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Event Tech Podcast
41 minutes | 2 days ago
CES 2021: What Does It Mean For The Events Industry?
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the biggest and most exciting events in the world of tech. As proper tech nerds, our hosts Will and Brandt always check out what the year's biggest innovations and trends are. They have covered the CES 2019 in the past, and it's high time they go over the CES 2021. Because of the unprecedented state the events industry finds itself in, the CES 2021 went virtual this year for the very first time. One of the main appeals of the CES in general was sorely missing: the visitors couldn't try out innovative new products themselves. And while Brandt and Will would have loved to give the newest flying cars a go, that didn't sour their experience. Here's their take on the tech highlights of the CES 2021 as well as the execution of the thrilling event itself.
50 minutes | 12 days ago
Virtual Speaker Gear: The Backdrops Edit!
The Event Tech Podcast is back with its third and final installment on the best virtual speaker gear. After talking extensively about sound, video and lighting, it's time to look into backdrops. While the most expensive options generally bring the best results, it's not necessarily so when it comes to backdrops. One of the main takeaways from the 2021 Event Trends is that expectations towards virtual presenters are slowly, but surely rising. A huge part of that is minding the space you're in and what other people can see. Our hosts Brandt Krueger and Will Curran got creative and talked about all there is to know about the art of setting the perfect backdrop. Who is your audience? What kind of a message you want to send? Should you get personal or is it better to keep it neutral? What kind of backdrops even are there? All this and more in today's Event Tech Podcast. Take it away, tech-nerds!
50 minutes | a month ago
Best Virtual Speaker Kits: The Video & Lighting Edit!
A couple of weeks ago, we began our mini-series on the best virtual speaker kits. And the first episode was all about sound. What are the best microphones speakers can use to deliver top-notch presentations? As usual, our hosts Brandt Krueger and Will Curran did a deep dive into the subject. But no educational content surrounding this topic would be complete without going into the specificities of lighting and video. As mentioned in our 2021 event trends guide, attendee expectations will be on the rise. And in order to correspond to said expectations, planners must support their speakers as well as possible. A great first step is, of course, to get educated on the best virtual speaker kits out there. So press play and join us for round two of the Event Tech Podcast's take on the subject!
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Brandt Krueger Presents: A Live Stream Horror Story!
When you work in production, you come across your own particular brand of horror stories. And now that our professions have been irrevocably changed, these happen quite often. So it's not hard to imagine that people like our host, Brandt Krueger, technical producer extraordinaire, have quite a few tales to tell...and it's worse than you might think! But just like with every bad experience, there's something to be learned. This is why this week's episode of the Event Tech Podcast will be all about a live stream horror story that Brandt recently lived through. And as he explains to us and Will just how abysmal the whole experience was, there are plenty of notes to take. It's time to learn from other people's mishaps but in an enjoyable way. Press play and join our lovely hosts for another episode of the most tech-induced podcast in the industry!
36 minutes | 3 months ago
The Best Speaker Kits: A Set Up For Success!
You asked and the Event Tech Podcast delivered - it's time to talk about the best speaker kits! Because now that we're several months into the pandemic and, consequently, the world of virtual events, there can't be any more excuses. We had the time to learn. And we had the time to put into that sweet research in order to get acquainted with the technology available. But it's always good to get some input from the experts...so it's Will Curran and Brandt Krueger to the rescue! Our lovely hosts have years of experience as podcasters, speakers, and technical producers. So who better than the wonderful duo of event tech nerds to give you the top recommendations? Without further ado, here are Will and Brandt's greatest pieces of advice on the audio portion of the best speaker kits you could ask for to set yourself and your speakers up for success.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Will Curran & Brandt Krueger At Event Tech Live 2020
The iconic hosts of The Event Tech Podcast went live during this year's edition of Event Tech Live to discuss a little bit of everything. What have Will Curran and Brandt Krueger been up to this year? What have they learned about the industry? How do they navigate the virtual-sphere? Join them for yet another unforgettable conversation!
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Presenters & Attendees: Creating A Smooth Virtual Experience
Virtual events might not be something completely new at this point. But people everywhere are still learning how to navigate all the tech aspects that go into it. While there's a lot that planners now need to focus on, from engagement to networking and more, we want to talk about something else today. Or rather, someone else. Because much like event profs had to adapt to the new normal, so did presenters and attendees. And these are two very important parts of any event that deserve a smooth virtual experience! So on this week's episode of the Event Tech Podcast, Brandt Kruger and Will Curran are tackling this head-on. Since we've been putting so much pressure on remote speakers and audiences, it's time to wonder: what can we do? How can we make their roles easier? And what sort of help can we provide? Press play and join us to find out!
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Looking Back At 2020 In Events
First things first - the Event Tech Podcast is back! And what better way to kickstart one of your favorite podcasts than to look back at 2020 in events? Obviously, both of our amazing hosts have been extremely busy. As event profs, Will Curran and Brandt Krueger had the ungrateful experience of witnessing the devastating effect of a global pandemic in their lives and businesses. But the good thing about change is that it invariably forces growth in every direction. So today, we open the floor to our incredible nerd-talking duo. Will and Brandt have a lot to catch up on and a lot to share with event profs everywhere. How did their professional lives change? What will the future look like? And what do we have to say about the industry now that things have stabilized for a bit? So without further delay, here's the Event Tech Podcast, in all its former glory, with a look back at 2020 in events.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
More Engagement At Virtual Events With The Sketch Effect!
It's time to talk about engagement at virtual events yet again. And yes, this is a topic that we've covered in depth before. However, as the world keeps changing around us and the industry shifts, these conversations need to be consistent. Pushing the boundaries of what we've been doing so far, learning about new and emerging technologies and how they can be harnessed is vital. Attendees will expect more and more from virtual and hybrid events and it's up to event profs to deliver! So on this week's Event Tech Podcast, we're happy to welcome William Warren. He's the founder and CEO of The Sketch Effect, an exciting technology that contributes to improving engagement at virtual events in novel ways. Our host Will Curran has a lot to ask, and William certainly has. a lot to teach! So waste no more time and let's get playing!
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Creating Amazing Exhibitor Experiences For Virtual And Hybrid Events
With the industry witnessing a seismic shift, challenges are plentiful. And one of those challenges relates to creating exhibitor experiences for virtual and hybrid events. Because while these formats have unique demands, it's not all impossible to deal with! Some parts of an in-person event are actually rather easy to replicate in a hybrid or virtual setting. However, when it comes down to sponsors and exhibitors, the name of the game is hardly the same. And you've probably found yourself scratching your head over it a few times. Well, not anymore! Because this week, we're bringing back the Event Tech Podcast. And our awesome host Will Curran is proud to welcome Matthew Funge as a guest. Matthew is the Managing Director and co-founder of Your Stand Builder, an award-winning company that "revolutionizes the way companies all around the world prepare for their exhibitions". So who better than him to teach us how to create amazing exhibitor experiences for virtual and hybrid events? Press play and join the chat!
67 minutes | 8 months ago
Event Tech Review: Klik
Here at the Event Tech Podcast, we're always trying to bring you the latest news on all things related to technology. And obviously, technology pertaining to the events industry. While we've done reviews in the past, this time around we wanted to go further - hence, the Klik review. And what is Klik, you might wonder? Well, it's a self-proclaimed software-hardware ecosystem that provides everything you need to manage an event. Innovation and integration are words to live by at Klik, which offers attendees a new way to connect and harnesses the power of data to deliver an amazing experience to everyone involved. And Klik has solutions for everything and everyone. Whether it's a virtual, hybrid, or in-person event, this platform has got you covered. But just in case you are in dire need of an in-depth, honest review, the Event Tech Podcast is here to help! In this week's episode, we introduce Simon St-Germain and Shana Thomas. Simon is Klik's representative on the episode, and he works as the Marketing & Communication Director. And Shana, Director of Digital Experiences at Connex, is here as the client who's actually tried Klik. She'll offer us a unique look into the platform, why it helped her, and what the highlights were. So if you're excited about this awesome Klik review, press play and join us on another amazing edition of the Event Tech Podcast!
63 minutes | 9 months ago
Mindfulness In Events: Shaping The Leaders of The Industry
Mindfulness in events. These three words might seem foreign to many. And to others, they can actually be scary. But what does mindless in events even mean? How does it help professionals in the industry? And most importantly, should we practice it? Well, the short answer to the last questions is yes. Because it’s no secret to anyone that event planners tend to use stress as a badge of honor, right? We’re always busy, always scrambling, and there are a million things that demand our attention. Especially in times like these, when everything is so uncertain, mental health suffers. But are we really so busy that we forget to think about ourselves? That’s what our very special guest for this week wonders. The extraordinary Lee Papa is an internationally recognized Mindfulness and Meditation speaker and trainer, specializing in the Meetings, Events, Hospitality, and Travel industries. For years, Lee has been teaching professionals in the industry about the importance of mindfulness in events. And today, she’ll be walking us through her personal experiences, the importance of this practice, and exactly why we should be doing it. So grab a nice, warm cup of tea and join us for an incredible edition of the Event Tech Podcast – it might just change your outlook on life!
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Ziotag: Creating A Searchable Content Database For Attendees
It’s time to learn about how to create a content database! When an event reaches the end, most planners forget all the amazing content opportunities it can still provide. And especially now with virtual events, the possibilities are endless. Because you have all of these amazing hours of content recorded. They’re at your disposal and, if you make good use of them, at the disposal of your attendees. But what happens once you reach a point where there is simply too much-recorded content? Hours and hours of video of people talking about extremely interesting topics? How do you make it more accessible? And how can you harness it into a digital marketing tool to promote upcoming events? Well, that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about on this episode of the Event Tech Podcast! Our incredible host Will Curran is joined by Todd Giannattasio, the co-founder of Ziotag. And Ziotag is the tool event planners everywhere have been waiting for! It’s an AI-powered video player that will help you create a seamless content database using your existing library of videos. The results? More views, increased engagement, and a powerful marketing tool for planners. Are you curious? Then press play and join us on yet another exciting adventure through the world of event technology!
27 minutes | 9 months ago
Event Pricing: Attendees Paying What They Choose
What are the odds you've been thinking hard about event pricing? With all that is happening in the industry right now, we're guessing they're high. Because virtual events are now the norm. And figuring out how much you should charge your attendees is a challenge. With an in-person experience, it was easier. You had previous examples to draw from, and the numbers were a little more clear. But now that the paradigm has shifted, the questions about event pricing changed too. And we previously covered some ways you can learn to figure out how to price your virtual event. But today, we wanted to bring you yet another interesting option. Imagine a world where your attendees pay what they want for the experience. A world where they attend and only after do they decide how much the experience was worth. Sounds strange, right? But in reality, it can be a game.changer for you! So, in order to explain everything a little bit better, we welcome Kahlil Ashanti of weshowup. He'll tell you and our amazing host, Will Curran, all about this event pricing model. Join us right now and learn how you can adopt it!
69 minutes | 10 months ago
The Ultimate Guide To The History Of Event Tech
We're taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting the history of event tech! And what better place to do it than the Event Tech Podcast? Over the course of several episodes, we've covered everything event tech-related. From Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to cybersecurity for events and virtual event platform reviews, this podcast has done it all. But the history of event tech is so big, bold, and intricate, that we simply had to dedicate an entire episode to it. Fans of event technology have a real treat waiting for them this week. And since revisiting the past is a great way to see into the future and learn from previous mistakes, today's episode will be a valuable lesson. But we couldn't bring you the history of event tech without inviting a true connoisseur. So joining our incredible host Will Curran is none other than Corbin Ball. And Corbin is no stranger to Endless! He's been featured on #EventIcons before. And as the leading meeting event tech guru, Corbin has plenty of wisdom to share. So, if you're ready to embark on this unforgettable journey and geek-out, press play and join us right now. We're revisiting the history of event tech!
40 minutes | 10 months ago
How To Bring Broadcast Quality To Virtual Events
Today's episode of Event Tech Podcast is all about how to bring broadcast quality to your virtual event. As of right now, everybody is busy doing a shift to remote work. And that means that event profs, in particular, are getting very acquainted with streaming and video calls. But in a world where we’re shifting to virtual events, that’s a good thing! You can now put yourself in the shoes of potential attendees – to a small scale, of course. What comes along with this is a deeper notion of how things can go wrong. The audio quality is bad, the video keeps lagging and the images aren’t clear…and you worry. We thought you might. And that’s why we invited Rodrick Pauley, a previous guest on #EventIcons, to chat with us. Our amazing host Will has a lot of questions for Rodrick. And they’re all around the topic of how to bring broadcast quality to your virtual event! Pauley has ten years of experience in the subject. Which means he has plenty of tips, tricks, and best practices to share! Because we’re all on the same boat right now, we should share the wisdom. So if you’ve been wondering how you can take your virtual experience to the next level and make it unforgettable, press play and join us right now!
33 minutes | 10 months ago
What is possible with virtual events?
It’s safe to assume you’ve been thinking a lot about virtual event possibilities. Because let’s be fair, virtual events will be the norm for a while. And surprisingly enough, not many event profs have experience with this format. So it’s only natural that dozens of questions pop-up into your head. Where do I even begin? What are the limits? How much of the in-person experience can be faithfully translated into this virtual format? These are only a few of the doubts we know event planners have. But here at Endless, we love nothing better than to educate. And because the industry is witnessing such an enormous shift, we want to help where we can. So on this week’s episode of the Event Tech Podcast, we’re giving you some answers. Our incredible host Will Curran sat down with Andrew Latimer to tell you all about virtual event possibilities. So if you’re curious to learn exactly what can be achieved with virtual events, then wait no longer and press play now! For all the resources and more be sure to check out the blog here!
26 minutes | a year ago
Zoom For Virtual Events: An Event Tech Podcast Review
Zoom for virtual events: is it really your best option? This has been the question on many planners’ minds. And now that virtual events are set to be the norm in the industry, it’s more pertinent than ever. Because everyone knows Zoom. It’s been around for a while and many companies use it as their go-to conference platform. But how does it fare where virtual events are concerned? Should you even bother looking for another option since Zoom seems like a safe choice? These are only some of the questions we’ll be answering today. Our incredible host Will Curran is a veteran Zoom user. So that means he can offer you all the guidance on the topic of Zoom for virtual events! If you’re ready to learn more, then wait no further – press play and join us for another awesome edition of the Event Tech Podcast! Check out the resources, transcription and more for this week here!
37 minutes | a year ago
Audio Augmented Reality For Events
Yes, you read that right - we're discussing audio augmented reality for events today! And yes, we've discussed the topic of augmented reality before. We touched upon it on the Event Tech Podcast. And we even dedicated a couple of #EventIcons episodes to it. But what we're discussing today is a very specific sub-section of the topic. While the whole thing seems like a word salad, it's still a conversation you'll want to pay attention to! For the full audio transcription and blog check here!
49 minutes | a year ago
Imagination And Events: Immersive Events Through Storytelling
When it comes to putting together unforgettable moments, imagination and events must go hand in hand. And consistently coming up with ideas can get quite exhausting. But at the end of the day, it’s what makes an event special. One that has a story, a story where attendees can immerse themselves in. It’s not just about tying together points A, B, and C. And it’s not just about having the venue, the speakers, and your AV company in place. It goes a lot deeper than that! So this week on the Event Tech Podcast, we’re talking about imagination and events. And to help us out, we have two experts joining our hosts Will Curran and Brandt Krueger. Anthony Hickson is the Director of Imagination Studios, and Stephen Van Elst is the Global Creative Innovation Director for Imagination. They’re experts in bringing technology and storytelling together to create amazing events – and they’re here to tell us all about it. Press play and join us on this journey! Click here for the Blog.
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