Event Tech of the Week: @TakeChargeSOS
Today we’re talking about: SOS Charging Solutions
Company/Tool Name: SOS Charging Solutions/SOS Mini Charger.
What is the “problem” that your tool seeks to solve?
SOS Charging Solutions helps people stay connected, by bringing mobile device charging in front of the user. Nowadays, many events utilize apps and social media; and that’s on top of guests’ regular use of photo, video, email, etc. Nomophobia is a reality, and people are uncomfortable when they do not have access to their devices. Understandably so, as our work and family lives are all contained within them. With our SOS Mini Charger, events can increase their attendees and guests’ comfort and satisfaction, as well as add a valuable marketing tool, sponsorship opportunity, and revenue generator as part of their offerings.
What is the best audience for this tool? Corporate events? Social? Other? Large? Small?
Really, any and all events should offer mobile device charging. With the SOS Mini Charger, gone are the days of your only options being an extension cord and power strip or a tower in the corner (both of which can be logistically challenging). SOS has been involved in events across North America needing as few as 5 SOS Minis to as many as 50. We have done bridal showers, birthdays, and weddings, to garden parties, festivals, and barbeques, to large conventions, conferences, and corporate Christmas parties. The simple and elegant look of the SOS Mini means it can be customized to compliment any decor.
What does your tool help event planners do better?
The SOS Mini helps event planners offer a real and relevant solution to their sponsors and guests. Anyone can plug a cable into a wall, but when you put an eye catching SOS Mini on a High Boy for example, guests come, charge, chat, and make real connections with other guests. It’s been dubbed the, “water cooler of the 21st century” by many users. Sponsors get their logo and message on very useful tool that is guaranteed to be used by everyone – it is a real bang for your sponsor’s buck, and a beneficial value-add for everyone at the event.
How is your tool different from/better than the competition?
The main difference is that it is cordless, which allows them to be placed practically anywhere. So now event guests do not need to leave their phones in a tower, or on the floor next to an outlet to charge. They can charge their phones right in front of them while tweeting, networking, or enjoying the entertainment!
What is the single coolest feature of your product?
The coolest feature by far is that they are self powered. They can be placed virtually anywhere. And of course the branding capability. Using custom vinyl labels have made them look edgy, beautiful, funky….Really the sky is the limit!
Anything else we need to know?
Yes! 2 things: These chargers can handle events of all sizes. Each SOS Mini has the capacity to charge 25-30 devices fully, and comes with 5 charging tips; 3 for iPhone products, 2 micro USB for all others, and a USB port in the back. The SOS Mini Charger is not just for event attendees. It is also frequently used behind the scenes by event planners and their teams, keynote speakers, AV crews, entertainers, volunteers, and everyone in between.
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