McLean, VA and Portland, OR – February 26, 2013 – Mobile apps have become essential for driving engagement and success at corporate meetings and conferences. Corporate meeting and event attendees are demanding mobile apps that will enhance their experience, enable sharing and social engagement, and add convenience with access to maps, agendas, presentations, and more at the tap of a screen. CrowdCompass, the business event mobile app division of event technology leader Cvent, is meeting these fast-growing needs with the launch of its new Event Center. This innovative app development platform makes creating event-specific native apps quick and easy for meeting and event organizers – without requiring any specialized skills or expertise.
"Mobile apps are revolutionizing engagement at corporate events," said Dave Shanley, co-founder of CrowdCompass. "Demand for event apps is set to explode in 2013, and the new Event Center will help corporate event organizers build powerful, robust native apps on their own. Native apps like these make corporate events much more shareable, social and interactive, solving for the long-standing challenge of driving engagement beyond an individual event."
The Event Center is designed to make it easy for non-technical professionals to build event apps and entice attendees to use them, and will drive event app proliferation. Event Center’s key new features include:
|For Organizers||For Attendees|
|Multi-event app: add multiple events within a single app; greatly reduce development work for creating related apps for different events||Social sharing: Attendees can simultaneously post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn|
|Create branded events: Customize your theme, icons, and colors||Social login: Log in with your email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ account. Our system lets attendees easily sync their schedules, information, and other content across multiple devices.|
|Expanded app metrics: Get detailed reports of activity within your app||Two-way contact exchange for networking: Attendees can share and request contact information.|
|Interactive map creator: Easily create interactive maps with key points of interest, and link locations on the floor map to sessions or exhibitors for simpler navigation.||Improved scheduling: Attendees can set reminders for activities they want to attend, and block out time for personal appointments|
|Preview: Preview your events directly on any mobile device before publishing live to the app.||Interactive maps: Features new search capabilities and filters for activities you’ve bookmarked|
“Mobile apps are becoming essential for corporate events,” said Brian Ludwig, vice president of sales, Cvent.“Virtually everyone attending a corporate event or trade show has a mobile device, and they are likely to have it with them at all times and to rely on it for information. There is a tremendous untapped market in native mobile apps that can deliver an immersive experience at corporate events, and we are very optimistic about the opportunity to expand our market leadership position.”
The high cost and long development cycle of web-based apps has kept adoption relatively low, but recent advances in native app development allow organizers to create customized apps quickly and cost-effectively. Native apps have many inherent benefits compared to web-based apps. For example, they do not require Internet access to function – a big advantage because getting online is often challenging at large venues where coverage can be spotty and thousands of attendees can cause congestion on wireless networks.
Native apps are also more secure because they don't need to connect through the Internet once they have been downloaded, more capable because they can interface with mobile device features like cameras, and more interactive because organizers can push news and notifications directly to attendees.
With CrowdCompass and sister division CrowdTorch, Cvent’s consumer event apps platform, Cvent is the worldwide leader in the mobile event app sector with a combined total of more than 4 million downloads. Since being acquired, CrowdCompass is now the largest mobile app developer in the event industry, as well as the leading event app publisher in the App Store, and recently published its 1,000th native app.
New innovations. Improved products. Enhanced customer support options. Welcome to the future of event apps. CrowdCompass helps organizations make their conferences, meetings, conventions, and trade shows a lot more popular through the power of mobile event apps. We've developed more than 2,000 custom apps for events of all sizes and industries. In 2012, CrowdCompass was acquired by Cvent to deliver an all-in-one solution for corporate events. Check out our story below to see how we became the biggest mobile app developer in the event industry.
Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT) is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, e-mail marketing and web surveys. Cvent provides hotels with a targeted advertising platform designed to reach event planners looking for suitable venues. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit www.cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.