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etouches Completes Integration of Loopd with its End-to-End Event Management and Sourcing Platform

May 20, 2017

etouches Completes Integration of Loopd with its End-to-End Event Management and Sourcing Platform
Award-winning Data-Driven Technology Enhances Real-Time Attendee Engagement and Event ROI

NORWALK, Conn., May 2017 etouches, a leading global provider of cloud event management software and sourcing solutions, today announced it has finalized the integration of Loopd technology to create a first of its kind solution to manage every aspect of the event & meeting lifecycle including unprecedented visibility into real-time performance of live events. Combining an exclusive wearable smart badge with bi-directional CRM, data analytics, and mobile technology, Loopd transforms the attendee experience and provides data-driven insights that help meeting planners realize ROI and monetize their events. etouches will demonstrate Loopd’s full capabilities at IMEX Frankfurt taking place May 16-18, 2017.

etouches acquired Loopd in late 2016 to expand its ability to provide data-driven insights that help its customers improve events and attendee engagement in real time. With wearable smart badges and a data analytics engine, Loopd delivers engaging experiences for event attendees while enabling event planners to improve their event strategy through actionable data.

Loopd offers three key components that help event planners enhance attendee engagement and realize event success:

  • Loopd Badge – Award-winning, wearable, smart badges enable fast and easy contact exchange, content collection, and registration for attendees, while capturing attendee interactions, session attendance, event flow traffic, and more all in a sleek, modern package. Small, but powerful, each Loopd Badge measures less than 1.5 inches around and weighs less than 5 grams. With Bluetooth LE connectivity and a two-month battery life, the Loopd badge offers several advantages over other technologies.
  • Loopd App – With a branded, customized mobile event app, organizers can elevate the event experience for attendees, improve engagement, and increase post-event activity. Attendees can use networking features to discover nearby attendees and manage meeting requests.
  • Loopd Engagement & Analytics – Intuitive, in-browser analytics engine allows event organizers to measure and optimize the value and impact of their events. Incorporating the data collected by the Loopd App and Loopd Badge, the analytics engine helps organizers understand attendee activity, attendee journey at the event, engagement, and overall event performance.

 

 

People attend events to meet other people, network, and exchange information, but the manual process of collecting business cards and collateral to act on post-event is inefficient and unproductive,” said Brian Friedman, Loopd co-founder and director of product for mobile, data, and engagement for etouches. “Loopd improves the overall attendee experience by facilitating and simplifying the exchange of information and tracking and analyzing attendee engagement. With this integration, event organizers can focus on running great events while etouches captures and analyzes attendee data.

Like the entire etouches event management platform, Loopd is highly flexible, allowing event planners to customize components and how they’re used based on the organizer’s budget and goals. Loopd Hubs are wireless sensors that can be placed at strategic points so organizers can see and measure attendance and traffic flow at a specific session or event. Organizers can easily deliver additional value to their attendees by providing event history, sponsor interactions, session information, speaker multimedia, contact information, and marketing collateral after the event – all collected with the Loopd Badge.

Over the past several years, etouches has built out our event management solution through strategic technology acquisitions and product development with a focus on making events and meetings better for participants, planners, and sponsors,” said Shane Edmonds, CTO of etouches. “With the full power of our EMS platform and mobile event apps integrated with Loopd technology, etouches now offers an unrivaled solution that lets our customers measure every aspect of their event lifecycle, including onsite attendee engagement and satisfaction.”

Recently, etouches announced the company was acquired by HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm. HGGC’s investment will help etouches expand its business and further invest in its market-leading cloud platform. More than 1,300 customers use etouches’ integrated event management and sourcing platform to organize and execute world-class events around the world. Over the past 12 months, etouches has executed 46,000 events totaling 5.8 million registrations.

A past winner of the IMEX America #IMEXpitch competition, Loopd will be on display at IMEX Frankfurt on May 16 at 4:30 p.m. at etouches’ stand #E660. For more information, visit try.etouches.com/getloopd/.

About etouches
etouches is a global leader in cloud based analytics and data driven end-to-end event management and venue sourcing solutions. The award winning open source platform delivers innovative technology solutions to streamline the event process, providing real-time data and analytics on event performance, customer engagement, and increasing measurable event ROI. Founded in 2008, etouches has assisted over 25,000 event professionals in planning, executing, and measuring their events. With a focus on event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement, mobile, and data analytics, the company serves more than 1,300 customers including leading corporations, associations, agencies, and educational institutions globally. Headquartered in the United States, the company also has offices in the UK, Belgium, Australia, Singapore, and UAE. etouches is a portfolio company of private equity firm HGGC. etouches has experienced 50 percent CAGR over the past 4 years. Learn more at etouches.com.


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Exceptional education value will match full-force of business at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017

May 5, 2017

Exceptional education value will match full-force of business at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017

We really value being able to offer inspiration, bringing people together to share ideas, discover new tools and learn new skills. We’re set to deliver this in abundance with our packed programme of education sessions at IMEX this year. Business is set to dominate – as always – but education is a vital force that gives each year’s show a unique personality and edge,” explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

With over 200 education sessions taking place throughout the show, including a new dedicated day in the form of EduMonday, IMEX in Frankfurt taking place 16 – 18 May offers its biggest ever education programme. In terms of added value, over 70 per cent of all professional development education at IMEX is certified.

Introducing a brand new education experience – EduMonday
Planners can take part in high quality education the day before IMEX in Frankfurt begins with EduMonday, a brand new education experience taking place on Monday 15 May. With registration free of charge and open to all, this interactive day will provide insights into event design, future trends and hot new technologies, using informal, contemporary learning styles.

IMEX’s EduMonday will feature experts from the new Zeus Eventtech Academy, the German Convention Bureau (GCB), Meetology® Masterclasses and Play with a Purpose. IMEX is also offering the Event Design Certificate Programme Level 1 of Mastery as part of a three-year agreement with the Event Design Collective. This allows 30 English and 30 German-speaking event professionals to take their career to the next level by taking the certification free of charge on the day.

Exploring Purposeful Meetings with first ever keynote
The show’s first ever English language education keynote explores this year’s IMEX Talking Point, Purposeful Meetings. Janet Sperstad from Madison Area Technical College shares the preliminary results of a major piece of industry research into Purposeful meetings research: creating deeper meaning.

Janet Sperstad explains: “Purposeful meetings define planning that produces very specific outcomes and attendee behaviours, in addition to the normal meeting strategy and learning objectives. Delivering more purposeful meetings will help planners create experiences that drive deeper meaning and value for attendees and, of course, clients.” An interview with Janet Sperstad about her career to date and her profound interest in ‘Purposeful Meetings’ can be found here.

Carina adds: “This is the first substantial piece of industry research we’ve undertaken since our 10th Anniversary in 2012, and signifies our confidence in the Purposeful Meetings concept – a concept that’s making waves in the industry and one that we want to explore further with planners at IMEX. The full white paper, with the support of PSAV, will be available at IMEX America in October”.

Free show floor education
A wider programme of free education runs across the three days of the show. Participants can choose from 10 tracks including technology, business skills, diversity and marketing in order to create their own bespoke schedule. MPI is delivering a session on Exploring unique learning formats, IAEE explores The next 40 years of trade shows and Play With A Purpose addresses how to engage younger planners in Interaction for millennials. There are over 200 seminars, including workshops, campfires and bite-sized show-floor education- all designed to help planners at all levels keep a finger on the pulse of the industry.

This includes a session on the results of an exclusive survey into the roles and workplace experiences of women in the event industry run by trade magazines tw tagungswirtschaft and m+a report together with IMEX. Kerstin Wuensch from tw and other industry leaders will explore female leadership, career building and equality in women in the event industry – equal status or lagging behind?

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 16 – 18 May 2017.
EduMonday (separate registration required) is on 15 May.

Registration is free of charge and open online: https://portal.imex-frankfurt.com/register.php?login=1

EduMonday registration: http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/events/education/edumonday/


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New Waste Watchers initiative will slim down waste and increase recycling at IMEX in Frankfurt

April 28, 2017

New Waste Watchers initiative will slim down waste and increase recycling at IMEX in Frankfurt

IMEX supports Earth Day 2017
IMEX in Frankfurt is introducing several major new sustainability initiatives this year as it continues to innovate and encourage the industry to unite and contribute to greater environmental awareness and social responsibility.

Speaking just before Earth Day 2017 (22 April), Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “Our approach to sustainability is both to lead by example and to shine a spotlight on key industry campaigns, for example, through our sponsorship of Positive Impact’s campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

“We’re committed to supporting their target of 2 million shares of the hashtag #shareapositiveimpact, for instance. That means both before and during the show we’ll be inviting everyone to share photos or examples of good sustainable ideas, either in their home communities, on their travels or once they get to Frankfurt. We’re also championing the UNWTO’s call for Ambassadors. They need event pros who are prepared to step up, speak out and advocate sustainable events.

“In practice, we continually seek to develop innovative systems to reduce the ecological impact of our own use of resources and materials. We also encourage and make it easier for exhibitors and buyers to contribute in their own way. We work closely with our partners including GMIC, Messe Frankfurt, Meet Green and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas, to achieve this. It’s a lot of work, for them and for us, but we care and we believe it’s worth it.”

Waste Watchers – a new call to reuse and recycle
A key new initiative at IMEX in Frankfurt (16- 18 May) will be Waste Watchers. Partnering with local non- government organisation ShoutOutLoud, the IMEX team has set up this programme to reduce waste by providing opportunities for everyone to re-use and recycle an extensive range of materials. Leftover food, furniture, stand graphics, flowers and stationery that would usually go to waste can be donated daily and will be distributed to those who need them with the help of a local food network and a refugee support group.

Saving trees, reducing paper
This year IMEX in Frankfurt is saving 2.7 tons of paper by not producing a printed Show Catalogue. Hosted buyers and visitor buyers will be able to find out full information about exhibitors and the vast range of education sessions available from a new Show Planner, by downloading and using the Show App and via the show website.

Printing badges on paper rather than card will further reduce the show’s environmental footprint, as will the use of hydroelectricity across the whole show. These innovations are additional to the many sustainability best practices and legacy initiatives which have become established at IMEX in Frankfurt over the years. Full details can be found here.

Learning from sustainability experts
IMEX also provides many opportunities for everyone to learn more about sustainability. Among the many sessions on offer will be: Global Destinations Sustainability Index: Driving Performance and Competitiveness, by Guy Bigwood of MCI. He’ll explain his company’s partnership with ICCA and how the Global Destinations Sustainability Index helps drive sustainable practices.

Founder of Positive Impact, Fiona Pelham, whose company has created a “bold year-long campaign” for 2017 will also talk about ‘The Power of Events in the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism’.

New IMEX GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award
Also new this year is a new IMEX-GMIC Green Award – the Innovation in Sustainability Award. This is designed to highlight inspiring event professionals who are driving sustainability forwards through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. It will be presented to the winner at the Gala Dinner at IMEX in Frankfurt.
Campaigns to reduce waste and encourage sustainability are also implemented at IMEX America and at the IMEX Group offices where in 2016 recycling saved the equivalent of 34 trees and 5,790kg of CO2.

The greening of IMEX America
At IMEX America 2016, the clear measure of the show’s continuing progress in sustainability was its APEX/ASTM score which increased for the 5th consecutive year to 90 per cent of level 1 standards. Decreasing paper use saved the equivalent of 13 trees, energy use per participant was down by 13 per cent and there was an 18 per cent decrease in total carbon emissions.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group comments: “IMEX has always been committed to supporting sustainable and socially responsible practices within the meetings industry, hence measuring our performance against the APEX/ASTM scores, which are tough! We will continue to provide education and awareness to suppliers and buyers within the industry to support the ongoing development of best practice. And we’ll keep on asking more of our partners and suppliers. This really is a game that you win by working together. And it’s one of the reasons why our new IMEX Group strapline is: We Are All Connected.”

Two rising stars at IMEX are continuing the CSR conversation as part of #CSRshareDay, a global Twitter campaign taking place today. @IMEXMilda and @IMEXrog are sustainability champions within IMEX. Join them at 14.00 GMT as part of a live discussion on sustainability.

#IMEX17

DMC NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW BRAND IDENTITY AND WEBSITE

October 27, 2016

DMC NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW BRAND IDENTITY AND WEBSITE
IMEX AMERICA, LAS VEGAS, TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER

Today at IMEX America, following a year long consultation with its partners and clients, the DMC Network launched its new brand identity and website. Anchored on a simple but powerful strapline, “We’re there for you”, the new identity highlights the uniqueness of the DMC Network as a partnership of fully accredited, owner-managed, legacy destination management consultants.

“The foundations for the project were laid during a board retreat almost a year ago during which we clarified, tweaked and re-stated our vision to be the industry’s  most reliable, trustworthy and consistent global community of destination management companies. Our clients hire us for our local knowledge and expertise, to be there for them and deal with all the unexpected things that happen during live program operation” said Shannon Gardner, Chairwoman of the DMC Network and President of Accent Indy.

“At Maritz Global Events we depend massively on our DMC partners to deliver a seamless destination experience to our clients. We greatly appreciate the benefit of a single access point to valuable local relationships, knowledge and expertise across so many locations and this is reflected beautifully and cleverly in the new brand identity” said David Peckinpaugh, President of Maritz Global Events.

“Every partner DMC of the Network is an expert destination consultant contributing to and aligned around a shared vision. This is expressed in our new corporate logo that takes the colored locator pin of each destination partner and gathers them all into a single, beautiful mosaic that represents our collective strength. It’s a perfect expression of who we are: local, individual, independently owned companies united and working together to be there for you, whenever and wherever you need us” said Dan Tavrytzky, Managing Director, DMC Network.

IMEXrun the initiative that has attracted more than 2,500 participants

October 27, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

IMEXrun the initiative that has attracted more than 2,500 participants, for a “sweat-working” moment!

The event concept was developed by events by tlc and organized by Case Imagine, driven by its strong belief in the unique ability that sports have to enhance corporate responsibility, personal development and the practice of a healthier lifestyle. The run will be sponsored by Brazil and supported by AWG, Experient, GES and Holland.

We now present the 4th edition of the IMEXrun, which will take place in IMEX America in Las Vegas on the iconic Strip on October 19 at 6:00 am. Designed to combine fun, fitness and the Vegas panache, the 5km route will start and begin and end at the scenic Venetian® outdoor bridge & gondolas, passing on the Strip.

In only 4 hours, online registrations sold out. This reflects not only the success that is has built up from the previous editions, that in total have attracted more than 2500 participants since the first edition in Frankfurt last year. It also reflects the industry’s need to be connected through sports initiatives that compliment the great social and networking events around IMEX America.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “With over 500 registrations in four hours, it’s clear the IMEXrun forms a special part of people’s experience at IMEX America. As well as a great way to meet fellow attendees and enjoy the Vegas sights, it’s also a small step to help balance an intense week of business with healthy sports activity. We’ll see you at the start line!”

When IMEX America attendees hit the Strip for the popular meetings industry trade show this week, they’ll be doing much more than just networking and flexing their muscles – they’ll also have the opportunity to become part of a very unique and healthy experience that IMEXrun provides.

“This is about the universal language that connects people from all over the world with different backgrounds and cultures, sports! By using sportive occasions we engage people and create a powerful experience, which will naturally provoke a change of behavior for an active and healthier lifestyle and business environment” says Diogo Assis, events by tlc CEO.

Zenvoy successfully helping IMEX attendees to make most of networking

October 19, 2016

Zenvoy successfully helping IMEX attendees to make most of networking – in advance

Zenvoy, the new intelligent 1-on-1 business introduction service for professionals, groups & events has generated a highly positive response from buyers planning to take part in IMEX America from 18-20 October.

Over a thousand buyers have registered and completed profiles to enable the Zenvoy software to match and suggest to them others with similar interests and attributes. These have resulted in nearly 2000 introductions so far between buyers arranging to meet like-minded peers at the show.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “Making new contacts is an essential element of IMEX America for many buyers. We introduced Zenvoy as an innovation in response to request from buyers who wanted help in meeting others with who they have most in common. We’re happy with the outcome.

“The level of take-up has exceeded our expectations and, overall, Zenvoy is proving to be a successful innovation.” Leo Gestetner, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenvoy commented: “Zenvoy is helping buyers to network more effectively, to reduce the uncertainty of meeting like-minded individuals. It is not only enabling them to make the most of the networking opportunities at IMEX, it is also allowing them to see how it could make a valuable contribution to their own conferences and meetings.”

www.zenvoy.com/imex

www.imexamerica.com

 

‘More reasons than ever for joining us at IMEX America’

October 19, 2016

‘More reasons than ever for joining us at IMEX America’   

“This year we’re providing more reasons for buyers to come and join us at IMEX America than ever before,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group before IMEX America takes place in Las Vegas on 18 – 20 October.
“There are not only many new exhibitors, a wider variety of education sessions and more networking and social events, we’ve also added new zones, innovations and improvements to enhance the experience for all our attendees. Many of these we’ve introduced in response to research, delegate feedback and market trends. It all means we’re offering more opportunities to do business, learn and meet new contacts than ever.”
“At IMEX America there’s always that sense that something exciting and new is in the air – much of it planned but much of it down to the magic that happens when thousands of industry professionals come together in one place.  This year’s no different. Several significant industry announcements are scheduled this year, which also adds to the sense of anticipation and authority at the show.
“Among the innovations and improvements are two that will provide better networking opportunities for buyers – the introduction of the innovative new Zenvoy match making service and the new Networking Hub in the hosted buyer lounge.
“To help give attendees greater insight into developing areas of the show and to give them an intuitive way to explore the show floor, we now have a series of guided tours – Eventtech, Sustainability and Innovation.
New topical education themes
“In terms of education we have two guiding themes: the sharing economy and ‘when personal meets professional’, addressing highly topical and important business and career issues and, what’s more, 86 per cent of education sessions are now assigned with CEs for CMP certification. Smart Monday will offer even more education sessions, training courses and events than previously and this year’s daily MPI keynote speakers are especially fascinating and engaging.
“In response to feedback from delegates, both the Executive Meeting Forum and Association Focus programs are completely new, with Association Focus now offering two streams, Leadership and Association Meetings & Events. We’ve also introduced a new Senior Planner Open Forum that will crowdsource its discussion topics, creating a new opportunity for those with 10 years plus experience to meet and learn from their peers.
“This year we’ve also focused on adding new facilities that make the overall show experience even better including a new food court, more ‘grab and go’ stops and new registration desks.  And we’re offering even more to help buyers and exhibitors look after themselves with the new Be Well Lounge sponsored by Hilton and, for hosted buyers, the Recharge Zone by Hyatt including massage and manicure services.
“And of course, there are all the well-established features that already bring the industry together in Las Vegas each October – the chance to meet face to face and do business with 3000 plus exhibitors, many co-located industry meetings, major networking events and the vast education program.”
“We’ve listened, responded and I believe, created what should be the best IMEX America yet,” Carina Bauer concludes.
IMEX America 2016 takes place from 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit www.imexamerica.com.


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