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The latest mobile event app research coming to IMEX America

QuickMobile and IMEX, in partnership with the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), completed the second wave of their annual research on mobile event apps.

They will present the findings, as well as a summary of recent industry research, at IMEX America in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-16.

The first wave of research was conducted in April, and surveyed meeting planners from around the world, covering buying habits, required functionality and the role of mobile event apps in event planning, marketing and execution. The second wave, completed in September in partnership with CEMA, focused on similar topics and targeted the more than 600 members of CEMA.

Key findings and takeaways from QuickMobile’s second wave of research include:

  • More than 54 percent of event marketers work on 10 events or more a year
  • 80 percent of CEMA respondents say their audience expects an app, compared with 63 percent of respondents from the first wave of research. (Combined score 66 percent)
  • 67 percent of event marketers reinvent the app procurement process for each new event
  • Sales conferences (52 percent) and trade shows (50 percent) are the most popular types of events to have an app, followed by annual general meetings (44 percent).
  • 78 percent spend more than $4000 on their event apps, recognizing that entry-level apps lack the functionality/service/support they need.

“There has been a glut of research on event tech since we launched our first round in April 2014,” said Patrick Payne, CEO, QuickMobile. “We know of at least two additional studies that have been released by vendors and partners since that time in addition to media research from trade publications. It can be difficult for event planners and marketers to know what to pay attention to, so after our latest wave with CEMA we’re making that task easier by summarizing the general takeaways from all the research.”

Key takeaways from the collective industry research include:

  • Both the first QuickMobile/IMEX study and the recent MPI study released in September showed an app inclusion rate among event planners of 60-63 percent. The second IMEX wave completed with CEMA showed a substantially higher rate of 92 percent.
  • The two most important reasons for offering an app are: organizer-to-attendee messaging and reduction/elimination of paper
  • Despite growing usage of mobile event apps, event planners are still learning what apps can do for them, and still have more basic expectations of functionality.

Robin Jones, chief marketing officer at QuickMobile, will present IMEX/QuickMobile findings and the industry research takeaways at IMEX on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 11:00 am – 11:30 am, and Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm in the Research Pod – IMEX Inspiration Center, Booth 3403.

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