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Event Tech Outlook: What to Expect in 2020
Dec 23, 2019 by
As we set out to embark on a new decade, we look forward to a year filled with technological advancements that promise to make our events even more personalized, interactive, and engaging than ever before. The latest buzz surrounding fully immersive experiences made possible through multisensory stimulation and the creation of mixed reality environments will continue to gain traction in 2020. Here are some of our predictions for the tech trends the event industry can expect in the coming year. ...
2019 in Review: The Year’s Hottest Event Tech Trends
Dec 16, 2019 by
Here we are, on the verge of wrapping up not only 2019, but an entire decade loaded with technological innovation. Event tech has certainly evolved over the last decade. The first iPad was released back in 2010, which is when event planners were just starting to make use of wireless handheld devices to simplify audience participation. Projection screens were also just coming into their own at that time, though certainly not with the advanced capabilities of today’s screens. Fast forward to...
Expo! Expo! 2019: Fewer Event Tech Companies, But Lots of Innovation
Dec 12, 2019 by
Another Expo! Expo!, the annual conference and exhibition of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, has come and gone. The “Show of Shows” was held December 3-5 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The annual event epitomized where event technology finds itself as 2019 comes to a close. Digital attendee marketing is coming of age Not long ago, the attendee-marketing stack was dominated by traditional tools, such as email, direct mail, and print adve...
A Lead Retrieval Solution That Helps Pay for Itself
Sep 03, 2019 by
If leads are important to you—and what exhibitor doesn’t want more, qualified trade show leads—the SmartSource Lead Retrieval Solution is a great option for quickly and easily capturing and processing lead data. It’s time to retire manual lead capture. Every minute spent on lead data processing is a minute lost on making a sale. SmartSource offers hardware and software in a small, nimble device that uses the industry’s most powerful scanner. In less than three seconds, the device sc...
Event Projection Screens: Sizing Up Your Options
Jul 11, 2019 by
With so much focus put on preparing high-quality content for a presentation, and pairing it with the right projector to deliver that content in the most impactful, effective way, the projection screen often becomes an afterthought. However, the screen is a crucial element in ensuring a visually compelling presentation. Here’s what you need to consider. Venue & Audience Size The size of your room will have a major impact on what screen you choose. For larger venues, you might opt...
A Meeting Planner’s Bill Of Rights For Choosing An AV Company
Jan 30, 2019 by
Meeting planners have lots of choices to make when placing their events in hotels. Some of the demands that hotels make are non-negotiable. Using an in-house audio-visual service provider is not one of them. In most cases, planners are entitled to utilize the services and expertise of a preferred, third-party AV contractor. They have certain “rights” which they can express during the contract negotiation process. PLANNERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO: Ask the hotel whether or not the use of a...
Technology Recap – 2018’s Most Popular Trends
Dec 21, 2018 by
Earlier this year, we gave you the rundown on must-have technology trends for 2018. Now we have the benefit of hindsight to identify the top trends that have been the most popular at events around the country. Technology such as touchscreen displays and video walls have now become the norm, and are being joined by newer solutions that have been more widely and effectively used during the past 12 months. Let’s take a look at what worked in 2018, and how you can implement trending technology...
Rock Your Holiday Party with these Tips for Stunning Audio Visual
Nov 16, 2018 by
With the holidays right around the corner, party, gala, and special event planning is in full effect. From the food to the music to the entertainment and ambiance, you’ll want to set the stage for a fun and sophisticated event – without going over budget. A key component in taking your party from drab to fab is the use of audio visual technology such as lighting, LED video walls and displays, and a top-notch sound system. Lighting With the addition of intelligent lighting, an ord...
What To Consider When Buying An Event Check-In App
Sep 10, 2018 by
6 Key Features of an Event Check-In App Speed. Security. Integration. Hardware. Distribution. Cost.     Conference registration is a two-part process. Registration software lets event organizers know which individuals plan to attend. Check-in software and devices confirm their arrival. In recent years, event check-in apps have flooded the market, such that it’s becoming more difficult to choose among the many options available. Due diligence in some key...
Top 10 Ways to Efficiently Rein in Your Meeting Spend
Aug 08, 2018 by
Ten Tips for Saving Money on Meetings Your annual conference is several months away, yet you are already feeling the pressure from management to reexamine the financials, one more time. In my twenty years of experience in this arena, here are ten creative methods anyone can use to keep their event investments in check. Review Last Year's Expenses and Cut at Least One Item by 10-15 Percent. Rank Order Your Expenses and Remove the Last Item. Identify General Budget Ranges and Sha...
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