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  • The March/April 2018 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter/Blog Now Available +

    The March/April 2018 issue of TechTalk i s now available and is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas! 

    In this issue:

    • NEW ARTICLE: 50 Ideas for Using Video to Promote and Extend the Reach of Events
    • NEW ARTICLE: Leveraging Social Influencers to Build Meeting Involvement and Attendance
    • NEW ARTICLE: Event Chatbot 101 - Essential Questions Answered
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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 50 Ideas Using Video to Market and Improve Expos and Events
    • 2 Leveraging Social Influencers to Build Meeting Involvement and Attendance
    • 3 Event Chatbot 101 - Essential Questions Answered
    • 4 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
    • 5 Blockchain and Ethereum -- How Can They Be Used for Events?
    • 6 Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges
    • 7 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2017 Technology & Innovation Watch
    • 8 The Top 5 Benefits of Augmented Reality for Trade Shows
    • 9 Eight Meetings Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
    • 10 How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage for Event Engagement
    • 11 Evolutionary Changes In The World Of Event Tech
    • 12 The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
    • 13 5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues
    • 14 3 Digital Technologies That Are Quickly Becoming Exhibitor Trade Show Essentials
    • 15 How Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Is Making Headway at Exhibitions and Events

    Six Novel and Useful Event Apps

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    Mobile event apps have become the standard for many events with more than 300 products to choose from. With so many choices, we are seeing an evolution expanding from simple agenda apps to ones that can provide specialized benefits including audience engagement, advanced networking and much more. Here are six apps that have novel and specific meetings-related applications to consider:


    This volunteer and staff management software system and app is a novel product for a specific challenge of managing onsite staff and volunteers. The product has been tested, the pricing is reasonable and a significant benefit for planners with this need.

    ATIV Software

    This mobile event guide app is specialized for large scientific/medical meetings. It has a number of strong features including the ability to handle very large sessions, extensive search capabilities, the use of beacon technology, offline abstracts, audience polling, text Q&A, slide distribution with notes, CME tracking, and more. There are many mobile event guides, some with similar features, but this is unique in its vertical market focus, wide range of tools and design.

    BlueStone Nexus

    This app takes a novel approach to business contact exchange at events and exhibitions. It is completely smartphone-based and provides extensive capabilities to capture business card information, distribute marketing literature, integration with CRM systems and robust analytics.


    Many events do not require an elaborate registration check-in procedure – a quick check-in to verify attendance is all that is required. This app works to make this process much quicker and more efficient. This app helps planners to move away from bulky and slow printed spreadsheets to a mobile solution that can sync with multiple devices, with arrival alert notification for VIPS, with real-time analytics and much more.

    There are several good mobile audience polling tools. This one I have personally found to be reliable and easy to use. It integrates with PowerPoint, it has a range of survey capabilities, it has social Q&A (attendees can vote on questions they like with the question with the most votes rising to the top), analytics and more.


    This full-featured mobile event app uses beacon technology to assist in event networking. Beacons are small, inexpensive “digital lighthouses” that interact with the mobile event app when it comes into range (from 1-50 meters). Eventbase allows attendees to enter their interest areas into the app and, when an individual of like interest comes within range, the attendee receives a pop-up notification with the person’s picture and interest areas.

    These are just a few of the many great ideas mushrooming up to help meeting professionals, attendees and exhibitors to have a more effective event.

    Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES is a speaker and independent third-party consultant focusing on meetings technology. With 20 years of experience running international citywide technology meetings, he now helps clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity He can be contacted at his extensive web site Corbin Ball & Co. - Meetings Technology Headquarters ( and followed on

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