A/V & Special Effects

  • First report from IACC Meeting Room of The Future initiative highlights attendee desire for experience creation

    As part of a dynamic new initiative from IACC, a first set of research has been conducted and reported following the survey of global meeting planners. The IACC Meeting Room of the Future aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management. The project and initial global survey results were unveiled at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference in New York City this week. The project combines innovation…

  • AV staffing standards: Three key areas to address with your event’s AV team

    By Jordan Benson When planning a corporate event, image is key. But what happens when your AV staff don’t live up to basic service standards? Audio visual support was once a skill set for a very specialized event management discipline where value was placed on technical knowledge. Now, AV support is necessary across the event board — demos at convention centres, presentations at corporate meetings in hotel conference rooms, video connections for weddings where relatives cannot attend, and even memorial…

  • Eight affordable AV technologies and concepts to consider for your next event

    Articles regarding presentation technology tend to focus on one specific set of “hot” technologies like tie-ins to social media or mobile integration. While it is important to be proactive about using these tools, there are never just one or two singular technologies that make for great event AV. Many types of event lighting, projection, and scenic elements found in larger productions are modular and scalable. A well-rounded audio visual staging company can build upon its collective experiences to deliver a…

  • Five audiovisual technologies to enhance audience engagement

    By Simon Hancock They say communication is a two-way street – and although the specific objectives of an event are as varied as the events themselves, the foundational element of events is to communicate – to make a connection. Event organizers and production professionals are increasingly incorporating the latest audiovisual and technologies into their meetings, events, and conferences to bolster engagement and enhance the communication. Not only can these technologies streamline processes and increase efficiency, but more importantly, they create…

  • Six strategies to mitigate outside supplier fees applied to audio visual services

    A growing frustration for meeting planners, when managing their conference budgets, are excessive or undisclosed fees imposed by providers of essential services. Conference facilities are such a provider. Many facilities impose fees in an effort to block outside suppliers from servicing conferences, in turn forcing the use of in-house suppliers. These exclusionary practices and policies are becoming prevalent with audio visual services. Most conference facilities have an official audio visual supplier who pays a commission to them for the services…

  • Why the right music systems can make or break your next event

    By Bryan Osuszek Music exists all around us and, whether we know it or not, it influences the way we feel and, at times, the decisions we make. It helps shape the way we think, defines our personal tastes and draws us to those who share these same tastes. By recognizing this power, music becomes as equally important to an event as the venue choice, the catering, the keynote speaker and the decorations. When done right, harnessing music’s potential to…

  • Planner shift: Keeping up with change to create more meaningful meetings

    In a recent article, I looked at six shifts I have noticed in the past few years of planning meetings and events. This week I will look at what we can do to keep up in practical ways with these shifts and create even more meaningful meetings. Food and beverage becoming healthier and more responsive to the many allergens and dietary concerns is one shift that should be quite easy to keep up with, as convention centres and hotels throughout…

  • Rethink 2014: Six shifts occurring in the world of corporate events

    My how things have changed in the past two decades. We have slowly shifted to keep pace with these changes in the corporate events industry and the expectations of the guest. As our world shifts around us so quickly we can barely keep pace, we’re learning to become more agile and adjust to the landscape. Some of the changes which have struck me as significant I share below, and I welcome comments from those you have experienced. Shifts in food…

  • Screen evolution: What’s an aspect ratio anyway?

    By Noah Baird One of the cornerstones of the corporate conference industry is the ability to share presentations and a speaker’s message to a large audience. Over the years, the format of this medium has gone through numerous technological changes: slide projectors, overhead transparencies, VHS/DVD video playback. We have now reached the point at which the majority of all presentations given are executed via laptop or desktop computer, delivered to a digital projector, and then projected onto one or multiple…

  • What’s on the horizon for event technology?

    By Andrew De La Cour and Derek Anderson It is safe to assume that the technologies most in demand by meeting planners this year foreshadow what’s to come. Most notably, there were three standout event technology solutions last year that created a buzz among meeting professionals. Of the three, only a couple were embraced by your peers – the other, not so much. Here’s a recap. Video dominated information consumption methods at events. Whether it was shaky camera phone images…

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