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Month: February 2012

Additional RFP Considerations When Using Interactive Technology Tool Rentals
Feb 29, 2012 by
Your RFP is set and you are about to send it off to the Audio Visual vendors of your choice. It is the same template you have used for years, so why fix something that isn't broken, right? Wrong! Today's RFP needs to address the more technical (gulp!) requirements involved in your event. For every layer of technology you add to the event, there needs to a fast, robust, and secure Wi-Fi network at its backbone. Here are the questions and information you need to gather in addition to you...
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Feb 27, 2012 by
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16 Great Reasons to Rent Tablet PCs for Your Next Meeting and Trade Show
Feb 27, 2012 by
Do you want to rent iPads or Tablet PCs for your next event, but don't know how to pitch it to the boss? Below are 16 uses of this mobile technology that make sense at meetings and trade shows. Pick and choose the ones that are right for your event. They are divided up into Meeting Attendee, Trade Show Booth Exhibitor, and Event Meeting Services Organizer uses and benefits.  MEETING ATTENDEE Attendees will receive real-time news and updates about the event. No more scrambli...
Wi-Fi Internet Access – THE Most Important Amenity for Hotels (and Events)
Feb 22, 2012 by
According to an October 2011 TripAdvisor survey of 1,250 US travelers and 620 hotel owners and managers, 54% of travelers canceled reservations at a hotel because they found better amenities at a different property. TripAdvisor asked survey participants to rank the top 5 most important hotel amenities. Here is what they found:   Most Important Hotel Amenities Travelers Hotel Owners & Managers Wi-Fi Internet Access 85% ...
Honoring President’s Day – AV Event Solutions
Feb 20, 2012 by
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Get Rid of Those Stinkin’ Binders! How the iPad and Evernote are a Perfect Replacement
Feb 17, 2012 by
         As you are planning your conferences for 2012 and beyond? Now is the time to rent iPads and pre-install the app Evernote to replace those heavy binders event attendees usually carry around. So, why would you want to use Evernote over the old way of doing business? Here are 6 great reasons to consider using Evernote at your next meeting or event: It's FREE.    It runs on multiple mobile platforms and can be synced to them.&nb...
Interactive Technology Tools and Techniques from A to Z (Part 2)
Feb 15, 2012 by
On Monday, we covered the interactive technology tools meeting planners can explore and use from A to M. Today's blog is dedicated to the latter half of the alphabet, N to Z. NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION This is going to allow mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to communicate with each other when they touch or are only a few centimeters away. It will be used for business card exchange, credit card payments, and distribution of conference materials and brochures. A fast and secure Wi-Fi...
Interactive Technology Tools and Techniques from A to Z (Part 1)
Feb 13, 2012 by
Have you ever wondered what technology tools are available to help make your next conference or event run smoother? Be more interactive? Or what cool applications your attendees would like?  Below is a creative reminder of just some of the planning and technology offerings, from A to Z. This blog will cover A to M. Wednesday's blog with provide ideas from N to Z. AUDIENCE RESPONSE SYSTEMS Wireless Audience Response Systems are handheld devices given to all attendees to answer multiple choi...
5 Ways to Get PR Coverage at Your Next Product Launching Event
Feb 10, 2012 by
So you are ready to bring your product or service out for the entire world to experience. You have completed your marketing research, tested it on a beta group, and informed your employees. Now, you want to spring it on your audience, but you are concerned that your event won't get the media attention you think it deserves because you are not a PR expert. No worries!  Here are 5 tips to help get the media's attention for your next event.   Promote Feedback from Beta Clients ...
How Your Next Meeting Can Be More Like the Super Bowl
Feb 08, 2012 by
The infamous Super Bowl has turned into America's new holiday. It draws us in with all the hype of Christmas and the 4th of July combined. It's viewership is greater than the World Series and NBA Finals. And the Super Bowl Party is usually attended by couples who may have a football aficionado and a football ignoramus, who are usually married to each other. What is the appeal and what can event meeting services companies learn from the Super Bowl? Plenty! Here are some tips to carry forward in y...
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