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CES 2018 – Crossover Tech Trends for the Event Industry
Feb 09, 2018 by
The general theme for consumer technologies most likely to cross over into the event industry is flexibility.  The ability to adapt quickly to a changing environment is at the core of successful event planning. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018), we saw new technologies applied to old event technologies to make them more dynamic and responsive, raising the bar for what event attendees will expect in the near future.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) Two leaders in ...
Best Practices: Offer Event Sponsorships That Give Back
May 17, 2017 by
Many exhibition organizers still thrive on selling traditional event sponsorships like banners and brownie breaks. But event technology is helping them expand the inventory of sponsorship offerings and reward sponsors with positive brand associations or data. Back when event technology really began to emerge, many organizers were apprehensive. They were nervous about the cost and the complexity, not to mention the fear that the technology might not even work. Nevertheless, sponsors helped ...
How To Offset The Cost Of Wireless Internet Access At Public Events
Jul 21, 2016 by
Providing wireless Internet connectivity for a public event—a home and garden show, film festival, or the Olympic Games—is an expensive proposition. There are, however, a number of ways for event organizers to offset the cost of WiFi. To set the stage for good WiFi coverage and create opportunities to recoup some of the expense, event organizers have some work to do: Approximate the number of attendees and devices that have to be accommodated Determine the needs of internal produc...
Summer Series Part 2: WiFi for Production Services Outdoor
May 19, 2016 by
Getting wireless Internet access to an outdoor event (sometimes out in the middle of nowhere) is a multi-dimensional challenge. Simply tapping into the main Internet access point is only the first obstacle. Making sure that the individual user groups—production, medical services, media, vendors, security, ticket sales, food service, and others—get reliable, exclusive connectivity is more complex. Luckily, there’s a way to make sure that every group gets what it needs without wasting a sing...
Summer Events, Part 1: Elevate Attendee Experience and Engagement with RFID Technology
May 04, 2016 by
When it comes to summer events, radio-frequency technology—whether it’s RFID or NFC—is the new black (or tie dye). Whether you’re planning a music festival, a maker faire, or a lawn and garden show, wearables with embedded RF chips or tags open up a world of possibilities for organizers and attendees. The Basics: RFID vs. NFC Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication (NFC) work similarly: When Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is used, inf...
5 Things to Know About WiFi for Outdoor Events
Apr 18, 2016 by
In the last year, WiFi has gone from being a “nice to have” to a necessity. But you have probably already figured that out, along with the fact that getting WiFi for an outdoor event is way different than getting it for an indoor event. Here are 5 things you need to know about WiFi for outdoor events that may help bring bigger success to your next event: There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to WiFi. How the WiFi is being used dictates which technology option is best and ...
How the FCC Rulings Can Help Planners Get A Better Deal on WiFi
Mar 23, 2016 by
Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a ruling on a controversial practice of some hotels and in-house convention center Internet service providers. Jamming the signal of a mobile hot spot or personal wireless device is apparently a no no in the eyes of the government. While the ruling is considered a win for exhibitors and hotel guests, it also paves the way for event planners to have more choices and negotiating power when it comes to venue-wide wireless access. ...
EventTech Recap: How to WiFi Your Next Outdoor Event
Nov 19, 2015 by
At Event Marketer Magazine’s annual event technology conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, industry leaders from across the country presented the latest technology meant to inspire attendance and engagement at experiential marketing events. Here is a recap of what was hot: WiFi for Outdoor Events: To begin, it is important to know that Google was in the house! That’s important because, well you know why. They are huge and always at the forefront of technology and consumer engag...
3 Ways to Create an Outstanding Financial Conference
Nov 17, 2015 by
As a financial conference planner, it’s up to you to anticipate the reasons people attend a conference and provide solutions that will help your attendees satisfy those reasons. These reasons may be a desire to gather new knowledge within an industry, to network, as well as taking advantage of an event location, making it a mini-holiday. You can’t always control where your event is held, but you can create an Outstanding Financial Conference that leaves your attendees feeling satisfied and...
Ask the Experts: How Do I Ensure Excellent WiFi?
Oct 13, 2015 by
At today’s events, there is no excuse for inadequate WiFi. Business events depend upon connections for trade shows, conventions, conferences, product launches, expositions, and corporate events, the exchange of information and ideas relies on emails, websites, social media exchanges, streaming video demonstrations, document downloads, and the whole wide world of the web. Lightning-fast Internet Facilitates Business Connections Average web users, sadly, become frustrated after a mere 3 secon...
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