Mobile Internet access has become an important tool in the meeting planner's arsenal. In fact, 58 percent of those responding to a recent M&C survey now use a web-enabled phone or handheld device for work. Twenty-two percent of the 193 respondents rely on mobile devices as their primary means of Internet access while at a meeting.
While nearly 60 percent of those who responded say a laptop is their main means of web access while on-site, 15 percent rarely access the Internet at all from meeting locations.
Those with mobile gadgets use them primarily for e-mailing (82 percent), with more than one-third (36 percent) instant messaging. Obtaining travel information such as flight updates (46 percent), maps and directions (46 percent), and hotel information (28 percent) also are common functions.
Handheld gadgets could play an increasingly key role in communicating on-site with attendees: 47 percent of planners say more than half of their attendees tote mobile devices, and 23 percent have posted materials online for mobile access.