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New Article: 1980-2005 A 25 Year Timeline of Meetings Technology Innovation
Technology changes in the past 25 years have been astonishing. This article contains many of the key milestones with general technology events in "black" and meetings industry innovations in "red."
New Article: What is CRM?
The number one asset of a company is the customer – nothing happens until a sale is made. But a close second is the valuable information collected about those customers: knowledge is power. This article, by Cris Canning, explores Customer Relationship Management and the tech tools to make it happen.
NewsCall for meetings technology innovation providers: Apply for EIBTM's World Wide Technology Watch Award.
I am happy to report that I have been asked to chair the judging committee for the third year. This global award seeks to recognize technology innovation for the meetings and events industry. The judging will be in September 2005 and the award will be given late November at EIBTM 2005 in Barcelona. Description, criteria and application form can be found at:
CEIR's Response to the Brookings Institute paper critical of convention centers and the exhibition industry.
The "rest of the story" in response to the charge that there is a "glut" of convention center space. Thoughtful and document response from CEIR - The Center for Exhibition Industry Research.
27 Web Site Favorites for Business and Fun
6 Favorite Meeting/Travel Industry Sites:
Lots of info for those running incentive meetings and programs.
Green Meetings Industry Council
Super resource on environmentally friendly meetings.
Advances in Conference Archiving:
Excellent demos of web-based archiving on meeting content.
Best Wi-Fi Hotels 2004:
Worst of Wi-Fi Hotels 2004:
Free Wi-Fi Hotel Directory:
12 Favorite Utility/Reference Sites:
What are the most popular sites on the web? How does your site compare? This site answers these questions and more.
Advanced search using Google -- including specific day searches.
Bug Me Not
This site provides passwords for thousands of sites for those of you not wishing to give your personal contact details.
The best free mapping program I have seen. A big improvement over MapQuest, MapBlast or Expedia Maps.
Awesome satellite maps of the world in a searchable database from Google. Free 7-day trial. The interface is very cool. Year subscription is US$29.95.
Ever wonder what all of those mysteriously-named Windows 'processes' are doing, and how they got loaded on your computer in the first place? Use the helpful ProcessLibrary.com to find out.
Excellent new search engine showing results from google, alexa, and more.
Amazon.com Yellow Pages
20 million storefront images from 10 cities, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
Checkout the link to the Waldorf Astoria as an example:
What is the best search engine for your specific search needs?
Yahoo/Google search combined and side by side
Internet Advertising - 10 Year History
Interesting coverage of the internet advertising history. We've come a long way in ten years!
Trying to find someone? Want to do a background check? This partially free site can help.
9 Sites for Fun:
Graphic News Feed
Interesting visual depiction of the hot news stories.
Artistic Animation with a John Coltrane Soundtrack
For you jazz lovers out there this is pretty cool -- Thanks to Rod Marymor for sending me this link.
Interesting graphic interfacefor the Amazon book collection using web services.
The Drugs I Need
A very funny animated jab at all the drug commercials from the Consumers Union.
Hillary in 2008?
This animation pokes fun at both sides. Thanks to Joan Eisenstodt for this link suggestion.
Why not to use paper?
3 funny movies about the inefficiencies of paper (from Microsoft)
Magnetic letter board game
Multi-letter drag and drop letter game.
Wild and Sometimes Tasteless Video Clips
Life Is Short
This bizarre X-box commercial is not for the faint of heart - it was banned in the UK.
6 Recent Articles with "Quotes from Corbin"
Technology Tornado (Successful Meetings)
Ben Chapman's article about the Murphy's Law as applied to meetings technology.
Matchmaking for Meetings (MPI's The Meeting Professional Magazine)
Using technology to bring people together at meetings.
E-marketing: Completely paper-free not possible (Conference & Incentive Magazine - Germany)
5 experts expound on pitfalls and advice on e-marketing campaigns.
Profile Rises Fast For Radio Identification Devices At Meetings (MeetingNews)
Loree Stark's article about radio frequency identification (RFID) for meetings. Although I am correctly quoted saying that some people will object out of privacy concerns, I am a strong proponent of the possibilities of this new technology. People will be willing to sacrifice a bit of privacy in trade for a range of benefits. See my recent article on the subject.
University Venues - High-tech solutions are part of the meetings curriculum (Meeting Focus Press)
This article by Tyler Davidson explores the technology benefits of using colleges and university space for meetings.
What's the Frequency? RFID badges have attendees positively beaming (Meeting Focus Press)
This article by Josh Krist, covers the fast changing developments and features of radio frequency identification..
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."- Thomas Alva Edison referring to his light bulb "failures" before finding tungsten. (1847-1931)
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 ½ tons." -- Popular Mechanics (March 1949)
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EIBTM -- 29 November-1 December 2005 -- Barcelona Spain
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