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When Renting Audio Visual Equipment, These 6 Negotiating Tips Will Help
Apr 18, 2012 by
As a meeting professional, we are often overwhelmed with all the to-do's associated with our meeting or conference, so the last thing we want to do is focus on all the technology advancements associated with AV. But let's get real for a moment, audio visual equipment can "make or break" our meeting, and we know it. From sound and lighting rentals to the Wi-Fi array to working with a reputable AV company and negotiating a "win-win" contract, it all boils...
10 Ways to Green Your Next Meeting or Event
Apr 16, 2012 by
With Earth Day approaching in a few weeks, many event planners are thinking of ways to green their meetings without breaking the budget. American Express recently polled meeting planners and suppliers and found that 53% of the planners polled are coordinating local meetings which will reduce their carbon footprint, 47% have green requests or requirements for their meetings, and 73% indicated their organizations are showing an increasing interest in green measures.  Bel...
Why Are Face-to-Face Meetings so Important Anyway?
Apr 13, 2012 by
Even though the economy is on the upswing and most event planners are seeing a slight increase in meeting attendance and the number of meetings, the U.S. Travel Association has come out with a "Keep America Meeting" campaign to continue to shine a spotlight on the importance of meetings to the economic vibrancy of our country's economy. Below is a synopsis of their report.  According the U.S. Travel Association, a meeting has 3 key components: It has a minimum leng...
What the Series “Mad Men” Can Teach Us About Great Product Launching Events
Apr 11, 2012 by
If you have never caught the TV show Mad Men, you owe it to yourself to check it out at least once. It is about a posh Manhattan advertising agency set in the 1960's. Don Draper, the leading man in the series, constantly reminds his team that the ads they present to their clients need to focus on benefits, not features of the product or service they are trying to sell. Here is the trailer for Mad Men, which in itself is selling the benefits of the show.   Contrast the video bel...
The Sweet Smells of Spring
Apr 06, 2012 by
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Why Audience Response System Rentals Make Sense for Your Next Meeting
Apr 04, 2012 by
What do shows like Oprah, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and organizations like Harvard Medical School, Humana, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, American Express, Walt Disney World, and Bristol-Myers Squibb have in common? They have all have used wireless audience response systems! Gone are the days of using paper handwritten response forms which are unwieldy and took several hours to compile the data. In addition, someone had to interpret poorly written responses.  ARS units o...
6 Speaker Selection Tips for Your Next Meeting
Apr 02, 2012 by
A recent survey, by Tagoras and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting of 250 respondents from 170 organizations, shed new light on how speakers can be be more relevant to attendees by providing them with current content. In addition, they suggest other ideas to help associations coach and evaluate their speakers. Below are their 6 tips along with my input on how interactive technology tool rentals can help achieve these goals.  Tip #1: Sponsors Fund Speakers 87% of the respondents seek sponsors...
5 Great Reference Questions to Ask About Event Rental Service Companies
Mar 30, 2012 by
You have the meeting location, dates, and speakers lined up. Phew! Now onto the more intricate part of the meeting planning process, selecting ground transportation, choosing the caterer, renting audio visual equipment, and so on and so on. How do you know the good vendors from the bad ones? The best thing to do is ask around in the industry and get credible references. Here are 5 great questions to ask those references that can make you more comfortable in the selection process. Did th...
The Bandwidth Burden: The Premise, The Problems and The Answer
Mar 28, 2012 by
The Premise:  Attendees are given or come into a conference with an array of mobile devices, including a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. They expect the venue's network to be as fast as their network at home or work. At home, they might have 15- or 20- megabit download speed (very fast) and it should be the same where ever they travel.  The Problems: With 500 attendees simultaneously connecting all those devices to the venue's network, the bandwidth can come to screetch...
Meeting Planners Spill the Facts about the Industry
Mar 26, 2012 by
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) recently published their 21st Annual Meetings Market Survey in Convene Magazine. They surveyed 560 planners, of which 60% were PCMA members. Lets review  the results of this survey with emphasis on the the type of planner that responded, the trending in the industry, and where they see the biggest cost for a typical meeting.  The respondents fell into the following categories: 67% are Meeting Professionals ...
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