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Tech Tuesday: How to Streamline your Call for Papers Review Process

There are few aspects of speaker management that can be more painful than the process of reviewing submissions from an open Call for Papers. If the review is conducted in the classical way, the planners will find themselves buried in a bewildering collection of PDFs, Word docs and spreadsheets. Hours upon hours can be spent communicating with the review team, collating information and somehow trying to make sense of it all. In between all of this manual work is the need to give proper consideration to all the submissions and being fair in the final judgments of which presentation is... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: Processing Credit Cards Using Your Smartphone’s Camera

Smartphones are now being used for everything. One area that is real hot is mobile payments. You are probably already familiar with Square, a device that literally turns your phone into a cash register. The primary way Square works is with a simple device attached to your phone that allows you to swipe credit cards, which the Square app then processes. Square takes a flat percentage (currently 2.75%) of each transaction and deposits money into your bank account a few days later. However, there are a number of other ways to process credit cards with your phone. One of the... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: Email versus Messaging and Your Mobile Event Apps

As you plow your way through your fat Email inbox, you might think that all the time you spend in Email is not so unusual. After all, Email is the main way we communicate these days, isn’t it? While Email is still the number one way of digital business communication, messaging is now the method of choice for 30-40 percent of the population, especially young people. When we talk about messaging, we usually think about text messages. However, communicating through social media (Facebook, Twitter…) or dedicated messaging apps like WhatsApp have also become very popular. So why is messaging on... 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 »

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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 »

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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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Meeting Contract Wording for the Worst Case

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Unexpected events such as Ebola can cause havoc for travel and, consequently, for meetings. This has forced meeting planners to pay more attention to a term that has often been cloaked in mystery. The term is “force majeure”, which literally means “superior force”. While to most people this phrase means an “Act of God”, this phrase actually has a specific legal definition. When used in a legal contract, this provision excuses a party from liability if some unforeseen event beyond the control of that party prevents it from performing its obligations under the contract. To meeting planners, what this means... Read more »

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Using Evernote for Business: How Evernote can Help Meeting Planners

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A common difficulty in event management is organization; keeping track of constant changes and updates is hard. Using Evernote for business can keep you organized and sync your notes across all of your devices. Ask yourself:  Have you ever walked into a site visit with a paper notebook in your hand, furiously sketching notes throughout the day? When you got back to the office, did you then take a few hours to type those notes into your laptop so you could report your findings? Have you occasionally misplace your notebook in a stack of other notebooks? If you have a... Read more »

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Nine Features Your Mobile Event App Must Have!

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Apps for conferences and trade shows are red hot. Your attendees expect that your show will have a mobile app that will not only replace the old printed program, but will add some additional modules as a result of being digital. So what are the key features your app must have? Schedule. All sessions and events should be listed in the program including (with few exceptions) those that require an extra fee, pre-registration or restricted attendance. Times should be clearly listed along with the location or room. Itinerary. One of the favorite activities of many conference attendees has been to... Read more »

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Product Review: SwarmWorks

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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 »