131 event mobile apps reviewed. Quickly choose the best mobile app for your event. In this article you will also find tips, templates and workflow to make sure your event app is a success. Free PDF included.
Event planners that rave about their event apps and how much it added to their event generally do two things very well:
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They know why they are getting it.
They have a solid plan in place.
This post will help you nail both of these elements, by walking you through a step-by-step process.
But you’re probably just wondering “how do I find the perfect event app?”
Event apps are changing so fast. Look at the last 12 months alone - massive changes.
We know that it can be baffling to accurately compare the hundreds of app options on the market (particularly when you have no time to spare!).
Make the Best Event App Choices
To make it easy for you, and save literally hours of research, we have gathered 131 of the best event apps on the market. We have summed up the research in two tools:
- The Event App Bible. We are at edition 6 of the most referenced guide to event apps in the world. This is a free PDF download. Get your free copy using the form below.
- An online comparison tool to immediately input your requirements and get a list of apps that can provide what you need.
Get the Most from Your Event App Provider
It doesn’t stop there! Once you have found your perfect event app we support you further with more free templates:
A project timeline to plan and manage your event app. Download the sample project management template for an event app (Excel).
The Event App Bible 2018: The Essential Event App Action Plan
Even if you take only ONE THING from this post, it should be a copy of our latest free report: the latest (2018) edition of the Event App Bible.
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Every year since 2013, EventMB has spent considerable time and energy creating the go-to resource for event apps. The Event App Bible is the most popular report for event planners about understanding, choosing and implementing mobile apps for events.
And of course, the 95-page report is completely free to download.
Within the report, here is just a sneak-peek into what you can access:
- keyboard_arrow_right The real story about the Apple Guidelines and what it means for your event app.
- keyboard_arrow_right Trends, changes and innovations having an impact now (and opportunities for the future).
- keyboard_arrow_right Detailed guidance around your event app and the General Data Protection Regulation (this is HUGE).
- keyboard_arrow_right The tricky questions you need to be asking your event app provider.
Now, let’s take a look at the data to see where the land lies and what event planners really think about event apps.
In January 2018 we conducted one of the largest pieces of event planning research ever completed. With 2,400 contacts and over 1,000 respondents.
Within the survey, we asked specific questions that pertain specifically to event apps. We are happy to release the results below.
If you would like a copy of this research to publish it on your website, you can request it here: State of the Event Industry Research 2018.
Event App Adoption Will Continue to Grow
Almost half (46%) of those surveyed said that they currently use event/conference apps. A further 26% said they were considering using them, indicating probable growth in the near future. We conducted a similar survey in 2017 with over 300 eventprofs, which also gave a similar result: 75% said they would provide an event app for their attendees in the next 12 months.
Event Apps ARE Still Relevant For Almost All
When event planners were asked if they thought event apps were still relevant, almost all (91%) thought they were. A very small minority (9%) believes the opposite to be true.
In essence, event planners recognize the value of event apps but there is potentially some confusion around recent developments.
Easy Set Up is Vital for Event Planners
79% of event planners believe that the most important consideration for an event app is that it is easy to set up.
Cost is Important in Choosing an App Provider (But There Are Other Considerations)
A majority (67%) agreed that cost is a factor in choosing an event app provider but almost equally important are using modern technology (60%), integration (58%) and support (57%).
Uncertainty Remains Over Apple’s App Store Policy Changes
Less than a third of event planners surveyed (30%) said that they were aware of the changes in Apple’s App Store policy. When asked if the changes would affect their use of event apps, 70% said that they were unsure.
We can help make everything clearer.
Enough of the big picture stats, let’s get back to your specific event needs.