Corbin's January/February 2016 TechTalk Newsletter

Volume XVIII, Issue 1

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries for over seventeen years. 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: 6 Novel and Useful Event Apps
  • NEW ARTICLE: 7 Ideas Innovative Event Organizers are Doing
  • NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: The Internet of Things and more
  • NEW POWERPOINT PDF: The Power of Micro Social Networks for Events
  • NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Corbin Ball on The Balance Between Relationships and Technology
  • NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: New Technology and Tips for Event Planners
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

NEW ARTICLE: 6 Novel and Useful Event Apps
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 and much more. Here are six apps that have novel and specific meetings-related applications to consider:

NEW ARTICLE: 7 Ideas Innovative Event Organizers Are Doing
A variety of marketing and technology suggestions to improve your events.

NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Pathway to the Internet of Things
International Meetings Review interview by James Latham.

This PowerPoint PDF deck, provided by Neil Patwardhan, CEO of Skoop, highlights the benefits and options for creating a micro network for your event.
 

EventsInAmerica interview by Mark Travers.

NEWS
 
Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter - http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artID=9177
 
 "Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list.

15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

Very cool full-featured sourcing/SMM/meetings management system. APEX compliant. Several 3rd-party planning features as well.

Interesting startup slide/presentation management tool including slide sharing, polling, surveys, handouts and more. Speakers can even see/advance slides on their Apple Watch!
New event management platform with an abstract management and peer review system for accepting papers for conferences.

Very powerful social wall/digital marketing tool.

Very powerful community building and marketing automation system used by ASAE, MPI, PCMA, IAEE and others. 
 

 
5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

Infographic: 5 Weak Words to Avoid & What to Use Instead

Security and Data Protection in a Google Data Center
Interesting view on the high level of data security. 

Infographic: 10 Rules to improve your PowerPoint presentations.

Infographic: How to Give a Powerful Presentation
Website speed test tool

5 Sites Just for Fun:

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

Reusable Space Rocket - Another Step To Recreational Space Travel
http://www.flixxy.com/historic-rocket-landing.htm

APPLE iPhone 6 Parody Commercial by IKEA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syd1pKOJ__k

John Oliver on Sugar 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepXBJjsNxs

16 Internet Firsts
 

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." --- Jawaharlal Nehru

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." -- Albert Einstein
 

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:

"Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous." -- -Winston Churchill (1939)

That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done ... The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives. -- U.S. Admiral William D. Leahy to President Truman (1945)

 

 


RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:

Successful Meetings: The Top 6 Meeting Trends for 2016
http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Meeting-Strategies/Top-Meeting-Trends-2016/?p=1

Martech Advisor: Seven Big Event Tech Predictions for 2016
http://www.martechadvisor.com/articles/seven-big-event-tech-predictions-for-2016

 

MeetingsNet: 10 Trends You Need to Know for 2016
http://meetingsnet.com/corporate-meetings/10-trends-you-need-know-2016#slide-0-field_images-55451


Smart Meetings: A Discussion With Technology Expert Corbin Ball

Making Sense: Top Tech Trends that Will Dominate 2016


Lands End: 23 Leading Events Professionals Reveal The Most Important Ingredient Going Into a Successful Event
http://owl.li/VU2u2

BizBash: 17 Ways to Use Video to Market Your Event


Cadmium Blog:17 Inspiring Quotes form 17 of the Most Influential #Eventprofs 


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CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My January/February 2016 travel schedule is bringing me to Vancouver, Phoenix, New Orleans, Mexico City, Las Vegas 
and likely a few other places as well via webinars. Click the link above for specific details and links. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date. 

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   Certain Software 

About Certain Software®, Inc
Certain Software is the leading provider of event management solutions for the global meetings and events industry. Certain's innovative solutions deliver to meeting and event professionals streamlined processes, reduced expenses, greater return on investments, and improved overall value of meetings and events. Certain's event management solutions support a full range of events -- from small meetings and educational sessions, to large conferences and world events. Headquartered in San Francisco, Certain has operations and sales offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

  etouches

etouches
etouches is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.

 

EventPro Software
Whether your needs relate to venue scheduling, event planning, online attendee registrations, table and seating management, floor plans, travel and accommodation management, budgeting, invoicing, online payments, catering and delivery management, a mixture of all the above, or a varied selection of other event, venue and catering management requirements, EventPro has you covered!

 

EventsAir
EventsAIR by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.

  

Highroad Solution
HighRoad U is a content portal for marketers who need education in web, social media, email & mobile. If you use digital to market your events, you’ll find the content you need to increase attendance and appeal to new generations of attendees. Education the way U want it: online & on-demand. Produced by HighRoad Solution. 

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.
 
  MeetingEvolutionLogo
 
Meeting Evolution (ME) - a web-based Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) platform managing the entire meetings lifecycle. ME SMM includes event request processing; sourcing of venues, custom contract management, post event reporting and meeting spend analysis; event planning to create BEO's; attendee registration and housing with a dynamic on-line/mobile APP for your attendees.
 
SpotMe
"We're using the SpotMe app to let 400 evangelists take control of the agenda and create their own sessions at our annual agile community event" - Hannah Shain, Rally Software  

SpotMe's robust mobile event app technology, meeting architecture consulting and support empower you to achieve your vision,

    

Ungerboeck 
Ungerboeck is the world leader in end-to-end event management software for exhibitions, conferences and associations. For most organizations, Ungerboeck software delivers the capabilities of three to five separate software packages at a fraction of the cost including CRM, booth sales, event registration, CAD floor plans and more. 
Visit  
ungerboeck.com for more information. 

AllianceTechis the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer.

 

Attendee Management Inc. (AMi)
AMi breaks down the barriers to online registration, housing, travel and e-marketing. No license fees, no software to manage, just dedicated, experienced service. Pay only for what you need, and provide the solutions your attendees and clients expect. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 
 512-842-1612

  CadmiumCD

CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.
 
 
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