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  • The March/April 2016 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter Blog is out! +

    The March/April 2016 issue of TechTalk is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas. This issue is being sent to nearly 11,000 subscribers in over 70 countries.
    • NEW ARTICLE: Wearable Beacons for Events
    • NEW ARTICLE: Event Planners -- How Event-Tech Might Save Your Job
    • NEW ARTICLE: 5 Apps to Better Share Your Next Event
    • NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Event Icons
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  • Website and Newsletter Update to CorbinBall.com +

     
    There is a different look to this site and to my upcoming TechTalk News. The site is now responsively designed making it more mobile friendly and opening the way for a more flexible design. We are still working out some of the bugs, but I hope you will find the changes for the better.  Also included is a slight
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  • Meetings Tech HQ - The First Mobile-First Social Network for Events Industry Professionals Launches To Foster Deeper Industry Unity +

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Dedicated Social Network Only for Events Industry Professionals Launches To Foster Deeper Industry Unity.

     

    Austin-based technology company, Skoop, team up with reputed industry influencer, Corbin Ball to build “Meetings Tech HQ” which is the first ever dedicated social networking platform created for event industry professionals globally.

    (Austin, Texas) March 11, 2016 – Skoop, in partnership with highly

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  • Corbin Named as One of the Top 30 CMP Influencers by the CIC +

    I am very happy and honored to be included with 29 other colleagues in this first peer-nominated influencers campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) program. 

    The press release is listed below.

    As the 30th anniversary year of the Certified Meeting Professional Program began, the Convention Industry Council (CIC), which administers the program, wanted to recognize

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  • Corbin Named as a Meetings Trendsetter 2015 by Meeting Focus Magazine +

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    I am delighted and honored to be included with 21 other colleagues in the July 2015 issue of Meeting Focus Magazine! The article is linked here.

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Latest Articles

  • 1 Social Media Channels Increasingly Becoming Event-centric
  • 2 Wearable Beacons for Events
  • 3 5 Apps to Better Share Your Next Event
  • 4 Event Planners: How Event Tech Might Just Save Your Job
  • 5 Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2015 Technology & Innovation Watch
  • 6 Six Novel and Useful Event Apps
  • 7 7 Ideas Innovative Event Organizers Are Doing
  • 8 Nine Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
  • 9 Mobile Social Media: A Checklist for Maximum Event Impact
  • 10 #EventTech’s Top 5 Easily Missed Requirements
  • 11 Onsite Data Analytics – A Goldmine for Meetings Improvement
  • 12 The Internet of Things and its Impact on Tradeshows and Events
  • 13 New Options for Virtual Site Inspections and Virtual Travel
  • 14 New Options for Virtual Site Inspections and Virtual Travel
  • 15 Turning Distraction into Action – Second Screen Technology for Meetings
  • Social Media Channels Increasingly Becoming Event-centric

    Social Media Channels Increasingly Becoming Event-centric

    © 2016 Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball & Co.

    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.  Here are a few

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  • Wearable Beacons for Events

    ©2016 Corbin Ball Associates

    Beacon technologies (small, digital “lighthouses” sending out signals that interact with mobile phone apps) are making headway for events. Companies such as DoubleDutch and Eventbase have been using this technology to automate event check-in, for networking, for wayfinding, location-aware polling, generating heat maps of crowd flow

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  • 5 Apps to Better Share Your Next Event

     

    © 2016 By Jackie Eisenberg, Fueled

     

    It’s important to get your event out into the world quickly. It shows that you take initiative, you’re an awesome planner and you know how to get the guest list poppin’ in a second.

    Everyone knows how to create an event on Facebook,

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  • Event Planners: How Event Tech Might Just Save Your Job

    ©2016 Michael Piddock

    Okay, okay… so that’s a pretty incendiary headline; deliberately so to encourage you to click J – but please hear me out…

    Here’s my logic:

    Events – and by that I include ‘meetings, incentives, conferences and events’ – the full ‘MICE’ suite, represent (on average) the largest item of expenditure

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  • Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2015 Technology & Innovation Watch

    ©2015 Corbin Ball, Chair of the IBTM Technology & Innovation Watch Judging Committee
     
    The IBTM World Technology & Innovation Watch (formerly the EIBTM Technology Watch) is the longest running and regarded by many as the most significant technology award for the meetings industry. The goals are to recognize technology
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  • Six Novel and Useful Event Apps

    © 2016 Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES

    Mobile event apps have become the standard for many events with more than 300 products to choose from. With so many choices, we are seeing an evolution expanding from simple agenda apps to ones that can provide specialized benefits including audience engagement, advanced networking

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  • 7 Ideas Innovative Event Organizers Are Doing

    ©2016   Bizzabo

    Personalizing Digital Marketing

    Implementing personalization in your email marketing campaigns can have a great impact on your event ticket sales and registration goals. By incorporating your attendees’ names in your subject line and signing off with your own, you ultimately humanize your message and have a more direct appeal

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  • Nine Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

    These are exciting times. The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues and other meeting participants to do their jobs better. 
     
    This annual review covers many of the major events technology trends to watch for
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  • Mobile Social Media: A Checklist for Maximum Event Impact

    A recent survey from  ShareThis  found that social sharing from mobile happens twice as often as sharing from desktop. As event participants predominantly use mobile devices at events, it follows that  the more mobile the social media, the more widely they will be used at events.

    What are the most

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  • #EventTech’s Top 5 Easily Missed Requirements

    Inspiration isn’t the struggle – it’s the implementation. Event professionals have an abundance of apps, devices, and services at their beck and call, with new and exciting technologies reaching maturity every week.

     

    Before deployment it's vital that we cover the groundwork. Even the best-designed event technologies can prove ineffective

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  • Onsite Data Analytics – A Goldmine for Meetings Improvement

    The onsite meeting used to be known as the “black hole” of event data management. . Planners used computers to gain insights before and after events, but during an event they were “flying blind.” For example, paper surveys were handed out, but tallying wasn’t completed until after the event – not

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  • The Internet of Things and its Impact on Tradeshows and Events

    Hundreds of billions of sensors are deploying quietly. They will track our every move and monitor almost everything with which we interact. The Internet of Things (IOT) will transform society and will have a significant impact on tradeshows and events. As everything links with everything else, this will be the

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  • New Options for Virtual Site Inspections and Virtual Travel

    Virtual travel, once in the realm of science fiction, is now becoming a reality. Expanded bandwidth combined with new geocoded media technologies are resulting in the real life version of your kids gaming experience and creating a new genre of content marketing for hotels and venues.

    An excellent example is

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  • New Options for Virtual Site Inspections and Virtual Travel

    Virtual travel, once in the realm of science fiction, is now becoming a reality. Expanded bandwidth combined with new geocoded media technologies are resulting in the real life version of your kids gaming experience and creating a new genre of content marketing for hotels and venues. 
     
    An excellent example
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  • Turning Distraction into Action – Second Screen Technology for Meetings

    The mobile revolution has happened. Nearly everyone is carrying around at least one smart mobile device and checking it an average of more than 150 times a day!

    Attendees are bringing their mobile devices into the meeting rooms and using them! Participants are tweeting event content, posting photos to Instagram,

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