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Must-Have Technology for 2018
Feb 08, 2018 by
From the largest events to the most scaled down, attendee engagement continues to reign supreme as we begin the New Year. While conferences and conventions will always be centered on keynote speakers and face-to-face interaction, technology is an ever-growing source of empowerment for taking engagement to a whole new level. Today’s megacorps are using state-of-the-art technology to create futuristic experiences that often seem like something out of a science fiction movie. For instance, aug...
 
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Dedicated Service is the Key to a Successful Event
Feb 08, 2018 by
When you envision a successful event, you might imagine an audience captivated by brilliant speakers touting the benefits of your cutting-edge product line, supported by bold presentations delivered via the latest technology in a setting that’s been carefully curated to inspire guests and make them feel like they’re a part of something special. Such an event is certainly possible, but not without a decent budget and several months of exhaustive planning by a team of highly experienced profe...
 
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8 Technology Trends of 2017 That Really Caught Our Eye
Feb 01, 2018 by
  With 2017 in the books, it seems only appropriate to look back in time to see which technologies had the greatest impact on meetings and trade shows. Although some of the tools listed below are not new, they did and will continue to make a difference in the event industry in the coming year. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.   2017 Technology that Made the Cut Whether it was Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality (MR), this technology r...
 
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An Overview Of Artificial Intelligence In The Event Industry
Jan 16, 2018 by
In a short period, artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies have begun reinforcing and turbocharging the capabilities of existing event-industry software. And in at least one case, they provide the foundation for an entirely new solution. But rather than being quickly relegated to the “formerly next big thing” graveyard, AI has significant staying power. Intelligent solutions are beginning to emerge. Artificial intelligence is a collection of technologies that can speed up and improve...
 
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Event Technology Sponsorships Offer Virtually Unlimited Opportunities
Dec 14, 2017 by
Many exhibition organizers still thrive on selling traditional sponsorships like banners and brownie breaks. But event technology sponsorships are helping them expand the inventory of sponsorship offerings and meet sponsor objectives more effectively. Technology sponsorships fall into three categories: New technologies. Think about a product placement or banner advertisement inside a virtual reality environment. Attendees naturally gravitate to what’s new. Sponsors benefit from the expos...
 
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5 Event Lounges To Excite Or Relax Your Guests
Dec 06, 2017 by
The lounge—a place to sit, relax, and maybe even do some low-key networking—is a staple at most trade shows and conferences. But as new ways to enhance the attendee experience and express the sponsor’s brand emerge, lounges are becoming more than an out-of-the-way oasis from the chaos of the meeting. They’re becoming a destination. As with any room or area design, the first step is always determining the purpose of the lounge. For example, if the main reason to put a lounge on the tra...
 
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Event Trends: Yes! Flowers are Affordable Again
Dec 06, 2017 by
Event Trends:    Yes! Flowers are Affordable Again Flowers can bring warmth and visual appeal to even the dullest event space through color and texture.   Combined with lighting and sound, flowers can help evoke nostalgia or influence mood. This is especially true during the holiday season, when the scents of winter can be assembled into stunning seasonal bouquets. But floral arrangements and centerpieces have been low on the priority list for most meeting planners because of cost. It’s...
 
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3 Last-Minute Tips for Planning Your Company Holiday Party
Dec 06, 2017 by
You’re almost there. The venue is booked, the menu is set, the invites have gone out. Now all that is left to do is wait for the big night, right? Wrong! Here are three tips to make sure your bases are covered and to help give your party the modern elements every event needs to be successful. Tip #1 – An Open Bar is Not Entertainment Have you thought about entertainment? I don’t mean the DJ or open bar. I mean the toasts, the accolades, and the boss taking center stage and speaking w...
 
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Technology Checklist: Training Lab Breakout Session
Nov 16, 2017 by
Many conferences—especially those hosted by technology companies—provide product training for their attendees. Breakout sessions at these types of gatherings are more complicated than the freeform panel discussions or one-on-one interviews on a comfy sofa at non-technical meetings. They involve room setups and equipment that facilitates learning by actually doing. Here are the key things to keep in mind when designing a temporary training lab: Seating for comfort and elbow room ...
 
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Dressing for a Long Day on the Show Floor
Nov 16, 2017 by
Have you ever heard somebody say when you’re planning your trade show exhibit, “Don’t worry about what you wear in your booth. It’s a trade show, not a fashion show!” In my stakeholder team meetings, I can easily plow through everything else on my agenda and reach consensus on the show strategy and tactics and then come to a screeching halt when the discussion comes to the exhibit staff “uniform.” So how do you get your staff to buy into a corporate look in your exhibit? The eas...
 
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