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Month: April 2011

4 Ways to Make Your Next Meeting Suck
Apr 29, 2011 by
Want your next meeting or event to be dull, lifeless, and disorganized? Just follow the tips and techniques below and I can guarantee your attendees will be totally dissatisfied with your event. Okay, okay I'm not going to leave you hanging. At the bottom of each faux pas, I will give you best practices for a great meeting. 1. Set up your presentation services audio visual and have the talk during the meal.Don't give your attendees any chance to network without outside distractions. Have th...
In Honor of Earth Day: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rent
Apr 27, 2011 by
“Greening” an event or meeting involves all aspects of the planning process, including a detailed collaboration of everyone, from planner to supplier, from venue to attendees. Below are some tips to make your next event much greener, thus improving your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and image. Renting Audio Visual Equipment Use kiosk rentals for digital signage, advertising, and sponsorship promotion instead of a printed program that also needs to be shipped to the eve...
Supercharge Your Meetings with Wireless Audience Response Systems
Apr 25, 2011 by
Audience Response Systems (ARS) give you the power to transform any meeting into an interactive and productive gathering from boardrooms to conventions and from companies to associations.  How does audience polling work? Wireless Audience Response Systems transmit wireless feedback from attendees to event organizers with a simple press of a button. Real-time results are then displayed on graph or chart in the front of the room. Audience Response System rentals are great for: ...
Spring Celebration from AV Event Solutions
Apr 22, 2011 by
E v e r y s p r i n g i s t h e o n l y s p r i n g - a p e r p e t u a l a s t o n i s h m e n t . & n b s p ; ~ E l l i s P e t e r s & n b s p ; & n b s p ; C e l e b r a t e S p r i n g a n d a l l t h a t i t h a s t o o f f e r ! F r o m y o u r f r i e n d s a t
6 Benefits of Using Kiosk Rentals for Tradeshows and Events
Apr 20, 2011 by
Computer kiosks are durable and ideal for tradeshow and event use. This technology usually includes a touchscreen monitor, PC that is encased in a locked, durable cabinet, and wireless Internet. The best things about this tool is it can be utilized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, requires minimum set up and take down, and does not have to be manned by a person.Touch Panel Kiosk Applications Include: Self-service event registration: This is ideal at a large conference where many of the atten...
Ways to Motivate Your Attendees with SUCCESs (no this isn’t a typo)
Apr 18, 2011 by
 How many of you have been to a PowerPoint presentation that looks exactly like this? Speaker walks up to the front of the room and thanks everyone for being there; Runs through a black and white PowerPoint Presentation with about 60 to 75 crowded slides in 55 minutes; Rushes through a 5 minute Q & A and; Skates out of the room at the end to catch a plane or car. I have been to a million (okay a little exaggeration) of these and in the interest of full disclosure, I ha...
How to Use “Crowdsourcing” at Your Next Association Meeting
Apr 15, 2011 by
Crowdsourcing, as defined by Wikipedia, is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by one person, to a large group of people (a crowd) through an open call. It was developed to solve complex problems and allow multiple people to contribute with a variety of relevant and fresh ideas.  Crowdsourcing was first coined by Jeff Howe in Wired magazine as combo word for "crowd" and "outsourcing". Henk van Ess, a social media strategist, said "Crowdsourcin...
4 Creative Ways to Use Audiovisual Rentals at Your Next Networking Event
Apr 13, 2011 by
In today's fast-paced, technology-crazed world, it would appear that standard face-to-face networking events have gone by the wayside. But with more people moving to home offices, it is important that business networking events continue to exist and thrive. Here are a few reasons why we need to take time to attend and how AV can help in the creative process. Networking events increase visibility. The name of the game is top-of-mind awareness. When someone is planning an event, you want th...
Meeting Industry: Does Your Company have a Golf or Baseball Mentality?
Apr 11, 2011 by
         Think about the sports of golf and baseball; couldn't be two of the more opposite type of games. Golfers compete against themselves and are constantly trying to improve their own game. Even though professional golfers are ranked, it is more about how they did at that last tournament and how they are going to improve on the next one.Now let's take a look at baseball. 25 members on a team that are concerned about beating the competition and ultimately winning...
Why Video Capture on Computer Kiosks is Important at Events
Apr 08, 2011 by
Video is one tool, other than face-to-face interaction, that turns booth visits into sales Video engages...trainers are using video versus print media to explain concepts Video sets the an event, it can compliment other presentations Video adds impact...nothing works better than action and color  To get an example of video's effect, consider a MasterCard commercial. You could read, in black and white, the following information:  Hot Soup $4 Cold...
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