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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...
Value of Face-to-Face Meetings, Part 1
Feb 25, 2011 by
This week a landmark study was released, The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy. This study was commissioned by Pwc and made possible through the help of 14 Convention Industry Council members. This blog is dedicated to the findings of the study, while Monday's blog will bring together information from planners on their perceived value of face-to-face meetings.It is estimated that 1.8 million meetings, trade shows, conventions, congresses, and incentive events take place ...
3 Ways the Apple iPad is Changing the Face of Tradeshows
Feb 23, 2011 by
The Apple iPad has taken the computing world by storm, selling over 13 million units in 2010, which has led to the introduction of several slate PC competitors including the HP TouchPad, Samsung Galaxy, and Dell Streak, just to name a few.Gartner Group, projects that sale of Tablet PCs to reach 55 million this year and by 2013, approximately 80% of the workforce will be using tablet technology.So how is this all changing the face of Tradeshow event planning and what is the benefit...
Mobile App Success Story: Newspaper Association of America
Feb 18, 2011 by
Last April, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) took a huge, albeit, unexpected step to embrace smartphone technology. At their annual conference mediaXchange they partnered with Handmark, a media company that specializes in mobile applications for publishers and media companies, to develop a custom application for the conference. This application was free to the attendee and could run on any iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, or Windows Phone smartphone.The application prov...
The Death of the Boring Meeting: 6 Ways to Bring it Back to Life
Feb 16, 2011 by
The structure of most meetings today is the way it has been for decades; a presenter gets up and lectures, audience members take notes (or not), and the session ends with a standard 15 minute Q&A session with limited to no questions from the audience. C'mon meeting planners, am I right or am I right? I should know, this has been the way I have been planning most of my meetings for years, but I know there has to be a better way. With all the technology available today, meetings should be inte...
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