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  • The November/December 2017 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter/Blog Now Available +

    The November/December 2017  issue of TechTalk   is now available and is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas! 
    In this issue:
    • NEW ARTICLE: Event Technology Innovation Trends from IBTM World’s 2017 Technology & Innovation Watch Finalists
    • NEW ARTICLE: The Top 5 Benefits of Augmented Reality for Trade Shows
    • NEW VIDEO:  Cutting-edge Event Trends
    • 18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
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  • Corbin Ball & Co. Marks Its 20th Anniversary +

    In April of 1997, I left my career as Head of Conference Operations for a high-tech association (SPIE) and set out to form my own speaking, consulting and writing firm focusing exclusively on technology for events, exhibitions and meeting venues. I was the first person to do this full-time -- the 'OG' of event tech! Today, I am happy to say
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    Latest Articles

    • 1 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2017 Technology & Innovation Watch
    • 2 The Top 5 Benefits of Augmented Reality for Trade Shows
    • 3 Eight Meetings Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
    • 4 How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage for Event Engagement
    • 5 Evolutionary Changes In The World Of Event Tech
    • 6 The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
    • 7 5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues
    • 8 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
    • 9 How Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Is Making Headway at Exhibitions and Events
    • 10 Maximizing B2B Sales from a Tradeshow Exhibit
    • 11 Negotiating the Internet Landscape at Hotels and Convention Centers: A Primer for Event Planners
    • 12 Chatbots, Voice Activation and AI – What to Expect for Events
    • 13 8 Content Ideas for the Screens in Your Trade Show Booth
    • 14 Meetings and Marketing Meet: Three Ways Events Are Becoming Central to an Overall Marketing Effort
    • 15 5 Stages of Digital Marketing for Sold-Out Events

    Do More with Less: The Rise of Free or Very Low Cost Web Tools for Meeting Professionals

    Advances in web technology are driving costs down for a wide range of event planning, tradeshow management and communication tools for meeting planners and suppliers including registration,  exhibit floor plan management, booth design, electronic ticketing, polling, collaboration tools, communication tools, mobile apps and much, much more. This session will explore the causes and cover dozens of free or low cost web applications to make increase productivity and reduce costs. 

    Learner Objectives:

    • Understand the drivers that are cutting costs and, in some case, provide them for free.
    • Receive dozens of new ideas,  tools and links to free or very low cost applications you can start using today.
    • Learn precautions to take – Are there cases where getting something for nothing is too good to be true?

    Recent audience comments received about a very similar program:

    "Outstanding session. Excellent, fast paced, info-packed session!"
      -- Joann D’Agnese, CMP, CMM, Associate Director, KPMG

    "Excellent collection of helpful and useful web tools."
      -- Debbie, Farnum, Senior Meeting Planner, Texas Association of School Boards

    "Great class! I am young (24) and my generation is ALL technology and I still saw things, sites, etc, that I have never heard or seen about before! Corbin’s knowledge of the future of technology is endless!"
      -- Tracy Fitzgerald, National Sales Manager, Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head

    " I liked the info presented. Much of it I did not know and I feel it will help me in my industry and day-to-day job."
      -- Michelle Glasgow, Sales Manager, Inn on Biltmore Estate

    "Very informative and interesting presentation. I especially like all the examples."
      -- Lara Cooley, Events Assistant, Sutherland

    "Great session. A lot of great tools I can use."
      -- Jennifer Roman, Director of National Sales, Hyatt Hotels

    "Great info for someone not tech savvy. Easy to understand. Thank you!"
      -- Kim DeLong, Sr. Sales Manager, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

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    What The Audience Is Saying

    • Corbin, ALWAYS a homerun presentation of great info!
      Peter O’Brien Marriott Global Sales
    • Fantastic seminar! Very exciting advances to come. Your enthusiasm is contagious.
      Michele Mamacos Manager of Events Services
      Northlands
    • "Way beyond the best I could have imagined!"
      Russell Clark Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S.
      Environmental Protection Agency
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