Stay ahead of the game with the latest trends in the audio-visual world. From multi-image display presentation software to branded charging stations, incorporating technology enhancements into meetings, events and trade shows is key to staying on top as a planner.

“We feel these trends are important for planners to know about and understand because this is the direction the A/V industry is headed towards,” says Bob Daniels, president of the Rental & Staging Network (RSN), a group of rental and staging companies from around the world. Here are the top production trends to look for in 2014, courtesy of RSN.

  • All-white set design: Clean, crisp and white. From big borderless white screens to white drapes to white furniture to white carpets, white will be the go-to color this year.
  • Touch-screen technology: With touch-screen technology, attendees can interact more effectively with information. “It lets the user customize their experience on the trade show floor,” Daniels says.
  • Multi-image display presentation software: Impress attendees with a system that allows multiple sources—projectors, video walls, or plasma screens—to be utilized. This creates a more appealing and dramatic presentation.
  • Pixel mapping: Using projection technology, organizers can map a specific image on a large object such as the outside of a building, creating a visually memorable experience for attendees.
  • Branded charging stations: It’s common for phones to die at trade shows—and that’s where this trend is garnering popularity. Branded charging stations give attendees the ability to charge their device while also engaging in mini-networking sessions by speaking with other station users.
  • Unconventional screen shapes: Shapes such as hexagons let planners have a little fun with their screens and grab attendees’ attention.
  • Large-scale video installation: 120-by-15 LED multi-image video walls are becoming more affordable and draw more guests to your space on the trade show floor.

Kevin Hubschmann is a New Jersey-based comedian who has been making people laugh for most of his life. But after not finding as many opportunities to perform live even before the pandemic, he started hosting popup comedy shows in New York City in 2019 under the business name Laugh.Events (pronounced Laugh Dot Events).

 

In the wake of a total global crisis, the Meet Minneapolis team got to work. 

Connecting the Community

Last summer, as communities across the state reeled, the CVB launched the “We Need Us!” campaign as a rally cry and reminder on the importance of supporting the businesses that make Minneapolis so unique.

“It really came from this question of, ‘How can we support our community that’s hurting in so many ways and make locals feel comfortable making those choices?’” says senior vice president of destination branding & strategy Courtney Ries.

 

Your team may have worn out the Zoom happy hour, but these virtual team-building options offer ways to connect and engage on a whole new level.