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Bizzabo Launches Event Success Platform; All-In-One Event Management Software
Bizzabo, the world’s leading networking platform and event app, announced the launch of the first ever Event Success Platform. The all-encompassing management platform provides event organizers with the ability to increase productivity and ticketing revenues, build truly engaged communities through big data insights, and effectively manage the event from start to finish - all from a single holistic platform. It is the first tool that empowers small to medium event organizers with a complete system to promote, manage and monetize their events.
“The Bizzabo Event Success Platform is the next step in the natural development of our product – a comprehensive system where event organizers can actually take more ownership of their event branding and overall event experience”, said CEO Eran Ben-Shushan of Bizzabo. “After working closely with thousands of organizers we understood the need for a holistic event software that works. We wanted to free the industry from a reliance on multiple siloed tech solutions that increase an event organizer’s workload, minimize their ability to measure success and limit productivity. By evolving our current product offering we are able to provide a one stop shop for all event technology needs, delivering the same quality we’re known for through a much more enhanced and complete experience from start to success.”
A typical organizer of a midsize conference can employ more than seven different tools to run a single event. Website builders, ticketing platforms, email services, spreadsheets for contact management, polling solutions for collecting feedback, event apps for providing event info and networking, guest check-in software and more. Each tool is sourced from a different vendor with its own pricing, contract, interface and analytics, raising costs, decreasing efficiency and making the task of collecting information in real-time especially challenging. Using the Bizzabo Event Success Platform, organizers are free to focus on creating superior event experiences.
Starting today, organizers of professional events can use Bizzabo’s Event Success Platform to create an event website, sell tickets, launch an event app, initiate email marketing campaigns, build engaged networking communities and get to know their audience using a smart contact management system, specifically tailored for events. The platform helps organizers measure success by generating real-time analytics on each feature giving a snapshot of all aspects of an event’s progress as it happens. The success dashboard allows organizers to deliver on measurable ROI to stakeholders, and track how are they doing compared to their goals.
The Event Success Platform has already been used by an exclusive group of dozens of conferences from around the world before the official launch this week. It allowed these event organizers to have a firsthand experience of the features of the new offering.
“With the new Bizzabo platform we were able to increase our tickets sales and save valuable time thanks to Bizzabo's all-in-one solution", said Ofir Leitner, Founder of the Mobile Monetization Summit. “The boost in sales due to attendees’ social shares generated by Bizzabo was key, but of equal importance was the ability to more effectively manage the event to help us improve the experience for attendees and streamline the work process for us. It has removed many of the headaches normally associate with these events while providing great insight to help us prepare for the next event.”
The integrated event management platform comes at the end of an exciting year of growth for Bizzabo. 2014 saw the release of real-time polling and survey features, cross platform agenda speakers and content management, the passing of the 4,000 professional conferences milestone, and a new funding round. The platform is an organic expansion of Bizzabo’s current offering, strengthening its presence within the meetings and events industry.
Experient's Empower® Dashboard Proves Event Registration Efficiencies Where It Counts
Last month, Experient managed the opening registration activities and exhibitor lead retrieval for six of the largest tradeshows in the country. Utilizing Experient’s Empower Dashboard, show organizers of these six events remotely monitored performance activities including registrations, verifications, and wait times and were able to adjust resources accordingly.
More than 300,000 registrants, 100,000 room nights, and 565,000 leads were processed for The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Las Vegas Market, NADA Convention & Expo (#58 on the TSE Gold 100), NAHB International Builders’ Show (#45), Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (#36), and The NAMM Show (#28). For The NAMM Show in particular, tens of thousands of pre-registrants were able to pick up their show badges with a maximum wait time of less than five minutes, representing a significant improvement over prior years.
“It’s an amazing feeling to share technology and insights with our clients that deliver such tangible results.” said Shawn Pierce, Experient’s Division President of Registration & Housing. "Addressing the unique needs of the largest tradeshows in the U.S. requires consultation to drive down wait times and technology advancements that help organizers make real-time strategic decisions onsite."
The Empower Dashboard is a SAAS tool for show organizers who need to make quick decisions on the fly at their event. They choose up to six metrics that will keep them informed on and offsite. Empower provides specific, actionable widgets in real-time and is completely accessible on any device.
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center Introduces the Fastest Hotel WiFi in Kansas City, MO
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, one of the largest flexible meeting spaces in the Midwest, now offers one of the fastest hotel Internet speeds in the city, as well as the Midwest, with 1GB Internet bandwidth split between the two hotels. The hotel complex, located in Kansas City, MO, worked with local partner Computers & Tele-Comm., Inc. to increase their bandwidth 500-percent, making the switch from wireless delivery to fiber and upgrading routers and switches to be able to support the new speeds.
“Fast, reliable internet access is critical to the success of today’s meetings. As such, we continue to invest in an enhanced technological infrastructure to provide a seamless online experience,” said Steve Shalit, Complex General Manager, Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. “This latest development is one of the many new enhancements that guests can look forward to as they plan their meetings with us.”
Each hotel has a 500MB bandwidth, which is up to five times the bandwidth of other hotel properties in the city, a valuable selling point for the MICE market. The complex also has flexibility to shift bandwidth from meeting spaces and guest rooms to accommodate groups of different sizes.
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and The Westin Kansas at Crown Center complex has 1,454 guest rooms, 52 meeting rooms, 30 parlors, two ballrooms that seat up to 2,000 people each, 19 breakout rooms, the 45,500 square-foot Crown Center Exhibit Hall and a total of 150,000 square feet of meeting space. A $22 million renovation began in December 2011 in both hotels that included significant upgrades to Sheraton’s guest rooms and improvements to both Sheraton and Westin’s meeting rooms and lobbies. Featuring the largest hotel ballroom in Kansas City and a variety of versatile meeting spaces, the complex can accommodate events of any size. For more information about the hotels’ meetings offerings, please visit www.crowncentermeetings.com.
PHIND a new way to explore life at APPNATION's Garage
PHIND, the new visual search app for iOS, is pleased to announce that it will be presenting during The Garage at APPNATION at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). PHIND gives users information on locations, attractions and landmarks that are directly in front of them with a one-button push of the camera by utilizing location based services and comparing user photos against its database of over 100 million photos.
"Presenting at APPNATION is going to be a grand unveiling for us and we can't wait to showcase everything that PHIND can do to the tech-savy crowd," said PHIND Co-Founder & CEO Rishi Jhunjhnuwala. "PHIND is an excellent companion for all CES attendees to learn more about what Sin City has to offer, first-timers and veterans alike. PHIND stands apart from location-based apps by knowing what you are looking at by comparing the photo the user takes to our database of photos."
PHIND has access to over 100 million photos of locations, attractions, landmarks, and places in its database. If a CES attendee uses PHIND to take a photo of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, they would receive information on when it was built, the owner and other fun facts about the iconic hotel. Additionally, they would find out about the restaurants, bars and stores that are available. PHIND also works on smaller landmarks like statues by providing information on the artist and the history of the piece. Complimenting its patent-pending visual search algorithm, PHIND narrows its search results down based on the user's location. All of this is done in a matter of seconds.
Additionally, PHIND builds contextual bridges that aggregate information on locations from Foursquare, Yelp, and Wikipedia along with many of the other major content providers to present historical facts, photos, reviews, hours of operation, social media profiles and more. PHIND also easily connects users to Uber to help get them to any destination.
PHIND works across the United States and in key international cities all over the world. Future releases of PHIND will see Android compatibility, the ability to share locations on social media accounts, purchase tickets for attractions and more.
Taking place January 5 & 6 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, APPNATION's Garage demo area features cutting edge, up-and-coming developers and entrepreneurs from around the world. APPNATION gives young start-ups an opportunity to showcase their apps, products, and innovations in front of thousands of marketers, advertisers, agencies, carriers, device manufacturers, and angel and venture investors. PHIND will be presenting alongside other start-ups like Nestdrop, HelloTel, PuzzleBox, ZipZap and more established brands including Facebook, Nike, Spotify, Marriott and more. APPNATION attendees are invited to stop by PHIND's booth at the Garage for a one-on-one demo.
PHIND is available for download in the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phind/id898016251?mt=8. Users can sign-up for a PHIND account either by using their Facebook account or signing up for a native user ID.
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Metalcraft Announces RFID Adhesive-Closure Wristbands
Metalcraft has announced availability of RFID Adhesive-Closure Wristbands designed for affordable, efficient access control, visitor tracking, event management and more. The RFID wristbands feature a durable adhesive-closure, reducing revenue loss from reuse and pass-along. Full-color printing and durable construction make these RFID wristbands ideal for indoor and outdoor attractions and events.
“Metalcraft understands RFID’s effectiveness in helping venues control access and track movement,” said Metalcraft president and CEO Steve Doerfler. “Metalcraft’s RFID wristbands deliver a lot of value as a comfortable, durable and eye-catching means of improving the user experience at concerts, sporting events, festivals and other events as well as venues like amusement parks, aquariums, museums and zoos.”
The wristbands feature inlay options to create both Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and High Frequency (HF) Tags; the tag can be programmed to match constant or variable data printed on the wristband. Metalcraft’s full-color, subsurface digital printing ensures crisp details coupled with durable, permanent materials.
“Metalcraft encourages event managers and venue owners to explore RFID with us,” said Doerfler. “The technology unlocks new possibilities for multi-tiered access, social media connection, mobile commerce and much more.”
For more information or to receive free samples contact a Metalcraft ID Specialist at 641-423-9460 or visit http://www.idplate.com.
SmartCrowdz Opens to City and Municipal Event Market
SmartCrowdz announced today that it has unveiled a new campaign aimed at the city and municipals event market that host and manage community events.
Specifically designed for community events, like a parade, fair, or festival, cities and towns can create a website and mobile app, allowing them to manage the event and engage with their audience. Features available at no charge in this offer include providing the main activities and attractions for the event, creating an interactive map for all activities, assigning important tasks to help manage staff and volunteers, posting critical alerts to communicate with all members, and sharing pictures and messages throughout.
“Parks and Recreation departments, and other event-oriented city officials, have told us their budgets are tight and they often have limited resources to plan and execute effective events,” said Mike Lanese, cofounder and managing partner of SmartCrowdz. “When it comes to creating an event app, they want something that’s free, comprehensive and really easy to use, and that’s exactly what they get with SmartCrowdz.”
Once the event website and mobile app is created, residents and visitors can interact with the event on their laptop, tablet or mobile device. Attendees, participants and volunteers can actively engage with the event by reading the event overview and its main activities, reviewing the activity schedule and syncing those of interest to their online calendar, inviting family and friends to join the event via email and social media, using the interactive event map to get directions, and posting messages and pictures of experiences at the event.
“We want to help city officials connect with their residents through fun, engaging events,” said Randy Smith, cofounder and managing partner of SmartCrowdz. “Our event app allows cities to market their event to its residents, engage them at the event, manage staff and volunteers, and monetize the event to cover expenses.”
QuickMobile Releases Second Annual Mobile Tech Predictions for Meetings and Events
In 2015, the single mobile event app will cede passage to the multi-event app platform as large organizations consolidate travel and meeting departments, work to control spend and more strategically manage and use assets and resources. This is one of seven predictions released today by QuickMobile as part of its second annual predictions white paper, which details the impending impact of mobile technology on meetings and events in 2015.
“7 Predictions for the Mobile Event App Industry in 2015” includes predictions for two segments of the industry: event planners and marketers from associations, trade shows and conferences; and the enterprise world, where mobile is emerging as a vital platform for day-to-day business operations. In addition, the paper includes more than 25 predictions from eight industry influencers who provide their perspectives on what’s in store for meeting and event technology. The white paper is available to download for free at QuickMobile.com.
Enterprise Meetings Will Push The Envelope
QuickMobile pioneered the mobile technology that completely changed engagement for the meetings and events industry, and today, 48 of the Fortune 100 are using the company’s app platform. This segment of the market is the first to deploy Strategic Meeting Management Programs (SMMP), which centralize procurement policies, and track and rationalize spend practices for meetings and events. At the same time, these large organizations are at the forefront of mobile-first operational strategies. The result will be an increasingly receptive market for mobile apps for meetings and events.
“Due to these shifts in operations and financial management – among other forces – we are on the verge of a perfect growth scenario for mobile event apps,” said Robin Jones, Chief Marketing Officer of QuickMobile. “As one example, the multi-event app platform gives organizations the economies of scale and cost effectiveness they’re seeking to deploy mobile apps for all their meeting types and locations.
QuickMobile also predicts that as a result of the movement towards a single, enterprise-grade mobile app platform, mobile apps will become increasingly more common at smaller meetings, including those with less than 100 people. The platform makes it easier for organizations to extend the use of existing mobile technology and embrace the new 24/7 mobile work lifestyle.
“Mobile event apps are nowhere near mainstream, and there are literally millions of events taking place without a mobile app, in many cases because the technology is not easily accessible,” stated Jones. “As more event planners, organizers and attendees grow accustomed to using apps at high-profile meetings, they will demand the technology for all size events. With a multi-event app platform, it will actually be easier to plan, manage and execute a meeting with an app than without one.”
Industry Influencers Weigh In
In addition to its own seven predictions, QuickMobile invited industry influencers to provide their thoughts on how technology will impact meetings and events in 2015. The paper includes more than 25 predictions from experts such as Ruud Janssen, Co-founder of The Event Model Generation; David Lutz, Managing Director of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting; Jason Paganessi, VP of Business Innovation with PCMA; Maarten Vanneste, President of the Meeting Design Institute; Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group; Michelle Bruno of Bruno Group Signature Events; Corbin Ball, President of Corbin Ball Associates; and Joe English, an Event Futurist.
To download QuickMobile’s free seven predictions paper, visit QuickMobile.com.
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