Posts By: K.C. Hopson

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Why You Should NOT Give Out Thumb Drives at Your Trade Show

No Flash Drives

Giving out thumb drives (aka USB Drives) at your show or booth seems like a good idea. They are small, can be packaged attractively, and the attendee can just stick the device into his or her PC and view your material. And that material can be anything from brochures to a movie to Power Point slides to links to your web site. Sounds great – right? Wrong! This article is written to discourage you from giving out thumb drives and attendees from taking them. This author personally throws away any thumb drive he is given, even if they are in... Read more »

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EventRebels’ Mobile Conference Attendee App is Out!

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

EventRebels already has two mobile apps in the store for Google and Apple devices. The EROnsite app is for planners to monitor their show and, most importantly, scan QR codes on badges to track show and session attendance. Using the same QR code technology, exhibitors can run the ERLead app on their smartphone for lead retrieval. But we saved the best for last. The ERMobile app for attendees of conferences is now available for iPhone and Android! Our first releases have these exciting features:   Full Conference Schedule with details for each presentation   User’s Itinerary   Maps of the... Read more »

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Seven Hot Meeting Technologies to Watch in 2014

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The meetings industry is riding the wave of many exciting technology trends. Here are seven to watch – be ready to make them part of your meeting! Mobile Mobile is the dominant technology of the moment. For planners, the most important application is the meeting app. At a minimum, these apps need to be the go-to place for the show’s schedule, the individual’s itinerary and maps. Apps are also taking on many other duties: social networking, exhibitor/sponsor guides, speaker directories, audience response systems, surveys, and replacing traditional hardware like those used for lead retrieval. Responsive Web Sites An individual may... Read more »

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How to Detect Counterfeit Money at the Onsite Registration Desk

If you work onsite registration at a conference, you may find yourself occasionally in the position of accepting cash. You probably have already taken steps to make sure onsite registration payments go smoothly such as having a cash box, a good online registration system with a strong onsite module, and a procedure for transferring cash and checks to the office manager, possibly including a safe for overnight holding. One thing that may not have occurred to you is a process for identifying counterfeit money. Retailers often have procedures to check large cash denominations because this is what they do every... Read more »

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Why You Should Not Organize Badges by Category

One of the most common reasons for long lines at a conference is the inability of the staffers at the registration desk to find an attendee’s badge. This happens frustratingly often, even to a person that has successfully pre-registered for the show. There are many causes for long lines, but one of the most common is organizing badges in an inappropriate fashion. In particular, planners often sort attendees by the category of registration, rather than by name. Let’s see why this is not a good idea and the confusion it can cause. Member versus Non-Member. Because it is important to... Read more »

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Product Review: SpeakerBlast

SpeakerBlast

At a recent gathering of the Baltimore Tech Breakfast, I saw a demonstration of technology that could change the way A/V is used at events. The product is called SpeakerBlast and instead of using a central speaker system, it uses Internet connected devices as the broadcasting medium. So in lieu of the labor and expense of installing A/V hardware, the system sends the audio presentation through smartphones, laptops and tablets. A real life example of the technology was demonstrated at the Tech Breakfast. The most remarkable aspect of the demonstration was that the music always stayed in sync despite being... Read more »

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How to Find Out If Your Email is Spammy

Spam

You probably send out Email blasts all the time with high deliverable rates, especially if you use a reliable Email management service. However, once in a while you find out that your messages are getting disproportionately stopped by spam filters. Why this is happening is a mystery because you are not doing anything you have not done before. Or are you? Spam filters often use a weighting system to determine if an Email is legitimate or not. If the weight falls below a certain threshold the filter flags the message as spam and it is not delivered to the intended... Read more »

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How Online Trade Show Floor Map and Exhibitor Management Software Can Improve Your Show

Trade Show

Did you know there is an easy way to drive trade show revenue, dramatically cut labor and paper costs, while at the same time marketing your exhibitors to your attendees? This great technology uses an interactive trade show floor map to achieve all these amazing results. Here are some of the features of such software. For the Exhibitor   The software produces a floor map of your show online with all the tables and booths.   For booths that are available for purchase, exhibitors can simply click on the booth and buy on the spot.   Anybody can see the... Read more »

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Start Planning Wi-Fi for your Meeting – Identify the Needs

It is now common these days for people to show up at a meeting not only with their smartphone, but also with a laptop and even a table. Regardless of their device, your attendee expects to be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network at no cost. Throughout the conference a large percentage of your attendees will be using your Wi-Fi network for a variety of purposes. At many points, the usage may increase to the point that the network cannot handle the load and attendees will either experience slow service or no service at all. When this happens, expect... Read more »

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How to Increase Membership with your Meeting’s Online Registration Form

Most organizations treat the process of increasing membership and meeting registration numbers as two totally different processes. This is unfortunate because, with the correct software, you can easily drive membership purchases as part of your normal online registration process for your meetings. If you are interested in a simple way to boost your membership, here are a few things your registration system should be able to handle. Are you able to upload your membership list to your online registration software? This list should include all pertinent contact information as well as any other data you need. Do you attempt to... Read more »