A/V & Special Effects

  • Speak Easy: How presentation management sets your conference up for success

    By Andrew Tyne Your presentation starts in 10 minutes, while frantically trying to find the room where you’ll be presenting you look down at your hand and see the USB key that contains your talk. You whisper a quiet prayer to the conference gods that whatever laptop is waiting for you in the room has the correct version of QuickTime installed and that you’ve embedded those videos properly. When we design an event experience, we very often think of ways…

  • The insider’s guide to internal meeting spaces

    There are times when corporate planners are tasked with planning events in an internal meeting space. Usually, this means planning meetings in office buildings while managing client expectations – and what they expect is the same standard as if the meeting was held in a purpose-built venue. Perceived convenience and cost savings become the deciding factors for internal meetings, however there can be hidden costs and inconveniences that should be considered. Moving meetings into the office are rarely as simple…

  • Wish list of items for a perfect event space

    By Jessica Symons and Sarah Stockton Before determining what the perfect event space is, you first need to understand your client’s needs, their demographic, and their expectations: Do they prefer downtown locations versus the suburbs? Do they need to be close to transit or the airport? Do they need to have off-site social locations close by? Where is the majority of their membership coming from? How many people are expected to attend this event? Are they mostly women, mostly men,…

  • Harnessing the transformative power of virtual reality in events

    By Victor Paan 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. We believe that well-executed VR has enormous potential to enhance events, build brand loyalty through immersive content, and make virtual experiences as powerful as real-life ones. So, what is VR exactly?…

  • Using nature to boost engagement and attention at your next event

    By Ben Moorsom Last year we were in Vienna working out of a Hilton, sitting inside dim meeting rooms for 12 hours at a time (sound familiar?). At the end of each day, we’d walk to this vibrant neighbourhood nearby for dinner. There were three different routes we could take to get there. But, every time we left the hotel that week, I noticed that we’d all naturally walk in the same direction—toward the big park with a scenic pathway…

  • Using video to help your clients get more from their next event

    By Dan Asselin Let’s face it: There are parts of just about every event that are unavoidably boring, boring and really boring. Dry content and droning speakers can take the life out of anything and make all of your efforts look worthless simply by association. Now, I’m not going to tell you that using pre-recorded video can completely solve this problem because I have seen lots of money and effort wasted on video that provides nothing other than a chance…

  • Booth layout 101: Tips to make trade show booths exciting and inviting

    By Daniella Bustamante In the world of trade shows, you come across numerous companies of varying services, products, sizes and industries – you leave remembering a select few. There is a reason for this. No matter what the company, having an effective booth design makes all the difference. Here are a few tips and ideas to think about when planning your next trade show booth. Maximize space When planning out your booth, you want to maximize whatever space you have…

  • 17 ideas to add now for more memorable events

    Mobile device charging stations – the new water cooler of your events. Make it comfortable. Add water and maybe even a list of questions people can think about relevant to your industry as conversation starters – ideal for the power-hungry introvert. Mobile app. Keep it simple, or add some bells and whistles aka participant feedback mechanisms. Every single person shows up with a device, and most of them don’t need more paper to recycle later. Enough said. Water stations, with…

  • How to rock your second screen roll out

    By Victor Paan Mobile devices are a part of your attendees’ everyday routines, whether at home, on the job, or on a show site—so why not tap into this behavior by transforming the mobile device into a part of the overall event experience? Mobile devices can help amplify engagement, while working behind the scenes to gather immense data on audience preferences, speaker and content performance and more. Second screen is still a fairly new technology, but through our experience utilizing…

  • (Almost) everything you wanted to know about event AV

    Event technology, AV equipment, production, sound and lights. These are just some of the terms that we as planners use to describe a huge array of technology. Everything from podium microphones to audience response systems to webcast and telecom equipment would fall under event AV. In the same way that sommeliers and chefs train for years to do what they do, AV companies spend a huge amount of time and money making sure that their staff are trained and up…

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