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Top 3 Meeting Trends for the Remainder of 2013 and Beyond
Aug 02, 2013 by
It is hard to believe that the end of 2013 is only 5 short months away! Because I usually start any new year with a few meeting industry predictions based on the experts in the field, I thought it would be appropriate to look at a few more trends as we move toward the close of 2013.  Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster for No More Boring Meetings recently shared in MPI one+ magazine her predictions as to what is on the meeting horizon. Below is a synopsis of her thoughts and ways in...
Real-Life Examples of How Meeting Professionals Use iPads at Their Events
Jul 31, 2013 by
Recently I followed a LinkedIn discussion where the following question was asked: "What's your favorite way to use iPads at events?" Three meeting professionals participated in this discussion sharing their real-life use of iPads in this environment. Here is a summary of their commentary as well as more information about each app and the overall benefits of iPad technology.   Jill Mendoza, Meeting Architect at Kinsley uses an iPad for the following:  Note t...
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...
Six Sizzling Technology Solutions to Help Your Meeting Run Smoother
Jul 15, 2013 by
The term "technology" can be a real misnomer because it represents everything from software to cloud-based computing and everything in between. As you wade through your technology choices, consider these interactive technology tool rentals into your budget and event flow. Here are six sizzling tools that are hot on the horizon:  1) Charging Stations These kiosks are all the rage at conferences and trade shows because 1) attendees are tied to their mobile devices and 2...
Current Trends in Audio that Will Make Your Event Really Sound
Jul 08, 2013 by
It seems that most meeting planners are so heavily focused on the visual "wow" factor of a meeting --  which includes video and 3-D effects -- that they often miss the importance of a quality sound system. But the truth of the matter is, if your presenter loses sound or it cuts in and out, your audience will be so frustrated with the lack of sound all that "wow" will be for not.  The good news is audio equipment is getting smaller and smarter. BizBash Magazin...
5 Cool Ways Interactive Technology Tool Rentals Can Make Networking Events Even Better
Jul 01, 2013 by
Branding your event is important, especially if you want first- or second-time attendees to return next year. With so much competition for event attendance, you need to find subtle yet effective ways, to keep your event "Top of Mind" when it rolls around next year.  Often times, it is the networking event that makes or breaks the attendee's decision as to whether or not they return. While human interaction is very important, below are five ways attendees can learn more abo...
Want to Draw a Crowd to Your Trade Show Booth? Rent a Charging Station!
Jun 26, 2013 by
Exhibitors take note: Conference attendees are addicted to their mobile devices. Just look around at your next event and see how many people are looking at their phone or tablet as they are sitting, standing or walking. If you are trying to find a way to encourage meeting participants to cross paths and gather at your booth, rent a charging station as a way for them to keep connected remotely and keep them on the show floor.  Pensa, a strategic marketing consulting firm who has been ...
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. ...
A Walk Down Memory Lane: The 30-Year Evolution of Meeting Technology
May 10, 2013 by
Even though the technology landscape has changed much since the introduction of the PC in 1981, have you ever considered the rapidity of this change and how it might evolve in the meetings industry? Here's a quick look at the last 30 years of technology used at meetings and events: 1983. Most presentations were carried out in a dark room with an overhead projector and transparencies which were typed or handwritten. To change out the slide, someone (usually the speaker) had to take the curr...
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