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“I am always looking to try new things, whether it’s a keynote speaker promotion or breakout session handouts through Quick Response (QR) code management, or introducing a new Audience Response System (ARS) paradigm with live text polling that up- dates in real time thus negating the need for large production sets or helping our clients provide cost saving options or just generally infusing mobility into their conference as a whole, there is so much cool stuff happening.”


ARS has been around for a while now, one of the newest trends is responding via your cell phone. There is now software available that you can get licensing rights for, saving you the expense of hir- ing a third party to manage. It’s all web based so the results are live and you can view the results on a website or imbed them into the body of your PowerPoint (provided its connected to internet you can do ARS via live in real time). Since it is text message based, there are no worries about the data and it’s just a normal text message. You can also set up additional ARS to happen outside of ses- sions offering informal questions, where do you want to go next


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year, what sessions do you want to see in the future, what was the most valuable breakout you attended, etc. and catch the attendees in smaller chunks while engaging them. You can do open texts, as well as multiple-choice options that include a text to code. “People are always looking to the next thing, they’re interested


in what’s the latest app… they’re embracing the whole idea of mo- bility and people love their mobile smart phones, they love their operating system… hot topics are now politics, religion and their operating system,” said La Fleur.


La Fleur shares some current hot topics and trends for planners:


• Save on renting an LCD projector and rent a flat screen for presentations (when appropriate based on audience size). You can now run your presentation using your Smart Phone or tab- let eliminating the need for the old laptop/projector paradigm.


• Infuse mobility into your conference, even if it’s just to make it a nicer time, this is a major part of the conference experi- ence, and the modern attendee is changing. They want all of the same technology available that they enjoy in their personal life. Good Wi-Fi is expected.


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