Anyone who has been a presenter or attendee of meetings that involve audience participation has probably seen a clicker or personal response system.
A clicker looks like a TV remote control and allows interaction between presenters and group members. The audience can respond to polls and surveys or ask questions via the clicker, an excellent solution for overcoming the challenges of large meetings.
While audience participation is critical for engagement, the clicker itself has become outdated. They are costly and kludgy. Additionally, it is time-consuming to distribute them before and gather them after a meeting.
Many organizations are now transitioning from clickers to smartphones to enable audience participation, but the transition is not always easy.
Here are a few things to consider when it comes to potentially replacing clickers with an alternative audience response system.
Audience Response System Comparison: Clickers Versus Smartphones
Choosing the Right Solution
A little homework goes a long way. Here are a few things to consider when researching alternative audience response systems.
Audience response systems allow for new and deeper levels of audience engagement. As technology advances, the solutions used to capture data from audiences continue to evolve. Clickers had their moment, but smartphones are taking center stage as the preferred solution for audience participation at meetings.
Now, group members can use their own devices to participate in surveys, polls, and voting — technology they already own with which they are readily familiar. Still, replacing the clicker is more easily said than done.
Thus, when they are ready to make a change, organizations must thoroughly research and assess available solutions.
MeetingPulse audience response solutions incorporate the best features of clickers, while avoiding the downsides, especially when it comes to cost and convenience.
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