March 19, 2008

A survey of more than 500 meeting planners released by Destination Marketing Association International gauged the interest that meeting, convention and trade show professionals have in new technologies such as webinars, podcasts, wikis and virtual spaces. The survey, conducted at Destinations Showcase Washington (D.C.) on Feb. 7, found that webinars are the most popular, with 44 percent of respondents using them occasionally. Text messaging, wikis and social networking tied for second place, all coming in at around 20 percent. Podcasts, blogs, RSS feeds and virtual spaces such as Second Life were of least interest to planners; just 3 percent of the sample visit virtual spaces frequently, while 10 percent use them on occasion.

WingateWeb has released version 4.9 of Conference, its event management software. The latest version includes EventLink 2.0, new social-networking technology that allows registered attendees to connect via the web before, during and after an event. Attendees can create profiles; upload photos; link to Facebook, LinkedIn and personal blogs; and create groups, forums and event-specific blogs. Also new in version 4.9 is improved international payments, thanks to the integration of Mtrex Gateway Payment Processor.
EventMingle has released Daily Planner v.2. The event-planning platform now features an "Outlook-type" interface, and allows attendees, exhibitors and speakers to plan conference and trade show activity either by schedule or task. Users can add either time-based or to-do activities, then print out schedules or lists, e-mail them to an external account, or export the data directly to a PDA or Outlook.