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Month: May 2012

18 Innovative Ways to Use Computer Kiosks at Your Next Event
May 30, 2012 by
Kiosks are everywhere and growing in popularity -- from ATMs to flight check-ins to even shipment of packages. But what about events? How can touch panel kiosks enhance the attendee experience, save your organization money, and serve as a merchandising tool? Below are 18 great creative ideas for using computer kiosk rental: ENHANCING THE ATTENDEE EXPERIENCE By placing kiosk rentals in strategic locations around the conference, you can provide attendees with the following services: ...
Memorial Day Salute
May 28, 2012 by
T h i s n a t i o n w i l l r e m a i n t h e l a n d o f t h e f r e e o n l y s o l o n g a s i t i s t h e h o m e o f t h e b r a v e ~ E l m e r D a v i s T h a n k y o u t o t h e b r a v e m e n a n d w o m e n , p a s t a n d p r e s e n t & n b s p ;
Are Trade Shows a Thing of the Past?
May 25, 2012 by
Today's technology of social media, virtual tours, and video conferencing at the touch of a button may make event planners wonder if trade shows are going by the way of the land line telephone or fax machine. But in a recent Center for Exhibition Industry Research and MPI "Changing Environments of Exhibitions" Study concluded that trade shows are the main way to start a relationship between buyers and sellers and are still very important to building long-term buying relationsh...
4 Strategies for Gaining Digital Sponsorships
May 23, 2012 by
As more and more interactive technology tool rentals are being introduced into meetings and events, many planners are asking that age old question, "How will we pay for this?" The answer, of course, is --- through sponsors! But the way sponsors want to be approached and what they expect in the digital world has changed.   Below are 4 tactics you can use to approach digital sponsors more effectively for your next conference: #1: Pitch Your Program.  Have your agend...
Do Tight Budgets and Sustainable Practices Go Together?
May 21, 2012 by
  AND   Everyone in the meetings industry wants to go green, but many think sustainable practices such as a paperless conference are just not doable because of the cost. Here are 6 innovative and cost-conscious ways to be more earth friendly without driving your budget into the red. Exchange Paper for Apps. Examine your conference binder. How much does it cost you to print each one? Include the cost of the paper, printing, binder, shipping, and the time the staff takes i...
10 Easy Tips to Improving Your PowerPoint Presentation
May 18, 2012 by
PowerPoint presentations are -- by far -- the largest single way we communicate our message to the masses whether it be face-to-face, via a webinar, or using an Internet tool, such as Slideshare. However, the biggest complaints about PowerPoint presentations are: They are boring They are irrelevant or The presenter tried to cram too many slides into too little time. So, given that people still use Powerpoint presentation equipment to deliver the message, what can you do to...
5 Ways to Enhance the Attendee Experience: Show Them That You Care
May 16, 2012 by
Have you ever attended a 2 or 3 day educational conference, gotten home, and said to yourself, "Was that really worth the 2 to 4 days out of the office?" I have completed that assessment and to be honest, the last 3 educational conferences I attended my answer was a resounding -- maybe.  Wouldn't it be great however, if you felt that a conference was developed just for you? With your interests and needs in mind? I know that is unrealistic, but it isn't unreason...
Mashable Connect’s Mantra: Shorter Presentations are Better
May 14, 2012 by
Mashable, the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media, and technology, had its annual conference last week with about 300 attendees at Walt Disney World's Contempory Resort. This year was different, however. No presentation was allowed to go over 30 minutes and some were as short as 10 minutes. They managed 32 speakers in their 20 general sessions. On the first day, they were able to pack 4 different presentations into the first 90 minutes!&...
A Perfect Storm: National Travel & Tourism Week, the GSA Scandal, and Congress’ Reaction
May 11, 2012 by
National Travel and Tourism Week kicked off on Saturday, May 5th and will run until Sunday, May 13th. This annual salute to all organizations affiliated with the travel industry (including meetings, events, and suppliers, such as conference equipment rental companies) is meant to celebrate and champion the power of travel. But unfortunately, it sits under a huge cloud called the General Services Administration (GSA) scandal which has hit the industry hard by the cancelation of at least 1 ass...
Thinking about Renting Audio Visual Equipment? Here are 3 Key Benefits Why Rentals Make Sense
May 09, 2012 by
For generations we have been an ownership society from our homes, cars, computers, and everything in between. Today, in part due to the financial meltdown of 2009, we are becoming more of a renter society from renting homes, cars and everything in between. What is the reason for becoming more of  a rental society? The main reasons are because it is no longer considered a stigma to rent and the equity argument seems to be less and less relevant as home values continue to drop and are ...
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