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We sometimes get asked if our voting systems are Turning Point compatible or if we have Turning Point keypads. The answer no it is not compatible, and no we do not stock Turning Point, and finally we will not be going down that route either!
The reason we don’t use Turning Point is it is too inflexible, it is also a PowerPoint ‘plug in’ which needs to run on the main presentation machine. This has risks in terms of presentation stability which if it fails it will knock out both voting and presentation so leaving no space for recovery.
Our systems runs on a separate PC that runs in parallel to the presentation machine and is cut in via a seamless switcher. This allows us to edit the questions and test while the main presentation is being run. It is not unusual for us to be carrying out last minute editing, at the request of the speaker, while the main presentation is already running. It also allows for much greater control in terms of screen content. The presenter need only verbalise what they want to see on the screen and it will be made so by the technician. This unshackles the presenter from the lectern and allows a more dynamic presentation. The operation of Turning Point requires key strokes that can’t be controlled by an industry standard cue light so the presenter has to control the presentation from the lectern.
We also find that the Turning Point graphics are not flexible enough to cope with the production demands of larger shows. Turning Point is a good education and training tool but we feel it is not suitable for use in larger events where the voting content is mission critical or where the event has higher production values.
Just so you know we have available 3 different keypad types (Reply IQ, Reply +, and Reply mini +) and 4 different softwares (ARS Pro, Win Quiry, Power Com and SNAP) to suit varying client requirements. Please view our Audience Response pages here to see the full range of interactives we can provide. We can use any software and keypad combination where as Turning Point will only ever work with Turning Point software so there is no upgrade path for clients to travel. Snap is a simple software (like Turning Point) which works with our Reply Mini + keypads for dry hires but also we can use the same keypads with the ARS Pro software which is a true event production voting software.
We undertake to programe our systems and require in advance the questions, in an electronic format, and the master slide of your presentation.These need to be submitted to us a few days before the event. Edits can be made on the day but this allows us to proof read the content and format the graphics.
Turning Point has its place in the market as a training and education tool but we do not perceive it to be suitable for event production.
We hope this helps.
Recently AVD were proud to provide a Silent Auction service to the Water & Waves Gala Dinner supporting the Seaman’s Mission and Air-Sea Rescue Trust. The service enabled guests to text bids, using their mobile phones, during the dinner. The bids were updated live on screens, increasing competition for items so pushing up the prices and generating more funds. The Silent Auction raised 25% more than expected and at a fraction of the cost compared to a keypad based service.
Traditionally Silent Auctions were run using pen and paper and more recently keypad based systems provided a convenient solution but at greater expense. However using our service the Water & Waves Silent Auction enjoyed the convenience of keypads but minus the cost and headaches of managing expensive equipment. See here for more details
This year we anticipate increasing demand for this service as charities seek to reduce costs and increase revenues. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we could assist you to do just that at your next event!
AV Department Ltd’s ‘Deletext’ sms and voting service gets an upgrade that removes the need for technicians and keypads to be on site to run simple voting. Mark Kisby explains the improvements made.
We have been promoting the use of SMS messaging and voting in conferences and events for a number of years now but the voting element has needed an upgrade for a while to make the service truly usable as a remote offering. By this I mean with the upgrades implemented we no longer need to be on site to interpret or reformat results to display on large screen displays, this means you can now run a voting session with out having to hire keypads or have technicians on site for voting only. This makes the service viable for large events where polling the audience is not viable for keypads due to the number of participants or the low number of questions to be polled. This makes the service ideal for competitions where an audience votes on a favourite (battle of the bands / dance competitions etc..).
No Keypads! Deletext uses the sms technology in your delegate’s mobile phone to allow them to vote by texting a simple code to a short code telephone no. This saves a huge amount of money as you don’t have to hire 100s or 1000′s of keypads. (Prices start from just £100 + Vat)
No Technicians on site! The questions are prepared in advance of the session and given as a URL showing the vote results live. All you need is a laptop connected to the internet to view and display the results as they come in.
It is in the display of vote results where the improvements have been made. The displayed pie chart can now show the pie labels in various font sizes to aid legibility on screen. Frequency can now be shown as numeric and percentage value. Percentages can now be displayed to 2 decimal places. Charts can display the original question and be personalised with a logo.
No venue restrictions! Delegates can express an opinion from any where in the UK not just in the room where a voting system is installed. Multiple sites can vote on the same issue and be centrally displayed for all to see.
No time restrictions! Delegates can vote at any time 24/7 once the poll has been made live. This also allows for pre event testing to give complete peace of mind. Roadshows can also poll questions and have the results displayed as a rolling total.
Multiple votes simultaneously! Run several votes at the same time. View results from any where in the world.
Our messaging services are used for silent auctions, top table questions, and media messaging. Contact us to see how we can help you.
This service requires enough mobile phone coverage to send a text message and internet connection to view results.
AV Department Ltd provided silent auction services to CHAS’s & The Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball and Auction. The glamorous star-studded evening held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh and raised a fantastic total of £70,000
Just 8 lots in the silent auction contributed a very healthy £4,531.00 to the evening’s total.
AVD advised on the introduction of the silent auction and on how to bid together with AVD’s extensive FAQ on the service this allowed the client to produce clear instructions for the Lot catalogue.
During the dinner, guests (using their own mobile phones) texted their bids to a 5 digit short code text number ‘80010’ the text bid followed the format of the lot number ‘Lot5’ followed by the bid value and, if required, an identifying name. If a name is not provided the last 4 digits of the sending number are displayed ‘…7662’. The received bids are then displayed via a moderated display.
All submitted bids were confirmed by a reply txt thanking the bidder for their support and giving further contact details.
The key advantages over paper based auctions are:- No need to leave your table to bid, No bits of paper to collect, Fast bidding process, Time stamped bid tracking, Bid confirmations. The advantages over keypad based auctions are:- No proprietary keypads are needed, Always the correct number of handsets available, Greatly reduced costs, Multiple cost and service options available.
CHAS hope to use the technology again in future events.
“Thank you so much for everything on Saturday you were fantastic, the whole team felt you were very professional and did a brilliant job.”
Criona Tate, Corporate and Events Fundraiser
Thanks to those who visited our stand at the main event. For those that could not make it here is a picture of what you missed.
We had a full simultaneous interpretation booth on show which neatly housed a screen showing highlights of projects completed this year. We also had on display examples of the audience response keypads available and conference microphones.
As always with shows of this nature it is difficult to assess its impact until 6 months have passed, however it did seem a bit quiet… If you went how did you find it? Let us know via the comments box below.