Corbin's July/August 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
|Volume XVII, Issue 4|
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter providing the latest in technology to nearly 11,000 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.
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NEW ARTICLE: Mobile Social Media: A Checklist for Maximum Event Impact
A recent survey from ShareThis found that social sharing from mobile happens twice as often as sharing from desktop. As event participants predominantly use mobile devices at events, it follows that the more mobile the social media, the more widely they will be used at events.
So how can event planners use mobile social technology to make the most of their events? Here is a checklist ideas and tips to consider:
Even the best-designed event technologies can prove ineffective without robust infrastructure and the right preparations. Make sure these five key points are well implemented before the event is a great way to help avoid technology problems.
Corbin Named as a '2015 Meeting Trendsetter' by Meetings Focus Magazine
I feel honored to be included in this list of 22 event professionals. Congratulations to my fellow colleagues listed!
The IBTM World Technology and Innovation Watch (formerly the EIBTM Technology Watch) is the meetings industry's longest running and, considered by many, the most significant award recognizing meetings technology innovation. If you have a new, innovative meetings or exhibitions technology product, apply here to win a free booth at IBTM, substantial press coverage and bragging rights!
Corbin to Chair IBTM Worlds Technology and Innovation Watch Award for the 12th Year
I am pleased to have been asked to chair the judging committee for the twelfth year.
G2Crowd is the largest independent business software review site with more than 33,000 user reviews. They have just expanded the meetings technology software listings including the following categories:
Check out the site and submit your reviews and receive a $15 Amazon gift card for your time! This site's design is intuitive and informative. I encourage all meeting planners to share their meetings software experiences here to expand its usefulness.*
*I have no financial arrangement with G2Crowd and list this here solely on merit.
15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
New, excellent, free ebook from Julius Solaris and his crew.
30 Conference Presentations Tools to Help Speakers Wow Attendees
Some good ideas and tools in this article.
Event Planning Rocks
A collection of links to event-related influencers to follow, blogs, and podcasts
Twitter for Event Professionals: The Complete Guide
Lots of good tips from COS Rental.
Hotel Wi-Fi Test Ranks Hotel Chains
New report with some very interesting data.
5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:
A free service (US-based) that helps limit robocalls. Thanks to Ken Pickle for this link suggestion!
Free and very complete online file conversion utility.
10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Email Open Rates [Infographic]
Double Instagram Followers Organically In Just 5 Minutes A Day [Infographic]
Europac3D Artec Bodyscanner
The end result of the body scan is a 7" (18cm) statue. I had the body scan at the MeetTheFuture conference last month in London. The statue just arrived and it is both amazing and eerie to behold. Check it out here.
5 Sites Just for Fun:
World Champion Of Card Magic: Shawn Farquhar
Amazing Realistic 3D Drawing
iPad Magic - Stockholm
Intrepid Travel’s 2015 photo competition winner
"Nearly 60% of all digital impressions are now driven by images."
-- Brian Kim of GumGum, as quoted by Advertising Age (2015)
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
- Albert Einstein (1940)
SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
"Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which man will never be able to cope."
- Simon Newcomb, American astronomer (1903)
"If God had intended that man should fly, he would have given him wings."
-- Widely attributed to George W. Melville, chief engineer of the U.S. Navy (c. 1900)
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Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, MS
Corbin Ball Associates
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