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Poken expands its partnership with Reed Exhibitions to provide additional technology solutions for ibtm america 2016

May 13, 2016

Poken expands its partnership with Reed Exhibitions to provide additional technology solutions for ibtm america 2016
Poken, the 360º event platform, today announces a new partnership with Reed Exhibitions, which sees an expansion of the services previously provided and an integration with Nova™, Reed’s global online event management platform.

This year, ibtm america 2016 will take place June 15-17 at The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This venue is best known as one of the largest hotel exhibition and meetings venue in the continental US, featuring 882 guest rooms, 6 ballrooms, more than 100 technologically advanced conference and breakout rooms, and some 600,000 sq. ft. of meeting, convention and exhibit space.

The Poken event technology platform will be employed throughout ibtm america 2016, a leading industry event that offers 100% mutually matched one-to-one meetings between top suppliers and pre-qualified meeting and event planners with proven business to place in the US and globally. Poken’s on-site registration and badge-printing software will be deployed on large touchscreen tablets wirelessly connected to printers, providing attendees with fast registration, badge retrieval, and a printed individual meeting schedule.

As measuring and tracking meeting attendance is integral to Reed Exhibitions’ objectives, Poken will also be used to track buyers’ attendance at their scheduled meetings. All attendees will receive a Smart Badge which they will use to check into their meetings by touching a small iBeacon & 3G-connected reader embedded in a coaster on each meeting table. These readers are unique to Poken, who had been deploying them to provide advanced lead-generation and digital content delivery solutions to large exhibition clients worldwide.

Poken will also provide the event’s mobile app, ensuring a rich digital experience for attendees, and reporting key engagement metrics to the organiser. Viewing their personal meeting schedule on their mobile device, attendees will be reminded about their meetings with automated alerts sent via the Poken platform, helping to drive efficient meeting etiquette.

At past events using its technologies, Poken has demonstrated a behavioral shift among participants, helping drive better results through enhanced engagement, better awareness, and increased networking.

Ron Speechley, who heads Poken’s Sales and Marketing in the US, says: “Reed Exhibitions has been one of our valued partners over the past few years and we are thrilled to continue to have the opportunity to innovate with this world class client. Creating more seamless ways for attendees to get results out of the shows they attend has been a priority for us.”

Jaime McAuley, ibtm america Event Director, comments: “Working with Poken for the past two years has been an absolute pleasure. Poken proved to us that beyond anything they understand an event organiser’s needs, and are committed to developing technologies that empower not only the attendees, but also the organiser. This year we are rolling out 100% mutually matched appointments, which means that exhibitors and Hosted Buyers can use the mutual match appointment system to create a diary of up to 30 valuable and relevant appointments with the business leads they identify. Poken’s technology will work to keep the thousands of pre-scheduled appointments taking place at ibtm america 2016 on schedule, which will in turn maximise opportunity for ROI.”

Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors within the meetings and events industry and this means that meeting professionals are always playing catch up. Reed Exhibitions is constantly redefining the marketplace through its vision, and through innovation which it sometimes sources from leading-edge suppliers such as Poken.

IBTM AMERICA 2016 KICKS OFF ITS HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME, KNOWLEDGE FORUM, NETWORKING EVENTS AND MORE

March 1, 2016

IBTM AMERICA 2016 KICKS OFF ITS HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME, KNOWLEDGE FORUM, NETWORKING EVENTS AND MORE 

ibtm america 2016 (www.ibtmamerica.com), taking place from June 15-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced a number of developments for the upcoming programme including applications for Hosted Buyers going live, new topics and speakers for the ibtm america Knowledge Forum, networking events, and programmes for exhibitors.

International and regional meeting and event planners can now apply to attend as Hosted Buyers by filling out an application online. Successful applicants will receive a diary of up to 30 pre-scheduled, mutually matched 1-to-1 appointments with leading suppliers as well as a fully hosted itinerary including flights and accommodation at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, access to a variety of networking events, participation in Discovery Day, and access to the ibtm america Knowledge Forum.

Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america commented, “This year we’re rolling out 100% mutual match business appointments, which puts both buyers and exhibitors in the driver’s seat, giving them full control to choose who they want to meet with while eliminating non-relevant meetings.

Hosted Buyers will be chosen based on their authority to organise, influence or make budgetary decisions for meetings, events, incentives and corporate travel, within North America or internationally. To find out more and apply to attend, please visithttp://www.ibtmamerica.com/Hosted-Buyers/About-Hosted-Buyers/

All Hosted Buyers and exhibitors will be invited to attend the ibtm america Welcome Luncheon, which will kick off ibtm america 2016. Instead of a traditional keynote speaker during the lunch, ibtm america 2016 will embody the spirit of Nashville by hosting Lyric Crew, a group of seasoned songwriters and studio musicians. Lyric Crewwill engage attendees in a creative team-building songwriting process, the result of which will be an ibtm america jingle and theme song.

The event has also announced two hot topics to be covered at the ibtm america Knowledge Forum which will include CEU Accredited Sessions and experiential sessions. Attendees will be able to attend education sessions on “Digital Security Trends“ and “Meetings Design” where they will explore using storyboard techniques to create fun and effective experiences for customers.

Jim Spellos, Media Expert and President of Meeting U, will cover “Digital Security Trends.” In his session Spellos will explore the most important trends in digital security, a hot topic in the new digital age.

Jaime McAuley concludes, “Our event programme is coming together and everything is looking great— we will have a number of other important announcements in the coming weeks. This year we have taken advantage of the exciting location of Nashville in our planning and are set to offer attendees a truly personalised experience designed to offer maximum ROI through a combination of pre-scheduled business appointments, networking and learning.

As part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) global agreement designating oneworld® as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 2016, exhibitors attending ibtm america are eligible for an exclusive discount when booking through oneworld events. To find out more, please visit http://www.ibtmamerica.com/en/exhibit/already-an-exhibitor/travel-and-hotel/

To learn more about being a Hosted Buyer, or apply to attend please visit http://www.ibtmamerica.com/Hosted-Buyers/About-Hosted-Buyers/

For further information about exhibiting, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com

For sales inquiries, please contact ibtmamerica-sales@reedexpo.com

 

IBTM AMERICA 2016 SET TO OPEN WITH LINE-UP OF LEADING INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS FOR 100% MUTUAL MATCH IN NASHVILLE

February 3, 2016

IBTM AMERICA 2016 SET TO OPEN WITH LINE-UP OF LEADING INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS FOR 100% MUTUAL MATCH IN NASHVILLE

ibtm america 2016 (www.ibtmamerica.com), taking place from June 15-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is set to debut it’s 100% mutual match business appointments design among an elite group of exhibitors and Corporate, Agency and Incentive Hosted Buyers.

Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america commented, “Our Hosted Buyer applications will go live early February, but for the first time this year we allowed Hosted Buyers to pre-register for ibtm america, and so far we’ve received applications from over 400 high-calibre buyers. We’ve also had over 100 exhibitors register for the event, which is not surprising considering that post-show feedback from ibtm america 2015 revealed a 95% satisfaction rate among exhibitors who felt our event platform worked for them.”

Corporate Hosted Buyers that have pre-registered for ibtm america 2016 will attend from companies such as Nature’s Way, Dell Inc., Metlife, Inc., Principal Financial Group, Tetra Tech, Inc. The Wall Street Journal, and Intel Corporation. Pre-registered Incentive/Agency Hosted Buyers will attend from companies such as American Express, Grass Roots, Meetings and Incentives Worldwide, Inc, and Peak Performance Distinctive. Association Hosted Buyers will attend from associations such as the American Association of Retired Persons, American Bar Association, California Alarm Association, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Human Services Association, Penn State University, and UC Berkeley.

All exhibitors and Hosted Buyers will be able to partake in 100% mutual match business appointments, which allows both parties to select who is relevant to their business needs and set up a diary of up to 30 appointments. ibtm america 2016 is the first event of it’s kind in the US to offer 100% mutual match business appointments.

Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america continued, “100% mutual match is a real game-changer for our attendees and definitely a draw for our exhibitors. Allowing exhibitors to request appointments with Hosted Buyers really puts them in the driver’s seat and gives them a real return on investment. The 100% mutual match system eliminates non-relevant meetings.

New exhibitors confirmed to attend ibtm america 2016 include Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau, Eau Palm Beach Resort, Fairmont Orchid- Hawaii, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Social Tables, TripBuilder Media, and Visit Wichita. Returning exhibitors include British Virgin Islands Tourism, Conrad London St. James, Jamaica Tourist Board, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Live Nation Special Events, Marriott International Inc, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Station Casinos, and Vail Resorts Meeting & Events.

“In addition to their business appointments, all Hosted Buyers and exhibitors will attend Discovery Day, which will provide the opportunity to experience Nashville, and network with industry peers. We’re working with the Nashville CVC, Visit Music City to put together an exciting programme for Discovery Day, more details will be announced in the coming weeks,” said McAuley.

To find out more about the Hosted Buyer Programme and apply to attend, visit http://www.ibtmamerica.com/Register-Today/Hosted-Buyer-Registration/

For further information about exhibiting, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com

For sales enquiries, please contact ibtmamerica-sales@reedexpo.com

FLORIDA SET TO BE DESTINATION FOR 2017 IBTM AMERICA EVENT

December 1, 2015

Press Release: 1st December 2015

REED TRAVEL EXHIBITIONS CONFIRMS FORT LAUDERDALE/HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA SET TO BE DESTINATION FOR 2017 IBTM AMERICA EVENT

Reed Travel Exhibitions confirms that the 2017 edition of ibtm america (www.ibtmamerica.com) will take place at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Florida.

The Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa is South Florida’s premier meeting resort with both indoor and outdoor space tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The property has received top honors from TripAdvisor, AAA and Orbitz and was named a top 100 Meeting Hotel by Cvent.

The decision to rotate the event has been driven by customer feedback confirming that 100% of buyers and suppliers attending the show were in favor of the event rotating year-to-year.

Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america commented, “We asked our exhibitors and buyers whether they preferred a permanent home, a resort location or an event that moved around to different destinations. 100% answered in preference of different destinations.

“Moving ibtm america to a new location every year offers benefits to our Hosted Buyers and exhibitors. We’re lucky to be able to work with so many great destinations and hosting venues. It also puts major meeting hubs in the splotlight annually and most importantly, it keeps things fresh and interesting.”

The 2016 edition of ibtm america will take place in Nashville, Tennessee (June 15th- 17th) at the Gaylord Opryland and will utilize the ‘mutual match’ system where both exhibitors and buyers will be able to request to meet one another.

To find out more about the Hosted Buyer Programme and apply to attend, visit http://www.ibtmamerica.com/Register-Today/Hosted-Buyer-Registration/

For further information about exhibiting, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com

For sales enquiries, please contact: ibtmamerica-sales@reedexpo.com

ibtm america announces Nashville for 2016 event

June 11, 2015

ibtm america announces Nashville for 2016 event
www.ibtmamerica.com

ibtm america, part of ibtm events, has confirmed that the 2016 event will take place from June 15-17, 2016 at the award winning Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center), ranked in the top 10 of Cvent’s 2014 Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is a luxury resort showcasing some of the best meetings facilities that Nashville has to offer and is just minutes from Nashville International Airport as well as a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown. The center also presents fine dining, 9 acres of lush indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and a full-service spa.

“As part of our strategy to experience the most dynamic business destinations, we are delighted to be not only taking ibtm to Nashville, but to be using the spectacular facilities of this world class resort” said Jaime McAuley, ibtm america Event Director.

Industry Education and Wellness Merge in ibtm america’s 2015 “ConnectZone”

May 15, 2015

Industry Education and Wellness Merge in ibtm america’s 2015 “ConnectZone”

To deliver on this year’s show theme “Connections Mean Everything,” ibtm america 2015 (www.ibtmamerica.com) has created a ConnectZone with thought-provoking, bite-sized education sessions and body / mind wellness activities to help attendees engage, unwind and “get enlightened” in Chicago from 9-11 June.

“We recognise that having a unique and enjoyable experience is key to making business connections at our show this year,” said Jaime McAuley, Event Director. “As a result, we’ve combined last year’s popular Innovation and Refresh Zones into a new concept for our appointment-focused event to create a learning environment that’s both physically and mentally stimulating for our buyers and exhibitors.”

The new ConnectZone, in collaboration with The Meeting Pool, will offer a number of unique activities for both Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to experience outside of business appointment hours. The Spotlight Stage, brought to you by Certain Inc., a favorite from last year, will be returning with bite-sized education on various topics. Planned sessions include:

“Standing Yoga” – with Dr. Kim of X-bytes and Sound Off Headphone Technology
“Two Ingredients For Winning Proposals” – Debbie Mayo-Smith
Tech presentation from Poken, an official ibtm america sponsor
“Trends in Sitting – Start with Standing!” – Matthew Broderick
“Green, Local & Sustainable F&B Trends” – Savor Chicago at McCormick Place
“Trends in Tea for Wellness and Energy”
“Apps For Work Life Balance” – Dahlia El Gazzar
“Fitness & Stretch Break” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off
“Sound and Silence Solutions for Your Events” – Silent Events Company
“Hotel & Travel Workout Tips” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off
“Essential Oils For Your Health and Environment” – Matthew Broderick
Tech presentation from Certain, an official ibtm america sponsor
“Fashion Show & Style” – Bloomingdale’s
“Health & Fitness Latest Gadgets and Tech” – Dahlia El Gazzar
“Take Care of Your Feet for Whole Body Health” – Eric Huffman
“Managing F&B for Good with Live Chef Demo” – Jiwon McCartney
“Close Fine Tuned Fitness” – Dr. Kim and Sound Off

In addition to the Spotlight Stage, the ConnectZone will bring back a few other attendee favorites as well as some new activities designed to stimulate wellbeing. Some of the offerings include:

TECHbar – Part of last year’s Innovation Zone, the new and improved TECHbar will provide additional interactive education, as well as “iPad Makeovers,” where exhibitors and Hosted Buyers can take their photo on the preloaded app and plan their makeover for the Beauty Bar.
Meditation Lounge – Hosted by Silent Events Company, the Meditation Lounge will feature six headsets loaded with a choice of 3 meditations – the perfect place to come and relax and charge your device! The company will also teach you how to incorporate meditation into your events.
Reflexology & Acupressure – Learn about your overall health as it stems from your feet with a reflexology treatment from Chicago’s leading reflexologists. Treatments also include acupressure.
Posture Therapy – Join therapist Matthew Broderick of MFB Wellness as he teaches us how to adjust your posture to ensure ideal comfort during your meetings and beyond!
Fashion & Style Show – On Thursday, retail leader Bloomingdale’s will be putting on a 20-minute fashion show. Additionally, Bloomingdale’s representatives will provide gift bags and coupons to attendees during ConnectZone hours.
Beauty and Nail Bar – To prepare for your new headshots, head over to the Beauty and Nail bar and indulge in a manicure courtesy of Manicube. Other beauty offerings TBD.
The HeadShotLOUNGETM – Photographer Chuck Fazio brings his expertise to help prime attendees for some new business headshots.
Corporate Social Responsibility – Interested in participating in some charitable activity? Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women, will be onsite to collect clothing donations. The group provides women with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools needed to help thrive in both work and life. Also participating is Fight2Feed, a 501c non-profit organisation with the mission to eliminate hunger in Chicago by utilising leftovers from restaurants and the mobility of food trucks to reduce food waste and feed those who need it most.
The Style Corner – Stella & Dot will showcase this summer’s hottest trends to help you become your best self. Don’t miss Stella & Dot’s sneak-peak at products to come, and if you make a purchase, proceeds go to Ovarian Cancer research. Additionally, get a taste of South Asian culture with a Henna tattoo from local Chicago Henna artists.
Snack Zone – Sample some of Chicago’s finest at the Snack Zone, Vendors include Garrett’s popcorn.

The ConnectZone will be open on Wednesday 10 June from 10:50am – 12:15pm and 3:25pm – 3:55pm, and again on Thursday from 10:15am – 10:45am and 11:25am – 12:25pm.

ibtm america takes place from 9-11 June 2015 in Chicago. To apply to be a Hosted Buyer or participate as an exhibitor, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com

ibtm america Announces Theme for Inaugural New Show Format: “Connections Mean Everything”

April 30, 2015

ibtm america Announces Theme for Inaugural New Show Format: “Connections Mean Everything”

Education Centered “Knowledge Forum” Set to Deliver Top-Notch Business Insights

The newly designed ibtm america has sharpened its focus on face-to-face business connections with this year’s show theme “Connections Mean Everything” in Chicago from 9-11 June.

This year’s “Discovery Day” (formerly “Education Day”) will kick off the Knowledge Forum with a keynote session sponsored by PCMA around the show’s theme.

Directly following this, there will be two sets of three congruent sessions brought to you by PCMA, Site and the ibtm events team. The first set of sessions will include a breakout around tools for planner productivity titled “Big Data Part 1” as well as an industry engagement option “Shared Economy” from PCMA. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to put meetings design into practice with the session on “Audiovisual Technologies and Adult Learning in Meetings” led by speaker Michael Owen from EventGenuity, LLC. The next set will see more sessions around industry engagement from Site. Returning presenter and attendee-favorite James Spellos will lead the last option “Way Cool Tech Tools”.

Keynoting on day two this year is Debbie Mayo-Smith. A best-selling author and globally recognised leading business productivity expert, Debbie will speak on how to improve profits and communication through the use of email, smartphone and other software.

Meetings Mean Business will be keynoting the Inspiration Lunch on day two of the show. The coalition is dedicated to showcasing the value that business meetings bring to the US economy.

To enhance productivity and informal connection making, the “ConnectZone” will bring additional education offerings for attendees and exhibitors to experience during their breaks. A hybrid of last year’s Innovation and Refresh Zones, the ConnectZone (brought to you in partnership with the Meeting Pool) revisits some of AIBTM 2014’s popular attractions such as the Innovation Spotlight Stage, sponsored by Certain Software, and the TECHbar.

New this year will be the WellnessNexus, a showcase of the latest and emerging trends in personal and professional wellness, as well as the ImageDeck, where attendees can enrich their personal and professional appearances via image consultants, beauty experts and a professional headshot lounge. Attendees will also be able to participate in some charitable activity, as “Dress For Success” will be on-hand accepting clothing donations. The not-for-profit organisation promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire.

“Our focus this year for the ConnectZone twofold: we want our attendees to feel productive, even during their appointment breaks, but to also have fun and relax” says Jaime McAuley, ibtm america’s Event Director. “The ConnectZone allows for learning about the most recent technology innovations, and gives people a chance to better their wellness and productivity. We’ll have experts on hand in a variety of topics on hand to teach planners and exhibitors about emerging trends and techniques they can apply not only to their personal, but their professional lives as well.”

ibtm america takes place from June 9-11, 2015 in Chicago. To apply to be a Hosted Buyer or participate as an exhibitor, please visit www.ibtmamerica.com


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