Here’s a great read from Corbin Ball on that shows nine amazing upcoming event technologies that you need to look out for this year. Two in particular that caught our eye delve into how some of these new technologies can be used with video to enhance your event experience and also comes with a lot of practical applications for marketing and branding. Very exciting stuff.

#1 Second-screen technology and other mobile participant engagements tools will flourish.

Second-screen technology refers to the use of a mobile device to provide an enhanced viewing experience for other content usually with interactive features. This is seen most often on television, but increasingly so at events. Presenter content, such as slides, polling, video, notes, social media links, can be pushed to any device in real-time during a presentation.

This technology uses participants’ mobile devices to help them to focus on the presentations rather than distracting them away for other things. Some of the companies providing these services are Lintelus, Freeman’s FXP | TouchEvenium ConnexMe, and to some degree, MeetingPulse, and Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. More information, including video links can be found here.

Other mobile engagement tools such as the Makelight app serve simply to drive attendee excitement:


#2 Images and videos will dominate social channels at events. 

Events provide a great source of images and videos. The tools listed below will be used to increase attendee engagement and significantly broaden the social footprint of events.

Savvy users of Twitter know that a tweet with an image is nearly twice as likely to be retweeted. Similar statistics apply to other social channels.  A picture or video can be worth a thousand words. Consequently, a variety of emerging social apps using photos, videos and video streaming are working their way into events.

Instagram has doubled in use in the past three years with over 300 million users. As this social channel is inherently mobile, it is a natural to use at events. Twitter walls commonly include Instagram feeds as well as Twitter images.

Snapchat has built a brand out of disappearing photos and videos (4 billion daily video views alone). It now offers ‘Live Stories’ a curated stream of user submitted Snaps and videos from various locations and events. Users who have their location services on at the same event location will be given the option to contribute Snaps to the Live Story. The end result is a story told from a community perspective with lots of different points view. The feature doesn’t identify who created which snaps, only showing that they were all captured at the same event.

Check out an example: EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival):

Tradeshow/event photo booths are great for increasing attendee engagement, for capturing contact information and to broaden the impact of social media for events. They commonly post images (including the event hashtag) to Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook. ChirpE, as an example, posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Videos are also seeing increasing usage at meetings. Facebook introduced auto-playing video in December 2013 and saw the number of video posts jump 75% the next year. This ubiquitous and highly mobile channel is a natural for use at events.

The Vine app allow users to post six-second videos and then share them to Twitter which is also seeing use at meetings.

Streaming video apps, allowing real-time video postings, are coming to events. Meerkat made its debut at the annual technology/music SXSW conference (known for significant debuts such as Twitter). Periscope, purchased by Twitter, provides similar services and will likely prevail due to a better interface and its support from Twitter. With 10 million people registered (in just 4 months), watching more than 40 years of video each day, Periscope will be a force to be reckoned with for events. Meeting planners should prepare for even greater Wi-Fi and cellular bandwidth usage as well as increasing copyright challenges.

As images and video get more views and events provide a great source for them, we will see event marketers and participants increasingly use the social photo/video tools.

The above is an excerpt from an article by Corbin Ball on http://www.corbinball.comI encourage you to read his article: Nine Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016 for the rest of his meetings technology trends to look out for in 2016.