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  • The September/October 2017 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter/Blog Now Available +

    The September/October issue of TechTalk  (19th Anniversary Edition) is now available and is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas! 
    In this issue:
    • NEW ARTICLE: 8 Events Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
    • NEW ARTICLE:  How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage For Event Engagement
    • NEW ARTICLE: Evolutionary Changes in the World of Event Tech
    • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND
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  • Corbin to Chair IBTM's Technology and Innovation Watch Award for the 14th Year. +

    This award is the longest running and one of the events industry's most significant award recognizing technology innovation. I am very pleased to I have been asked again to chair the judging committee. This award is a great opportunity for technology companies to show their new stuff and get a free booth at IBTM in Barcelona as well. More information
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  • Corbin Ball & Co. Marks Its 20th Anniversary +

    In April of 1997, I left my career as Head of Conference Operations for a high-tech association (SPIE) and set out to form my own speaking, consulting and writing firm focusing exclusively on technology for events, exhibitions and meeting venues. I was the first person to do this full-time -- the 'OG' of event tech! Today, I am happy to say
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    Latest Articles

    • 1 Eight Meetings Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
    • 2 How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage for Event Engagement
    • 3 Evolutionary Changes In The World Of Event Tech
    • 4 The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
    • 5 5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues
    • 6 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
    • 7 How Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Is Making Headway at Exhibitions and Events
    • 8 Maximizing B2B Sales from a Tradeshow Exhibit
    • 9 Negotiating the Internet Landscape at Hotels and Convention Centers: A Primer for Event Planners
    • 10 Chatbots, Voice Activation and AI – What to Expect for Events
    • 11 8 Content Ideas for the Screens in Your Trade Show Booth
    • 12 Meetings and Marketing Meet: Three Ways Events Are Becoming Central to an Overall Marketing Effort
    • 13 5 Stages of Digital Marketing for Sold-Out Events
    • 14 Trade Show Traffic 101 - How To Get More People Into Your Booth
    • 15 Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2016 Technology & Innovation Watch

    Do More with Less: The Rise of Free or Very Low Cost Web Tools for Meeting Professionals

    Advances in web technology are driving costs down for a wide range of event planning, tradeshow management and communication tools for meeting planners and suppliers including registration,  exhibit floor plan management, booth design, electronic ticketing, polling, collaboration tools, communication tools, mobile apps and much, much more. This session will explore the causes and cover dozens of free or low cost web applications to make increase productivity and reduce costs. 

    Learner Objectives:

    • Understand the drivers that are cutting costs and, in some case, provide them for free.
    • Receive dozens of new ideas,  tools and links to free or very low cost applications you can start using today.
    • Learn precautions to take – Are there cases where getting something for nothing is too good to be true?

    Recent audience comments received about a very similar program:

    "Outstanding session. Excellent, fast paced, info-packed session!"
      -- Joann D’Agnese, CMP, CMM, Associate Director, KPMG

    "Excellent collection of helpful and useful web tools."
      -- Debbie, Farnum, Senior Meeting Planner, Texas Association of School Boards

    "Great class! I am young (24) and my generation is ALL technology and I still saw things, sites, etc, that I have never heard or seen about before! Corbin’s knowledge of the future of technology is endless!"
      -- Tracy Fitzgerald, National Sales Manager, Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head

    " I liked the info presented. Much of it I did not know and I feel it will help me in my industry and day-to-day job."
      -- Michelle Glasgow, Sales Manager, Inn on Biltmore Estate

    "Very informative and interesting presentation. I especially like all the examples."
      -- Lara Cooley, Events Assistant, Sutherland

    "Great session. A lot of great tools I can use."
      -- Jennifer Roman, Director of National Sales, Hyatt Hotels

    "Great info for someone not tech savvy. Easy to understand. Thank you!"
      -- Kim DeLong, Sr. Sales Manager, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

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    What The Audience Is Saying

    • Fantastic seminar! Very exciting advances to come. Your enthusiasm is contagious.
      Michele Mamacos Manager of Events Services
      Northlands
    • "Way beyond the best I could have imagined!"
      Russell Clark Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S.
      Environmental Protection Agency
    • Your session blew me away. I could easily listen to your information all day. This was incredibly informative.
      Michael McNutt Human Capital Manager
      Information Experts
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