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How to Choose a Good Event App That Attendees Will Actually Use

Let me tell you what makes an event manager go crazy: buying an expensive, fancy event app, and then realize that nobody is using it. It’s quite frustrating to believe all the beautiful promises about how the app can engage the attendees or help you go paperless, only to understand later that it fails to grab the attention of your audience.

Learn more: https://www.eventplanner.tv/news/8170_how-to-choose-a-good-event-app-that-attendees-will-actually-use.html

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Security, Streaming, Analytics. How Drones Will Change the Event Industry

Drones are a recurring presence in more and events near you. How can you use them to make your event more secure, successful and engaging?
I can see you going ‘whatever’ on me. I spent an hour with one of the top experts on drones in the US. Give me 10 minutes of reading time and I promise you will be interested in what I have to say about drones.

Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/drones-at-events#pkWyWLXlPrwF65po.99

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How Mixed Reality Will Shape The Event Industry

Mixed reality blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds. Those blurred lines will soon be commonplace at events. Are you ready?
Lately, it seems like virtual reality has been getting all the press, and rightly so. The last two years have seen the technology advance at an unprecedented rate. With that advancement, naturally, comes new ideas and concepts. Mixed reality is one such concept and now, as we identified in our Trends Report, that too is beginning to gather pace.

Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/mixed-reality-events#FUEmufpj1IhqUvab.99

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Is this the real life? Is this augmented reality?

Thirty-one years ago, when Freddie Mercury and his bandmates from Queen asked the world: “is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” it posed a profound question. The opening lines from Bohemian Rhapsody would become some of the most recognisable and introspective in history – does the universe actually exist, or is everything a figment of your wild imagination? Freddie and the band probably didn’t think there’d be anything in between those two options.

More information: http://www.cievents.com/au/creative-services/is-this-the-real-life-is-this-augmented-reality/

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USING WEARABLE BEACONS AT EVENTS

One thing no one can accuse digital tech developers of is resting on their laurels when it comes to innovation. No sooner has everyone just about got their head around one gamechanger – Web 2.0, Wifi, mobile, social media – you can guarantee something else is waiting around the corner to start a new trend.

After the triumphant rise of smart devices, observers of all things tech have been keenly looking out for the next hardware revolution. One likely candidate is so-called wearable technology.

More information: http://www.simpli-fi.co.uk/uncategorized/using-wearable-beacons-at-events/

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HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EVENT REGISTRATION

As an event organiser, guest registration is a critical moment. To get off to a good start, you want to carry out initial administration quickly and efficiently, handing out welcome packs and passing on important information. At an invite only event, you need to be able to check attendees off as they arrive, and for all types of event, it is a key moment for gathering attendance data.

However, for guests the registration process can be a chore. When large numbers of guests arrive at once, bottlenecks quickly form, and attendees have to wait in frustratingly long queues.

More information: http://www.simpli-fi.co.uk/uncategorized/how-to-use-technology-to-improve-event-registration/

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HOW TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WITH YOUR EVENT APP

Event apps are a fantastic addition to the event planner’s armoury. They offer an easy, intuitive way to deliver all the information your attendees will need and want about your event, and open up a direct line of communication to boot.

But what can sometimes catch organisers out is the timing for getting the app ready. It is easy to think of an app as an in-event accessory, and aim to have it ready to go live just in time for things to start.

More information: http://www.simpli-fi.co.uk/uncategorized/how-to-hit-the-ground-running-with-your-event-app/

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Dispelling the Myths: Common Misconceptions of 3D Projection Mapping

Last week we shared various lessons we’ve learned producing 3D projection events. On a related topic, this week’s blog entry will dispel the most common and consistent myths of 3D projection mapping.

1. Glass is 3D Projection’s Enemy

When scouting markets for architecturally unique and interesting structures, we often encounter buildings that are primarily glass. Although these buildings may appear architecturally compelling, glass surfaces do not properly reflect the light needed to achieve 3D projection clarity.

More information: http://pearlmedia.com/news/dispelling-the-myths-common-misconceptions-of-3d-projection-mapping/

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There’s an app for that? The event app challenge for exhibitors

Remember the old Apple iPhone advert, when apps first came on the scene? It took you through a series of needs you might have – checking snow conditions, finding your car, counting calories in your lunch – and hit each one with the punchline ‘there’s an app for that’. (If you want to see how far the iPhone has come in seven years, watch the original ad from 2009. It looks terrifyingly small and old-fashioned.)

More information: https://www.ignitiondg.com/blog/theres-app-event-app-challenge-exhibitors

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7 Ways Event Tech Can Improve the Onsite Experience

Event and meeting planners are hyper-focused on making sure their event check-in process goes smoothly, since it’s the attendee’s first experience onsite. More and more often, planners are turning to technology to automate aspects of their events — freeing up their time to focus on creating an impactful experience.

Imagine your worst nightmare, come event day. Does it go a little something like this?

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/7-ways-event-tech-can-improve-onsite-experience/

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Contactless wristbands used for events

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, if you talked about something wearable at the Eurovision Song Contest, you were probably referring to the extravagant outfits, strange hats or unbelievable footwear worn by the contestants. But nothing stays the same – Australia is now, mysteriously, part of the annual European competition, and the something wearable is a nifty wristband that enables you to pay for drinks and snacks in the same way as you would with a contactless card.

More information: http://www.gemalto.com/financial/inspired/smartevents-contactless-wearable

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NFC VS RFID: WHAT APPLE PAY MEANS FOR RFID AT EVENTS

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 has generated a lot of media attention for various reasons, one of the main focal points being the phone’s NFC capabilities.  What does this move toward NFC mean for RFID?  Before we answer that, let’s look briefly at the actual technology behind the two. Both NFC and RFID refer to a data transfer process between an RFID or NFC device (a ‘host’) and a ‘reader’.

More information: https://intellitix.com/en/nfc-vs-rfid/

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EVENT PRODUCTION SHOW PANEL – “RFID & CASHLESS – SHOULD WE EMBRACE IT?”

With the dust finally settling on this year’s Event Production Show at London Olympia, we reflect on the topics raised during the insightful panel “RFID & Cashless – Should we embrace it?” led by Nicola MacDonalds, reporter of UK’s leading event magazine, Access All Areas. Intellitix’s Head Pilot, Serge Grimaux, discusses the role RFID plays in the current events industry.

More information: https://intellitix.com/en/event-production-show-panel-rfid-cashless-embrace/

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How to Use Surveys in an Event App

An event app can streamline so many aspects of your event. What used to require a stack of paper, or a spam-filter filling amount of emails, can now all be done with this handy little communication hub your attendees are carrying in their pockets. One of the most exciting aspects of an event app for an organizer is the ability to open up 2-way communication with their attendees during the actual event – and with Guidebook, it’s easy to distribute surveys.

More information: https://guidebook.com/mobile-guides/how-to-use-surveys-in-an-event-app/

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How to Max Your Event Revenue with Event App Sponsorships

Your event app is about to change the way that you generate sponsorship revenue. Scaring up sponsorships used to be a  tedious, tenuous process – but with an app it’s now measurable, repeatable, and about to cause you a lot less stress.

Event apps have revolutionized the way organizers communicate with their attendees, so it makes sense that they should do the same for organizer/sponsor relationships.

More information: https://guidebook.com/mobile-guides/max-your-event-revenue-with-event-app-sponsorships/

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The Route to Mobile Event App ROI [Infographic]

Measuring the performance of your mobile app is critical to evaluating the success of an event. But too often planners just look to hard numbers to tell the story. App success goes far beyond download rates, check-ins and time spent within the event.

Paint a bigger picture by looking at the return beyond metrics. Ready to get started? Explore this Route to ROI infographic.

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/route-mobile-event-app-roi-infographic/

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Mobile is Here to Stay [Infographic]

Remember when Steve Jobs stood before the Macworld convention and touted the first-ever iPhone? Can you believe that was nearly 8 years ago? With more smartphones on the planet than people it’s fair to say mobile has come a long way since 2007.

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/mobile/mobile-stay-infographic/

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The Most Important Question to Answer when Developing an Event App

You’ve just spent a great deal of time and money on creating a whiz bang mobile event app. Then, in the post-event analysis, you look at the stats and realize that few attendees actually downloaded or used it. What happened? The most likely cause for this non-behavior is that you didn’t answer the most important question attendees have, which is:

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/important-question-answer-developing-event-app/

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EVENT PRODUCTION SHOW PANEL – “RFID & CASHLESS – SHOULD WE EMBRACE IT?”

With the dust finally settling on this year’s Event Production Show at London Olympia, we reflect on the topics raised during the insightful panel “RFID & Cashless – Should we embrace it?” led by Nicola MacDonalds, reporter of UK’s leading event magazine, Access All Areas. Intellitix’s Head Pilot, Serge Grimaux, discusses the role RFID plays in the current events industry.

More information: https://intellitix.com/en/event-production-show-panel-rfid-cashless-embrace/

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RFID FOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: TOP TEN MYTHS BUSTED

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is making waves in the global festival, live event and brand experience markets. This secure electronic chip embedded into a wristband, card or lanyard is widely used in live events for Access Control, Cashless Payment, and Brand Amplification deployments. Events with integrated RFID solutions benefit from improved operational efficiencies, increased on-site revenue and an enhanced patron experience.

More information: https://intellitix.com/en/top-ten-myths-busted-for-festivals-events/

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Be the Hero of Your Next Event – Apps for Sales & Marketing

Are you tired of event emails going ignored? Are your reps calling because they can’t remember their booth assignment? How can you adequately prep your team for events, and provide them with the latest updates in real time?

All signs point to mobile apps – and you can now easily create one for your next event without hiring a developer or breaking your budget.

More information: https://guidebook.com/mobile-guides/be-the-hero-of-your-next-event-apps-for-sales-marketing/

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How to Evaluate an Event App

Event apps are changing the way we communicate at our events. Suddenly there are a wealth of vendors and features to choose from, which means it isn’t getting any easier to narrow down and make a final decision. It’s time to make the number of apps available to you a benefit rather than a burden.

More information: https://guidebook.com/mobile-guides/how-to-evaluate-an-event-app/

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How to Compare and Review Event Registration Software [ Infographic ]

As you may already be aware, no two event registration software platforms are alike, and each person and organization has specific requirements regarding the features and functions you need to properly collect event registrations online.

To this end, we have provided below a complete checklist for comparing online event registration software tools.

More information: https://blog.planningpod.com/2017/01/11/how-to-compare-and-review-event-registration-software-infographic/

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33 Best Practices for Boosting Online Event Registration [Infographic]

Most revenue-generating events rely on registration and ticket sales to generate anywhere from 50% to 100% of total event revenues. And online event registration is an already large and still growing source of sales for most events. Case in point … in 2014, Google said 71% of all ticket buying happens online, and online registration has only grown since then.

More information: https://blog.planningpod.com/2017/01/23/33-best-practices-online-event-registration-infographic/

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Are Event Planners Encouraging Smartphone Addiction?

I have a vivid memory of walking into a Tweetup about four years ago at an MPI conference and seeing every single person with their heads down, immersed in whatever was happening on their smartphone. Having been connected to these people in the virtual world for months and even years, I was excited to finally get some face-to-face interaction. Sadly, people couldn’t break away.

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/event-planners-encouraging-smartphone-addiction/

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3 Things To Consider for App Development

So, you have decided to join the over 1 million apps out there, and develop a new app for your event. Great, but how do you get started? Here are a few things to consider when you are developing your app.

What are you trying to solve?

The app you develop should actually solve something your mobile website cannot. Whether it is having up-to-date agenda info, push notifications on relevant information, or quickly being able to connect attendees with each other or conference materials, the app should provide a solution to an issue in your event.

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/mobile/3-things-consider-app-development/

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4 Quick Tips to Energize Your Kick-Off Meeting

Kick off meetings should be exciting and inspiring, not dull and boring. This is your chance to get everyone together in one room to bounce around ideas, get valuable feedback, and really set the tone for the rest of the year.

More information: http://www.eventmobi.com/blog/2016/01/05/4-quick-tips-to-energize-your-kick-off-meeting/

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EventMobi Live Display Will Change The Way You Think About Social Walls

Twitter, Instagram and now social walls have exploded in popularity at a wide range of events, especially over the past couple years. This trendy tech takes digital signage and integrates it with social media, adding a layer of interactive participation. But is social media what events are really about?

More information: http://www.eventmobi.com/blog/2015/12/01/eventmobi-live-display-digital-signage-social-wall/