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Four Ways to Contain Your Event Wi-Fi Costs
Jun 14, 2013 by
A fast, reliable and secure Internet connection is probably the most crucial part of an event's success and yet, it is probably the most misunderstood metric. And it isn't becoming an easier. Just like a gallon of coffee is priced differently from city to city and venue to venue, so are Internet charges. But unlike coffee where you can have a pretty good estimation of the amount you need based on the number of attendees at your event, Wi-Fi is much harder to understand. Here are four ways corpo...
Is Your Meeting Ready for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
Jun 12, 2013 by
In a recent study by Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), they polled 2,415 users from six countries and found many employees were very interested in BYOD and even willing to pay for them. Here is a highlight of the study:  With a strong BYOD policy, organizations can save $1,300 per year per mobile device.  Workers are willing to pay $965 out-of-pocket for their own devices and $734 annually for data plans. BYOD workers are happier and more productive, ...
How to Attract Attendees to Your Booth Across the Generational Divide
Jun 10, 2013 by
With four generations -- Mature, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y (or commonly referred to as Millennials) --- in the workplace today, it can be a marketing puzzler for exhibitors to determine what will attract each generation to the show and the exhibitor's booth. Of particular concern to event planners are Millennials. Because of their technological savvy, one might ask if trade shows are going "bye-bye" in the next few years. According to a recent study by the Center for Exh...
4 Rules to Make Your AV Meeting Experience Pain-Free
Jun 07, 2013 by
Many times when I speak to planners about their AV and IT meeting needs, their eyes glaze over because the technological options and rate of change can be overwhelming and daunting to them. However, AV and IT (due to increasing bandwidth demands) are what make most meetings, events and trade shows tick. Admit it: without them, your meeting would be dead in the water.  Here is the overarching question... How can meeting planners understand what they are doing when renting audio visu...
What You Don’t Know About Wi-Fi Access Can Hurt Your Meeting Attendees
Jun 05, 2013 by
  The Convention Industry Council (CIC) Standards Committee headed by MaryAnne Bobrow, President of Bobrow Associates, Inc., determined it doesn't make sense to send suppliers a Wi-Fi RFP form because technology is changing at such a rapid pace. It is better to enter a discussion about attendee, speaker and exhibitor needs while taking into account current and future technological enhancements. Here is an excerpt of what Bobrow shared in a recent CMP Today article and some observations on...
Another Trade Show Trend? Five Fantastic Benefits of a Hosted Buyer Program
Jun 03, 2013 by
Hosted Buyer programs have been catching some traction over the last couple of years. Rather than luring attendees to your booth with giveaways and contests, this system allows "buyers"  (attendees) and "sellers" (exhibitors) to sit across from each other and talk one-on-one for an allotted time period.  According to Smith Bucklin, this is how the system works:    Once a hosted buyer has agreed to attend the show, he or she must commit to make and ...
How Green is Your Meeting? 20 Simple Ways to Make it Ecofriendly
May 31, 2013 by
With a growing world population, increased concern about global warming and landfill limitations, it is in the best interest of the meeting industry to limit all resources used at any event. One of the ways to get everyone on board and involved is to announce that from now on, all of your meetings and events will be "green". If you have already adapted green policies, great! But if you are looking for ways to improve the ecofriendliness of your event, here are 20 simple ideas th...
Pearls of Wisdom about Presentation Preparedness from TED’s Curator Chris Anderson
May 29, 2013 by
Every speaker wants to accomplish three things by the end of their talk: Have great stage presence Be well liked and accepted by their audience and Obtain additional speaking gigs or be asked back to speak the following year Chris Anderson, Curator of TED (Technology, Entertain and Design) stated in the latest edition of Harvard Business Review that most speakers miss the boat because they are uncomfortable giving presentations. His mission is to help inexperienced presenter...
Memorial Day Remembrance
May 27, 2013 by
A h e r o i s s o m e o n e w h o h a s g i v e n h i s o r h e r l i f e t o s o m e t h i n g b i g g e r t h a n o n e s e l f . - J o s e p h C a m p b e l l T h a n k y o u t o t h e b r a v e m e n a n d w o m e n , p a s t a n d p r e s e n t . & n b s p ;
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. ...
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