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Year: 2010

Audience Response Systems better than Paper Evaluations: Survey Says
Nov 15, 2010 by
Audience participation has come a long way in today’s high-tech environment. Attendees can now participate in sessions real-time from their seats, using an iPad, laptop, or wireless audience response system to provide feedback to an event meeting services organization and the presenter.During a session using wireless audience response systems, small or large groups gather for a presentation projected onto a large screen. Each attendee is given a wireless unit and the survey facilitator ask...
Meeting and Event Solutions with Interactive Technology Tools
Nov 12, 2010 by
When considering interactive technology tool rentals, you need to think about how you might use them at your meeting or event. Lets explore four of these technologies: computer kiosk, wireless audience response system, iPad, and Tablet PC.Computer Kiosk Computer kiosks function just like a PC and feature an intuitive touchscreen interface. These units are extremely popular at trade shows, association meetings, and product launching events. Some of the applications they are used for are...
The 3 Most Common Audio Visual Event Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Nov 10, 2010 by
MISTAKE #1: Making the decision solely on priceThis is one of the biggest mistakes with renting audio visual equipment. There is nothing wrong with bidding out your suppliers and, considering the economy, it is certainly understandable to go for low price. AV companies will work hard to earn your business, but if you make it clear that the lowest price company will win, unfortunately many suppliers will do whatever they can to get you to sign on the dotted line. Once they have the contract, they...
How do Personal Events and Business Meetings Differ?
Nov 08, 2010 by
What is the difference between a business and personal event? Plenty! I will focus on three different type of events and how they differ from multiple prospectives including focus, planning time, and budgeting.Let's think about a wedding. Probably the largest segment of the event meeting services market and they are practically recession proof. People continue to get married even in tough times. However, the focus of the wedding are the BRIDE and GROOM, FOOD, and ENTERTAINMENT.Next, le...
What is the one Audiovisual Item an Event Planner Cannot Live without?
Nov 05, 2010 by
As an event meeting services professional, you know the value of great presentation services audio visual equipment. It can make or break your meeting. Now imagine striding up in front of your audience to find no Powerpoint presentation equipment, just a podium. What would you do? What piece of audio visual equipment makes your presentation soar? Imagine you had to choose just one or two pieces of audio visual equipment, what would you choose?According to industry professionals, the most re...
Return on Investment for Audience Response Systems
Nov 03, 2010 by
When an event meeting services company or corporate planner considers an audience response system rental, often times the conversation revolves around the cost of the units. This blog will focus on the hidden costs associated with paper systems which can perhaps justify the cost of an audience response rental. MANPOWER SAVINGS: How much data are you going to collect from how many participants? Are you and your staff going to spend countless hours sorting through paper surveys?With wire...
LCD Projectors: 7 Key Questions Answered
Nov 01, 2010 by
When considering a LCD Projector and screen rental, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers for your review. What Kind of Images Do You Plan to Show? There are three types of images you can show on a projector: data, video, and photos.   What you need in a projector will be determined by the majority of images you plan to project. What Resolution Do You Need? Ideally, you should match the projector's native resol...
5 Tips for a More Innovative Corporate Event
Oct 29, 2010 by
Many of us have attended and planned thousands of events and most, are okay or good. But what makes an event stand out? Usually it involved innovation, creativity, and energy. Given the tight budgets of today, many event planners think that innovation has to come with a huge price tag. However with planning and teamwork, your next corporate event can create the buzz you are looking for. Here are some tips to get you started:Put together a team of the most innovative, forward think...
5 Most Popular Uses of Audience Response Systems
Oct 27, 2010 by
When speaking or interacting with larger groups, Audience Response Systems (ARS) can be a powerful technology tool. By issuing everyone in the audience with a wireless audience response system, you can take audience involvement to a whole new level. Here are the 5 most popular uses of ARS: EDUCATION: The use of Audience Response Systems as an active learning strategy in education has been steadily on the rise. Audience Response Systems allow the dynamic engagement of attendees at ...
Should I Rent or Buy Audio Visual Equipment?
Oct 25, 2010 by
When should you consider renting audio visual equipment versus purchasing it? If you're not using the technology every day it may benefit your bottom line to rent. Here are four tips that may have you reconsidering renting vs. purchasing.First, how often are you giving presentations? If it is every day or several times a day, it may make sense to purchase the technology. However, if it is once a month or less, or your presentation schedule is very sporadic, it probably makes better sense re...
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