Last week, Conferize launched our new beta site. The early verdict from international press included words such as “slick”, “comprehensive” and “a lot more valuable than 99% of conference websites”. This is the third post about the launch; the other are here.
Conferences are highly active and social on a multitude of levels, involving multiple types of stakeholders and a variety of media. The activity feed on Conferize is where everything and everyone comes together as it happens: organizers and their staff, speakers, prospective speakers, delegates and online users.
We’ve started improving rapidly on the activity feed to capture as much of the conference action as possible. It’s now also been trained to also show actions, that is, what people do rather than what they say. You can now see when someone follows something or someone new, when someone is added as a speaker or attends a conference and when someone engages with content.
Why should you care? Well, we believe in transparency and building strong communities around shared interests. That’s why we want to highlight everything that’s going on with a conference – before, during and after. We believe that’s also the proper way to create attention around an event: when something important happens it should be communicated automatically and seamlessly to both attendees and prospective attendees.
You can right now follow both people/speakers as well as conferences. Everything that happens, will reach your on instantly on your personal Home page (you’ll need a free account).
Rich Media Rules the World of Conferences
Conferize will do a lot of work behind the scenes to find everything related to a conference and present it in a structured and meaningful way. The activity feed is what powers our new highlight player (covered here). Whenever you post a link to rich content, both on Conferize and on Twitter (provided the conference has a proper hashtag), we’ll pick it up and show it directly inside Conferize as prominently as possible.
We currently support the following services and formats: YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram, Twitpic, Yfrog, Twitter, Slideshare, SpeakerDeck and Prezi. It’s currently not possible to upload videos, slides and photos directly.
We wanted it to be possible for online users to spend 5 or 50 minutes at any point in a conference’s lifecycle to see what’s going on. And organizers shouldn’t have to worry about updating a website or blog, which for many reasons never happens consistently at most conferences. That’s what the activity feed and highlight player solves: it’s a one-stop distribution and presentation vehicle for your best content.
Stay tuned for another post on the new beta soon.