Visit and Poken by GES win big at Event Tech Awards

et-awards-not-davidLeading event registration, engagement and intelligence technology products, Visit and Poken, both claimed silverware at the prestigious 2017 Event Technology Awards.

The awards night, in partnership with Event Tech Live, was held this year at Troxy, London. In its fifth straight year, the awards shine a light on event technology giants and start-ups that are making waves Read More

CSM and all round Poken Jedi, Allison Schmidt, becomes a member of EN Thirty Under 30

allison-schmidt-headshotSome of us are lucky enough to work among rock stars; to bask in their light, and occasionally share the fruit that stems from their work. More often than not however, the success of such people remains confined to office talk, or at best the occasional congratulatory email from a happy client. 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

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

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

Why you should love registration

registrationLet’s be honest for a moment: Registration is to the event landscape what accounting is to the office- Something everyone needs but no one gets excited by. Simply put, event registration will never be the rock star.

But rather than a necessary inconvenience, let’s take a different approach. Let’s pretend that registration is an opportunity to set the stage and create anticipation.  (I know what you are thinking, but humor me for a moment).

Registration is often the first face to face interaction participants will have with your event. With a few little hints, you can use it to Read More

Knowledge Tracking at Sales Training Events


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Every Sales Manager will tell you that knowledge is power and that product knowledge is paramount to making a sale. One of the greatest challenges faced by retail and consumer companies is empowering there staff with the most up to date product knowledge and training.

The combination of touch communication, digital content sharing and continuous support via an online web portal has made Read More

Poken takes green to the extreme with its Give-Back model: Roche`s vangarDIA 2014 (with Spanish Translation)

img_8293Everyone likes to go green, but some clients are really pushing the recycled bio-paper envelope. And we at Poken are loving it.

From June 24th to 26th, Roche chose the Poken Digital Event Platform to power its vanguarDIA conference at the World Trade Centre, Mexico City.  For this event, Roche had opted for Poken’s `Give-back model`, where Read More

Poken finds itself in all sorts of places…

tasmania pokenPoken has a global reputation for enhancing events and conferences, especially in the fields of Travel, IT, Finance and Medicine.  In Australia we have just
integrated Poken into our third agricultural related event.  The latest being the second time around for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.

Tasmania is the small island that sits off the Southern tip of Australia, (next stop Antarctica). This island state is quite different Read More