Tech Trends Every Meeting Planner Should Know
Veteran meeting pro Judy Williams of SDN Meet Up says meeting pros will have "the best year ever" in 2014 by mastering the emerging technology
trends. Here are her thoughts on some of the most cutting-edge tools you should know about.
Toss your business cards! From the agenda and its inevitable
changes, to exchanging contact info, texting is the new way
to stay hip and up-to-date with the myriad modifications that
go on throughout conferences and events and contact
exchange. No more revised numbered paper agendas; this is
the wave of the present and aren't we all relieved of the
immediacy this tool allows us, especially when an emergency arises during a meeting.
Capturing cell phone numbers can be a feat so make sure
you require it as part of the event registration and let participants know upfront how you may use their number, especially for groups that have increased privacy concerns. There
are several mass texting providers, with Club Texting being
one of the most respected, working with organizations like
Century 21 and U-Haul.
Recently on "The Good Wife," a TV show on CBS, a robot acted as a support staffer for a
lawyer working from home. No longer a cartoon from "The Jetsons," robots are becoming
mainstream and are now "live" and operational in the meetings industry. EventMobi.com ran
its first robot at The IMEX
tradeshow in Las Vegas this
past October. "Mobi," as the
robot is affectionately called,
allowed multiple participants
from around the world to
freely, physically roam the
actual IMEX floor, attend sessions, and even mix and minLearn more about
gle with other attendees
Mobi the robot at
without leaving their offices.
It's virtual to the nth degree.
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