Corbin's July/August 2014 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVI, Issue 4|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its fifteenth year of providing the latest in technology to nearly 10,000 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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In this issue:
We are living in a time of unprecedented technology change. How will these changes affect meetings and tradeshows? Will they remain a central form of education, networking and marketing? Will virtual meetings and other communication technologies replace the need for face-to-face events and exhibitions? Although there will likely be very significant changes in these next few years, here are five strong drivers that bode well for the future of events.
NEW VIDEO: Wearable Computing for Events
Video produced by PSAV.
Interview starts at 0:50 covering a range of meetings tech topics.
Call for EIBTM Technology Watch Applications
Meetings technology providers: Win significant PR and a free booth at EIBTM as well!
The EIBTM Technology Watch is the events industry's longest term and, considered by many, the most significant award recognizing technology innovation. I am very pleased to I have been asked to chair the judging committee for the eleventh year. This award is a great opportunity for technology companies to show their new stuff and get a free booth at EIBTM in Barcelona. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10 September 2014. The award will be given during EIBTM on Wednesday 19 November 2014 in Barcelona.
If your company has an exciting new product that can significantly help the meetings or tradeshow industry, and would like to receive significant visibility and a free booth at EITBM, apply here: http://www.eibtm.com/technologywatch
18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN --
6+ Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Formerly Amlink (the world's first meeting planning software company established in 1984), then purchased by Certain, now as a separate entity again with a range of new meeting planning/attendee management tools.
Novel mobile audience feedback and engagement tool. See video for details.
Free Event and Meeting Planning App from CIC & Social Tables
Social media brand integration for events. Much more than a Twitter Wall.
Here are some examples:
Attendify -- Low cost event app
gDoc -- Free paperless binder offer (a repeat from the last issue)
Go to: https://store.gdoc.com/voucher/ Voucher Code: CORBINBALL
Please note: TechTalk is providing this with no financial compensation (I have never taken even a cent of commission on any product sales in the nearly 16 years this newsletter has been running). I mention this product offer solely for your benefit!
6 Business/Utility Sites:
Readability Score: How readable is your text?
Talk to an actual person when you call customer service.
How Wolves Changed An Entire Ecosystem
6 Sites Just for Fun:
Next Generation Elevator Amazing Intelevator
Hilarious prank video!
World's Dumbest Road Signs
National Geographic Photo Contest
50 Unbelievable Facts about Earth
500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things."
-- Henry Miller
"It is easier to go down the mountain than up, but the view from the top is best." -Anonymous
"Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions"- Winston Churchill. British statesman (from Conversationmatter newsletter)SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"In all fairness to those who by training are not prepared to evaluate the fundamental difficulties of going from one planet to another, or even from the earth to the moon, it must be stated that there is not the slightest possibility of such journeys." -- F.R. Moulton, American astronomer (1935)
"Man won't fly for a thousand years."
- Wilbur Wright, to brother Orville after a disappointing flying experiment (1901)
RECENT ARTICLES WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN
Corporate Meetings Network: Mobile event apps increasingly more strategic for meeting planners
Successful Meetings: Adoption of Mobile Apps Lags for Small Meetings, Study Shows
QuickMobile: The Mobile Event Possibilities of iBeacons and Beacons
Planning An Event? These Infographics Are Sure to Help
BT.com: Virtual and Hybrid Meetings
Corporate Meetings & Events: Venue Choices - Ask the Right Questions, Make the Right Choice (page 63)
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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS
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.
develops event management software for organizations that produce internal and customer events. The multilingual, multicurrency software offers budgeting, project management, scheduling, registration, speaker/exhibitor/sponsor management, event websites, seating, surveying, email marketing, venue selection and social networking. etouches serves a global customer base that includes corporations, nonprofits, associations, and educational institutions.
EventPro Planner Software is the complete event management solution for professional event planners. EventPro Planner's comprehensive and user-friendly features help you effectively plan the details of complex events at various venues. Create bookings, set up event details, manage attendees and booths, arrange travel and accommodation reservations, record detailed budgets, and much, much more.
October 14-16, 2014, Las Vegas
A power packed event for business - the global trade show for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in the U.S.
IITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.
Ungerboeck is the world leader in end-to-end event management software for exhibitions, conferences and associations. For most organizations, Ungerboeck software delivers the capabilities of three to five separate software packages at a fraction of the cost including CRM, booth sales, event registration, CAD floor plans and more. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
AllianceTech is the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer.
Attendee Management Inc. (AMi)
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events. Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.