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5 Innovative Ideas to Introduce Technology Into Your Meeting
Jul 19, 2013 by
If you are a typical meeting professional, you know how technology can improve your meeting's efficiency, attendees' experience and exhibitors' ROI. However, with all that being said, you are still receiving resistance from management, attendees and exhibitors to change. Perhaps there is a better way to convince them. Below are five innovative ideas to introduce and keep technology in your meeting.  Create a Future Lab.  Rather than force the "latest a...
Tricks of the Meetings Trade: The Ultimate Audio Checklist
Jul 12, 2013 by
In Monday's post, I focused on the up and coming audio equipment trends to be on the look out for within the industry. While it is important to continue to look to the future for smaller, smarter and more budget-friendly audio equipment, it is key to make certain whatever equipment you use, it works properly. Recently in BizBash Magazine,  Midori Connolly, an AudioVisual Speaker, Writer and Consultant, shared some great tips and tricks that every meeting planner can use. Her...
Looking to Create More Brand Awareness for Your Next Event? Learn from These Top 10 Innovators
Jul 10, 2013 by
BizBash recently identified the top ten brands that are influencing the event industry. While most of these brands you will recognize, it might surprise you how many events they participate in and the need to constantly reinforce their brand name as they continue to find creative ways to engage their audience.    Here is the list: Target Coca-Cola Samsung X-Box Red Bull Dos Equis Nike Univision Ford Warby Parker Today, lets take a close...
Should You Consolidate Small Meetings or Leave Them Alone? 5 Things to Consider in Your Decision
Jun 21, 2013 by
There is no question that large meetings have the greatest economies of scale and lend the most negotiating muscle to planners. And with meetings on the upswing and travel budgets loosening up a bit, many planners are looking at consolidating their smaller meetings into one or two larger ones. But does this make sense for your organization and attendees?  According to Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 67% of all North American meeting spend occurs with small meetings which they define as one wit...
Is Your Meeting Ready for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
Jun 12, 2013 by
In a recent study by Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), they polled 2,415 users from six countries and found many employees were very interested in BYOD and even willing to pay for them. Here is a highlight of the study:  With a strong BYOD policy, organizations can save $1,300 per year per mobile device.  Workers are willing to pay $965 out-of-pocket for their own devices and $734 annually for data plans. BYOD workers are happier and more productive, ...
4 Rules to Make Your AV Meeting Experience Pain-Free
Jun 07, 2013 by
Many times when I speak to planners about their AV and IT meeting needs, their eyes glaze over because the technological options and rate of change can be overwhelming and daunting to them. However, AV and IT (due to increasing bandwidth demands) are what make most meetings, events and trade shows tick. Admit it: without them, your meeting would be dead in the water.  Here is the overarching question... How can meeting planners understand what they are doing when renting audio visu...
Is Technology STILL Missing from Your Meetings? Look at the Seven Ways it can Help Your Meeting Grow
May 24, 2013 by
Technology -- if used correctly --- should provide positive impact to every area of your event from registration to feedback. It is meant to save time, resources and amplify content. Yet, many planners still are not using it because they don't want to change the status quo, are uncomfortable with technology or are unsure of what they need.  Let's take a look at some of the old and new ways of running a typical meeting and the benefits the right technology can offer to you. ...
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