10 intriguing and inspirational (possibly frightening) takeaways from virtual reality-related presentations at SXSW 2016.
At its best, Periscope is the fly on the wall … any wall in the world. At its worst, it’s a never-ending video selfie.
The Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay in California has introduced a full 1 gigabit (Gbps) Internet connection to support meetings and events.
There is no more prominent trend in the event industry than responsible website design.
According to the latest survey from Penton Research, 81 percent of responding event planners expect 2015 to be as good or better for them as 2014. All told, 45 percent say they expect to stage more events in 2015 than they did in 2014, while 36 percent say they will likely stage the same number. Only 5 percent […]
Most managers need hard evidence to justify sending their employees to an event. Try these ideas.
Personal service, healthy lifestyles and convenience are what hotel customers value most, according to a study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Lodging Survey, sponsored every two years by AH&LA, has been assessing industry trends since 1988. The 2014 survey was conducted by STR, which polled 9,600 hotels across the country. Key findings: […]
People don’t naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you’re asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.
Ask event organizers if they’d prefer attendees to lean in or disengage with conference content and they’ll overwhelmingly choose engagement. But aside from moderating social media streams or pushing a poll through a conference app, there’s little they can do measure audience sentiment in real time. Microsoft’s Bing Pulse hopes to change that with a self-serve […]
When the annual industry trade show EIBTM opened in Barcelona, Spain, this week, it rebranded itself as IBTM World. And that wasn’t the only “something new” that attendees experienced firsthand. Show organizers also named a Top 10 list of innovations from companies that applied to showcase technological, social or design innovations demonstrating revolutionary solutions, applications and the latest technologies […]
No-cell zones can be a hard sell, says well-connected planner (and reformed Blankie lover).
A five-part guide for telecommuters, wannabes and road warriors.
Let’s get some traction and let the world know we’ve got a domain of our own.
Apple Watch has the potential to be as revolutionary as the original iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Did you know there’s an online calculator you can use to see what kind of Internet speed your group will need? The APEX Bandwidth Calculator errs on the side of too much bandwidth, but it will give you a baseline from which to start venue negotiations. Once you’re on-site, you can test the speed in guest […]
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has created four European committees to examine and improve the areas of aviation, hotels, meetings and technology. The committees, forming now, comprise GBTA members wanting to improve levels of competence through the creation of toolkits, RFPs, white papers, templates, webinars and educational content. Leading the committees: Meetings: Chaired by Izania […]
A new report shows that meeting attendees and event producers increasingly are using both hybrid and digital technologies. The 2014 Digital Benchmark Report collected findings from more than 200 event producers. It offers data and insights for online methodologies, business goals, marketing strategies and measurement approaches. The report was conducted by Chicago-based Virtual Edge Institute […]
These four tips can keep you from embarrassing yourself or your client.
The global meetings and events expo EIBTM has redesigned its website to improves users’ experiences and increase communication with all attendees at its 2014 event in November in Barcelona, Spain. The changes are aimed at making content for visitors easy to access and gathering up-to-date information about the show as early as possible. More than 15,000 industry professionals […]
Later this month (April 20-26), the International Association of Administrative Professionals honors those who make offices work – secretaries, administrative assistants and those in various support roles in U.S. and Canada businesses. IAAP’s Administrative Professionals Week turns 62 this year, and happens on the heels of its 2013 Benchmaking Survey, which shows that office and […]
Team-building activities are under more pressure than ever to justify their value and expense, but they can still be fun and games.
Hybrid and virtual meetings are no longer reserved for tech geeks with big budgets. They are a staple.
There’s an app attack brewing in the meeting and events industry, but for now it’s just a tiny takeover, according to Lawrence Coburn, CEO of mobile event application provider DoubleDutch.
How do you get people to download your conference app before they get on-site? You can up your adds by following three simple guidelines.
Eight innovations will be available for a test drive in the new interactive — and aptly named —Innovation Zone at EIBTM. Even if you’re not spending Nov. 19-21 in Spain, you might want to check them out.
High-density Wi-Fi can now be found at all MGM Resorts International destinations in Las Vegas. You’ll never have to leave home without it.
Want to make your events interactive? You can create an on-site confessional, where attendees can go to upload video commentary about what they are learning or discovering at your event. Online portals like Youtube.com make it easy to upload short videos to a corporate channel that can then be shared on social networks or embedded […]
From mobile apps to LED technology, the future is here and ready, with cost-effective ways to enhance attendee experiences.
The more you combine social media and marketing throughout the process, the more successful each event will be.
Need a technology solution for your event? If so, you have a new option with the Meeting Pool. The Meeting Pool is an events-industry decision engine and online resource for event professionals who are evaluating, discussing, purchasing and endorsing technology solutions. The site features direct vendor communication and content from contributors across the event and technology […]
Small businesses today host 13 to 14 events per year, thanks to innovations in event management technology and social media.
The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism is taking note of technology’s role with a new iPad app. It was designed for leisure travelers but will work just as well for meeting and event planners. Palm Springs HD, free on iTunes and online at www.visitpalmsprings.com, lets you build itineraries, see photos and discover the best places […]
There is a quiet little piece of software making inroads in the presenting community. It’s called Prezi.
Peak Meetings, an app available for the iPad ($12.99), lets you schedule meetings, organize the agenda, add action items, assign deadlines and more in an easy-to-use format.
If you’ve started a Facebook fan page for your event, but can’t quite figure out what to post or how to engage your audience, here’s a tip …
Much has changed since RFID — radio-frequency identification — first appeared on the meeting scene in the early 2000s. Now, with voting and social applications, RFID can create a whole new level of interactivity for attendees, companies, sponsors and virtual visitors.
Some terrific options allow you to use your webcam to converse with multiple people at once. Check out …
With smartphone technology on the rise, event planners are adding apps to their technology arsenals – for their own planning efforts and for attendees’ engagement. This pieces looks at attendee-centric apps.
A virtual event, quite simply, is one that is broadcast over the Internet. It typically has audio of a presenter, and visuals in the format of slides.
QR codes are designed specifically to direct users to a mobile-optimized webpage. They are great for both pre-event marketing and on-site event engagement.
Did you know it’s a scientific fact that if you leave your earbuds lying around, they’ll get tangled? And there’s more! Chief AV Girl Midori Connolly is back with more tech-infused travel tips. Watch this short video and learn how to stay charged up and in-control on-site or in transit. And don’t forget: If you’d […]
In this day and age, Web-based video is a highly effective way to engage audiences and relay information in a quick and interesting way. But what if the video wasn’t a one-sided conversation? HuStream’s 1:1 Conversational Video redefines viewer engagement for a “near-human experience.” Using a mix of psychology, Web-based technology and video savvy, 1:1 […]
Almost 75 percent of industry insiders find virtual events useful, but nearly a third are still struggling with how to generate revenue from them, says the 2010 Virtual Event Report. Here are some of its core findings: 2010 virtual event report For a free copy of the full report, click here.
Looking for a fun way to engage attendees on your event website? Vitreo Internet Video gives you the ability to insert a floating video of a spokesperson or object on any online page. After (or during) the video call to action, visitors can click on it to go deeper into the site.
MobileXtend is a phone-based application from American Express Business Travel that gives planners and travelers access to itineraries and updated information in the palm of their hand. The application automatically synchronizes on- and offline reservations with mobile devices and provides destination information such as maps, currency conversions, negotiated hotel amenities and preferred ground transportation. The […]
If you don’t know the difference between a 3,000 lumen and a 5,000 lumen projector, you’re not alone. Many meeting professionals find event technology daunting and difficult to keep up with. In this PYM Knowledge Series video, a panel of experts, moderated by Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, discuss and demystify several areas of […]
Finding places or activities that enhance a meetings’ themes are a powerful way to tie business objectives into the attendees’ experience. Author John Graham-Cumming has cataloged 128 places around the world where “science and technology come alive” in The Geek Atlas. Many are in the U.S. and the U.K. and range from museums to government […]
ResponseWare Web by Turning Technologies LLC is a Web-based polling system that allows attendees to actively participate in meetings via cell phones, smartphones and laptops with an Internet connection. The technology allows team members in multiple locations to give instantaneous feedback to speakers giving PowerPoint presentations.
At the PYM LIVE Atlanta Event at Retreat of Dunwoody, Dr. James Hogg spoke about “Emergent Technologies for Meeting Professionals.” His goal was to blow our minds, and he did. We have received an avalanche of requests from attendees and those unable to attend to share the educational content, so here are some audio of […]
The Strategic Meetings Management Suite by SignUp4 provides planners with digital tools to organize and manage all aspects of meetings and events, from budgets and registration to travel. No HTML knowledge is necessary. The suite allows planners to create Web sites, generate reports and send invitations intuitively. — Taylor Dahl
Why project on a conventional screen or waterwall, when images or presentations can float in mid-air? Arizona-based Encore Creative has a 15-ft. FogScreen that attendees, entertainers or featured speakers can walk right through.
Solar Impulse is creating a solar-powered airplane that needs no fuel and creates no air pollution. The company has partnered with the International Air Transport Association to develop the plane, which will begin test flights in early 2009. It is scheduled to circle the world (with five stopovers) in 2011.
Want to know what’s coming down the pike? The hospitality industry’s largest technology event, HITEC 2008, comes to the Austin [Texas] Convention Center June 16-19. Exhibits include Guestroom 2010, a model of “the hotel room of the future.”
For a taste of what’s new in hotel technology, check into the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Alabama, which opened last month.
People already use smartphones to listen to music, watch videos, surf the Web, send e-mails and track appointments; now they can use them to make and manage travel itineraries.
Wireless technology is everywhere: We can send and receive e-mails anywhere, answer cell phones through car dashboards and get directions from satillites while driving. But planners have barely scratched the surface as far as incorporating the power of wireless communication into events.