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Apps are too expensive for our events

I hear often that Apps are too expensive for our events. I know at first glance the cost of native app development may seem high but when you compare the cost of deploying an app with more traditional methods of content delivery they are really on par. A lot of final programs that are designed and printed cost clients in the vicinity of $5-10K for design and print alone (volume and event dependent of course). Native app costs sit squarely in the middle of this.

More information: http://www.eventapps.com.au/apps-are-too-expensive-for-our-events/

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iBeacon Messaging

Once again Apple has triggered an event-industry innovation streak. Its iBeacon—a small piece of hardware that transmits signals to a smart device—has sparked the imagination of leading mobile app developers, several of whom have announced beacon-enabled features for their existing event apps.

What is iBeacon?

iBeacon is Apple’s implementation of Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology to create a different way of providing location-based information and services to iPhones and other iOS devices.

More information: http://www.eventapps.com.au/ibeacon-messaging/

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A Year-round Mobile Event App

Ok, ok, having a year round mobile app may not be the Holy Grail to some – but to event app developers it is music to their ears! Why? Because it gets their app into the hands of event participants allowing them to benefit from this amazing communication tool, all year long. It’s like writing a song and hearing it on the radio time and time again! But no, this article is not all about application developers, it’s about you and your events and why it is important to plan for your mobile app being utilized year round.

More information: http://www.eventapps.com.au/a-year-round-mobile-event-app/

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Why have a mobile Event App

This is a question that I use to get when we first started in 2009 when everyone was still using paper maps and programs. Since that time, however, I do not get this question often enough.

Just producing a mobile app does not mean it will be successful. Sadly, some organizers buy an app just to have one or they got it for free (ok, don’t get me started on a free app – you’ve heard the old saying “you get what you paid for”).

More information: http://www.eventapps.com.au/why-have-a-mobile-event-app/

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Your Quick Guide to RFID Event Technology

RFID technology is the latest hot topic circulating around the events industry …

But how does it work and why should you use RFID at your live events?

In this post we’ll cut through the technical jargon and summarise exactly what you need to know to begin taking advantage of this powerful technology.

More information: https://www.nutickets.com/blog/rfid-event-technology-quick-guide/

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Top Event Tech Trends to Watch in 2018 and 4 Other Stories Planners Should Read

In this month’s round-up of top technology stories, we take a look at Corbin Ball’s annual review of tech trends that are set to impact our industry over the coming year – from AR-enabled indoor navigation to chatbots and cyber security. We also explore some new tech options for event planners, including ‘WiFi on the Fly’, an alternative to Snapchat filters and a host of new offerings from Apple. Finally, we look at why Europe’s upcoming data protection regulation is such a big deal, how it will impact event technology and what steps event planners need to take today to get their events ready in time for the May 2018 deadline.

More information: http://www.eventsforce.com/blog/top-event-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2018-and-4-other-stories-planners-should-read/

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5 Event Tech Must-Haves for Immersive Experiences

Just like in most industries, the evolution of event tech and innovation have been drastically reshaping the events world for more than a decade now.

Defining the role and impact of the latest technological advancements is substantial for ensuring an event’s success, but as the digital world keeps progressing at a fast pace, staying on top of current trends is a never-ending duty.

More information: http://live.mci-group.com/2017/09/5-event-technology-must-haves/

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Skip the Gimmicks and See What Your Event App Can Do!

Your event app has powerful, configurable features that can do a lot of great things for engaging attendees and exhibitors. So before you invest in event technology hardware like LED bracelets and lanyard sensors, look first to your event app provider for innovative new features that are more dynamic and sustainable.

More information: https://www.core-apps.com/blog/event-apps-eventtech/

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Are Live Events Actually Effective? Here’s What Top Marketers Think

The web is full of literature touting live events as a potent alternative to screen-served digital ads. They say it’s the right choice for a society that’s embracing “experiences” over “things,” and an opportunity to win over prospects and delight customers. But are live events actually worth all of the fuss? And more importantly, are they worth the cost?

More information: https://www.socialtables.com/blog/event-marketing/live-events-effective/

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CEI Asia: Live streaming — How do drones compare?

Drones are being increasingly used for events, providing theatrical entries and dramatic product reveals and giving digital audiences added viewpoints through camera angles.

There are a few things to remember though when using drones, cautions Greg Crandall, director of brand engagement at Pico+, a member of the Pico Group.

More information: http://www.cei.asia/article/live-streaming-how-do-drones-compare/438945

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Using Event Tech to Reduce Your Budget

As we head into the final stretch of 2017, many event planners out there are using this time to plan for the year ahead. It’s a time for goal setting and operational changes, as well as a time to reexamine a crucial part of event planning: your budget.

And for most event planners, a healthy budget for a new year includes trimming the fat and cutting costs where it makes the most sense. While you may start to go line by line to make several small cuts, there is another way to go about it.

More information: http://blog.etouches.com/tips-and-tools/budgeting-tips-and-tools/using-event-tech-reduce-budget/

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Our Latest Update Directly from Apple: Existing LOOPD App Resubmissions and Our Approved Grace Period

There have been a lot of updates and news circulating regarding the Apple App Store Guidelines and their impact on event apps. Two weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about our stance on the new changes made by Apple.  Several event app companies have shared that they will still be able to submit single event apps after 2018, while others have shared that after speaking with Apple they won’t be able to submit single event apps after 2018.

More information: http://blog.etouches.com/event-tech/mobile-apps/latest-update-directly-apple-existing-loopd-app-resubmissions-approved-grace-period/

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How To Get More from Wearable Event Technology [Case Study]

This is a case study from Klik. More information about Event Manager Blog’s case studies.

Event technology doesn’t have to rely on a screen-based device. This case study explores how Behind the Scenes and Hilton got the most out of wearable technology for their leadership conference.

More information: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/wearable-event-technology-case-study

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Event App Trend Watch: Gamification

Who else was ready to see summer take a hike?

With fall in full swing – bring out the sweaters, pumpkin spice everything and football! Speaking of football, at the top of my Trend Watch list this month, we find gamification.

This industry created buzz word has actually been around since the days of paper bingo cards and punch tickets. You remember. Some of you may even still do this at your conference.

More information: https://www.core-apps.com/blog/event-app-trend-watch-gamification/

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What is the real impact of smartphone technology at your music event?

As anyone who has attended a live music event in the past few years will testify, the sight of swaying lighters has quickly been replaced with the sight of glowing smartphones instead.

As an event organiser, your role is to allow guests to enjoy their time in your space – whether that means being glued to their phone or not. But at what point does this technology stop being a distraction, and start impacting the success of your event?

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/blog/smartphone-technology-music-eventds00/

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How Gamification Can Personalise Conference and Exhibition Events at Scale

If you’re looking for a fun and playful way to drive traffic to exhibitor stands, then a little thing known in the tech word as ‘gamification’ could be the answer. Gamification essentially takes attendee interactions and turns them into a game or challenge. When the technology was first introduced a few years ago, it was typically limited to collecting digital badges.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/blog/gamification-conference-exhibition-ds00/

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7 Strategies to Sell More With Your Ticketing & Registration Tech

To sell out your event, you need to maximise every channel you have. That doesn’t mean spending more money, it means spending your money in smarter ways. Especially when it comes to your ticketing or registration technology.

The wrong ticketing or registration partner can cost your team countless hours — and sales. Choosing the right technology is pivotal to increase attendance and run a profitable business.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/blog/academy/7-strategies-sell-ticketing-registration-tech/

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Double Sales or Registrations with Facebook’s End-to-End Checkout

Most event organisers use Facebook to promote their events, but as you probably well know, likes don’t always convert into ticket sales. So how can you get people to purchase when they’re ready and interested in your event? By selling tickets in the same place where you’re promoting your event — now available on Facebook.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/blog/double-sales-facebook-checkout-ds0d/

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Two Must-Have Apps to Streamline Your Event Planning Process

Let’s be real — planning an event should qualify as an Olympic sport. From sun up to sundown, you’re juggling tasks like a Cirque du Soleil performer. That pressure is why your job is often rated one of the most stressful.

Fortunately, a lot of that stress can be alleviated by using your internal resources wisely. In this post, you’ll learn how a popular automation solution can help you control the chaos in your event planning.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/blog/apps-streamline-planning-process-ds00/

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2017 Event Tech Trends Predictions – Where Are They Now? (Holograms)

Welcome to Round 2 of our “where are they now” event tech trends series! In the last post, we talked about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.

And, as a reminder, here’s a peek at all of the top trends we were keeping a close eye on for 2017:

More information: https://blog.cvent.com/events/2017-event-tech-trends-predictions-where-are-they-now-holograms/

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Beyond the paperless agenda: Savvy event profs know event apps power engagement

When planners first started using event apps almost a decade ago now, they primarily used them as a paperless way to deliver the agenda and important event information to their attendees.

The conversations we were having as an event tech provider back then were more around what an event app was rather than how powerful it could be as an attendee engagement platform.

More information: https://www.eventmobi.com/blog/event-apps-power-engagement/

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Event Management Trends for 2018: Attendee Experience, AI and Virtual Reality

This year’s IMEX America was buzzing with excitement around the latest trends and ideas hitting the meetings and events industry. It’s the U.S.’s largest annual go-to show where meeting planners can discover new ideas and keep up to date with the biggest event management trends in the industry. This year definitely didn’t disappoint!

More information: https://www.eventmobi.com/blog/event-management-trends-2018-attendee-experience-ai-and-virtual-reality/

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How to Make Event Apps Pay for Themselves

Event apps keep attendees connected 24/7 during your event. From last-minute updates, messaging features, and social media feeds, attendees can get the 411 all from one place, your mobile app. Event planners consider all the ways that they can engage attendees, but there’s one question they sometimes forget to answer: How much money can I make from this event app?

More information: http://blog.etouches.com/event-tech/mobile-apps/make-your-event-apps-pay-for-themselves/

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How RFID Can Enhance Your Festival Experience

How can you make your festival a once-in-a-lifetime event? The answer might be hidden in plain sight: RFID technology to power your onsite experience.

RFID has the potential to transform every aspect of your festival or event. Beyond streamlining entry, RFID enables attendees to connect with you, your sponsors, and each other in new ways.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/rfid-can-enhance-festival-experience/

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All You Need to Know About RFID

Have you been to an event lately where RFID was in action? And maybe you thought you that this technology could work a treat at your own event?

The good news is that you can now access RFID through Eventbrite and it really will transform the experience of your festival or conference for both your attendees and your own staff.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-rfid-fds00/