Volume XVIII, Issue 6

Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its 18th year of providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. 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: Meetings Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2016 Technology & Innovation Watch
  • NEW ARTICLE: How to Use Your Blog to Promote Events and Tradeshows
  • NEWS
  • 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

 

Established in 2000, The IBTM World Technology & Innovation 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 innovation and to highlight significant trends impacting meeting planners, attendees and exhibitors at events.

The ten finalists have just been selected with the winner to be announced during IBTM in Barcelona on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Eight judges with experience in the meetings industry and technology but not currently selling technology products scored the entries based on innovation, completeness of concept, and the value to the meetings industry. 


 
Want to make sure you attract a crowd to your next event? Prime the pump with some easy-to-adopt marketing strategies before you get there. All you have to do is leverage your blog with these easy steps:

NEWS: 

18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 

  • The Future of Event Marketing: free ebook from Julius Solaris 
  • The Good Event Registration Guide, another excellent ebook from Julius Solaris
  • Kapow: very interesting new "meeting experience" booking engine
  • Feathr: A marketing cloud toolset for event organizers
  • Poken: This company has been around for several years, but has expanded it offerings to a full attendee management, networking, mobile app and analytics platform.
  • Ribyt: Cloud-based event guest management software for destination management, incentive travel, VIP/corporate hospitality and special events

6 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


6 Sites Just for Fun:

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"I never lose. I either win or learn." -- Nelson Mandela
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." -- Albert Einstein
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"The view that the sun stands motionless at the center of the universe is foolish, philosophically false, utterly heretical, because contrary to Holy Scripture. The view that the earth is not the center of the universe and even has a daily rotation is philosophically false, and at least an erroneous belief." --Holy Office, Roman Catholic Church, edict of March 5, 1616.
"Man will not fly for 50 years." -- Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer, to brother Orville, after a disappointing flying experiment, 1901. 

 
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CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My November/December 2016 travel schedule is bringing me to Barcelona, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Washington DC and 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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B-Com Event & Association Management Software

B-Com is a ground-breaking platform for operators of any size, its latest version matching cutting-edge solutions with the most advanced ergonomy and unrestricted business logics.
Every day, thousands of users deliver successful events across the planet, managing with confidence: event marketing, registrations, accommodation, abstracts, programmes, exhibitions, sponsorships, budgets, and associations.

B-Com is a PSiDEO software, with offices in Geneva, Toronto, Singapore and Bangalore

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.

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.
 
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CTI Meeting Technology
For more than 30 years, CTI Meeting Technology has provided medical, scientific, and engineering associations with content management, abstracts handling, presentation management, and digital asset support.

We understand your unique challenges and offer integrated solutions to make your life easier and your conferences more successful!

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.

EventProEventPro 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
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.

ITM

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.

MeetingEvolution 
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
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 Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
 
AllianceTech
AllianceTech is 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. 

AttendeeNetAttendee Management Inc.
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 512-847-5174

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