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Offering Help to Temporary Emergency Field Hospitals
May 08, 2020 by
ABCOMRENTS and SmartSource® Join the “Live for Life” COVID-19 Coalition Offering Help to Temporary Emergency Field Hospitals Hauppauge, NY… ABCOM Technology Group companies, ABCOMRENTS and SmartSource®, leading providers of computer, audio visual (AV) and interactive technology solutions for businesses and events, are again stepping up to address urgent needs relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, the companies have joined the “Live for Life Live-Event Industry COVID-19 C...
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...
Take your General Session to the Next Level
Oct 25, 2019 by
General sessions are the stars of a conference—plenty of lights, camera and action. However, because they’re also an opportunity to reinforce a message or educate and motivate participants, it’s important to avoid being all show and no substance. Here’s how to pack a punch with purpose. Know your audience Before putting pencil to paper on a production blueprint, planners need to understand who the audience is. Demographics, such as age, gender and job title provide clues to what m...
10 High-Tech Ways to Make your Holiday Party Shine
Sep 24, 2019 by
If your employees didn’t share photos from last year’s company holiday party on social media, did it even happen? Don’t let your holiday party fall victim to the stereotypical “same-old-same-old” corporate gathering. From the tried and true to the new and novel, here are ten audio-visual technologies that are sure to wow guests at your upcoming party or special event. 1.Festive Lighting Creative lighting can be used to take almost any venue from ho-hum to whoa! Even the coo...
Punch up your Next Presentation with this Event Projector Guide
Sep 18, 2019 by
We recently spotlighted projection screens and all that goes into choosing the ideal screen for your event. But of course, even the latest and greatest projection screen would be useless without the right projector.  So let’s take a look at what you need to know in order to choose a projector that will help increase engagement and elevate your next meeting or event presentation. Resolution A projector’s resolution is the color, clarity, and quality of the images it is capable of r...
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...
Top 5 Interactive Technologies to Boost Engagement
Apr 10, 2019 by
By their nature, industry events and trade shows offer a prime setting to engage audiences. You have a captive audience that’s already interested in what you have to offer. In fact, the Center for Exhibit Industry Research (CEIR) states that 99% of marketers believe trade shows offer unique value that other marketing mediums do not. But let’s face it, we’re all competing for attention on the trade show floor. So how do you make your exhibit stand out among a sea of other marketers who ...
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...
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