ConventionSouth

JUN 2012

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Home SMERF PLANNING GUIDE Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase 6 MUST-HAVE TECH TOOLS To Make SMERF Planning A Snap By Marcia Bradford 1. Cvent www.cvent.com Cvent helps you create an online registration system that will securely collect payments, gather feedback from attendees and more. WHAT'S NEW: A mobile-friendly online reg- istration and event website gives planners the ability to optimize their event's electronic pres- ence for mobile devices. 2. Ascend Integrated Media www.ascendintegratedmedia.com Ascend will help you publish and print online content, including social media materials and an event mobile app. WHAT'S NEW:Virtual Totebag that allows exhibitors to distribute digital info to attendees year-round, allowing exhibitors to learn exactly what atten- dees are download- ing. More Value (More options.) You don't have to compromise quality for value. Just an hour south of Atlanta on I-75, Macon offers first-class meeting spaces including the 110,000 sq. ft. Macon Centreplex and 5,500 affordable sleeping rooms. Host memorable offsite functions in historic homes, interactive museums, HD theatres and urban art galleries. After work, play and unwind in an eclectic city known for its historic architecture and signature restaurants. Contact the Convention Sales Team at 800-768-3401 or meetings@maconga.org to schedule your next event! www.visitmacon.org • 800-768-3401 20 ConventionSouth JUNE 2012 5. GES Exposition Services www.ges.com Marketing strategies and logistics management are provided by GES Exhibit Select, an online digital studio that allows clients to create their own exhibits. Online shipping logistics programs help budget, schedule and track materials. ➤ www.con v entionsouth.com 3. Active Network www.activenetwork.com Active Network offers a suite of event manage- ment products that are targeted for various sized meetings such as "Conference," which is designed to manage large conferences to "RegOnline," a small-group attendee manage- ment solution. WHAT'S NEW: A mobile app allows golf course and resort customers an easy way to book tee times, access live leaderboards, order food and beverages from the clubhouse while on the course and receive weather updates while golfing. 4. Inxpo Engage www.inxpo.com Inexpo allows groups to create virtual trade shows and events through the use of webcasts, live chat and content socialization. WHAT'S NEW: A mobile app now offers the full suite of Inxpo features, including webcast- ing, on-demand presentations, chat rooms and interactive polling. Private and branded apps are available.

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