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The Best Questions to Ask Your AV Company For An Amazing Event 

The Best Questions to Ask Your AV Company For An Amazing Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s face it unless you’re an AV pro, your quote may look confusing to you. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Make sure the AV company walks you through your quote! AV companies should be able to justify EVERY piece of equipment on the quote. They should also explain it all in layman’s terms. Far too often, AV companies just send you a quote and expect you to understand it (or maybe they hope you don’t and just go with it). Unless you have a lot AV experience under your belt, it’s hard to understand what every line means. It’s even harder to understand how it impacts the overall vision of your event.

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15 Things to Remember When Planning Your Event Budget

15 Things to Remember When Planning Your Event Budget | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When planning events, event planners and event professionals know the importance of generating ROI. However, whether it’s calculating the return of investment based on how much the event’s plates cost, or understanding the ROI of the mobile event app – there should never be any question as to what value your expenses bring back.

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How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events 

How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the purpose of meetings and events is for knowledgeable speakers to share information with their audience, there’s another important reason why attendees go to events. Many of them are seeking to increase their network and meet valuable people to build connections with.

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Embrace the Future! Smart Badges are Here

Embrace the Future! Smart Badges are Here | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s face facts; anything that speeds up the processes, like check-ins, at your event is going to make attendees happy. And smart badges are making things easier than ever. The old way of managing the process, which typically required manually logging who has arrived, was a time-consuming venture that resulted in long lines and, inevitably, some level of frustration. Even scannable badges have shortcomings, leaving plenty of room for smart badges to improve the overall experience.

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Have Smart Badges Made Badge Scanners Obsolete?

Have Smart Badges Made Badge Scanners Obsolete? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Badge scanners have become an essential part of any trade show, convention, or conference. Replacing pen-and-paper lists and time-consuming on-the-spot data entry, badge scanners make check-in, check-out, and data collection quick and easy. Scannable badges and the scanners that go with them allow event organizers to track attendance, attendee movements, and attendees’ interests. They allow participants to easily share their contact information with each other and with exhibitors. Some even supply event goers with actionable data, increasing participant ROI.

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The 3 Stages of Designing an Event Experience Attendees Love

The 3 Stages of Designing an Event Experience Attendees Love | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event experiences don’t just happen. They’re orchestrated months in advance and planned to the most minute detail, so that attendees leave already planning to come back next year.

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6 “Picture-Worthy” Props to Consider at Your Next Event

6 “Picture-Worthy” Props to Consider at Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When you host a meeting or event, you want people to engage with you, right? Especially online. You’re likely posting on social media, and so you want your attendees to post as well. But the question is, how? How do you get your attendees to actually post about their conference experience?

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Voice-Activated Devices: Is Your Event Ready to Take the Plunge?

Voice-Activated Devices: Is Your Event Ready to Take the Plunge? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s official; voice is where it’s at. Millions of people are already enjoying the technology thanks to devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, and the number of users is growing quickly. Add to that the popularity of voice-oriented smartphone interactions, and it’s no surprise people are clamoring for the chance to use the voice to get things done.

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3 Tech Triage Techniques to Alleviate Meeting-Induced Stress

3 Tech Triage Techniques to Alleviate Meeting-Induced Stress | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Of course, meetings are stressful for those who plan them, but did you know that participants also get a bit stressed out on site? Between travel, staying in a strange hotel, trying to figure out where they need to be and when, and trying to meet new people, it all can add up for those who already are missing their friends and family and thinking about the work piling up on their desk back at the office.

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Should You Invest in a Mobile App for Your Event? 

Should You Invest in a Mobile App for Your Event?  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most important responsibilities of an event planner is to come up with ways to increase attendee engagement at events. Whether it’s creating a seamless onsite registration process or introducing valuable networks to your event, an attendee wants to get the most value out of attending your event. An effective way to keep your attendees interacting is by providing a mobile app that offers helpful features such as info on speakers and sessions, floor plans and photo sharing.

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Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App

Gamification at Your Event: It’s About More Than the App | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event apps are popular, and it is easy to see why. They are excellent resources for attendees, providing them methods for organizing their experience and collecting valuable information. But, as an event professional, your goal isn’t to have everyone walking through the space with their noses in their phones. Instead, you want to encourage them to have fun while they learn and network, and gamification can help. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Using Event Software to Bring Customer Service to the Next Level 

Using Event Software to Bring Customer Service to the Next Level  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s anything that all events have in common, it’s that at their core they are all about providing excellent customer services across all attendee experiences. From online registration, to accessing onsite technology, to answering post-event questions or concerns, attendees want a positive and helpful experience throughout the event life cycle. 

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How to Reduce Long Event Lines and Keep Attendees Happy 

How to Reduce Long Event Lines and Keep Attendees Happy  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Long lines for food, drinks, and bathrooms leave attendees cranky. Here are three ways you can cut down those pesky lines at your festival.
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Harnessing the transformative power of virtual reality in events

Harnessing the transformative power of virtual reality in events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

More than ever before, virtual reality (VR) is now capturing our imaginations and transforming everything from everyday experiences to industrial design processes — and smart brands are sitting up and paying attention. Although it’s not necessarily a new innovation, recent advancements have made VR more immersive and affordable.

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The Revolution Will Be Texted

The Revolution Will Be Texted | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

During an American Farm Bureau Federation conference, farmers and ranchers used their cellphones to tell Congress what they thought about a pending bill critical to their future.

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Event Tech Crash Test: Augmented vs Virtual Reality

Event Tech Crash Test: Augmented vs Virtual Reality | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event tech can make a real difference.Get a better idea on the difference between augmented & virtual reality & when to use them within the events industry

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Case Study: How to Motivate Your Sales Team and Get Their Commitment

Case Study: How to Motivate Your Sales Team and Get Their Commitment | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Salesmen often face challenging goals and it takes a lot of effort to keep them motivated. When it comes to presenting the revenue plan for the new year, which is even more ambitious than the previous one, the management always searches for the best ways to communicate new goals.

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7 Music Festival Tech Trends From Glastonbury

7 Music Festival Tech Trends From Glastonbury | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
As Glastonbury Festival closes its doors on another year, we take a look at the music festival tech being used out in the real world right now.
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A Robot Who Makes Site Visits

A Robot Who Makes Site Visits | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A newly acquired robot being tested at a Boston hotel may help you make long-distance site visits and — in a pinch — sit in at meetings.

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Are You Using All of Your Event Data?

Are You Using All of Your Event Data? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your event app is collecting enormous amounts of data before, during, and after the show. What are you doing with it?

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How To Choose The Best Event Software For You

How To Choose The Best Event Software For You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s dive in first to the state of the event tech industry. If you’re not familiar, event organizers and event marketers have critically important jobs. In part, this is because organizers work in an industry that’s worth about a half-a-trillion dollars. Events account for the single-largest line item of most B2B CMOs. In fact, 24% of a CMO’s budget, is spent on live events.

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The Evolution of Meeting Technology 

The Evolution of Meeting Technology  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Today, we are a far cry away from our humble paper survey beginnings. Meeting technology has taken center stage in SMM, meeting departments, and event planning institutions. As new options emerge, new opportunities for measurement, improvement, and understanding arise.

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How Meeting Planners Can Rethink Event Design

How Meeting Planners Can Rethink Event Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
In an age where information and entertainment is never more than a smartphone click away, conference planners face the difficult challenge of keeping audie
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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Digital Badges 

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Digital Badges  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’ve been in the events world for awhile, then one vision probably comes to mind when you hear the words “events badge”: a piece of paper with an attendee’s name and title on it attached to a lanyard for attendees to wear around their neck. While over time, the event badge has become more aesthetically pleasing and valuable for event planners through things like RFID tracking technology, it hasn’t fundamentally changed in a way that benefits the attendee…until now.

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17 Amazing Event Lighting Effects

17 Amazing Event Lighting Effects | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Lighting can transform your event and can be a cost effective way to make an impact. Here are some inspirational event lighting examples that create amazing and powerful effects.

With the ability to cater to a range of budgets and to create branding or sponsorship opportunities, lighting can transform a venue and easily change the tone or mood of an event depending on what you want to achieve. 

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