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    Latest Articles

    • 1 How Hotels Are Adapting to Hybrid Event Technology
    • 2 With A.I. on the Rise, Event Tech Could See Quick Progress
    • 3 1962-2022: A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation
    • 4 Is the Metaverse the Next Big Thing for Meetings?
    • 5 Moving from Virtual to Hybrid Events: 37 Tips and Ideas on How to Maximize your Success
    • 6 Face-to-Face Vs. Virtual Meetings: Which is Better?
    • 7 Artificial Intelligence: The Upcoming Impact on Events
    • 8 How to Identify your Target Audience for an Event
    • 9 Planning an Auction: 4 Best Practices For a Smooth Event
    • 10 10 Ways to Integrate Trade Shows and Events Into Your Facebook Marketing
    • 11 Modern Association Management: 6 Tools You Need
    • 12 How Facial Recognition Will Disrupt the Events Landscape
    • 13 Event Registration: 4 Best Practices to Increase Attendance
    • 14 Association Community Building: Offline and Online Engagement
    • 15 The Next Big Trade Show Attraction Has Arrived: Virtual Reality Video
    • How Hotels Are Adapting to Hybrid Event Technology

      In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, hotels have become more than just venues for hosting conferences, meetings, and events. They have transformed into dynamic spaces that cater to the growing demand for hybrid events. With the advent of technology, hotels are adapting and embracing the concept of hybrid events, which…
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    • With A.I. on the Rise, Event Tech Could See Quick Progress

      This interview by Rob Carey, MeetingsNet Magazine, covers some of my thoughts on artificial intelligence and other technologies impacting events: https://www.meetingsnet.com/event-tech-virtual-meetings/ai-rise-event-tech-could-see-quick-progress 
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    • 1962-2022: A 60-Year Timeline of Events Technology Innovation

      ©2023 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 â€œblack” and face-to-face and virtual events industry-related technology innovations in â€œblue” shows far we have come, 1962 The Kodak Carousel slide projector was introduced. 1963 Bell…
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    • Is the Metaverse the Next Big Thing for Meetings?

      This article by Sue Pelletier, Prevue Meetings + Incentive magazine, covers my thought on the benefits and downsides of the metaverse for events.
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    • Moving from Virtual to Hybrid Events: 37 Tips and Ideas on How to Maximize your Success

      A hybrid event is one that combines a face-to-face (F2F) event at a physical location with a “virtual” online component for remote attendees. Hybrids will likely see widespread adoption as F2F meetings reemerge from the pandemic for a number of reasons: Some attendees may not wish to travel to the…
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    • 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. Virtual Event Types: With the COVID pandemic shutting down nearly all F2F events,…
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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, Â©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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    The Top Technology Trends Transforming the Events and Tradeshow Industries and What It Means for You!

    Technology will likely change events more in the next five years than it has in the past ten! This interactive and information-packed session will cover the major technology trends creating these changes and what you can do to prepare for them.
    Learner Objectives:
    • Understand the important technology trends including mobile technology, location-based technology, wearable computing, data integration, virtual/augmented reality and more.
    • Receive lots of links, apps, and ideas that you can put to use immediately.
    • Learn steps to prepare for these changes to be able to work more efficiently and effectively.
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