Top tips for conducting effective conference research
Plan ahead, frame the future, and track performance across meetings. John Branston lists his top ten recommendations for conducting effective conference research.
Medical conferences represent a considerable investment in terms of time and resources. With such scrutiny on spending, it is important to know what aspect of conference ‘worked’ and what did not. Conducting conference research is invaluable for evaluating the success of marketing and communications activity at industry events. With our proprietary evaluation tool, Conference Live, we have conducted numerous research projects amongst physicians attending many types of medical conferences, from small symposia to large three-day events. My tips for conducting effective conference research are gleaned from that experience.
Conference Live for ongoing congress performance measurement
Director John Branston discusses the benefits of a mobile approach for evaluating medical conferences year-on-year
One arena where the benefits of mobile research have combined to especially good effect is conference research. It suddenly became possible to achieve a hugely valuable mix of standardised comparative evaluation, multimedia submissions and in-depth qualitative feedback in rarefied conditions’ where our clients’ key target customers are really thinking hard about how the future will play out in an area of medicine. Enabling longitudinal research through the pre- and post-conference phases also allowed for some very clear measurement of congress impact and the effect of individual announcements, booths, company presence etc. on delegates’ perceptions.