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Eventsforce and Zerista Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Customer Centric Event Technology
Eventsforce, a leading technology provider of event management software and Zerista, the first event app platform to power customer centric events, announced that they have formed a strategic partnership to bring an integrated and comprehensive event management and mobile app platform to serve North America and Europe. By combining the companies’ expertise and market-leading event solutions, organizers will benefit from a platform that delivers customizable event experiences across desktops and mobile devices.
Eventsforce will integrate Zerista’s customer centric mobile platform into their event management software. Zerista will also incorporate Eventsforce’s powerful abstract management, call for papers functionality, and registration into their own mobile app platform to enhance the entire event management experience for show organizers of meetings of any size. This will result in a comprehensive solution that delivers new opportunities for event organizers intending to build engagement and connection with their attendees.
“As event apps become ubiquitous a lot of event organizers are suddenly realizing how important it is to have clean, secure event data in a system that can talk to those apps in real-time. We haven’t found many that can do it, and Eventsforce nails it,” said Eric Olson, CEO of Zerista. “We’re passionate about helping people use apps to improve their event experiences, but we’re also dedicated to doing it with an all-in-one technology solution that makes it easy and automated for planners. This partnership with Eventsforce allows us to do that with an exemplary and very complementary platform.”
The combined solution features a pre-built integration for a rich set of data, including attendee data, speaker data, session data, abstracts and content. As a result, event apps update in near real time and without intervention from event professionals.
Two Core Technology Beliefs You MUST Have as an Event Planner
by Liz King
Technology for events has been around for a very long time, long before I was even in the business. But, the intense focus on how technology can be used in the events industy has really become more popular in just the past few years. Still, many people feel completely out of the loop and behind the times when it comes to integrating technology into their events. And, for the most part, we give these people grace because we are still very much in an early adopter phase.
Read more from Liz King on Cvent's blog.
9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology - For Fun & Profit
Nicolette Anderson, BusyEvent
The term event technology is extremely broad. It covers a lot of ground from ‘old school’ tech like fish bowls and scanner-based lead management, to newer tech like how ‘Big Data’ is being used to enhance events and BLE. What #eventtech really is, is based on your experience, your client or event production company goals, the capabilities of your event producer and what your audience and attendees want and can accept.
For example, are your clients interested in the opportunities that mobile introduces to events or are they working their way from offline to online registrations? Are they beginning to experiment with interactive multi-media displays in place of paper-based talks or have they begun using services like CrowdMics, ConferencesI/O and Prezentt?
Read more at busyevent.com.
10 Productivity Apps for #Eventprofs
Liz King did a session at techsytalk LIVE about productivity apps every event planner needs.
From task management apps, email organizers and apps that help with passwords, she has shared her favorites in a post on Cvent as well.
Social Tables Secures $8 Million to Improve and Expand Its Hospitality Product Suite to Its 2.500 Customers and Beyond
Social Tables, the web-based hospitality SaaS technology that brings powerful sales and operations tools to thousands of hospitality professionals has secured $8 million in Series A funding to be led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). Leading hospitality venture capital firm, Thayer Ventures will also participate, alongside previous investors Militello Capital, 500 Startups, Middleland Capital, and Fortify Ventures. This funding will bring the total amount Social Tables has raised to $9.6 MM. The funding was announced at a press conference held at the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. today alongside the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray. “The hospitality and technology industries in the District of Columbia play a critical role in strengthening the city’s economy and ensuring the District remains a world-class city,” said Mayor Gray. “Social Tables’ creative approach to merging these two vital sectors has been phenomenal, and I congratulate Dan and his team for securing funding that will allow Social Tables to continue to grow and thrive.”
Read more from Social Tables.
The CIC and Social Tables Bring Convention Services Managers the Ultimate Free Meeting Planning App
The Convention Industry Council and Social Tables have partnered to release a planner-requested app, the Pocket Planner.
Compatible with all iOs and Android devices, this innovative app was born as a result of customer demand. "In speaking with planners and convention services managers throughout the hospitality industry, we found a shared frustration as it pertained to scaling product and personnel quantities to attendees," recalls Dan Berger, CEO & Founder of Social Tables. "As a company that has been shaped by feedback from our customers, we knew we had to provide a solution – that's when the idea of an app hit us."
Through 2 separate functionalities, Berger predicts that, "It will automate manual processes, allowing meeting planners and CSM's to spend more time on strategic tasks."
The Calculator function allows users to input the number of event attendees into an algorithm that recommends quantities of food and beverage (including liquor, coffee and standard drinks), safety (fire extinguishers, exit space), and staffing.
While the calculator alone was exciting, Berger realized that he wanted to do more than provide answers – there needed to be an educational component. "That's when I reached out to Karen Kotowksi," Berger says. "There is no better organization to partner with on industry thought leadership than the Convention Industry Council."
"Promoting professionalism is at the core of CIC's mission. We are committed to fostering the growth and needs of our industry's professionals through our actions. The Pocket Planner app allow us to do both of those things seamlessly. The calculations are based on industry best practices and established standards that CIC uses in our Manual, so it was a natural partnership. The app is another tool that allows planners flexibility in applying their knowledge, not a substitute for attaining it. Kudos to Social Tables for creating a useful platform that is accessible and at no cost, to everyone in the industry." Said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of the Convention Industry Council.
Additionally, planners are able to purchase a copy of the CIC Manual for use in studying for the CMP, and for reference in day-to-day operations. The CIC is actively working on a mobile version of the manual, which will be added to the Pocket Planner App once it is released.
The free app is now available for download by visiting: https://www.socialtables.com/pocket-planner
About the Convention Industry Council
The Convention Liaison Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. Now the Convention Industry Council, the organization has grown to include 33 member organizations.
CIC's members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC offers many tools and programs designed to support the industry and meet its challenges; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas; and educate the public on its profound economic impact.
About Social Tables
Social Tables, the award-winning provider of hospitality software, delivers the most dynamic diagramming and guest management platform on the market. The industry leading company consistently aids its 2,200 customers in achieving their sales and operational objectives. The company's diverse list of clientele ranges from hotel chains such as the Hyatt Hotel Corporation to academic special events teams from Harvard Business School to corporate meeting teams such as Genentech.
Bizzabo Reaches 4,000 Conferences to Establish Position As A Market Leader Conference Networking Platform
Bizzabo, the world’s leading networking platform and event technology, announced that it has reached a major growth milestone of 4,000 professional events who've utilized their platform. The company launched in 2012 to provide a streamlined experience for event organizers to both socialize and mobilize their events, saving them time and money. Bizzabo integrates LinkedIn and other social media platforms to build highly-interactive event communities, helping organizers, sponsors and exhibitors achieve event goals, boost visibility and increase engagement.
Bizzabo experienced rapid growth, reaching the 4,000 conferences milestone at an industry leading pace after opening their office in NYC in 2013. The company has developed a suite of tools that can be quickly implemented to help conference organizers improve the attendee experience, provide greater actionable intelligence and enhance lead follow-up for conference organizers.
“Bizzabo allowed us to engage directly with our attendees to improve their experience and provide them a tool to network with other amazing participants – it turned our conference into a community.” says Joey Ortiz, Co-Organizer of S.H.E Summit.
Bizzabo is the first choice event platform and mobile app for thousands of events ranging from small associations events to corporate events and international conferences. Bizzabo’s database now includes more than 30,000 speakers’ profiles and 10,000 sponsors’ profiles. The company plans to use that data to help event organizers streamline their events even further.
“Our vision is to make professional events more successful and impactful to all parties involved,” says Co-founder and CEO Eran Ben-Shushan. “Bizzabo has seen this impressive adoption rate because it focuses both on improving an attendee’s experience and helping event organizers reach their business goals. Moving forward, we plan to keep innovating and disrupting the meetings industry while maximizing professionals’ event experiences.”
Launched in July, 2012, Bizzabo is the leading networking and mobile platform for event organizers and attendees. Bizzabo integrates social media to build highly-interactive event communities, helping organizers, sponsors and exhibitors to engage directly with guests and seek out meaningful new business opportunities. Organizers use Bizzabo to increase engagement, word of mouth and sponsorship revenue. The social-mobile platform has been incorporated into thousands of events worldwide. Bizzabo is available online and across iOS and Android devices. The company has offices in New York and Israel and was co-founded by Eran Ben Shushan, Alon Alroy, and Boaz Katz.
Experts Reveal Top AV Trends of 2014
CoatChex is Changing the Bailment Industry
CoatChex took the outdated coat-checking process and developed technology to make coat checking a hassle-free experience that also captures customer data for future marketing purposes. The ticketless system uses today’s technology to connect a customer’s profile with their checked belonging, and it has been used at events and venues of all sizes, from the ESPN and Maxim Super Bowl parties to a popular college bar. The CoatChex station is collapsible and highly mobile. Event organizers can opt for CoatChex to staff the station or CoatChex can simply install it so staffers can operate it themselves. Visit www.coatchex.com for more information!
Blast of New Apps
Meeting planner apps blasted into the marketplace in 2012. Each is marketed with assurances of making the life of meeting planners easier by claiming greater organization and cost efficiencies. But with the abundance of new apps for emerging technologies, comes confusion about which app is best and most targeted to improve work efficiencies, add value to meetings and save monies by replacing higher priced technologies.
Meeting Innovation: Conference Mobile Apps and the Chicken-Egg Dance
Whenever several hundred or more are gathered for a B2B event, if there's no mobile app, people notice. They also start to wonder about how current and relevant this conference experience might be.
Read more from Donna Kastner and Cvent
Web conferencing showdown: What's the best software for online meetings?
It's become a maxim of modern business life: Your most important meeting of the year won't take place in a conference room, but rather online with all attendees viewing a common computer screen.
Read more from PCWorld
10 Apps the busy meeting professional can't live without
About a year ago I stopped carrying a laptop on short trips. It was a big — and slightly stressful moment — when I boarded a plane for a conference in San Jose with only an iPad and a presentation on iWork Keynote. But, something quickly dawned on me. Apps were made for the conference goer.
Event professionals need information on the go. And with the app market now worth over $10 billion with a staggering year-on-year growth rate of 100%, there is an app for just about every element of the business meeting experience — from the airport to the convention center and everything in between. Read More - Eric Olson, RegOnline
5 Tips to ensure virtual event success
Virtual events will never replace face-to-face events, but can be utilized as a beneficial complement. I believe that face-to-face events, virtual events, and hybrid events should all be considered within a 365 day event portfolio. Each type of event comes with its own benefits and challenges and should be used appropriate to the strategy, goals, and objectives set forth by the conference organizer and that which is best for the audience to derive benefit.
With that being said, here are 5 tips to ensure virtual event success:
Read More - Emilie Barta
Live Meetings and Events – Record Everything!
Even though I have spent most of my career working with live event technology, my career really began working in recording studios. Actually, in the beginning I mostly just hung around recording studios, and helped out wherever help was needed. I was a young musician and absolutely fascinated with audio technology. After watching thousands of hours of recording sessions I came to realize there is one rule in the studio that is paramount – record everything. Read more from Jay Ward, CTS @ Go with GoWithGenesis
The Check In Easy Android App is Now Available
The Check In Easy App is now available for Android. Check In Easy is a simple and fast guest registration, check-in, and management at events from two people to 20,000.
Below are the three most common questions about the Check In Easy App for Android:
1) Will the Android app work and sync with my iPads and iPhones - YES! All data will sync between devices even if some are iPads and some are Androids.
2) Does the Android app have all the same features - YES! The same features are on both Android and iOS apps.
3) Any other cool features in the works? - YES! In fact, we just released the ability for multiple people in you organization or on your team get notifications when certain guests arrive.
Thirteen Meetings Technology Predictions for 2013.