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Month: January 2011

4 Cutting-Edge Event Audio Visual Rental Items
Jan 31, 2011 by
According to BizBash magazine, below are 4 cutting-edge ideas for interactive technology tool rentals at your next special event or meeting. #1: Large Video Displays and Motion GraphicsGraphics can be shot in 4K resolution (which is 4,000 pixels). This is the highest resolution format in the market and has the depth and clarity that can rival live performances. With 65-inch plasma screen rentals placed in strategic places, your next event could truly be mind blowing! The...
6 Key Questions to Ask Before Considering a Virtual Event
Jan 28, 2011 by
You have decided that 2011 is the year to hold your first virtual event. You have read all the articles about these type of meetings and think your audience is ready to participate in the virtual world. Before you start down the yellow brick road, you need to come up with a sound strategy and implementation plan that will reap the ROI you and your organization wants and the educational value your attendees need. I have developed a listing of questions you need to consider before setting up the i...
Why Incorporate ARS at Your Next Conference or Meeting
Jan 26, 2011 by
Have you ever noticed how much more you learn when you are involved in the learning process? You have heard of Audience Response Systems (ARS), but you are probably wondering... Is it worth the investment or will it be a distraction?  In a recent poll of corporate event planners, over 40% of the audience at their meetings felt the event or conference was "a waste of time" when lectured to by a presenter. In the same poll, 90% of those planners said t...
Predicting a Positive 2011 for the Event Industry
Jan 24, 2011 by
Meeting Professinals International (MPI), IMEX, and the International Special Events Society (ISES) are all predicting that meeting volume, the number of attendees, and increasing value and ROI will be the priority throughout the global event meeting services industry in 2011 versus 2010.For FutureWatch 2011, MPI garnered insight from more than 450 industry professionals in 20 countries and from 67 MPI chapters. "After two challenging years for the business of our industry, we're ...
When Should AV Companies Start Marketing to Meeting Planners?
Jan 21, 2011 by
Six event meeting services professionals recently weighed in on LinkedIn as to when AV organizations should start marketing to meeting and event planners. Below, is a synopsis of their quotes, but as you will see, the AV company needs to be involved early and have an excellent reputation. Here's what they had to say:Katie Jackson, Director at Sg2, states "The AV is a core component of my budgets and can be an area prone to increases, depending on the client needs, so the sooner those n...
Is Attending the Meeting or Event Worth it? Five Things to Assess ROI
Jan 19, 2011 by
As an event meeting services professional, you know how important it is to attend professional development industry events and trade shows. However, you also are aware how hard it is to measure the results of your attendance at a 3-day show in Vegas vs. staying in the office making sales calls and attending to your existing client base. Here are some ways to start to measure ROI to help you build your case to management.According to Investopedia, Return on Investment (ROI) is a performance ...
5 Must Haves for Training Programs
Jan 17, 2011 by
What should your next training program look like? Whether you are developing a program internally for your organization or contracting with an outside training firm to build and deliver it, below are the 5 must haves you need to make it a great success.#1 How Much Time and Where Will it be?Is this training going to be 2 hours, 1/2 day, full day, or over multiple days? Is it going to be on-site or off-site? These questions need to be addressed before you decide on content or select...
5 Ways Suppliers can Build Better Partnerships with Association Planners
Jan 14, 2011 by
Suppliers as partners? How can this be? The new mantra in 2011 is to build valuable and sustainable relationships in the association community. In order to do this, suppliers in the event meeting services industry need to develop a keen understanding of how associations work and the type of association events they host. An association is any group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose, ranging from social to business. It can be formal, with rules and/or by-laws, and me...
Touch Screen Technology – Understanding The Ins and Outs
Jan 12, 2011 by
Should you rent touch screen technology for your next event? It can be a cost-effective solution for your next meeting, event, or conference. Lets explain the technologies available and potential applications for a more engaging meeting. Fundamentally, there are three types of touch screen units: Touch Panel Kiosks Touch Screen PCs, such as an iPad or Tablet PC or Touch Screen Smartphones What are the differences between the three and how would you use them at your next meeting or...
LCD vs. Plasma Monitor: Differences Explained and How to Use Them in an Event Setting
Jan 10, 2011 by
 According to PC Magazine, a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) is a flat panel screen that uses liquid crystal technology. This type of screen is usually connected to a computer and laptops use LCD screens almost exclusively.According to Wikipedia, a Plasma Display Panel (PDP) is a type of flat panel common to large TV displays and the pixels (which determine screen resolutions) rely on plasma cells to bring forth the image. So which technology is better? As in the case of beauty, it is oft...
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