Posts Categorized: Product Reviews

Rebel Roundup: Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance!  Enjoy! How Hilton Is Attempting to Redefine the Airport Hotel – Skift (@skift) 11 Ways to Engage a Literary Crowd – BizBash (@bizbash) 5 Principles to Make Every Minute of Your Meeting Count – EventManagerBlog (@EventMB) 10 important safety tips for travelers – Smarter Travel (@SmarterTravel) How Medical Meetings Are Solving Big Issues With Hybrid Technology – PCMA (@pcmahq) 5 Creative Ways to Increase Meeting Attendance – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) 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 »

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 »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend, Catering, and Robot Hotel

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend Study, Catering, and Robot hotels!  Enjoy! Indonesia’s Hotel Industry Worries as the Government Bans Meetings – Skift (@skift) IAEE, PCMA and The Experience Institute Team Up on Comprehensive Study of the Behaviors Behind the Decision to Attend – PCMA (@pcmahq) 2015 International CES: An insider’s look with FreemanXP – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) Baltimore tourism officials say number of city conventions may have peaked – Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) Do-It-Yourself: A New Food and Beverage Offering for Groups – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) New Japanese hotel to be staffed by robots – CNN (@CNN) See you next week with... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Strategists, Airbnb, Sponsorship, and Wi-Fi

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about meeting strategists, Airbnb, sponsorship, and wifi!  Enjoy! The Rise of ‘Meeting Strategists’ & How Hotels Should Approach Them – Greg Oates (@gregoates) How Much of a Threat Does Airbnb Pose to the Hotel Industry? – PerformanceIN (@PerformanceIN) CIC Releases White Paper and Best Practices Resources on Room Block Piracy and Poaching – Convention Industry Council (@ConvIndustry) 5 Tips To Strengthen Your Sponsorship Program – PCMA (@pcmahq) FCC to Marriott: Never try to block Wi-Fi again – CNN Money (@CNNMoney) Hotel Forecaster: Expect Hotel Rates to Rise ‘Significantly’ in 2015 – TravelPulse (@travelpulse) See you next week with more interesting articles... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airbnb, Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, Meetings Mean Business

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Airbnb, Hotel Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, and Meetings Mean Business!  Enjoy! Airbnb will soon be booking more rooms than the world’s largest hotel chains – Quartz by Zainab Mudallal (@Zainab_Mudallal) New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels – USA Today (@USATodayNews) The 10 Worst US Cities For Hotel Wi-Fi – Thrillist (@Thrillist) 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Trip – Yahoo! Travel (@YahooTravel) Optimizing the Value of your Sponsorship – GES (@GESGlobal) Meetings Mean Business Coalition Co-Chairs Provide Industry Update for 2015 – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Hotels, Travel Megatrends, Non-profits

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about travel, non-profits, meeting hotels, and innovation!  Enjoy! CES 2015: Has the tech show lost its focus? – BBC News (@BBCTech) Cvent’s Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – Cvent (@Cvent) Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015 – Skift Magazine by Rafat Ali (@rafat) The Serious Problem That’s Getting In The Way Of Non-Profits – PCMA via Dan Pallotta (@danpallotta) 6 Principles of “Frugal Innovation” – BizBash (@bizbash) Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports – CNN.com (@CNN) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles... Read more »

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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Product Review: SwarmWorks

Swarmworks Pong

At the recent MPI World Education Congress in Minneapolis I had the pleasure of being a participant in a very interesting activity. By saying participant, I meant that I was one of a couple thousand other players. The game was “Pong” and it took place in the form of a soccer field. How do thousands of people play Pong at once? Using technology powered by SwarmWorks, the conference hall was evenly divided into two teams along the center of the auditorium. Each attendee was given a reflector called a “SwarmPad” which served as the paddle. By changing sides of his... Read more »

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Product Review: SpeakerBlast

SpeakerBlast

At a recent gathering of the Baltimore Tech Breakfast, I saw a demonstration of technology that could change the way A/V is used at events. The product is called SpeakerBlast and instead of using a central speaker system, it uses Internet connected devices as the broadcasting medium. So in lieu of the labor and expense of installing A/V hardware, the system sends the audio presentation through smartphones, laptops and tablets. A real life example of the technology was demonstrated at the Tech Breakfast. The most remarkable aspect of the demonstration was that the music always stayed in sync despite being... Read more »

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Product Review: X bytes Energizes Attendees Between Sessions

X Bytes

At a recent meeting of the Association of Meeting Professionals in Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of being introduced to Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Kim”), President and Chief Exercise Officer (CEO) of a very interesting company called Exercise Bytes. Their company offers a quick and efficient solution to the problem of attendee fatigue. As you probably know, between lots of sitting and too much eating attendees can see their energy levels drop off quite a bit – especially in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Coffee breaks are often seen as the remedy, but the caffeine boost will usually wear off... Read more »