Corbin's May/June 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVII, Issue 3|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. 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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NEW ARTICLE: Onsite Data Analytics -- A Goldmine for Meetings Improvement
The onsite meeting used to be known as the 'black hole' of event data management. . Planners used computers to gain insights before and after events, but during an event they were flying blind. Now, it is possible for every touch on a mobile event app to be tracked, scored and rated. Social media channels can be monitored and incorporated into the mix. Onsite likes and mobile polling and survey tools can be scored in real time.
With better onsite data collection tools than ever before; the next challenge will be finding useful, real time analytic tools to interpret these data. This article covers a number of options to accomplish this.
Event App Bible V3 2015
This expanded and updated version is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date
coverage event apps ever published. In addition to detailed product listings
and expansive survey research, there are sections on best practices, pricing,
selection factors, RFP creation, a feature glossary, case studies, app promotion
and important emerging trends.
21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Crowdsource your decision making process. Interesting groupware/brainstorming tool.
Social Media Event Marketing Checklist [Infographic]
Site opens today with global compliance data for medical and pharma meetings.
Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn for Event Professionals
Counterpoint: Humans vs. Computer Translators
In a recent article, I predicted that real-time, computer translators will be used for events. Although strong headway is being made with this, currently humans are still substantially more accurate. This article/infographic makes some good points on this side.
7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
Worldwide traffic congestion maps -- how does your city rate?
Which flights get you there fastest?
Very cool interactive map and analysis from data guru Nate Silverman.
The State of LTE
Excellent article with comparative, interactive graphs on mobile LTE networks around the world.
Free English Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises
Is your site mobile-friendly? Try this free tester.
Freemium-based super computing data analytics tool. This has great potential for meetings data analytics!
AXS Map - A "Yelp" rating system for people with disabilities
7 Sites Just for Fun:
STUNNING panoramic landscapes
Japanese Precision Walking
The World's Fastest Juggler - Soslan Suanov
How to Solve a Rubik's Cube Differently | Justin Stomp
Thanks to Derrick Stomp, from Twoppy, for this link suggestion. The video shows his son!
Funny Public Mirror Encounters (with No Reflection)
1920's - What The Future Will Look Like
Do Not Believe Everything You See On Video Or Film
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." -- Arthur C. Clark
"I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." – Hilaire Belloc
"The only thing that stands between a person and what they want from life is often the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible." – Rich Devos
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most."
--IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.
"I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning."
RECENT ARTICLES/VIDEO WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN
Meetings & Conventions: Robots are Coming (pages 46-48)
Tweetwall: The Top Event Industry Trends Of 2015
Aartrijk: Change is A-comin'
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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS
Corbin Ball Associates
506 14thStreet, Bellingham, WA 98225 USA
©2015 Corbin Ball Associates
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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!
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!
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.