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  • The Best Posts of October 2014 on @EventMB

    Event Manager Blog
    Julius Solaris
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Time for our monthly roundup of the hottest articles on your favourite event blog. October was an amazing month full of inspiring content and events. We are sure you loved it. If you were busy planning your next event, here is what you missed last month. The Best Posts in October 2014 1. 20 Sins of Exhibiting This is a handy article trade show and exhibition professionals should pass along to their exhibitors. lots of inspiration 2. 10 Event StartUps to Kick Off Your Week What’s new in the Event Startup world? Lots of new tools to make your life easier. What is your favourite? 3. A…
  • CIC Podcast with Jon Trask and Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy

    Meetings Podcast
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Special CIC edition series.  At the recent IMEX America in Las Vegas, Jon Trask of AVforPlanners.com was able to catch up with Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy http://rogerrickard.com.  They discuss Roger's work with the CIC as well as some of the topics he was discussing with attendees during his time spent in the CIC booth at IMEX.  Some of those are:     A discussion of the CIC Advocacy Hub  (cic.advocacyhub.info)  and how the advocacy hub works,     The meetings means business coalition www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com,…
  • October 31, 2014: What’s in Store for Formula One in Austin, Eiffel Tower Doubles as Catwalk, What Drives Wedding Planners Crazy

    BizBash News
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
  • Part 2: Ten Industrial-Strength Awesome Trends Poised To Disrupt Your Conference Education

    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections
    Jeff Hurt
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    More powerful than your current offerings. More effective than your current industrial-strength-stupid monologues and ineffective-panel-methods. These trends are poised to give you the upper hand and differentiate you from your competitors or send your conference committee suggestions into a downward spiral that will take years to recover from. Take heed. These trends will be knocking on your conference door whether you realize it or not. The Next Five Industrial-Strength Education Trends As a recap, here are the first five trends discussed in yesterday’s post: Transformational Learning…
  • IMEX America: A Roundup of the Week in Pictures

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Las Vegas was the place to be in mid-October, when IMEX America drew more than 2,900 exhibiting companies and an equal number of hosted buyers to the Sands Expo. read more
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    Event Manager Blog

  • The Best Posts of October 2014 on @EventMB

    Julius Solaris
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Time for our monthly roundup of the hottest articles on your favourite event blog. October was an amazing month full of inspiring content and events. We are sure you loved it. If you were busy planning your next event, here is what you missed last month. The Best Posts in October 2014 1. 20 Sins of Exhibiting This is a handy article trade show and exhibition professionals should pass along to their exhibitors. lots of inspiration 2. 10 Event StartUps to Kick Off Your Week What’s new in the Event Startup world? Lots of new tools to make your life easier. What is your favourite? 3. A…
  • Moderation Design: Conducting a Monumental Symphony

    Guest Author
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    The meeting-moderator is like the conductor of a symphony-orchestra: it is his job to execute the work of the composer to his best abilities and to elate the audience. It is therefore inconceivable to image the conductor taking a look at the music for the first time, only just before he enters stage. You simply can’t imagine the director not thinking about his interpretation of a classical masterpiece. Just as inconceivable it is having a meeting-moderator not preparing at all and solely trusting on his gut-feeling during the event. Yet, this is still very common. The director delves into…
  • How Embracing the Slow Philosophy Could Enhance your Next Event

    Becki Cross
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    As Event Managers we strive to ensure value and as a result we often try to cram every minute of the event schedule. But is this actually having a detrimental effect on our events? Should we actually seriously consider slowing down the pace to see the benefits? A lot of thought and planning goes into any event programme. As an Event Manager I see it as my duty to create an efficient and flowing schedule strongly focused on the content with, dare I say it, almost perfunctory breaks throughout the day. The planned breaks do of course leave enough time for eating/refreshments and comfort breaks…
  • 3 Easy Ways to Keep Any Event Budget on Track

    Holly Krenek
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    It’s the one-time, I MUST have that expenses that kill any event budget. Every event needs a budget. It’s the golden nugget that keeps events together. It tells us what we can afford on a small or sometimes larger scale, yet sometimes we tend to want more than what we are allowed. Creating a budget plan is the way to go for all event planners to stay on top of their budget. It’s not an easy task, but one that is an absolute must to keep your event calculated correctly, and stress-free. First – Locate and Review Any and All Expenses Review all areas of your event starting from the…
  • Meet the Winner of #IMEX14 Startup Competition: Speecheo

    Julius Solaris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Last week IMEX America hosted its first #eventtech Startup competition in collaboration with EventMB. As part of the prize, the winner secured coverage on this blog. So let’s meet Speecheo, a new startup on the block, who managed to beat the really tough competition. Before leaving for IMEX America, I mentioned how the Event Startup Competition was going to be one of the most anticipated events during the exhibition. It was a great pleasure to see a lot of you readers, shake hands IRL and enjoy some great #eventtech. I was joined by amazing fellow judges Miguel Neves, Liz King, Dahlia…
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    Meetings Podcast

  • CIC Podcast with Jon Trask and Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Special CIC edition series.  At the recent IMEX America in Las Vegas, Jon Trask of AVforPlanners.com was able to catch up with Roger Rickard of Voices in Advocacy http://rogerrickard.com.  They discuss Roger's work with the CIC as well as some of the topics he was discussing with attendees during his time spent in the CIC booth at IMEX.  Some of those are:     A discussion of the CIC Advocacy Hub  (cic.advocacyhub.info)  and how the advocacy hub works,     The meetings means business coalition www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com,…
  • Wednesday is Appointment Central on the IMEX America Show Floor

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Listen in to some of the voices of IMEX America attendees and exhibitors. The buzz of the buyers adds to the business results the exhibitors are experiencing all over the trade show floor. Aaron Elliot from Meet Green also adds some tips on Thursdays red bin boxes to donate those booth items IMEX wants to recycle instead of throwing away.
  • The Voices of Business. Tuesday on the IMEX America Show Floor

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The Voices of Business. Tuesday on the IMEX America Show FloorListen in to some of the voices of IMEX America attendees and exhibitors as the energy in the trade show floor bubbles with excitement  the IMEX business meetings begin. The MPI morning keynotes again engaged the crowd with James Sun talking about diversity in the 21st century, A reminder that the education continues in the inspiration center, sustainability hub and tech hub.
  • Smart Monday 2014 Roundup

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Smart Monday closed with many happy attendees.  Education was the topic of the day.  Here are some interviews from inbetween the sessions.  Tomorrow starts the business section and the next three days will be full of hundreds of meetings. Stay tuned for tomorrows podcast from the show floor.
  • Smart Monday, Networking and Business - IMEX Podcast

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Smart Monday, Networking and Business.  Mike McAllen and Jon Trask discuss all the opportunities for attendees and exhibitors for the 2014 IMEX America
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Part 2: Ten Industrial-Strength Awesome Trends Poised To Disrupt Your Conference Education

    Jeff Hurt
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    More powerful than your current offerings. More effective than your current industrial-strength-stupid monologues and ineffective-panel-methods. These trends are poised to give you the upper hand and differentiate you from your competitors or send your conference committee suggestions into a downward spiral that will take years to recover from. Take heed. These trends will be knocking on your conference door whether you realize it or not. The Next Five Industrial-Strength Education Trends As a recap, here are the first five trends discussed in yesterday’s post: Transformational Learning…
  • Ten Industrial-Strength Awesome Trends Poised To Disrupt Your Conference Education Part 1

    Jeff Hurt
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    They are unusually strong and potent. They are more durable than your current conference education strategies. And they are highly-concentrated ready to improve your attendees’ learning ROI. That is assuming that you are open to understanding, adopting and applying them. The choice is yours. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is convincing your superiors and your conference volunteer team that now is the time to invest in them. The First Five Industrial-Strength Education Trends Here are the first five awesome education trends. The next five will be in tomorrow’s post. 1.
  • Fostering Planned Serendipity At Conferences

    Sarah Michel
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Some people call it luck. Others call it fate. Whatever we call it, serendipity is a wonderful thing. We’ve all experienced it at a conference. That happy accident or surprising discovery when you sit next to someone at a session who deals with the same work challenges as you. This new serendipitous connection introduces you to other like-minded participants and before you know it, you’re meeting up for dinner. You leave the conference with new connections that will continue to grow and tell your friends and co-workers it was the best “networking” experience you’ve ever had at a…
  • Post-Conference Debrief Tips To Improve The Conference Experience

    Donna Kastner
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The closing keynote was a big hit. Attendees head home. Your team has worked tirelessly for weeks. And they delivered beyond your expectations. You would love to get packed quickly. You know everyone on your teams deserves some time off now. Gathering The Team For One Final Meeting You think, “If I can just gather the troops one last time to quickly capture feedback while it’s still fresh in their minds, it would be great.” Then that full-scale debrief you do a couple weeks later will be much richer. Why? In a matter of days, important details about the best conference…
  • Five Super Effervescent Sparkling Fresh Conference Education Ideas

    Jeff Hurt
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    As a conference organizer, do you replicate last year’s conference schedule and experience and just change the filling? Or do you mix it up? Constantly looking for new ways to freshen up the attendee’s conference experience. The best conference organizers proactively seek fresh, new ideas to implement at their next annual meeting. They work hard at coming up with the next big idea. They are willing to make at least 25% of their annual meeting a new experience for everyone. Changing The Conference Learning Experience Providing high-quality conference learning experiences is a…
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  • IMEX America: A Roundup of the Week in Pictures

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Las Vegas was the place to be in mid-October, when IMEX America drew more than 2,900 exhibiting companies and an equal number of hosted buyers to the Sands Expo. read more
  • LiquidSpace: Fast and Simple Meeting Space Rental

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Surpassing one million transactions and securing $14 million in funding, LiquidSpace is proving the popularity of its real-time search-and-book Web site for meeting space. read more
  • Expand Your Giving Beyond the Holiday Season

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Alan Ranzer says giving during unexpected times can have an even greater impact on those in need than the more expected year-end contributions. Have you ever considered Thanksgiving in August? read more
  • Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi at 3,800 Hotels

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Conditions: You need to be a Marriott Rewards member, and you need to book your stay through a Marriott channel. read more
  • My Tips for Stress-Free Packing

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Do you consider packing one of the worst parts of a trip? What if it could be stress-free? Timothy Arnold lays it all out for you. read more
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  • 9 ways to control costs for your meeting or event

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Image source: Shutterstock Get your budget in order before you start planning your event, and then s
  • DuPont Pioneer- Marie Annexstad

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    This summer I worked for DuPont Pioneer as a Marketing Communications intern. My position was located in the Northern Business Unit office which is in Mankato, Minnesota and allowed me to live in my home state for the summer. I started in the middle of May and completed my internship at the end of August. I found out about this job position through the Kansas State University Career Fair. An internship’s outcome depends on what you make of the opportunities you have been presented with. When I began this position I had a set of tasks which I had to complete. While I was setting my goals…
  • Spotlight Venue {The Streets of Old Detroit: Detroit Historical Museum}

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    It has been a while since we have done a spotlight venue {sorry!} I promise, every Saturday until the end of the year there will be a spotlight venue!   This week we are featuring a lesser known Detroit venue, The Streets of Old Detroit in the Detroit Historical Museum. During a recent trip to the Detroit Historical Museum I discovered “The Streets of Old Detroit”. The minute I stepped downstairs {it is the first floor of the museum} I immediately said that this would make an amazing and different wedding venue. When I got home that night I was doing some research and found…
  • 2014 new year pune

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
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  • {First Dance} Songs

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Need help figuring out your song choices for your first dance? Below are our picks! “All of me” by John Legend {Fun Fact: John Legend performed it for his wife, Chrissy Teigen, at their wedding} You can hear it HERE Is your groom shy about dancing or think he can’t dance? “I don’t dance” by Lee Brice is PERFECT! And you can CLICK HERE to hear it if you haven’t Justin Timberlake fan? Then why not go with “Mirrors”  How can you not help but dance to THIS? A new classic is “Marry Me” by Train. “Making Memories of…
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  • Funky Friday: Hotels That Keep The Spirit of Halloween Alive All Year Round

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
  • West Hollywood: Amanda Bynes is Spooking West Hollywood Hotels

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When Amanda Bynes was placed under psychiatric care last summer after some outrageous incidents in NYC and LA, we thought, "Good. The girl is going to get the help she desperately needs." We also made a mental note that her best celebrity performance in hotels would be just a one-off win. We were wrong. Amanda escaped was recently released from a second stint in a psychiatric hospital the other day and immediately took to the streets of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. That adventure alone signals she is still not well. TMZ reported that Amanda was looking to find a place to stay in one of…
  • New York: Refinery Hotel Wants You to Look Good and Feel Good, From Pop Men's Fashion to Inner 'Wellth'

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    One of the greatest ideas ever to hit the hospitality marketing scene is the concept of partnering with outside companies to create an ongoing, bespoke hotel experience. Manhattan's Refinery Hotel is doing just that by showcasing a pop-up men's clothing store, the J. Hilburn Pop-up Shop, followed by the launch of a wellness program for both guests and the locals, the "Wellth Series."
  • Yep. Another New Hotel Concept Aimed At Millenials Will Debut This December, as MiniMax

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Meet MiniMax, the next new hotel brand aimed at experience-driven millennials, and "big foot", which we think is a clever expression of the hotel brand's core objective of having a small ecological footprint. Shanghai-based real estate giant, Shimao Group, has announced the launch of not one, but two, hotel concepts and guess what? They're aimed at discriminating millennials. (Is there any other kind these days? The new brand is called MiniMax and there will be two versions under the same flag, MiniMax Hotel, the midscale concept, and MiniMax Premier Hotel, the high-end concept. The first…
  • What Radisson Blu's 'BluRoutes' Mean for Runners and Cyclists in Europe

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    We can't help to think that the folks at Radisson Blu are tired of hearing excuses from their road warrior guests on why they don't workout in hotels, so they've come up what they think is the perfect solution--#BluRoutes. Each participating hotel has called upon their very own staff who consider themselves fitness enthusiasts to create the ideal jogging and cycling routes that start and end at the hotel. Each hotel will offer a handful of routes, varying in length and degree of difficulty, to appeal to the casual exerciser to the semi-pro racer.
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    Marriott on the Move

  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
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    The Webinar Blog

  • AnyMeeting Moves To Installed Client Application

    Ken Molay
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I recently received an email from AnyMeeting informing me of "a big change coming soon to AnyMeeting." The message said that beginning later in October, "all of our customers will access AnyMeeting directly from the AnyMeeting App and not through our website." The change applies to presenters and hosts rather than attendees, who can still join via a download-free browser link. The AnyMeeting team points out the following set of advantages for presenters made possible after downloading and installing the client software on their computers: A smoother experience, with no more "Allow" prompts…
  • Video Conferencing in the Workplace

    Ken Molay
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Deneece Berg at technology consultancy Software Advice was kind enough to share the results of a survey they ran, focusing on certain specific aspects of conferencing in the workplace. Their sample base was 389 US-based business workers who indicated that they make some use of conferencing technology in their jobs. The report, including response summary graphs, is available at http://www.softwareadvice.com/voip/industryview/preferred-conferencing-solutions-2014/ To get to the sample size of 389, they started from a much larger initial screening set. The screening question was simply…
  • WebEx Update: Some Hits, Some Misses

    Ken Molay
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    WebEx has been quietly rolling out an update to its web collaboration software. I'm not entirely sure of which versions it includes… I know it definitely impacts Meeting Center and Event Center, and my best guess is that it would spill over to Training Center and Support Center as well. Rowan Trollope is Senior VP and General Manager of the Collaboration Technology Group at Cisco. He wrote a blog post about the new release yesterday, which seems to be the only official announcement from Cisco. There is no press release with details. The company obviously prepped certain industry…
  • ReadyTalk Offers Webinar ROI Calculator

    Ken Molay
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I don't know how I missed the announcement of this great new resource from ReadyTalk. In late August they created an online calculator for measuring the ROI of B2B marketing webinars. It is free on the web and you don't have to be a ReadyTalk customer or register in order to use it. You just fill in the blanks and get a calculated return on your investments in lead generation webinars. Actually, I should amend one word in that last sentence… "Just fill in the blanks" trivializes the input process. You will want to go through the required inputs carefully and spend time gathering up data and…
  • AnyMeeting Adds Conferencing Options

    Ken Molay
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I have been fascinated by AnyMeeting ever since it began as "Freebinar" in 2010. It hasn't taken long to go from a small startup offering ad-supported free web conferencing to a legitimate player in the small-to-medium business (SMB) conferencing space. Today the company put out a press release announcing a few new convenience options for users. The first improvement was provisioning for US toll-free teleconference numbers, priced at $0.06 per person/minute. Hosts can also offer local dial-in numbers from more than 40 countries. I spoke to AnyMeeting's David Gerken and Costin Tuculescu (COO…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • IMEX America Wrap Up

    Ashley Chalmers
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I found a few more photos floating around on my devices that I wanted to share with you all. The third and final day of the show, I had a chance to check out some of CP’s partners amazing booths. Associated Luxury Hotels International had a very large space at the show, and with 160+ member hotels, it was easy to see why the extra space was needed! ALHI’s Stand One of CP’s newest CVB members, Team San Jose, had a great display. Stay tuned to learn more about their great destination on CP.com! Team San Jose Stand Visit Anchorage was busy with appointments when I stopped by,…
  • IMEX America Hotel Stay

    Ashley Chalmers
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Now that I have returned to the East Coast, I could not resist sharing one more post from my trip to IMEX America last week. Thanks to The Palms Casino, I attended the show in style! My room was in the recently renovated Ivory Toewr, which has won awards for its design. The Ivory Tower is also home to the (in)famous Real World Suite from MTV”s popular show! My room at The Palms Casino After all of the hustle and bustle from learning, networking and attending the  expo each day, my comfortable room was the perfect place to relax and rest. The hotel was a quick taxi ride away from The…
  • IMEX America Day 3

    Ashley Chalmers
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Yesterday was an even busier day than Tuesday for us at IMEX America, believe it or not! Wednesday was full of appointments at the booth with meeting planners, including two with members of our Advisory Council. In true fashion, they were able to provide some excellent suggestions on features to add to RFP Organization, our RFP response system that displays responses on customized spreadsheets. Stay tuned for those suggestions to be coming soon to the website For the attendees, the robust education here at IMEX America, provided with a partnership with MPI, was a huge draw. Several of our…
  • IMEX America Day 2 Recap

    Ashley Chalmers
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The expo hall at IMEX America opened yesterday and the show floor was certainly the place to be. The attendees were waiting at the entrance for the floor to officially open and then they flooded in! The CP Booth was decked out with our new banners and linens from GNP Branded Gear. The banners reflect the design of our new homepage (launched earlier this month!) Throughout the day, we spoke with many planners who made appointments to learn more about ConventionPlanit’s RFP services. The planners were happy to know that CP is 100% commission-free and they also loved the 24-hour RFP…
  • IMEX America Makes Impact with IMEX Challenge 2014

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Greetings, dear readers! Today the ConventionPlanit Team landed in Las Vegas for this year’s IMEX America trade show. This year,  Maureen Pickell, CTC, Sandra Reed, and I are in attendance. We got right to work setting up our booth, which is now ready to meet all of the meeting planners we have appointments with Tuesday-Thursday during the expo hours.  (Make an appointment with us  – we are Booth #3659!) Many industry planners and suppliers hit the ground running earlier than the CP Team, volunteering Saturday and Sunday at the Shade Tree center for abused women and children as…
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  • 5 Spooky Effective Ways to Cut Your Event Budget (and turn your event into a profit producing machine!)

    Nicolette Anderson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Every year, it seems that the holidays arrive earlier and we see Christmas decorations being put out before our Halloween candy is given away. Retailers are scaring us to death by putting Frosty the Snowman up while we are still wearing sandals and shorts, tripping over tinsel while buying treats for our little tricksters. With the arrival of All Hallow’s Eve, studies show that almost half of all marketers will be launching holiday campaigns before Halloween whether we like it or not. Still, Christmas is  coming, and all of our holiday budgets seem to get tighter around the holidays. So,…
  • Positioning for Profit – Easy bottom-line tips to protect your budget and drive event profitability

    Nicolette Anderson
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to the #eventsTOM for October! Last month, we learned what the events community is thinking about technology with “9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology“.  From some great conversations and contributions, Shaun Pierce of Pierce Events was unanimously selected as the winner of our monthly prize. The October #eventsTOM centers on the opportunity to enhance both the top line and greatly improve the bottom line by positioning events to be profitable. . . not just break even. We’ll start the conversation with a few ideas we’ve leveraged throughout the years…
  • Must-Read Articles for the Events Industry Week of Sept 29

    Nicolette Anderson
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday Eventprofs! We have some must-reads for you today, see if you can see a trend here and guess our October ‘Topic of the Month.” Today’s reads are “Does your Conference Sell our to the Sales Department,” 6 Ways to Increase Tradeshow Productivity,” and “Make Meetings More Profitable.” 1. Does Your Conference Sell Out to the Sales Department by Keith Johnson Where is the line between keeping your event’s integrity but still having a profitable event? Johnson discusses how events have changed and why being focused on profits and…
  • BusyEvent is Attending IMEX – Be sure to say hello!

    Brian Slawin
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
          The post BusyEvent is Attending IMEX – Be sure to say hello! appeared first on BusyEvent Mobile.
  • Topic of the Month- September Best Responses and Winner

    Nicolette Anderson
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    During the month of September, our “Topic of the Month“, was ‘9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology.” The #eventsTOM is designed to be an open discussion about event industry issues and opportunities (and give out prizes!) and we got a lot of great feedback last month! Along with blogs that we posted during the month, we also addressed three main questions to our followers. Here are our responses to the questions and some our our favorite responses from our followers.   Question: What #Eventtech could you not live without?   At BusyEvent, there’s a…
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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  • Setting an Agenda -- Developing Your Meeting Skills

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    An agenda represents far more than simply a list of items that need to be discussed. In fact, a well-planned agenda is the foundation for a productive meeting and has five distinct purposes, each of which has implications for organizational efficiency and for maintaining good relations with your co-workers and team members. This free eBook explains how to set an agenda to make your meeting a success.You will learn:Why you should always insist that a meeting is run to an agreed agenda.The five distinct purposes that are served by a successful agenda.How to incorporate all of these into any…
  • Beyond the Executive Suite: Video Conference Is Now Available To Virtually Everyone

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    And, since no global address book existed, the only people you could speak to were those with whom you shared the system — typically people in your own company. As a result, video conferencing was restricted to Fortune 500 business units talking to colleagues in the same corporation. But all that has changed, thanks to the cloud. It's moved video conferencing well beyond the executive suite by allowing the technology to be used on any device that has a browser, from laptops and tablets to smartphones — and without the need for IT support.With a cloud-based system, users can simply…
  • Enterprise Collaboration Shouldn't Be a Pile of Legos

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now, as an IT professional, assembling and maintaining a Lego-like collaboration infrastructure isn't what you signed up for. Piecing together disparate systems of record for email, web meetings and other applications is about as painful as stepping on a pile of Legos. Download this white paper to learn how implementing a collaboration hub connects systems of record the easy way.Request Free!
  • The New Economics of Video Conferencing: Now Affordable Anywhere, Anytime With Anyone

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Video conferencing is the latest cloud trend — it removes the need for high-priced infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, while allowing technology to be deployed quickly and easily.Cloud-based video conferencing isn't simply about providing traditional services at a lower cost. The new value comes from unleashing video conferencing to whole new groups of people who were never able to access the technology before, like remote workers and contractors, because it accommodates the way people want to work today. There is no tricky setup — the systems can be accessed on a large HD screen in a…
  • The Adobe EchoSign Advantage for Media and Entertainment

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As media and entertainment companies face rising operational costs, a rapidly changing environment, and increasing demands from consumers, they are realizing that implementing e-signature solutions can deliver a critical competitive advantage.Request Free!
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    Elite Meetings Blog

  • Elite Meetings International Announces Resort Hosts and Dates for 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances

    Martha Brooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The Industry’s Premier Direct Buyer-Supplier Events To Convene in January, May and September   Santa Barbara, CA – October 28, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) today announced the three settings for the 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances (EMAs). All hotels were selected from among EMI’s certified Platinum Collection. The upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance properties, locations and dates are: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall; Montego Bay, Jamaica; January 25 – 27, 2015 Vdara Resort & Spa; Las Vegas, Nevada; May 3 – 5, 2015 La Cantera Hill Country Resort; San Antonio, Texas;…
  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Tyson Crandall
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Pumpkins are much more than just a latte flavor. They’re also a crucial part of Halloween and carving them is a fun way to participate in the festivities. So, we’ve split the Elite Meetings crew up into 8 groups and had them carve a pumpkin to their choosing. We want you to decided the winner and you can vote by choosing your favorite on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here’s the scoop: Like, favorite, and/or share the photo of your favorite pumpkin to vote for it. Below are links to each pumpkin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Each action is counted as 1 vote, so vote for…
  • How to loop in your GSO/NSO

    Martha Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Did you know, you are able to loop in your GSO, Global Sales Office/NSO, National Sales Office for the major hotel chains? Your contact will be sent the RFP the same time the hotel receives it. There are two ways to add a GSO. You can add a GSO during RFP creation in the top right -hand corner. If it’s already sent off to a property, you can add a GSO from the ‘Actions’ drop-down menu. You’ll enter their email into the pop-up box, which will send them a notification and give them the ability to respond!
  • Team Up and Give Back

    Danielle Childress
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating (and grounding) impact on participants, plus such events help the community and bolster corporate images as well. In other words, everyone wins. Here are some ideas to spark your spirit of giving: 1. Artful Collaboration – In an Art of Giving charity team-building program, your group work together to create a huge, colorful canvas and then…
  • Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Resorts Plan Six-Star Experience

    Martha Brooks
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara’s $80 million dollar renovation positions the resort at the center of a significant transformation within the all-inclusive market. According to Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the resort “is going to be the single nicest resort in all of the Caribbean. It represents what we believe is the evolution of all-inclusives. We have taken the best of what we’ve seen and then come up with unique and cool things.” The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara are paving the way for a new market of corporate clients and offering particularly…
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    Cvent | Cvent

  • Event Horror Stories: Your Turn

    Cvent Guest
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you missed any of our event horror stories, you can click the links below to view them. Event Horror Story 1 – Uninvited Guests Event Horror Story 2 – The Quest for the Acceptable Venue Event Horror Story 3 – Mobile Madness Event Horror Story 4 – Night of the Zombie Attendees We know event horror stories and the month of October are not mutually exclusive…scary stuff happens year round! If you have your own horrifying experience to share, submit it below in the comments section for a chance to be featured on our blog, where one of our professional…
  • Trinkets and Treats for Movie Inspired Halloween Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Pumpkins and ghosts and witches, oh my! These are typical Halloween party decorations. Event planners who want to kick things up a notch will find inspiration from movies for decor, sound effects, and Halloween treats. Many decorations can be picked up at the last minute. Be sure you get all required licenses and permission to legally use movie props, music and footage. The Haunting Footage from the movie is a must. Send out a link to the trailer with the invitations. Screen scenes during the event. The 1963 version of this psychological thriller is much more frightening than the re-make.
  • Top 100 California: The Golden Promise

    Bruce Serlen
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    With 16 resorts listed in Cvent’s 2014 Top 100 Most Popular Meeting Resorts, California finished second only to Florida as the state with the most resorts represented. (Florida had 29, taking the number-one spot by a wide margin.) Like Florida, however, the California resorts named by Cvent represent a spectrum of Golden State destinations. The highest-ranking California resort (at #38), for example, was the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach in Dana Point in scenic Orange County, followed by Paradise Point Resort (#43) in San Diego to the south, and the Meritage Resort & Spa (#51) in…
  • Combating Chronic Zombiosis at Your Meetings

    John Hunter
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Groooaaannnnnn. Are you ready to rid your attendees of these demonic doldrums? Don’t worry, we have some eerily effective tactics for helping you avoid this dreaded ‘zombiosis.’ Here are a few, easily digestible tips on how to keep your attendees spellbound, on the edge of their seats and engaged for your entire event. It’s time to say R.I.P. forever to those shuffling, stupefied hoards who glare at your speakers with blank stares on their faces and a dead look in their eyes. Feed Your Attendees You hear the blood curdling moans, see the vacant expressions. Yes,…
  • Top 100: Out-of-State Experiences

    Bruce Serlen
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    The vast majority of resorts that made the cut for Cvent’s second annual 2014 Top 100 Resort Meetings listing are from the 50 U.S. states. Florida headed the list with 29, followed by California with 16, Nevada with 16 (thanks primarily to Las Vegas), Arizona with 14 (thanks primarily to Phoenix/Scottsdale) and Texas with seven. But the Cvent listing is open to resorts in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Mexico as well. Accordingly, Cvent is pleased to include three in the 2014 ranking: El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, at #35, Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the…
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  • Meeting Planners and Speakers – The Horror Show

    Keith Johnston
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    OK, OK.. we, as meeting planners, know that some speakers can be a royal pain in the ass. Some of them can be demanding, some can be prissy, and some can be downright rude… but face it, so can... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Content Marketing Perfection is Impossible for Event Marketers

    Keith Johnston
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    So here I am. Sitting. Staring at the screen wondering where in the hell the time went, even though I know full well where it went. I got busy. Busy with work. New clients. New events. New cities to... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 20 Most Popular Membership Management Software Solutions

    Keith Johnston
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I love surfing those crazy interwebs… You just never know what you are gonna find. The internet can be like walking into the corner grocery for a gallon of milk and walking out with a two boxes... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Are You Sure Your Email Marketing Message is Being Heard

    Keith Johnston
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Test and then retest. Check and then double check. This is the mantra that I make all of my association clients live by…. You have too. It is mission critical. Even the most amazing marketing... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • The Fear of the Event App Data Breach

    Keith Johnston
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Data breaches are real. Data breaches can happen to your event. Data breaches should be on your mind. Data breaches are a serious threat to event apps. The security of your event or conference app is... Read the rest at PlannerWire
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    Camelot Special Events

  • How to design a Poster Board Layout

    Mark Saponaro
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comPoster Board GoalsThe best poster board has more graphics than text and is easily readable in a very short amount of time.  The poster board should be self-explanatory so any reader can easily follow the content without stopping to figure out what they just read.   The goal is to make your main points (2 or 3 total...do not overload with info) in a limited amount of space (typically a 4'x 6' poster board) with attention grabbing info & graphics.This type of poster board will…
  • Why & How to Host a Poster Session

    Mark Saponaro
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comTargeted CommunicationUsing Low Tech DisplaysWhy A Poster Session? Research takes a lot of time to accumulate, compile, and publish in an understandable format (click here to see how to lay out a poster board)...as the Research Presenter; you want to get this valuable information into as many of the right hands as possible.A Poster Session is a highly effective way to do this.  A large amount of presenters can communicate their research topic to a very interestedgroup of attendees in a short…
  • Cover Your Tables And Your Barrels

    Mark Saponaro
    25 Sep 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Covered Tables at Events:Everyone knows it is better to cover tables at an event (click here to see why) than to leave them bare:Table covers make tables look more uniform and hide table imperfectionsTable cover colors can tie in with the event theme or corporate colorsAssigned table seating can be color coded to show where General Seating is as opposed to VIP, for example Covered Barrels at Events:Nobody even thinks about the lowly trash barrel...those ubiquitous grey brutes that are scattered throughout the event venue.  As it turns out, for many of the same reasons that tables should…
  • New Android App for requesting a plastic elastic quote

    Mark Saponaro
    10 Mar 2013 | 8:17 am
    Get this cool Android App Mark msaponaro@camelotspecialevents.com www.camelotspecialevents.com
  • STEMWARE: Plastic or Glass? - Rent or Buy?

    Mark Saponaro
    13 Dec 2010 | 9:47 am
    Pin It Usually, the thought process involves whether to buy glass stemware, or save money and buy disposable plastic stemware. Renting Stemware (as an option) may not even be considered. As it turns out, the cost of renting glass stemware, such as the Champagne Flute is actually LESS than buying disposable plastic (at less than 50 cents each, how can you go wrong?), and you can have it delivered right to your door!Don’t get me wrong, plastic disposable stemware can be useful on trips and vacations as well as pool-side (glass is no fun when it breaks there). It is sold as two-pieces, stores…
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Customer Feature – School Elections

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sometimes a single sentence says it all… especially given that Toronto elected a new mayor this week! “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use your Election Buddy system for our municipal and federal elections? It would be awesome!!!” Tessa S – Toronto Thanks Tessa!
  • New Feature – Shuffle Order has arrived

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    As ElectionBuddy users know, we at eventIQ take feedback very seriously because those suggestions have been the driving force that has helped shape ElectionBuddy to become one of the most popular online voting / online election platforms today. We need only to look as far as the popular “Candidate Photo” feature to see how user feedback has made it into the application. Back in August we asked users what they thought of the new feature, “Shuffle Candidate Order” that we were developing at the time. Sure enough we received tons of great insights that expanded on our…
  • Extreme Home Makeover – Electionbuddy edition

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I used to enjoy watching  show Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition.  And I also really like the makeover we have just released on electionbuddy.com.  We have revamped our home website, with a simplier, cleaner design and tried to showcase what you our millon plus voters and administrators love about electionBuddy.  Feel free to give us feedback on what you think! To celebrate the new website and also based on your feedback, we have decided to make even more features free.  You can now do printed ballots and custom ballots across all our plans including our FREE plan.  We hope you enjoy.
  • Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    I chatted today with Scott W  a student government advisor at  Ridgefield High School And while normally we don’t put testimonials up to protect and ensure the anonymity of our electionbuddy votes, Scott had a pretty interesting story to tell and he was keen to have us share the story about their student government elections.. I had asked him about whether he will be using our new electionbuddy candidate shuffle feature, and he noted that they are considering, but they have (what I thought) was a GREAT tool to encourage student government participation early in the process:…
  • Feature Focus: Customize your web link

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    What is a Form Link? The Form link is: * The web address of your form * The address that you will share with your registrants / ticket purchasers * You can edit this link at any time – even after you have launched your form. Why use it? We suggest personalizing your Form Link so that it is easy to type and to remember. In fact you can share this link with your guests even if you are not finished editing your forms – your guests will only see the Countdown to open page. You can also change your custom URL and direct your guests to a different weblink at any time, even when your forms…
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    ABCey Events » Blog

  • Five Last Minute Halloween Costumes!

    Wendelle Co
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    In a pinch finding a Halloween costume for tonight’s festivities? Don’t fear ABCey Events is here to help you create the perfect Halloween costume (last minute!)1. Instagram PostGrab a poster board, print out the Instagram logo, and your profile photo and voila! 2. Pugsley and Wednesday AddamsPut on some tights and tie your hair in braids as you emulate the woeful Wednesday Adams!3. UnicornWanna feel a little frilly this Halloween? Why not put on a tutu and become a magical unicorn.4. Morton Salt Girl Hear there’s going to be a chance of rain? Don on your favorite…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco October 31st – November 2nd, 2014

    Wendelle Co
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Looking to spend a relaxing weekend on the ice? Or would you rather go crazy on a haunted pirate ship, or take a time machine to the 1930′s? For a Spooktacular weekend, ABCey Events has got you covered! It’s everybody’s favorite topic of the week: ABCey’s Weekend LineUp!Mr. Nobody’s Spookeasy Halloween ExtravaganzaThursday, October 30th to Sunday, November 2nd | 8PM – 1AM | Great Star Theater, Chinatown | $49Want to take a trip to the past this Halloween weekend? With a multi-evening experiential destination party, the San Francisco Spookeasy Halloween…
  • 5 Last-Minute Halloween Event Decor Ideas

    Niki Lotte
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    So you’ve sent out the invitations for your awesome Halloween event, but Halloween still managed to sneak up on you this year? Don’t worry because ABCey has you covered with these 5 Last-Minute Halloween Event Decor Ideas!1. Melted Crayon PumpkinAdd some color to your party this Halloween with these crafty Melted Crayon Pumpkins! All you need is a white pumpkin, crayons, and a hairdryer to get this psychedelic effect!2. Ghoulish LanternsLight up your Halloween event with these Ghoulish Lanterns! What other faces can you come up with to draw on this creative decor? 3. Mason…
  • Tech Tuesday: Beyond Verbal’s Moodies

    Niki Lotte
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world!Event planners now have a new option to gather feedback from attendees with Beyond Verbal’s Moodies, an app that records user’s voice and then analyzes various elements, such as energy, timing, pitch, and volume to determine the person’s emotional state.  Moodies can detect 11 different moods in a 20-second response using Emotions Analytics which is a compilation of mood,…
  • Startup Monday: Songhop, the World’s First Active Music Discovery Software

    Caterina Mayer
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events!  This week, we want to introduce you to Songhop, a startup located in Palo Alto. Songhop was recently launched and offers “the world’s first active music discovery software.” Users can browse through dozens of songs and decide whether they like them or not. Songhop also helps new artists gain recognition in the midst…
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    Austin Social Planner

  • RECAP: ‘The Fifty’ Host a SUPER Evening Raising Funds for the Seton Medical Center

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Over 550 guests filled Brazos Hall this weekend in everything from super to silly outfits for the annual costume party fundraiser Superheroes, Villains & Sidekicks. The event is hosted by The Fifty, a group of 50 leaders in the community who fundraise and advocate for the future of health care in Central Texasc particularly focusing on raising funds for the new Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. The flying photobooth and dance party we’re lively – as was the giving Super Moment that raised $50,000. Overall, the event raised nearly $300,000 for construction…
  • RECAP: ZACH Unplugged

    Kevin Smothers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sunday night fundraising events are sometimes tough to populate. But don’t try to tell that to the ardent supporters of ZACH Theatre, who turned out in droves this past weekend for ZACH Unplugged, a new benefit for Austin’s venerable community/professional playhouse. Spearheaded by the petite powerhouse Maria Groten,and beacon of the Texas House, The Honorable Jim Pitts, the evening was a celebration of the performers who make all of ZACH’s productions shine so brightly. The “unplugged” reference was a tip of the hat to the fact the each of the actors who took…
  • PHOTO RECAP: POP Austin VIP Opening Party

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    A mix of artists, art aficionados, and the social set ventured to East Austin’s Fair Market for a speak peak at this weekend’s POP Austin international art show. As a first time visitor to Fair Market, I was immediately taken aback on how the warehouse was transformed into a chic gallery space, beckoning guests in from even blocks away.   The pop-up party continues all weekend with the gallery show and series of “POP Talks” from notable business owners, specialists, and artists. Tickets are on sale at the POP Austin website.  Schedule includes: Saturday, October 18: 12…
  • RECAP: La Dolce Vita’s 25th Anniversary

    Kevin Smothers
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Some things just get better with age. Case in point: Thursday night’s 25th anniversary of the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, benefiting education programs at The Contemporary Austin. Held on the bucolic grounds of Laguna Gloria, the 2014 edition of LDV had the air of a fully matured event, free of the stress that can sometimes accompany such a massive undertaking. A great touch this year was the use of creative video mapping on the historic Driscoll Villa that visually illustrated the museum’s focus on educating people of all ages, courtesy of the talented team at…
  • Center for Child Protection Announces Celebrity Dancers for the 2014 Dancing with the Stars Austin

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the beautiful home of Andra & Joe Liemandt on Mt. Bonnell Shores, Center for Child Protection hosted a home filled with supporters at their annual “Night with the Stars.” It’s here that we get our first look at the 11 contestants competing for the mirror ball trophy at this year’s Dancing with the Stars Austin, presented by Lexus of Austin. 2014 Dancing with the Stars Austin Dancers and Chairs Each celebrity dancer will spend the next few months preparing to dance in front of an always sold-out crowd in the grand ballroom at the Hilton in downtown Austin on December 7th.
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  • Halloween Pranks-Be Very Afraid (great prank video)

    Andrew Maxwell
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    photo by wycd.cbslocal.com Halloween is upon us. Tis the season to be scared. The scarier the better. So you had better have some treats available or you just might find yourself on the receiving end of some spooky, and definitely scary, pranks on Halloween. Halloween pranks come in all shapes and sizes. Of course the best ones are when the innocent victims aren’t suspecting a thing. The Ford Motor Company has done one of the best Halloween pranks that I’ve seen this year. The setup: unsuspecting individuals thought that they were taking a test car through a simple car wash. Well…
  • Getting into the (Pet) Halloween Spirit!

    Randy Markus
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    courtesy of costumik.com Dressing up in Halloween costumes isn’t just for us humans any more. Pets are now getting into the game. Dressing your pet up in a Halloween costume has become big business. The National Retail Federation (NRF) states Americans will spend over 350 million dollars on pet Halloween costumes in 2014. And that’s up 30 million dollars from 2013. Big buckaroos are being shelled out just on cat and dog Halloween costumes and accessories. Not candy and not decorations, just on a costume that Grover will try time and time again to remove throughout the night. And per the…
  • 8 Insane (but True) Facts about Corporate Events

    Andrew Maxwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    photo from twitter.com Corporate events are a large contributor to the overall economy. Corporate event planning includes; Transportation, accommodations, venues, attractions, speakers and often corporate entertainment and team building events. For an event planner, often what will win over delegates is how unique their meeting or event will be. This is one of the main challenges that an event planner faces. It’s important to cover the basics of what the event is intended to accomplish as well as to offer incentives, such as unique venues and attractions, that an event marketer can use…
  • What Does a Great Destination Management Company Look Like?

    Randy Markus
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    courtesy of nirvanatravels.com A good Destination Management Company (DMC) is like having access to an amazing collaborator, cohort and colleague all rolled into one. A DMC professional really is a planner’s best resource, a partner they can trust and rely on. I have found working with a DMC is having someone represent me and the company’s goals. Who is on exactly the same wave length and the core of their job is to make the meeting event soar. And they come to the table with a multitude of knowledge, resources and know-how. ADME (the Association of Destination Management Executives)…
  • What is Missing from this Wedding Day?

    Randy Markus
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    courtesy of www.shockmansion.com Number one rule of thumb, your wedding day is supposed to be amazing. Traditional or modern, big or small, the wedding day is supposed to include everything and I mean everything you want or have dreamed of. And like with anything all within reason of course. If the sky is the limit for you and it’s in the budget, than I say go for it. Most of us can’t have a multi-million dollar, bells and whistle, every girls dream come true wedding day. Because simply said we just can’t afford it. That’s the materialism in us rearing its ugly head. And let me first…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • Would Selfies Fit Into a Corporate or Association Conference?

    Pat Ahaesy
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Would Selfies fit into a corporate or association conference? Maybe! Although the Selfie has been way overdone, the idea would fit into certain corporate or association conferences. Years ago, many multi day conferences ended with a Final Night Farewell Gala. Most of the time as the event technical producers, we would produce a “Candids Module” […]
  • 7 Questions For Meeting Planners When Contracting Audio Visual

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
      Here Are 7  Questions You Should Ask Yourself : What is the purpose of your meeting? How big an audience do you anticipate? Will there be solo speakers, panels? Will there be Q&A? Will you be showing any videos or PowerPoints? Will there be more than one session in the room Will there be […]
  • How To Signal Your Gala or Lunch Guests That They May Begin Eating

    Pat Ahaesy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When your lunch or gala dinner has a plated salad or appetizer, pre-set, do you notice that most people are hesitant to begin eating for fear of being impolite? Frankly, this should not happen, ever! Here are some ways to avoid that awkward moment: Emcee, Host or Voiceover person announces, “please enjoy your meal” or […]
  • Top Reasons For Virtual Meetings

    Pat Ahaesy
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    According to an MPI Study: 1- Cost Savings 2. Reduce Time out of office 3. No attendee travel budget 4. Keep a meeting that would be canceled due to budget 5. Conference 6. Information-sharing across multiple markets 7. Global Business Operations 8. Business Continuity 9. Reduce travel demands on executives 10. Support last-minute meetings   […]
  • Four Most Hilarious Event Management Stories

    Pat Ahaesy
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Four Most Hilarious Event Management Stories Years ago, a client handled their own pre-registration and on site check in staffing. However, one day, their staff had a bad full of badges in holders and literally dumped them on the check in table just as attendees were starting to line up. We asked the attendees to […]
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • Choosing Wedding Favours For Your Entourages

    Arwin Adriano
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The wedding is probably the best chapter of everybody’s life. Apart from the bride and groom, it is also exciting for the entourages, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. The ceremony is not complete without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Saving Tips For Event Planners

    Arwin Adriano
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Organizing an event can cost a lot of money regardless of it being a small event or a big event that is why most Event Planners critically considers savings a vital part of the budget planning.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Make Money From Your Event Planning Business Model

    Arwin Adriano
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Each of us wanted to earn money from the things that we knew we are good at be it about your start up business or the service you could provide. But the question is How? Where to start? What should I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Be A Top Notch Event Speaker

    Arwin Adriano
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Being a top notch event speaker is not an easy job, it’s not just about talking in front of many people, and it’s not just about sharing your experiences or knowledge. Being a good speaker requires... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Be A Budget Friendly Bride

    Arwin Adriano
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Weddings are expensive; there is no doubt about it. You can try your utmost best to set a budget, but adhering to it is a whole other story. A majority of people end up spending all of their savings,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Estate Weddings and Events

  • Far East Paradise: A Guide to Koh Samui, Thailand

    Josh Lew
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Koh Samui sunset, image via Steve Jurvetson Located about 400 miles from the capital city of Bangkok and 50 miles off the Thai mainland, Koh Samui (sometimes romanized as Ko Samui) is one of Thailand’s largest and most popular island destinations. Beaches and resorts give parts of Samui a mainstream tourism feel. However, the island’s size is a huge asset. Visitors have access to resorts, shopping and lively beach scenes. At the same time, there are completely deserted stretches of sand around the island and small villages and lush forests that are almost completely untouched by…
  • Island Paradise Getaway: A Travel Lovers Guide to St Barts

    Abigail Geer
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Image credit: martinvarsavsky Exuding a seductive blend of picturesque vistas, glamorous nightlife and laid back island charm, St Barts is every travel lovers dream destination. With pure white sand beaches surrounded by aquamarine waters, fascinating boutiques bursting with once in a lifetime finds, and mouthwatering cuisine from some of the most stylish restaurants in the Caribbean, it doesn’t take much convincing to indulge in all that this island paradise has to offer. To help you make the most out of your trip to St Barts we’ve put together this definitive guide to all the…
  • Venuelust Is Coming!

    Annie Crandall
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    With the expansive growth that has occurred over the past few years with Estate Weddings & Events,  we are pleased to share with you the soon-to-be announced launch of Venuelust. Be the first to know and go to venuelust.com now in which you could win one of these fabulous gifts… Venuelust journal to capture your moments of exploring, planning and dreaming   $30 coupon code to Rais Case and a fabulous designer Fanny Pack   10% Coupon code at Lone Flag and a Boutonné Dopp Kit   10% Coupon Code for the Meriweather tent at Shelter-Co   Receive 15% off a 2 night…
  • Celebrating the Best of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

    Elizabeth R.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Nestled in southern Ontario, Kitchener and Waterloo are scenic towns home to rich culture and stunning sights. With farmers’ markets, renowned restaurants and microbreweries, and some of the world’s best festivals, these towns are some of Ontario’s greatest gems. When exploring the vibrant townships you can celebrate in luxury at the private estate venue, Hacienda Sarria. What To Do Celebrate at the Kitchner-Waterloo Oktoberfest: This annual nine-day festival in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo is known as “Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival” and…
  • 4 Hot Spots Around the U.S. For Winter Wonderland Escapes

    Suzy Guese
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The weather outside turns frightful, but winter sport lovers couldn’t be more elated. Winter is not only a good time for a variety of activities that have been bundled up and heavily anticipated throughout spring, summer and fall, but it also is a fine time to travel. You can avoid the crowds of summer and hideaway in your own winter wonderland. If you are searching for some of the best locales to take your snowshoes, don’t pass up these four hot spots for cool winter escapes across the U.S. Photo by Zach Dischner on Flickr Leavenworth, Washington When you can’t make it to the Bavarian…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed, How to Host a Polished In-Office Party, and 8 Must See Tradeshow Booths

    Austin Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Einsteins’ Favorites: 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed, How to Host a Polished In-Office Party, and 8 Must See Tradeshow Booths As this week draws to a close, I would personally like to say, I hope everyone had a great week and that you all have the best weekend of your lives! To kick off the weekend and celebrate accomplishments from this past week, we have provided 3 must-read articles we’ve encountered over the past 5 days. Enjoy! Sincerely, Austin from Endless Entertainment. 10 Reasons Why Some People Will Never Succeed Something that we do not do enough in this…
  • 3 Best Event Lighting Ideas You’ve Never Heard Of

    Austin Walker
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Event lighting is arguably one of the best ways to make your event an exciting and memorable one; it has the power to make or break the audiences’ experience at a corporate event, dance, awards ceremony, and more! Along with being one of the greatest ways to get your attendees talking about your event and sharing pictures amongst their social networks for months after, event lighting is easily the most fun for event designers and lighting engineers to get creative with! Keep reading if you want to see some crazy ideas to drop the jaws of the attendees at your next event using creative…
  • 5 Must-Haves for AV Rentals

    Austin Walker
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    If there is anything in this world that we know for sure, it is that we completely understand how difficult it can be for an event planner to plan for AV rentals! With hundreds, if not thousands, of moving parts that come into play with AV rentals, not including the other dimensions of an event that are necessary to the success of the event. So, planning an event and don’t know where to start with AV rentals? We’ve got you covered! 5 Must-Haves for AV Rentals 1. Digital Mixers A digital mixer offers capabilities for enhancing vocals for performers, applying effects, and managing overall…
  • Einsteins’ Favorites: 7 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein, 5 Reasons Why Your Meeting Is Boring, and How Your Brain Processes Logos

    Austin Walker
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It’s that time of the week for some Einsteins’ Favorites; on Fridays we like to share 3 of our favorite articles we encountered throughout the week with topics ranging anywhere from life hacks to event trends! This week we have 7 Life Lessons from Einstein, himself, 5 Tips on How Your Meeting May Be Boring, and The Connection Between Your Brain and Logos, enjoy! 7 Practical Life Lessons From Albert Einstein “Every so often, there comes a man who is able to see the universe in a new way, whose vision upsets the very foundations of the world as we know it.” In this inspirational article…
  • Event Decor: 3 Unique Ideas to “Wow” Your Attendees

    Austin Walker
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Though every event is different and may have varying themes, there are a few trends that are just recently breaking ground in the events industry that, we believe, has room in nearly any themed event! One of the largest, overarching trends, however, is interactive designs and layouts. With that said, we will be observing several different interactive event decor that includes event murals and chalk boards. Crazy, right? 3 Unique Event Decor Ideas to “Wow” Your Attendees 1. Large-Scale Event/Art Mural Event decor has the ability to make or break an event experience for your attendees at a…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Fairplex Snapshot: Neighborhood Halloween Party

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Every year Fairplex hosts a neighborhood Halloween party, inviting families in the surrounding community to the campus for an afternoon of games, prizes, crafts, treats, bounce houses, dancing and other kid-friendly festivities. Check out the fun: A video posted by … Continue reading →
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Oktoberfest!

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Thank you to all the Oktoberfestians who partied with us this month. Whether it was a beer chugging or stein holding competition, doing the Chicken Dance, dining on bratwurst or rocking out with our tribute bands, we hope you had … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Last weekend of Oktoberfest!

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Things are about to get colorful at Fairplex this weekend with The Color Run 5k! Not to mention it’s the last weekend of our Oktoberfest so you know things are going to be memorable around here. Keep reading the L.A. … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Ambassadors at LACF

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    We’ve said it before and we will gladly say it again: Fair volunteers are a vital part of LACF’s core. Behind the Fair exhibits and learning experiences are hundreds of volunteers, selflessly giving their time and energy to the FairKids Field … Continue reading →
  • Throwback Thursday: LACF in the 1930s

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Throwback to the 1930s, when the Los Angeles County Fair was just getting its footing at Fairplex! At the time this photo was taken, the Fair was only 10-years-old or so. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • 5 Fun and Free Halloween Games

    Caroline Preble
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Looking for some last minute Halloween games and activities to keep all your little monsters entertained? Here are 5 fun and free Halloween games that are sure to be a hit! 1. Online Halloween Quiz from Retale.com.  This is an online quizlet that presents some unusual vocabulary words and asks you whether they are animal, vegetable, or candy type. See how many tries it takes you to get them all right!  Click here to go to the quiz. 2. Free Printable Halloween Bingo from Crazy Little Projects. The folks over at this neat website created 10 colorful bingo boards for a fun family-friendly…
  • Meringue Ghosts

    Caroline Preble
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I saw a picture of these adorable meringue ghosts at the Food Network and decided that they would be the perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party this weekend. These happy haunters are easy to make, but be prepared to let them set for a few hours (or even overnight) to fully dry. This recipe makes about 24 yummy little meringue ghosts. They will last several days at room temperature so you can eat some now and save some for later! Happy Halloween! How to make meringue ghosts: Ingredients: 4 Large egg whites (at room temperature) 1/2 Teaspoon  Cream of Tartar 1 Cup of superfine…
  • Party of the Week: Monster Party

    Caroline Preble
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    This month we’ve been featuring parties that would be great for Halloween. This week our theme is the classic monster party, which is perfect for either Halloween or a child’s birthday party. Bright colors, whimsical touches, and lots of googly eyes can all help make your monster party decorations look amazing. Click on our monster party page link to see our complete monster party theme ideas, and read on for some more fun monster party inspirations to make your celebration monster-ously fun! Decorating for a child’s monster party is all about bright colors and whimsy.
  • World Series 2014 Party

    Larissa Jaekel
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Host a World Series 2014 Party We’ve made it easy for you to invite your friends over to watch the World Series with this baseball invitation from Evite.   Decorations   If you are a fan of one team you can use those colors to decorate your game viewing area.  Balloons and streamers are an easy way to set a festive mood quickly and on a budget. Use team colors for your tableware or go with a baseball design Baseball Theme Party Supplies Party Balloons We’ve made you free printables to use at your World Series 2014 party World Series 2014 Free Prinable   Food &…
  • Pumpkin Flavored Cocktails

    Caroline Preble
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    October is all about the pumpkins, and what could be more perfect on a fall day than a pumpkin flavored cocktail! Here are some of the best pumpkin infused drinks that we have seen out there. Enjoy! Pumpkin Pie Martini (from Foodnetwork.com) Ingredients: 1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick) 1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker) 1/2 oz. Kahlua 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps 1/2 oz. half-and-half Crushed graham crackers Cinnamon stick (garnish) Directions: Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham…
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • 5 Tips For a Unique Wedding Ceremony

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We tend to think of the traditional wedding ceremony as being set in stone. But the truth is, wedding traditions are constantly changing. Sometimes those changes are relatively subtle, while at other times they can be fairly dramatic. Either way, the evolution of the wedding service is constant and continual. Couples today should have no More» The post 5 Tips For a Unique Wedding Ceremony appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Five Wedding Apps You Can’t Do Without!

    Caroline Eimerman
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    When it comes time to start planning your wedding, technology and smartphone apps are probably the furthest things from your mind. But tech has gotten into everything, and wedding planning is no different. Today, there are a wide array of wedding apps designed to make it easier to prepare for, and stage, the big day. More» The post Five Wedding Apps You Can’t Do Without! appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Tips for Building Your Own Wedding Websites

    Jodi Cirrincione
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Personalized wedding websites have become extremely popular with young couples who are planning their upcoming weddings. It’s not surprising, really. As a culture we have become increasingly tech savvy, and the world wide web has redefined what it is to be socially connected. So it was only natural that at some point the information revolution More» The post Tips for Building Your Own Wedding Websites appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Top Tips for the Father of the Bride

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Well, the long awaited day has come. Your little girl is all grown up. She’s engaged, and now she’s planning her wedding and her future with the new man in her life. It’s an emotional time for any father. But amidst all the mixed emotions, it’s time to think about the role you will be More» The post Top Tips for the Father of the Bride appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Travel Tips – Organizing Travel Arrangements for your Next Event

    Caroline Eimerman
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Whether you’re planning a wedding, a business seminar, or a charity fund raiser, one of the more important things you need to consider is your guests’ travel arrangements. Certainly, you can leave your guests to their own devices, and let them find their own way to your event. But as a good host you will More» The post Travel Tips – Organizing Travel Arrangements for your Next Event appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • How to Start an Event Planning Business that Turns a Profit

    Melanie Woodward
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I’m frequently asked for advice on starting an event planning business. I do everything I can to give my readers the blueprint (hence, the domain name) for success. One aspect of event planning business start-up I’ve been told I haven’t addressed enough is how to start an event planning business that makes money fast. So I’m going to address that, in detail, in this post. But, let’s not fool ourselves and think these are tips to ‘get-rich-quick’. They’re not. So, let me ask you this… How important is it to make money fast, say within 60 days? I ask this because I…
  • (Video) How To Make Your Event A/V Foolproof

    Melanie Woodward
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Our webinar, “How To Make Your Event A/V Foolproof” was a hit! If you were unable to watch it live, you can see it here as A/V expert and event planner, Will Curran of Endless Entertainment, shares his immense experience and must have info for any event A/V needs. Will was named one of the Top 40 under 40 as an event leader and recognized by Inc Magazine’s Coolest College Startups. This is all before he graduated college!  He’s been producing events like Phoenix Comicon, Festival Block Party and Color Run since high school. Episode Topics: 01:53 Basic event A/V needs 04:39…
  • Boost Event Planning Revenue with Add-On Services

    Melanie Woodward
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Are you making the money you expected to make planning events? Would you like to make more money per event? Today’s post is about boosting your event planning revenue with add-on services. By the way, I’m not talking about increasing your fees for event services although, if you’ve gained experience and an impressive event portfolio, it may also be time to raise your rates. Extra Services You Can Add for Event Planning Clients What I’m talking about are extra event planning services you can offer your clients to help boost the bottom line for your business. Here are some add-ons your…
  • Learn To Be The Best Event Planner From The Best!

    Melanie Woodward
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    I’d say that many of my biggest accomplishments have come from having the support of a mentor. Someone to guide me, answer my questions and steer me in the right direction when I needed it. This has been true throughout my career as an event planner and a business owner and I now consider many of my mentors to be friends and each have had a profound impact on me personally and professionally. Event Planning is one of the hottest professions to choose, so how do you learn to be the best event planner from the best? We live in an age where it seems like one out of every five people have…
  • (Video) Is Event Planning Right For You?

    Melanie Woodward
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Our webinar, “Is Event Planning Right For You?” was a great success. If you were unable to attend, you can watch it here as Event Planner and Business Owner, Addie-Graham-Kramer, shares how to get experience in event planning, what skills you need, how to discuss ‘budget’ with your client, and more.   Episode Topics: 04:21 What skills do you need to be an event planner? 09:51 How family events can help you get started 10:28 How do you get event planning experience when you don’t have any? 13:08 How much money can you expect to make as an event planner? 17:09 How did you market…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • 10 Tips on How to Find the Perfect Venue

    Tal Shoham
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • Evolero Events – Diversity, Flexibility and Brands

    Tal Shoham
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • The Best Growth Hackers Launch Events Like This

    Tal Shoham
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • Top 10 Must Have Apps For #DLDTelAviv  v2.0

    Tal Shoham
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • New Partnership with EVVNT

    Tal Shoham
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
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    etouches blog

  • Pro Tips for Managing Changes to Your Event Onsite

    Tonia Roberts
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Have you had this conversation with yourself before? The morning passes before you decide you’ll have to dig into this later tonight from the hotel room… when you would really rather collapse.  Maybe you miss a key evening meeting, dinner or event.  Maybe you remain the Master of the Universe and do it all; in any case, you will be worse for wear come sunrise.  To use the famous line from infomercials, “There’s got to be a better way!”  And there is! Below are some pro tips on managing your events’ budgets, keeping you highly coordinated with your venues and, perhaps most…
  • 4 Ways to Get Your Community to Promote Your Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Planning events is a team effort. You need to have a production line of tasks in place that will move projects smoothly from one person to another. Once the location is booked, you move on to finding your caterer, then you start planning your seating arrangements, then maybe you move on to marketing and so on. More than just having to coordinate with your team to get projects done, you need to coordinate with all your vendors and sponsors to make sure that your event goes as planned. Now, there is one integral part of your event team that often gets neglected or missed in the planning process…
  • 10 Bad Booth Staff Habits That Need to End Now

    Kristin Hovde
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Whether you are using a table top display or a 30 x 30 custom display, having the right people staff the booth will make a huge difference in how many leads, sales, and traffic received. However, just being a great salesperson is not enough to win over potential customers. Booth etiquette is equally as important as being excellent at speaking to attendees because, even if done unintentionally, there are things that you or your staff could be doing that are deterring people from even setting foot in your display. Refrain from making these 10 booth staff mistakes if you want to be a hit at your…
  • Titan Phone Booth Beacon Project Criticized in NYC

    Kristen Carvalho
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest post written by Liz King of Liz King Events & TechsyTalk If you’re an event planner who hasn’t heard about iBeacon technology, it’s time you learned a bit about it. Gaining popularity this year, this technology allows bluetooth-enabled phones to pick up signals from nearby beacons. I’m sure the easiest way to think about this is in event terms. Let’s say you’re an exhibitor at a large trade show. You set up your booth and add a beacon. Then, when attendees with bluetooth-enabled smartphones walk by, you can send them a message. Promote…
  • How to Successfully Manage a Team of Event Planners

    Amanda Luppino-Esposito
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’m a pretty lucky woman. My day job is serving as events manager for a nonprofit organization whose mission I admire (my other gig is writing for and managing a blog about event planning – it really doesn’t get any better!). In my role as events manager, I oversee a team of event planners. Not only do I get to do something I love every day – plan events – but I get to mentor other planners and develop and grow talent for our organization. One of the key aspects of supervising any team is making sure that the whole team is engaged with the organization’s mission and understands…
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    Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment

  • Who Can Repair Sanyo Projectors Now That Sanyo is Out of Business?

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Who Can Repair Sanyo Projectors Since Sanyo is Out of Business?   Is Sanyo Out of Business? For years, Sanyo have been a dominant player in the high-lumens projector category. In 2010, Panasonic finalized its purchase of Sanyo, leaving many Sanyo Projector owners confused regarding warranty, service, and support issues. We are an Authorized Sanyo Projector Repair Center As a result of the acquisition, Sanyo Projector service requests are now handled by Panasonic Authorized Service centers. We are authorized to service all Sanyo PLC, Sanyo PDG, and Sanyo PDV Models including the…
  • B-52 Authorized Service Center

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    We are proud to announce that we are an authorized warranty service center for B-52 Professional Audio products including Prodigy DJ Workstations, US series amplifiers, Guitar amplifiers, and ACTPRO Active Systems.  B-52 Pro Audio systems are built in the US, here in Southern California, and are known for their excellent sound and competitive price points.  As always, we accept warranty service requests that do not fall under the abuse category with proper proof of purchase. Standard Warranty LIFETIME Warranty on Cabinet Construction FIVE-YEAR Warranty on High Frequency devices FIVE-YEAR…
  • Press Release – NEC Projector Authorized Service

    David Boyajian
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    In Q3 2014, Digitron Electronics joined the NEC Display Self-Servicer network. Our partnership with NEC display means better pricing and quicker service for our customers who need NEC Projector Repairs and NEC Professional Monitor Repairs. Digitron Electronics works with institutions like schools, hospitals, and event production companies to consolidate all audio visual repairs in one central location with one purchase order. We reduce administrative headaches, shipping mistakes, and increase convenience in times when broken equipment can seriously disrupt productivity. Press Release –…
  • FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA

    David Boyajian
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am
     For our first #FilmakerFriday , we wanted to share something special. We love +Sony Professional Solutions of America‘s PMW-EX3 camcorder, and we love #LosAngeles  so here’s an epic aerial shot of LA’s majestic Freeways, Beaches, and Mountains by Mount Airy Films. We love the +Sony PMW-EX3.  Pay attention to the impressive image stabilization – according to the filmmaker, this was all shot handheld. Follow us for our weekly #FilmmakerFriday  & #MusicianMonday Features FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for…
  • Press Release – Onkyo Authorized Service Center

    7 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Montebello, CA, 05/07/2014 Digitron Electronics is now an Authorized Service Center for Onkyo USA As of May 2014, Digitron Electronics is proud to announce that we have become an Authorized Service Center (ASC) for Onkyo products. We are now able to perform both in warranty and out of warranty repairs on Onkyo amplifiers, receivers, speakers, high-end home entertainment systems, and more. This authorization compliments our ability to service Yamaha, Denon, and other high-end amplifier/receiver systems. Digitron Electronics is proud to be Southern California’s primary destination for…
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    The Grand Planner

  • Your Sponsors are Looking at Your Engagement Numbers, and Here's Why

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    While you may consider social media presence to be standard due to trendiness, having a well thought-out social media campaign is actually essential to proving whether or not your event attained its goals with hard numbers and, most importantly to your client and sponsors, proving that it was a financially successful effort.
  • Social Media: How To Keep Your Attendees Engaged

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Thanks to our new add-on, zSocial, we've given event planners the tools to help guests easily connect with your events' social media, but once they have access to all of the profiles and hashtags you have to offer, how can you ensure that they actually interact with them? Coming up with a well-rounded strategy for engagement is crucial for the success of your social media plan.
  • Social Media Engagement: Why Does it Matter at Your Event?

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that there are more tools to help incorporate social media into your events than ever – including our very own zSocial, which seamlessly integrates your social media strategy into your check-in process – there's no excuse to let it fall by the wayside in your event planning. Figuring out ways to connect your event to a range of social media platforms, as well as strategies to ensure that your guests engage with them, is crucial now to the success of your event. How your attendees are interacting with social media at your event has far-reaching effects.
  • The Top 3 Social Media Metrics You Need To Keep Track Of

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you're using social media for your event, you'll be flooded with information about how your guests took your ideas and ran with them. But how do you make sense of it all, and what should you even look for? There are several metrics to analyze when it comes to social media, and they vary across the platforms, but they all essentially fall into these three categories:
  • 10 Things We All Hate About Corporate Events

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Corporate events suck. However, despite perceived notions of awkward interaction in the name of procedural socializing, these events have their benefits. No matter the type, they can strengthen morale, showcase new products and introduce fresh concepts. They create networking opportunities, optimize existing client relationships and create new business leads. They also require you to get up absurdly early, force you to succumb to the grips of lackluster cups of coffee and require your acute attention to speakers that could put a group of Olympic athletes into a sleep deeper than Sleeping…
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    Nimlok Resources

  • Trade Show Booth Staff Boot Camp

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    trade show booth staff boot camp 2014-10-27 Eric Dyson Preparing for a trade show is stressful, we all know that. The process of getting everything budgeted, scheduled, and set up takes an enormous amount of effort. Because of all of the time spent on the material and logistical aspects of planning for a trade shows, organizers often overlook their most important asset, the event staff. To make sure you get the best performance from your booth staff, and in turn ensure your greatest ROI, it is vitally important to have a well-trained and knowledgeable team. Below are some keys to getting your…
  • Nimmy Lost and Found Contest Blog

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    help nimmy for a chance to win an ipad air 2014-10-20 Eric Dyson Nimlok has been an industry leader in custom trade show exhibits for over 40 years. We thrive on creativity, customization and craftsmanship. It is our mission to make sure every last detail is covered on any project we work on.  However, our buddy Nimmy is not always the most astute member of our team. Sometimes he can be forgetful, and recently it’s gotten him into a whole heap of trouble. You see, Nimmy loves trade show exhibits so we put him in charge of keeping track of their whereabouts. He is usually on top of things,…
  • goals blog

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    things to think about while planning your trade show goals 2014-10-16 Eric Dyson Trade shows are major investments in time and financial resources for organizations. This is why it is crucial to create, track and achieve positive outcomes from trade show participation. The best way to make sure you get a great ROI from your trade show attendance is to have measurable goals and objectives set in place beforehand.  Here are some tips on how to set, track and achieve your trade show goals.  outline your expectations: Your first order of business should be outlining your expectations. Ask…
  • after the show

    Amy Benes
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    after the show: 5 tips on post show marketing 2014-10-07 Eric Dyson With all that goes into planning for a trade show it can be easy to forget some fundamental marketing practices. However, overlooking crucial networking, promotional and sales opportunities after the lights have dimmed and the crowds have gone may diminish your return on investment. According to research conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), 80% of trade show leads are never followed up upon. This is a huge number and it represents a lot of lost opportunities for business. How an organization…
  • six event marketing lessons learned in the classroom

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    six event marketing lessons learned in the classroom 2014-09-26 Amy Benes School teaches students a lot of things, but it also teaches teachers. After college, I had a wonderful opportunity to teach high school English abroad in South Korea. It was an extremely influential period of my life, and when I returned and jumped into the event marketing industry, I found myself calling back to six key lessons I learned as a teacher. your energy in is directly related to their energy out We’ve all had those one-year-to-retirement teachers who dryly moved through the motions of the day’s lessons.
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  • Bonfire Night – Host the Perfect Party

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    The trees are bare, the air is cold and the nights are long; winter is well and truly on it’s way. It’s an exciting thought for many, the anticipation of snow, thick jumpers and wholesome, warming food. Firstly, however, we mustn’t forget bonfire night – it’s the perfect chance to throw a fabulous, autumnal party. Outside your bonfire will be crackling away, sparks flying high into the midnight blue sky. Inside your guests will be keeping warm, popping out occasionally to chatter around the fire. We’d recommend throwing a party like this at your own home; alternatively, hire a…
  • THE EXPERT EDIT: How to make the most of your venue

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It is a well-known fact that a luxurious selection of food and drinks in a unique venue underpins the most memorable of parties. We are increasingly tasked with designing events that reflect the individuality and interests of you, the host. We’re looking at some of our favourite luxury food, drink and venue combinations to provide you with party inspiration. Beer Happy Independent Breweries are proving to be an increasingly popular choice for guests wanting to celebrate in impressive stripped back venues, with artisan drinks on tap. With craft beers and ales brewed on site at Hackney’s…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Radiant Orchid

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” – Pantone Radiant Orchid was voted as the 2014’s Colour of the Year and, as the description hints, it’s the perfect colour to have at any beautiful wedding, we think it would work lovely during the winter months. It’s a fantastic symbolic colour that we love…
  • Creating A Luxurious Cocktail Party – Here’s How:

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As it’s London Cocktail week we’ve been inspired to create Collection 26’s luxury cocktail party guide. We have our favourite cocktail in hand, a classic Whiskey Sour, what will you be drinking? We love a good party, especially when cocktails are involved. A cocktail party is the perfect sophisticated event, it’s a glamorous evening full of fabulous dresses, gorgeous drinks, swish men and lovely ladies. Slip on your favourite heels or dig out your most luxury tux and you’re good to go. But, how do you hold such an event? Well… here are a few ideas for you to consider:…
  • Grooms Guide: What Accessories Should I Wear?

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    So, you’ve chosen your suit. What’s next? Well… you need to pick your accessories. Here are some ideas for you to consider. Watches A watch is not only practical, but it can also be a fabulous addition to your big day. It will be an item that you’ll cherish forever; therefore, it’s important that you choose the right one. Luxury watches are the ones to look for. Not only will the watch have been crafted with passion but it will also last you a very long time. The design will be impeccable and hard to beat, it will look and feel incredible. Start your research by looking at Cartier,…
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  • A New Halloween Mystery!

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Happy Halloween!  Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Halloween-themed thriller, The Haunted Halloween Heist!  Set in the spooky forest known as Shufflemoore Woods, this mystery is easy to run and will make for a wonderful Halloween party!  The Haunted Halloween Heist features the following: Easy setup and game play, making the mystery suitable for any age of player; A simple, scavenger hunt based model that is sure to be a hit; An adjustable guest list that can accommodate any number of different…
  • Featured Mystery Party: Malachai Stout's Family Reunion for 75

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Greetings friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of August: Jen Lyles ran Malachai Stout’s Family Reunion for a group of 75 (!!!) at her own family reunion.  In order to accommodate the extra large number of guests, Jen assigned each table a specific character to play, with two extra tables taking on the role of “detectives.” We here at PWM are really impressed with what Jen did, and it sounds like the party worked out exceptionally well.  Jen had the following to say: “We played in a hotel banquet room.
  • Featured Mystery Party: Jazz Age Jeopardy

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Greetings friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Today’s post is our Featured Party for the month of July: Ann-Marie Borden ran Jazz Age Jeopardy, and we’ve rarely seen anyone who put so much ingenuity and effort into preparation, decoration, food and costuming! Ann-Marie turned her kitchen and dining room into the Cat’s Meow Jazz Club where the mystery took place, with the murder scene itself set up in a separate room away from the party.  In addition to all the decoration, Ann-Marie’s party featured a Murder Cheesecake (shown below) and lots of other treats, as…
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  • 5 Easy Adult Halloween Party Ideas

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Halloween is one of the most delightful holidays of year because it not only makes dressing up in outrageous or goofy costumes socially acceptable, but enthusiastically encouraged, even for grown folks. Naturally, I like to squeeze as much mischievous madness as tastefully possible out of my big Halloween fling. If you are anything like me, you know that the best parties are the most memorable parties, and the most memorable parties incorporate unique themes that elevate the occasion above the average level of fun.I've listed five easy adult Halloween party ideas, around which you can…
  • Best College Football Traditions, Trivia, Rivalries & History -- Part II

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've comprised the best college football traditions, rivalries, history, nicknames, mascots, colors and fight songs of 8 top American universities including:University of NebraskaUniversity of North CarolinaUniversity of OklahomaTexas A&M UniversityTexas Tech UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech UniversityWest Virginia University
  • DIY Beach Decor & Nautical Do-It-Yourself Projects

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are planning a nautical theme party or enhancing your home decor, I've put together some of my favorite DIY beach decor and nautical do-it-yourself projects and ideas for tasteful accents that are sure to please. Specifically, these DIY projects:Hanging DecorationsLife Ring Door WreathPainted Nautical Signal FlagsMod-Podge Nautical Cutouts on CanvasStarfish Wall Dangle Sisal-Wrapped Porthole MirrorTablewareNautical Napkin RingsNautical Drinking CupsNautical CoastersTabletop AccentsDecorative Wrapped CandlesSand & Shell Layered VaseHow to Tie a Monkey’s Fist Knot Beachy Wine…
  • Best College Football Traditions, Trivia, Rivalries & History

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've comprised the best college football traditions, rivalries, history, nicknames, mascots, colors and fight songs of 10 top southern universities including:University of ArkansasAuburn UniversityClemson UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of KentuckyUniversity of MississippiMississippi State UniversityUniversity of MissouriUniversity of South CarolinaUniversity of Texas
  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Mexican Fiesta Party Decorations

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are gearing up for Mexican Independence Day on September 16th or planning a special Mexican Fiesta for your favorite crowd, these easy DIY party decorations are sure to get your creative juices flowing. There’s nothing I love more than creating the perfect decorative details to delight my party guests and make the occasion even more memorable. I've gathered a few of my favorite ideas that I hope you’ll enjoy that are both low-budget and simple to make:Hanging/Wall DecorationsMexican Chili Pepper PomGeometric Paper Garland Napkin FlowersFloral Ball MaracasPapier Mache…
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