Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

Rebel Roundup: Airline Fees, Better Travel Tech, Embracing Second Screen

This week’s Rebel Round-Up comes straight to you from the convention floor of PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Enjoy! 16 Fees We’d Like To Charge The Airlines – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why Chef’s Tables Are Growing In Popularity – BizBash (@bizbash) 11 Cool Things From the Consumer Electronics Show That Will Make Travel Better – Yahoo  by Chris Morris (@MorrisatLarge) The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015 – CareerCast (@careercast) Three Reasons Smart Event Marketers are Embracing Second Screen – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted... Read more »

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How Beacons Can Help You Understand Your Trade Show

One of the hot trends of 2015 is the use of Beacons at meetings and trade shows that work with your mobile attendee app. Beacons are small wireless transmitters that interact with the latest releases of Apple iOS and Android devices. They use BLE technology – also known as Bluetooth low-energy or Bluetooth Smart. The most important thing to know is that the devices are aimed at noticing when your smart phone/wireless device enters the perimeter of an area, such as a store or a trade show. Your phone needs to have the appropriate app installed, and probably should be... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 1

In honor of our upcoming trip to PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight some of awesome things we’re looking forward to experiencing in the windy city. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is playing host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition, the museum opened its doors in 1933. The museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. I’m particularly... Read more »

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Increase Your Workshop Survey Response Rates

There are few ways to better determine how your audience feels about your workshop than a survey. Until recently, most workshop questionnaires were conducted by having a stack of paper surveys placed on a table at the back of the room. If the planners were lucky, a few people would grab a piece of paper and turn it in before the conference was over. However, most attendees ignored the survey because they were in a rush to get to the next event, or didn’t want to hassle with finding a pen and a hard surface to complete the survey. For... 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 »

Rebel Round-Up: Free Wi-Fi, 2015 Tech Trends, Future of Digital Media

Welcome to EventRebels first ever Rebel Round-Up! This is where we’ll be sharing with you what’s happening in the events industry and the technology industry all in one place each week. We hope you can find these articles as useful and interesting as we did. 2015 Preview: 9 Event Tech Predictions [BizBash] Google fights Marriott’s plan to block Wi-Fi hotspots [CNN Money @DavidGoldmanCNN] More hotels offer free Wi-Fi – but speed costs extra [USA Today] The Future of Digital Media in 2015 [TechCrunch] CES 2015: What the Biggest Tech Trends Will Be [ABC News] Uber Is Going to Eat Your... Read more »

Mobile Apps: Attendees Looking Down = Attendee Engagement Going Up

You stood in line 6 hours for tickets. You’ve waited months for this day to come. You’re finally seeing that band you love live! You get to your seat, the music starts, and a cloud of smoke erupts from the stage. The band starts to play and you are instantly disappointed. Not because the band isn’t everything you dreamed of and more, but because you’re watching their performance through the thousands of tiny mobile devices being held up in front of you. Nobody can deny that technology has changed the way we experience live events, and not always for the... 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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Room Block Piracy Affects More than the Bottom Line

An Update on Room Block Piracy and Poaching in the Meetings Industry Photo credit: Online Trading Academy via flickr.com. Earlier this year, the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Initiative organized a workgroup to focus on the issue of room block piracy and poaching. The APEX Room Block Poaching Workgroup conducted an initial survey of meeting professionals in April to gauge the scope of this issue. Meeting professionals from a wide variety of industries responded to the survey, providing insight on how this issue has affected their events. In a presentation at the IMEX Exhibition in Frankfurt in... Read more »