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  • The January/February 2018 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter/Blog Now Available +

    The January/February 2018  issue of TechTalk   is now available and is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas! 
    In this issue:
    • NEW ARTICLE: 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
    • NEW VIDEO: 2018 Event Industry Trends
    • NEW ARTICLE: Overcoming SMM Tech Challenges
    • NEW ARTICLE: What are Blockchain and Ethereum and How Can They Be Used for Events?
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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 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
    • 2 Blockchain and Ethereum -- How Can They Be Used for Events?
    • 3 Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges
    • 4 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2017 Technology & Innovation Watch
    • 5 The Top 5 Benefits of Augmented Reality for Trade Shows
    • 6 Eight Meetings Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
    • 7 How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage for Event Engagement
    • 8 Evolutionary Changes In The World Of Event Tech
    • 9 The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
    • 10 5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues
    • 11 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
    • 12 How Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Is Making Headway at Exhibitions and Events
    • 13 Maximizing B2B Sales from a Tradeshow Exhibit
    • 14 Negotiating the Internet Landscape at Hotels and Convention Centers: A Primer for Event Planners
    • 15 Chatbots, Voice Activation and AI – What to Expect for Events

    Meetings and Tradeshow Automation: How To Manage Your Events Faster, Cheaper and Better

    If you are wondering what the best software solution for your meeting department, this course is for you!There are more than 1,500 meeting planning software and Web products to help make your job easier. The challenge is picking the right product. This course will provide an overview and comparative analysis of a wide range of these products. See how these tools can streamline and automate nearly every aspect of the meeting professional's job. Specific room diagramming, badge making, registration, exhibition management, and meeting planning software programs will be covered. The presentation has been based on research for the book listed below.Corbin is the author of the Ultimate Meeting Professional's Software Guide,  the most comprehensive books (3 editions) on the subject ever published.
    • Identify novel and different ways that standard off-the-shelf software can be used for diagramming, sign making, badge making, meeting specifications, and registration.
    • Discover the range of specialized meeting planning software for budgeting, site selection, room diagramming, badge making, registration that can automate and streamline your planning tasks.
    • Evaluate variety of meeting planning software full-service suites that can be used for corporate or association meeting tasks – ranging in price for $345 to $1 million. These will be itemized, contrasted and compared to help you make the decision of what would be the right answer for you.
    • Discuss the emerging Web-based applications that are revolutionizing many aspects of this industry

    Corbin’s sessions on meeting planning and management software are the best you can find. Always pertinent with updates, they help cut through the fog of what software products are claimed to do.
    --Robert Black, President, RB/C
    So nice to review "what’s out there." Great, comprehensive handout materials. Clearly presented.
    -- Gail Vanderbeck, Education Coordinator, BMI Corporation
    Very good – even though it was fast paced, it was easy to keep up with. Handouts are great – very informative.
    -- Jan Hogan, Director of Sales, McBeaton Convention Center
    This presentation will allow me to understand what type of software the meeting planners are using to help them with advice on software that will help them.
    -- Pilar Power, Association Sales Manager, Sheraton Imperial Hotel
    Very informative. I am currently looking a software and it helped me very much.
    -- Kim Parsons, Director Group and Meeting services, Seagate Travel
    Fast-paced, thorough, informative, energetic. Makes me want to find time to play on the Internet and with Excel today to work smarter tomorrow.
    -- Collen LaPlante, Coordinator of Meetings and Publications, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
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      College of Family Physicians of Canada
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