A/V & Special Effects

  • Understanding Lighting Equipment Cost

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      When it comes to organizing live events and meetings, the ambiance and visual presentation can significantly impact the overall experience. Lighting is a crucial component of this, setting the mood and highlighting key elements of the event. However, navigating the costs and options for lighting and AV equipment can be daunting for event organizers and planners. Some costs can seem low or high depending on the supplier, making event planners scratch their heads and ask why. Here are the…

  • AV Tech Redefining Event Engagement

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      In the dynamic landscape of event planning, the integration of cutting-edge audio/visual (A/V) technology has emerged as a transformative force, reshaping the way audiences engage and interact during events. As we navigate an era where virtual and hybrid events have become the norm, understanding the profound impact of A/V technology on event engagement is important for communicators, event planners, and businesses alike. Unveiling the Evolution of A/V Technology The journey of A/V technology from basic sound systems to sophisticated…

  • Freedom of Choice: AV Contracts

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    By Heather Reid Did you know that as much as 55 per cent (yes, you read that right!) of a customer’s audiovisual (AV) invoice can be paid by the in-house preferred audiovisual supplier to the venue as a commission for the privilege of being identified as the “in-house preferred supplier”. With commissions at these staggering rates, significant revenues can be generated. It is no wonder then, that carefully crafted policies and fees are found in venue contracts to influence the…

  • The AV Journey of an Event Planner

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      Meet Nancy, a seasoned corporate event planner known for her ability to create unforgettable corporate experiences. As Nancy prepared for her latest event, she faced a crucial decision – whether to stick with in-house hotel AV services or venture into the world of external AV partnerships. Join us as we delve into Nancy’s journey, where the power of choice, creativity, and collaboration intertwine to elevate corporate events. 1. Setting Your Vision Free: Unshackling from In-House AV Constraints Nancy understood…

  • Best Practices in AV Contracting

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      As our economy and locally owned businesses continue to recover from the pandemic, the audio-visual (AV) industry is extremely excited to see events, conferences, galas and more starting to come back. Many audio-visual providers are locally owned businesses that employ people directly in our community. Business is built on relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Having access to audio-visual equipment and services is crucial for the entire event sector in today’s digital age. Audio-visual technology assists with conferences, trade…

  • Essential Roles On Your AV Team

      Building an experience that is engaging for your live attendees and your remote audience can seem like an insurmountable task when you first start out. You want to make sure you give both of your audiences the attention they need and keep them connected, entertained and immersed in an experience. How is this achieved? Using the right people, the right AV technology and the right process, you can create a dynamic experience for both your audiences. There are some…

  • Top 10 Exciting Event Technologies

      If you’re planning an event, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the latest and greatest event technologies. These hot trends can make your event more exciting and engaging for attendees and give you the creative edge on your competitors. Here are 10 of the most exciting new event technologies to inspire your next event: 1. Holographic Displays Stand out from the crowd and make your brand stand for something in a world where competition is tough. With 3D…

  • Understanding the Value of AV Services

      The audio visual (AV) industry has always struggled to capture and monetize intellectual property, ideation and pre-production work that goes into any event. Typically, an audio visual company is paid for the rental of equipment that is used in an event, and services such as pre-production time, creativity, experience or innovation have been treated as a condition of the cost of the unit cost of that equipment. This presents two distinct but very different problems. First, it unfairly commoditizes…

  • Speak Easy: How presentation management sets your conference up for success

    By Andrew Tyne Your presentation starts in 10 minutes, while frantically trying to find the room where you’ll be presenting you look down at your hand and see the USB key that contains your talk. You whisper a quiet prayer to the conference gods that whatever laptop is waiting for you in the room has the correct version of QuickTime installed and that you’ve embedded those videos properly. When we design an event experience, we very often think of ways…

  • The insider’s guide to internal meeting spaces

    There are times when corporate planners are tasked with planning events in an internal meeting space. Usually, this means planning meetings in office buildings while managing client expectations – and what they expect is the same standard as if the meeting was held in a purpose-built venue. Perceived convenience and cost savings become the deciding factors for internal meetings, however there can be hidden costs and inconveniences that should be considered. Moving meetings into the office are rarely as simple…

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