Posts Tagged: conference

kchopson

Using Twitter to Promote Your Conference Year Round

It goes without saying: You’re probably using Twitter to promote your conference. Conference and trade show organizers have long embraced the social media platform, which makes sense. Twitter is used by nearly 40% of Americans, and millions of young professionals – that attend lots of trade shows and conferences – use the platform every day. In other words, if you’re not promoting your conference on Twitter, you’re missing a massive opportunity to connect with and engage potential guests. Convinced you should be tweeting up a storm to promote your event? Well, to be successful on Twitter, you have to have... Read more »

kchopson

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

https://www.eventrebels.com

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 »

kchopson

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

Register Button

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 »

kchopson

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 »

akleinfeld

Attendee = Visitor = Target

Guest Post by Alan Kleinfeld of Arrive Management There are lots of reasons people go to face-to-face conferences. They want to network, learn something new or visit with particular people. Sometimes, they like to go for the travel. The world is a better place when folks travel and see something outside of their own backyards. But there’s also indicators that can make your attendees a target. Here are a few tips to help your registrants have a better travel experience.Don’t wear name badges outside of the meeting Keep copies of IDs, credit cards and other important information in your carry-on... Read more »

Best Practices: Networking Before Your Conference

Business Networking at Conferences

Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress 2015 begins in a few short days. What have you done to begin networking? Now you may be asking yourself, “Alex, the conference hasn’t even begun yet. How can I start networking if the conference hasn’t even started?” Great question! The answer is, A LOT! 75% of good networking is great preparation. Here’s 5 simple tasks you can do before you even arrive in San Francisco: 1. Business Cards – Make sure you are well stocked. There’s nothing like scrambling at the last minute looking for your business cards and realizing you have none! Now, if... Read more »

kchopson

Video: Using QR Codes to Improve Your Meeting

Earlier this week, EventRebels President K.C. Hopson spoke to the award-winning Georgia Peach Chapter of SGMP on how to improve your meeting with QR codes. Here is a recording of the popular presentation. Learn about the basics of QR codes, how to create great ones, and the many ways you can use them for your event.  

kchopson

How Beacons Can Help You Understand Your Trade Show

Beacon

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 »

lbradford

Room Block Piracy Affects More than the Bottom Line

An Update on Room Block Piracy and Poaching in the Meetings Industry Photo credit: Online Trading Academy via flickr.com. Earlier this year, the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Initiative organized a workgroup to focus on the issue of room block piracy and poaching. The APEX Room Block Poaching Workgroup conducted an initial survey of meeting professionals in April to gauge the scope of this issue. Meeting professionals from a wide variety of industries responded to the survey, providing insight on how this issue has affected their events. In a presentation at the IMEX Exhibition in Frankfurt in... Read more »

kchopson

Nine Features Your Mobile Event App Must Have!

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

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 »

kchopson

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 »

kchopson

Making Great Connections at Conferences and Trade Shows

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We all know that exhibiting at a trade show can be expensive. Therefore it is imperative that you implement good trade show practices so you do not waste the opportunity of bringing a bunch of qualified leads back to your office. Here are some critical things you should do to guarantee that your appearance is a success. Plan Early and Set Goals As soon as you decide to participate in the show you need to start thinking about how to make your appearance effective. The main thing is to figure out the types of attendees that are going to the... Read more »

lbradford

Don’t Let Suitcasing Trolls Rob Your Sponsors and Exhibitors!

To the average person, the word “suitcasing” may conjure up images of travel or adventure. But for many people in the event industry, it simply means trouble. What is suitcasing? Suitcasing is an unethical business practice that is frowned upon at events. It occurs when someone who has not purchased a sponsorship or exhibit space distributes promotional materials or solicits business at an event. For example, a company representative may register as an attendee and then work the exhibit floor, passing out promotional items and information in the aisles. Or, a company may rent a conference room at the event... Read more »

kchopson

Why You Should NOT Give Out Thumb Drives at Your Trade Show

No Flash Drives

Giving out thumb drives (aka USB Drives) at your show or booth seems like a good idea. They are small, can be packaged attractively, and the attendee can just stick the device into his or her PC and view your material. And that material can be anything from brochures to a movie to Power Point slides to links to your web site. Sounds great – right? Wrong! This article is written to discourage you from giving out thumb drives and attendees from taking them. This author personally throws away any thumb drive he is given, even if they are in... Read more »

kchopson

EventRebels’ Mobile Conference Attendee App is Out!

ERMobile Attendee App for iPhone and Android

EventRebels already has two mobile apps in the store for Google and Apple devices. The EROnsite app is for planners to monitor their show and, most importantly, scan QR codes on badges to track show and session attendance. Using the same QR code technology, exhibitors can run the ERLead app on their smartphone for lead retrieval. But we saved the best for last. The ERMobile app for attendees of conferences is now available for iPhone and Android! Our first releases have these exciting features: Full Conference Schedule with details for each presentation User’s Itinerary Maps of the Venue Exhibitor and... Read more »

lbradford

Protect Your Room Block from Pirates

Pirate Flag

These days, pirates are not just found on the high seas, they’re also abundant in the meetings industry. However, room pirates are not in search of buried event treasure. These unauthorized housing companies are after your exhibitors and attendees instead. They profit by deceiving attendees into making their hotel reservations outside of the room block. Often, housing pirates will misrepresent their companies, faking an association with your event. They will contact attendees and urge them to book their rooms immediately, saying that the room block is either sold out or near capacity. In the best case scenario, they may book... Read more »

kchopson

Start Planning Wi-Fi for your Meeting – Identify the Needs

It is now common these days for people to show up at a meeting not only with their smartphone, but also with a laptop and even a table. Regardless of their device, your attendee expects to be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network at no cost. Throughout the conference a large percentage of your attendees will be using your Wi-Fi network for a variety of purposes. At many points, the usage may increase to the point that the network cannot handle the load and attendees will either experience slow service or no service at all. When this happens, expect... Read more »

kchopson

How to Increase Membership with your Meeting’s Online Registration Form

Most organizations treat the process of increasing membership and meeting registration numbers as two totally different processes. This is unfortunate because, with the correct software, you can easily drive membership purchases as part of your normal online registration process for your meetings. If you are interested in a simple way to boost your membership, here are a few things your registration system should be able to handle. Are you able to upload your membership list to your online registration software? This list should include all pertinent contact information as well as any other data you need. Do you attempt to... Read more »

kchopson

QR Codes, Not Just For Your Website!

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As you probably know, QR Codes are a great way to promote your event. The most common use of these codes is to have a smartphone scan the code which redirects the user to a web page. For a meeting, this might be a link to the meeting web site or your organization. Lost in the standard use of QR codes are a couple of other novel ways to use QR codes to promote your organization or event. A great use of QR codes is for SMS marketing – i.e. text messaging. Your QR code can be setup so when... Read more »

kchopson

How to Promote your Meeting with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is now the premier social media web site for business. If your conference is targeting professionals in business, education and government, LinkedIn is not to be ignored, although they have discontinued the app for creating events. There are still many great ways for your meeting to be promoted on LinkedIn. Post updates on your personal and organization page that link to your online registration form. Use headline terminology, such as registration for your conference “is now open!” Post status updates about meeting news such as speaker updates, the venue, and so forth. Have a LinkedIn icon on your online... Read more »

lbradford

Twitter Lists—An Underused Tool in the Event Planner’s Belt

Twitter

Twitter gets a lot of love in the event management world and it’s not hard to see why. With hashtags and live tweet streams, Twitter is the perfect platform for quick and powerful communication. But not enough attention is being paid to a Twitter tool with the potential to make a great impact at events—lists. Twitter lists allow you to organize groups of people so that you can follow all of them at once. This is especially useful because you do not need to follow each member of the list individually. Also, list activity will not take up space in... Read more »

kchopson

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 »

lbradford

Protecting Privacy at Events

Events no longer exist solely in the physical realm. With event registration forms, websites, apps, and social media accounts, a fair amount of information is being collected and shared online. How will your attendees know that you are taking the appropriate steps towards protecting their privacy? Consider writing a clear and comprehensive privacy policy. Include information about how you plan to collect, use, and disclose your registrants’ personally identifiable information. This article will examine everything you need to consider as you develop your event’s privacy plans. What is personally identifiable information? The first step to protecting personally identifiable information is... Read more »

kchopson

What is the Deal with All These Codes on My Badge?

There has been a lot of talk in the last few years about using various codes on attendee badges to expedite the exchange of information between attendees, exhibitors, or both. These “codes” take the form of some image that has no meaning to a person but are meant to be read by a device (“machine readable.”) These codes not only differ visually, but they also function in quite different ways. Here is a break-down of the most popular codes used on badges at meetings and events. A 1D Bar Code (i.e. One Dimensional) is a simple code typically representing a... Read more »