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What is the one Audiovisual Item an Event Planner Cannot Live without?
Nov 05, 2010 by
As an event meeting services professional, you know the value of great presentation services audio visual equipment. It can make or break your meeting. Now imagine striding up in front of your audience to find no Powerpoint presentation equipment, just a podium. What would you do? What piece of audio visual equipment makes your presentation soar? Imagine you had to choose just one or two pieces of audio visual equipment, what would you choose?According to industry professionals, the most re...
Return on Investment for Audience Response Systems
Nov 03, 2010 by
When an event meeting services company or corporate planner considers an audience response system rental, often times the conversation revolves around the cost of the units. This blog will focus on the hidden costs associated with paper systems which can perhaps justify the cost of an audience response rental. MANPOWER SAVINGS: How much data are you going to collect from how many participants? Are you and your staff going to spend countless hours sorting through paper surveys?With wire...
LCD Projectors: 7 Key Questions Answered
Nov 01, 2010 by
When considering a LCD Projector and screen rental, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers for your review. What Kind of Images Do You Plan to Show? There are three types of images you can show on a projector: data, video, and photos.   What you need in a projector will be determined by the majority of images you plan to project. What Resolution Do You Need? Ideally, you should match the projector's native resol...
5 Tips for a More Innovative Corporate Event
Oct 29, 2010 by
Many of us have attended and planned thousands of events and most, are okay or good. But what makes an event stand out? Usually it involved innovation, creativity, and energy. Given the tight budgets of today, many event planners think that innovation has to come with a huge price tag. However with planning and teamwork, your next corporate event can create the buzz you are looking for. Here are some tips to get you started:Put together a team of the most innovative, forward think...
5 Most Popular Uses of Audience Response Systems
Oct 27, 2010 by
When speaking or interacting with larger groups, Audience Response Systems (ARS) can be a powerful technology tool. By issuing everyone in the audience with a wireless audience response system, you can take audience involvement to a whole new level. Here are the 5 most popular uses of ARS: EDUCATION: The use of Audience Response Systems as an active learning strategy in education has been steadily on the rise. Audience Response Systems allow the dynamic engagement of attendees at ...
Should I Rent or Buy Audio Visual Equipment?
Oct 25, 2010 by
When should you consider renting audio visual equipment versus purchasing it? If you're not using the technology every day it may benefit your bottom line to rent. Here are four tips that may have you reconsidering renting vs. purchasing.First, how often are you giving presentations? If it is every day or several times a day, it may make sense to purchase the technology. However, if it is once a month or less, or your presentation schedule is very sporadic, it probably makes better sense re...
5 Things Planners Should Ask Themselves When Selecting an Event Location
Oct 22, 2010 by
One of the most critical things an event planner does is select the venue for their meeting or event. However, even before you schedule a site visit, consider these 5 things that will help narrow down the perfect event location.How many attendees are you expecting? If this is an annual event, I would recommend you look at the last 3 year attendance numbers and come up with an average attendance. If this is your first event or meeting, the number becomes harder to project. In this case, it&n...
Top 10 Ways to Save Money at Your Next Meeting or Event
Oct 20, 2010 by
 There are many simple ways to cut expenses at your next meeting, event or conference that don't take a lot of time. Below is a list of the ways I have learned over the last 15 years to minimize expense while having little or no impact on the attendees.Use the Internet. When checking hotels, transportation, caterers, and/or renting audio visual equipment there are hundreds of sites that can aid in your selection. For hotels, I like Trip Advisor because it has over 10 sites integrated i...
Five Keys to a Successful Product Launching Event
Oct 18, 2010 by
A product launching event can be one of the most expensive and time consuming part of any corporate marketing and event planning department. Launching a product too early can create distress and upset with current and potential clients. Launching it too late can underwhelm clients. Here are the keys to making it a wonderful and fulfilling event.Good Preplanning: Determine the goal(s) of the event. Is it to bring new sales, competitive differentiation, or both? What type of launch ...
Promoting Your Event with Social Media
Oct 15, 2010 by
From conferences to product launching event and everything in between, event planning professionals are finding new ways to organize, plan, and promote their events with the help of social media. Lets focus on the tools available now.Facebook has over 350 million users worldwide and has two great tools to promote an event and company: Facebook Events and Facebook Fan Page. Facebook Events allow you to create an event and promote it to your social network of friends. It also allows you to ma...
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