Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New technology trends that can boost your performance in controlling conference rooms

With recent trends showing that 1 out of 3 meetings are using technology the need for presentation technology support has grown.  Especially on Monday mornings or in the beginning of a program until the presenters become more familiar with the room and the technology. Sometimes the needs are as simple as sound or lighting adjustments.  Other requests involve connecting the presentation to the projection unit/s.  It is difficult for the presentation technicians to take care of multiple needs concurrently especially when there is distance between the meeting rooms. Here are two solutions FLIK Hotels and Conference Centers have recently implemented in some of our conference centers to support these needs.

·        A mobile application was recently installed that allows our technicians to adjust sound, lighting from their smartphone for the meeting rooms.  This allows the technician to manage the demand of his/her priorities and still assist some presenters in their meeting room remotely from a different place. With the requestor on the telephone the technician can toggle to a control screen from his smartphone and adjust sound and lighting in the requestor’s meeting room while discussing the adjustment with the requestor. His smartphone has become a new mobile office for  the assisting customers.

·      The application as it appears on the smartphone is below:

·        Wise projection systems – allow presenters to connect their presentation to the projection through a wireless network.  When you do not need cables to connect to the projector - you do not have to be concerned with notebook adaptors. Another benefit is the cable may have a defect and compromise your presentation.  Any presenter who can power up and find their presentation on the screen with speed and simplicity will be pleased and not need to call for a technician’s assistance. This will add to productivity and a much smoother Monday morning of launching 5 meetings at 8am!

Written by Joe Sebestyen. Sebestyen is a Regional Director with FLIK Hotels and Conference Centers. He specializes in sales and operations and assisting the Conference Center General Managers in creating an environment for achievement.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Making the Most of LinkedIn with Tips from a LinkedIn Expert

Everyone is talking about LinkedIn these days, but how exactly do you use the world’s largest professional social network to support your professional goals and the goals of your property? Lindsey Pollak, an official spokesperson for LinkedIn, will share expert tips, tactics and case studies at IACC's 2013 Annual Conference. Feel free to bring your laptop or iPad to implement Lindsey’s advice immediately.

Lindsay Pollak will explore topics such as how to:
  • Build an impressive and “discoverable” LinkedIn profile that achieves the results you desire
  • Grow and maximize your professional online network
  • Drive more traffic to your property’s LinkedIn Company page
  • Use proper LinkedIn etiquette and avoid online networking mistakes
  • Receive expert answers to your LinkedIn questions

Lindsay is an exceptional speaker. This session will only be offered once during the annual conference so don't miss it. Register for the 2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE TODAY as an individual or with a property! Don't forget you can share this post on Facebook or Twitter #IACC13 to let your network know you're attending the 2013 IACC Conference.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Marketing Your Property through Video

Video, what was once considered a rather high-end medium to showcase your property, is now becoming an expected marketing tool. In fact, video has become one of the fastest growing segments of the internet. Search engines are even providing video clips in results. The good news is that barriers to developing quality videos are being broken down with advancing technology. This is a great time to take advantage of the opportunities video offers to engage people and highlight the many unique features of your property, building both your brand and your sales. This session will highlight the components of developing a successful video strategy for marketing a property and discuss the myriad of tactical considerations.

In this IACC conference session with 
Dan Swartz, SVP Interactive Marketing and Analytics, Upshot, participants will walk away with knowledge about:
  • How to develop a comprehensive video strategy
  • How to effectively create and leverage property video assets for marketing purposes
  • Extending visibility of video assets in social networks
  • Creating and managing online video channels that encourage meaningful participation
Hotel marketers, don't miss this conference session in Chicago. Register for the annual IACC conference today! If you're already registered, tweet about the session you're most looking forward to in March. #IACC13

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Networking: Post Season

David Haas is a long-time Marriott veteran and currently the Destination Sales Executive for Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. As the former Board Associate for IACC, David still plays an active role on the Emerging Trends Committee. Enjoy this article about networking, a pastime that David is very talented at...
Congratulations! You made it!! -Fresh out of the holiday season.

Do you feel well-rested? Are you ready for the New Year and a new challenge? This year, have you asked yourself, “How do I get better at networking?”

 According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. We are talking good, old-fashion conversations with older and more experienced executives. These folks are able to help you get noticed. The baby boomers are not the enemy, and most times willing to help.

As we roll on by the holiday season a majority of companies host training courses, corporate kick-offs and strategy meetings. Our conference centers host these events, and they are likely never second nature to you. Now think about what happens when you are the guest.
Here are (7) tips to work a room:

  • If your boss is a company veteran, get them on a topic about an old holiday party. That “back in my day” nostalgia can pay off later.
  • Don’t leave early! If a training class ends 45 minutes early talk a few colleagues into a cocktail. You were planning on being there anyway; use the time to grow a connection, hopefully more than one.
  • Avoid negativity at all costs. A bad comment about a colleague could offend someone in the group. You could lose allies without knowing it. 
  • Avoid pointing out the sleeping person if their boss is present. If the boss is not there, it is free game and highly amusing!
  • Go to a business after-hours event at your Chamber or local business association. In an environment created for networking, watching veterans is the best training.
  • Keep an almost empty drink in your hand as long as you can. You leave an opening for a person to refill that glass. You also give yourself an out to do the same.
  • Be interested, not interesting.

Finally, it is most important to be a strong performer in your current role. If you are not producing, networking is not the answer to next job. This is all made possible by making your goals!