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Interview with Steve Shatsoff, VP at SmartSource Rentals
Steve Shatsoff
Sep, 15 2014 by Karen Daniels
The Right Way to Tap into Technology Trends for a Successful Event Human beings like trends. Whether it’s home theater systems, movies, smart phones, or other technology, we are driven to keep up with the trends - and events and tradeshows are no exception. If you’re going to attend an event in a field of interest, you always want to check out the “latest and greatest.” And when you’re putting on a tradeshow or other big event, you’ll most likely face some decision-making around whi...
Fact or Fiction: Quiz Yourself on Current Meeting Challenges
Sep, 07 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
When planning a major meeting and/or trade show, there are a lot of variables to consider including budget, attendee experience and destination. In addition, as a planner, you know it is part of your job to interface with a lot of partners and suppliers. In today’s market, however, with rapidly changing technology choices and interfaces, it is important that your knowledge is the most current is can be. Below is a quick FACT or FICTION guideline to make you all the smarter when planning ...
A Wearable Charger? The Pros and Cons of This Little Device
Sep, 03 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
While many wearable technologies can answer your calls, track your fitness level and even record a presenter's talk, the ability the charge your phone from a bracelet is something very new. The QBracelet is touted to do just that for iPhone and Android devices. So given that this technology is available now, why would anyone want to use a standard charging station? Without a doubt, there are pros and cons to this device. Let's take a closer look: Pros and Cons of a Wearable Device Charge...
Attendees Not Coming Back? 5 Fab Ways to Retain Them
Aug, 26 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
Every event planner's dream is to have 100% (or close to that) of attendees come back to their conference year-after-year. While this may seem like a lofty goal, the fact that most meetings are experiencing 50-90% turnover at their annual conferences is not good. And to drive home the reasons why retention should be important to you, let's look at these two startling statistics: It takes 20% of your time to keep existing attendees and 80% to groom new ones. Why is that? Because you have ...
Have Mobile Event Apps Reached Their Tipping Point?
Aug, 22 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
Ah yes, it appears they have. According to a recent survey of meeting and event planning professionals by DoubleDutch and MPI, mobile app integration into conferences is already happening or is planned to take place in the future. Below is an executive overview of their findings and how you and your stakeholders can prepare to adapt. Survey Says 63% of planners currently offer or have developed a mobile app for their meeting or event. 60% plan on using an event app in the future whil...
5 Flatout Facts about Social Media that Planners Can’t Contest
Aug, 20 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
I have been in the event planning industry for over 20 years and I know my colleagues are slow to accept change. In addition, many managers, clients and stakeholders want to continue to plan their event in the same old ways. With over 3 billion individuals worldwide on social, it is time to accept the following facts about Social Media and the Meeting and Event Planners who use it. Social Media Facts for Events: Boosts your meeting attendance Promotes your organization's brand Extends ...
Want Attendees at Your Booth? Provide Interactive Experiences!
Aug, 18 2014 by DeDe Mulligan
Last Fall, BizBash Magazine highlighted 15 companies that were doing amazing things with trade show technology. This blog will highlight five of the companies, what they did and what you can do to enhance your booth...even with limited time and a small budget. 5 Tradeshow Displays At the Game Developers Conference, Game Insights has multiple stations for attendees to play their games.  In addition, they had a large video wall previewing a trailer of their new game. What can you do? One th...
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