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Year: 2010

Make Your Next Meeting Fun and Interactive
Dec 08, 2010 by
Are your meetings and events snoozers? There is no reason they have to be! Here is a timeline and list of some ideas that you can utilize as you plan your meetings in 2011 and beyond. 3 Months to 1 Year Before Event Appoint a "Director of Fun". This person will have the responsibility for: Dreaming up activities for the attendees Bringing in "fun" items, such as interactive technology tool rentals Selecting the Theme for the Event ...
5 Keys to a More Effective RFP
Dec 06, 2010 by
A Request for Proposal (RFP) can be overwhelming in event planning, especially when it comes to renting audio visual equipment. Listed below, are five key guidelines  to include in your next RFP, which have been gathered from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Best Practices guide. Obtain the Key Contact Information. Employer Mailing Address Telephone Numbers (office and cell) Fax Email address Web address What ...
Kiosk Rentals : Your Questions Answered
Dec 03, 2010 by
The market for computer kiosks continues to expand despite the global recession as the uses for the devices grow and the public embraces the self-service concept, according to the newly-released Eighth Edition of Kiosks and Interactive Technology – Global Statistics and Trends – from Summit Research Associates. The industry has benefited as new applications are launched and older kiosk models are replaced. In addition, public attitude towards self-service and using a kiosk has change...
The Best of Event Technology in 2010: Part 2
Dec 01, 2010 by
BizBash Magazine highlighted three companies that used Apple's iPad uniquely and creatively in 2010. Today we are going to highlight those three organizations and give you food for thought about adding iPad rentals into your 2011 events.LexusIn August, Lexus held a three day product launching event in Toronto to unveil its new hybrid car. They utilized iPad demonstrations and allowed attendees to offer feedback with their impressions of the vehicle through these interactive iPad stations. ...
The Best of Event Technology in 2010: Part 1
Nov 29, 2010 by
BizBash Magazine conducts a yearly evaluation of the best and most creative uses of technology for the year. Below are some of the ideas they thought to be the best and will certainly be used by the event meeting services industry in 2011 and beyond.Wireless Handheld Devices Instead of paper bid sheets, attendees of the 2010 Leukemia Ball and the William & Mary D.C. Alumni Association Auction received an Apple iPod (which can be rented) pre-loaded with every auction item including descriptio...
Six Key Factors in Planning a Successful Holiday or Year-End Event
Nov 26, 2010 by
So you have the responsibility to put together the company holiday or year-end party. Below are some things you may wish to consider as you go about planning this festive event.First, look at last year’s numbers. How many people came to the holiday event? How much money did you spend on food, beverage, entertainment, audio visual, and location? If it is all broken down, great! Plan accordingly and get the budget approved prior to planning the event.Second, what can be improved from last ye...
Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2010 by
F r o m a l l t h e S t a f f a t & n b s p ; & n b s p ; & n b s p ; & n b s p ; W e w a n t t o T H A N K Y O U f o r y o u r b u s i n e s s a n d w i s h y o u a v e r y H a p p y a n d S a f e T h a n k s g i v i n g H o l i d a y !
Apple iPad or Tablet PC: What Should You Rent for Your Next Event?
Nov 22, 2010 by
The Tablet PC is finally taking off after many years being dormant within the event meeting services industry.    When Apple kicked off the portability craze in January by unveiling the iPad, it racked up a lot of buzz and event planners around the country are starting to utilize this technology.Which one should you use for your next event? A Tablet PC is a computer in form of a notebook except it allows the user to write on it through the use of a stylus or&...
8 Great Reasons to Rent iPads for Your Next Event
Nov 19, 2010 by
iPad Technology: Will It Work For Events? The short answer is yes! But I can see you need to be convinced…so below are eight great reasons you may want to rent iPads for your next event:The iPad has a large screen allowing for bigger fonts which equates into easier readability for all types of attendees.  This means conference guide and exhibitor guides can be on the iPad, making the event paperless. Rent iPads and the Agendas, Calendars, and One-to-One Appointments are all in o...
6 Key Benefits of Digital Signage on Computer Kiosks
Nov 17, 2010 by
Innovative digital signage solutions are available on touch screen computer kiosks, which incorporate a screen and computer. They make sense in locations where conference services attendees can benefit from self-service information such as event agendas, city guides, or venue services.These kiosks are versatile in that they can be added with many options which enable them to fulfill more them one role. Examples of optional extras are:·       &n...

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