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    Event Manager Blog

  • 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…
  • Boost Your Event Communication with Automation

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    This is a sponsored post by Kristen Carvalho, Content & Social Media Manager at eTouches. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. With all the different technology that is available today it is almost like you only need a team of one to run your event. With social media automation to email marketing automation to seamless registration sync into your mobile app it seems that if you take just enough time to plan everything, you could pull off an event all by yourself… Okay, so you couldn’t pull off a 3,000 person event by yourself but all those tools would make…
  • Event SOS: Where did it all go wrong? How I plan to put it right

    Guest Author
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    How hard can it be? According to Wikipedia, London and its commuter belt holds 13,614,409 people. That’s a lot of folk. So how challenging can it be to persuade, let’s say 50 of them, to come to an attractive venue in Central London on a Tuesday night to hear from 2 brilliant life coaches, and 2 of our brightest young female entrepreneurs, talk about empowerment, career coaching, and running a business against the odds? The speakers were keen, the subject matter, as I mentioned, promising, the venue intimate and friendly, all I needed were some attendees. So how to find them? I tried all…
  • Creating Magical Partnerships with Sponsors

    Holly Krenek
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    At most events today there are sponsors who are to thank for the entire event even taking place – without sponsorship dollars most events struggle to happen. As event planners we seek to find sponsors months in advance of planning an event. A sponsorship that works for one event, may not work for another. Mapping out sponsorships into tiny little details is crucial from the get-go. Brainstorming on creative opportunities, providing checklists, setting up pre and post show calls to review marketing and brand strategies, and providing sponsors with a list of resources they can contact at any…
  • 20 Sins of Exhibiting

    Becki Cross
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Time and time again I witness exhibitors making the same common mistakes at exhibitions. Avoid these top 20 sins of exhibiting to ensure that you maximise your investment and have the best chance of achieving your objectives from every show! 1. Not Reading the Exhibitor Manual Ensure you read and digest every piece of information the exhibition organiser sends to you. Don’t just presume that everything will be provided – check the specifics. Likewise ensure that you return all the paperwork by the deadline to help ensure a positive streamlined exhibiting process and avoid last minute…
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    Meetings Podcast

  • 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
  • IMEX Challenge Shade Tree October 11-12

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Erica Thompson Director of Major Gifts and Fundrasing from the Shade Tree talks about the IMEX Challenge at the Shade Tree. Sign up http://www.razoo.com/story/Imex-Challenge-2014  http://www.theshadetree.org
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Conference Education’s Dirty Little Secret

    Jeff Hurt
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    All conference education has a dirty little secret. And it’s bigger and dirtier than most. The big skeleton in the conference closet is that most attendees will forget the majority of what they hear during the event. The current design of the education session sabotages your learning and retention. Let’s Waste The Company’s Money No one says, “Hey, let’s spend a lot of money and time to attend a conference and participate in education sessions that we will never remember. Or even apply.” So you delude yourself, and your boss, into spending a lot of money thinking you will increase…
  • 2015 Customers, Social Media And The Hospitality Industry [Infographic]

    Jeff Hurt
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Does customer service belong on social media or not? As the debate continues, take a look at how social media customer service may evolve over the next year within the hospitality industry. Image compliments of Best Hospitality Degrees The post 2015 Customers, Social Media And The Hospitality Industry [Infographic] appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw's Midcourse Corrections.        Related Stories3 Social Media Take-Aways From #pcmapowerRevamping Your Conference Social Media Strategy 
  • The Tragic All Too Common Brain Busting Conference Lecture

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Have you seen the Gary Larson cartoon of the student asking if he can be excused because his brain is full? As author Roy Pollock points out, it’s funny as a cartoon. However overwhelming a listener’s brain is a tragic and wasteful problem that happens in many education sessions. Especially conference keynotes and breakouts. Jam The Content In Most conference speakers try to cover too much content in their allotted time. The result is cognitive overload say education researchers. When people receive too much information too quickly, they are unable to process it. They don’t have enough…
  • 3 Social Media Take-Aways From #pcmapower

    Wendy Holliday
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The PCMA Power chapter hosted industry veterans and Hospitality majors from Kent State University last week in social media roundtable discussions. The mix of ages and experiences brought interesting insight to the role social media can play in attendee acquisition and engagement. Here are three big ideas of what they had to say. 1. Connect with people not programs. Put people first, not your conference. Stop creating bland and sterile communications. Give us someone specific to communicate with and make me feel like you are communicating directly with me. Use a specific person’s name not…
  • Conference Education Sessions Must Override Attendees’ Need For Predictability

    Jeff Hurt
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    We are hard-wired to be like the Fraggles. But we are better off being like the the Doozers. Be A Doozer Not A Fraggle If you’ve ever watched the 80s tv show Fraggle Rock, you know the Fraggles and Doozers. The colorful, fur tuft tipped tail Fraggles only have a 30-minute work week. They dedicated their time to carefree enjoyment and play. They don’t like to think or work. The small green ant like Doozers spend all their time building things. They are dedicated to work and their profession as builders. Here is the challenge: the lazy Fraggles love to eat the Doozers’ buildings. Why work…
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    Special Events Magazine

  • Early-bird Rates for TSE 2015 End Nov. 20

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Special Events Staff Don't dawdle—you can get the best rates for The Special Event 2015, slated for Jan. 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., if you register by Nov. 20 Don't dawdle—you can get the best rates for The Special Event 2015, slated for Jan. 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., if you register by Nov. 20. read more
  • Special Events Business News for Oct. 22, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Special Events Staff Special events news this week includes a new F&B manager at the Plano Centre Special events news this week includes a new F&B manager at the Plano Centre read more
  • Ebola Having Little Impact on Business Travel, Study Says

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Special Events Staff Although recent opinion polls say that many in the public are more afraid of falling ill from the Ebola virus than they are from influenza—a far more imminent threat—so far, fears about Ebola have not had a big impact on business travel Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Halloween Decor Pieces and Cupcake Supplies, Skirting Hanger System

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Special Events Staff Halloween items for special events include AirDD's atmospheric decor pieces and Halloween-themed cupcake wrappers. Also available: a tableskirt hanging system. Halloween items for special events include AirDD's atmospheric decor pieces and Halloween-themed cupcake wrappers. Also available: a tableskirt hanging system. read more
  • Car Turn: Filmmaster Events Helps Maserati Celebrate 100 Years

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Special Events Staff Filmmaster Events creates a three-day celebration of celebrated carmaker Masterati's 100th anniversary, complete with a gala dinner on an acutal production line. read more
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    WordPress Tag: Event Planning

  • A Long Expected Engagement Party

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    This past weekend, I helped host my sister and her fiancé’s engagement party. It was a lot of work to say the least, but I had so much fun!!! I can’t help but show off for you all since most of the décor I made myself or with the help of my family. Enjoy the pics! We used my mother’s engagement sari as a tablecloth, protected by a plastic tablecloth on top. I think it went well with the centerpieces. We bought vases and mason jars from the Habitat for Humanity Restore and spray painted the bottoms gold. Then we used small tea cups and fresh flowers to complete the look. I made the…
  • Who Needs Luck?

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    By Jillian Heddaeus, CMP I’m not much of one for “luck”. Good luck or bad luck, it just doesn’t hold
  • Heeeeeere's Vision Entertainment!

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Hello, hello: ladies and gents, brides and grooms, friends and family, companies and party-goers! We, here at Vision Entertainment, are super excited about getting this blog up and running. We feel it is time to get you all in the loop about what we can, will and want to do for you and your next event. Planning an event is a big deal, that is why we are here to help you out! We will keep you up to date and in the know on the latest trends in our event planning industry. Whether you are planning a wedding, private or corporate event; we want to be the ones you call upon when push comes to…
  • Wordless Wednesday: The Smaller Details

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The smaller things of a wedding can be forgotten so easily. With so many options for everything big, how is a bride supposed to remember the small? However, the smallest of details can be the biggest of things that your guests talk about. It can even become the thing that pulls everything together! So today, for our Wordless Wednesday, we are featuring all the small details that can be the feature of your wedding, or worse, forgotten! Ceremony Sign Bride & Groom Seat Sign Directions to Wedding Escort Cards/Favor Guestbook Lighting Cocktail Napkins Dinner Menu Cake Stand Grand Exit…
  • Winter Wonderland Wedding.

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Before we know it, winter will be here. What better way to embrace winter than with winter wedding i
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  • An Update On All The Shiny and Happy New Hotel Brands Out There for Millennials

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The past few month has been all sorts of insane with new hotel announcements, mostly brands aimed at millennials. We understand that many hotel brands needed to revitalize their offerings for the "next gen traveler", particularly with their design, tech and entertainment offerings, but they are seriously going overboard. Like, we can't even. [Insert girl crossing her arms in front of her face emoji here.] And we can't help but wonder if all their presumptions research about millennials are just a little off base? Judging from the room key shown above, hotels apparently think that when…
  • The Bottom: Low-Key Saba Island Now Has a Hotel Spa, Thanks to Queen's Garden Inn

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The new Frangipane Spa at the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba If you remember the killer views we showed you last winter that make the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba, the Caribbean island's most luxurious property, you might recall the unfinished building in some of the photos. The work-in-progress was a spa, which was finished earlier this month, just in time for the upcoming Caribbean season. Called the Frangipani Spa, it features two open air treatment rooms, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, herbal facial aroma pots, waterfall shower, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Like the hotel, it overlooks…
  • Cabo San Lucas: Capella Pedegral in Cabo Will Reopen on January 15 (And Other Resort Reopening Dates)

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    The other week we published a list of official reopening dates for the resorts and hotels of Cabo San Lucas, who were hit very hard by Hurricane Odile in September. Worryingly, quite a few of the hotels on the list were only given the dreaded "To Be Announced" slot for their opening dates. Today, we have a few of those TBA dates firmed up. · Capella Pedegral: The luxury hotel plans on reopening January 15. Here's a portion of the statement they put on their website: Capella Pedregal has completed its assessment of the damage resulting from Hurricane Odile, and as reported earlier, the…
  • Nashville: Music to Our Ears: An Ace and an Edition May Be Coming to Nashville

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Exciting times are ahead for Nashville’s hotel scene. In particular, the city's boutique otel scene is really coming up. Already, there's a Virgin, Thompson and Kimpton in the works, but now we've learned there's an Ace and an Edition coming as well. How do we know this? The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation has released a "cheat sheet" of new Downtown/Midtown hotels in the works, most of them opening in the city's coolest neighborhoods. But don’t pack your bags yet, as many of these hotels are years from completion, with some still under speculation. And we all know that…
  • Dear Hotel Housekeepers, Would You Please Stop Taking Our Free Food Away?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    It's time for another Hotel Rant! Today, let's talk food. Free food. Those fruit platters and cookie jars that you get on check in. Got a hotel rant you want to share? Let us know! Last week, we stayed at a hotel that shall remain nameless. We checked in after a 13-hour flight to a room stocked with a free minibar. A few minutes later, we were brought a welcome gift: orange juice, a packet of cheese cookies, a chocolate bar, and a box of marshmallows. Perfect! A little graze of that, and we wouldn’t need to venture out while zombie-fied. As it happened, we drank the juice, had one cookie…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • 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...
  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
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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 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…
  • Fall Special Meeting Offers

    Ashley Chalmers
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Securing good rates for short term meetings can be difficult and stressful, which is the last thing planners need as summer winds down and you begin to prepare for the busy fall tradeshow season. We have you covered though, with a variety of special meeting offers, available exclusively to planners using ConventionPlanit. Tropicana Las Vegas, a Doubletree Hotel (Las Vegas, Nevada) Book and actualize an event or conference at the New Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton for the months of September and October 2014 and you can earn up to Triple HHonors Event Planner Points!  Planners…
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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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    WordPress.com News

  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within WordPress.com as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on WordPress.com and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their WordPress.com dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
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  • The 3 Essentials for the 21st Century Conference Room

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The huddle room is the heart of any office. It’s where collaboration happens and where great ideas are formed. So equipping the meeting space for optimal performance is important.  But what’s essential, and what’s optional?   How can you outfit your huddle room now, so that it won’t need an upgrade next year?  And how do you do this on a tight budget?  Request Free!
  • The Democratization of Meeting Room Collaboration

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like many other business tools, the magnitude of conferencing- and collaboration-related benefits realized by an organization depends on its volume of usage. Simply stated – organizations benefit when more people collaborate more often.  Learn more..Request Free!
  • 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!
  • Millennials as Brand Advocates - New Research Study Results

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Traditional marketing tactics don’t cut it when you're trying to share your brand story with social-savvy millennials. In fact, a new SocialChorus research study of over 500 millennials reveals that only 6% of millennials consider online advertising to be a trusted source for product information. So how do you reach this ad-averse group? Download this report to learn:How millennials prefer to interact with brands (hint: they’ve mastered tuning out your social advertising)Who 95% of millennials trust for product informationHow to power millennials to advocate for your brand and share your…
  • The 6 Step Customer Advocate Marketing Handbook

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Happy customers are some of your brand's best advocates. When they share your brand story their message is more trusted than when it's delivered directly from the brand. Connecting and engaging with customer advocates drives business results for brands, including improving social engagement, increasing brand preference, and helping brands reach new customers. Download this handbook to learn more!Request Free!
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    Elite Meetings Blog

  • 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…
  • Autumn-Inspired Activities

    Danielle Childress
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for memorable group outings. Here are some seasonal ideas to use for incentive trips, corporate retreats, and for simply for adding color to corporate meetings: Ghost Tour – Spook things up with a guided ghost tour. Many cities have a “haunted” past and offer walking and/or bus tours with a captivating host to tell stories along the way. Cider Making/ Donuts…
  • What’s New in Jamaica? 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

    Annette Burden
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Jamaica, the Caribbean’s third largest island, epitomizes the region’s allure with its easy airlift, diverse resort areas, all-inclusive options, and more than 100 rivers tumbling down from green-velvet mountains to a sea edged in dreamy golden sand. Add everything from fine dining fit for royalty to soulful cuisine, free-flowing rum, reggae, and friendly fun-loving people, and you’ve got a destination to thrill any group, anytime. So why now? Beyond the basics, here are three timely reasons to take your group—or at least yourself—to Jamaica this year or next. The…
  • Eco-Minded Planning

    Danielle Childress
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
      Kermit the Frog lamented, “It’s not that easy being green.” That may be true for Kermit and his particular brand of greenness, but it doesn’t have to be that way for green meetings. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are terms that continue to generate thought in the events industry. If you’re still not sure what those terms mean or how they impact the way you plan, here are the definitions: Sustainability is a method of using a resource so that the resource is not depleted. Corporate social responsibility is an organization’s sense of…
  • New eRFP Manager and AttendeeHub Garner Media Attention

    Martha Brooks
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Our just-released SpeedRFP management tool and appointment scheduler, AttendeeHub, are generating some industry buzz. Here’s what Prevue magazine had to say about our newest releases.   Newly Updated eRFP & Event Scheduling Tech Released By Greg Oates Published: September 17, 2014  http://prevuemeetings.com/resources/trends/event-tech/newly-updated-erfp-event-scheduling-tech-released/ Elite Meetings International (EMI) improved its SpeedRFP manager and introduced its cool new AttendeeHub scheduling platform this year. Beginning with the new SpeedRFP, its latest…
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  • How Far We've Come: Event Tech in 2014

    Liz King
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It's hard to believe, but we are already coming to the end of 2014. It seems like just yesterday I was predicting technology trends for the year and now it's time to reevaluate and see what has really come to fruition. Consider this a lesson for all of you who have felt disconnected from technology this year and want a little catch-up course to find out all the things you may have missed.  Email Marketing The concept of email marketing is nothing new. Brands have been using their email list to market their events, brand changes, and keep people informed for years. However, with a…
  • Is TMC Global Consolidation the Right Answer?

    Jennifer Steinke
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    We have seen in the past a push to consolidate the TMC services to a global player, so all or at least the majority of locations in a corporation are utilizing the same provider. There are many benefits to this model – leveraged TMC fees, consistent processes and more consolidated data. But I am wondering if this is truly the best approach. With technologies that can help us to still achieve some of these same benefits could corporations start to look at a more localized or regional approaches to servicing their travelers? Travelers are expressing that they want a more localized…
  • Ancillary Fees - What do we really need???

    Jennifer Steinke
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    For years now there has been so much talk about ancillary fees and the challenges the managed travel programs face with these fees. In a recent meeting with industry colleagues we figured out it comes down to three things: Transparency, Transactable, and Trackable. So what does that mean? Transparency. Tell us what the fees are! Let us understand them and how they can impact our managed programs so we can make intelligent decisions on them. Transactable. There are a few fees that we feel should be transparent at the point of sale / time of booking and our travelers should have the option of…
  • Global Meeting Trends: What's Ahead for 2015 #IMEX14

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    At IMEX America 2014, Yma Sherry, Vice-President North America, American Express Meetings & Events unveiled American Express'' 2015 Global Meetings & Events Forecast, co-sponsored by Cvent. AMEX sent Global Meeting Planner Surveys to meeting and event planners from major global regions, group air experts as well as  suppliers from major hotels chains and major airlines. Cvent distributed surveys to event planners. American Express interviewed industry experts and hotel and airline representatives. Here are some highlights Global Meeting and Event Trends Some of the key…
  • The Next Generation of Mobile Apps for Planners – Discover OnArrival

    McNeel Keenan
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    OnArrival is one of Cvent’s newest and most exciting products. For those of you who haven’t tried it out yet, OnArrival is a mobile app designed to improve the onsite experience for both planners and attendees. With OnArrival, event organizers can easily manage onsite tasks like event check-in, badge printing, and credit card payment processing for registrations, sales, and donations.     We first launched the first version of OnArrival in August 2013. Since then, we’ve processed over 600,000 event and session check-ins at events with anywhere from…
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    EventIQ Blog

  • 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…
  • New Feature – Shuffle Candidate Order

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s true, first comes first. Believe it or not, the order of candidate names on a ballot has an impact on voting results.  “When the candidates are listed first, they have a real advantage.” said Jon Krosnick, co-author of the study and professor of psychology and political science at Ohio State, to the Ohio State Research Communications. ”Even in high profile elections such as the presidential race….name order on the ballot can make a big difference.”  According to Krosnick’s joint study with researchers from Stanford University and the University of…
  • The Extraordinary Mystery of the Missing Back-to-School Student Registration Line-up

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    A student prepares for his September course registration, as always, an hour before the registration begins. But this year his school has decided to dismantle the long lineups and accept registrations online. Where previously there was a lengthy paper document overflowing with course listings, when he arrives online, he’s met with a single entry field – Student ID. He enters his ID and in seconds the form comes alive and several pieces of his student information filling up the form. He hardly has to do anything as his information is pre-filled: Parent Guardian Contact Information, Course…
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  • StartUp Monday: Loopd, the Event Marketing Wearable

    Niki Lotte
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    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!Loopd, an event marketing wearable, provides personalized data to enhance your event strategy using the Loopd badge. By simply downloading the Loopd app, everyone at your event – guests, clients, vendors, planners, and you – can receive real-time data and analytics about your guests and event on your mobile…
  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014

    Niki Lotte
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    From short films to craft beers, San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014 is full of events to see, taste, and hear! ABCey’s Weekend LineUp will reveal the most bumping beats and tastiest treats for you to enjoy this weekend.SF International Festival of Short FilmsThursday, October 16th to Saturday, October 18th | 7PM – 11PM; 5PM start time on Saturday | Roxie Theater| $11.50 per sessionIf you love short films, this three-day event is for you! All shows are 30 minutes or less and cover topics ranging from sacrifice to identity. Start planning with the schedule here.Noe Valley…
  • Tech Tuesday: EventMobi, Create, Customize, and Launch Your Event App

    Caterina Mayer
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:27 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!“Create, customize, and launch your event app!”This week, we are encouraging you to check out EventMobi. This application enables event planners and marketers to create their own event app for their individual needs. Millions of event planners, marketers, and attendees from more than 40 countries use this app, which is easily accessible from a smartphone, tablet, or any other online…
  • StartUp Monday: Hall – Group Chat and Instant Messaging for Companies

    Niki Lotte
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    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!Hall is a social app that brings your team together. You can chat, share files, and create groups with people both in and out of your company. Businesses can easily send and receive messages one-on-one or in groups with users who are in- and out-of-network which erases the need to constantly check your work email.Another feature of…
  • Seasonal Fall Foods for Our Tables

    Niki Lotte
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    ABCey Events loves using the freshest fruits and vegetables to feed our guests! We are super excited to welcome a new season of food to spice up our event menus! Squash, apples, pears, sweet potatoes and other Fall foods are making their way onto our tables in the coming months. Here are some fun recipes to incorporate into your fall festivities!Festive Pumpkin DipThis spiced delicious Festive Pumpkin Dip is the perfect use of seasonal fruits and vegetables, like pumpkin and peppers, to serve to your guests as an appetizer. Just be warned, they may not want to stop for the main course!Pork…
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    Austin Social Planner

  • 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.
  • GIVEAWAY: The Discover Great Music Lounge

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Have you made plans for Saturday October 4th after the ACL Festival? We’ve got the perfect party for you! Viacom Music networks CMT, MTV, MTV2, and VH1, in partnership with Pizza Hut will host the hottest party of the Austin festival weekend, The Discover Great Music Lounge at Austin on Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 pm – 2 am. Bonus points: it’s steps away from the festival at the American Legion Hall. Pizza Hut is celebrating the launch of their new Bacon Stuffed Pizza Crust with free slices, bacon cocktails provided by Bakon, a five-foot pig piñata filled with bacon…
  • RECAP: DIFFA Urban Picnic by Design

    Kevin Smothers
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In its inaugural year, the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Urban Picnic by Design combined over-the-top design and decadently delicious bites – all benefiting AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) and DIFFA. Ana and Matt Holm Paul Scott (ASA) and Kelly LaPlante Picnic by Design is a signature national DIFFA event, having hosted parties in San Francisco, New York and Dallas. For the concept’s first foray into the Austin scene, chair Kelly LaPlante called on twenty local designers to put their spin on the picnic design. One of the many tablescapes Maureen Stevens and…
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  • How to Find a Speaker

    Randy Markus
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    courtesy of jasonrowens.com We all know when you find a speaker that is the right fit for your event or meeting makes for some really good news. That just right speaker can help to set the mood and tone for any event or meeting. Hiring a speaker is an important step when event and meeting planning. It’s imperative to take your event requirements, unusual or commonplace, and match them to the meeting agenda, objectives and goals. There are a variety of reasons as well as a huge assortment of speakers that can fit the bill. Everything from a keynote speaker to guest speaker and everything…
  • Think outside of the Box for Unique Venues

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    photo by Carlos Osorio Toronto Star When considering a location for their groups, many meeting planners look for unique venues to provide the wow factor. We are used to hosting or attending events at;  museums, art galleries and aquariums. And, don’t get me wrong, many of those venues are an excellent setting for the type of event that is being hosted. But, more and more planners are looking for that extra punch. Often it’s the attractions and events that a meeting planner uses to promote attendance for their meeting. One factor that I always try to keep in mind when proposing…
  • Halloween Party Planning, It’s Never too Late to Get Started

    Randy Markus
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Courtesy of justduckyerrands.com Do you want to plan the spookiest best ever Halloween party? You know the kind that will be talked and talked about well after the lights go out. Does the thought of Halloween Party planning frighten you just a little? Based on the telephone calls I have been receiving from friends the answer is a resounding yes. No need to fear. Halloween really is all about the fun, excitement and merriment. What kid or adult isn’t thrilled when Halloween is just around the corner? And who amongst us doesn’t love a great Halloween Party? Yes planning a Halloween party…
  • Green Gift Tip: Use Less Paper and Have More Fun

    Ronald Shapiro
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Traditionally, we select the perfect gifts for our friends and family members for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, special recognition for an accomplishment, and other occasions.  We buy wrapping paper, wrap the gift up to look beautiful and present it to the honoree.  The honoree tears the paper unwrapping their gift, discards the paper, and (hopefully) enjoys their great gift. Is there an alternative to consuming so much paper which would be nice looking, more fun for the gift recipient and guests?  Yes! You might want to make one or more of these gift wrapping alternatives a friends…
  • Interview with Dave Ferguson, from Perfect Event Proposals

    Andrew Maxwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Here at PlanAnEvent we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest tools to help meeting and event planners. We recently connected with Dave Ferguson, from Perfect Event Proposals. Dave is working on a proposal creation platform designed specifically for event planners. Perfect Event Proposals focuses solely on minimizing the time it takes to respond to RFP’s & create professionally designed, multimedia proposals and win more clients. We reached out to Dave and asked him to share some information about his exciting project, Perfect Event Proposals. PlanAnEvent (PAE): Dave…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • 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 […]
  • Why Did The Apple Webcast Fail?

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you watched or attempted to watch the Apple Webcast you were probably disappointed as the broadcast would either freeze or cut out entirely. Biz Bash published an interview with various tech luminaries that had some excellent insights..  http://ow.ly/BzBHu The team here at P&V Enterprises consists of techies, creative and production people.  We have this […]
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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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    Key Events Explore

  • IT List: Autumn in The Bay

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Our Top 5 Must Do Autumn Activities By Chris Ochoa, Sales & Marketing Coordinator While September and early October tend to be some of the warmest months […]
  • Venue Buzz – Recent Hot Venues Used by Key Events

    Chris Ochoa
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    By Marisa Camplin, Sales Manager Key Events is in our annual busy season!  Here’s a look at some of the recent venues we’ve been in.   A […]
  • Key Events Hires Courtney Preston as Director of Operations

    Chris Ochoa
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Key Events Hires Courtney Preston as Director of Operations We’re excited to announce the hiring of Courtney Preston as Director of Operations!  Courtney brings 12+ years of […]
  • Levi’s Stadium Open For Business

    Chris Ochoa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Levi’s Stadium Open For Business By Molly Walsh, VP Business Development A Meetings and Events Haven Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi’s® Stadium is one of the […]
  • Heather’s Top Picks

    Chris Ochoa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Heather’s Picks – Donuts to Die For After attending this year’s Hosts Global Alliance Forum in Cancun, Mexico and declaring donuts as one of the “things that […]
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    Estate Weddings and Events

  • Experiencing St. Barts in La Banane Style

    Elizabeth R.
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    These days it seems impossible to find bona fide style, but an exclusive 1950s Parisian-inspired boutique hotel stands out among the stock. La Banane on St. Barts is a retro-chic hotel made up of nine distinct and artistic bungalows that are nothing short of tres chic. Situated in perhaps the most elegant and exclusive of the Caribbean Islands, La Banane embodies the smart style of St. Barts. St Barts is the place to go for pristine white-sand beaches, soothing turquoise waters, and gourmet restaurants. While staying at La Banane, exploring the fabulous world of St Barts comes naturally.
  • 5 Reasons Why Maryland’s Grand Kentlands Mansion Should Host Your Next Event

    Suzy Guese
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Sparkling crystal chandeliers, ceilings that seem to stretch to the sky, hand carved molding, polished hardwood floors, mahogany paneled rooms, manicured lawns and fragrant gardens create the image for a grand, turn of the century dream. It is a dream that lives in imaginations envisioning such a setting for a wedding, party or even a business meeting. Luckily for those seeking such a 1900s dream, Kentlands Mansion exists on its turn of the century pedestal. Its elegant and romantic interiors make for an event space that requires very little imagination. The table has been set for a party in…
  • Classic New York City: A Guide to the Borough of Brooklyn

    Josh Lew
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    image via Jim Brooklyn is one of New York City’s five boroughs. While it is part of the Big Apple, it sometimes feels like its own city. It is the largest borough in terms of population (more than 2.5 million people live here). Sometimes portrayed as rough-around-the-edges or less-exciting than neighboring Manhattan, Brooklyn has plenty of positive attributes that don’t often earn headlines. Many people consider it a more accessible, down-to-earth place to visit compared to its more famous peers. It has some wonderful museums, New York City’s most exciting arts scene, and…
  • The Definitive Guide to Krugar National Park, South Africa

    Abigail Geer
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Image credit: Barbara Eckstein For a safari getaway unlike any other jet off to South Africa’s breathtaking Krugar National Park and experience the wild heart of the majestic bushveld. Running along the border of Mozambique and covering an impressive 20,000 square kilometers and 14 unique ecozones, Krugar offers an unrivaled diversity of wildlife rarely seen anywhere else on earth. With stunning landscapes teaming with wildlife, action packed adventure, nightly feasts under the stars, and luxury lodging overlooking the reserve, Krugar National Park will delight your senses at…
  • Vintage Pastel Fairytale at the Valentino Estate

    Claire Lewis
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    I think I speak for most women when I say that we’ve all dreamt of being a fairy princess when we were young.  Blame it on the Disney movies we grew up on, but we can’t help ourselves.  Maybe it is the classic love story we fall for, or perhaps we’ve always wanted to wear a gown to a formal ball.  Whatever the case, we just can’t seem to get enough of it! So when we grow up (sort of) and plan our weddings, we want to create our own fairytale! Today we are featuring an inspiration shoot which captures this fairytale theme. This tabletop inspiration shoot took place at…
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  • Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are in full celebratory mode! Our Creative department knows how to make things look festive without the cheese factor and we wanted to share some of our fun DIY Halloween projects … Continue reading →
  • Oktoberfest 2014 Final Giveaway

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This weekend is your last chance to party like a Bavarian rockstar at Fairplex! We are sad to see this year’s festivities end, but we plan to close out in style. If last year’s final weekend is any indication, we … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It was another rockin’ weekend at Fairplex! We had not one, not two, but three festivals happening at Fairplex, all at the same time. We stopped by on Saturday to see how things were going: We started the day off … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender! Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest … Continue reading →
  • 3 Things To Bring To Oktoberfest + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Everyone knows you need two things for a successful Oktoberfest: dancing and beer. Okay, mostly beer. We have a few other “must-have” items we suggest you bring with you on your journey into the land of beer and brats: 3 … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Unique Halloween Party Themes

    Caroline Preble
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Next Friday is Halloween, yay! Still trying to come up with a fun idea for you and your friends? Here are a few of our favorite unique Halloween party themes to help inspire you. Just click on any of the photo or text links to find lots of ideas for hosting a vampire party, a superstitions themed party, a masquerade party, or celebration with a heaven and hell party theme. Vampire Party Vampires continue to be one of the coolest of the Halloween gang. Why not invite your friends for drinks and some small bites…  Our vampire party page has lots of ideas for invitations, decorations,…
  • Tailgating Games

    Larissa Jaekel
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
      You’ve gotten to campus early to secure your great tailgating spot, but the kickoff isn’t for hours.  We’ve got you covered with this list of the top tailgating games Top  Tailgating Games   Challenge your friends, help keep the kids busy and work off those hot and spicy wings.  All these top tailgating games are fun to play, take up minimal space and are easy to transport.   Football Toss-Are you an arm chair quarterback?  Prove your skill with this football throwing accuracy game.       Beer Pong Tailgating Game  This one is for the 21+…
  • Party of the Week: Homecoming Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    HOMECOMING At high schools and colleges all over the country, October is known for being the time to celebrate homecoming. Whether you are a current student celebrating with friends, or a graduate returning to reminisce about the glory days, click on this homecoming party ideas link to visit our party website and find  lots of ideas to help make your celebration more special. Get Decked Out For the Big Game Are you going to watch a homecoming football game? here are some fun spirit wear items we found at Stumps Party to get you and your friends ready to cheer on the home team! Temporary…
  • Yummy Pumpkin Cake and Moist Pumpkin Cookies

    Caroline Preble
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking for a new pumpkin recipe? Here are two that we love. The first is for some totally delicious pumpkin cake with a cream cheese frosting. The second is for my kids’ absolute favorite — super moist pumpkin cookies. My mom used to make these when I was growing up, and now my girls look forward to them every fall. Enjoy! Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Cake Ingredients: 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 4 slightly beaten eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups pumpkin (1 16 oz. can) nuts (if desired) Sift dry ingredients…
  • Pumpkin Party and Pumpkin Seed Recipes

    Caroline Preble
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Click on photo to visit our pumpkin carving party ideas page Now that it’s officially October it is time to make the most of the next beautiful weekend to hit the pumpkin patch and pick out your favorite Halloween pumpkin! What better way to make this annual tradition even more special than by hosting a pumpkin carving party for all your friends and family afterwards! Here are some of our favorite ideas for hosting a pumpkin carving party — plus a collection of some great pumpkin seed recipes to make the most of all the great seeds hiding in your soon-to-be jack o’lanterns!
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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»
  • 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»
  • 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»
  • 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»
  • 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»
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Reserved Seating BETA

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event put on sale by October 31st 2014 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Integrated Canada’s leading payment gateway – Moneris!

    3 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    We at Yapsody believe in integrating the best service providers and industry leaders to increase the effectiveness of our event ticketing system.  Since the launch of Yapsody, we have continuously released new features and services every month, and this time we are happy to inform our Canadian presenters that we have integrated one of Canada’s leading payment gateways, Moneris. Now Yapsody presenters in Canada can select from Moneris, PayPal, Braintree and Stripe. Moneris provides hassle-free, advanced, and secure service to over 350,000 businesses as well as simple procedures for setting…
  • Pay Later – A New Payment Method to Increase Your Profits!

    21 May 2014 | 9:29 pm
    We at Yapsody are excited to announce yet another new feature called “Pay Later” for our event presenters; this will offer your customers an alternative option of payment method while buying tickets for your event.  The new Pay Later feature will offer you to add offline payment method in addition to credit-card-payment options and let you sell tickets online if you don’t have any payment gateway account. Also, by using Pay Later feature, you don’t have to pay any transaction fee or any service fee to payment gateway providers and you get the entire amount of event ticket sales as…
  • Yapsody Participates at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) 2014 Trade show & Convention!

    16 May 2014 | 1:25 am
    Yapsody participated in the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual Tradeshow & Convention with Chubby Checker performing his all-time classic hits “The Twist” and “Twist Again” in the Yapsody exhibition booth. NIGA’s Tradeshow & Convention is the premiere North American Native Indian gaming event where Indian gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet up in San Diego, California each spring to support the Native American Indian Gaming industry and celebrate Native American Indian sovereignty. There were hundreds of booths present at NIGA.  But thanks…
  • Pinterest is an awesome tool for event promotion!

    9 May 2014 | 2:51 am
    Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking websites.  It acquired 10 million users in 9 months and recently they unveiled their newest feature, Place Pins. In this blog, we will explain you can utilize Pinterest and its “Place Pins” feature to promote your event and get maximum exposure. Pinterest added a new type of pin called Place Pins, enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. For example, if you pin a photo of your event or the artist performing in your event, you can also add the venue location to a map on your board.
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • 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…
  • 5 Tips to Increase Referrals and Keep Event Customers Coming Back for More

    Melanie Woodward
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Last night we had our first live webinar, Is Event Planning Right For You?, and I’ll be posting the recording on social media tomorrow so be sure to check our Facebook page. I’ll also announce the next free webinar later this week on social media. Now, how can an event planner maximize referrals and get repeat business? The long-term success of every business is dependant upon satisfying customers with exceptional service. But it’s even more critical to a service-oriented business such as an event planner than, say, a company that sells DVD’s. If I walked into a DVD shop in…
  • 8 Steps To Choosing and Using An Event Planning Program That’s Right For You

    Melanie Woodward
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Are you looking for a program that will help you plan and manage events? You’ve come to the right place. Helping people get started in the event business is my passion! I’m going to show you how not only how to choose the right one, but how to take full advantage of event planning programs, as well. What Do Event Planning Programs Do? There are important things to look for when you’re researching programs that can help you plan events. The first thing you need to know about an event planning program is how it can help build your business. A worthwhile program covers all the steps…
  • Anyone Can Learn How to Run a Successful Event Planning Business

    Melanie Woodward
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Could I really make it as an event planner? Are you worried you may not have what it takes to be a success at event planning? Let me share a secret – anyone can learn how to run a successful event planning business! I’ve also helped hundreds of event planning professionals start their business and event planning career. Here are some of the questions they’ve asked me and the answers that helped them get their start. Question #1: What if I’ve Only Planned Events for Friends? Answer: The skills you used to plan those special events for friends are the same ones you’ll use to…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • The Best Growth Hackers Launch Events Like This

    Tal Shoham
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    One of the cheapest growth hacking tactics, that can be used by almost any entrepreneurs but is only used by few is launching events. Here are five ways entrepreneurs can launch events to grow their businesses Growing tech companies with fewer resources and brand equity, can, by launching an event help drive organic growth through the use of social media and viral marketing and it also helps keep marketing costs down. An event can become the gateway to developing ideas, expanding community and brand awareness. Attending, exhibiting and speaking at events, whether virtual or in-person,…
  • Top 10 Must Have Apps For #DLDTelAviv  v2.0

    Tal Shoham
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    One of the cheapest growth hacking tactics, that can be used by almost any entrepreneurs but is only used by few is launching events. Here are five ways entrepreneurs can launch events to grow their businesses Growing tech companies with fewer resources and brand equity, can, by launching an event help drive organic growth through the use of social media and viral marketing and it also helps keep marketing costs down. An event can become the gateway to developing ideas, expanding community and brand awareness. Attending, exhibiting and speaking at events, whether virtual or in-person,…
  • New Partnership with EVVNT

    Tal Shoham
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    One of the cheapest growth hacking tactics, that can be used by almost any entrepreneurs but is only used by few is launching events. Here are five ways entrepreneurs can launch events to grow their businesses Growing tech companies with fewer resources and brand equity, can, by launching an event help drive organic growth through the use of social media and viral marketing and it also helps keep marketing costs down. An event can become the gateway to developing ideas, expanding community and brand awareness. Attending, exhibiting and speaking at events, whether virtual or in-person,…
  • Techsytalk: Building an Online Asset

    Tal Shoham
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    One of the cheapest growth hacking tactics, that can be used by almost any entrepreneurs but is only used by few is launching events. Here are five ways entrepreneurs can launch events to grow their businesses Growing tech companies with fewer resources and brand equity, can, by launching an event help drive organic growth through the use of social media and viral marketing and it also helps keep marketing costs down. An event can become the gateway to developing ideas, expanding community and brand awareness. Attending, exhibiting and speaking at events, whether virtual or in-person,…
  • Evolero ALS #IceBucketChallenge

    Tal Shoham
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    One of the cheapest growth hacking tactics, that can be used by almost any entrepreneurs but is only used by few is launching events. Here are five ways entrepreneurs can launch events to grow their businesses Growing tech companies with fewer resources and brand equity, can, by launching an event help drive organic growth through the use of social media and viral marketing and it also helps keep marketing costs down. An event can become the gateway to developing ideas, expanding community and brand awareness. Attending, exhibiting and speaking at events, whether virtual or in-person,…
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    etouches blog

  • 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…
  • The Art of Inviting for Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was writen by Erik Peekel of Aaaaha! the Actor Factory in the Netherlands No matter what type of event you organize you will need to convince your invitees. How can you achieve that no one wants to miss your event?  Here are a few ideas that will help you to make your invitations more effective. Make it personal Make your invitees feel special. A lot of invitations are personalized, but still give you the feeling that it is a mass mailing directed at a mailing list. As an invitee you don’t feel you even have to respond if you cannot make it to the event. The right tone of voice…
  • Are You Content With Your Content?

    Kristen Carvalho
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    4 solutions to stay on top of industry trends According to LinkedIn’s 2014 Professional Content Consumption Report, 65% of LinkedIn’s 2,700 survey participants have spent more time consuming industry related news than they have in the past (LinkedIn, 2014). In fact, the survey revealed that professionals spend approximately 8-hours, an equivalent of a workday, on researching such content. This statistic proves that professionals are putting in additional time and effort to stay on top of industry trends. So what resources can be used to make finding content a little more feasible? Here…
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    Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment

  • 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…
  • The Dreaded Err99 – Replacing the Shutter on a Canon SLR

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Err99 is a catch-all code that has become the go to for fatal errors on Canon SLRs. You can read the history here, but Err99 can indicate a number of different issues including lens contact issue, battery failure, main board failure, as well as in the case of this Canon 30D, Shutter failure. Some solutions you can try at home: Clean the lens contacts and attach a new lens Try a new CF card Remove the time/date battery and the main battery. Replace the main battery with a new battery after 30 minutes. If none of these solutions work, it indicates either failure with the main board, or the…
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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

  • 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

    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.
  • Will A Portable Trade Show Display Help Grow Your Business?

    Amy Benes
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    will a portable trade show display help grow your business? 2014-09-12 Timothy Carter Every year companies experienced at trade show marketing plan out their budget for the upcoming season. When it comes to trade show and marketing events, companies end up being limited to how many tradeshows to participate in due to added costs for booth construction, shipping, set-up, travel costs and more. Portable trade show displays are an excellent option to increase the number of event marketing opportunities without the additional costs of shipping a larger and heavier trade show display. At the other…
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    Collection 26

  • 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,…
  • Grooms Guide: The 3 essentials of grooming to prepare for your wedding day

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Where’s the advice for men when it comes to grooming and looking dashing on the lead up to their wedding day? There are plenty of advice articles for the beautiful bride but it’s time our grooms were offered a helping hand too. Here are a few tips on where to start, whether you’re the groom yourself or the bride-to-be passing on the message… Hairstyle & Cut 1. If you have a full head of hair then you’ll know just how important it is that you hair looks right. We suggest finding a barber, or a hairdresser, who can work with your hair on the lead up to your wedding. Make sure…
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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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    Party Swizzle, Inc.: Blog Posts

  • 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…
  • DIY Country Decor & Do-It-Yourself Rustic Western Decorations

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With just a little bit of time and inexpensive crafting supplies, these tasteful DIY country decor ideas & do-it-yourself rustic western decorations are as attractive as they are unique.Find step-by-step instructions for:Mason Jar Project IdeasCountry Western Signage IdeasHorseshoe Project IdeasWestern Themed Photo BoothRustic Serving Table Ideas
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