This article was originally written by Matt Aldteron, and was published on the Successful Meetings website.

Technology can make meeting planners' lives easier and their events more successful. Because it changes so rapidly, however, keeping up with the latest tools is challenging. For that reason, Liz King, founder of the event tech conference and showcase techystalk LIVE, recently compiled her list of the top 10 meeting tech trends of 2016:

10. Data

Says King: "This is one of the biggest trends, as event planners are getting their hands on more and more streams of data. Our sponsors and decision-makers want to analyze and interpret the data so that they can make better decisions about events and that means that we must understand how to collect, analyze, and process it. Planners are spending more more time learning about this topic and new tech companies are sprouting. We are still very early in the trend, so expect to see a lot more of this in the coming year!"

9. Mobile Payments

Says King: "From Apple Pay to Android-based solutions, events are going to have to start thinking about how to accept mobile payments for event registrations, fundraising donations, or merchandise purchases. The general public is becoming more comfortable paying with their mobile devices and the events industry must keep pace."

8. Wearable Devices

Says King: "Is your agenda Apple Watch-ready? Could you do more to make sure that your event mobile app is watch-notification ready? Consumers are adopting wearable devices in record numbers and this has huge implications for the events industry."

7. Live Streaming

Says King: "Apps like Periscope have made live streaming so much more accessible to the general public, and now that Facebook Live has rolled out their live streaming capabilities, we are in a whole new world. It's important that we understand how to leverage live streaming for our events to drive in-person attendance and not take the attention away from the live experience."

6. Photos and Videos

Says King: "With every attendee having access to their mobile device 24/7, photos and videos have taken over our world. You no longer need to rely only on your professional photographer (though that is still very important) for great pictures. And now you need to think about picture-perfect moments that really create a branded and shareable experience for your attendees."

5. Drones

Says King: "Think drones are a thing of the future? Think again! Drones are already being used at events for capturing aerial photography and videography and interacting with attendees in a new way. It is capturing a new and interesting format of media and is being used widely at festivals. There are implications here for site visits, other event photography, and beyond."

4. App Integrations

Says King: "One of the great things that we are seeing in 2016 is a clearer integration between various apps. In the past, mobile apps have worked kind of in a silo. They work well on their own, but they don't necessarily interact with the other apps on your phone. Now, planners can be even more productive by leveraging apps that sync with each other."

3. Messaging

Says King: "When it comes to communicating any team, there is a whole new wave of communication tools available that are rising in popularity. Products like Slack, Facebook Messenger, and other direct messaging tools are making event planners more productive and allowing us to collaborate in a way that doesn't increase the number of emails in our inbox."

2. Ticketing Incentives

Says King: "If you are looking to drive more traffic to your events, many of the popular registration platforms have really upgraded their ability to encourage viral sharing. From double-sided incentives to collecting leads on people who start the registration process and don't finish, planners are able to drive more traffic to their events by leveraging viral ticketing incentives."

1. Content Marketing

Says King: "Content marketing has been a huge focus for event planners over the course of the past few years, but it is changing dramatically. At this point, so much content is generated online that it has become very hard to differentiate yourself simply by generating many pieces of content. Instead, planners are focusing back on the relationship-driven marketing that has made them so successful in past years."