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Embed Web Content with Custom Tabs

Boost attendee engagement in your live streams and Agenda sessions

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Written by Emily van der Harten
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Custom tabs are a great way to add value to the event experience and enhance attendee engagement in your Sessions and live streams. A custom tab embeds a site directly within an Agenda session or Live Stream feature as a new tab in the Web App's engagement panel.

When attendees join the Web App, they can interact with the tab content without leaving your Event App! When Mobile App users tap the custom tab, the content opens in their default browsers.

An agenda session with a custom tab embedded with a Slido poll.

💡 Keep in mind, you can also embed a site into your Event App as a stand-alone page with the Web Link feature. Learn more in our Web Link feature guide.

Add a Custom Tab

When editing a Live Steam feature or Session, expand the 'Attendee Engagement' section and activate the Enable Custom Tab toggle. Name the tab and insert the website URL of the site you want to embed.

💡 Keep in mind, websites must be embeddable to work in a custom tab, and they should also be mobile-responsive for the best attendee experience. Test your custom tab carefully to make sure it works as intended! 🧪

Screenshot showing the attendee engagement section of the edit session modal. The Custom tab area is indicated.

Decide if you want to use the Pass Data to URL feature, then click Save Changes when you're done.

💡 Keep in mind, you can only add one Custom Tab per Live Stream feature or session.

Custom Tabs in practice

When attendees click the Custom Tab within a session or Live Stream feature in the Web App, the website opens in the engagement panel. The following image is an example of a Typeform survey embedded as a Custom Tab in a live stream:

A survey embedded in a live stream using a Custom Tab.

For users on the Mobile App, the website content opens in their device's default browser.

⚠️ Caution! If the attendee is viewing a live stream on their mobile device, opening the Custom Tab interrupts the viewing experience.

How others have used Custom Tabs

Use Custom Tabs to embed surveys, polls, Q&A, white boards, and pretty much anything else you want, as long as the site provides a link that's embeddable and mobile-responsive. There are so many possibilities!

Here are some of the ways customers have used Custom Tabs in their live streams and sessions:

  • Live Q&A and polling - Live polling and Q&A lets your speakers discover more about attendees and interact with them in meaningful ways. Attendees answer polls and ask questions in real time to boost engagement within a session. Slido is our favorite! 🏆

  • Surveys - Embedding a survey in a custom tab helps you gather targeted feedback about a specific session. We recommend using Typeform because their interface is beautiful, intuitive, and has robust customization capabilities.

  • Live Stream Help Center with tawk.to - If you'd like to embed a knowledge base dedicated to live stream help for attendees, create a tawk.to knowledge base that they can reference during live streams. Simply add it to a Live Stream feature or an Agenda Session as a Custom Tab. For more information on how to set this up, read our article about embedding third-party platforms in your Event App.

  • Whiteboard - Embedding a whiteboard in a Custom Tab gives attendees the opportunity to take notes, brainstorm together, write messages on sticky notes, and more! We've experienced success with sites like Miro and Ziteboard.

  • Live Display - Some of our customers have even used a Custom Tab to embed Live Display! Read our Introduction to Live Display article to learn more about Live Display.

For more ideas on what you can do with Custom Tabs, visit our article about how to embed third-party platforms in your Event App.

Questions? Chat with us, email support@socio.events, or attend a Face to Face session.

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