There are currently 6 billion mobile devices in the world, with China and India accounting for 30% of all subscriptions, and USA in a distant 3rd place (source: mobiThinking). As to mobile broadband penetration, South Korea and Japan lead the field. And in many countries, such as Egypt, India, Ghana, Thailand, China, USA, UK and Russia, a large percentage of users never, or infrequently, use the desktop Web.
The mobile revolution is here to stay and the use of mobile telephones and devices (iPhones, Android, iPads, tablets, etc.) will continue to grow exponentially at work and at home, as better and faster wireless networks become available.
Mobile devices have radically changed the way in which we do business and network professionally and socially, and the meetings and events industry is no exception to the rule. There are a fast growing number of mobile apps available for just about everything from networking and geolocation to audience polling and lead capture. You name it and there is probably a mobile app already on the market.
These are exciting times. The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues and other meeting participants to do ...
Technology changes in the past three decades have been astonishing for both the meetings industry and for society in general. To see how far we have come, I felt it would be ...
1. More free or low cost apps for events and trade shows"Information technologies of all types are doubling in capability every year" – Ray Kurzweil, Technology Pioneer and FuturistAnother ...
Hospitality is an information intensive business. Hotel managers are exposed to numerous reports that touch upon practically every aspect of running a hotel. In addition to reports dealing with hotel operations, today’s ...
A Mid-Year 2007 Review as Hoteliers Enter into Budget Planning SeasonMidway through 2007, hoteliers are already planning their marketing budgets for 2008. In the past few months, HeBS has been ...
Back in September 2001, HeBS presented an article titled “Wireless in Travel and Hospitality: Hype or Necessity?” Today, just as in 2001, the media hype on anything mobile has not eased ...
It is getting easier being green. The move to make meetings more environmentally-friendly is finally taking hold and meeting professionals are working together to reduce, recycle, and reuse to dramatically improve the ...
In 2000, I made the following prediction at the CIC Forum in Washington DC: "Mobile phones will morph into widgets (wireless internet devices for geo-positioning, ecommerce and telecommunication)."I went on ...
Would you like an almost free means of digital lead exchange for your meetings? Or inexpensive electronic ticketing using mobile phones? Or a means of providing paragraphs of information and/or web links ...
Meetings and tradeshow technology continues to advance with technology products becoming better, cheaper and easier to use. Innovation is bubbling with new options. Here are some of the major technology trends to ...
In 2012, a time focused on new distribution channels, social, local, mobile, and the ever-changing digital marketplace, hoteliers must still remember that the tried and trusted search engines are still the key ...
Web 2.0 continues to generate much attention in the online travel industry. Inquiring hoteliers want to understand the status and future of search engine marketing and other Internet marketing formats in this ...
Web 2.0 is changing meetings marketing and management with numerous benefits for meeting planners, exhibitors and attendees. It is an imprecise term, however, covering a wide range of technologies that are part ...
In an era when everything from water to underwear has a dedicated marketing team, it’s certainly no surprise that destinations are eager to slip themselves into sleek, saleable packages.Riding off ...
A video revolution, the explosion of new TV and video options, is sweeping society and will have a substantial impact on meetings and events. Here are some of the ways we will ...
With 2009 over and hoteliers feeling more optimistic, HeBS sees two very different approaches to hotel Internet marketing in 2010: on one side, some hoteliers are still extremely cautious when spending marketing ...
EIBTM’s Worldwide Technology Watch (WWTW) is the meetings industry’s most significant technology award. The winner and four finalists for WWTW 2008 were recently selected from 39 applications. These companies highlight several paths ...
I recently attended a concert in the small city where I live, Bellingham, WA. Before the music began, I noticed a teenage daughter, mother and grandmother sitting in front of me. I ...
The advent of the iPhone two years ago was a game-shifter. Rich mobile web browsers with wireless broadband internet access (in the iPhone and its multitude of clones) are now common with ...
It’s day two of your company’s annual executive retreat, a time when the board of directors and VPs steal away for several days to discuss where the business is headed. Of course, ...
This megalist of Event Planning online tools appeared in my Feb/Mar Connections column in Event Solutions Magazine.Planners are being challenged to work faster, harder and more efficiently. The past few ...
Podcasts are radio shows distributed on the internet. This relatively new technology holds significant promise for the meetings and convention industries. The impacts and possibilities are discussed in this article.
We are going through technology adolescence. This awkward “pimply” time is difficult as we cling to old (paper-based) methods of managing our tasks while transitioning to more efficient digital methods. It can ...
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