Whether it’s registration, calendar management, networking or even socialising, the strongest fusion of technology with the business event industry has been its widespread adoption of apps. In a full app market catering for almost every facet of event organisation, there is nevertheless a lack of those offering properly detailed or bespoke data on Return on Investment, ROI. Xsync, a Seoul-based start-up event management platform founded in 2015, has stepped up to fill this vacuum.
“Online ad companies provided data on how many people clicked or bought your product. But in the event market nobody is calculating any such kind of data, so if we could provide organisers with a ‘hint’ of how significant their ROI was then that would make them come to us,” says Bryan Song, CEO and Founder of Xsync. “We are, therefore, the company that is focusing mostly on how to provide valuable data to event organisers so that they can calculate their events.
“If there were 1,000 people who attended an event and you want to know who the main ones are that you have to focus on, our app records people who try to make more connections with others. For example, who ask more questions to the organisers or who clicked a lot of information from the websites,” says Bryan Song.
“We provide Word Clouds, so the kind of words people were using to explain the event or what kind of questions they were using, and what the main focus was of the words they were using. In some cases, we have a reward system where people can get points. We also have a recommendation system that the app instantly recommends another person to connect with.
“We collect all the data from how people were participating and how many rewards were given to them. For all the data, we have a scoring system, and the people who have a higher score are the ones to focus on.”
Currently available in five languages, Korean, Japanese, English, Chinese and Thai, Xsync is initially targeting the Korean and Japanese markets but has plans to seek international partners to penetrate the European and American markets. Alongside data, for better ROI, the app is simultaneously boosting better environmental outcomes through its elimination of lanyards, tickets, printed publicity, brochures, maps and much more besides. And through its geo-location data harvesting and website-linkage capabilities, it can also help optimise event planning and lift sales too. For now, however, its primary focus remains the best available data to demonstrate Return on Investment.
“Right now, we are providing the organisations with some data so they can get the ‘hint’ of how people were reacting to their event. But our eventual goal is to provide them with an actual figure for ROI,” says Bryan Song.