and debating arena. However complex your requirement, we have a solution that will bring your audience together, share information and gather great results.
Roadshows share many of the demands, challenges and opportunities presented by a single site event but require a slightly different approach in their organisation, as well as some extra stamina! Our team will be a valuable asset in helping to set-up, run and dismantle each show. We understand that maintaining a consistent operator across the roadshows is paramount and, because we appreciate the peculiarities of an extended event, we are happy to assist in any of those odd tasks that inevitably crop up along the way.
We will automatically produce and build information about your collated results as the roadshow progresses to highlight differences or indeed similarities in results by geographical location and/or socio-economic characteristics. You can effortlessly amend question sets to fit the audience at the event or maintain the same questions throughout and combine sessions at the end for an overall picture.
It is now possible to hold events in more than one location and share information with little or no effort despite the physical distance between your participants. Virtual settings mean that people can now meet and work with delegates from other countries, while you combine the results at a central location.
In the past, this involved a satellite broadcast-style production. While this is still possible, the advent of mobile solutions offers a new twist. By using the right interactive solutions, you can now collect data from an audience sitting at home and watching a web-cast of your event from anywhere in the world. This gives you all the features of a regular voting session, with the added ability to incorporate results from ‘absent’ delegates.
Focus Group – Case Study
Quality Priorities Listening Event for Nottingham University Hospitals
A consultant engaged ATS to assist in a series of workshops designed to listen to patient experiences and views about what the Trust’s quality priorities should be for the coming year.
Four events were held over the course of two days and in two locations, pairing patients with healthcare professions to explore experience in patient care and identify priorities for making patients feel ‘safe’, ‘cared for’ and confident in their treatment.
Patients and staff then rated these priorities in real-time and the results were explored. In many cases, issues that the Trust felt the patients would envisage as most important ranked lower than expected and new priorities were set.
The findings were used to feed into an ongoing plan to be submitted to the Trust.
A number of voting styles were incorporated into the session. Firstly, the audience were grouped via their handsets into:
2. Healthcare Professional
The priorities as viewed by the Trust were ranked by importance and the top x taken through to a final round.
A shortlist of new priorities was developed after group discussion and entered for immediate voting.
The results from the first priority pollings were combined to give a definitive list of the group’s ‘top poll’ recommendations.
The voting technician was making completely new slides to be voted on throughout the focus group and the software adding weighting to individual issues.