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Top 10 Meeting Trends of 2012
Mar 07, 2012 by
Benchmark Hospitality International, a U.S.-based hospitality management company that owns and operates 35 hotels and resorts announced its Top 10 Trends for this year, as observed by their property management and staff. In the style of David Letterman, here they are starting with the last trend to first.  Top Trend #10: Socially Responsible Meetings Corporate America is wanting to give back by integrating into the local meeting community (if your meeting is being held in a city ot...
How to Build More Interactive and Interesting Meetings
Mar 05, 2012 by
BizBash Magazine ran a story called  "The 14 Most Innovative Meetings" in their Spring 2011 edition. Lets highlight 3 of the 14 events, with an added twist, of additional interactive technology tool rentals that can be integrated into the meeting from your AV provider.  BOSTON SCIENTIFIC In August 2010, Boston Scientific gathered 5,000 employees together for an interactive, participant-driven meeting intended to communicate the company's vision and value to the g...
Lighting: Why is it so Important to Your Event?
Mar 02, 2012 by
One of the more complex, yet very important elements to a meeting is creating effective lighting in the meeting room. Lighting can lend depth and ambience to the room and tie together all other aspects of the meeting, including use of the PowerPoint presentation equipment, seating, and sound. Lets focus on the 4 elements of great lighting and what tools you can use to get it. Lighting is needed for ILLUMINATION. All attendees at your conference want to see the speaker, facilitator,  o...
Additional RFP Considerations When Using Interactive Technology Tool Rentals
Feb 29, 2012 by
Your RFP is set and you are about to send it off to the Audio Visual vendors of your choice. It is the same template you have used for years, so why fix something that isn't broken, right? Wrong! Today's RFP needs to address the more technical (gulp!) requirements involved in your event. For every layer of technology you add to the event, there needs to a fast, robust, and secure Wi-Fi network at its backbone. Here are the questions and information you need to gather in addition to you...
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Feb 27, 2012 by
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16 Great Reasons to Rent Tablet PCs for Your Next Meeting and Trade Show
Feb 27, 2012 by
Do you want to rent iPads or Tablet PCs for your next event, but don't know how to pitch it to the boss? Below are 16 uses of this mobile technology that make sense at meetings and trade shows. Pick and choose the ones that are right for your event. They are divided up into Meeting Attendee, Trade Show Booth Exhibitor, and Event Meeting Services Organizer uses and benefits.  MEETING ATTENDEE Attendees will receive real-time news and updates about the event. No more scrambli...
Wi-Fi Internet Access – THE Most Important Amenity for Hotels (and Events)
Feb 22, 2012 by
According to an October 2011 TripAdvisor survey of 1,250 US travelers and 620 hotel owners and managers, 54% of travelers canceled reservations at a hotel because they found better amenities at a different property. TripAdvisor asked survey participants to rank the top 5 most important hotel amenities. Here is what they found:   Most Important Hotel Amenities Travelers Hotel Owners & Managers Wi-Fi Internet Access 85% ...
Honoring President’s Day – AV Event Solutions
Feb 20, 2012 by
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Get Rid of Those Stinkin’ Binders! How the iPad and Evernote are a Perfect Replacement
Feb 17, 2012 by
         As you are planning your conferences for 2012 and beyond? Now is the time to rent iPads and pre-install the app Evernote to replace those heavy binders event attendees usually carry around. So, why would you want to use Evernote over the old way of doing business? Here are 6 great reasons to consider using Evernote at your next meeting or event: It's FREE.    It runs on multiple mobile platforms and can be synced to them.&nb...
Interactive Technology Tools and Techniques from A to Z (Part 2)
Feb 15, 2012 by
On Monday, we covered the interactive technology tools meeting planners can explore and use from A to M. Today's blog is dedicated to the latter half of the alphabet, N to Z. NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION This is going to allow mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to communicate with each other when they touch or are only a few centimeters away. It will be used for business card exchange, credit card payments, and distribution of conference materials and brochures. A fast and secure Wi-Fi...
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