sionals are looking for budgets not simply for technology, but
for experimenting with new approaches.
One factor that is driving this is demand from organizers
and attendees. “Everyone wants all information electronically using Dropbox for handouts, sending evaluations electronically and [having] schedules easily accessed on smartphones,” says Barbara Louis, CMP (MPI Minnesota Chapter),
CEO at Best Meetings Inc. in Bloomington, Minn.
Buhl is seeing more use of technology, videoconferencing
and webstreaming to reduce travel and increase attendee
“For these meetings to be successful [the technology]
needs to become an integrated part of the meeting, not an
paying for a meal or coffee break.
Ann Buhl, CMP, CMM (MPI Virginia Chapter), senior
manager of meetings, events and planning for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va., says that given the
prevalence of food allergies, she can see registration
websites becoming more important.
“I can see a day where if you are serving food,
pre-registration may include a more detailed food information section,” she says.
In a trend that continues to gain momentum, technological innovation continues to disrupt meetings, with planners increasingly expecting new technology to be part of
the mix. For instance, the survey found that 55 percent
of respondents expect virtual attendance at meetings to
rise. In keeping with this trend, some industry profes-
of respondents take notes by
hand during meetings.
BARBARA LOUIS, CMP
MPI Minnesota Chapter
CEO of Best Meetings Inc.
“Everyone wants all information electronically using
Dropbox for handouts, sending evaluations electronically and
[having] schedules easily accessed on smartphones.”
THE PAST YEAR HAS SEEN A 16% DROP IN RESPONDENTS THAT PROJECT
POSITIVE GROWTH FOR UPCOMING LIVE EVENT ATTENDANCE (DOWN
FROM 66%). YET, LIVE AND VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE FIGURES ARE STILL
EXPECTED TO GROW 1.5% AND 2.5%, RESPECTIVELY.