UFI selects Poken by GES as global digital partner

ufi-wall-1UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has chosen Poken by GES as its global digital partner to drive attendee engagement at its events in 2018.

Poken by GES will deploy its smart exhibition technology at UFI’s major international events, including the European Conference in Verona, and the 85th Global Congress, set to be held this year Read More

Thrilled to announce that Poken has been acquired by GES, a global, full-service partner for live events

poken-social-media-20170315-1500Well, this is it! After nine years of hard work, I have the most exciting news to share. As you may have seen in the event industry press, Poken has been acquired by GES, part of a New-York Stock Exchange listed company (Viad Corp: VVI) and one of the world’s leading full-service event suppliers. GES generates revenues of more than $1 billion USD and provides Read More

You don’t listen to music on your Walkman, so why are you still using exhibitor badge scanners?

One of the most exciting things about the exhibition space, is how the experience is increasingly being determined by the attendee. Or, should I say, the participant. No longer is attending an exhibition or trade show a ‘voyeuristic’ exercise, where people walk the aisles while exhibitors sport their wares, and technology is one of the best facilitators of this.

Sadly though, there are still a couple of hangovers from the ‘fax machine’ era of event technology that won’t go away. The worst of which is the still-way-too-common Read More

Growth of the Events Industry in The Middle East: Poken at The Middle East Event Show

Naomi Amoah

 

mees 3Just as with many industries in the Middle East, the event space has not escaped the exponential growth in interest and business that helps define the region. As an emerging force, there is a real sense of entrepreneurship and boldness from event planners and organizers, and a thirst for innovation. Events often have tight deadlines, large budgets, and when compared to some of the more traditional markets, less complex channels for Read More

Poken at Africa Development Week 2016: Facilitating Meaningful Engagement Across Cultural Lines

Naomi Amoah

Poken SurpriseWe live in a world where business, and indeed life is conducted in an increasingly multi-cultural arena. This certainly adds to the excitement and vibrancy of the events industry, though it also presents certain challenges. In April, Poken partnered with The United Nations to drive engagement at Africa Development Week 2016. Over one thousand attendees from almost 54 different countries and almost as many language groups, joined together to discuss Africa’s future and growth. Some of the most heated discussions, outside of the politics, revolved around Read More

Digital Q&A and Participant Surveys – JTI Case study

By Sandra Quaglia

 

Brand Activation reg badges1In seeking to cultivate a company culture with employees at its center, JTI was seeking ways to transmit its new values, primarily that of employee inclusion. In that respect, employees are not only to be appreciated as individuals but also valued as significant contributors, with a stake in every facet of the company.

When planning its new series of employee events, JTI wanted to make employee engagement a theme that went Read More

Match making and meeting scheduling at CONNECTA

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In September of 2015, hundreds of business professionals came together to do business, convened as part of the CONNECTA event, by the  Convention Bureau of Catalunya, Spain. The objective: Make business transactions happen.

Catalunya, the wealthiest state in Spain, is home of one of the world’s most visited cities: Barcelona.  Rich with cultural heritage sites, great food, and fantastic venues to host events, Barcelona attracts thousands of business Read More

We love event apps, but are they your only engagement solution?

engagement (1)Technology in the event space is booming and everything in its path is either getting picked up and transformed into a digital application or becoming a figment of the past. Mobile apps are no exception.  The days of people scrambling to find a ‘lost’ show catalogue or finding someone who actually knows what is going on at the event are numbered. Now visitors can get most event information on their mobile devices, (granted they are using a smartphone or tablet, have Wi-Fi, and have downloaded it).

But this is not enough. Event professionals want Read More