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11 March 2009 @ 01:56 am
Event Websites - a Poll testing a personal theory  
Poll #1363517 Event Websites and Attendance

How important is an event website to determining whether you will attend an event or not?

Mean: 5.70 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.57
1
7(12.3%)
2
2(3.5%)
3
2(3.5%)
4
5(8.8%)
5
9(15.8%)
6
5(8.8%)
7
13(22.8%)
8
8(14.0%)
9
2(3.5%)
10
4(7.0%)

Where do you look for event information?

event website
2(3.5%)
kingdom website
2(3.5%)
kingdom newsletter
1(1.8%)
event fliers
0(0.0%)
word of mouth
1(1.8%)
other
1(1.8%)

What is your most important source of event information?

Is an announcement on the Kingdom email list a sufficient substitute for a website?

yes
5(8.8%)
sometimes
18(31.6%)
no
34(59.6%)

Do you love ticky boxes?

No, they are the spawn of the devil
2(3.6%)
Only when they are appropriate
9(16.4%)
Only when they are gratuitous
2(3.6%)
Yes, of course
1(1.8%)
Tickytickytickyticky!
19(34.5%)

How often does an event website (or lack thereof) influence your decision to attend an event?

Mean: 5.23 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.41
1
6(10.7%)
2
3(5.4%)
3
5(8.9%)
4
7(12.5%)
5
10(17.9%)
6
2(3.6%)
7
12(21.4%)
8
7(12.5%)
9
4(7.1%)
10
0(0.0%)

Will a good event website (including theme, schedule, contacts, etc) increase

whether or not to attend the event at all
4(7.3%)
the time you spend planning for the event/event activities
6(10.9%)
how far you are willing to travel for the event
0(0.0%)
the amount of money you are willing to spend on site/feast fees
0(0.0%)
how far in advance you plan for the event
4(7.3%)

how necessary do you think event websites are?

Mean: 7.91 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.37
1
3(5.3%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(1.8%)
5
6(10.5%)
6
2(3.5%)
7
6(10.5%)
8
12(21.1%)
9
6(10.5%)
10
21(36.8%)

ow much of a computer geek/techno-savvy person are you?

Mean: 7.21 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.95
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
2(3.5%)
4
3(5.3%)
5
7(12.3%)
6
7(12.3%)
7
15(26.3%)
8
7(12.3%)
9
5(8.8%)
10
11(19.3%)

What is your local group?


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Wrendevikat on March 11th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Wow, first one! (Way to skew the results...)
eithni: excellenteithni on March 11th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
Hey, the poll is just 100% Kat goodness for now. :)
(no subject) - devikat on March 11th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
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jtdiiijtdiii on March 11th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Event websites are helpful for very large events, particularly for wars where there is too much info to fit on the kingdom page or for events like the golden needle where there is a major theme or contest that would also take too much space to cover. However I have usually already decided to attend or not, the added details just help me plan.

Ohhhhhh, check boxes....
akitromakitrom on March 11th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
More than the information, the general "tone of voice" of a Web site can encourage me or discourage me from attending.
Kathrinnewperspectives on March 11th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Agreed, absolutely.
cayswann: pelicancayswann on March 11th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
And just adding to the out-of-Northshield skew... :)

I'm the first one to say that my Kingdom newsletter is my most important source of event information. Maybe that's a Caidan thing, but it's more reliable than the Kingdom website, the Baronial/Shire websites, and/or event websites. That's why it got my vote.
raventhourne: ianukraventhourne on March 11th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yup, adding to the skew...

what the heck are ticky boxes? I said they were evil cause well they sounded like bugs.
(no subject) - eithni on March 11th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Keelincaoilfhionn on March 11th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
How often does an event website (or lack thereof) influence your decision to attend an event?

What are you trying to measure here that is different from #1? I wasn't sure if it was x out of ten events I attend, or a more general percentage query.
eithni: backliteithni on March 11th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
#1 was about how much the website influenced the decision, this question was about how often it was a decision making data point. Similar but different.
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(no subject) - eithni on March 11th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 11th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I decided not to answer the poll directly because I think I'll skew your data.

I decide to go to events based on A] whim--how long has it been since I've seen people likely to be there and B] whether they're likely to need a shouty person to do shouty things. That's about it :-)

I then use the event website to tell me how to get there and when the site opens, but it almost never determines whether or not I'm going to go all by itself.

I will say that announcements to mailing lists aren't anywhere near adequate, at least, for me, because I unsubscribed when I retired as moderator and have no intention of ever resubscribing.
Samirasamiratou on March 11th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have to comment on the questions relating to whether a website will influence my attending an event--those were tough questions to answer with respect to the poll, as they don't necessarily have to do with the website itself, but what's going on at the event (I just find out what's going on at the event from the website). The website itself probably won't influence me much, unless it is incomplete or incorrect. I don't really care what a site looks like or how it is laid out (though good design is definitely a plus), but it's the amount of information and the actual content that influences whether I will attend an event. For example, if I'm iffy on an event that's mostly a class-based event, and there is no class list up that's going to hurt. Or, if the class list is up but there's nothing that interests me, I probably won't go (but that, obviously, is separate from the question of whether events should have good websites).

ETA: Overall, however, I am very pro website. For pretty much anything, actually, SCA and otherwise. I tend to get very annoyed if something I'm interested in has no web presence or that web presence isn't worth the bandwidth it occupies.

Edited at 2009-03-11 03:14 pm (UTC)
Miss Katzarhooie on March 11th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
There've been events posted to the Kingdom website that have had no additional information (like, oh, site fees, locations, feast information...) and I've just assumed that they're glorified house parties and have declined to go, even when they've been within 100 miles. *shrug* Maybe I'm just a freak.
valkyr8: bearsvalkyr8 on March 11th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I got into a similar discussion about web presence with Thora a couple years back. She was lamenting the lack of travel to SD by folks in Northshield. In response I looked at the upcoming events in SD (since she was living in Shattentor at the time) that were on the calendar. The groups on the eastern end of SD are roughly the same distance for me to travel to as Jara. I think 3 of the groups were hosting an event in the next month when I looked at the calendar. Of those events NONE had a website, of those groups ONE had a website for their group.

Now I don't think twice about traveling to Jara, currently I'm more selective about my travel due to the fluctuating cost of gas (and age of my van) but I would drive to Jara so I should feel comfortable driving to any of these SD groups. However, if I don't have any information about the event, there is no way for me to get information easily and I don't know people in these groups, what is my incentive? Granted, the fact that I am not traveling to this area of the Kingdom means I'm contributing to the problem of not knowing people, but there it is.

I don't mean to pick on SD, but that was the topic of my discussion with Thora and a tangible example of how effective advertising and promotion can certainly help attract people to different areas of the Kingdom. Considering the overall tech compitency of the average SCA member I don't think having a simple website is too much to ask. Even I have made a website for Nordleigh's event in the past.
Miss Katzarhooie on March 11th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. If you don't mind, can I point the steward of our next event towards this? I've been saying for a while now that event websites are important, and this supports my argument nicely.
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katrionanskatrionans on March 11th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
A website DOES influence whether I go to feast. If there is no menu, I don't go. If there is a menu, I might go, depending on how it meets my dietary issues.
katrionanskatrionans on March 11th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, on the use of a website, I depend on websites for directions, hotel, schedule, etc. I thought you wanted to know what about websites affects your decision making.
Petranellapetranella on March 11th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
We've skipped more than one event because we couldn't find basic info on the site, if it existed. Also, a slightly related rant:
Have a plan!
Last year we had 1/2 a dozen or so people ready to go to a small event w/ fighting. There was no info in the website. I finally got the autocrat to get the MIC to respond. My only questions were "When does the fighting start and is it melee or tourney or a combo." The answer I got was "When we get a bunch of fighter's here, we'll figure out what we want to do." The group stayed home because we've seen that scenario before and usually it involves much sitting and chatting and little to no fighting.
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on March 11th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
er, I skewed my own responses! I was quick-reading and skewed my own responses!

The kingdom website is where I get info about an event (where, when, what, etc)- if they have their own website, and the information in it rocks, well, awesome! But sometimes the event website sucks and I hate it. So a good website helps me to plan, but I've gone to events with really, really crappy event websites in the past, so... not so much with the influencing my decisions.

I make my decisions based on the event listings and word of mouth.

I don't think an email is sufficient- I think info should be put up so everyone with the URL can access it.

Jeez, Louise! Talk about tickybox fever- that was some hallucination!
Kareinakareina on March 12th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Living on an island Barony with a student budget for four years now (read: can't afford the ferry fees to leave the island), I've attended only local events, and obtained the information about them either from attending the Baronial meetings or, more usually, from the announcement sent to the Baronial e-mail list. If it isn't posted to the list, I probably don't know about it. I'm not going to make time to look to see if anything is on the web page, I want stuff downloaded into Eudora on my computer, where filters organize everything into where it belongs, thanks.
No longer in Normalhbevert on March 12th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
The kingdom newsletter is usually the first place where I get info on an event because it's published at least a month in advance, but I'll go check the website closer to the date of the event to get more details about what time things are happening, how to get there, hotel info, etc. Except WW, which has a thorough website I look at way ahead of time. Even last year when I couldn't even have gone to the event.

Posts to kingdom list are absolutely NOT an acceptable alternative to a website. Stuff gets buried in the vast numbers of posts. Also, I have never belonged to a kingdom e-mail list. Why? See previous comment.

As to the question "will a good website increase..." Actually, a good website decreases the amount of time I have to spend planning for an event and gets me info FAST on an event I have decided to attend at the last minute so I can catch up if I haven't planned far enough in advance.

All this being said, if all the info people need to know about an event can be put in an ad in the kingdom newsletter, there isn't much to do w/a website except repeat it. Thing is, there is so much more one can share about the event that people might WANT to know, plus there can be links to e-mails of the event's planners so questions can be answered lickety-split.