Reduce the Wait at the Registration Table With an Event Check-in App
Event check-in apps are increasing in popularity. Over the past 2 years, the market has flooded with new solutions. But if you’re not careful, you could end up paying for extravagant features you don’t need. The key to successful event check-in is to keep it simple. You want to provide fast, easy check-in for your event attendees without draining your budget or resources.
Some bells and whistles you can live without include onsite services like name-badge printing and self-serve check-in kiosks. Self-serve options tend to add time to the check-in process and frustrate event attendees. If you have the budget, you can offer them as an option, but you’ll still want to have live bodies at the check-in desk.
When evaluating event check-in apps, here are some questions to ask:
Is there an administration tool that’s easy to use? The more user friendly your administration tool, the less training (and time) your event managers will need to get up and running
What file format does the platform use for reporting? Try to find a solution that’s compatible with the native file formats that your data resides in (excel, CSV, etc.) You don’t want users converting files or manually entering data on different computers or devices. This can lead to duplicate or missing information, shifting symbols and other data disruptions.
Does the reporting information automatically sync? If Dr. Smith asks if his colleague Dr. White has arrived, you’d like to be able to give him an answer.
How do you search for guests? Does the app include quick search, filtering and autocomplete? These features save time (and frustration).
The Larger Picture
Think about selecting an event check-in solution that integrates easily into your event registration website. It’s a convenient way to keep all of your event information in one accessible web-based platform.
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