❗ NOTE: This app option requires an Apple Developer Account. Learn how to apply for one here.
The multi-event app option allows you to publish a standalone, fully branded mobile app to house all of your events within the same app container. This adds value to both you, the event organizer, and your attendees, as it only requires one app to be submitted, one app to be downloaded, and your attendees keep one profile for all of your future events. You can read more about these benefits here.
There are four components involved in publishing your multi-event app:
- Adding a New App to Your Attendify Dashboard
- Building a Container for Your Events
- Building and Publishing an Event Within the Container
- Submitting Your Container to The App Stores
We will cover all four of these components in this guide.
1. Adding a New App to Your Attendify Dashboard
Step 1. Adding a multi-event app: To get started, sign up for a free Attendify account and navigate to the Branded Apps section of your Attendify dashboard. Once there, click the "Create App" button and select the Multi-Event app option on the pop-up window.
Step 2. Connecting your developer account: as a next step, you'll be prompted to connect your Apple developer account to your event — this is necessary so we can publish your event app to the Apple App Store when you submit it. You can add your developer account to your Attendify dashboard right away or choose to do it later:
2. Build a Container for Your Events
Creating a container for your events is a simple process that takes only five steps to complete:
Step #1: Features
Start by setting up the "container level" of your app, which will host all of your events.
- Fill in the app basics, which includes the title for the main header of the app.
- Customize your app's appearance and choose the variations you prefer in the "Appearance" section.
Step #2: Content
Add content to your event in one of two ways:
- add items one-by-one (sessions, sponsors, speakers, etc.).
- upload content in bulk using our templates.
Don't worry about finalizing all content — you'll be able to edit it at any time, even once your app is published.
Step #3: Settings
At the "Settings" step, you upload information that will represent your event app in the app stores. "Settings" is the only step you have to finalize before submitting your event app; to change anything from the "Settings" step after your app is published, we'll need to resubmit your app to the app stores for approval which takes up to 10 business days. We also collect a resubmission fee of $199.
Add the following info at the "Settings" step:
- App Name
- Icon Label
- App Icon
- App Description
- Splash Screens (optional)
To learn more about the meaning of each section at the "Settings" step, check our dedicated article. Please, note that if you're planning to host multiple events throughout the year, the correct app name, branding & description should be relevant to all of them - for example "Global Partnership Events" instead of "User Conference".
When you've completed the "Settings" step, at the very bottom of the page, you'll also see the option to enable Attendee List to restrict access to your event based on attendee emails. Unlike the rest of the info at the "Settings" step, you can enable/disable Attendee List even after you submit your app, so don't worry about finalizing this one right away:
Step #4: Review
At the "Review" step, the app builder will let you know if you need to correct any errors before publishing your event (e.g. empty features, missing event icon, etc.). If it prompts you with any errors, correct them; if it doesn't, proceed to build your first event inside the container before you go submit your event container on Step 5...
3. Building and Publishing an Event Within the Container
Once you've reached the review step of the container build, the next step is to create the first event within the container. Here's how this step looks like before your app is submitted:
As shown on the screenshot above, you'll be also offered an option to create your event from an already existing registration page to automatically copy event info and visuals and save time.
Once you've added an event, you'll go through the same process of adding features & content before setting it live. You can upload event-specific branding & set up access restrictions on your Event Card:
In order to prevent any unexpected rejections from Apple or Google, it's best to publish your first event within the container before submitting the app (this is why we moved to this step after reaching the Review phase of the container build). So, be sure to click "Publish" on the last step of the event level. Events are published instantly — there's no review time — so you can launch them right away! 😁
- As soon as you launch your event, additional management features will be available at the event level. This includes sending push notifications, setting up social channels, moderating social content, launching polls, accessing analytics, and much more. 👏
4. Submitting Your Container to The App Stores
Congratulations, you have successfully built your container app and launched an event for virtual and mobile experiences! 🎉 A link to the virtual experience version of the event you've built is now available on your event management dashboard. The publication process for your container app will take anywhere from 3 to 10 business days (1-2 weeks). We'll send you an email confirmation as soon as your app is live.
Managing Your Event After It's Published
Now that your virtual event is published and the mobile app is being reviewed, you can continue adding content and work with event settings. Your event management dashboard now has additional features available, so you can:
- Promote your event and share access links
- Set up push notifications
- Upload your attendee list
- Create polls
- Manage session chats
- Schedule sponsored posts
- Work with access management settings
- Configure gamification
- Configure the visibility of your features and more...
Have further questions about Attendify’s Multi-Event App? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us on any Attendify web page.