News & Articles - audio visual

  • (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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations

  • How graphic design can create that wow factor for your next event

    By Annie Ratcliffe, and Jenny Faucher As a reader of Corporate Meetings Network, you know how to run an event and make it fabulous — a welcoming atmosphere, stunning audio/visual, delicious catering, and technology that work together to ensure happy attendees. However, there are components to an event that too often are overlooked – for example, eye-catching, informative, branded design materials. From the start to finish of your event, whether it is a three-hour cocktail networking event or a three-day…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, HR Tips, People & Profiles

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • Six reasons outside supplier fees are a bad idea

    Meeting planners have the complex task of managing conference budgets and the wide array of suppliers that come with it. We do our due diligence to ensure everyone gets their fair share while maintaining a positive bottom line. Unfortunately, some suppliers that are an essential service to hosting a conference, like conference facilities, are taking advantage of their position. One of the ways is through outside supplier fees in the area of audio visual services. Most conference facilities have an…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Site Selection, Social Media & Technology

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations

  • 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…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Social Media & Technology

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