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How to Choose the Right Screen Rentals for Your Next Series of Events
Mar 21, 2011 by
Have you ever asked yourself, what screen size do I need for my meeting or event? Here is a simple guide to follow that will work in almost any situation and give you an optimal projection screen size. You need to take into consideration the following four characteristics of the room the meeting or event will be held in.Screen Height: Take the distance from where the screen will be set up to the back wall and divide by 8. If the distance is 80 feet, the screen height needs to be 10 feet.Screen W...
Audience Response Rental Units or Mobile Phone App: That is the Question
Mar 18, 2011 by
          Wireless Audience Response Systems have come a long way over the last year. Initially, designed as audience polling devices to be used with PowerPoint presentations, these units are now designed to be an integral part of the meeting. However, there have been recent developments with mobile applications on smartphones. Lets examine the differences between using audience response rentals versus downloading a sma...
Learn a Lesson from Japan: Does your Meeting have a Crisis Plan?
Mar 16, 2011 by
It is a horrific thing that happened in Japan last week. Hundreds dead and missing, cities destroyed, and nuclear power plants in peril. Hopefully, none of us will ever encounter something so massive and unfortunate in our lives. However, this got me thinking about the meeting industry. We hold events all over the world and without a crisis plan for our events, many of us could be in a "micro peril" situation of Japan. So, here are some tips and thoughts on crisis management that ...
5 Top Uses for Computer Kiosks in the Meeting Industry
Mar 14, 2011 by
Kiosks can improve efficiency and productivity at events and probably more importantly, they can save you money. Kiosk rentals can have a printer, card reader, and other peripheral devices attached to them. In addition, they can handle many functions within the same unit and are most often used for the following applications outlined below.Self-Service ConciergeEvent organizations can place touch panel kiosks in strategic locations throughout the venue and provide attendees w...
Impact of Rising Gas Prices on Meetings and Events
Mar 11, 2011 by
Gas prices are rising. According to the Los Angeles Times, gas prices were the highest in the nation yesterday at $3.85 per gallon. Airlines are raising their rates and President Obama is considering tapping into the national oil reserves. With unrest in the Middle East continuing, it is uncertain when gas prices will return to "normal". How will this impact meetings and what can a planner do? In general, this will mean that less people will attend meetings because they will be unable...
How Tablet PCs and iPads can help meetings go green
Mar 10, 2011 by
    Why rent Tablet PCs or iPads for your next meeting or event? There are many reasons, but one of the most compelling reasons to consider this slate technology because it is environmentally friendly, cuts costs, and saves resources. Today's blog will focus on energy usage and paper reduction; this is where event and meeting planners can see immediate improvements as the result of adopting the Tablet PC or iPad technology. Energy Usage Traditionally, attendees and meetin...
Your 6-Step Plan to a Better Meeting
Mar 07, 2011 by
We have all heard the news that 2011 is going to be a great year for meetings and events. The economy is rebounding, the stock market it is up, and people are getting back to work. Now is the time to make certain that we, as event meeting services professionals, are doing all we can to enhance and improve the meeting experience for our attendees. Here are 6 simple steps to make your meeting a home run, every time. Ask your attendees what they want. This seems like a "duh" m...
3 Gotta Haves When Renting Audio Visual Equipment
Mar 04, 2011 by
Even with a rebounding economy, meeting and event planners are still looking for ways to reduce their event budgets. There are ways to possibly cut some corners within the budget, but AV shouldn't be one of them because so much is dependent on those interactive technology tool rentals.All that being said, with a limited budget, here are the 3 things I recommend you keep or increase spending on within your budget for 2011.Powerpoint Presentation Equipment. I would suggest you rent&...
7 Lighting Trends for 2011
Mar 02, 2011 by
Lighting has had many improvements over the last few years and will continue to make progress throughout 2011 and beyond. The right lighting can enhance your next event by creating memorable brand experiences for your attendees. Below are 7 trends you should be following:1. Architectural Projection MappingEvan Grant of Seeper explains the technology this way, "In simple terms, we take the architectural plans of a building -- or if they don't exist, we create them. U...
Value of Face-to-Face Meetings, Part 2
Feb 28, 2011 by
In Part 1, the findings of the study, The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy, were highlighted.  Today, we take a closer look at the  interesting discussion taking place on the value of face-to-face (F2F)meetings. Below are the opinions of event meeting services professionals from all over the country weighing in on their importance.Pat Ahaesy, CMP, CSEP, President & Partner at P & V Enterprises shared, "One of the things that is greatly missed in a virt...
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