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How Google Glass Could Change the Meeting Industry
Sep 27, 2013 by
Everyone's talking about, yet no one really understands how it will be used. I'm talking, of course, about Google Glass. If this technology takes off, it will definitely have a place in the meeting and event industry.  Today, we will define what Glass is, provide you a short video to see how it can be used, prepare event organizers for this interactive technology and identify three uses of it.  GOOGLE GLASS DEFINED Google Glass is a hands-free, head-mounted intelligent ...
Don’t Want Those Dorky Glasses to See in 3D? No Problem! Hi Res, Glasses-Free Displays are Here!
Sep 09, 2013 by
As an event organizer, one of your goals is to provide better visuals to "wow" your attendees. While 3D can definitely do the trick, you have probably been reticent to use this technology because of the need to put on annoying, dorky glasses to realize the total effect. Thanks to technological advances, that isn't the case any longer! Research also backs up the power of 3D. According to a 2011 Tilburg University study, attendees had a 45% higher retention rate of the materials being shown on...
A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right AV for Your Next Meeting
Aug 12, 2013 by
If you are new to the meeting and event industry and need to rent audio visual equipment for the first time, it can be a little scary -- especially if you are being told what to do by everyone from the speaker to the hotel sales staff. Now is the time to take a deep breath and take control of your event, especially since you are paying the bill! Whether your meeting is 10 or 10,000 attendees, it is important that everyone in your audience see, hear and use their tactical senses to digest t...
What is the Future of Meeting Wi-Fi? Free or Fee?
Aug 07, 2013 by
In the July edition of PCMA Convene, four individuals shared their thoughts on the ongoing debate about "free vs. fee" Wi-Fi and creative ways to keep these costs down. One thing is for certain: Wi-Fi demands are not going away. In fact, with the increase in native apps and processor speed, Wi-Fi will continue to be more and more important in the event industry.    As the "free vs. fee" debate rages on, it is clear most individuals do not want to pay for it. I...
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...
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