Event planners are hardy individuals, always ready to roll their sleeves up and turn out miracles. While they may not be afraid to put in the hours necessary to plan a successful event, they won’t turn their nose up at the opportunity to streamline either. And this is where new technology comes to the fore and why artificial intelligence will continue to make the event planner’s job that much easier. So, how can A.I. simplify your life as a planner and thoroughly enhance the attendee experience?
Let’s face it, many of your event attendees will take their time to blend in, might be introverted, or simply slow to join the conversation. Yet, in an ideal world, you’d love to see each attendee get maximum value out of their day and find people with shared interests right away. A.I. can help with networking, and specific tools can help to strategically match any attendees without a lot of personal effort on your behalf. In this way, those attendees can discuss common challenges or explore opportunities and are likely to have a much more productive event as a consequence.
2. Analytics and Planning
In the past, it may have been true to say that the more information you gather, the stronger you will be from a planning perspective. However, it is now more accurate to say that the more targeted you are with that information and the more powerful your analysis, the better event you can stage in the future. Artificial Intelligence in this situation can help you to create personalized, niche events and reach out to your ideal participant. Rather than shooting in the dark, you’ll know that you are adding features to your event that will be attractive and that will meet approval from your attendees.
In addition, this A.I. will enable you to plan your meeting space, set out a conference hall without any guesswork, handle the sound, lighting, and other factors to give your attendees an optimal experience. The software will also tap into a resource database and find the perfect contractor for individual tasks without guesswork or hassle. It’ll eliminate the need for that trusty Rolodex or its digital equivalent, and this will make decision-making much faster. It will also help you to match your vendors perfectly.
3. Translation and Visitor Experience
Those planners who organize international events know how hard it can be to cut across the language barrier and ensure that all attendees are happy. If not successful, this can lead to frustration or a bad reputation, and faced with this prospect; many planners bring in “human” translators at a high cost. Thankfully, it is now possible to use A.I. tools that function efficiently and can always be on hand to act as a personal translator.
Security and safety have never been more critical. After all, bad actors may continue to threaten any gatherings, especially larger events. Event organizers are also expected to look out for their attendees and ensure they are well catered to and for throughout.
In the past, security has been a big headache, especially at more significant events. However, it’s more important than ever to ensure that those who enter the venue and mingle with your attendees are supposed to be there, and this is where facial recognition software can be worth its weight in gold. This type of software is becoming more prevalent, and PCMA has also had a close look at the potential of facial recognition software.
Furthermore, tracking software can passively track individuals as they move from one stage of the event to another and can tell you if anybody is missing. The organizer can then initiate checks, such as sending a message to their bedroom to see if they are okay.
5. Feedback and On Event Efficiency
Not so long ago, chatbots were relatively simple and, depending on your viewpoint, quite annoying. Today, however, they are far more intelligent, able to ask complex questions, decipher the answers and gather a lot of valuable data as they do. They are also a lot more user-friendly, less intrusive, and easy to work with, so attendees do not mind giving feedback through these devices. Consequently, planners can use chatbots to gather real-time feedback through polls and surveys. They can find out what works and what doesn’t and, sometimes, make adjustments on the fly. Chatbots can also take the heat away from your customer service team when accurately programmed and set up. They will register guests for functions, reserve seats, sell tickets or let the CSM know if somebody prefers the tiramisu to the fruit cocktail.
6. Marketing and Future Planning
As planners get their hands on more granular data provided by A.I., they can use this information to manipulate their client list. They can identify commonalities or trends, dig into demographics and create marketing programs that should hit the mark every time. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to create perfectly formed ads that speak directly to the defined avatar and then be able to split the messaging capability if need be. You can use this information effectively through conventional marketing methods, one being social media. It’ll also help you promote your events more effectively and get them off to a flying start.
There’s no need for you to go it alone these days as you can take advantage of influential partners, companies that have already invested in A.I., as well as other event management tools and solutions. These partners can help make an in-person, fully digital, or hybrid event a success by rolling out various tools and web-based solutions. Companies like eShow can help you with RFID attendee tracking, for example. They also have tools like Meeting Logistics Manager that can orchestrate all the details and ensure that each function is well planned, staged, and received.
Reach out for More Information
Get in touch with the visionaries at eShow today. They’ll help you gain a unique advantage and bring a number of A.I. driven revelations to your next successful event.