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06/03/14
Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub™
Purpose-Built Event Scheduler Offers Customizable, Mobile-Friendly Solution for Meeting and Event Managers with Programs of 10 to 10,000+ Participants.
Santa Barbara, CA - June 3, 2014 - Elite Meetings International (EMI), the leading provider of group business technology solutions, announced the launch of AttendeeHub, an online and mobile-friendly platform for scheduling appointments, managing agendas, and promoting engagement at meetings, events, and conferences of nearly every size.

EMI CEO Kelly Foy says that AttendeeHub began with the concept of a comprehensive appointment scheduler and grew from there. "We learned a great deal from our very successful FaceTime Appointment Scheduler, and used that as the launching point for this new software," Foy said. "But we built AttendeeHub to be so much more. We incorporated the expressed wishes of meeting professionals, who needed tools that would help them excel in the profession's increasingly demanding landscape and deliver ROI and added value to their participants."

AttendeeHub's core functionality allows users to schedule appointments with each other manually via the system's robust search engine. Near-term enhancements to the scheduling system will allow attendees to have their schedule pre-populated using the system's "smart technology," which scans profiles to find the most relevant matches among attendees.

Foy sees the industry trending heavily toward appointment-based events. "Even those meetings and events that don't currently offer appointments will almost certainly do so in the future - because the ROI is so much greater when people meet face-to-face. Efficient management of that element is key. That's why we believe that every program that has, or will have, an appointment component stands to benefit from this technology," he said.

Although AttendeeHub was built as software, it also works on any mobile device for use in real-time, real-world situations. Enhancements in development will soon enable AttendeeHub to operate either as a standalone app or in conjunction with other mobile event apps and registration software.

Key Features For Event Managers:

Innovative features help event managers stay on top of the event. With AttendeeHub, event managers can:

  • Add, edit, remove, and replace attendees

  • Allow attendee-to-attendee, buyer-to-supplier, and group appointment scheduling

  • View attendee agendas

  • Track breakout and education sessions by allowing attendees to RSVP

  • Promote engagement either within the app itself or on public social forums like Facebook, Twitter, and very soon, LinkedIn.

  • Integrate with AttendeeHub's mobile event app and registration partners, and in the coming months, with virtually any such system.


In the months ahead, event managers will also have the ability to conduct audience surveys and gather valuable feedback.

Key Features for Attendees

Intuitive design means easy adoption and increased participation. AttendeeHub allows attendees to:

  • Customize profiles with company taglines, fun facts, photos, videos, documents and files to share
  • View attendee information to identify best prospects
  • Cross-reference mutually available time slots
  • Receive and respond to appointment requests and alerts
  • Interact with other attendees within the app or in the outside social media world
  • Print or download scheduled appointments to calendars

Although AttendeeHub is being unveiled at the Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (AIBTM) in Orlando, the product was road tested at EMI's own event in April. Participants at EMI's April 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) used the product to schedule face-to-face meetings, block out educational sessions, and communicate with other EMA participants before, during, and after the event. Ingram Micro's Cristina Sufrim, CMP used AttendeeHub to book her EMA appointments. She especially liked "its flexibility and easiness to check my agenda, send appointment requests and respond to appointment requests."

The knowledge gleaned from EMA attendees who used both AttendeeHub and its predecessor, the FaceTime Appointment Scheduler, has been invaluable in the design process, according to Foy. "The scale, scope and efficiency of AttendeeHub is a game changer," said Foy. "We're thrilled to show it off at AIBTM and welcome the chance to offer a hands-on experience with technology that will transform the way meeting professionals approach their events."

About AttendeeHub
AttendeeHub, created by Elite Meetings International, is a robust, customizable and mobile-friendly event scheduling system designed specifically for the meetings industry. AttendeeHub's smart scheduling capabilities - between individuals and groups - plus agenda management, report and survey creation, engagement tools, and registration and mobile app integration, add value for meeting attendees and event managers alike. To learn more, visit www.AttendeeHub.com or call 805-730-1000.

About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technologies, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include AttendeeHub (www.AttendeeHub.com), a sought-after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP (www.SpeedRFP.com), a time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online.