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Wonder What a Perfect Meeting Looks Like? Wonder No More!
Feb 26, 2016 by
Structure, Sustainability and a Touch of Health   Think about the last several meetings, conferences or events you attended. Can you remember a meeting that you loved? One that you felt connected and part of something larger than the event itself? If so, then you attended “the perfect meeting”. According to Successful Meetings, this type of event is composed of three key elements: Good Meeting Structure Green Practices and Healthy Choices Today, we will explore all three and let ...
Wearable Tech for Events
Feb 17, 2016 by
Wearable technology has been flashing in and out of the news for a decade or more—leaving most of us feeling . . . intrigued. Ideas that once only existed in science fiction movies and comic books are now on the shelves—available to anyone willing to buy them. However, many of us are still asking whether the technology is honestly practical or if it’s just a “flash in the pan”—grabbing attention for introducing thought-provoking design, influencing manufacturers’ stock prices, and ...
The Smartphone Generation of Meeting Attendees
Feb 13, 2016 by
Crossing Over into the Technological Divide While it has been highly touted and written about that the next generation of meeting attendees (Gen Y) are running the show on meeting demands, Futurist Mike Walsh disagrees. He stated in his presentation before PCMA, it is the smartphone generation that is going to shape our meetings and events and I whole-heartedly agree. For example, my 76-year-old mother and my 13-year old nephew are equally active on Facebook and both have smartphones, while my ...
Future Trade Shows Will Include Many Technological Features
Feb 05, 2016 by
Cool Options Are Around the Corner   Trade shows are the perfect place to use specific technological gems – partly because the contained space is perfect for testing new apps and partly because every exhibitor is looking for something new and cool to bring precious attendees streaming to their booth. Today’s blog post will focus on the breakthrough applications on the horizon: Geofencing, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Drones. Geofencing You are probably already ...
Onboarding Session Technology
Feb 02, 2016 by
Many businesses recognize that it saves money to retain good employees. The costs of hiring can include advertising, recruitment, travel, relocation, and training—not to mention hours upon hours of time spent sorting through resumes, scheduling interviews, deliberating, following through, and negotiating salaries and benefits. Indeed, studies show that many companies lose a significant amount of time and money in headhunting, hiring, and training new employees. Many companies realize—too la...
Are Virtual Trade Shows Becoming a Reality?
Jan 28, 2016 by
The Benefits & Drawbacks of Virtual As long as I have been in the meeting business, virtual trade shows have been talked about as something that is just around the corner. Think about it: The ability to reach thousands of attendees from the comfort of their home or office computer, with minimal expense to the exhibitor. What a fantastic concept! Yet for all its talk and bluster, virtual trade shows have not taken off. Here are the primary benefits and drawbacks of virtual trade shows that w...
Thinking Outside the BOX for Trade Show Event Tech
Jan 26, 2016 by
Trade show exhibitors and event planners are perpetually looking for fresh ways to promote their business, products, services and ideas. Businesses are always in need of unique ways to distinguish themselves from the competition and help draw a crowd off the showroom floor. Industry professionals know that the success of trade show exhibits often relies on technology—from the basics of sound, lighting, and lead retrieval, and moving up to leading-edge event technology that sets new standards. ...
Top Event Business-Friendly Products from CES 2016
Jan 26, 2016 by
The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most anticipated shows of the year for Techies around the world. While most attend to get a preview of what is new and exciting in the consumer world, there are many products that can change the way we do business at events and conferences in the future. Here is a look at some of the most exciting business-friendly products showcased at CES this year. Leave the easel, take the cannoli:  The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Imagine a collaboration meeting wher...
Best Practices: Mobile Apps as a Revenue Generator
Jan 26, 2016 by
Know your audience. This old-school marketing adage is at the heart every planning decision made at the 50 fastest growing events and conferences. From venue location to dinner menus, top meeting planners rely on a deep understanding of their attendee’s tastes when making big ticket decisions. But did you know that a deep understanding of your attendee’s behavior could translate into revenue dollars for your event? Here is how it works. Consumer behavior is a key driver behind trends. Trend...
Why Outsourcing AV Can Be a Sure Budget Bet
Jan 21, 2016 by
The Skinny on In-House vs. Outside Vendors   As a meeting planner, it may seem like a logical and easy choice to go with the in-house AV provider. After all, your convention center contact or hotel sales staff have confidence in their ability to pull off your event, why shouldn’t you? However, there may be some “gotchas” when it comes to dealing with the preferred in-house providers and, whether you are planning the first company conference or the hundredth, knowing the true facts a...
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