Corbin's March/April 2016 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVIII, Issue 2|
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.In this issue:
Wearable two-way beacons provide each attendee with a beacon(as a badge or as attached to the lanyard). The beacon is always transmitting its BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) signal with a battery life of several days. With 100% of the event participants using it, this opens up many new capabilities.
NEW ARTICLE: Event Planners -- How Event-Tech Might Save Your Job
Relationships matter, and relationships are formed, nourished and cemented face-to-face. Direct meetings help, but events of all types remain a great way to get a lot of key people in one place at one time and get the deals done. Event planners need to know the tools to assist in making this happen. This article discusses the options.
NEW ARTICLE: 5 Apps to Better Share Your Event
By using the following apps, your attendees will be buzzing about your event in no time.
NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Event Icons
EventIcons Episode 5 with Al Wynant & Corbin Ball from Will Curran
Meetings Today interview by Tyler Davidson with Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX and me covering a range of trends.
Meetings Tech HQ: Announcing a Dedicated Social Network Only for Events Industry Professionals
I am excited and pleased to offer this mobile-first social network to the events community. It is my hope that it will be an easy and convenient place to connect, share and learn from each other. I invite all meeting and tradeshow professionals interested in technology to download the app (for iOS and Android), stop by and check it out.
Website and Newsletter Update
There is a different look to TechTalk News and my website. The site it is now responsively designed making it more mobile friendly and opening the way for a more flexible design. We are still working out some of the bugs, but I hope you will find the changes for the better. Also included is a slight rebranding from Corbin Ball Associates to Corbin Ball & Co. reflecting a move toward more sole-proprietor work.
A big THANKS to Layton Rasco and the team at AttendeeNet who played a major part in making the transformation happen.
17 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
8 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Free ebook from the Event Managers Blog
WEBGES Gmbh and Coe-Trueman Technology have merged and rebranded under a new name: CTI Meetings Technology to provide a broad range of technologies including abstract management, presentation capture/delivery and association/registration management.
Robust roadshow management, attendee management and event scheduling tool. Used by high-end tech companies such as Google and Microsoft.
RaffleKit — Free digital presentation tool from Conferences.io for your event's raffles and giveaways
Simple, low-cost SMS-based photo wall from Conferences.io.
New Dutch mobile polling/audience engagement tool. Several interesting features.
Mobile silent auction app designed specifically for events. Increase revenue from a broader audience.
The Event Sponsorship Guide
Free ebook from Bizzabo (registration required).
4 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
One of the best free conference call products I have used. More than excellent sound quality, it provides "3D stereo" where people sound in different customizable places. Fully mobilized as well. The Pro version adds on additional functionality, but the free version is excellent!
Behind the Name
What is the meaning and history of your first name?
A great site for free, no copyright fee images. I use this site regularly!
5 Sites Just for Fun:
Wild Ski Video
Honda's Answer to Rube Goldberg
Very clever commercial.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -- St. Augustine
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here ... We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped." -- U.S. Senator Simon Cameron, on the Smithsonian Institute (1901)
RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:
CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR: My March/April 2016 travel schedule is bringing me to Las Vegas, Sunriver (OR), Charlotte, Newport Beach, Antibes, Frankfurt, Butte, Orlando and likely a few other places as well via webinars. Click the link above for specific details and links. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date.
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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS
Corbin Ball & Co.
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