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  • The November/December 2018 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk News Now Available +

      

    The November/December 2018 issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter  is out providing the latest in technology to nearly 9,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in over 70 countries. This issue is packed with articles, links, videos and ideas on how you can use technology to improve the business process for events and tradeshows. 

    In this issue:

    • NEW ARTICLE: Event Tech
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  • Corbin Inducted into the EIC Hall of Leaders +

    Corbin Ball, together with Henry Givray, Edward Liu, and Deborah Sexton was inducted into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders for 2018, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry.  The awards celebration occured on October 16, 2018 in Las Vegas during IMEX America. 
         Personal note: I feel tremendously honored and thrilled to
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  • IBTM World announces 2018 Tech Watch Award shortlist +

    29 October 2018

    IBTM World has announced a shortlist of nine finalists for its prestigious IBTM World Tech Watch Award. The winner will be announced on 28 November at IBTM World 2018, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 27-29 November.

    In addition, this year sees the introduction of the Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ , which gives the MICE industry

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  • Corbin to Chair IBTM's Technology and Innovation Watch Award for the 15th Year. +

    This award is the longest running and one of the event industry's most significant award recognizing technology innovation - the "Academy Awards" of events technology. I am very pleased to I have been asked again to chair the judging committee. This award is a great opportunity for technology companies to show their new stuff and get a free booth at IBTM
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  • Corbin Ball & Co. Marks Its 21st Anniversary +

    In April of 1997, I left my career as Head of Conference Operations for a high-tech association (SPIE) 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 there are many Read More

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    Latest Articles

    • 1 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2018 Technology Watch
    • 2 6 Tips to Maximize your Tradeshow Booth
    • 3 Virtual Vs. Augmented/Mixed Reality for Events: The Pros and Cons for Each Medium and the Likelihood of Adoption
    • 4 Retrospect Article: The Revolution - The Future of Mobile Technology for Events
    • 5 Tips to Come Up with More Effective Promo Videos for Events
    • 6 As Technology Changes Events, These Five Elements Will Likely Stay the Same
    • 7 Five Trends That Will Revolutionize Trade Show Marketing in 2019
    • 8 Facial Recognition – The Next Step to Streamline Events
    • 9 Three Steps to Cope with Technology Change
    • 10 50 Ideas Using Video to Market and Improve Expos and Events
    • 11 Leveraging Social Influencers to Build Meeting Involvement and Attendance
    • 12 Event Chatbot 101 - Essential Questions Answered
    • 13 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
    • 14 Blockchain and Ethereum -- How Can They Be Used for Events?
    • 15 Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges
    • Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2018 Technology Watch

      ©2018 Corbin Ball, Chair of the IBTM Technology Watch Judging Committee Established in 2000, The IBTM World Technology & Innovation Watch is the longest running and regarded by many as the most significant technology award for the meetings industry. The goals are to recognize technology innovation and to highlight significant
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    • 6 Tips to Maximize your Tradeshow Booth

      ©2018 Guest post from Shem Szot Everyone knows that tradeshows are an excellent chance to spread the word about your business. A physical presence and personal engagement can often leave deeper impressions than online interaction alone. And joining a tradeshow means you don’t have to worry about bringing in the
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    • Virtual Vs. Augmented/Mixed Reality for Events: The Pros and Cons for Each Medium and the Likelihood of Adoption

      © 2018 Corbin Ball The twisting of reality is becoming common practices in the meeting, tradeshow, event and exhibition world. By using an ever-evolving array of technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, users can enter worlds created from scratch to entertain, provide demonstrations and eventually sell a
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    • Retrospect Article: The Revolution - The Future of Mobile Technology for Events

      Editor's note: As part of the 20th anniversary issue of TechTalk, I thought I would include an article I wrote in 1999 -- at the turn of the new millennium (back in the time of 1G phones when even flip phones had not yet been invented). In this article, I predict
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    • Tips to Come Up with More Effective Promo Videos for Events

      ©2018 Arthur Retman, Movavi As a medium there are many ways to utilize videos for events – but one of the most popular is definitely promo videos. A promo video is basically any video that is used to promote or market the event, and boost its visibility, entice prospects, or directly
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    • As Technology Changes Events, These Five Elements Will Likely Stay the Same

      We are living in a time of unprecedented technology change. How will these changes affect meetings and tradeshows? Will they remain a central form of education, networking and marketing? Will virtual meetings and other communication technologies replace the need for face-to-face events and exhibitions? Although there will likely be very
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    • Five Trends That Will Revolutionize Trade Show Marketing in 2019

      ©2018 - Guest Post by  Ryan Gould, Elevation Marketing If you’re a business owner or marketer who’s serious about maximizing ROI, then you need to have a presence at industry trade shows. It’s all in the statistics—when it comes to efficiency, 85% of B2B marketers and salespeople say that trade shows
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    • Facial Recognition – The Next Step to Streamline Events

      Facial recognition (FR) is rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives. iPhone X users open their phone using FR as their passwords. Airlines and TSA are starting to use FR as a faster and more secure way of check-in and boarding flights. Apple, Facebook, Google and Snapchat have made recent
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    • Three Steps to Cope with Technology Change

      When laptops computers first appeared in the early 1990s, manufactures called them “freedom machines” with ads showing smiling users inputting at the poolside and the beach. We don’t see these ads anymore. People are aware that technology isn’t increasing our leisure time -- we seem to be working harder than ever!
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    • 50 Ideas Using Video to Market and Improve Expos and Events

      ©2018 By Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES Video marketing is king! The State of Video Marketing in 2018 report from Wyzowl details numerous survey statistics about the growth and increasing power of using video for marketing products and services. This applies to events. The creative use of video can help
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    • Leveraging Social Influencers to Build Meeting Involvement and Attendance

      ©2018, Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES Celebrity endorsements have been around since the start of advertising. The athletes on the Wheaties box, the movie star promoting to the TV cameras, the Nike Swoosh on sports star’s clothing all are part of advertising. Psychologists have long realized that buyers are more likely
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    • Event Chatbot 101 - Essential Questions Answered

      ©2018 Guest post by Mark Kao, COS Rental Chatbots aren’t new. Joseph Weizenbaum created a prototype in 1966 and named it ELIZA. But the idea didn’t catch on until 50 years later. Today, chatbots are the talk of the event planning and marketing town. If you’ve wanted to know more
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    • 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas

      Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES As someone who sees a wide array of event designs in the 30-40 events I attend annually, it is refreshing to see a number of innovative event designs in a single conference. This was the case with the recent EventTech conference in Las Vegas produced
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    • Blockchain and Ethereum -- How Can They Be Used for Events?

      ©2018 Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP, DES, MS What is blockchain? According to Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016),“blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.” Blockchain is a means of managing electronic
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    • Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges

      ©2018 Robert Walters, Meeting Evolution Recent articles have indicated that many organizations attempting to deploy a Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) technology solution have not experienced the savings and improvement they expected.  In many instances, the reason has nothing to do with the technology selected – but the internal procedures and processes
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    Social Media Channels Increasingly Becoming Event-centric

    Social Media Channels Increasingly Becoming Event-centric

    ©2016 Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball & Co.

    Social media and events, at their core, bring people together. When used properly, they should go hand-in-hand. Social media providers have recognized this and are increasingly becoming more event-centric in their product offerings.  Here are a few new ways that this is happening:

    Facebook:

    Facebook, is the largest social media channel with 1.67 billion users (1 in 5 on this planet).

    • It has long had an Events Page option for their Business Pages.
    • Last year, for Facebook Business Pages, “Call to Action” buttons were added including a “Sign Up” button.  Every event planner using an online registration form should consider including this “Sign Up” button on their FB Event page linking to their event registration page.
    • In April 2016, Facebook partnered with Ticketmaster and Eventbrite allowing attendees to register directly on their Facebook pages. With an API (Application Program Interface), this should become more common with other online registration providers.
    • In April 2016, Facebook added a video tab to their mobile apps bringing live steaming, Facebook Live, to events and groups in direct competition to Periscope (see below). It is possible to go live in Facebook Groups and Facebook Events. Interactivity is built in with Live Reactions for viewers to express their feelings. Reportedly 10 times more comments have been received on Facebook Live videos than on regular videos. Also, check out the Facebook Live Map on your desktop where people in more than 60 countries share real-time video.

    Instagram:

    Instagram, with 400 million users, is owned by Facebook. The inherently visual and mobile nature of this app has proven to be helpful and is increasingly used at events and exhibitions.

    • Instagram has become a common component of social walls, event photo booths such as ChirpE and selfie mirrors. These tools can boost brands and greatly amply social media activity at events and tradeshows to a larger audience.
    • Instagram uses Twitter hashtags and should be incorporated in all event-related postings.
    • Both photos and videos (up to 15 seconds) can be posted about the events.
    • In January 2016, Instagram started curating videos about live events. Although these have centered around large sporting events, it is an indication of the recognition of the importance of events.
    • In August 2016, Instagram announced their 24-hour video posting service called Stories -- essentially a clone of Snapchat's Story feature.

    Snapchat:

    Snapchat, with 100 million daily active users, is much more than and app for teenagers to send disappearing chat messages. They have made a number of moves to make their app more event-centric.

    • The Snapchat “Story” feature displays content for 24 hours and could be a natural for many events.
    • Snapchat Experts can help plan a Snapchat event marketing campaign.
    • Last year, the “Our Story” feature become available with direct applications for events. It allows multiple users to contribute to a public collection of photos and videos based around a specific geo-fenced area (the event location). These custom “Our Story” geofilters have been a significant success with users snapping events.
    • Targeting the “ultimate event,” Snapchat will dedicate a live story channel for the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Twitter/Periscope:

    Twitter, with more than 332 million active users, provided the original social media back channel for events. Making its major debut at the 2007 SXSW conference, the twitter hashtag is now a central social media search phrase at many events, and is used across multiple social channels. As of May 2016, Twitter is No. 1 in the iTunes App Store emphasizing the importance of their mobile strategy (more than 88% of all tweets are mobile).

    • Twitter acquired Periscope in January 2015. This live video streaming app was the Apple “App of the Year” for 2015 with over 10 million active users.
    • Periscope is increasingly used at events for event marketing and for attendees to share their experiences (for up to 24 hours) with each other and to a larger audience.
    • As Periscope is owned by Twitter, it is easy to promote these “scopes” using a Twitter profile and event hashtag. When you go live in Periscope, the Twitter bird can be selected so that your steam can be broadcast live into Twitter (in addition to the Periscope app).
    • Also, although the Periscope streams are only viewable for 24 hours, there is an option to save a recording to your camera roll which then can be uploaded to Facebook or YouTube for longer lasting post-event promotion. Periscope is currently (May 2016) in beta testing to allow for saving the videos permanently within the Periscope app cloud.
    LinkedIn:
    LinkedIn, recently purchased by Microsoft, with 433 million users, has finally made a move to video content created by users, To be released later this month (Auigust 2016), it will start as a invitation-only group of about 500 LinkedIn power influencers making Quroa-like short videos in responses to questions put to them. It will likely be expanded to more users in the future.

    These are some of the recent developments pointing to the significance of events in the social media realm. Many more are expected in the next few years as the power of social media at face-to-face events increasingly is recognized.


    Corbin Ball, CMP, CSP 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 (www.corbinball.com) and followed at www.twitter.com/corbinball

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