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Event Live Streaming: Tips, Apps, and More

Love it or hate it, event live streaming is becoming a staple at events. So gear up and join our very own Chief Event Einstein Will Curran as he looks into these concerns and gives practical tips on how to do live streaming right.

We know you have a lot of questions, and we’ve got answers. Will live stream impact event ticket sales? How can I do it for free? What tools do I need to make my live video engaging?

More information: http://helloendless.com/event-live-streaming-apps-tips/

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How to Choose Your First Event App – #EventIcons Episode 75

    When it’s time to choose your first event app, it can feel like an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. In this week’s episode, we talk to Jared Bodnar of Attendify, and Tony Calvis of Nextiva to tackle the topic.

We discuss how to find and choose your first event app; Event app features that will be game changers at your events such as flexibility, polling, and sponsorships; and How to use analytics from your app to create even better events in the future.

More information: http://helloendless.com/choose-your-first-event-app/

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SpotMe Congress App drives participant engagement at the Associations World Congress

The Association of Association Executives, AAE, has partnered with SpotMe to drive engagement at their annual Associations World Congress, the largest paperless conference for association professionals in Europe.

SpotMe is currently the app provider of choice for many associations’ congresses and educational events, creating engaging, interactive and innovative experiences at events no matter the size.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/spotme-congress-app-drives-participant-engagement-associations-world-congress/

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Nutickets introduces its cutting-edge cashless technology for live event organisers

In today’s rapidly developing world of touch & go transactions, a smartphone is more than a computer, radio and sat-nav, it’s a bank card and we are fast becoming a cashless society!

Why is cashless technology so powerful?

In a secure environment, transactions can be completed in seconds. That means reduced queuing, more time to have fun and customer data captured throughout.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/nutickets-introduces-cutting-edge-cashless-technology-live-event-organisers/

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Ticket Arena serves over 1 million customers with RFID cashless payments in last year

Ticket Arena and Event Genius have served over 1 million customers using Radio-frequency identification (RFID) cashless payments in the last 12 months, new figures show.

The statistics, released by the Leeds-based primary ticket seller and event technology provider, reveal that customers used Event Genius’ robust RFID solution to make over 3 million payment transactions. That’s the equivalent of 7.5% of all the card payments (40.5 million)* made every day in the UK.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/ticket-arena-serves-1-million-customers-rfid-cashless-payments-last-year/

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VR for events: Proceed, But with Caution

Competition to deliver the most compelling, unforgettable immersive events has never been more intense and many are looking to technology to bring the much desired ‘wow’ factor.  A growing trend in the events industry is to look to VR to deliver something unique. However, according to Ross Magri, Managing Director of Sarner International, this emerging technology isn’t yet the go-to communication tool for events and, in some cases, can take away from the brand experience.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/vr-events-proceed-caution/

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Podcast: The Virtues of Facebook Live and other streaming services

During the podcast, Chris talked about the quality of content that can be put out and how organisers can best amplify their events down these channels. He also spoke about how these channels offer interactivity elements, allowing events to combine live streaming and audience feedback into one platform.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/podcast-virtues-facebook-live-streaming-services/

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5 Can’t Live Without Festival Apps

Major music festivals like Coachella and Hangout Fest are already in the books for 2016, but there’s still Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza to look forward to (among many others). If you are lucky to be going this summer, check out these five festival apps suggested by GigWise.comdesigned to optimize your experience:

More information: http://blog.events.com/5-cant-live-without-festival-apps

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RaceSafe App: A Smart Solution for Event Medical Care

It would seem logical that when organizing a race, having a highly-trained medical team in place would be a priority. But according to Dr. Anthony Luke, a clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at University of California San Francisco and Medical Director of The San Francisco Marathon and Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, that’s not always the case. Enter his app RaceSafe.

More information: http://blog.events.com/racesafe-app-a-smart-solution-for-event-medical-care

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How iOS 11 Will Bring AR Straight To Events

A recent beta version of the iOS update revealed a little more than expected. An iOS developer recently found a new wayfinding arrow tied to the Maps application. Nothing exciting there, except he also found some code which advises the user to tilt their phone towards their face to navigate when in walking mode. The code also reveals that device cameras will be used in the mapping app.

More information: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/ios-11-ar-events

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Get attendees more involved with Appendee

The need for mobile communication during events has been solved by twoppy since 2011. To respond to the upcoming need for powerful tools to increase involvement before, during and after events the founders of twoppy now release their premium app… Appendee.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/get-attendees-involved-appendee/

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Reinventing your business – A personal story on how mobile applications are transforming lead retrieval for tradeshows.

After forty years of success in business, it can be a daunting challenge to see your business differently.  Yet now, more than ever, the future of any company boils down to innovation and differentiation…

In our case, that meant imploding on purpose – a radical recasting.

This is precisely what began to happen one November evening last year after I read (in one sitting), “Behind the Cloud:  The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry” by Marc Benioff.

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/exposition-tradeshow-and-onsite-management/54-reinventing-your-business-a-personal-story-on-how-mobile-applications-are-transforming-lead-retrieval-for-tradeshows

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Six Novel and Useful Event Apps

Mobile event apps have become the standard for many events with more than 300 products to choose from. With so many choices, we are seeing an evolution expanding from simple agenda apps to ones that can provide specialized benefits including audience engagement, advanced networking and much more. Here are six apps that have novel and specific meetings-related applications to consider:

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/article/36-mobile-and-wireless-technology/178-six-novel-and-useful-event-apps

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5 Apps to Better Share Your Next Event

It’s important to get your event out into the world quickly. It shows that you take initiative, you’re an awesome planner and you know how to get the guest list poppin’ in a second.

Everyone knows how to create an event on Facebook, but what about on your mobile device? By using the following apps, all of you guests will soon be buzzing about your event in no time.

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/article/36-mobile-and-wireless-technology/172-5-apps-to-better-share-your-next-event

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Wearable Beacons for Events

Beacon technologies (small, digital “lighthouses” sending out signals that interact with mobile phone apps) are making headway for events. Companies such as DoubleDutch and Eventbase have been using this technology to automate event check-in, for networking, for wayfinding, location-aware polling, generating heat maps of crowd flow and a range of other tasks to improve the event experience for attendees.

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/article/36-mobile-and-wireless-technology/162-wearable-beacons-for-events

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5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging, but nevertheless effective technology platform that is beginning to impact the event industry in various ways.

AR uses a device to view a real-world environment that is augmented by other digital elements, giving consumers new and exciting ways to experience content.

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/article/36-mobile-and-wireless-technology/211-5ardevelopmentsimactingevents

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Event technology just took a giant step forward (with a little help from Apple)

At DoubleDutch, we’ve long known that the White Label Event App model (siloed, disposable apps for each customer) was not ideal.  It was bad for attendees, overly complex for our customers, and inefficient and inelegant as a way to deploy software.

We also knew that the right model looked more like Slack or Gmail – a single, secure app that contained all customer networks, safely partitioned between groups and teams, yet still deeply customized for each account.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/guest-blogs/event-technology-just-took-giant-step-forward-little-help-apple/

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Event Technology Awards opens voting for ‘Favourite Event Technology Supplier’

Voting is now open for the ‘Favourite Event Technology Supplier’ category of the Event Technology Awards. This prestigious award allows event professionals to vote, and ultimately, select their favourite event tech provider as the winner.

Dubbed ‘The People’s Choice’ award, online voting will remain open until 30th September.

More information: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/event-technology-news/event-technology-awards-opens-voting-favourite-event-technology-supplier/

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The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events

Texting is the most widely-used and frequently used mobile app with 97% of Americans smart phone users using it at least once a day. (Pew Research Center). Additionally, text messages have a 98% open rate, while email has only a 20% open rate (Mobile Marketing Watch).

More information: http://www.corbinball.com/article/36-mobile-and-wireless-technology/212-rise-of-text-apps-and-chatbots-for-events

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Apple’s Review Guideline Changes: What You Need to Know

At EventMobi, our mission is to empower event planners and marketers to provide the most engaging event experience for their attendees.  To that end, we pride ourselves on offering the most customizable event apps in the industry. It is with those apps that our customers are able to provide their attendees with truly unique experiences leveraging truly unique event technology.

More information: http://www.eventmobi.com/blog/2017/08/02/apples-review-guideline-changes-need-know/

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4 Things to Remember Before Unveiling Your Event App

The lead up to your event can be a stressful time, but ensuring your event app is up to scratch in good time will help you relax just a little bit!

Releasing your event app around three weeks before the big day means your attendees gain a unique insight into your event, so you want to make sure it’s the best it can be. Before you send your promo email encouraging attendees to download, make sure you’ve remembered these must-haves for your event app.

More information: https://www.crowdcomms.com/remember-unveiling-event-app/

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Competition: The Science Behind Gamification

Competition is in our nature. So, for most people, there is something inexplicably compelling about it. “Competitiveness” is a trait that evolved from our basic need to survive, and also happens to be very adaptable for use in event apps!

Throughout human history, people seemed to have enjoyed a good competition in one form or another, with the 776 BC ancient Greek Olympic Games or a 2017 medical conference.

More information: https://www.crowdcomms.com/competition-events/

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Using Event Apps to Create a Community for Your Association

Real life events are the best way to create a sense of community amongst association members, but it can be difficult to keep that feeling year-round. An event app doesn’t have to be limited to one or two events, it can be kept open and serve as an exclusive forum for your members. Below are a few ideas to help with this!

More information: https://www.crowdcomms.com/event-apps-create-community-association/

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What You Need to Know About Meeting Planning Automation

Meeting planning automation is the newest hospitality phrase on the block. You may not have heard of it, but I guarantee you’ve dreamt about it.

After being in the event industry for 10 years, I’ve noticed some of the struggles planners have shouldered for far too long: communication gaps, inefficient operational strategies, scheduling nightmares.

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-technology/secret-meeting-planning-automation/

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Did Apple Just Kill White Label Event Apps?

On June 5, 2017, the famous Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) took place in San Jose, California. As countless developers and tech professionals sat in a crowded auditorium, the keynote was started by none other than Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.

He was then followed by many leaders from the tech monster that is Apple. Around the half way mark, Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, took the stage to speak about the Apple App Store.

More information: https://blog.socio.events/apple-just-killed-white-label-event-apps-now/

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5 Interesting Ways to Use RFID at Your Event

We’re all aware of the exciting potential presented by new technology but understanding exactly what can be done with it is sometimes less obvious.

RFID is one such technology; while you may have heard of it, you might not be too clear on the different ways you can incorporate it into your events. RFID (radio frequency identification), and its cousin NFC (near field communication), both employ radio signals for all sorts of tagging and tracking purposes.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/5-ways-use-rfid-at-event-ds00/

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The New Era of Event Technology

A new era has officially started in event technology. Are you ready to join in?

I am not sure if you noticed, but things are changing pretty fast in event technology. Nobody seems to say anything about it. The perfect scenario to drop a very, very long post on you with an analysis of what the hell is happening.

It seems times are mature enough to sit down and look back at the past couple of years and ahead to the next two, to understand what is happening.

More information: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/the-new-era-of-event-technology

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Appageddon: Will Apple’s App Store New Guidelines Trouble Event Apps?

Apple’s latest efforts to clean up the App Store by rejecting templated apps is making app developers and event professionals nervous. Here we look into what these changes (if any) mean and how they will affect the event industry.

What’s going on with event apps? I was speaking to our own Xander Castro recently who mentioned he was struggling to get a white label app for a client. The vendor in question (sorry guys, you know we share no names) informed him of a new Apple policy against templated apps. The comment was corroborated by a recent article by the CEO of one app provider.

More information: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/apple-store-kill-event-apps