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Primer: Event Management Software
Jun 22, 2016 by
There are a myriad of reasons to use software—purpose-built software, i.e. not Excel spreadsheets or other makeshift business tools like Google Drive—to manage events. With so many options, though, it can be hard to decide which applications to use for what purpose. Here’s a rundown of event software categories, the problems they solve, and the real prize for an event planner: [caption id="attachment_902377" align="alignleft" width="300"] Event Registration[/caption] Event registrati...
Event Beacon Technology for Better Decision Making & Revenue Growth
Jun , 2016 by
Beacon technology in the event industry is picking up steam. While it was originally designed in conjunction with event mobile apps (and many providers still deploy beacons that way), it can also be implemented (sans app) using a wearable. Either way, beacons deliver actionable data, which can translate into more compelling customer experiences and revenue opportunities. [caption id="attachment_902387" align="alignright" width="442"] Exhibitor App collects in-booth data; beacon readers placed...
IT Best Practices: Rent vs Buy Technology for Projects?
Jun 09, 2016 by
If you’ve ever had to scale up an IT project on short notice, you’re probably familiar with the following dilemma. You need 100 laptops by month’s end, so you tap a national computer distributor for a big, juicy purchase. You’ll soon be the proud new owner of a mountain of equipment, you’ve delighted the distributor’s sales rep, and it seems like your staff is ready to sit down at the keyboards once the equipment arrives. (The project could be anything, really – like a major...
How to Choose a Large Display for Business
Jun 01, 2016 by
  The demand for large, visually stunning, and multi-functional displays for business is increasing. After all, we live in a content-driven, increasingly more sophisticated, global society in which the medium really is the message. That’s why choosing the right display for the right purpose is important. Here’s a brief primer on what to look for in large-screen displays and how to evaluate the options that are available. To ensure success at your meeting, there are factors you mus...
Summer Series Part 3: How to Use Video Walls at Outdoor Events
May 25, 2016 by
Video walls aren’t only used indoors during conferences, trade shows, or business meetings. They’re highly effective outdoors too. But creating video walls outside in the elements and sunlight in temporary settings like festivals, concerts, or sporting events requires more than hauling monitors out of the office and onto the fairway. With the right technology, event producers and participants can achieve some amazing results projecting their content onto video walls made for the outdoors...
Summer Series Part 2: WiFi for Production Services Outdoor
May 19, 2016 by
Getting wireless Internet access to an outdoor event (sometimes out in the middle of nowhere) is a multi-dimensional challenge. Simply tapping into the main Internet access point is only the first obstacle. Making sure that the individual user groups—production, medical services, media, vendors, security, ticket sales, food service, and others—get reliable, exclusive connectivity is more complex. Luckily, there’s a way to make sure that every group gets what it needs without wasting a sing...
Summer Events, Part 1: Elevate Attendee Experience and Engagement with RFID Technology
May 04, 2016 by
When it comes to summer events, radio-frequency technology—whether it’s RFID or NFC—is the new black (or tie dye). Whether you’re planning a music festival, a maker faire, or a lawn and garden show, wearables with embedded RF chips or tags open up a world of possibilities for organizers and attendees. The Basics: RFID vs. NFC Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication (NFC) work similarly: When Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is used, inf...
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