Product Update: Widget Item Details, Privacy & Consent Question Options, Improved Branded App Update Notifications, and More!
Event App: 34.0
Today's update includes some improvements to a couple of recent releases, a quality of life upgrade for branded app updates, and a change to streaming provider options. Watch the video below and read this post to learn all about the changes!
Widget Item Details
Earlier this year, we introduced embeddable Event App widgets. These widgets let you embed session details, sponsor and speaker lists, and more in your event and partner websites.
We're excited to announce that Sponsor, Speaker, Exhibitor, and Custom List widget items are now clickable, revealing the item's image, title, subtitle, and description in a pop-up!
The pop-up automatically pulls information from your Event, and it updates automatically if you change any of the fields mentioned above — no code update required.
If you’re not already embedding Event App content widgets in your external sites, then now is a great time to start! Learn more in our article about embedding Event App content with widgets.
Pre-filled Privacy & Consent question options
Getting explicit consent from registrants establishes trust, protects consumer privacy, and maintains compliance with global privacy regulations. Last June, we released a new custom Privacy & Consent question type and Privacy report on the Webex Events platform to help you gather and track registrant consent data. We've added Privacy & Consent question options with pre-filled text to help you create custom consent questions faster.
These pre-filled questions are intended as a starting point for creating certain types of consent questions. Your legal team knows what’s best, so always consult with them for specific wording before you publish questions.
For more information about creating questions in the Webex Events platform, read our Create Questions article.
Improved Branded App update notifications
Is it just me, or is it easy to forget to do something that’s not right in front of us? If you can relate, then you’ll appreciate this update! Until today, you had to open the ‘My Apps’ page to find out if any of your Branded Apps needed to be updated. Now, we’ve added a new alert icon next to ‘My Apps’ in the Webex Events platform navigation bar. With this alert, you’ll know right away if a Branded App update is available as soon as you log in to the Webex Events platform.
Remember, keeping your Branded App up to date gives you and your attendees access to the latest features and improves the app experience. What’s more, if your Branded App needs an update, you must start the update process before publishing an Event App to it.
Even though today's release doesn't require a Branded App update, keep tabs on the new notification so you and your attendees never miss out on the latest and greatest!
Branded App Event visibility improvements (Rolled back)
On 10/3/2023, we rolled this change back. Read the rollback post to learn more.
Not all Branded App users should have access to every event in the app, especially if certain events are intended for exclusive attendees. Previously, attendees who downloaded a Branded App could easily access every Event App associated with it under ‘Current & Upcoming Events’ — even ones they hadn’t joined yet. With today’s release, only Event Apps with the 'Public' privacy setting are immediately visible in a Branded App. Attendees can't find Event Apps with the Event Code or Invite Only privacy setting until they enter the code or search. This way, if a Branded App user doesn’t know about an event, they won’t find out about it unless you tell them. 🤫
Webex Events Production Studio focus
Since we released our very own Webex Events Production Studio, we've continued to add a steady stream (see what I did there?) of improvements and new features to make it the best integrated streaming solution for any Webex Event. With the Production Studio's rich feature set and proven track record of stability, we now want to hone our focus to this single solution.
As of today, Restream is no longer available for new Event Apps or Communities or for new Sessions or Live Stream features. If you selected Restream as the stream provider in a Session or Live Stream feature before September 28, 2023, you can continue to use the Restream Studio until the Event ends or you select a different stream provider.
With only one studio solution to focus on, our amazing engineering teams can bring faster enhancements to the Webex Events Production Studio. A single solution also means a more simple, streamlined experience for our customers and support team. To learn more about Webex Events Production Studio, read our Introduction to Webex Events Production Studio article.