Virtual Attendance: How to Engage With Your Online Guests at an Event

Posted by Jon Young on Dec 4, 2018 4:36:27 PM

For every event, there is a maximum capacity, but that doesn't mean you can't have virtual attendees. More and more events are providing ways to participate from anywhere. But how can you engage with your online guests and make them feel part of the crowd, rather than an outsider looking in?

It takes some extra planning and the right equipment, but it can be well worth the effort. (And, PS, you can also earn more revenue to help cover the costs.) So, let’s take a closer look.

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Topics: Event Technology

How to Use Interactive Touchscreens to Enhance Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 23, 2018 12:31:18 PM

Interactive touchscreens are gaining traction in the event world, and for good reason. They are versatile, functional, and just plain fun. You can use them to enhance your event and inspire audience engagement, to provide a more sensory, immersive experience. How? That depends on the type and size of your event.

Here are some examples of ways to use interactive touchscreens at your next event.

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Front vs. Rear Projection: Which is Best for My Event?

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 18, 2018 12:22:05 PM

Video is key for any event whether you're enticing attendees with an introduction video or live streaming to remote locations. But if you plan to use video at your next event, you must decide whether to use front or rear projection.

Simply put, front projection reflects light off of a screen whereas rear projection diffuses light through the screen. They cost about the same and take similar time and effort to load in and load out. So, what makes one better for an event than another? Here are several factors to consider.

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Topics: Event Technology

How to Format an Event Video for a Large LED Screen

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 16, 2018 12:48:43 PM

Video has become a common feature in many successful and engaging events, and most of these videos are displayed on an LED screen. But, if your formatting is off, your display may fail to fill the screen, or it will look squished, stretched, or worse. No one wants that! To ensure your event video has maximum impact, here are some tips on formatting for a large LED screen.

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Topics: Event Production, Event Technology

Why Event Lighting Color Schemes Matter More Than You Think

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 11, 2018 1:56:19 PM

Retailers and office building owners spend thousands of dollars to get their interior lighting just right because color and intensity matter even when you don’t overtly notice the light. But what if you want visible color? The right color scheme can transform your event whereas the wrong event lighting colors can send the wrong message.

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Topics: Event Technology, Event Production

11 Memorable Event Entrance Ideas with a Wow-Factor

Posted by Jon Young on Sep 25, 2018 10:16:55 AM

We all know how important first impressions are. Your event entrance is your guests' first impression of what's to come. It sets the tone, so you want it to engage, excite, and fill them with anticipation. You want to wow 'em.

You can do that in big and small ways, limited only by your imagination and budget. The secret is to make it a multi-sensory experience to trigger maximum engagement. Here are some of our favorite ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

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Topics: Event Technology, Event Planning

10 Best Ways to Use a Large LED Screen for Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Sep 20, 2018 11:01:19 AM

LED screens are a great way to liven up your event. Sure, you could use projectors and screens, but the advantages are that screens created from LED panels are brighter (think daylight and outside use) and easier to see in rooms with ambient light issues. They can be assembled at almost any size and screen ratio, and don’t require the extra space and positioning concerns of a projector.

You can use them as a backdrop for your stage, to display social media posts with your event's hashtag, or live stream the main presenters from a different location. But that’s just the beginning. Indoors or out, LED screens can transform your next big event in other unexpected and memorable ways.

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Topics: Event Technology

How to Avoid Audio Feedback and Other Sound Issues at Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Sep 18, 2018 10:52:30 AM

Nothing is worse than starting your event off with a bunch of ear-piercing shrieks coming from your speakers. Or no audio at all. Although sound glitches are common, they don’t have to be. Audio feedback and numerous other annoying problems can easily be avoided or quickly fixed.

Whether you’re working with a professional AV team or not, it behooves you as an event planner to know basic preventive measures. Here are some tips, straight from the pros, to help you treat your audience to crisp, clear sound instead of a cacophony of weird, unpleasant noises.

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Projection Mapping: How to Add Dimensional Variance to Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Sep 13, 2018 11:23:55 AM

If you're looking for a new way to amaze and impress attendees and indelibly brand your next event, projection mapping might just be the ideal solution. Instead of projecting a simple image to a screen, wall or building, you could use projection mapping to create an entire 3D "atmosphere" or make static objects appear to be moving. (If you’ve never seen examples of projection mapping, you’re in for a treat! Here are links to a large-scale mapping project, and a fun, smaller project.)

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Topics: Event Technology

How to Make In-House AV Work For Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Sep 6, 2018 10:32:53 AM

Even seasoned veterans of the event planning wars can misunderstand their options (or get trapped into over-paying) when it comes to their venue’s in-house AV. Not all venues have an in-house department for this, but if yours does, do you have to use their team? Can you bring in your own crew? And what does that contract really say? Don’t sign anything until you have all the facts.

Let’s demystify the in-house AV situation.

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Topics: Event Technology