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How to Amplify Your Event's Reach on Social Media

By Map D on Aug 19, 2022 1:56:16 AM

One of the perks of using Map D is that we LOVE spotlighting our clients.

Whether it's in an email, a blog post, or sharing on social, our clients are doing amazing work in the events industry and we believe they deserve recognition.

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Why Map D is "The Total Package" Event Management Software Solution

By Map D on Aug 3, 2022 2:57:52 PM

What does it mean to be the "total package" in event management software? 

Wiktionary.org defines "total package" as describing "something or someone that possesses a complete set of desired or expected characteristics." e.g. "When it comes to Hollywood actors, Brad Pitt is the total package."

Well, dear reader, when it comes to software for managing events, Map D is the total package. 

With new developments like attendee ticket sales and tools to continue earning revenue from your event even after it ends, combined with technology essentials like an event app that's branded your way, and online booth sales, it's easy to see how Map D possesses that "complete set of desired or expected characteristics" for managing all kinds of events. 

There is a lot to share with you, so we've added a table of contents to help you cut to the chase.

Read on for more.

 


Topics: Insider Events News Featured Posts Virtual Conference virtual events Virtual Trade Show hybrid events News - Tech/General trade shows Map D
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Map D and ARway Make Augmented Reality a Reality for Events

By Map D on Jul 28, 2022 5:00:38 PM

Have you ever heard someone say, “if it weren't for tomorrow, it'd be the future today!” or “the future is unwritten.” Well, dear readers, when it comes to the use of augmented reality (AR) technology in the events space, that future is now! In 2019, the excitement was building, and event organizers, sponsors, and attendees could all see the future and it was thrilling. Unfortunately, there was a different reality that people didn’t see coming - a global pandemic that led to cancellations of industry events around the world. However, as in-person events have returned, so has the use of AR and related technologies. The results are amazing experiences for attendees, more value for sponsors, smoother operations for event managers, and more revenue for venues.

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New attendee ticket sales make Map D the total package software solution for managing events.

By Map D on Jul 21, 2022 2:01:41 PM

We've got big news!

Like, the "oh my gosh we just threw a perfect game of skee-ball and we're going to cash in all our tickets for that giant teddy bear" kind of big news.

Event managers can now sell everything (no seriously, everything) right in one convenient platform with our new Attendee Ticket Sales add-on for Map D.

Topics: Insider Events News Featured Posts Virtual Conference virtual events Virtual Trade Show hybrid events News - Tech/General trade shows Map D
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Map D Feature Spotlight: Pavilions

By Map D on Jun 28, 2022 9:42:10 AM

 

Pavilions are a recent addition to Map D's platform and can be used to spotlight event content.

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New Map D Website Launched

By Map D on Jun 9, 2022 4:44:24 PM

It's here! Map-dynamics.com is now mapdevents.com.
 

It's been a long time coming, but we're pleased to announce that map-dynamics.com is now officially mapdevents.com!

This is the latest development in our rebrand from Map Dynamics to Map D which began near the end of 2021. It may not seem significant, but these changes are part of a broader effort at Nextech AR Solutions to simplify and streamline our offerings and improve the user experience of our clients and customers.

Topics: Insider Events Featured Posts Virtual Conference virtual events Virtual Trade Show News - Tech/General Map D
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What type of event is your astrological sign?

By Map D on May 27, 2022 10:33:48 AM

With the rising popularity of astrology, it got us thinking:

Is there an event horoscope? What would the event Zodiac look like? And what might your sign reveal about you?

Just as each Zodiac sign has its own unique characteristics and corresponding traits, so does each different type of event.

From intelligent, fast-paced Gemini networking events to trade shows and Capricorns that focus on the bottom line, here's your complete guide to all 12 astrological signs and their corresponding events.

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Live Streaming on Map D is Here

By Map D on May 24, 2022 11:33:10 AM

Jeremy showcases video hosted on Map D in his woodworking demo event.

Virtual and hybrid event sessions just got a major lift on Map D as live streaming video made its way to our event management software this month. 

Topics: Events Livestream virtual events online education hybrid events News - Tech/General trade shows
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Spotlight on Our Partner ESSAE

By Map D on May 11, 2022 6:44:39 PM



The Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE), is a group of professional association executives employed by trade, business, and professional associations based in New York State. ESSAE provides for the exchange of ideas among its members in many ways, but a big way it connects members is through events.

That's where we come in. 

But firsta bit of backstory...

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Now There Are More Ways Than Ever for Your Event to Stand Out With Map D

By Map D on Apr 6, 2022 12:09:36 PM

If the saying is true that March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion, then we are roaring into April with some big updates!

Following the new design customizations launched in February, we're adding even more features and updating our user interface to accommodate the new developments!

We're also prepping for even bigger (and long sought after) developments in the next month or two that will help Map D become a more complete solution for event management. 

As with all platform updates, these enhancements are provided at no cost to you and there is no action required by you except to use the new features should you wish to do so.

So what are these changes exactly? Read on for more details. 

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Group Demos

By Map D on Mar 22, 2022 12:10:13 AM

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Effective Trade Show Booth Layouts

By Map D on Mar 22, 2022 12:09:47 AM

Trade show season is upon us and it's time for businesses large and small to devise their trade show booth strategies. When planning for your next trade show, you want to ensure that you make the best use of available space for a booth that is attractive and effective at drawing in prospects and getting your message across. 

Here are four tips for effective trade show booth displays:

Topics: Events trade shows how to
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Best Practices for Using an Interactive Map at Your Trade Show

By Map D on Mar 22, 2022 12:09:03 AM

 
Interactive trade show maps are growing in popularity throughout the expo industry. Though they have been around for at least a decade, the increase in demand for information at the fingertips of exhibitors and attendees means that the ability to display an exhibit hall in an easy-to-use digital way is in higher demand than ever before. 
 
The issue at hand is that not all maps are the same, and not all show managers use them in the same way. Because of this, the use of a map can either make the experience of being at a show ten times better, or ten times worse.
 
To help m ake sure that your exhibitors, attendees, and your team are getting the most possible out of an interactive map, we have put together some brief "Best Practices" to help you in promoting the show, generating revenue, and using registration. These are based on experience in working with thousands of shows with people in dozens of countries.
 
We hope that they are all useful for everyone with a show, but it is certainly something that needs to be evaluated for each event, and its unique market, attendees, and policies. If you are looking for ways to do things better, then you have already won half of the battle. 
 
Here are 9 of our top suggestions for how you might be able to better use your mapping system:
Topics: Events hybrid events trade shows how to
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5 Things Associations Can Do To Create Sponsorship Revenue In Events

By Map D on Mar 21, 2022 10:42:44 PM

Having spoken with and worked alongside hundreds of associations over the years, one thing is very clear to us: covid has been transformative for them just as it has been for many industries. 

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Great New Feature Announced | Integration for Novi AMS Users

By Map D on Mar 17, 2022 11:08:11 AM

If you use both Novi AMS to manage your members and Map D to manage your events, have we got good news for you! Map D and Novi have partnered to develop an integration that allows data to flow seamlessly between our platforms. This makes it easier than ever to sell your tradeshow space while keeping your AMS and Quickbooks up to date—all while barely lifting a finger!

Topics: News - Tech/General trade shows
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Map D wins FSAE Supporting Associate Organization of the Year Award

By Map D on Mar 7, 2022 4:19:09 PM

ORLANDO, FL, USA – July 1st, 2021 – on June 30th, 2021 Map D, a company now part of Nextech AR Solutions, was recognized as the “Supporting Associate Organization of the Year” by the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE).

The FSAE Supporting Association Organization of the Year award honors a company or organization with at least one FSAE Associate member that has demonstrated outstanding efforts, excellence, and innovation related to its ongoing or special programs or services that benefit their industry, profession, or the association industry.

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🚨New Feature Alert! Next Level Design Customizations.🎨

By Map D on Mar 4, 2022 4:02:04 PM

New Feature: Design Customizations

Today we're writing about a new feature added to your event's show set up and settings panel - design customizations! Design customizations will let Map D clients take control of their event's look and feel like never before. 

Topics: News - Tech/General
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How To Sell Exhibitor Booths Online

By Map D on Mar 1, 2022 4:57:51 PM

Selling exhibitor booths is not always an easy task.

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6 Trends Impacting Consumer & Festival Events

By Map D on Mar 1, 2022 2:24:22 PM

If you are an event director or promoter, you’ve got to stay on top of current trends to make sure you’re planning smarter, operating efficiently, and developing new revenue sources. Here are 6 trends you should be aware of and consider incorporating into your event(s).

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Creative Themes for Trade Show Exhibits

By Map D on Mar 1, 2022 1:32:41 PM

With all of the competition, creating a trade show exhibit that's going to draw the attention of the crowd is one of the key components to great marketing for your business. Making your exhibit unique can be done by having a central theme that incorporates information about your company and engaging customers in an interesting and interactive way.

Topics: Events trade shows
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Virtual Trade Shows: Pros and Cons

By Map D on Feb 28, 2022 5:22:49 PM

With the rise of technology and the decline of the economy, more and more corporations are turning to virtual trade shows as a way to save money. In her article on Forbes.com, "How to Table a Virtual Trade Show," Melanie Lindner outlines a few tips and guidelines to follow in order to make the most out of your virtual trade show experience.

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101 Tips for the Trade Show Exhibitor

By Map D on Feb 28, 2022 5:11:35 PM

Where is the hotel? What flight is our tech guy on? Who has the print material? Is anyone coming to this show?

Wish you'd handled all the details before it's time to light the lights? Fear not. If you refer to this list of 101 Tips for the Trade Show Exhibitor your show will run smoothly before you even step foot out of your office and all the trade show hours through.

Topics: Events trade shows
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Advantages of a Trade Show

By Map D on Feb 28, 2022 3:17:34 PM

Why host a trade show? Why market in a convention? What are the benefits?

Involvement at trade shows creates many benefits for your company in the marketing world. Here are ten reasons why your company should invest in a trade show:

Topics: Events trade shows
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Using QR Codes at Events

By Map D on Jan 5, 2022 4:18:00 PM

You may have seen one of these images on the back of your favorite shampoo bottle or vending machine beverage, but these new-age barcodes are much more than what meets the eye.

These images—QR or "Quick Response" codes—are 2D matrix barcodes that, when scanned, link consumers to business web pages, emails, contact information, and more. This is a great new way to provide yet another form of interaction with attendees or exhibitors at your next trade show.

How it Works

QR Codes work in virtually the same way as linear barcodes except that they have the ability to store much more information. First, a phone must be able to scan QR codes; there are many options including specialized apps and some phones can scan with the camera app.

Then simply by scanning the barcode with your smartphone camera while using the app, the coded URL, bookmark, or phone call is automatically launched.

Where to Get a QR Code

In order for your business to successfully use QR Codes at your next trade show, you need to use a QR Code generator. This is an easy, free online system and, again, there are many options that will fit your business needs. More and more QR generators are being created every day, but listed below is an option that I think is the easiest to get started with:

  • QRCodify - This takes less than a minute to generate a code and gives the option to put in anything you'd like and you can even choose the foreground and background colors.

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"Going the Extra Mile": Creating a Mobile App for Your Next Trade Show

By Map D on Jan 4, 2022 4:18:00 PM

Smartphones dominate our daily life. But other than using smartphones to scan QR codes or tweeting live from trade shows, how can a mobile phone be used to increase knowledge and participation at your next trade show? How can you use a phone to help your attendees and promote your sponsors better?

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How One Association Saw Fundraising Success and 10x ROI With Map D

By Map D on Dec 29, 2021 11:44:00 AM

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is the common bond, voice, and power for the library community. CAL is united to advocate for quality library services, support access to information, and foster the professional development of their members.

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Map Dynamics is now Map D by Nextech AR Solutions

By Map D on Nov 1, 2021 12:16:00 PM