Posts By: K.C. Hopson

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Everything you need to know to plan your reverse trade show

Reverse Trade Show White Paper

Make Your Reverse Trade Show A Success Follow these simple tips & tricks As attendee demand for a more personalized experience continues to grow, more and more event and meeting planners are turning to the reverse trade show model. We’ve taken all of our tips and tricks for planning a successful reverse trade show and compiled them in an easy-to-read white paper just for you. Click here to download our Reverse Trade Show white paper where you’ll find: What’s the difference between a reverse trade show, flipped marketplace, and hosted buyer model? How can you best prepare your reverse trade... Read more »

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Why Your Online Conference Registration Form Should Look Like Your Web Site

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It happens all too often. An organization creates a beautiful web site for their conference or trade show, 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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Speakers want easy Call for Abstracts software

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Potential speakers for your conference are busy people. One thing they do not want is to receive the Call for Abstract as a PDF, print it, fill in the fields and then scan it and send it back. Not much better is getting a call for abstracts via survey software. Since call for abstracts are often long, the applicant may have to leave the desk for a while only to find that the site timed out and erased their work! Even if the form is filled out in one sitting, surveys cannot be updated – so if there is a... Read more »

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How Trade Show Management Software can drive Revenue and slash Expenses

Trade Show Map Example

Did you know there is an easy way to drive trade show revenue, dramatically cut labor and paper costs, while at the same time marketing your exhibitors to your attendees? This great technology uses an interactive trade show floor map to achieve all these amazing results. Here are some of the features of such software. For the Exhibitor The software produces a floor map of your show online with all the tables and booths. For booths that are available for purchase, exhibitors can simply click on the booth and buy on the spot. Anybody can see the list of current... Read more »

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Four Easy Sponsorships for your Mobile Event App

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Not only does the mobile event app make it easier for your attendees to navigate and engage with your meeting, it provides you a new channel for sponsorship revenue. Because almost everything in the mobile app can be tracked, you can provide great data to your sponsors. This data can a strong case for the ROI on their investment. The opportunities for mobile app sponsorships are many – here are four great possibilities. 1. Home Page Sponsorship The home page is the first page the attendee sees when the app has finished loading – it is the gateway to the... Read more »

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17 Reasons why a Lead Retrieval App is Better for Your Show

Lead Retrieval App

You have probably heard frequent complaints from your exhibitors about how expensive it is to rent lead retrieval units for your show. In contrast to inexpensive and easy-to-use lead retrieval apps, the old fashioned way of doing lead retrieval is cumbersome for many reasons: The lead retrieval units are expensive! Some of the reasons for these high costs are described below. Buying the old-fashioned units is typically done in an old-fashioned way, such as faxing or emailing a form with a credit card. By the way, this is also a violation of good credit card security practices. The hardware is... Read more »

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Trade Show Lead Retrieval App for Apple & Android Phones and Tablets!

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EventRebels is continuing to improve 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 app needs. 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 downloadable app works on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The solution provides significant savings... Read more »

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Mobile Event Apps – Communication and Engagement Are Your Keys to Success

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What mobile event app should you use? The American Express 2018 Global Meetings Forecast has some interesting insights into this decision. The study had one planner stating that there is still some reluctance to use event apps because of the overwhelming number of choices. So this leads to another question – what uses of a mobile event app can best benefit the organization and the attendees? According to the American Express Forecast, the two most compelling reasons are communication and engagement. In the questionnaire, improving communications seems to fall into two camps: relaying day-to-day information to the event participants; and... Read more »

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GDPR and EventRebels – What We are Doing to Help You Comply

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In our background article we discussed the new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on May 25, 2018 and what it means to meeting and event planners. One of the key takeaways from this article is that if you have just one participant who is an EU data subject involved in your event, your organization is impacted by GDPR. EventRebels believes that GDPR is a step in the right direction to protect the privacy of all Internet users. Despite the regulation being created specifically for EU citizens, we are structuring our software to allow... Read more »

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18 ways you can make a GREAT Online Registration Form for your Conference

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Have you ever had an online registration form that was both inflexible and unattractive? An inflexible registration form is one that does not allow you to control what fees and questions a registrant receives based on how they answered other questions on the form. An unattractive form is, well, ugly – such as a cheap looking invitation. If your online registration form has either of these qualities, you are diminishing the brand of your event and your organization. While building an event brand takes a long time of hard work, that impression can be brought down quickly by giving a... Read more »

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Are Event Planners Ready for GDPR?

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Are you ready for May 25, 2018? That is the date that the new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. While GDPR consolidates and builds upon prior EU regulations on privacy and data security, it is noteworthy both in its scope within the EU and its impact abroad. Does GDPR apply to my organization? The goal of GDPR is to protect the personal data of EU citizens. For organizations that process this data, the regulation seeks to ensure that personal information is handled in a secure, private and transparent fashion.  At the heart of GDPR... Read more »

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You Need a Curator for your Event #Hashtag!

#Hashtag

It is quite likely that social media is a key component of your event marketing plan. To effectively use social media you must be aware that the #hashtag is a a cornerstone of your event’s brand. If you have carefully considered all the elements that go into creating a great hashtag then your social media marketing for your event is off to a great start. Social media is also a big part of your onsite experience. If you can get your attendees to tweet and post photos about your event, you can create a sense of Fear of Missing Out... Read more »

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Saving Time by Getting Your Event and Organization Software to Talk to Each Other

IPAAS Workflow

Are you a meeting planner that spends too much time moving data from one software system to another? When you make an update to your conference schedule software do you also have to copy the changes to your website and then again to your mobile app? Do also you need to duplicate your attendee information in the organization’s CRM? How about being concerned with moving financial data from your online registration system to accounting? If you have one stop shop conference software, you may be able to avoid some of this tedious, error prone work. However, in most cases, there... Read more »

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What do your Attendees Think?

Exhibitor Management Software

Have you ever been frustrated by the difficulty of getting accurate feedback from your conference attendees? Surveys, of course, are still the most popular and robust way to see how your attendees think about your show, but they can suffer from poor response rates. Fortunately, the rise of social media and mobile technologies give you more options than ever to capture the pulse of your attendees. Here are some options you may want to consider:Better Surveys. Despite its problems, surveys are still the best way to get feedback. There are many ways for you to improve surveys. The first big... Read more »

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Checking out Marriott’s New Delta Hotel in Baltimore

Delta Hotels by Marriott

In 2014, Marriott International opened a new brand of hotels in the United States, named the Delta Hotels and Resorts. These upscale hotels have many of the qualities that earn the designation “boutique.” Delta Hotels tend to be in trendy, urban settings while maintaining the character of the local culture. They are highly service-oriented and can be expected to have the “quirkiness” that is expected of a boutique venue. While Delta’s first U.S. Hotel, the Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista opened in 2015, it was not the first Delta Hotel. The brand’s birthplace was in Canada, and proved to be... Read more »

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Is Your White Labeled Event App Dead?

Mobile Event App

The demand for mobile event apps for attendees is red hot. Event branding is very important to show producers, so it is important to package the event app in a way that reflects the brand as much as possible. Currently the most effective way of doing this is to “private label” or “white label” the event app. This type of labeling maximizes the brand by listing the app under the event or organization’s name in the app store, customizing the start up or “splash” page, and setting the look and feel of the app to reflect the event’s branding. White... Read more »

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How Event Professionals Can Think About “Reality” Technologies: Part Three – Augmented Reality

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There has been a lot of press lately about how technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Technology (aka “Mixed Reality” or MR) are going to change events. In the first article, we looked at one of the best and easiest to deploy of these technologies, 360 video. This week we look at Augmented Reality (AR). AR is, perhaps, the most exciting of these technologies both in terms of its potential and ease of deployment. So what is AR? Augmented Reality stands out because it combines both the computer digital world with (analog) reality. In its most basic form, AR overlays... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Eight – Powerful Registration Reporting

In this series we have been reviewing how event technology can be employed at various points in the lifecycle of an association’s annual conference. One of the key advantages of using first rate online registration software is that you can collect critical data about your attendees. However, if you cannot manipulate the information in the manner you need, your online registration system may be creating a bunch of hidden costs by not giving you functionality that high end platforms provide. Here are some reporting features your online registration software should have. Most importantly, you need to be able to export... Read more »

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Bringing Your Event and Marketing Data Together

Until recent years, there has been a one-way relationship between marketers and event planners. Namely, the marketing department would do their work to promote an event, but little help traveled back from the event planners back to the marketing team. Much event data, especially the onsite experience, was considered a black hole of information with little to glean for future marketing efforts. Fortunately, the rise of great event technology and mobile event apps are now providing a rich set of data that can be used to better promote events as well as providing valuable information to the marketing department on... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Seven – Managing Exhibitors

Trade Show Exhibitors

As we have seen earlier in this series, we have been reviewing how event technology can be employed at various points in the lifecycle of an association’s annual conference. A key step in this process is opening your trade show sales. However, this is just the beginning of how great trade show and exhibitor management software can automate much of the work needed to handle your exhibitors and sponsors. Your event technology is probably lacking if you are unable to perform basic exhibitor management activities. Here are some of the essentials you should expect. View the status of your booth... Read more »

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Thoughts on MPI’s WEC 2017

The 2017 World Education Congress (WEC) , the annual conference of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) , was held recently at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. WEC’s primary value is education and is a quick way to earn credits for certifications such as the CMP. The conference includes over 70 education sessions and focuses on the best and leading edge practices of the meetings industry. The thousands of attendees include both corporate, non-profit, and association planners as well as suppliers of all kinds from destinations and venues to technology. The theme of this year’s WEC was “Stop Designing Meetings and... Read more »

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How Event Professionals Can Think About “Reality” Technologies: Part Two – 3D Video

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There has been a lot of press lately about how technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Technology (AR) are going to change events. To best know how to utilize these technologies in a cost-effective manner it is best to understand that these tools are in a continuum ranging from the relatively simple and inexpensive to the complex and costly. To simplify this continuum, it might be helpful to look at these emerging “reality” and “3D” technologies in four different ways. This week we look at 3D video. You probably have experienced 3D in the movie theaters. In fact, 3D... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Six – Successful Event Email Marketing

This series has been reviewing how event technology can be employed at various points in the lifecycle of an association’s annual conference. After you have opened online registration and your online trade show sales, you can now start using event technology to drive revenue. In particular, targeted Email communications still remains one of the best ways to get companies and individuals to sign up for your conference. Event technology can help you communicate with potential attendees in a number of different ways: Scheduled Email Campaigns. Great event management software will let you plan out your marketing campaigns in advance through... Read more »

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How to Use Registration Data to Boost Conference Attendance

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Did you know that your registration database of past meetings can be a goldmine of information that can increase your marketing efficiency and boost attendance at your next conference? If you have been using great online registration software to record your attendee data, you may have the keys to catapulting your registration numbers to the next level. Here are some ways you can use your registration data to reach your goals.Week over Week reports. It is common practice to see how your show is trending compared to previous years. Week over Week reports comparing factors like total registrations and revenue... Read more »

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How to get started with Conference Management Software: Part Five – Developing Your Conference Program Schedule

Conference Campfire Session

Event technology can provide a bewildering range of choices for the meeting planner. A good place to start making sense of the range of options is to look at how software can be utilized at the various stages of the event lifecycle. This series has been looking at the the lifecycle from the point of view of an association’s annual conference. We are now at the point of looking at tools that can help you in your day-to-day work in the months leading up to the conference. About the time of your previous annual conference, you may have already opened... Read more »