Corbin's November/December 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
 
Volume XVII, Issue 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries for over seventeen years. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows. 
 

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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2015 Technology & Innovation Watch
  • NEW AUDIO INTERVIEW: The Future of Event Marketing
  • NEWS
  • 21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

NEW ARTICLE: Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2015 Technology & Innovation Watch 
The IBTM World Technology & Innovation Watch (formerly the EITBT Technology Watch) is the longest running and regarded by many as the most significant technology award for the meetings industry. The goals are to recognize technology innovation and to highlight significant trends impacting meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors at events. The winner and 9 innovation mentions for were selected from 61 applications.

This article covers the these ten products and the trends highlighted.  


 
NEW AUDIO INTERVIEW: Future of Event Marketing
https://soundcloud.com/eventfarm/future-of-event-marketing-2
EventFarm 22 minute interview on a range of emerging event marketing trends.


NEWS
 
Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter - http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artID=9177
 
New Certificate Program Will Teach Tech to Meeting Students
http://meetingsnet.com/tech/new-certificate-program-will-teach-tech-meeting-students

Cvent expansion continues acquiring AllianceTech
https://www.cvent.com/en/company/cvent-announces-third-quarter-2015-financial-results.shtml
 
DoubleDutch adds messaging and channels to its mobile event app
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/11/prweb13072864.htm


21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Swoogo
https://www.swoogo.com/
Next generation attendee management product. Full responsive design on the front and back end. No transaction fees. Appears to be highly brandable and easy to use.

Skoop
http://skoop.com/
Interesting new mobile event guide app with a strong emphasis on building community and attendee engagement..

A very thorough treatise on the subject from COS Rent 4 Events

Facebook for Event Professionals - The Complete Guide
http://www.cosrental.com/2015/facebook-guide/
Another excellent free e-book from COS Rent 4 Events

Instagram for Event Professionals 
http://www.cosrental.com/instagram-events-guide/
Yet, another excellent free e-book from COS Rent 4 Events

The Best Way to Wrap Your Head Around Event Technology
http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/wrap-your-head-around-eventtech
Thought-provokiing article from EventManagersBlog

Bird -- A New, Interactive Wearable to Control PowerPoint Slides and Much More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko8AmT4Yw8Y


7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

101 Blog Post Ideas That Will Make Your Blog “HOT”
http://startbloggingonline.com/101-blog-post-ideas-that-make-your-blog-hot/
 

18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World
http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/bhutan-loves-its-archery-apparently#.aoz5xl9X3z

Star Size Comparison Video: HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q

9 Photo Composition Tips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVyNjKSr0M

Digital Library on Big Data
http://aws-marketplace-webcasts.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/

Able2Extract PDF Converter -- high end - free trial
http://www.investintech.com/prod_a2e.htm


7 Sites Just for Fun:

Four Musicians Playing Bolero On One Cello
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=210&v=aUeysGoPFTk

Amazing Pool Shot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxilz3I4GVE
Is this real?

The Internet in Real-Time
http://pennystocks.la/internet-in-real-time/

Smartphones taking over our lives
http://digitalsynopsis.com/buzz/smartphone-addiction-funny-sad-images

Expandable Round Dining Table
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10151939059552499
A cool idea for some hotels.

 
Aerobatics In The Swiss Alps - 360 Degree Cockpit View
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZ02-Qenso
An incredible 360° cockpit view of the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team 'Patrouille Suisse' flying through the Alps at incredible speeds.

Crazy Wingsuit Flight Through a Forest 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=52&v=WVuI_S-CmaI


QUOTES OF THE MONTH:

"Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master." -- Christian Lous Lange

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." -- Yogi Berra

"People don't take trips, trips take people." --- John Steinbeck

"It's no longer the big beating the small. It's the fast beating the slow."
-- Eric Pearson, Chief Information Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:

"The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works." - Astronomer Clifford Stoll, 1995

"The Panama Canal is actually a thing of the past, and Nature in her works will soon obliterate all traces of French energy and money expended on the Isthmus." -- Scientific American (1881)

RECENT MENTIONS:

Corporate & Incentive Travel: Wearable Tech: Meeting Game Changer?
http://www.themeetingmagazines.com/cit/wearable-tech/

Speak the Future: Interview with Corbin Ball
http://eventfuture.com/general/speak-the-future-interview-with-corbin-ball-event-tech-specialist/

New Event Models: The Latest and Greatest
http://blog.nicheeventnation.com/marketing/new-event-models-the-latest-and-greatest-with-sean-guerre/

MeetingsTomorrow: 12 Must-Follow Twitter Users for #eventprofs
http://meetingtomorrow.com/blog/top-twitter-users-for-events#prettyPhoto

Seven Myths and Misconceptions about Event Attendee Tracking Technology
http://www.exhibitcitynews.com/seven-myths-and-misconceptions-about-event-attendee-tracking-technology/#_edn1

Smart: 5 Meeting Trends and What’s Ahead
http://nextlevelblog.smarttech.com/5-meeting-trends-and-whats-ahead/



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Attendee Management Inc. (AMi) 
AMi breaks down the barriers to online registration, housing, travel and e-marketing. No license fees, no software to manage, just dedicated, experienced service. Pay only for what you need, and provide the solutions your attendees and clients expect. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 
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CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.

   Certain Software 
About Certain Software®, Inc
Certain Software is the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events industry. Certain's innovative solutions deliver to meeting and event professionals streamlined processes, reduced expenses, greater return on investments, and improved overall value of meetings and events. Certain's event management solutions support a full range of events -- from small meetings and educational sessions, to large conferences and world events. Headquartered in San Francisco, Certain has operations and sales offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

     
Conference Technology Enhancements (CTE)
CTE is a global full-service event company providing specialized products and innovative services to help make your next convention, conference, trade show, or exhibition a resounding success. Our solutions are unique to each and every one of our clients and we want to help craft a solution for you!

  
etouches
15 modules to manage all your event aspects: etouches event management software is designed to ease every major function in the event life cycle and integrates with a dozen best-in-class software. 

The multi-lingual, multi-currency platform offers registrations,
budgeting, project management, speaker/exhibitor/sponsor 
management, event websites, seating, surveying, email marketing, 
social networking & mobile App. Love your event software!

 
EventPro Software
Whether your needs relate to venue scheduling, event planning, online attendee registrations, table and seating management, floor plans, travel and accommodation management, budgeting, invoicing, online payments, catering and delivery management, a mixture of all the above, or a varied selection of other event, venue and catering management requirements, EventPro has you covered!

 
EventsAIR
EventsAIR by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.

  
Highroad Solution
HighRoad U is a content portal for marketers who need education in web, social media, email & mobile. If you use digital to market your events, you’ll find the content you need to increase attendance and appeal to new generations of attendees. Education the way U want it: online & on-demand. Produced by HighRoad Solution. 

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.


Lanyon
Lanyon believes that when people come together, amazing things happen, relationships are built and business gets done. That’s why we’ve created the industry’s leading cloud-based software for managing corporate meetings, events and travel programs — while helping hotels better connect with corporate clients.
 
 
SpotMe
"We're using the SpotMe app to let 400 evangelists take control of the agenda and create their own sessions at our annual agile community event" - Hannah Shain, Rally Software  

SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision,

    
Ungerboeck 
Ungerboeck is the world leader in end-to-end event management software for exhibitions, conferences and associations. For most organizations, Ungerboeck software delivers the capabilities of three to five separate software packages at a fraction of the cost including CRM, booth sales, event registration, CAD floor plans and more. 
Visit  
ungerboeck.com for more information. 

 
AllianceTech is the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer. 

 

 
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