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NEW ARTICLE: Meetings and Tradeshows -- There's an App for That!
- NEW ARTICLE: Meetings and Tradeshows -- There's an App for That!
- NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: How Gen Y/Millennials Consume Media (including meetings)
- 35 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
- QUOTES OF THE MONTH
- RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
- CORBIN'S CALENDAR and the fine print
Mobile apps are the hottest line of software development with hundreds of direct applications for events, tradeshows, associations and venues. This article covers the major players in a wide range of meetings and tradeshow related mobile developments.
35 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN 15 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
This one is an important development. Veteran designers from the pioneer meetings technology company SeeUThere have built from the ground up a new attendee management/online registration product. It looks very easy to use, but can handle large, complex events. It has full mobile integration so planners can access all attendee/housing data from an iPhone. Free for the first month and then only $49/month/user thereafter with no transaction fees!
Facetime Appointment Scheduler
Nice appointment scheduling program for events from Elite Meetings. MobileDN
Mobile application for event networking, lead exchange and more.
Slick webcast and video presentation service. Uses Adobe Flash requiring no downloads. Very nice platform.
Very nice web collaboration (including video) system. Free for up to 20 people. $25/month for up to 50 people. $75/month for up to 1,000 people. Many nice tools in the app.
Pick up conference literature, brochures, and course notes using your mobile phone.
Very complete association and large group management system including tools for registration, speaker selection, committee management, content management, links to all types of social media, agenda building, surveys and more. A nice page of screenshots to their functionality is found at: http://support.socious.com/p/bl/et/blogid=2&blogaid=114 (I wish more technology providers would do this!)
Nice invitation tool for Tweet-ups and other events.
Another mobile web-based audience polling application
More registration companies integrating social Media
CDS is an example of this trend.
Telepresence and virtual meetings videos and trends
Freeman offers mobile solution assists communication between exhibitors and show contractors
http://www.famtriptv.com/ New website about fam trip (familiarization trip) education and videos of destinations.
HotelChatter's Annual Hotel Wi-Fi Report 2010
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"Curiosity is the thirst of the soul."
-- Samuel Johnson
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
-- Alvin Toffler
"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it."
- George Odiorne
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"640 K [of computer memory] ought to be enough for anybody."
-- Bill Gates, Microsoft (1981)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
Find Your Feet
CIM article about using social media for events.
Technology revolutions will slay "event logistics" monster
http://www.meetpie.com/modules/newsmodule/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=12994 MeetPie article about using technology to improve the business process for events.
In the Know
Nicely written article by Ellie Bayrd for Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal about emerging technology trends for meetings.
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