By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 05, 2012 11:22 AM EST
New York City-based Topi has unveiled a new, first-of-its-kind mobile app for business users, aiming to revolutionize the way they interact at conferences and events.
According to Topi, the app will offer unprecedented functionality for conference organizers and event planners as well, helping them "mobilize" their events in a more cost-effective manner.
The company aims to provide this functionality by offering a native app for 80 percent of smartphone users, instant polling and attendee surveys with real-time answers and graphical analytics, as well as in-app notifications for sending changes and updates to attendees.
According to the Convention Industry Council, as much as $263 billion is spent on 1.8 million meetings and events in the U.S. alone. Topi enters the stage as the first mobile app directly addressing the needs of both organizers and attendees.
Without doubt, Topi is not just another mobile app entering a crowded space but is indeed raising the industry bar and squarely addressing the needs of business professionals looking to socialize and connect at industry conferences, and simultaneously supporting conference organizers and event planners hosting them.
Benefits for Attendees
Attending business conferences and events is often a great opportunity to meet new business partners, find prospective employees, identify job opportunities, enhance business expertise, or simply connecting with others in the industry.
"Without question, Topi has nailed it with their mobile app for business professionals who want to network with each other in a simple but powerful way. Topi helps people identify relevant professionals with similar interests and then helps foster interactions among event participants in ways no app on the market has been able to do so effectively," Andrew Der, Senior Manager of Digital Strategy & Innovation at American Express and co-founder of NYC Marketing Mixer, said in an emailed statement.
"Our Marketing Mixer members have been using Topi every month with great reception, and the level of engagement and connections members have made with each other is exceptional."
Benefits for Organizers
When it comes to conference, meeting, and event organizers, Topi aims to help them drive better engagement and adapt to a "more mobile-centric attendee base of business professionals."
According to eMarketer, as many as 137.5 million people in the United States will use smartphones in 2013. Meanwhile, ABI Research expects three-quarters of business users to use smartphones by 2015. Topi would maximize this scenario by offering organizers a mobile solution to stay in touch with their attendees and facilitate networking among them. To enable organizers to reach as wide an audience as possible, Topi is compatible with Android, iPhones, iPads, and Windows Phone devices.
"We're excited to bring social networking to the conference and meeting industry. We believe the quality of a conference is strongly correlated with how engaged an audience is. At Topi, we've spent months understanding how to simplify networking between like-minded people, and have worked closely with conference organizers and event planners to understand what kind of functionality they needed. In the end, participants and organizers together will make any event better," said Topi co-founder and CEO David Aubespin.
"While there are other mobile apps aimed at helping meeting and event planners share information for attendees to simply consume, we believe conference and event organizers will welcome the ease, speed, powerful capabilities and data that Topi uniquely delivers."
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Price & Availability
Topi is immediately available for download for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. The company will release official pricing by the end of the month. The cost will only apply to organizers. Topi is available worldwide, and the mobile app currently supports English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.