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iPad Works Like a Laptop? There’s an App for That!
Jun 22, 2011 by
                 Is it possible to replace the laptop for business meetings and conferences? Many event planners are hesitant to consider this because their attendees are probably using Microsoft Office on laptops. Inc. magazine recently interviewed business professionals who replaced their laptops with iPads and what apps they are using to make that conversion easy.  Joe Keller, President and COO of MotivAction, LLC uses GoodReader to ...
4 Great Trade Show Tips: How to Stretch Your Marketing Dollars
Jun 20, 2011 by
Companies are continuing to take a hard look at all their marketing initiatives and one of the most costly pieces of that pie is in trade show exhibition. Most marketing departments are asking this question: How do we increase leads and awareness about our products or services? Fend off the competition? The answer still for most organizations is to participate in trade shows! Below are some easy and cost effective ways to better manage your trade show budget: Rent, don't buy. This makes gre...
5 Tips for a Winning PowerPoint Presentation
Jun 17, 2011 by
Are you a trainer or speaker working on refining your presentation skills? This is the time of year most speakers and facilitators go into over drive with association conferences and corporate meetings. Here are some tips and techniques to improve your presentation skills if you are a speaker. If you are in the event meeting services industry, these tips will help you better communicate with each presenter.#1: Start by learning what the attendees want. Why are they attending your session? Find o...
17 Cost Savings Strategies to Counter Meeting Industry Challenges
Jun 15, 2011 by
Despite the news that the recession is over, purse strings aren't easily opening up. With increasing hotel, transportation, and food costs to boot, what is an event planner to do? Below is a listing of 17 potential solutions to the headaches you may be experiencing.Green = Money in Your PocketCreate an online registration system. Eliminate all mailings about the conference.Get rid of water, soda, and juice bottles and cans. Stick to pitchers and glasses.No disposable items. Ask the conference ce...
Worried how Attendees will Mingle? Rent iPads for Extreme Networking
Jun 13, 2011 by
Let's face it; some attendees are naturally gifted networkers. They walk into the meeting room of 50 strangers and immediately start working the room, passing out business cards, and making connections.What about those attendees who are at the conference or meeting for the first time? Wouldn't it be nice if there was an application on an iPad that could help get the conversation going? That time has now arrived with Sonar. Sonar can show attendees how they are connected by analyzing their F...
Looking for Alternative Affordable Meeting Space? Consider a College Campus!
Jun 10, 2011 by
Colleges have let their students out (or are about to) and are about ready to close up shop. But are they? Meeting planners are taking a hard look at college campuses, and many are booking these unique venues for meetings and conferences. Lets explore the reasons why this is happening. In 2009, college-based meetings and conferences brought in $1.04 billion and 11.7 people to this country's learning based institution, according to the Campus-Based Economic Impact Study conducted by the Asso...
3 Scenarios Where Interactive Technology Tool Rentals Make Sense
Jun 08, 2011 by
There are so many technology choices nowadays for meetings and events, it is often difficult to discern what makes sense for different types of meetings. This blog is going to delve into different types of situations and what tools can make the greatest impact with the attendee.Scenario 1: You want to know the immediate reaction to a issue, decision, or speaker.You want to know what your attendees think. There are two types of questions to gather that information. For close-ended questions,...
4 Different Lighting Rentals to Consider for Your Next Event
Jun 06, 2011 by
From LED to high-tech intelligent, lighting can add pizazz to any venue at any location. Whether it be a fund-raising gala, corporate celebration, or product launching event, the ideal lighting solution can create the perfect ambiance. Lets talk about the different types of events lighting that will be most useful and 4 types of light equipment rentals you may wish to consider. Lighting can enhance the following meetings or events: Corporate Event Annual Corporate Celebration Produ...
Virtual or In-Person Meeting: What Makes Sense When
Jun 03, 2011 by
Much is being touted these days about virtual meetings. And if it isn't virtual, it's hybrid. So what is the future of meetings? Awhile back, I wrote about the value of face-to-face meetings. This is a little different flavor of the same subject, looking at why people attend events remotely and the generational difference regarding virtual technology. On June 10, 2010, 260 in-person attendees and 1,400 virtual attendees of the Virtual Edge Summit participated in a case study called "Measur...
Are You Ignoring Your Conference Attendees?
Jun 01, 2011 by
You and your team have worked extra hard to get attendees to your conference. You have sent postcards, emails, and even called them. Now, your conference is full, speakers are set, and your attendees are arriving. With all the hustle and bustle of event pre-planning, have you ever considered the following question: What do my attendees want from this conference? Lets explore ways conference services organizations can become more attendee aware. The general consensus among thought leaders in th...
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