Corbin's May/June 2016 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVIII, 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 for over seventeen years. 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:
Social media and events, at their core, bring people together. When used properly, they should go hand-in-hand. Social media providers have recognized this and are increasingly becoming more event-centric in their product offerings. This article covers a few new ways that this is happening.
NEW PODCAST: TME SHOW EPISODE 2: Top Technology Trends Transforming The Events Industry
TME podcast, hosted by AJ Jardien, focuses on virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile event apps and analytics. (19 minutes)
NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW BY MEDIAMOBZ: Mobile and Social's Impact on Events
Short video clip recorded at E2MA's Red Diamond Conference.
Meetings Tech HQ: Announcing a Dedicated Social Network Only for Events Industry Professionals
I have long dreamed of creating a virtual space for event professionals that is free from the noise of traditional social media.
I am excited to build this virtual space by partnering with Skoop to bring you Meetings Tech HQ, the first ever dedicated social community for event professionals. Via our mobile apps, all of us in the industry can stay connected real-time.
The inspiration for Meetings Tech HQ stemmed from many discussions with Neil Patwardhan, the CEO of Skoop, on the need to have a dedicated community where event professionals from across the globe can safely join and have meaningful conversations. The added ability to network privately through our built in messenger also makes this an efficient communications platform.
We hope you will join our network and provide your perspective on the events industry.
The Biggest Meetings Tech Deal Ever: Cvent Enters to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners for US$1.65 Billion
This is an amazing story. I knew Reggie and Chuck when they were near bankruptcy after the dot.com bubble burst. With a combination of astute business practices and a lot of effort, they have grown to be the largest meeting tech company, to be purchased bought by Vista. Together, the companies represent a host purchased meetings tech companies going back to the very beginning including: RegWeb, bThere, SeeUThere, Starcite, Plansoft WingateWeb, RegOnline, Passkey, Lanyon, AllianceTech, SignUp4, Elite Meetings, GenieConnect, CrowdCompass and likely a few more as well.
Event production and marketing company Freeman has acquired market research and consulting firm Exhibit Surveys.
18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Nice job by Julius Solaris and his team!
New guide from CosRental with some helpful suggestions.
New sourcing (hotel guest room and meeting booking) engine. Responsively designed and very easy to use.
Very well-researched and comprehensive article from PCMA's Convene.
6 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
Want to start a blog? Here are some good suggestions.
More good ideas.
Very cool new beginning-to-end travel booking site. It incorporates preferred air, hotel and ground travel management in an easy to use product.
Some good, easy tips.
Some of these I use on occasion. What do you think? Are all of these "horrible?"
6 Sites Just for Fun:
1900s America As It Really Was
Travel back in time to New York, Washington, Detroit, Boston and Baltimore with this animation created using photos from the early 1900s by Alexey Zakharov.
How film makers in 1967 envisioned what the home computer of the future would be like in 1999.
Pretty cool mobility!
Cool idea built by Swedish design engineer Mikael Kjellman.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing". --Daniel J. Boorstin, American scholar, Librarian of Congress. (thanks to ConversationMatters.)
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"The truth is, no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher, and no computer network will change the way government works." -- Astronomer Clifford Stoll, 1995
"X-rays are a hoax." -- Lord Kelvin, engineer and physicist (c. 1900)
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ITN 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.
Meeting Evolution (ME) - a web-based Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) platform managing the entire meetings lifecycle. ME SMM includes event request processing; sourcing of venues, custom contract management, post-event reporting and meeting spend analysis; event planning to create BEO's; attendee registration and housing with a dynamic on-line/mobile APP for your attendees.
"We're using the SpotMe app to let 400 evangelists take control of the agenda and create their own sessions at our annual agile community event" - Hannah Shain, Rally Software
SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision.
Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. 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.
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.
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.
CTI Meeting Technology has served associations and corporations for 30 years by providing reliable software and world-class service to over 300 meetings annually. Our products cOasis, cPaper, cSlide collect, share, manage and distribute meeting content, such as abstracts, posters, programs, presentations and webcasts. We truly understand our clients’ needs and improve their content planning process, reduce administrative work, and provide additional value to organizers, speakers and attendees.
etouches is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success-oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.
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.