Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

kchopson

Rebel Wanderer: Louisville

I recently worked a conference in Louisville and I have to say – I love this town! I stayed in a hotel near the convention center and I found that everything from business to eating to entertainment to beautiful vistas were in walking range. The streets were kept clean and the beautiful architecture made me feel like I was in a turn off the nineteenth century movie. Hence my conclusion that Louisville is one of the finest walking towns in the country. Here are some of the great spots that were on my walking trail. Galt House Hotel and Rivue... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Are Drones Ready To Take Off?

The past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of predictions in event technology for 2015 and one consistent technology mentioned is drones. For those unfamiliar, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (more commonly called UAV) or flying robot. Drones differ from radio-controlled aircraft, in that they are typically guided by GPS. They can also carry things like a camera or a sensor and have the ability to transmit the data wirelessly back to a base. The real questions on everybody’s mind are how are drones being used at events and can we expect them to become mainstream in the... Read more »

lbradford

Mobile Monday: Using Apps to Extend the Life of Your Event

Making Mobile Count: Using Apps to Extend the Life of Your Event In recent years, there has been a push towards creating hybrid events–integrating a live, in-person event with digital content. This trend aims to foster year-round engagement, making your event last far beyond the days when you are onsite. One of the best ways to make your event last is to utilize an event app. Event apps give you one place to keep all of your conference’s content, making your app the number one resource for your event. But how do you know what to include in your app... 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 Wanderer: Chicago Part 2

We’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few days at PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Last week we gave you a sneak peek at the venues that were hosting us in the windy city. This week we’re sharing our experiences. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere played host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. The event was split up into different areas showcasing Chicago neighborhoods with entertainment and food. There were stilt walkers, bands, Chinese dragon dancers, latin dancers, and more! The venue was simply transformed by the decor and lighting. What made this... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How Hooke 3D Audio Will Disrupt Hybrid Events

Hooke are wireless headphones with built-in binaural microphones that capture mobile 3D audio. It is sound captured identically to the way our ears hear it, so that when a recording is played back, it feels and sounds like you’re there. Conventional recording techniques leave sound flat and degraded. Hooke is able to record sound with its full depth and dynamic. Listen to an example of 3D audio below. Make sure you wear headphones (any kind will work). Now, what does this have to do with events? Although hooke has only just began producing it’s headphones (check out their succesful kickstarter campaign that raised... 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 »

kchopson

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 »

kchopson

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 »