It’s always difficult to write a blog title and use the word “must have” since many people consider that link-bait (the tactic of creating a crazy-stupid title for the purpose of click-throughs) but after reviewing this app I am finding it hard to justify not using it for any WordCamp, especially if you’re an organizer.
What is Gather App? Quite simple: It’s a text-based alert system for your WordCamp conference (or any conference / gathering for that matter) that’s simple, intuitive, and cost-effective.
And Gather lets you do all of this by letting you text your guests as a group (or they can reply individually to you). Manage all your messages in one place so nothing gets lost. And as always, we’ll keep your data safe. Phone numbers are removed from Gather when the event is over and are entirely private.
Brought to you from the guys behind MailChimp (who are huge sponsors of WordCamps all around the world), all it requires is the creation of a new static segment in MailChimp and the creation of a form (opt-in) for your attendees to get text-message alerts.
After having attended a number of WordCamps myself and a butt-load of conferences, it can be incredibly difficult to get the most important information fast, especially from the leaders or conference organizers.
It’s not free as you pre-pay for bundles of text messages and the more you purchase up front the cheaper it gets:
- 175 messages for $8.99
- 500 messages for $18.99
- 2000 messages for $48.99
- A Gather phone number comes free with your first message pack.
For WordCamp organizers this can be easily rolled up in their operational budget with no problem.
It takes 5 steps to get started:
Not bad, right? Check out Gather App today and plan on using it at your next WordCamp event!
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