Posts Categorized: Onsite

Tech Tuesday: Online Event Staffing Solution – Werkly

Why isn’t there an easy way to staff your events using your network of friends, family, and peers? Well, it turns out, there is. Werkly was launched in December 2014 in New Orleans and is currently utilizing partnerships with event and catering companies to hire workers. Werkly operates completely online as a marketplace to hire local workers. As a worker you can sign up for the site and post your specific set of skills, focusing on events, concerts, and hospitality. You can post your availability and accept jobs as they come. “I have been a freelancer working in production since I... Read more »

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Conventional Wisdom: The Importance of Welcoming Your Guests

It was turning out to be the business trip from hell, until the conference planners did one very special thing. My last minute decision to attend a conference in Chicago seemed like a sound idea. However, as a seasoned traveler I knew scheduling a business trip on short notice can be fraught with challenges. Nevertheless, the conference was the perfect opportunity to meet with colleagues working on a similar project in a non-competing market. It was one of those rare chances to speak freely with peers and exchange good advice. My traveling troubles began with securing air transportation (two plane... Read more »

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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 »

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Tech Tuesday: How to Simplify the Management of Your Exhibitor Staff

It still happens at too many trade shows – long lines at the exhibitor check-in area. In most cases the person waiting is an exhibitor who is registering onsite. In other situations the exhibitor has pre-registered but the badge cannot be found. Additional frustration can be caused if each booth has a limit on the staff allowed. You may have to manually cross-reference how many staffers a company has registered and if that additional staffer is allowed entry. If you do not have cross-referencing in place you may find out after the show that companies have frequently gone over their... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: Mobile Credit Card Processing With PayPal Here

We wrote recently about how some apps that are using the camera of your smartphone to process credit cards. Of course, these are in addition to well-known apps such as Square which uses a device attachment to turn your phone into a cash register. E-commerce giant PayPal has also introduced a number of mobile solutions. One of these products, PayPal Here, uses a device like Square to process credit cards. Getting started with PayPal Here is easy. Just log into your PayPal account and fill out a short application. You will then be sent a text with a link to... Read more »

Mobile Monday: Oscar Upgrades Tech, Doubles Down on Engagement

A lot of tech upgrades were made to the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre to pull off the 87th Annual Academy Awards yesterday in Hollywood, CA. Miles of fiber-optic cables were rolled out, a 4G LTE cell tower added, and motors, seats, and a screen were removed from the theater, all in anticipation for the big night. For the first time ever, technology helped stars and their fans connect through social media during the show. This year, the Oscar green room, designed by Architectural Digest with the help of eventual Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, had Samsung tablets and a “GIF mirror” to let... Read more »

Mobile Monday: The Battle For Wearables Begins and What That Means For Events

In a battle over who can make consumers keep their phones in their pockets and wear their phones on their face and wrists instead, there seems to be only one true winner, the consumer. As producers of face-to-face human interaction, event planners have a unique opportunity to utilize wearables in a way that may not be used daily. We have a responsibility of being ahead of the trends and looking for ways to incorporate new tech into our events. Google glass has found more of a home in business than the consumer sector, but you shouldn’t expect the same results... Read more »

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When You Should NOT Use Facebook for RSVPs

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Talk about a total fiasco! What looked like an exciting record opening party for a popular artist resulted in scores of angry people and certainly a black eye for the event planner. The event seemed simple enough. It was to be held in a popular restaurant that could accommodate about eighty people. Since the event was free, the planner simply wanted a list of people attending. She even announced the event on Facebook, which would seem to guarantee that they could easily sell out the event. This is where the problems began. The planner wanted people to bring tickets in... Read more »

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Rant: Bring Enough Badge Stock!

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I’ve seen it happen too many times. Concerns about wastage and “costs” leads planners to not bring enough badge stock to their conference. This happens particularly frequently when “six-up” (six badges to a page) stock is used and there are a lot of badge name reprints or single badges (usually for exhibitors.) By not bringing enough stock, planners risk creating a very embarrassing situation where the stock runs out and the badges have to be printed on normal printed paper and then cut out by scissors to fit inside the holder! Needless to say, for something with a budget as... Read more »