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  • kchopson

    Rebel Wanderer: Long Beach, California

    As an old family home, I have many fond memories of Long Beach, California. I can’t think of any city with more beautiful street names – Bellflower, Cherry, Ximeno, Alamitos – it seems like every one is a gem. Having recently seen both “Gone in 60 Seconds” movies, I realized that the films were homages to this wonderful ocean-side city with one of the most bustling ports in the world. Downtown Long Beach Even when downtown Long Beach was considered an eyesore, the area had a certain special quality. It’s now defunct “Acres of Books” store was a popular haunt... Read more »


  • Tech Tuesday: Improve Your Meeting Attendee’s ROI with Networking Technology

    A report by Conventions 2020 on the future of meetings, events, exhibitions and conferences looked at the incentives for attending events and found that 76% of respondents cited the quality of networking as the single biggest factor that would encourage them to attend events. The networking factor beat out content, interaction and use of technology to take the number one motivating spot. In addition, the average person carries 2.9 electronic devices including smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Those are powerful tools that meeting planners should use to enhance networking events in order to achieve the greatest ROI for their attendees. 56%... Read more »


  • Rebel Roundup: Tech Giveaways, Philly DNC ’16, Social Media Event Amplification, and Customer Complaints

    This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Tech Giveaways, DNC 2016 in Philadelphia, Social Media Amplification of Events, and Handling Customer Complaints!  Enjoy! Loews’ New OE Collection Aspires To Be the Thinking Man’s Lifestyle Hotel – Skift (@skift) 14 Gifts for Tech-Savvy Guests – BizBash (@bizbash) Philadelphia’s Bid For 2016 Convention “Unmatched” – PoliticsPA (@PoliticsPA) FreemanXP and Event Marketing Institute Study Highlights Social Media Amplification of Events – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) 5 Key Factors That Fuel PCMA’s Hybrid Success – PCMA (@pcmahq) 11 Steps for How to Handle a Customer Complaint at Your Event – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) See you next week with more interesting articles for the... Read more »


  • kchopson

    Mobile Monday: Processing Credit Cards Using Your Smartphone’s Camera

    Smartphones are now being used for everything. One area that is real hot is mobile payments. You are probably already familiar with Square, a device that literally turns your phone into a cash register. The primary way Square works is with a simple device attached to your phone that allows you to swipe credit cards, which the Square app then processes. Square takes a flat percentage (currently 2.75%) of each transaction and deposits money into your bank account a few days later. However, there are a number of other ways to process credit cards with your phone. One of the... Read more »


  • Rebel Wanderer: Charlotte’s Got A Lot

    If you’ve never been to Charlotte before you don’t even know what you’re missing. I had the pleasure of learning more about this incredible destination from our friends at Visit Charlotte. I had no idea there was so much to do there. When they say “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” they aren’t kidding. This week we’re highlighting three unique venues we think you need to know about! NASCAR Hall of Fame The NASCAR Hall of Fame provides you with a venue where you can experience it all. Have a reception encircled by NASCAR memorabilia in the Great Hall, eat dinner beside a NASCAR Hall... Read more »