|Year 21, Q1|
Welcome to this issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 9,000 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.
In this issue:
NEW ARTICLE: The Platform or the Event Tech Deck – What is the Best Technology Choice for Event Planners?
There are many event tech choices available to manage nearly every aspect of the meeting planning process as well as enriching the attendee experience. For example, I track nearly 1,500 event tech products in 60 categories at my website: corbinball.com/tips-tools/corbinslist.
With so many choices, the planner’s dilemma is: how does one make the correct choices in deciding which of the myriad of event tech companies to use?
There are two major options that are emerging with both having potential strengths and weaknesses:
So which path to choose? Read on to see my comments on the benefits and challenges of each.
with @nickborelli, @jspellos , @brandtdrueger and me.
With 90+ event tech companies participating this could be a major game-changer in data integration and analytics.
5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
5 Sites Just for Fun
QUOTES OF THE QUARTER:
"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right." -- Henry Ford
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." -- Mark Twain
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing; everyone must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name, others for the sake of mere gain." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
"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.
RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:
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