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Events and Conferences News: Survey shows 49% increase in the use of event apps, 5 Ways to Make Technology Work for Your Events, The Meeting of the Future

5 Meeting-Tech Trends to Watch in 2013

Watching trends is always a good way to know what event attendees may expect from you if you’re planning on holding an event. Whilst some rules are golden and should always be stuck by, you’ll often see new tends crop up, especially when technology is advancing at the rate it is currently. This article does itself well by pointing out 5 trends related to technology that should be known about in 2013, including tips about smartphones, digital integration and virtual conferences. With smartphones being tossed around so often these days most of them are far from surprising.

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Internet at Events: A Planner’s Cheat Sheet

Holding an online event or meeting can be a daunting task for those who haven’t got much experience with streaming or using video chat online. You will need to learn a little about internet speed and bandwidth to find out if you can resolve any problems you may have whilst broadcasting, and may need to monitor some things if the virtual conference, event or meeting starts to turn a little laggy. Luckily this cheat sheet seems to give you almost everything you need to know to get started.

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Survey shows 49% increase in the use of event apps

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5 Ways to Make Technology Work for Your Events

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The Meeting of the Future

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Events and Conferences News: How Technology is Helping Shape Business Events, A New Tech Resource for the Events Industry, 3 Simple Ideas that Made my Video Conferences Better

How Technology is Helping Shape Business Events

This article accurately points out the differences between nowadays office work and business events to the office work and business events of the past. The difference since then is amazingly huge, and as we’ve lived every day since then, it may take a minute to realize just how far we’ve been since the 60s or 70s. Technology is certainly the biggest culprit when it comes to change, and this article is certainly an insight into why that is the case, and why the change is so huge.

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3 Simple Ideas that Made my Video Conferences Better

Sometimes simplicity is the best way forward, and when it comes to technology, this is often the case. Technology has been designed to make lives easier, and the three ideas stated in this article really do reflect that. There are plenty of ways to improve your own video conferences, but if you want a bit of direction that doesn’t involve forking out a lot of time, money or effort, these three simple ideas are certainly worth looking at. Despite being able to see who you are speaking to, speaking through the internet flows a little different to how it does in real life, and these tips help you to make the most out of these differences.

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A New Tech Resource for the Events Industry

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The role of technology at events and how it will impact them in the future

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Secure Lines: Protecting Your Meeting Content

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8 Ways to use Text Message Alerts and Announcements at Events

When it comes to effectively getting your message distributed and read by a large group at your event or conference, text messages knock the ball out of the park. Using a text message alert, announcement or other SMS marketing technique is the most effective way to reach the most people and be sure your is actually reaching the people you want to receive it.

Last weekend, the San Francisco Giants were playing and I took my place as the 10th player- on the couch :) It wasn’t long until Buster Possey, our new catcher who’s got a .281 batting average, stepped up to bat. In baseball, a .281 batting average, getting a hit just under 1/3 of the times at bat, is pretty good- it gets you a key position in the lineup and millions of dollars a year.

While I moonlight as the “10th player” from my couch (and I maintain that my popcorn eating & cheering is critical), if I tried to sell a service that only connected with its intended audience 28% of the time, I certainly wouldn’t be the rookie of the year. I probably wouldn’t even have a business.

Just 28% of mobile phone users in the U.S. have smartphones. Meaning, if you’re counting on getting a message out to your conference or event attendees with an app, you only have a chance with 28% of them. And that’s if all of them use the app.

More than 90% of text messages are read, meaning they are a better medium than email or mobile apps to reach your attendees on-the-go.

Here are 8 ways to use text message alerts, announcements and SMS marketing at your next event or conference…

1. Text alerts for schedule updates: When timing at your event changes without warning, the fastest way to get the word out is by text.

2. Text alerts for evening events: If you’ve got some events that are happening after-hours that you want to remind people about, sending a well-timed text is perfect.

3. Text alerts for substitute speakers and panels: Things change after materials are printed, and often they change the day they are supposed to happen. Let people know when they need to know with text.

4. Text announcements for special offers: It’s good to keep some things a surprise at your event, and when you want to make a secret party, speaker, or prize winner known, text message is an instant way to reach everyone.

5. Text announcements for keynote speakers: Is there a link your keynote speaker references that you want everyone in the audience to have access to? Text it to them at the end of the speech.

6. Text announcements for real-time access: Send updates and announcements in real-time for anything that needs to be known instantly by your attendees.

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Text message marketing before, during and after: Want to reach your attendees while they are on their way and just after they leave? You know they’ll be checking their phones…

8. Text message marketing for corporate sponsors: Adding the name of your event sponsors to the bottom of conference text messages increases exposure for their promotions or contests, and your revenue.

Contact us to talk about how text message alerts, announcements or SMS marketing can be part of your next event or conference.

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