You must give consideration to the qualities of music that will be present at an event (style, organization, volume, pulse, duration, purpose, etc.). But try going deeper, learn more about your audience and understand a smidge of what legitimate, talented DJs think about when designing the auditory landscape of an event.
PowerPoint is so 2001. If you want to liven things up at your event, encourage your speakers to use an online presentation system like prezi.com, which lets them zoom in and out and skip around, or sliderocket.com/product, which lets presenters create seamless multimedia presentations. If they must use PowerPoint, introduce them to the HaikuDeck app. […]
A recent survey of audiovisual experts uncovered seven trends for meetings, events and conferences this summer. Those surveyed are members of the Rental & Staging Network, a group of geographically diverse rental and staging companies with complete event capabilities. The trends: 1) All-white set design. Dubbed the “Apple Store” syndrome. It means big, borderless white screens for […]
Securing the right ballroom for your meeting is essential for a successful event, but it’s only part of the equation. Managing the content and presentations is equally critical.
Are you a master of program logistics until you step into a ballroom? Need to know how to evaluate and hire a production team and determine your general session needs but afraid to ask? We can help.
Meet BOB. More specifically, BOBtv. The acronym stands for the Best of Business Television, a new global online platform for the event marketing industry that bXb Online is developing as part of its focus on creating face-to-face events through online stories and experiences. “Like that trusted colleague we all have in our lives, BOBtv will […]
Event promoters can increase the value of their events if they take their rich content beyond the four corners of the room with video coverage. Here are some tips.
Just as I do not believe that sticking a camera in the back of a room makes a hybrid event, I do not believe that randomly jumping in front of the camera and talking to the virtual audience makes a virtual emcee.
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 […]
You plan it and they come, but if attendees don’t feel welcome or want to participate, your event is a failure. As events become more sophisticated, planners need to be more savvy about creating entrance points for people to interact with each other and feel like they’re being heard. Luckily, there are several tech tools that can help.
Last month we explored some excellent ways your AV company might be able to save you time, hassle and/or money when you share key pieces of information with them. Here are a couple of other items that might help you do the same.
At a recent event, I was reminded of how easy it is to overlook certain pieces of key information or communication that could be vital to the success of an audiovisual solution. In particular, this information applies to small associations or smaller meetings where there often isn’t a formal production crew or Technical Director.
AmpliVox Sound Systems is making and selling portable PA systems and podiums that are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) compliant. AmpliVox, the 40 year-old audio system specialist in Chicago, meets these requirements in nearly all of the wood products it manufactures. To help stretch forest resources, it uses particle […]
For many reasons, webcasting can be an excellent way to extend the effectiveness of your conference proceedings. With a little clever manipulation, you can use webcasting for marketing and promotion to the masses, for distance or e-learning purposes, or offer it as an additional benefit for members who simply don’t want to travel. The reasons […]
When it comes to the audiovisual for their meetings, most planners tell me it’s the worst part of their job. On a recent posting to the MiForum Google group, there was a long and extended conversation about how difficult it was for a planner in trying to navigate the bidding process for her AV needs. […]
I’ve been involved in the corporate audiovisual production industry for over 20 years, and one of the most consistent issues I hear meeting planners and end clients complaining about is the cost of their technology spend, specifically “hidden” or unexpected AV expenses. Part of the problem lies in the fact that many meeting planners are […]
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 […]
As meeting planners, you are probably quite familiar with the value of education and certification through a formal testing process. Whether the certification is CMP, CSEP, CMM, CEM or another designation, this is a symbol of professionalism and commitment to the industry. The same goes for membership in professional associations such as Meeting Professionals International, […]
In the AV industry we have lively conversations regarding the interesting tactics some companies will use to finagle every penny from your precious budget. And while many outlandish charges do exist, there are just as many that are justifiable. So, to clarify any confusion over what is real and what is not, here are some […]
Knowing how to evaluate and work with an AV service provider is no easy feat. Not knowing much about the company except for sort-of liking the smooth-talking sales representative can sometimes lead to a miserable experience rife with technical issues and lackluster service. Too often this critical decision is also based solely on whoever comes […]
Happy, happy new year everyone! As your friendly AVGirl, I hope you’re enjoying the columns and that I am fulfilling your needs of learning about the AV industry in a non-intimidating and informative manner. Let’s wrap up our discussion on who those people are in your AV neighborhood. In October we covered who should be […]
This month we resume enriching your relationship with your AV team by obtaining a better grasp of who does what and where they’re doing it. If you think about a factory, there is a definite order to an assembly line. Each worker has their position in the process for a reason. We’ve already examined two […]
Welcome back to month two from your friendly AVGirl, Midori. I know we are in the middle of discovering the various positions and responsibilities of our audiovisual (AV) crew; but I would like to address a reader letter I got last month that reflects a repeating source of concern and debate in the meetings industry […]
Warning: If you are an Audiovisual (AV) professional or are on the cutting edge of event technology, you might yawn your way through my column. If, however, you find yourself broadsided by the miles of cold metal truss, audio snake (why is it called a snake anyways?!) and troops of techs in black polo shirts […]
You have an important event. You know you’ve planned everything well, down to the printed program, which looks great. You’re ready. But when it comes time for the video presentations, there’s no sound. And you note that the screen is too big for the room (and for the people sitting at the front tables to […]