Posts Categorized: Meetings Technology

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5 Steps to Collect Intelligent Annual Meeting Data

By: Kathy Benson and K.C. Hopson For many associations, the annual meeting is the organization’s top revenue source. For this bottom-line reason, planners and evaluators of this event need to be able to mine smarter and more actionable insights from attendee registration data and post-event evaluations. Evaluation of the annual meeting is an opportunity to engage with members and prospects and learn more about them and their needs. Planners and evaluators need to look at it from a strategic standpoint to gain more insight and inform their organizational strategy. By asking the right questions, there is an invaluable opportunity to... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products for Event Pros!  Enjoy! Signs Your Conference May Be In Jeopardy – MeetingsNet (@meetingsnet) For Onboard Wi-Fi, Not All Airlines are Equal – NBC News (@NBCNewsBusiness) The Must-Add City To Your Consideration Set – PCMA (@pcmahq) White Paper: How to Improve eRFPs for Meetings and Events – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 7 Cool Products for Event Pros From InfoComm – BizBash (@bizbash) These are the world’s 20 largest hotels – USA Today Travel (@usatodaytravel) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted every... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: DMC relevance, LA Conv Center redesign, Wearable Tech

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about DMC relevance, LA Convention Center redesign, Wearable Tech, and Free Live Streaming!  Enjoy! Are DMCs Still Relevant? – MeetingsNet (@meetingsnet) City Picks Winner of Convention Center Redesign Competition – LA Downtown News via Eddie Kim (@eddiekimx) Finally, A Wearable Technology That Can Change Your General Session Experience – PCMA (@pcmahq) 6 Quotes That Speak To The Power And Potential Of The Meetings Industry – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) Why an Invitation-Only Conference Decided to Offer a Free Live Stream – BizBash (@bizbash) 10 foods you should never eat overseas – USA Today Travel (@usatodaytravel) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Conf. Predictions, Periscope, Airbnb, and Crowd Control

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Conference predictions, Periscope, Airbnb, and Crowd Control!  Enjoy! 15 Predictions About Future Conferences And Shifting Attendance Part 1 – Velvet Chainsaw (@velchain) SmithBucklin Acquires The Townsend Group – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) 4 Tips For Meeting Planners Who Want To Use Periscope – PCMA (@pcmahq) Airbnb Wants to Host Your Next Meeting – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 3 Ways to Control Crowds at Events – BizBash (@bizbash) Score hotel upgrades with these 8 tips – USA Today Travel (@usatodaytravel) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted every week!

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Make Your Call for Papers Easy to Use!

Potential speakers for your conference are busy people. One thing they do not want is to received the Call for Papers as a PDF, print it, fill in the fields and then scan it and send it back. Not much better is getting a call for papers via survey software. Since call for papers are often long, the applicant may have to leave the desk for a while only to find that the site timed out and erased their work! Even if the form is filled out in one sitting, surveys cannot be updated – so if there is a... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hotel CEOs, 2015 Exhibition & Convention Exec Forum, Salary Survey

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Hotel CEOs, 2015 Exhibition & Convention Exec Forum, Convene’s Annual Salary Survey, and preparing for Gen Z!  Enjoy! What’s Top-of-Mind for Hotel CEOs of Hilton, Hyatt, Accor and Wyndham – Skift (@skift) 200-plus Trade Show Professionals Gather at 2015 Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum in D.C. – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) Convene’s 2015 Annual Salary Survey Results – PCMA (@pcmahq) Trade Show Industry Grows Impressive 4.6 Percent in Q1 2015 -TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) 8 Reasons Why Luggage Still Gets Lost – Thrillist (@thrillist) Preparing for Generation Z: What Marketers Should Know — Now – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: Put Your Contracts in the Cloud!

Nobody writes contracts like meeting planners. For any given conference, there can be dozen of contracts. These contracts are usually lengthy and quite detailed. Often these contracts are emailed or even faxed(!) to the signing party. This party then signs, copies and then scans or faxes back to the other party for countersigning – and the process repeats. This simple signing process consumes many hours for any given show. Given that meeting planners are usually strapped for time, doesn’t this seem like an easy area to improve? Fortunately, there is great software in the marketplace for making the contracts process... Read more »

Please Disrupt: Part 1

The events and meeting industry is begging to be disrupted. There are too many antiquated processes and too little tech solutions out there. Sure we’ve got event apps to replace paper programs, but the skeleton of a conference remains the same. Attendees register. Attendees book travel arrangements. Attendees arrive. Attendees attend education sessions. Attendees attend receptions. Attendees go home. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Although attendance appears to be on the rise as companies begin to understand the benefits of face to face meetings, the experience is stale. With that in mind, here’s a list of tech and processes that could use... Read more »

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How to Use Online Trade Show and Exhibitor Management Software

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 list of current... Read more »

Best Practices: Live Tweeting at a Conference

Have you ever sat in an education session listening contently to the speaker, but you watch out of the corner of your eye a colleague with his face in his phone? Chances are he’s either responding to a work email or he’s live tweeting. Live tweeting education sessions at a conference has steadily increased with the availability of smartphone’s and free conference wi-fi. Live tweeting can be a great way to keep notes during a session, share information with your peers and colleagues, favorite other live-tweeters for information you may have missed, and network with other live tweeters at the conference.... Read more »