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 Corbin's September/October 2009 TechTalk Newsletter
  

Volume XI, Issue 5 

 
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its eleventh year of providing the latest in technology for events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in more than 67 countries. The focus of this issue is on mobile meeting applications with ideas on using these technologies to decrease cost and increase service.

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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Meeting Apps: 7 Cool Mobile Tools
  • NEW ARTICLE: 5 Reasons to Use Online Conference Proceedings
  • NEW WHITE PAPER: Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) Implementation and Idea Guide
  • NEW WEBINAR: Top 10 Tech Trends Facing Meeting Planners in 2010 
  • NEWS
  • 20 SITES FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • CORBIN'S CALENDAR and the fine print

NEW ARTICLE:  Meeting Apps: 7 Cool Mobile Tools
Video over the web is showing up in many interesting ways including event-related applications. Here are some ideas on how to use web video to promote attendance and extend the reach of meetings.


NEW ARTICLE: 5 Reasons to Use Online Conference Proceedings
Placing educational content online makes a lot of sense for most planners, but being green is only one aspect here are 5 additional benefits from Eva Montgomery,  CadmiumCD.


NEW WHITE PAPER: Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) Implementation and Idea Guide

 A strategic meetings management program (SMMP) is the strategic management of enterprise-wide meeting related processes, spend, volumes, standards and suppliers to achieve quantitative cost-savings, risk mitigation and superior service.  SMMP can help your company reduce meeting costs, reduce contractual risks and improve service. 

This report, written for SignUp4, defines the elements of SMMP, explore the reasons why a SMMP should be considered, and cover implementation ideas and steps.


NEW WEBINAR: Top 10 Tech Trends Facing Meeting Professionals in 2010
David Nour, author of Relationship Economicsand I recently co-presented the above webinar.  If you missed it or would like a refresher on these hot tech trends, it is linked above.  


NEWS


Corbin Receives "Presenter of the Year Award" from the San Diego Chapter of MPI for the second time. Read more...

TechTalk Turns Eleven
In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 67 issues later, with over 7,900 subscribers in more than 67 countries, this e-newsletter is the largest focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology and it keeps growing. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued.  If you know of anyone that may be interested in receiving a copy, please forward this newsletter on.

Corbin's TechTalk Blog
http://corbinball.wordpress.com/
In addition to the regular publication to TechTalk you are receiving, I am starting Corbin's TechTalk Blog. With this blog I hope to distribute shorter content more frequently and to receive comments and feedback as well. It will focus on meeting technology innovation with a place to share new sites, cool tools, and musings on where technology should go for the events, tradeshows, meetings and hospitality industries. You can sign up for automatic notification of updates via email and RSS.  Come to share your ideas and, if you find it useful, please tell your friends.

Final Call for Submissions: EIBTM WorldWide Watch for Meetings Tech Innovation (WWTW) -- DEADLINE: Friday 4 September 2009

http://www.eibtm.com/wwtw 
The WWTW is the world's first and most significant award for technology innovation. I will be chairing the judging committee for the sixth consecutive year. Winners get great publicity and a booth at this year's EIBTM meeting in Barcelona. If you are a technology provider for the meetings industry and have an innovative product, consider applying...  But do so quickly -- the application deadline is this Friday 4th September 2009.More details... 

EIBTM Tech Hour
http://www.eibtm.com/techhour 
The technology program at EIBTM this year is shaping up to be a strong one with the following presentations: 
  • Your 2010 technology shopping list – What are the hot technologies that won’t break the budget?
  • The Generation Y Debate.  Motivating Generation Y – How can you design meetings and use technology to involve them?
  • Social media for meetings: What are the best choices? More details... 
More of Corbin's Articles in Spanish
Another article (Web Video for Promoting and Extending the Reach of Meetings) has been translated into Spanish with more to come. Thanks to Thomas MacFarlane from Event Planner Spain (www.eventplannerspain.com), for providing the translation 
services.


20 SITES FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

9 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:

ChirpE --  Mobile meetings/trade show integration with Facebook
http://www.a2zinc.net/show6/public/ShowPressRelease.aspx?PRId=105
ChirpE, from A2ZInc, allows you to put your program, exhibit hall floor plan, exhibitor information and more on Facebook, and then access this on your iPhone/mobile web browser at the event.

Meetings2Go
http://meetings2go.mobi/
Mobile platform for meetings with mobile web links for meeting agenda, networking, exhibitor info, surveys, area information,  city guide, SMS conference alerts and more.

ITN - BCard
http://www.itn-international.com/product_descriptions.html#MobileSolutions
Numerous mobile meetings and tradeshow solutions including using NFC (near field communication) for lead retrieval.

RunTriz
http://www.runtriz.com/hotel/
A pocket concierge. Use RunTriz to order hotel room service, view the drink menu, get housekeeping, receive messages from the hotel front desk, get a wake-up call, arrange transportation, and view local shopping, restaurants and nightlife. If you don't have an iPhone, participating hotels will loan you and iTouch.

OmniPress and Pathable Conference 2.0
http://www.omnipress.com/services/social-media/social-media.aspx
Education content/speaker management, networking/engagement platform, and session handout system with mobile access.

Tantango - Group Text Messaging
http://www.tantango.com

Busy Event's BeLinker Event Bookmarking
http://www.busyevent.com
Proprietary, small, inexpensive wearable keypad to exchange leads, messages, receive product information, audience polling, face-to-face social networking at about $15/attendee. Each attendee's data is provided at a personalized web page. Also available in a mobile phone option. 

Online room-diagramming example from MeetingMatrix
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/event-facilities/meeting-rooms/istanbul  

Meeting Planning To-Do List (Word Document)
http://www.corbinball.com/assets/docs/Generic-Meeting-Planning-To-Do-List.doc
Meetings are like a large jig-saw puzzle with thousands of pieces. If you forget one little piece, it can be quite obvious that you don’t have the full picture. Although one size does not fit all in meeting planning, this “To-Do Checklist” of action items is a good start. Submitted by Barry Seidenstat of Multimedia By Design.  (This link is one of of several dozen Excel, web and Word tools that can by found at http://www.corbinball.com/tipstools. 
Do you have checklist or spreadsheet or favorite meeting planning tool? If so, please send them on and I will share them with others.)


4 Utility/Reference Sites:

Five Futuristic Interfaces from SIGGRAOH
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23940/

Social Media Video
http://www.flixxy.com/social-media-revolution.htm
Fascinating stats from the author of Socialnomics

Twitter stats and other data displayed graphically
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

Screenr - Nice, free screencast utility
http://screenr.com/


7 Sites Just for Fun:

Giant Water Slide Jump
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64w8SHd9LEY 
This one has got to be a hoax, but it is pretty amazing none-the-less.

Wonderful World Shadow Theater
http://www.flixxy.com/wonderful-world-shadow-theatre.htm 

Basel Switzerland Precision Drum Corps
http://www.flixxy.com/best-drum-show-ever.htm

All scheduled flights worldwide in 24 hours
http://www.flixxy.com/scheduled-airline-flights-worldwide.htm

26 Films the Changed the World of Visual Effects
http://www.flixxy.com/movies-visual-effects.htm

Unexpected Wedding Entrance Dance
http://www.flixxy.com/wedding-entrance-dance.htm

Free Solo Mountain Climbing
http://www.flixxy.com/free-solo-mountain-climbing.htm
This one is scary.

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:

"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly."
-- Stephen R. Covey

"The greatest obstacle to discover is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge"
-- Daniel J. Boorstin

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTION OF THE MONTH:
“There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.”
— T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, 1961 


RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"

Web Sites Vie to Be TripAdvisor of Meetings
http://tinyurl.com/mm4ulo
Successful Meetings article by Jay Boehmer on social review sites for meeting planners.

Planners have nothing (about virtual meetings) to fear but fear itself
http://smartmeetings.com/articles/the-v-word
SmartMeetings article by Sandi Cain about virtual meetings.

EIBTM 2009 to champion the future of meetings technology
http://tinyurl.com/lt32qa
MeetingsReview article by Ian Whitling, about EIBTM 2009 technology program.

Meetings 101: How do I convince my boss to let me attend a conference?
http://tinyurl.com/m8zlqk
Conventions Examiner article by Terri Hardin on the importance of meetings.

White Paper: 15 Money-Saving Tips for Meeting Planning
http://tinyurl.com/nohemf
Extensive article by Amita Patel for the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau

Halfway There
http://www.mpiweb.org/Libraries/Magazine/Conv_Centers_Supplement_0809.sflb.ashxMPI One+ article by Richard Sine about attracting companies and people to your event or destination in a down economy.

EventCIO Interview
http://www.swiftpage8.com/SpeAsAPage.aspx?X=300TL9BEDX49ONLY00Y9WWPreparing for the future.

How Online Registration Reduces Workflow and Saves Time
http://tinyurl.com/nn9xqa PressReleasePoint article by Simon Young.


SUGGESTION BOX
Please send along any questions, ideas, or suggestions on how to make this newsletter more useful for you: contactcorbin@corbinball.com 
CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR
My travel schedule for September and October will bring me to San Francisco, Cambridge, Marco Island, Toronto 
and likely a few other places as well. Click the link above for specific details. 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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