Posts Categorized: Mobile

kchopson

Mobile Savings: Time, Money, & The Environment

The primary reason mobile apps are hot right now are simply the ease of use. The phone is almost always in your hand, so all you need to do is look at it and touch! But mobile apps for events are event hotter because they are wins for everybody – the attendee, the exhibitors and the show organizers. The only losers may be the printing companies. Why are mobile apps for events such big wins? It’s simple – they save time and money, while saving the environment, all at the same time. Here is a look at three types of... Read more »

kchopson

Mobile App Lead Retrieval is Better for Your Show

You have probably heard frequent complaints from your exhibitors about how expensive it is to rent lead retrieval units for your show. The old fashioned way of doing lead retrieval is cumbersome for many reasons: The lead retrieval units are expensive! Some of the reasons for these high costs are described below. Buying the old-fashioned units is typically done in an old-fashioned way, such as faxing or emailing a form with a credit card. By the way, this is also a violation of good credit card security practices. The hardware is proprietary, so it is difficult to explain what the... Read more »

kchopson

How to Use Apps to Simplify Onsite Registration

Mobile apps for attendees are hot, but did you know that apps can help you, the planner, with onsite registration? While a great web-based onsite registration system can take care of most of your check-in issues, mobile onsite apps can address even more needs, including some unusual situations. These apps should work well on both Apple and Android devices, from smartphones to tablets. Here are some features a first-rate mobile app for onsite registration should have: List of attendees with at least basic contact information. Even better, you should be able to easily view what each attendee purchased as well... 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 »

Rebel Roundup: Millenial Travel, Government Conferences, CIC Hall of Leaders

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Millenial travelers, Government conferences, James Beard winner,and CIC Hall of Leaders Inductees!  Enjoy! The Rise of the Millennial All-Inclusive Traveler – Greg Oates for Skift (@GregOates) Feds Ease Up on Conference Restrictions for Government Employees – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 2015 James Beard Award Winners: New York’s Bâtard Named Best New Restaurant – Forbes Life (@ForbesLife) Convention Industry Council Names 2015 Hall of Leaders Inductees, Pacesetter Award Winners – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) How to Track the Mood of Your Meeting – PCMA (@pcmahq) Study says event planners downplay the destination – Travel Weekly (@TravelWeekly) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

kchopson

Tech Tuesday: An Easy Way for Your Attendees to Ask Questions

It is common practice at conferences to mix presentations with questions from the audience. Despite the fact that most attendees have smart devices and phones, the questions from the audience are still mostly handled in an old fashioned way. These low-tech styles include: A “moderator” walking around with a microphone and finding the nearest person with a raised hand to ask a question. Not only is this slow and time consuming, but is rather arbitrary and not very democratic. Another way is for a group of people to hand out cards to the audience and then pick them up during... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hotel Brand Boom, Skype for Business, Cyber Security Threats

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about CEIR and SISO research, new hotel brand boom, Skype for business, and cyber security threats!  Enjoy! Behind the Boom of New Hotel Brands From Major Chains -Scott Mayerowitz for Skift (@Skift) Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly – Sarah Perez for TechCrunch (@sarahintampa) Travel gadgets of the past that could have revolutionized travel, but didn’t – Mashable (@Mashable) CEIR, SISO Unveil 2015 Young Professional Exhibitor Needs and Preferences Study – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) Finally, the business meeting gets some respect – Bill McDermott for CNBC (@BillRMcDermott) The Serious Cyber Security Threat That Could Hurt Hotels – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for... Read more »

kchopson

A Better Way to Manage Conference Certifications

Have you seen this way of tracking CEUs at a conference before? The first step is to print out sign in sheets, possibly pre-populated with attendee names. The next step is throughout the conference placing the sheets in the appropriate rooms before the workshop and then picking them up after each session. After the show the show organizers get to back to the office and collate the signatures with the registration, membership, and CEU systems. This should only take a few days if you are lucky. Finally, you have to pull this data together and somehow get the certificates to... Read more »

Mobile Monday: 365 Day Event App Engagement

Engagement 365 days a year. That’s the ultimate goal of every association or corporation that spends money on their event apps. Nobody likes a one time only use app. It takes up space on your phone and ultimately gets buried in a folder of apps that you no longer use or gets deleted completely. Neither of those situations is ideal for the app that your association just paid thousands of dollars for. If you’re just looking to create an app that provides information about your specific event, then a basic throw-away app is probably what you should get. But, if... Read more »