Volume 21, Quarter 2

Welcome to this 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: Second Screen Technology for Events: What Are the Options?
  • NEW ARTICLE: Event Planning Tech: 6 Essential Features to Use
  • NEW PODCAST: Corbin Ball interview on Tom Antion's 'Screw the Commute' Podcast
  • NEWS
  • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
  • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
  • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
  • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT

Presenters and meeting planners are often faced with the following dilemmas: In today’s multitasking environment where event participants are regularly on their mobile devices, how to keep their attention? How do you keep attendees engaged? And how can you best measure their interests and engagement during a presentation?

And excellent option to answer these issues is second screen technology. This is an area with lots of options and varying degrees of capability and costs.  This article covers a range of these options with a look as specific features, costs and analytic capabilities.  


Planning an event can be a challenge, but there’s technology out there that can help. Check out these essential features you should use in your planning phase!

Tom Antion, an renowed internet market expert, interviews me on a range of issues including suggestions how to thrive in a home-based business.

NEWS: 
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"Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated. If you are looking for a specific meetings or tradeshow technology product, it is very likely on this list.
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) shines a light on the real impact meetings have on people, businesses and the economy. Led by the Meeting Mean Business Coalition, it brings together meetings industry advocates across six continents and more than forty countries. Don't miss the opportunity on Thursday, April 4 to celebrate the industry's enduring business value and its $2.53 trillion in global economic impact.

15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
Got fun videos? Or helpful business or meeting planning links? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 Meeting Industry-Related Sites: 
  •  TrackMany: Video analytics system (a simple attachment to a smartphone) to track anonymous metrics including traffic patterns, dwell time, age, gender, and sentiment
  • BadgeNow: The first self-service color badge printer (from Aventri)
  • Zoi Meet: New AI tech product (currently in beta testing) that live subtitles and automatically translates meetings in multiple languages projected onto a screen. Meeting notes can be searched, retrieved and analyzed.
  • The Event App Bible 2019
  • From Eventbrite: Excel Template for Planning and Promoting Multiple Events (signup required)

5 Business/Utility/Reference Sites:


5 Sites Just for Fun

QUOTES OF THE QUARTER:
"Every morning you have two choices; continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them." -- Unknown
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -- John F. Kennedy

SHORT-SIGHTED TECHNOLOGY PREDICTIONS:
On Y2K: "We must also prepare ourselves for the very real possibility that the  outcome of this situation might well be the total extinction of the   entire human race. It really could be worse than I am predicting and I really am being optimistic. First, I would like to assure you that I am not some kind of nut anxiously waiting for the end of the world...."  -- Consultant Cory Hamasaki's newsletter, November 1998 
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance" -- Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

RECENT MENTIONS AND QUOTES FROM CORBIN:


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EventsAir2019
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.
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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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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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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 512-847-5174.

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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.
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.

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.

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eventcore
An exceptional user experience is the core of your successful event. Lose the workarounds, branding disappointments and errors that plague so many events, with a fully branded event registration built to your exact specs. Engage a team with true event expertise and the technical chops to solve your biggest registration challenges.

EventsAir2019
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.
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iceberg
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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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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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 512-847-5174.

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