Corbin's May/June 2015 TechTalk Newsletter
 
Volume XVII, Issue 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Onsite Data Analytics -- A Goldmine for Meetings Improvement
  • NEW INTERVIEW: Top Tips On Implementing iBeacons At Events 
  • NEWS
  • 21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

NEW ARTICLE: Onsite Data Analytics -- A Goldmine for Meetings Improvement
The onsite meeting used to be known as the 'black hole' of event data management. . Planners used computers to gain insights before and after events, but during an event they were flying blind.  Now, it is possible for every touch on a mobile event app to be tracked, scored and rated. Social media channels can be monitored and incorporated into the mix. Onsite likes and mobile polling and survey tools can be scored in real time. 

With better onsite data collection tools than ever before; the next challenge will be finding useful, real time analytic tools to interpret these data. This article covers a number of options to accomplish this.


 
NEW INTERVIEWTop Tips On Implementing iBeacons At Events
http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-On-Implementing-iBeacons-At-Events-With-Corbin-Ball
Event Interface blog interview.

NEWS
 
 
Corbin's January/February 2014 TechTalk Newsletter - http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artID=9177
 
Event App Bible V3 2015 
http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/event-app-bible-2015
This expanded and updated version is by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date 
coverage event apps ever published. In addition to detailed product listings
and expansive survey research, there are sections on best practices, pricing,
selection factors, RFP creation, a feature glossary, case studies, app promotion
and important emerging trends. 
 

21 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN

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7 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
 
Hotel Wi-Fi Test
http://www.hotelwifitest.com/
Extensive database of hotel Wi-Fi speeds - and which ones are free.

How Technology Changed Meetings [Infographic]
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226587424978826141/

Synthetron
http://www.synthetron.com/
Crowdsource your decision making process. Interesting groupware/brainstorming tool.

Social Media Event Marketing Checklist [Infographic]
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226587424978474266/

Site opens today with global compliance data for medical and pharma meetings. 

Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn for Event Professionals
http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/eventprofs-linkedin#Z7K9tBGWHPvDgEvR.99
 
In a recent article, I predicted that real-time, computer translators will be used for events. Although strong headway is being made with this, currently humans are still substantially more accurate. This article/infographic makes some good points on this side.

 
7 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:

Worldwide traffic congestion maps -- how does your city rate? 
http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/trafficindex/#/
http://www.inrix.com/scorecard/

Which flights get you there fastest?
http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/flights/
Very cool interactive map and analysis from data guru Nate Silverman.

The State of LTE
http://opensignal.com/reports/2015/02/state-of-lte-q1-2015/
Excellent article with comparative, interactive graphs on mobile LTE networks around the world. 

Free English Grammar and Vocabulary Exercises
http://englishgrammarpass.com/

Is your site mobile-friendly?  Try this free tester.
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

Watson Analytics
http://www.ibm.com/analytics/watson-analytics/
Freemium-based super computing data analytics tool. This has great potential for meetings data analytics!

AXS Map - A "Yelp" rating system for people with disabilities 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Chta29jjXQ&t=44

7 Sites Just for Fun:
How to Solve a Rubik's Cube Differently | Justin Stomp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFAwPKK7gWs&feature=youtu.be
Thanks to Derrick Stomp, from Twoppy, for this link suggestion. The video shows his son!

Funny Public Mirror Encounters (with No Reflection)
http://www.flixxy.com/amazing-magic-mirror.htm

1920's - What The Future Will Look Like
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czr-98yo6RU

Do Not Believe Everything You See On Video Or Film
http://www.flixxy.com/do-not-believe-everything-you-see-on-video-or-film.htm
              

 
QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." -- Arthur C. Clark

"I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." – Hilaire Belloc

"The only thing that stands between a person and what they want from life is often the will to try it and the faith to believe it’s possible." – Rich Devos

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:

"The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most."
--IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.

"I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning."
-Lord Kelvin, engineer and physicist (c. 1890)


RECENT ARTICLES/VIDEO WITH MENTIONS OR QUOTES ABOUT/FROM CORBIN  

Convene: The Evolution of Audience Response Tools
http://convene.com/the-evolution-of-audience-response-tools/

Meetings & Conventions: Robots are Coming (pages 46-48)
http://meetings-conventions.texterity.com/mcmagazine/201504#pg68


Small Market Meetings: New Ideas for 2015

http://smallmarketmeetings.com/articles/new-ideas-2015/

EventMobi: Attendee Engagement at Live Events
http://go.eventmobi.com/increase-event-app-adoption-engagement
Name and email required to access. 

TTG Media: Mastering the Balance
http://digital.ttgmena.com/digital-book/280-march/index.html#p=39


Ungerboeck: 5 Event Industry Trends to Watch Out for in 2015
http://ungerboeck.com/blog/5-event-industry-trends-to-watch-out-for-in-2015


Social Tables: Attendee Privacy & Venues: When Does Data Collection Cross The Line?

http://blog.socialtables.com/2015/02/17/attendee-privacy-venues-data-collection-cross-line/

 

Tweetwall: The Top Event Industry Trends Of 2015

http://tweetwall.com/blog/the-top-event-industry-trends-of-2015/

 

Aartrijk: Change is A-comin'

http://www.aartrijk.com/change-comin/


 

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ITN International
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SpotMe
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Ungerboeck 
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AllianceTech is the leading event technology solutions provider focused on metrics & analytics. Our technology suite is designed to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for their conference and event needs. Lead retrieval, event mobile guides, attendance tracking, electronic surveys and RFID are among some of the solutions we offer. 

     

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Conference Technology Enhancements (CTE)
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