Slide Decks, Abstracts and Handouts

Distributing slide decks, abstracts and other handouts to your attendees can be a difficult and complex process. Speakers miss deadlines for submitting materials, new abstracts are approved at the last minute, and, of course, the printing costs!

Pathable is pleased to announce the addition of a fleet of new features and services focused on supporting these conference scenarios. Pathable’s new feature set includes:

  • Searchable index of documents and materials on desktop web and mobile device
  • Documents with title, body, author,

Event App in 20 Minutes

Think creating a mobile event app for your conference will be difficult or time consuming? Think again!

Join Jordan Schwartz, CEO of Pathable, for this bite-sized webinar that will show you, step-by-step exactly how easy it is to create an app for your conference or event. Includes creating your agenda, adding exhibitors, venue maps and tradeshow floor maps, even connecting the system to your favorite registration system.

Please note: Although this was advertised as a 20 minute webinar, the entire

Upcoming Webinar: Create an Event App in 20 Minutes

Think creating an app for conference is hard? Think again! Join Jordan Schwartz, CEO of Pathable, for this bite-sized webinar that will show you, step-by-step exactly how easy it is to create an app for your conference or event.

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Salesforce Integration

Over the years, Pathable has integrated with literally dozens of ticketing and registration providers, including Cvent, RegOnline, Eventbrite, etouches, Xing Events (formerly Amiando), Certain Software, and Wufoo. Up until now, though, we haven’t offered an integration with one of the biggest Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems in the world: Salesforce.

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Introducing Pathable Free (and Pro)

Every conference, every tradeshow, every meeting deserves community. People attend these events to network and build relationships, and that can simply be hard for most people, especially if you don’t know who is coming in advance or don’t have a way to contact them.

Unfortunately, for most smaller events, providing good tools for attendees to network, converse and build relationships has simply been out of their budget.

Pathable is about to change all that.

Today, we introduce two new packages: Basic and Pro.

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Do You Really Know What’s Important to Your Members?

Online communities and social media strategy are not “one size fits all”. Can you imagine a 60-year-old blue-chip executive creating a MySpace account? How about a 16-year-old Blink 182- loving snowboarder joining a LinkedIn group?

The biggest mistake you can make is to assume you know what’s important to your membership.

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Trolls in Your Online Community?

“Troll” is the Internet term for someone who is intentionally disruptive to a community. While it (very appropriately) evokes the “troll under the bridge” image, it actually comes from deep sea fishing, where dragging your hook in the water, hoping a fish will bite, is called “trolling”. “Trolls” on the Internet are people who intentionally say mean or disruptive things in the hopes of getting a reaction.

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Fireside Chats with EventProf Thought Leaders

One of the reasons I love going to conferences is that I get to have casual conversations with smart people: no selling, no buying, just bump into intelligent, creative people and chat with them about what’s new and interesting.

Well, it’s certainly no replacement for those easy, face-to-face chats, but we’re happy to announce today a new series of video conversations I’ve had with thought leaders in the event industry: Fireside Chats.

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You Need to Incorporate Allies in Your Online Community

Last week on our blog we wrote a post about recruiting allies to build your online community. This week we discuss how to get them talking in your online community.

Most magazines employ an “editorial calendar”, a preset schedule of topical content. You can employ this same idea when planning the conversations in your community. For each time frame (e.g., one per week), identify a topic and several people that agree in advance to participate in a conversation on that topic. For example:

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Recruit Allies to Build Your Online Community

In research psychology, a “confederate” is someone who poses as someone else to create a situation that can be measured by the experimenter. For example, the confederate might pretend to be someone needing help on the street to assess which factors make it more likely the subjects will lend a hand.1

In an earlier draft of this post, it was entitled “Recruit Confederates”, but we decided it came off as “sneaky”.

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