Volume XX, Issue 5

                         20thAnniversary

Welcome to the 20th anniversary issue of Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter 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: Virtual Vs. Augmented/Mixed Reality for Events: The Pros and Cons for Each Medium and the Likelihood of Adoption
  • NEW ARTICLE: Tips to Come Up with More Effective Promo Videos for Events
  • RETROSPECT ARTICLE: The Revolution --The Future of Mobile Technology for Events
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

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 concept or product.

But how “realistic” is the implementation of this technology? What is each good at doing and what drawbacks are endemic to which specific medium?

Before you, your exhibitors and attendees pass through the looking glass, arm yourself with a basic knowledge of how this technology performs and whether it will be suited to your meeting, tradeshow or event.

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 increase sign-ups. This article gives several good suggestions to accomplish this.

As part of this 20th anniversary issue of TechTalk, I thought I would include an article I wrote for this newsletter in 1999 -- at the turn of the new millennium (back in the time of 1G phones where even flip phones had not yet been invented).
In this article, I predict the development of the smart phone, of mobile event apps, mobile event agendas replacing paper ones, mobile conference alerts, event networking apps, event messaging, mobile audience polling/voting, mobile attendance tracking for CEUs, group collaboration apps, mobile registration, participant engagement apps, mobile video streaming and more.    

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TechTalk Turns 20
In September 1998 (the same month that search engine Google started), the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. 20 years later, with nearly 9,000 subscribers in more than 70 countries, this newsletter is one of the largest and, by far, the longest-running e-newsletter/blog focusing on events and tradeshow technology. I feel honored to have your support as a subscriber and I extend my hearty thanks to the sponsors who make this newsletter possible. As always, your feedback is valued. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you may be interested in receiving a copy.
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15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
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5 Sites Just for Fun

QUOTES OF THE MONTH:
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"What we learn with pleasure we never forget." -- Alfred Mercier, author
"The trouble is, you think you have time." -- Buddha
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SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS OF THE MONTH:
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 "The Year-2000 phenomenon is clearly such a jolt, and we believe that it will be much more pervasive and serious than most of the [disasters] we've experienced in modern history." -- Ed and Jennifer Yourdon in Time Bomb 2000

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."   -- Western Union internal memo, 1876


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ITN 2018

ITN International
ITN International, the world leader in mobile NFC and cloud-based event solutions, serves corporate event producers, event agencies, tradeshow managers, and exhibitors on six continents.
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Meeting Evolution (ME) - a web-based Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) platform managing the entire meetings lifecycle. ME SMM includes event request processing; sourcing of venues, custom contract management, post-event reporting and meeting spend analysis; event planning to create BEO's; attendee registration and housing with a dynamic on-line/mobile APP for your attendees.

ungerboeck

Ungerboeck Software has 30+ years of experience providing event management software to the world's top exhibitions, conferences and associations. Ungerboeck offers an industry-leading solution that contains a CRM system designed for booth sales, a comprehensive event registration system, modern CAD floor-planning tools, and integrated accounting. Visit ungerboeck.com for more information.
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aventri
Aventri (formerly etouches) is a global end-to-end event management software solution. The success-oriented and cloud-based platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process and increase ROI. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement and data, the software solution has been able to serve more than 20,000 event professionals in corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions.
AttendeeNet

Attendee Management Inc.

AMi breaks down the barriers to online registration, housing, travel and e-marketing. No license fees, no software to manage, just dedicated, experienced service. Pay only for what you need, and provide the solutions your attendees and clients expect. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 512-842-1612

CadmiumCD
CadmiumCD
At CadmiumCD we focus on the technology needs of event planners. We specialize in technology tools and services to collect, manage and distribute educational materials at conferences and events.  Our services include: Call for Papers, Speaker Data Management, Conference Proceedings, Audio Recordings, Electronic Meeting Posters, Online Itinerary Planners, Conference Apps and Online Evaluations.
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Certain is the leading enterprise Event Automation solution that helps data-driven marketers and event professionals integrate rich buying signals and attendee insights into omni-channel marketing campaigns to improve sales and marketing results and deliver event ROI. Certain partners with hundreds of companies across tens of thousands of events with millions of attendees.
    ConferencePulse
ConferencePulse is a platform that helps event professionals find and secure sponsors and exhibitors by providing them with insightful data, predictive analytics and contact details of key decision makers. ConferencePulse has information on 25,000+ sponsors and exhibitors, 20,000+ conferences/trade shows and 60,000+ speakers. ConferencePulse recently graduated from AngelPad, the #1 ranked startup accelerator. Visit conferencepulse.com to sign up for free trial or email the CEO directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.
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cvent
Cvent is a leading provider of event management technology offering integrated solutions for venue sourcing, registration, event management, check-in, badging, mobile guides, RFID attendance tracking, lead capture, event feedback, metrics and analytics.
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DigitellInc
Helping associations leverage their content with content capture/distribution, live streaming, webinars, online education services and INCREASED revenue.
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evenium

Evenium
Evenium provides technology covering the entire event management value chain, from registration and check-in to interactivity before, during, and after your meeting. Evenium empowers professionals with the tools needed to design interactive events where attendees are captivated by engaging presentations thanks to the event app ConnexMe. Evenium solutions are used by more than 15,000 event professionals across the globe.

EventsAir
by Centium Software is for event organizers needing a turnkey solution to efficiently manage events. Easy to use and mobile optimized, it features unique capabilities, including real-time data, mobile apps and multiple productivity tools in a secure cloud environment. It's an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals.
GruupMeet
GruupMeet’s beautifully designed and intuitive platform enables teams to seamlessly manage airport transfers, dining events, and tours. No download or install required, so attendees don’t have to worry about keeping up with anything. See all the critical program data and attendee updates across all your events, so everyone is focused and effective.
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The Iceberg
The Iceberg is an industry-supported vehicle that is powerfully equipped to promote the global Meetings Industry effectively – both as a source of information and resources to members engaged in advocacy, and as a communications force in its own right, with media networks that can open up new audiences.
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IMEX America
October 16-18, 2018, Las Vegas
Experience the country's biggest trade show for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry! It's FREE and bursting with business, networking and education, including around 3,400 exhibitors from coast-to-coast and 150 countries. Build valuable relationships, and reap rewards that last the year—and your career.
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