Posts By: K.C. Hopson

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Keep Yourself Safe with Good Password Management

Internet Security

One of the most frustrating aspects of being on the Internet is managing your passwords. Just when you think you have a great password, one of your sites asks you to change it. Even worse, web sites differ greatly in their standards for how “strong” your password should be. The strength of the password defines how hard it would be for an outsider to guess it. In general, the longer the password the stronger it is. However, there are other factors like mixing lower and upper case letters and including numbers. Some sites even require non alpha-numerics like punctuation. The... Read more »

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Product Review: Zoomph, Social Media Hub for Events

Zoomph

EventRebels had the pleasure recently of spending some time with the people at Zoomph and viewing their cutting-edge Influencer Engagement Platform. In many ways we found Zoomph’s product like our software – an attractive, flexible and powerful interface for the attendees, but also a very strong back-end management side for the event planners. Zoomph is most well-known as a platform that ties together all social media content from today’s most popular social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), collects and ranks social media content and then streams it to an integrated interface where event attendees can absorb topics, trends, and real-time conversations.... Read more »

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Lead Retrieval for Your Smartphone!

EventRebels is pleased to introduce ERLead, a lead retrieval app designed to allow exhibitors and sponsors the ability to scan leads directly with their iPhone or Android smartphone, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lead retrieval hardware rental. Using QR code and smartphone technology, ERLead provides an integrated solution for exhibitors’ lead retrieval needs. Exhibitors can purchase their booth with ERShow and add on lead retrieval at the same time. Attendee badges include a QR code that allows exhibitors to scan and access only the contact information that the meeting planner wants to share. No Hardware Onsite! Free... Read more »

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Why Your Online Registration Form Should Look Like Your Web Site

It happens all too often. An organization creates a beautiful web site for their conference or special event, only to have their brand obscured by an online registration form that looks like a cheap invitation. Apparently someone thought that the idea of a consistent marketing message ends at the time of registration. This, of course, is a big mistake. Here is why: It breaks the fundamental rule of a consistent marketing message. The site builds up the notion that you are going to have a great conference, but the registration form has the appearance of a second-rate operation. Your brand... Read more »

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Why Email Open Rates are Unreliable

Email marketers love to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. From unique Emails sent to bounce-backs to click-thrus, metrics form the backbone of evaluating the success of your marketing campaign. One metric, generally considered to be very important, but actually is extremely suspect, is the metric called “Open Rate.” The rate’s goal is to track how many people opened your Email. Why it is important is obvious. Opening your Email is like opening a letter. It indicates that some or part of the message will be read and points that the reader is at least somewhat interested in what you... Read more »

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How to make your Reverse Trade Show more successful

Reverse trade shows are one of the hottest items in the meetings industry. They promise to bring more value to exhibitors by delivering high quality appointments with high closing rates. To work effectively, these shows use Appointment Scheduling software to setup meetings prior to the show. The strange thing about reverse trade shows is that while having good appointment scheduling software is important, it is even more critical that this software is setup properly in the bigger picture of the attendees’ participation in the meeting. If the attendees do not make or show up to the appointments, than the quality... Read more »

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How to Safely Surf the Internet

Internet

Have you ever typed in an Internet link (called “URL”) you read in a magazine, ad or Email and then suddenly end up at a totally inappropriate web site? Even worse, did that site give your computer a virus which you spent an entire day fixing? I personally mistyped the URL of a web company I know very well and ended up at a site that attacked my computer. Love it or not, but surfing the web can be dangerous not only to your computer, but even to your pocketbook. Here are some basic steps you can take to make... Read more »

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Ways to Keep Presentations Alive After the Conference

Speakers

So you had a great conference. The attendees were rewarded with great presentations and interesting speakers. So that attendees can refer to the talks after the show, you might provide a bunch of paper handouts. However, this approach produces a tremendous waste of paper, most of which is lost or even tossed before the plane trip home. So how can you use the Internet to keep your presentations alive after the conference? Here are a couple of ideas. You should have a series of web pages that show information about the program schedule, presentations, and speakers. Users should be able... Read more »

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Ways to Make Sure People Pay Their Registration Fees

In a perfect world everybody would pay their registration online with the amount due in full and with a credit card. Unfortunately, in many cases that may not be the only way to register that you’ll be able to offer. Especially with meetings with high fees or a large number of government or international attendees, you may have to offer the choice of registering with a Purchase Order or a promise that a check or wire transfer will be issued. If your meeting is in this category, you know that this creates a ton of extra work and can hurt... Read more »

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Use Images In Email to Increase Online Registration!

Email marketing is still one of the best ways to encourage people to register online for your conference or event. When used properly images can greatly complement your message and improve the success of your effort. However, when used incorrectly an image can actually destroy your hard work! Still, images sell and they can improve your registration conversion rates. It’s important to remember that today’s Internet readers scan and are very visual. A good image can be the difference between someone reading your Email or throwing it in the trash. If you follow some good practices, you are more likely... Read more »