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Corbin's articles and interviews have appeared regularly in the following publications: The Meeting Professional, Meeting News, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Association Meetings, Financial & Insurance Meetings, Religious Conference Manager, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, and Northwest Meetings & Events. Here is an archive of most of these articles plus several additional links and tools.

Recent Articles:

Meetings Tech Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2014 Technology Watch, Nov.2014
10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015, Sept.2014
As Technology Changes Events, These Five Things Will Likely Stay the Same July 2014
A New Perspective: Aerial (Drone) Video & Photography for Events May 2014
Shooting Success: Five Video Suggestions for Today’s Meeting Planners May 2014
Geofencing, Proximity Sensing and iBeacons: Coming to an Event near You! March 2014
Wearable/Ultra-portable Computers for Events Jan. 2014
The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi  Jan. 2014
Virtual Conference Tools for Education 
 Jan. 2014
 



Corbin's Meetings Technology Link List
Corbin's Favorites File - The web's most extensive list of categorized event and tradeshow technology links (1200+ and growing).

Associations & Foundations
Certification Diploma Mill for the Meetings Industry, May, 2006
Will Meetings Technology Threaten Meetings Industry Associations?May, 2004
Flashpoint -- Supporting the MPI Foundation, Meeting Professional, September 1999

Email and eMarketing
TechTalk Readers Email Use Survey Results, March 2008
RSS - Your Magical Online Marketing Tool,January 2008
Boost Your Search Engine Marketing, John Rasco, Summer 2006
39 Ways to Use the Internet to Promote Meetings, Adams, Updated Summer 2004
Opt-in Email Marketing for Associations Cathy Chatfield-Taylor ©2002 
How Email Marketing Can Boost Attendance in Tough TimesCathy Chatfield-Taylor ©2002   
Privacy - The Ethics of Email Marketing, by Cathy Chatfield-Taylor ©2002 
Email Etiquette, Association Meetings, Updated August 2000
Web Sites That Work, Pt. 1: Search Engine Optimization - Getting to the Top, May 2003
Web Sites That Work, Pt. 2: Maximizing Site Usability, July 2003
Web Sites That Work, Pt. 3: How to Be Bookmarked, September 2003
Is Your Web Site Legal? by John Foster, Esq., CHME

Exposition, Tradeshow and Onsite Management
10 Reasons Why Charging Stations are a “Must Have” for Trade Show Booths Sept. 2013
Reinventing your business – How mobile applications are transforming lead retrieval for tradeshows March 2010
Exhibitor ROI: Proving the Booth's Worth It, September 2008
Lead Retrieval Only: An Option for Some
Show Organizers, September 2008
Lead Retrieval Trends for Tradeshows, May 2008
Hot Technology form the IAEE Technology ShowcaseJanuary 2008
Exhibit Sales Lessons Learned from a Turkish Carpet Salesman, July 2007
Broadband Wireless for Tradeshows Summer 2006
I Want My Leads and I Want Them Now! – Real Time Lead Management , Fall 2005
RFID (Radio Frequency ID) in Action at PCMA, Winter 2005
Reverse Lead Retrieval – New Directions in Tradeshow Data CollectionFall 2004
10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts in Staffing Your Exhibit Booth, Spring 2005  

Audience Polling Options, Primedia Publications, Winter 2005 
6 Ways to Increase Tradeshow Profits Using the Web, Fall 2001, by Michael Hatch, a2z Inc.
Cyber Café Hints, Jeff Rasco, CMP, June 2001
Hot Tradeshow and Meetings Technology Innovation from the IAEM Show, Winter 2004

Futurism
10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015, Sept.2014
As Technology Changes Events, These Five Things Will Likely Stay the Same
14 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2014 Sept. 2013
13 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2013, Nov. 2012
New Meetings Innovation Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2012 Technology Watch Nov. 2012
12 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2012 September 2011
11 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2011 September 2010
10 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2010 November 2009
The Future of Mobile Phones for the Events Industry, September 2007
The Impact of Social Software on the Meetings Industry, May 2007  
12 Events Technology Trends, January 2007
Killer Apps of the Meetings Industry The Meeting Professional, December 2006
Meetings Technology Milestones -The Past 20 Years MeetingsFocus, January 2007

Meetings and Society 40 Years from Now -Summer 2006
10 Meetings Industry Technology Predictions, Winter 2004
Tele-Immersion: The Next Generation of Video Conferencing, CMI, Fall 2001
The Revolution - The Digital Future of Meetings
, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Jan. 2001
Tech Trends for Convention Professionals by Jeff Rasco CMP, Texas ACOM Newsletter, Jan. 2001

Hotels and Venue Technolgy

Seoul Social Media "Sizzling Sweepstakes" Dramatically Boosts Site Traffic and Awareness of City’s Assets  September 2011
The True "State of the Art" is In the Infrastructure July, 2008
Hotel Pet Peeves and Needs from a Road Warrior
,  Updated March, 2007

Liability and Legal Issues in Meeting Planning
ListServ Legalities Barbara Dunn, Esq., Howe & Hutton, Ltd
Legal Checklist for Your Web Site Barbara Dunn, Esq., Howe & Hutton, Ltd
Are Your Hyperlinks Legal?Barbara Dunn, Esq., Howe & Hutton, Ltd
The Law of Virtual Board Meetings, Tyra Hilliard    , Esq., CMP, ©2002 
Is Your Web Site Legal? by John Foster, Esq., CHME
Liability in Meeting Planning, Washington State Chapter of Meeting ProfessionalsInternational
Music Licensing and Meeting Planning, Washington Society of Association Executives
Electronic Contracts and Digital Signatures, by John Foster, Esq., CHME

Meeting Planning
Web Development Tools and Apps to Reduce the Costs of Meetings Management July 2013
30 Tips for Keeping Meeting Expenses to a Minimum 2004, Susan Friedmann, CSP
Site Inspection Handbook (.PDF file) Mike Lyon, Write Style Communications Ltd.2004
Hot Tradeshow and Meetings Technology Innovation from the IAEM Show, Winter 2004
Technology Resource Guide to Manage Attrition and Room Blocks Winter, 2004
Managing the Attrition Mess, Corporate Meetings & Incentives Spring 2003 
Audience Polling Options, Primedia Publications, Winter 2002 
Conference Cost-Cutting Concepts - 222 Budget Saving Ideas, January, 2000
More than 300 Ways to Cut Your Meeting's Bottom Line
, by Louisa Davis, CMM/CMP)  Feb. 2000
Music Licensing and Meeting Planning, Washington Society of Association Executives
Lobbying 101 for the Meeting Planner, MPI Chapter Management Forum, January 1998 
Signage Style Guide for Meetings, Conferences and Events, January, 2000
Videoconferencing - Meeting from Remote Locations, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Fall 2000
Coping With Technology Change, Adams Business Media, Fall 2000
The Revolution -- Looking Into the Digital Future of Meetings
, Adams Business Media, January 2001

Meeting Planning Software and Online Products
Web Development Tools and Apps to Reduce the Costs of Meetings Management July 2013
Video: Online Registration -- Are You Buying the Right Thing? September 2011
Selecting the Right Meeting Planning Technology – A Step-by-Step Guide
,Summer 2005
Technology Resource Guide to Manage Attrition and Room Blocks Winter, 2004
The Next Big Thing – Wireless Technology for the Meetings Industry, CMI Summer 2002
Digital Housing, by Cathy Chatfield-Taylor, Technology Meetings, May, 2002
101 Key Benefits & Features in Online Registration SystemsMeetingNews,Spring 2002
Super Badges: Using Technology to Improve Networking, Corporate Meetings & Incentives Spring 2002
ASPs - 88 Key Questions to Ask Before You Buy, MeetingNews, Spring 2001
Virtual Meetings - Improving Business Productivity,   Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Spring 2000
Choosing the Right Meeting Planning Software, Adams Business Media, Summer 1999
Groupware - Speeding and Improving the Group Decision Process Adams Business Media, 2000

Meeting Planning Software Tools - Free Downloads (Spreadsheet  Descriptions)
Web Development Tools and Apps to Reduce the Costs of Meetings Management July 2013
Conference Matrix Grid
Conference Resume
Conference Specifications

Attrition Calculator
Rack Rate Discount Calculator
AV Equipment Bid Worksheet
Conference Calendar and Timeline
Catering Cost Estimator
Exhibitor Tracker
Hotel Pickup Tracker
Meeting Expense Tracking Workbook
Registration Pickup Tracker
Packing List
Sign List
Site Selection Rating 
Temp Staff Pay Calculator
Meeting Budget Calculator (Courtesy of Eventageous)

Mobile and Wireless Technology
Geofencing, Proximity Sensing and iBeacons: Coming to an Event near You! March 2014
Wearable/Ultra-portable Computers for Events Jan. 2014
The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi  Jan. 2014
Site Inspection Simplified: Four Free Apps to Improve the Process Sept. 2013
Mobile Social Networking Improving the Attendee Experience July 2013
Top 5 Ways to Engage with Mobile, May 2013
App Aptitude: Choosing the Best App for Your Conference or Event March 2013
Mobile Social Networking Improving the Attendee Experience March 2013
Increasing Downloads of Your Event App, Jan. 2013
10 Savings Tips for Using Internet Services at your Next Event, Jan. 2013
How to Determine if a Venue can Provide Good Event Wi-Fi for Your Next Event, Jan. 2013
 UPDATED:
The Paperless Conference Binder -- Using  iPads/Tablets at Events Updated Nov. 2012
Going Native: iPad use is on the rise and event planners see the advantages, Sept 2012 
 
Birth of a Tradeshow App : A Conversation with Christopher Perrins for the IMEX Group on the IMEX App, Sept 2012 
 
Understanding the Internet Landscape at Hotels and Convention Centers -- A Primer for Event Organizers, Sept 2012 
 
Wi-Fi: The Lifeblood of Events - Should It Be Free to Attendees?   January 2012  
The Business Value of Mobile Apps for Meetings, May 2011
iPads and Other Tablets:  New Mobile Options for Events and Trade Shows January 2011
 
Meetings and Tradeshows -- There's a Mobile App for That! May 2010
 
Meeting Apps: 7 Cool Mobile Tools Sept 2009
QR Codes for the Meetings Industry January 2009
Best Practices in RFID Tagging
  July 2008
Podcasting Basics for Meeting Professionals, March 2008
On the Road and Online - Staying Connected While Traveling, January 2008
The Future of Mobile Phones for the Events Industry, September 2007
High Tech Mapping  and Way-Finding for Meetings, March 2007 
Broadband Wireless for Tradeshows Summer 2006
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)- What's In It for Me?  Summer, 2004
HITEC Hightlights - What's Hot at the Hospitality Industry Tech. and Ed. Conf.  Summer 2004
Innovative Use of Wireless Technologies at Meetings Core Communications, 2004
The Next Big Thing – Wireless Technology for the Meetings Industry, CMI 2002

Security and Privacy Issues
Can You Hack Internet Security?, Article by Jeff Rasco, CMP
Computer Viruses: 5 Easy Steps to Guard Your Data, Updated January 2002    

Site Inspections and Evaluation
Site Inspection Handbook (.PDF file) Mike Lyon, Write Style Communications Ltd.2004
The Tech Check: Site Inspections for Today’s Wired Meetings, Jeff Rasco, CMP, June 2001 
The Wired Site Inspection, Technology Meetings, Updated Winter 2005
Checking out the Online Site Selection and RFP Options, Adams Business Media, Winter 2000 
Virtual Site Inspections, Medical Meetings, Updated August 2000

Social Media - Web 2.0
Mobile Social Networking Improving the Attendee Experience July 2013
Seoul Social Media "Sizzling Sweepstakes" Dramatically Boosts Site Traffic and Awareness of City’s Assets  September 2011
WHITE PAPER:  Social Media: Extending and Growing Your Brand (co-authored with Freeman) Feb. 2010

The Next Social Media Wave: Using Google Wave for Events January 2010  
Web Video for Promoting and Extending the Reach of MeetingsJuly 2009 
Social Media -- A New Paradigm for Meetings Updated April 2010
Creating Powerful Communities at Events July 2008
The Speaker-Audience Balance Is ShiftingMay 2008 
Podcasting Basics for Meeting Professionals, March 2008 

The Video Revolution's Impact on the Meetings Industry, July 2007 
The Impact of Social Software on the Meetings Industry, May 2007  
Conference Podcasts: Talk (and More) is Cheap, Fall 2006  

Web 2.0: What It Means for the Meetings Industry Fall 2006  

Speakers and Presentation Skills
Introducing Guest Speakers: Follow the Power of Three P's Nov, 2013
 Money-Saving Meeting Formats, January 2009
What Meeting Planners Want from Speakers Professional Speaker Magazine, July/Aug. 2004
How to Avoid "Death by PowerPoint",  Interview for PCWorld Magazine, Winter 2005

Surveys and Audience Polling
Leveraging Surveys for Succesful Events, reprinted from WebSurveyor
Audience Polling Options, Primedia Publications, Winter 2002 
Using Online Survey Tools, By Cathy Chatfield-Taylor, Spring 2002 
 Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter Archive

Technology - How to Use It Better
Meetings Tech Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2014 Technology Watch, Nov.2014
10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015, Sept.2014
A New Perspective: Aerial (Drone) Video & Photography for Events May 2014
Shooting Success: Five Video Suggestions for Today’s Meeting Planners May 2014
Meetings Tech. Innovations Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2013 Technology Watch Nov, 2013
14 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2014 Sept. 2013
Site Inspection Simplified: Four Free Apps to Improve the Process Sept. 2013
Thirteen Meetings Technology Predictions for 2013, Nov. 2012
 UPDATED:
The Paperless Conference Binder -- Using  iPads/Tablets at Events Updated Nov. 2012
New Meetings Innovation Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2012 Technology Watch Nov. 2012
Technology for Meeting Planners – Debunking the Myths, Sept 2012  
 
How to Discuss Your Event's Wi-Fi Needs - A Primer fo Event Organizers July 2012 
 
Wi-Fi: The Lifeblood of Events - Should It Be Free to Attendees?   January 2012  
Trends Highlighted with EIBTM's Tech Watch Award November 2011
12 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2012 September 2011
Video: Online Registration -- Are You Buying the Right Thing? September 2011
The Business Value of Mobile Apps for Meetings, May 2011
A Case for Content Capture for Events March 2011

Seoul: How Technology Can Improve the Visitor Experience March 2011
iPads and Other Tablets:  New Mobile Options for Events and Trade Shows January 2011
Alternatives to Venue Internet Service January 2011
New Meetings Technology Trends Highlighted with EIBTM's 2010 World Wide Watch November 2010
How to Evaluate and Choose an AV   Provider
 November 2010
11 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2011 September 2010
Freeconomics - The New Wave of Free and Low-cost Meetings Technology Software July 2010
2010: The Meetings Technology Revolution – Are We There Yet???  March 2010 
10 Meetings Technology Trends to Watch for 2010 November 2009
WHITE PAPER: Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) Implementation and Idea Guide August 2009
Archived Webinar: Top 10 Tech Trends Facing Meeting Professionals in 2010 August 2009
5 Reasons to Use Online Conference Proceedings September 2009
Meetings Tech Trends Highlighted with EIBTM’s 2008 Worldwide Watch for Technology Innovation Award November 2008
Survival of the Deserving - A Darwinian View of Life and Death in the Meetings Industry November 2008
Text polling vs. Audience keypads November 2008
45 Ways to Use Technology to Green Meetings, September 2008
Best Practices in RFID Tagging  July 2008
Using Technology to Green Meetings – A Case Study, May 2008
Free Software Tools to Increase Office Efficiency,  March 2008
The Impact of Meetings on Adult Education – and How Technology is Changing It, Nov. 2007
20 Ideas to Increase Your Technology Efficiency, Nov. 2007

High Tech Mapping  and Way-Finding for Meetings, March 2007 
Tech Trends Highlighted by Worldwide Technology Watch Fall 2006 
Presentation Technology for  21st Century Meetings, Summer 2006
Digital Audio - The Better Alternative to Cassettes, Winter 2006
Managing the Meeting and Event Supply Chain, Winter 2006
Technology Debate:Does Technology Promote or Inhibit Good Conference Communication?
(Corbin Ball, CMP vs. Tony Carey, CMM)
, Winter 2006
Standards - Why APEX Is Important to Every Meeting Professional and What Should Happen Next, Winter 2006
EIBTM Worldwide Technology Watch Highlights Several Meetings Technology Trends, Fall 2005
Supporting Evolving Standards (PDF file), Fall 2005
Selecting the Right Meeting Planning Technology – A Step-by-Step Guide,Summer 2005
Event Data Management (EDM) - The Next Killer Application for the Meetings Industry,Summer 2005
An Example of EDM in Its Infancy - A Look Into the Future, Summer 2005 
What's Hot in Hotel Technology – Direct from the Show Floor at HITEC 2005, Summer 2005
1980-2005 - A 25 Year Timeline of Meetings Technology Innovation, Spring 2005
What is CRM? By Cris Canning,Spring 2005
RFID (Radio Frequency ID) in Action at PCMA, Winter 2005
Technology Adolescence: Why Technology Is So Complicated? Updated, Winter, 2006.
The Semantic Web -- What It Means for You Fall 2004
Avoiding Wireless Chaos - Using Wi-Fi for Meetings, Fall 2004
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)- What's In It for Me?  Summer, 2004
HITEC Hightlights - What's Hot at the Hospitality Industry Tech. and Ed. Conf.  Summer 2004
How to Preserve and Distribute Meeting Content after Your Event  Summer 2004
Innovative Use of Wireless Technologies at Meetings Core Communications, 2004
Will Meetings Technology Threaten Meetings Industry Associations?May, 2004
33 Teleconferencing Tips for Meeting Preparation, Susan Friedman, CSP, July 2004
10 Meetings Industry Technology Predictions, Winter 2004
Creating a Digital Video Events "Highlights" Clip, Ann Rebentisch, CMP, ©2002 
Improve the Bottom Line by Meeting Online
, 2002 Viack Corporation
The Virtual Workplace - Are You Ready? Fall, 2002
The Next Big Thing – Wireless Technology for the Meetings Industry, CMI 2002
5 "Tech" Tips to Help Manage Your Work Lives Better, Fall 2001, by Alliance LLC
The Future in the Palm of Your Hand Corporate Meetings & Incentives, August 2001
Coping With Technology Change, Adams Business Media, Fall 2000
ASPs - 88 Key Questions to Ask Before You Buy, MeetingNews, Spring 2001
The Revolution - The Digital Future of Meetings, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Jan. 2001

Travel
Air Travel Woes –  Will Telepresence Be an Alternative?,July 2008
Hotel Pet Peeves and Needs from a Road Warrior,
  Updated Winter 2006
A Frequent Flyer's Guide to Reduced Travel Stress, Summer 2005
Bicycling China and Thailand Photo Journal, October/November 2007
Kenya & Tanzania Photo Safari 2002 with thanks to SITE East Africa Chapter
Kenya & Tanzania Photo Safari 2001 with thanks to SITE East Africa Chapter

Virtual Meetings, Web Meetings, Video and Collaboration
A New Perspective: Aerial (Drone) Video & Photography for Events May 2014
Shooting Success: Five Video Suggestions for Today’s Meeting Planners May 2014
Virtual Conference Tools for Education
 
 Jan. 2014
WHITE PAPER: Using Video To Promote and Extend the Life of Your Meetings, Nov. 2012
Web Video for Promoting and Extending the Reach of Meetings, July 2009 
Going Virtual: Some Benefits of Virtual Events, July 2009
Air Travel Woes –  Will Telepresence Be an Alternative?,July 2008
Successful Web Conferencing and Webinars Tips  September 2007 

Using Teleconferencing for Meeting Success, Susan Friedman, CSP, Fall 2004
33 Teleconferencing Tips for Meeting Preparation, Susan Friedman, CSP, July 2004
Web meetings vs. face-to-face meetings: what should I use when?, Winter 2004
Virtual Meetings - Improving Business Productivity, Winter 2002
Tele-Immersion: The Next Generation of Video Conferencing
, CMI, Fall 2001
Meeting from Remote Locations,  Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Fall 2000
Keeping Up with Distance Learning, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, March 2001

WWW -- The Web
Web Development Tools and Apps to Reduce the Costs of Meetings Management July 2013
Web Sites That Work, Pt. 1: Search Engine Optimization - Getting to the Top, May 2003
Web Sites That Work, Pt. 2: Maximizing Site Usability, July 2003

Web Sites That Work, Pt. 3: How to Be Bookmarked, September 2003,


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News

The November/December 2014 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter is out!

TechTalk News Nears 11,000 Subscribers

Corbin to Chair EIBTM's Technology Watch Award for the Eleventh Year.

Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)

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Corbin Ball Named Again as One of "The 25 Most Influential Persons in the Meetings Industry"