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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
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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

    iPads and Tablets: New applications for meeting planners, exhibitors and attendees

    iPads and tablet computers have seen the fastest adoption rate of any technology hardware in history. These highly intuitive, instant-on mobile devices with easy to read screens are transforming the way meeting professionals, exhibitors and attendees access information and connect at events. Mobile conference programs, interactive exhibit guides/floor plans, lead retrieval, mobile blogging, hotel sales kits, portable conference specifications, event way finding, and a huge range of travel tools are just a few of the applications available.
    Come see what is hot in this area with lots of application demonstrations. Bring your iPad and be prepared to share your favorite as well.
    Learner objectives:
    • Identify the major mobile and tablet trends and their impact and promise to the events industry.
    • Receive dozens of ideas, links and tools to assist in events, communication, travel and more that you can start using today.
    • Learn from each other with the opportunity to share your favorite event-related mobile and tablet app.
    Audience comments received for this presentation:
    This was a fascinating and informative session. Thank you!
    --Nicole Benner, Client Events Manager, Blank Rome LLP

    This was great! Really scary but great! I have so many ideas to take back to my organization.
    -- Robyn Addis, Firmwide Events Manager, Dechert LLP

    Great, overwhelming, super cool stuff. Thanks for helping to get informed on this ever changing topic!
    -- Caryn Taylor Lucia, Director of Events, SEI

    Fantastic references for apps and programs to streamline the meeting planning process.
    -- Olivia Peiffer, Event Manager, J. Scott Catering

    I really enjoyed this. I thought it was not the typical technology presentation. You kept the audience very engaged.
    --  Adrien Aloi, Student, Penn State.

    Very interesting and informative! I learned so much about technology and where it is going!
    -- Nicole Little, Meeting Coordinator, Boggs Chung Inc.
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