Archive for January, 2010

Texas Green Network Tradeshow Event

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Xtreme Xhibits Austin Showroom

Join us for a panel discussion on green trade show marketing and a mini-trade show featuring TGN members.  Our great tradeshow/showroom setting for the evening’s discussion and show.

Our mini-trade show will feature a broad range of Texas Green Network members.  Fresh from a short discussion panel, the trade show style environment will provide a perfect networking setting.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.

List of Exhibitors:

Verdure Investments

Rhino Austin

Greater Texas Water company

Clean Air Lawn Care

Southwest Septic Loo

Solar Tex

KST Electric

Green Cars of Austin

Halcyon Environmental

Austin Enertgy- Green Choice

ISDG, Inc.

Nature’s Wash

Fuel Eco Systems

This Wednesday, January 27th, 2010  5:00pm-8:00pm

Hosted by: Xtreme Xhibits, 9201 Metric Boulevard, Austin, TX 78758 (Click HERE for Directions)

Free Admission (Event sponsored by Xtreme Xhibits and other Members of Texas Green Network)

Please r.s.v.p. at rsvp@TexasGreenNetwork.org

Technology Empowering Exhibitors & Attendees

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

In efforts to attract qualified leads and interested parties at a tradeshow or event, making information about your product, technology, brand, or company culture accessible to the greatest number of attendees possible is essential.  Implementing next-generation strategies will ensure you and your company remains ahead of the exhibiting power curve, but what should these strategies entail?

Apps

applications empowering exhibitors

The ability to extend real-time information to attendees without them being physically present in your booth space is becoming a must.  With the sky-rocketing popularity and adoption of Smart Phones (iPhone, Android, RIM Blackberry, etc.), app developers have built a number of useful applications which serve to mobilize web-enabled attendees and cultivate impactful convergence right in your own booth space.

Layar

Layar is a Mobile Augmented Reality Application (MARA) which was released for real estate sales in the Netherlands; however, it’s easy to see the much broader applications this app could provide.

It utilizes mobile GPS to add an information layer onto your mobile phone camera (the augmented reality).  To find out information on anything around you simply point your phone’s camera at the object of interest, and presto… your phone displays any relevant information about that object.  This could provide a plethora of uses for exhibitors and attendees alike.  Need product information or information about an exhibitor?  It might soon be in the palm of your hand.

See this app in action by clicking here and let your imagination soar with the possibilities it could pose for your company’s products and/or services.

hotel evolution by runtriz

This application allows hotel guests to order food, drink, guest services, transportation, entertainment, wake-up calls, and more using either your iPhone or iTouch.  While an awesome amenity for any business trip, hotels must be utilizing the software for it to be of any use.  Currently, it seems that it is being adopted primarily by California based hotels, as the app was developed in Hollywood, CA.

Bump

While business cards might never completely go way of the dodo, the Bump app is aiming to send them packing on an early retirement by providing a quick and easy way to exchange contact information between two phones by simply “bumping” them together.  You can view the app in action here.

Ustream

Used by nearly every main candidate in the 2008 presidential election, Ustream is a website boasting a diverse array of channels which provide a platform for lifecasting and live video streaming of events online.

Even if you choose not to stream your video live from your smart phone, this application can provide an excellent medium for obtaining customer testimonials as well as gathering attendee experiences and thoughts.

Extra

myboothspace.com

While not an app, this website provides a cool way to both promote and enhance your tradeshow experience by allowing attendees to visit your booth not only at show, but before and after the event as well.  Utilizing this service will enable salespeople to begin their selling efforts long before, and after, their event takes place.

With a number of additions in the works, be sure to check out the site and how they could potentially augment your own exhibiting.

Do you have an app that makes your exhibiting experience richer or more manageable?  Leave a comment.  And be sure to check back soon, as we’ll be covering how LED lighting technology and improvements in Audio/Visual tech are transforming the exhibiting industry even further.

Recyling 2009 Produces Huge Haul in 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Austin Recycling

Xtreme Xhibits Makes First Recycling Trek of the Year

Starting and sticking to an in-house corporate recycling program can be a challenge: who will organize the recycling, what will be recycled, who will accept the recyclables and, possibly the most trying task of the bunch, how to educate employees on why they should even give a hoot.

Our recycling program, initiated in May 2009, has now diverted more than 700 lbs of assorted recyclables from Austin area landfills.  Today’s drop-off yielded over 500 lbs of paper, plastics, aluminum and glass recyclables, as we had been saving our materials to make for a hearty excursion.

Additionally, later today we’ll be making a trip to Eco Box’s north Austin location for repurposing the large amount of cardboard boxes our normal business operations have generated in our warehouse.  These guys even come to you, given you’ve 50 boxes or more, for free!  This is a great service and practice for businesses with high volumes of cardboard waste as every little bit helps in limiting waste which enters into our city dumps.

Boxed being saved for repurposing

stack of boxes being saved for repurposing