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Audience Response Polling

Audience polling isn’t just for American Idol. Meeting planners, teachers and marketers recognize it as a great way to keep audiences engaged and get feedback on things like understanding, goal-setting, prioritizing actions and product testing. Rather than being dominated by a few vocal participants, Audience Response Systems (ARS) lets everyone have an equal voice in decision-making.

Active Involvement Benefits

Active listening and learning happen when the audience is involved. Audience Response Systems give immediate, quantifiable feedback for teaching, market research and testing. Studies show that ARS presentations improve attentiveness by as much as 80%, increase retention by up to 27%, and they offer immediate feedback to confirm understanding and gather data. Plus, when used in business or recreational settings, it can be a lot of fun.

Create Engaging Presentations

A good learning environment and seamless equipment operation are a big part of a successful program. Follow these five steps to ensure a great ARS presentation:

  • Plan Ahead
  • Be Tested and Ready with the Right Equipment
  • Let Presenters Know You Have ARS in Advance and Encourage Them to Use It
  • Keep Moderators Involved with the ARS
  • Let the Audience Know What ARS Is and How to Use It.

Creating an engaging program is the goal of every presenter. Avista Rentals is ready to help you succeed. Visit our website,, to see how our corporate AV equipment and services add polish and professionalism to your presentations.

ARS Components and Equipment

So what do you need to run an Audience Response System at your meeting? An ARS is made up of three components: a base station to receive input, wireless keypads or other device to enter responses, and software to process the input from the keypads.

When you rent ARS equipment from Avista Rentals, you can be confident that it’s 100% accurate and reliable, making it ideal for scientific and medical events where data precision is essential. We offer full ARS support, start to finish. We can help prepare questions, train your staff in operating the ARS equipment and assist with post-meeting reports.

Avista can integrate ARS components into your existing AV system or we can provide complete sound, lighting, projection and screening equipment. Avista also works with the latest smartphone and web-based ARS applications using in-house or Avista-provided Wi-Fi networks.

You can chat with a Rental Specialist right on the site or request an online quote. If it’s more convenient, give us a call at 888-462-8478 or drop by any of our locations in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas to see how we can bring your meeting into the 21 century!

For the last 10 years, Avista has grown to become a premier West Coast provider of audio-visual equipment & support for thousands of meetings, conferences and social events. No matter how you choose to do business with us, you’ll see why Avista Rentals has a combination of equipment inventory and top-quality customer service that has made us one of the country’s fastest-growing audiovisual rental companies.

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Thank you for visiting our website! Our team at Avista has worked long and hard to understand what's important to you, our customer, which is distilled into our 4 Value Principles: 1) Being transparent with our pricing, 2) Being prompt and friendly in all our communications with you, 3) Delivering the right AV solution for your event at the best price, and 4) Exceeding your expectations with the high caliber of our crew and gear. We're very proud that these principals have driven strong growth since our founding in 2005, to where we are now one of the premier providers of AV rentals and AV production services on the West Coast. Customers have the choice of picking up and returning AV gear to any of our offices, or having our team of highly skilled audio and video technicians deliver and run the AV aspects of your meeting or event.

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