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Wednesday Buzz: Making the Most of Mobile

By / Mar 19, 2014 (iStock/Thinkstock)

Why mobility is a bigger issue than many event planners realize. Also: tips for teaching your board the tricks of the social media trade.

So your meetings have made the move to mobile, but your members still need more at their fingertips.

From collecting data about attendees’ behaviors to assessing a need for event apps, mobility is a mainstay that must constantly be regulated. In an article for Cvent, Michelle Bruno, president of Bruno Group Signature Events, says event planners can exceed expectations by taking advantage of mobile technology beyond providing a strong WiFi connection. For instance, she cites the rise of wearables as a trend event planners should take into account.

“Soon, smartphones, tablets and laptops won’t be the only mobile devices at the meeting, and planners will have to start thinking about integrating all types of ‘things’ that connect with the internet—glasses, bracelets, watches—into the meeting mix to appropriately direct attendee attention toward the meeting content and programming,” she writes.

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Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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