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June 16, 2008
PCMA and MeetingMetricsSM Announce Availability of
Paperless Session Evaluations
New On-site Session Evaluation Tool Gives Meetings Professionals Greener Options,
Immediate Feedback

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CHICAGO, IL, June 16, 2008 - The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and MeetingMetrics have announced the availability of a new online session evaluation survey as part of the online meeting results measurement system. The new On-site Session Evaluation Tool enables meeting professionals to automate their on-site session evaluation feedback.

“This new MeetingMetrics software is extremely useful on so many levels,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO. “Meeting professionals will be freed from distributing paper-based surveys, receive immediate attendee feedback, and make their meetings more environmentally friendly by substantially reducing paper waste.”

The new On-site Session Evaluation Tool from MeetingMetrics is paperless, convenient and time-saving for attendees. The automated, online survey will reduce meeting costs and does not require any additional hardware. Attendees can use their own PDAs, laptops or any Internet-connected computers to complete brief evaluation questionnaires online. Feedback on multiple breakout sessions can be entered by attendees in a single online session.

The online questionnaire collects attendee feedback on each session and transmits the data to the MeetingMetrics Online Report Center (ORC), making it available to meeting professionals in real time. Reports can be printed, saved, or sent by e-mail directly from the system and can also be copied to Excel, Word or PowerPoint. “One-click” reports, custom reports, individual session scores, aggregated summary reports, and participant comments are all available, as well.

Because the data is collected completely online, use of the On-Site Session Evaluation Tool at a large, multi-session meeting can save thousands of sheets of paper, contributing substantially to a “greener” meeting.

Ira Kerns, Managing Director of MeetingMetrics, emphasized that, “We know how hectic things can get for meeting professionals when they are on-site, and we are also aware of how important accurate evaluation and green issues are to the planning process. We’re pleased to make it easier, greener and more cost-effective to gather practical and immediately accessible data.”

For meeting professionals who are already using MeetingMetrics for pre- and post-meeting surveys and reports, the new session evaluation survey can easily be integrated into their existing survey packages. Those who have not yet worked with MeetingMetrics can use the On-Site Session Evaluation Tool as a stand-alone online alternative to paper evaluation questionnaires.

The On-Site Evaluation Survey is available to MeetingMetrics licensees as an add-on to existing packages. Non-licensees can purchase a single-survey license by contacting Ira Kerns at kerns@guidestarco.com. More information on MeetingMetrics is available at www.meetingmetrics.com.

A limited number of complimentary MeetingMetrics trial licenses are available for qualified meeting professionals who are planning a meeting with over 500 attendees. Results must be delivered by the end of the year. To obtain a trial license, please contact Meredith Rollins at mrollins@pcma.org.

For more information on PCMA, visit www.pcma.org.

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at www.pcma.org.
 
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