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Event Technology and the New Normal
Sep 02, 2021 by
The event industry is waking up to a new reality. Not only is technology playing a central role in the pandemic recovery, but it’s also reshaping the landscape. When conferences and exhibitions regain some sense of normalcy, this is what it will look like. Screens will become windows Screens of all shapes and sizes—mobile devices, displays, interactive kiosks, and LED back walls—will be the glue that holds hybrid events together. In-person and remote audience members will use the...
The Safe Event Checklist to Help Keep Your Event Open
Aug 27, 2021 by
Live events are again in flux. Depending on where you are in the world, your in-person trade show or conference could be anywhere from full steam ahead to on the verge of cancellation. Use this checklist to make sure you’ve done all you can to ensure a safe working environment for your in-person participants and staff. Without them, the show can’t go on. Venue Accreditation: Choose venues—convention centers and hotels—that have received certification from the Global BioRisk A...
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...
Capture Leads and Turn your Exhibit into a Lead Gen Machine with a Lead Retrieval App
Jan 06, 2020 by
While collecting business cards from trade show prospects has its advantages—no learning curve, no pre-planning required, no need to write contact details down—it’s a practice that lacks in so many other ways. Using a digital lead capture solution, especially one provided by the official lead retrieval provider at the show, offers exhibitors a number of important benefits. Speed It may seem like asking for a business card is fast, and if asking was all that was required to proces...
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...
Five Creative Reasons to Use an Audience Response System
Nov 26, 2019 by
The Audience response system (ARS) has been a fixture at events for decades. Before Smartphones and tablets, audience members used colored paper or numbered paddles to respond to presenter questions or vote. Today, software has replaced hand-raised objects as a more valuable, flexible and impactful way to connect with an audience. But using an ARS sparingly or only to collect simple responses is the definition of underutilization. There are better reasons to deploy an audience response syste...
Conducting Meetings in the Digital Age
Oct 30, 2019 by
We hear it all the time: today’s business leaders are expected to do more with less. That often means taking on more responsibility and producing better results with less staff, budget, and time. Luckily, there are a myriad of innovative technologies available to help them achieve these lofty expectations. Meetings – which have gained a reputation of being too lengthy, frequent, and unfocused – are one aspect of life in an office setting or at a trade convention that could use an efficienc...
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...
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