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  • Corbin Named as one of Prevue Meetings 21 Industry Influencers for 2020 +

    Prevue Meetings + Incentives has named 21 leaders in the meetings and incentives industry as Prevue’s Industry Influencers . These individuals are thought leaders in their respective niches and always ready to share their knowledge and expertise. I am honored to be included in this illustrious list. 

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  • The 2019 Quarter 4 Issue -- the Final Issue of Corbin's TechTalk News is Now Available +

      

    Welcome to the final issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter (see below). 

    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:
    • NEW ARTICLE: Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2019 Technology Watch
    • NEW ARTICLE: A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation
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  • Corbin Ball & Co. Marks Its 22nd Anniversary +

    In April of 1997, I left my career as Head of Conference Operations for a high-tech association (SPIE) to form my own speaking, consulting and writing firm focusing exclusively on technology for events, exhibitions and meeting venues. I was the first person to do this full-time -- the 'OG' of event tech! Today, I am happy to say there are many Read More

  • Corbin Inducted into the EIC Hall of Leaders +

    Corbin Ball, together with Henry Givray, Edward Liu, and Deborah Sexton was inducted into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders for 2018, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry.  The awards celebration occured on October 16, 2018 in Las Vegas during IMEX America. 
         Personal note: I feel tremendously honored and thrilled to
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    Latest Articles

    • 1 Face-to-Face Vs. Virtual Meetings: Which is Better?
    • 2 Artificial Intelligence: The Upcoming Impact on Events
    • 3 How to Identify your Target Audience for an Event
    • 4 Planning an Auction: 4 Best Practices For a Smooth Event
    • 5 10 Ways to Integrate Trade Shows and Events Into Your Facebook Marketing
    • 6 Modern Association Management: 6 Tools You Need
    • 7 How Facial Recognition Will Disrupt the Events Landscape
    • 8 Event Registration: 4 Best Practices to Increase Attendance
    • 9 Association Community Building: Offline and Online Engagement
    • 10 The Next Big Trade Show Attraction Has Arrived: Virtual Reality Video
    • 11 8 Effective Ways To Promote Your Event On Facebook
    • 12 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2019 Technology Watch
    • 13 A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation
    • 14 How 5G Will Revolutionize the Event Industry
    • 15 The Event Technology Revolution – Are We There Yet?
    • Face-to-Face Vs. Virtual Meetings: Which is Better?

      ©2020 Corbin Ball This is a trick question. Actually, both face-to-face (F2F) and the range of virtual meetings have their strengths and weaknesses depending on the length and goals of the event. This article will cover them. Webinars: A webinar is simply a seminar conducted over the internet. Typically, the
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    • Artificial Intelligence: The Upcoming Impact on Events

      ©2020 Corbin Ball The past few decades have seen tremendous technology change and this coming decade will be no different: The 1990s brought us email and basic internet connectivity. The 2000s brought is the widespread adoption of the web The 2010s brought us the widespread adoption of smartphones and other mobile technology. The 2020s, I believe, will
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    • How to Identify your Target Audience for an Event

      ©2020 Guest Post: Donald Fomby In the age of digital media, one can be forgiven for considering live events as outdated. After all, it’s more affordable and straightforward to simply deliver content marketing materials to your target audience through social media, email and blog posts and call it a day.
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    • Planning an Auction: 4 Best Practices For a Smooth Event

      ©2020 Guest Post: Joshua Meyer, Director of Marketing for OneCause. As your organization prepares to host a charity auction, you’re handling a lot of moving parts. Tracking everything can be overwhelming, even if you’ve already put together a stellar team to run the event.   However, there are many ways you
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    • 10 Ways to Integrate Trade Shows and Events Into Your Facebook Marketing

      ©2020 Claire Divas, Editor - Likehack Introduction Facebook has over more than 2 billion active users with no sign of slowing down and acts as an ideal platform to promote an event or tradeshows. It provides the ability to reach your exact audience by age, interest, location, and behavior. Facebook is
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    • Modern Association Management: 6 Tools You Need

      ©2020 Guest post: Jake Fabbri, Vice President of Marketing at Fonteva A new decade brings new association advancements that can help increase member retention and acquisition rates. However, coping with technology change can be daunting— especially if you suddenly find yourself with outdated tools.    With new online solutions and digital resources
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    • How Facial Recognition Will Disrupt the Events Landscape

      ©2020 Electro-Media Design, Ltd. By Sara Friedman Facial recognition technology has the ability to transform the events industry, but it remains to be seen how attendees will respond to the biometrics solutions coming onto the market. Potential uses for facial recognition include simplifying the on-site registration process, tracking attendee facial
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    • Event Registration: 4 Best Practices to Increase Attendance

      ©2020 Asaf Darash,  CEO,  Regpack Hosting a successful, engaging event takes ample preparation and planning. As your organization’s event planner, you likely already know this, and have dealt with the obstacles and hiccups that inevitably come along the way.    However, the event world is constantly changing. With every technological
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    • Association Community Building: Offline and Online Engagement

      Guest Post by Jake Fabbri, VP Marketing, Fonteva, ©2020 One of the most rewarding parts of being an association member is the community built with the other members. Professional associations, usually made up of those in the same career or a related role is a huge collaborative effort of individuals growing
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    • The Next Big Trade Show Attraction Has Arrived: Virtual Reality Video

      © 2019 Guest Post: Greg Mischio is the Owner and Chief Strategist at Winbound Manufacturers who want to stand out at trade shows are incorporating a new feature at their exhibits: virtual reality (VR) video. Find out how its mind-blowing capabilities helped one manufacturer introduce a new production facility in a powerfully
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    • 8 Effective Ways To Promote Your Event On Facebook

      ©2019 Guest Post by Sarah Smith Either you are a startup or a giant business model, whether you are an online store or an enterprise, social media can do some magic to your business. In order to maintain a competitive stride, businesses are bound to clout of popular social media
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    • Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2019 Technology Watch

      ©2019 Corbin Ball, Chair of the IBTM Technology Watch Judging Committee Established in 2000, The IBTM World Technology & Innovation Watch is the longest running and one of the most significant technology awards for the meetings industry. The goals are to recognize technology innovation and to highlight significant trends impacting
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    • A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation

      ©2019 by Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP Technology changes in the past six decades have been astonishing. This chronological list of significant technology milestones with societal technology events in “black” and face-to-face and virtual events industry-related technology innovations in “blue” shows far we have come, 1962 The Kodak Carousel slide projector was introduced. 1963 Bell
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    • How 5G Will Revolutionize the Event Industry

      ©2019 Ralf Llanasas, Whatphone 5G and the International Rollout The highly anticipated fifth generation of wireless network technology is finally a reality in countries around the world. Statistics predict that 5G networks will be full in use by 2020, with over 1 billion users connected to the technology by 2025.
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    • The Event Technology Revolution – Are We There Yet?

      I recently attended an open-air concert in the small city where I live. Before the music began, I noticed what appeared to be three generations of women sitting in front of me (a teenage daughter, mother and an elderly grandmother). I heard a phone ring and watched the grandmother reach
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    5 Apps to Better Share Your Next Event

     

    ©2016 By Jackie Eisenberg, Fueled

     

    It’s important to get your event out into the world quickly. It shows that you take initiative, you’re an awesome planner and you know how to get the guest list poppin’ in a second.

    Everyone knows how to create an event on Facebook, but what about on your mobile device? By using the following apps, all of you guests will soon be buzzing about your event in no time.

     

    Bizzabo

    The invites, the guest list, the ticket sales — who can keep track of it all? Bizzabo helps you manage everything you need when planning an event. Plus, it’ll create and publish the event for you. An awesome networking app as well, Bizzabo has been used at more than 5,000 events worldwide and helps with event analytics.

     

    Whova

    Manage your guests’ credentials with Whova. Not only does this free app create and share events, but it can scan and keep track of your guests’ business cards and check out their professional profiles in one place. Scan your guests’ backgrounds and find out what makes them tick. Let the networking begin.

     

    Super Planner

    This is the real deal. Calculate the capacity for 15 different types of venues, including banquet halls, theaters and reception halls. Or if you need to figure out what type of venue works best for your number of guests, the calculator can tell you that too. This app can help you figure out how to keep your event budget in check, and to make sure who’s coming — and most definitely staying.

     

    Evernote

    Evernote has been around for a while, and most people are aware of its existence. But not everyone has been using it as an event planning tool. If you’re unaware of how this free app works, it stores all your notes in one place and syncs to all your devices so you can find your Evernotes on your laptop, tablet and smartphone.

    If you have an Apple Watch, you can dictate your notes directly and save them. Did you need to unexpectedly add a guest to your list? Tell the app on the spot, and save it. You can manage event checklists, discuss the event with your collaborators and simply get things done.

     

    Pro Party Planner

    With this app, you can: create seating charts, manage your guest list and make sure everything's running smoothly. If your guests use Eventbrite, you can integrate any updates for your guests into the app. You can also collaborate with your teammates and delegate any incoming tasks to the appropriate person.


    If you get these five apps, your guest list will be overflowing — and your event will run more smoothly than ever.
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