Event Planning

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  • Killing the Cliques and Other Networking Tips for a Successful Annual Meeting

    Christina Green
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    For association events staff, networking is essential to future attendance. Keeping returnees mingling and newbies involved takes effort. You want to provide excellent opportunities for networking in order for attendees to see value and return next year. But as soon as they do (return), they look to reestablish communications with their existing networking group and are less prone to reach out to newbies. The higher percentage of returning attendants you have, the harder it is for first-time attendees to find meaningful networking. How do you balance the desire of returnees to network within…
  • 10 New Startups to Plan Your Next Event

    Julius Solaris
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    Once again, we are thrilled to bring you the latest startups shaking up the event industry. Here they are. It looks like it is going to be a hot summer for event technology. We are proud to be the voice of innovation in the industry since day one. In the latest month we have been bombarded by submissions. Event professionals around the world are realising the potential to use technology at events. Next week we will announce the first research and report dedicated to the role of technology in engaging attendees. In October, we will reveal the Event Technology of the Year Award. Speaking of…
  • Are You Fit to Plan? 5 Ways to Bring Value to Your Event

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    If you want to still be an event company in the future you should start thinking about yourself as a company that facilitates value creation. But how do you do this? How can you survive as a value facilitator? Is it a whole new ballgame or just the next level of our event industry? It can be helpful to remember that there are still basically two elements in every event (or potential value creation situation); the content (or message) and the way this is presented. Event companies who are able to fit both elements to our future attendees will survive. And the key element of this will be the…
  • 5 Ways to Shine as an Entry-Level Planner

    Bethany Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:59 am
    It can be difficult to stand out at a company that has multiple departments and hundreds of employees, but it isn’t impossible. If you work at a large event agency and follow these 5 simple tips, you will ensure you will shine! 1. Take Stock Of The Situation I don’t know about you, but I don’t think you can make a positive impact until you know for sure what it is that you are impacting. The best way to shine at a large agency is to shed some light on what already goes on there. Take a little time and do an unofficial audit of your company. Pay attention to hierarchies, and determine…
  • Eventgrid: Online Ticketing Platform [Review]

    Becki Cross
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:46 am
    Eventgrid is an online registration and ticketing platform for conferences, seminars, concerts, tours and festivals. Here is our review. The online event registration market is a highly competitive area which is constantly developing and evolving to meet the demands of Event Planners. A number of emerging providers are now challenging the stronghold traditionally held by a few key players in the market. Eventgrid is one of these new challengers. Their platform offers a well designed interface and a great range of features within a reasonable price-per-ticket model. Let’s have a look at the…
 
 
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  • Impotent Conferences Are Powerless To Influence Forward Movement

    Jeff Hurt
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Imagine a radio station that played adult contemporary, classical, country, dance, electronic, golden oldies, heavy metal, news, pop, R&B, rock, southern gospel and talk alternating between each. What if this commercial radio station tried to appeal to everyone’s musical taste as well as news and talk radio? How successful would it be? It wouldn’t work, you say. We chuckle at that thought that this type of radio station would succeed. No one would even listen to this station. Something For Everyone Doesn’t Work This radio station analogy applies to most conferences. I’ve heard it…
  • Follow Your Dreams – A Bitter/Sweet Day at VCC

    Jeff Hurt
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    We’re very blessed to have an incredible team here at VCC! But, today marks the final (official) day of one of our MVP’s, Donna Kastner. Donna is a go getter! Prior to joining us, she developed a business/community concept called Retirepreneur. (Pretty cool, right?) She’s leaving our company so that she can invest more of her time making her vision a reality. While she bootstraps, Donna will be doing some freelance work for Experient, Cvent and VCC. Publicly, I’d like to thank Donna for her incredible contributions to our clients, industry and VCC over these past three and one-half…
  • Silos Suffocate Your Successful Conference

    Jeff Hurt
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Imagine an extended family of eight living under one roof together. Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad and four siblings. Everyone lives in a separate room. Imagine they never speak to each other except once a week at a Sunday lunch. Each engages in their own personal activities in separate schedules. They just pass each other coming and going. Would you consider this a healthy family? Probably not. (Conference adaptation of a great analogy from strategist and author Tony Morgan. Hat tips to authors Carey Nieuwhof and Tony Morgan.) Same Conference, Segregated Silos This analogy is a typical image of…
  • Feeding A Zombie Project And Getting No Results

    Jeff Hurt
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    Is your organization stuck maintaining and nurturing a zombie project? A zombie project is one that continues from year to year regardless of its effectiveness. It sucks the very life and resources from your team and organization says authors Scott Anthony, David Duncan and Pontus M.A. Siren. Often many people feel these zombie projects have a birthright and should always be delivered regardless of the outcome. The organization and its leaders have strong emotional ties to its spawning, preservation and legacy. So no one wants to be the one to stop or shut it down. Feeding An Undead Project…
  • Getting Leadership Buy-in For Your Conference Upgrades

    Jeff Hurt
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Your conference planning team has bought in to the idea that their traditional conference model needs to change. They’ve even agreed to some of the unique changes that should happen. Now you have to convince your leadership including the C-Suite, possibly the Board of Directors, and others, that these changes are the right move to make. So where do you start? Especially since our brains are attracted to all the reasons why change is a bad idea. What types of discussion starters can you have with your leadership to impact positive changes? Start With The Context, Business Outcome And An…
 
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  • Beyond The Thermometer: Developing a Culture for Your Peer to Peer Campaign

    blueskycollaborative
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Successful Entrepreneurs will tell you, "You can't be all things to all people." It's cliched, but undeniable. The same principle applies to your peer to peer fundraising campaign. Take a look at these 4 distinct campaigns and their target audiences....
  • Go Beyond The Thermometer On Your Peer to Peer Site

    blueskycollaborative
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The most common element of peer to peer event and fundraising sites is the home page thermometer displaying the fundraising goal of the event and the amount of money raised to date. This metric is so common and perhaps even...
  • Audubon Society Chapter Birdathons Are As Unique As The Chapters That Host Them

    blueskycollaborative
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Audubon Society Chapters across the United States rely on their annual Bird-a-thons for fundraising and community building. Teams of people set out to identify as many species of bird as they can over a designated time frame. At the same...
  • The most effective way to raise money for your walk or run page

    blueskycollaborative
    28 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    The most effective peer to peer fundraiser asks the right people, makes the ask in person, on the phone or by email, and asks more than once. Fundraising is personal and is done on the ground. If you think, posting...
  • Top 5 Tips for a Better Fundraising Walk/Run

    blueskycollaborative
    26 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Summer is officially here and for many organizations, that means it is finally fundraising season. So many of our clients rely on a major annual fundraising Walk or Run to raise money for their vital programs. Since we have been...
 
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  • Easy DIY Decor For Your Fourth of July Celebration

    sawwaa!
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Photo: Trisha Zemp via The House That Lars Built Turn it up this Fourth of July, and spruce your par
  • You won't believe your ears!

    musicnewjersey
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
      A trio of classical musicians performing Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary and Pachelbel’s Canon.  Both classical pieces of music are performed on the Cello, Flute and Harp. This slide show is an example of  music that would be appropriate for a wedding ceremony or the cocktail hour of a wedding reception. The Order of the Music at a Wedding Ceremony: Processional refers to the music that is being played as the bridal party enters the church, once all the guests are seated. One piece of music for the bridal party, then another for the bride. The prelude refers to the…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Use 3D Visualisation for Your Next Event

    anitadesignstudio
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Event Design can encompass the planning of Weddings, Charity Events, Corporate Functions, Awards Cer
  • Throw an epic 4th of July party with these red white and blue decor ideas

    ctmphotobooth
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Firecracker jello shots, American flag apple pie, patriotic party cups – it must be fourth of July!     Click here for more info on these photos  
  • Taapsee Pannu goes from action to wedding planning?

    Nila Choudhury
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Actress Taapsee Pannu who was last seen in Akshay Kumar’s  Baby, has gone from acting to weddi
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  • Beware, Resort Fees May Be Getting a New Name

    juliana
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The term "resort fee", usually brings to mind unnecessary charges for items and services you don't need such as "free local calls" or "boarding pass printing." What was once limited to actual resort properties in actual resort destinations, has now turned into a means for hotels--whether a sprawling resort with a golf course, spa and water activities or a standard-sized hotel-- to squeeze a little extra cash out of their guests.In Vegas, resort fees are a way of life for the hotels and casinos that line The Strip and dot Downtown. Even off the Strip places have resort fees now. But more…
  • Miami: The Langford Hotel Will Open in Downtown Miami in September

    jsb
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Another day, another stamp on the Miami Hotel Mambo dance card. This time, however, the action is taking place off the beach, over in downtown Miami, where The Langford Hotel will open in September. Like a number of hotels in other cities, this one finds its home in a former bank building, which from the get-go makes this a little different than the proliferation of sleek and modern new builds that have been popping up in South Beach.
  • Shanghai: The Second Tallest Building in the World Will Have a Hotel

    juliab
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    If, like us, you’re a sucker for tall buildings, you’ll be all excited about the opening of the Shanghai Tower, which will top out at 2073 feet – the second tallest structure in the world – when it opens in a few months in Pudong with 121 floors. There will be a 120th-floor observation deck, offices, restaurants, cafes “sky lobbies” (areas open to the public) and, oh yes, a five star hotel. Will it be Shangri-La? Mandarin Oriental? No! It’s one you might not immediately think of, Jin Jiang International Hotels, a major Chinese group. The Shanghai Tower…
  • Beachside Sri Lanka or an Indonesian Treehouse? The Choice Is Yours

    juliab
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    You already had one lot of Hotel News Briefs this week but to get you through Hump Day, here's a more exotic version. Enjoy! Hyatt Place has opened its first property in Africa, Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, 10 miles north of Agadir (above). It’s part of a sustainable development (Taghazout Bay) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has 152 rooms (all with balcony), two outdoor pools, a gym, tennis club and golf course. Not active enough? They offer hang-gliding and mountain biking too. Rates from $86.
  • HI: This Four Seasons Is Bringing the Concierge Desk to the Beach

    kjb
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s plenty of good uses for the concierge, but what we’re looking for is something above and beyond. That’s where Four Seasons comes in, as they’re taking the title of concierge and taking it to the next level of fancy. At Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu on the Big Island of Hawaii the hotel has introduced something they’re calling Oceanfront Concierge Service—um, yes please. Basically the concierge team will be roaming about the beaches and pools in hopes of helping you plan this, that, or the other thing. Between 8am and 5pm you'll…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Marriott on the Move
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    I recently read a book called Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. To me, this book is a wonderful insight into the life and person of Thomas Jefferson. I’ve always known him to be brilliant and wide-ranging in his interests. I knew he wrote the Declaration of...
  • People of Marriott International

    Marriott on the Move
    31 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Few things are more satisfying to me than the terrific blend of people we have at Marriott. The first great team at Marriott was my dad and mom, and over the years they have been followed by many passionate teams that worked wonderfully across generations, gender, race, ethnicity, and many...
  • My Early Memorial Day

    Marriott on the Move
    25 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    As we completed our annual shareholders meeting and I joined our senior leadership on the 12th floor patio of our JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, 16 flights of WWII war birds flew by. They included P51’s, B24’s, B17’s, a B29, a Catalina Flying Boat and several navy fighters. It...
  • Finding New Ways to Serve

    Marriott on the Move
    18 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity I have always enjoyed giving back whether it’s hammering at Habitat for Humanity or bagging groceries at the Atlanta Food Bank. Ever since the beginning of our company, our associates have been putting people first, and this includes the communities...
  • Remembering My Mom on Mother's Day

    Marriott on the Move
    8 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    Mom & me, 1936 This Mother's Day, I thought I'd share some memories of my mother who passed away 15 years ago at the age of 92. Alice Sheets Marriott was truly an amazing woman. Her father died in 1919 from the flu epidemic following the First World War. Her...
 
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  • Make Your Stories Authentic

    Ken Molay
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    My Twitter followers know I enjoy sharing professional banter with Brad Phillips, better known as @MrMediaTraining. He advises enterprise and political clients on how to present themselves in a media context (and these days, doesn't everything have the potential to show up in a media context?). Today he posted research on how audiences respond positively to storytelling. As Brad says in the first words of his article, this is not new advice. Most presentation consultants try to increase their clients' use of engaging stories rather than dry factual recitation. But I'm going to offer a…
  • Can Presenting Be More Conversational?

    Ken Molay
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I just came across an interesting article by Mark Goulston. "How to Know If You Talk Too Much" introduces a "Traffic Light Rule" from his friend Marty Nemko. In conversation, you get 20 seconds of Green Light openness and interest from your listener, 20 seconds of Yellow Light where they start to shut down, and 20 seconds of Red Light where they are seriously wondering if you will ever bring them back into the conversation. Your job when speaking to someone is to repeatedly stop and bring that light back into the Green zone by letting the other person have a chance to participate. We all know…
  • 7 Lessons From A Bad Webinar

    Ken Molay
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Yesterday I attended a bad webinar. Today I want to analyze specific mistakes from the webinar that you can use as a learning experience or checklist items to help you avoid similar problems on your own web events. (Disclaimer: I know the event producer/host, so I'm going to be a bit oblique. I will also say that I know my impressions were much more negative than many other audience members who made positive comments at the end of the webinar. My opinions are my own.) 1) ALL ATTENDEES CAME IN "LIVE" - Upon joining the webinar (which used Zoom web conferencing as the technology platform), we…
  • Tips For Improving Audience Interactions

    Ken Molay
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Last week I promised a follow up to ON24's Webinar Benchmarks report with commentary. You can now find that commentary online at ON24's own blog as a guest post: http://www.on24.com/blog/how-to-improve-audience-participation-in-your-webinar/ I was disappointed in ON24's user statistics showing how often webinar participants took advantage of certain interactive features, so I wrote up some tips and best practices that presenters and hosts can use to improve interactivity. Take a look and let me know if you agree or disagree with my suggestions! Technorati Tags: ON24,Webinar Benchmarks…
  • Findings On Small Business Web Conferencing

    Ken Molay
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Telecom consulting company Software Advice recently published results from a survey they conducted. They looked at employees from companies of 50 or fewer employees who use web conferencing at work. Response statistics are based on a screened sample size of 148 responses. You can access the report findings without registration or download at this URL: http://www.softwareadvice.com/voip/industryview/smb-web-conferencing-report-2015/ This is an interesting segment of the market that does not get much statistical analysis from the big enterprise webinar software vendors. My personal bias is to…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • Get Organized

    Ashley Chalmers
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    It’s been a flurry of activity so far in 2015 as association meeting professionals everywhere have put on a multitude of conventions, seminars, workshops, webinars and other events to serve their members. The busy season never seems to end, but the spring flurry of activity is now behind us, providing a window to regroup and find ways to work more efficiently. ConventionPlanit.com has many tools to help meeting professionals do just that, and they are all free to meeting professionals! Try some of these: RFP Valet® – To support meeting planners with efficient RFP sourcing,…
  • A Round Rant

    Ashley Chalmers
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    Enjoy a special guest post from Al Rickard, CAE, President of Association Vision, a communications company; arickard@associationvision.com. Try to envision the next convention experience for your attendees: Your members stream into the packed opening session to a drumbeat of lively music. They reconnect with friends and colleagues. The stage is set with elegant lighting and exciting graphics. The speakers deliver their messages with energy and connect with the crowd. Everyone has a positive takeaway as they anticipate the rest of the meeting. Then the crowd disperses to several concurrent…
  • A Relaxed Yet Refined Meeting Experience

    Ashley Chalmers
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    As the only luxury Ocean front golf resort in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides guests with a relaxed yet refined experience, whether for a romantic getaway, meeting or special event.  The award-winning resort is excited to unveil a complete enhancement of its guestrooms and suites. Inspired by the cool tones of grey and blue from the neighboring Pacific Ocean, mixed with beachside accents such as pickled wood entry floors and driftwood inspired headboards, the enhanced guestrooms radiate a sense of a California coastal estate throughout the 261-guestrooms.
  • Sign Up – Friday Webinar Series

    Ashley Chalmers
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    What: RFP Organization Webinar When: Friday June 26 | 11:30-12:00 pm est OR 3:30-4:00 pm est RSVP:ashley@conventionplanit.com Details:  -Learn how to streamline RFP sourcing with this free online tool by ConventionPlanit.com -Receive personalized consulting -Customize and compare necessary criteria -Send RFPs to pre-qualified suppliers -View compiled responses within your deadline on a comparison chart Register by emailing ashley@conventionplanit.com or comment below for more information! Related Posts:Friday Webinar Series – Improve Productivity with RFP…Friday Webinar Series…
  • Women Who Wine

    Ashley Chalmers
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    Earlier this week, ConventionPlanit hosted a group of VIP meeting planners at an exclusive Women Who Wine event for some industry networking, great food and of course, wine! Advisory Council Members Donna Jarvis-Miller & Betti Kelso with ConventionPlanit Co-Founder David Markham The event was held at The Lorien Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, in Alexandria, Virginia. The outdoor courtyard was the perfect setting for the evening. ConventionPlanit Co-Founder Katherine Markham with Carrie Abernathy & Terri Mobley The planners even had an opportunity to win door prizes, including a…
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  • MPI Webinar July 7th: Conquering Cross-Border Healthcare Meeting Compliance with the Power of Technology

    Nicolette Anderson
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Come hear our own David Schenberg, HMCC share his knowlege of Healthcare Meeting Compliance as we enter into a new partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Register HERE for the upcoming webinar hosted by MPI If you plan meetings for healthcare professionals, you might want to know last month there were changes to codes of compliance in nine countries and three U.S. states. Today, 84 of 196 countries have some kind of transparency or compliance reporting requirements with penalties and violations for misreporting. The rules are changing daily, so it is imperative to have…
  • Unlocking your future event: The Webcast

    Nicolette Anderson
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
      In case you missed the webcast yesterday with our friends @ etouches you are in luck!  They made a nice recording of it which you can register for here.  Take a moment and register so they can send you the link and password to it. We’re told it was the highest attended webinar they’ve ever hosted which is awesome, since we had so much fun sharing our look at the future of live events. Thanks to all who have promoted the original blog post that spurred the idea for the webcast.  And please hit us up on Twitter with your thoughts about the future of live events! The…
  • Event Marketing Tech & The Measurable Engagement Age

    Nicolette Anderson
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Event marketing is fast becoming one of the most efficient and effective promotional tactics in every company’s arsenal, helping businesses to simultaneously maximise brand exposure, streamline the customer cycle and increase sales – with the added benefit of an excellent ROI. What really separates experiential marketing from the alternatives, though, is its utter flexibility – made all the more evident by the number of ways in which today’s technology can enhance the experience. Event tech is evolving rapidly, meaning event marketing best practices don’t look the same for…
  • The Future of Events is Not All About Technology

    Brian Slawin
    18 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    June 17, 2015, 2:00 pm US EST, 1 pm US CST David Schenberg, Chief Evangelist & Keeper of Calm at BusyEvent We will discuss 5 things driving the future of live events. And it might surprise you that most of them are not technology-based, but rather, recognizing common human behavior that often gets ignored when we’re too swift in replacing the old with the new. Kind of like forgetting that people still like a nice handwritten note in this world of too many emails. While we won’t talk about etiquette, we will explore how to blend a combination of old and new to ensure your event…
  • Ways to Increase Attendee Engagement During Your Event

    Nicolette Anderson
    15 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Acquiring a high event turnout is only half the battle. Once the guests are signed in, you need to keep them engaged, or else the event will be treated as a social hour with some leaving before the event is even half way through. Planning an event is a huge undertaking, and studies show that this area alone consumes roughly 30% of a company’s marketing budget. It makes sense then, to reap as much value out of your efforts. Engagement is the key, so much of the effort needs to be put in to keep the attendees informed and entertained. 1. Make It Personal for Each Attendee The registration…
 
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  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Gazette

    Ben Huberman
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish. Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph. Not sure if it’s the theme for…
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  • Google Is Upping The Ante For Mobile Friendly Event Websites

    Traci Browne
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Mobile friendly websites are nothing new. Whether you call it mobile friendly or responsive design, it’s just good practice given the proliferation of mobile devices and the high use of those devices particularly amongst Millennials. Google has been encouraging marketers to create mobile friendly sites for years, but recently Google has been upping the ante. Late last year Google introduced a new mobile-friendly label on searches done on a smartphone. Right now, Google is just using this feature to help smartphone users find mobile friendly content. But that label is just the first…
  • When planning your next big event, discover why Vegas Means Business

    Cvent Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    When looking for the ideal location to hold your next big event, there’s no better value proposition than Las Vegas. Planning your next successful gathering is easy when you discover the many ways Vegas Means Business. Vegas has more than 233,000 resort industry employees taking care of you in more than 150,000 rooms. Our resorts host more than 22,000 events, meetings, conventions, and incentive programs annually, and our expertise in the service industry will leave you with the best event experience in the world. No matter what size the group, Vegas has the perfect space to accommodate…
  • Keep Calm: 4 Instant Stress-Busters for Event Planners

    Kate Hooper
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Feeling a little wound up? Everyone who plans knows how stressful it can be, so it comes as no surprise to us that it ranks among the 10 Most Stressful Jobs, according to CareerCast.com. While there are plenty of ways healthy ways to keep stress at bay – exercise and meditation are enormously helpful – it can be tough to make time for a group class or find one when you’re on the road. RELATED:  Planner Solutions: 7 Ways to Stay Well on the Road So what to do when you have only a matter of minutes to dial your stress levels down a notch? Add these tools to your de-stress…
  • 6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Co-Locating Conferences

    Regina McGee
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    More and more groups are turning to co-locating their meetings as a way to build attendance and to add value for attendees and exhibitors. RELATED: Event Co-location: The Wave of the Future? But while the pluses of co-locating can be attractive, failing to anticipate and address the potential pitfalls can be costly. What are the pitfalls? No attendee benefit. If there is not a compelling reason for a person to attend both events there is no reason for co-locating. It may sound elementary, but it’s probably the number one reason for a co-location not to work.
  • Canada Day Special: Head to Ottawa for 2017 Sesquicentennial Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today is Canada Day, the day when Canadians celebrate the birth of their nation. I have previously discussed what happens on Canada Day and why it is an ideal time for foreign companies and associations to plan group events in Canada. Events that are taking place today in Ottawa, Canada's capital, include: Flag-raising ceremony Changing of the Guard Carillon concert at noon a mid-day and evening concerts with entertainment by Magic! and other Canadian greats In 2017, there will be a host of special events in celebration of the sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Confederation,…
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  • How to Choose the Right Video Conferencing Provider

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Regardless of the countless ways social media empowers us to quickly communicate a message, we humans will always crave face-to-face communication. Thankfully, video conferencing allows you to make face-to-face connections with others even when you're apart. It also makes life more efficient, people more productive, and reduces excessive travel costs.Inside this eBook, you'll discover how to:Assess your company's video & web conferencing needsEvaluate video & web conferencing costsIdentify video providers that are right for youRequest Free!
  • 20 Travel Hacking Strategies to Help You Travel the World and Spend Less

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    We can prove to you that traveling the world doesn't cost a lot of money. In fact, you'd be surprised by how cheap traveling can be. Download this quick guide to travel hacking and get ready to pack your bags.Request Free!
  • The Adobe Document Cloud Advantage for Media and Entertainment

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As media and entertainment companies focus on opportunities and growth, while defining and adapting profitable business models, using technology to enable business agility and reduce bottom-line costs can deliver a decisive advantage. This white paper covers the challenges for the media and entertainment industry and how they can use Adobe Document Cloud to:Close the digital loopMake the organization more nimbleAccelerate the hiring process and reduce costsDownload this white paper to learn more about how media & entertainment organizations can benefit from a digital document solution!Request…
  • Room-Based Video Conferencing Comparison Guide

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The superior audio and video quality of room-based systems gives users a comfortable video conferencing experience that feels just like being in a normal meeting and holding a long-distance meeting becomes as easy as making a phone call.If you're looking for a reliable, high-quality and efficient video conferencing solution, check our room-based video conferencing comparison guide that lists the top providers and solutions for your review.We investigate:Equipment includedMain featuresBandwidthAnd much more!Request Free!
  • Top Video Conferencing Features in 2015

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    This paper will cover the must-haves, along with those which improve collaboration, allow for optimization and keep your system secure and in-operation. By the end of the paper, you will be able to maximize the return on your video conference investment, by analyzing your business needs and identifying the features that best match them.Don't miss out on this cutting edge collection of key features video conferencing has to offer; features that your competition can easily utilize to improve their performance. Learn what these features are and how they will benefit your business.Request Free!
 
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  • 5 Tips to Effectively Manage Time and Resources When Planning an Event

    Viktor Nagornyy
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:37 am
    There is no doubt that planning your own event can save you a ton of money, can help you to become more in tune with the event, and can allow you the freedom that a planner may not allow. Or you might be learning event planning to become a professional event planner. Either way, planning an event adds a ton of stress and difficulty if you do not know how to properly manage your time and your resources to make the most of both. Here are five tips to help you through the process and get you to the event day in one piece. 1. Lists Are Your Friends Though a list may seem like a very simple…
  • WiFi: The #1 Tool for Your Festival Sponsor Area

    Ashton Burnette
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Annual spending on festival sponsorships continues to rise. This is because they are the best way to reach relevant audience: face-to-face as well as online. In order to manage a successful festival sponsorship, a brand’s marketing team fuses digital and experiential marketing strategies so that the two work together. These are the best strategies for a brand sponsor of a festival, and all depend on one essential tool – a strong and reliable WiFi connection. Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Planning a Trade Show High-tech interactive exhibits are a win. At the Verizon Power House at…
  • How to Plan a Get Well Fundraiser House Party

    Mona Gonzalez
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A much loved relative is ill, and his hospital bills are piling up. The relative’s insurance can’t cover everything and you want to help out. You can by organizing a get well fundraiser house party. A fundraiser house party is a simple way to help raise funds for the person you care so much about. The components are pretty basic: you can use either your house or the house of someone else, set a date, send out invitations, plan  the music and menu (finger foods are best) and prepare a presentation. Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Planning a Fundraising Event Fundraiser parties…
  • The Top 3 Reasons People DON’T Attend Your Event

    Ben Schwartz
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    By: Conference Basics – CC BY 2.0 A popular speaker. A new business strategy. A raffle prize. Free cookies. It’s easy to think of reasons a person should go to your event and, indeed, many organizers devote the majority of their time trying to figure out their biggest attraction. While this is definitely an important use of time, it is just as important to think about why attendees may NOT attend your event. When you have an idea of some of the obstacles and objection points that may make an attendee avoid your event, you can solve them before they become a problem. To help get…
  • 6 Tips to Boost Attendance Without Breaking the Budget

    Ben Schwartz
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:42 am
    Registration at the Blog World New York. By: Re:group – CC BY 2.0 One of the most difficult juggling acts an event organizer must do is balance a budget. While there are hundreds of tasks to be done that purchases to be made, they still need to be done cost-effectively for the event to truly be a success. Crafty organizers know spending more doesn’t necessarily mean more of a return. The ideal scenario to shoot for involves leveraging cheap, and possibly even free, tools and strategies to ensure your event sells out with cashing out. To help give your planning juices flowing, here…
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  • Google Is Upping The Ante For Mobile Friendly Event Websites

    Traci Browne
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Mobile friendly websites are nothing new. Whether you call it mobile friendly or responsive design, it’s just good practice given the proliferation of mobile devices and the high use of those devices particularly amongst Millennials. Google has been encouraging marketers to create mobile friendly sites for years, but recently Google has been upping the ante. Late last year Google introduced a new mobile-friendly label on searches done on a smartphone. Right now, Google is just using this feature to help smartphone users find mobile friendly content. But that label is just the first…
  • When planning your next big event, discover why Vegas Means Business

    Cvent Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    When looking for the ideal location to hold your next big event, there’s no better value proposition than Las Vegas. Planning your next successful gathering is easy when you discover the many ways Vegas Means Business. Vegas has more than 233,000 resort industry employees taking care of you in more than 150,000 rooms. Our resorts host more than 22,000 events, meetings, conventions, and incentive programs annually, and our expertise in the service industry will leave you with the best event experience in the world. No matter what size the group, Vegas has the perfect space to accommodate…
  • Keep Calm: 4 Instant Stress-Busters for Event Planners

    Kate Hooper
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Feeling a little wound up? Everyone who plans knows how stressful it can be, so it comes as no surprise to us that it ranks among the 10 Most Stressful Jobs, according to CareerCast.com. While there are plenty of ways healthy ways to keep stress at bay – exercise and meditation are enormously helpful – it can be tough to make time for a group class or find one when you’re on the road. RELATED:  Planner Solutions: 7 Ways to Stay Well on the Road So what to do when you have only a matter of minutes to dial your stress levels down a notch? Add these tools to your de-stress…
  • 6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Co-Locating Conferences

    Regina McGee
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    More and more groups are turning to co-locating their meetings as a way to build attendance and to add value for attendees and exhibitors. RELATED: Event Co-location: The Wave of the Future? But while the pluses of co-locating can be attractive, failing to anticipate and address the potential pitfalls can be costly. What are the pitfalls? No attendee benefit. If there is not a compelling reason for a person to attend both events there is no reason for co-locating. It may sound elementary, but it’s probably the number one reason for a co-location not to work.
  • Canada Day Special: Head to Ottawa for 2017 Sesquicentennial Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today is Canada Day, the day when Canadians celebrate the birth of their nation. I have previously discussed what happens on Canada Day and why it is an ideal time for foreign companies and associations to plan group events in Canada. Events that are taking place today in Ottawa, Canada's capital, include: Flag-raising ceremony Changing of the Guard Carillon concert at noon a mid-day and evening concerts with entertainment by Magic! and other Canadian greats In 2017, there will be a host of special events in celebration of the sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Confederation,…
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  • How to Use Technology to Entertain and Engage your Conference Audience

    Keith Johnston
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    How often do you use your phone for anything other than a phone call, text message or email? Quite often, right? Jump on the tube in the morning and over half the people will be listening to music,... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planner Review – The TRIPP LITE Mini Travel Power Strip

    Keith Johnston
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    You are a meeting planning monster. You kick ass in so many ways that Chuck Norris refuses to enter any hotel where you are staying. You can plan 10 meetings, 9 special events, and still have time to... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Dropbox for Gmail Allows Meeting Planners to Send Huge Files to Anyone

    Keith Johnston
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    Dropbox has had a Chrome extension for quite some time but recently they made a few improvements that makes it even better for all us meeting planners and everyone else in the events industry. We... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planners meet The Wallrus

    Keith Johnston
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    I am the Walrus… Coo, Coo, Kachoo. Oh wait, this is not an article about the Beatles. I made a mistake. This is an article about the one thing that everyone should do at events but no one knows... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • How Meeting Planners can Renew, Refresh, and Fix our Clothes

    Keith Johnston
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    Meeting planners travel. Travel is messy. Mustard drips, sweaters pull, shoes scuff, and wine gets spilled my friends. Just like we win the game of meeting planning, we win the game of wardrobe... Read the rest at PlannerWire
 
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  • Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator for 2015!

    Kathleen
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    This year we had 9 amazing grad coordinators nominated for their skills in making what may well be the first major milestone in a young person’s life as memorable as possible. We’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to them all for being so dedicated! After counting the votes, our winner emerged: Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator award for 2015 goes to: Tara Marinkovic of New Westminster Secondary School! An Artist of Event Management If you’ve ever been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, you’ve likely seen one of their jugglers. These extraordinarily talented people are…
  • Graduation coordinator quotes

    Ryan
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    Over the past two weeks hundreds of votes have been pouring in for the search for the Best Grad Coordinator. The results are in and we are tallying up the results.  We are awed at the responses and wanted to share some of them before we do the big reveal. “You made me feel like I’m royalty all the time, and I don’t get to feel that too often, so thanks for that. You’re the bomb dogity :D” – New Westminster Secondary “Thank you for everything that you did to make grad one of my most memorable high school memories! You are the best! :)” – Assumption Junior…
  • Grad spirit

    Ryan
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    It’s no secret we love graduation at EventIQ and it appears so does the staff at Salisbury Composite in Sherwood Park . Check out the “most excellent” throw back video: http://globalnews.ca/news/2028719/what-a-feeling-alberta-high-school-teachers-grad-video-goes-viral/?hootPostID=08720feead64719470107e25c8546e5e  
  • Canada’s best Grad Coordinator Part 2

    Ryan
    27 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Voting is now open for Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator! It’s time to start voting for the 2nd annual Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator competition! Over the past few weeks, we’ve received some incredible nominations for these outstanding volunteers who make this momentous milestone special for both students and parents.  Leave a personalized thank you message to let them know just how amazing they are! Nominees as of May 27, 2015: McNally High School – Krista Mulder Dryden High School – LeeAnn Benson New Westminster Secondary – Tara Marinkovic Ecole Paul…
  • A Fun April Fools Koke

    Dave
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    For all our student and teacher friends… here is a link to a great prank… http://www.parentdish.ca/2015/04/01/summer-vacation-canada-year-round-education/ Happy April Fools!
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  • 4 Ways to Enhance Your Event Using Social Media

    Andrea Wong
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Social media is one of the main tools event planners use to market events, distribute information, engage with guests and solicit feedback.  Here are a few tips that will help keep your event buzzing from beginning to end!1. Create pre-event buzzExcitement  is key to attracting attendees and establishing a good atmosphere at your event.  You can create pre-event buzz by meaningfully posting on social media and creating a hashtag.  Put the hashtag on presentations, handouts, goody bags and signage so people don’t forget to use it! You can also tease people with content to get people…
  • 3 Fun Apps for Game Night

    Seralyn Fields
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Game night is a fun way to spend quality time with friends and family. Host yours the techy way! ABCey Events has found these 3 great apps to make game night fun, simple, and mess-free! 1. CharadesCharades allows you to play the guessing game with a new spin! Simply choose from categories like TV shows, music, or “Friends” and let the app do the work for you! Flip your phone up or down to let it know if you got an answer right or wrong. It even keeps score for you! No paper or pen is required. Find it in the App Store and Google Play.2. Karaoke AnywhereYou don’t have…
  • 5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

    Andrea Wong
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    You don’t need a holiday to have an excuse to throw a party, it’s summer and that’s enough to celebrate! The sun is out and the weather is warm! Gather up your friends and family and throw a summer bash that everyone will not be able to stop talking about. 1. A ThemePick a theme to center your party around. It will make food choice, refreshments and decorations much easier when you have a focus. Themes like patriotic, day at the beach and bohemian backyard are sure to be a hit. Two of our faves are fiesta and glamping! Fiesta is all about bright popping colors and there are…
  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: 6.26.15- 6.28.15

    Andrea Wong
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:43 pm
    It’s almost the end of June, the summer solstice just hit and it’s pride weekend, so why not close out the month with some fun events? There is a ton going on this weekend and the girls here at ABCey want to share our top picks!1. 37ft. Intricate Wooden Burning Man Temple UnveilingFriday, June 26, 2015 | 11am | 499 Octavia| Free Today, there will be a free dedication event for artist David Best’s The Temple at Patricia’s Green. The San Francisco Arts Commission partners with Burning Man to reprise David Best’s popular Hayes Valley Temple from 2005. This 37…
  • 4 Tips: How to Send an Online Invitation!

    Ashley Fadrilan
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Sending an Evite or Facebook invite can be a little tricky! Not everyone replies in a timely matter and sometimes it’s hard to get a hold of people with tight schedules. Plan for your gathering in an organized fashion! ABCey has put together some tips on how to successfully send an online invitation for your event! 1. Make a Guest ListFirst things first, know who you want to reach out to! It’s important to know who you want to include in your guest list. Family? Friends? Friends of friends? It’s important to take into consideration all those who should or will be…
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  • Quick poll: How CVB-savvy are you?

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    Do you know what a CVB is? Hint: It stands for “convention and visitors bureau.” Take this quick poll and see how savvy you are. The answers might surprise you.
  • Beware of death-by-PowerPoint

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    The core message that's been lost on some meeting planners is that adult learners have short attention spans when they are in a passive mode of learning. So don't be passive.
  • 2015 PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit in Scotland

    Plan Your Meetings
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Nov. 13-16 gathering will take place in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh International Conference Center, and in Glasgow, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
  • White noise while you work: 3 options

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    These websites enable you to access white noise at your convenience, while you work, relax or meditate.
  • Even in the worst of times, planners come through

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    I've never been so proud of the skills that make me a planner and the people who make it all happen.
 
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  • Quick poll: How CVB-savvy are you?

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    Do you know what a CVB is? Hint: It stands for “convention and visitors bureau.” Take this quick poll and see how savvy you are. The answers might surprise you.
  • Beware of death-by-PowerPoint

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    The core message that's been lost on some meeting planners is that adult learners have short attention spans when they are in a passive mode of learning. So don't be passive.
  • 2015 PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit in Scotland

    Plan Your Meetings
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Nov. 13-16 gathering will take place in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh International Conference Center, and in Glasgow, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
  • White noise while you work: 3 options

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    These websites enable you to access white noise at your convenience, while you work, relax or meditate.
  • Even in the worst of times, planners come through

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    I've never been so proud of the skills that make me a planner and the people who make it all happen.
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    Thoughtfully Simple

  • Sip It :: Pomegranate + Raspberry Champagne Float

    Tori
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I get really happy when summer rolls around and have been known to find reasons to entertain just so I could create a fun, refreshing cocktail. So when PAMA asked if I wanted to collaborate and create a summer cocktail I jumped at the chance. I had never used pomegranate liqueur before but it will be one of my go-to’s from now on. It has a sweet, yet tart taste and a great ruby color. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. I wanted to create a cocktail that scream summer and would be great to serve on a warm, sunny day. I was…
  • How to attract the RIGHT followers on Instagram

    Tori
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Wait –is there a wrong type of follower? There sure is. And if you’re into the #FollowforFollow crowd this post isn’t for you. I’m talking about building an Instagram following of highly engaged users who will be attracted to your content because they are genuinely interested in it. For me, Instagram should be about being purposeful not just popular.  If you’re using Instagram to grow your professional influence, attract customers to your small business, or build your brand … you should have a very clear idea of what type of followers you need to…
  • Simple Alfresco Entertaining

    Tori
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports After our recent patio transformation, I was eager to invite a few friends over for a simple evening dining alfresco. Our new outdoor dining furniture and garden-inspired accents set the stage perfectly. I love how the space is pretty neutral with a few pops of color. The furniture and decor lets our backyard really shine. This time of year, we’re in full bloom with lots of greens, pinks, and yellows. I set the table for four and got ready for a casual early evening (light) dinner. These acrylic glasses were perfect for citrus infused water…
  • Make It :: Clay Ring Dish

    Tori
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Back in January, my dear friend Amy gave me the best gift –a marbled clay ring dish. It sits on my bathroom counter and makes me smile every time I use it. I was so fond of this thoughtful gift that I wanted to pass on the gift to others. Plus, after finding this tutorial I really wanted to play with some clay. ;)   I loved how each ring dish had it’s own personality. I wrapped them each up with tissue and gave them as gifts to the lovely ladies in my life. What projects have you made lately? I’m feeling crafty and need more inspiration!    
  • Setting the Stage for Summer Entertaining

    Tori
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports The minute the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, I start dreaming up the first summer party of the year. I absolutely love to entertain in our backyard but our space really needed an update. In fact, our old outdoor dining table had all but fallen apart so we had to build our entertaining space back up, from scratch. Working with a blank slate is always exciting to me. A must-have for us was well made outdoor furniture. Before we could set the stage for summer entertaining, we had to lay the foundation –and this dining collection was the…
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  • Skytrax Best Airlines 2015

    Randy Markus
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    It’s that time of year again, best airlines award time. Recently Skytrax released their latest and greatest annual list of 2015 best airlines. The top 100 airlines awarded are part of the Skytrax World Airline Awards. Where over 18 million passengers from around the world from 110 countries to be specific voted on everything from friendliness to comfort to quality. Sometimes recognized as the Passengers Choice Awards, this much sought-after award is considered a worldwide standard of value and excellence. Best Airlines 2015 Bits and Bites Unveiled in 1999, this year the winners were…
  • PlanAnEvent.org Blog Tour

    Andrew Maxwell
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    A blog tour? What the heck is a blog tour, you might ask? Well up until about a week ago I would’ve asked the very same question. Last week a very dear friend and colleague, Nancy Rathlou of GoneWooWoo.com, invited me to join a blog tour. Basically this blog tour is about networking with, and promoting, colleagues that have active blogs. The blogs don’t have to be from the same industry. The purpose is to provide insight as to where each of us gets our inspiration for content and what motivates us to write for our blogs in the first place. So here are my answers for my blog tour…
  • July 4th Celebration Fun on a Budget!

    Randy Markus
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Alert the media July 4th is almost here. With Independence Day literally just around the corner, time to celebrate and demonstrate how much we love this country. July 4th (the less formal name) or Independence Day (the more formal moniker) is all about commemorating the thirteen colonies declaring their independence in 1776. Hosting a July 4th celebration is one of the more fun days to have a party. If you ask me any reason to have a party is a good reason. And is there a finer motive to whoop it up than to celebrate America? Bringing together family and friends, good food and drinks without…
  • 3 Ways Call to Actions Help Promote an Event

    Andrew Maxwell
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Planning an event requires a considerable amount of organizational skills. On top of organizational skills, there’s a whole different skill set required to promote an event. That’s where marketing departments come into play. Many marketers will tell you that you should provide an incentive, a call to action, to help get the message out. Today there is so much information flowing through our various social media accounts etc. that it can become very difficult to have your message stand out in a crowded marketplace. A call to action can be described as: words that urge the reader to…
  • Ask the Expert – Event Planner Myths Edition

    Randy Markus
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    There is a long list of event planner myths out there that just aren’t true. In the end that’s what makes them myths. Event planners are under a lot of pressure and are expected to be all things to all people. Like it’s in the DNA and job description to know just about everything about everything. And that’s the first of the event planner myths busted. While all event planners want to and try, the facts remain, it’s impossible to know everything about everything. Making this the perfect topic to address in this month’s Ask the Expert. It’s that time of year again. We’re all…
 
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  • Tips For a Successful Webinar

    Pat Ahaesy
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Tips For A Successful Webinar A Webinar can be an excellent method for training whether it’s for a corporation or association. It’s also an excellent way for consultants, entrepreneurs, small businesses and thought leaders to teach, promote and “spread the word”. There are many webinar platforms from which to choose. However, success, could depend upon using some of my tips, which are based on my live event management experiences that leverages technology. However, to do this and make the right impression both the speaker, the visuals and the technology must be flawless. Tips if you…
  • Pre-Event Zen

    Pat Ahaesy
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    Pre-Event Zen Every event planner in the world has had the pre-event jitters, as it is easy to let anxiety and anticipation slowly creep into our psyche before the big show. This isn’t uncommon, as most event planners put a great deal of time and energy into their events. A great event becomes part of you and much like a child you hope for it to succeed and flourish. However, there are ways to stay cool, calm, and collected before any big event. Remember that nervous energy is okay, as it shows that you are truly passionate about the success of your event. It is essential to not let anxiety…
  • How Do You Determine The Best Event Planning or Management Firm?

    Pat Ahaesy
    12 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    We know that the cheapest event planning service is not necessarily the best. But, how do you determine the best? Is an event planner considered the best because he receives a ton of publicity? Is he the best because he produces or manages an enormous number of events? Is the event planning company the best because of the prestige of their clients? The answer is a Yes and also No. Just because someone knows how to generate great PR, doesn’t actually reflect on the quality of his or her services. Nor do producing hundreds of events per year or having produced an event or two for some…
  • Creating ROI and ROE For Your Events With An Event App

    Pat Ahaesy
    4 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    We love technology and love to use technology for our events. Of course, we use technology appropriately, not just because we can. However, to go several steps further, do you use technology as a way to create attendee or guest experience and engagement Of course, excellent content is extremely important, but you do want to share that content with an audience, so those people must be aware of your event and be engaged. This should begin long before your event and continue long after. The concept of engagement is important for consumer events, business to business events, corporate sales…
  • Do You Need More ROI From Your Events? 3 Tips For Event Planners

    Pat Ahaesy
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Do You Need More ROI From Your Events? 3 Tips For Event Planners Who doesn’t want more ROI??!! Three tips to Increase Your ROI: Begin your relationship with potential attendees as early as possible through Social Media Channels. You will have an excellent opportunity to create loyalty, interest and attendance. Offer the best possible content. Record major sessions for streaming on demand, You can also stream live. Remember this caveat, though. Have a professional webcasting production company as your partner. The technology has improved in the last couple of years, but professionals know…
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  • Conference Planning Guide and Tips

    Arwin Adriano
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    If there is one event of the year which carries a make or break onus for a company, it’s the annual conference. Organisers know that between showcasing best-selling products, up and coming projects... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Event Florists Secrets For Saving Big On Wedding Floral Arrangements!

    Arwin Adriano
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    The wedding day is certainly a big day for the two most special person of the day - the bride and the groom. Most of the brides have the wish that their wedding must be like the ones as pictured in a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 6 Simple Tips On Organizing Business Events

    Arwin Adriano
    25 May 2015 | 1:18 am
    “An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements.” ― Scott Belsky. The above line clearly depicts the importance of the term 'organize'. It may look... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fight of the Century – Mayweather vs Pacquiao

    Arwin Adriano
    1 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Finally, the much-awaited boxing event all over the world is all set. A showdown between two great boxers. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will face each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Challenges About Planning A Wedding Abroad

    Arwin Adriano
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Planning a wedding is difficult and planning a wedding abroad is the biggest challenge for any bride and wedding planner. Because the location is not near, you’ll need to worry about many factors... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Farewell to Molly Walsh

    Natalia Vasquez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After 12 years of work with Key Events, VP of Business Development Molly Walsh stepped down from her role within our company. Her energy and spirit will always have a […] The post Farewell to Molly Walsh appeared first on Key Events.
  • Tastes of San Francisco

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    A new spin on an old classic, the iconic Cable Cars of San Francisco are a must for visitors. Our tour partners operate an electric model inspired by these mobile […] The post Tastes of San Francisco appeared first on Key Events.
  • 3 Ways to Build Interaction

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    The point of any gathering, for business or for socializing, is to create a lively and engaging atmosphere. Arriving to a beautifully decorated space is all but lost when people […] The post 3 Ways to Build Interaction appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Always do good business. That means respecting every person involved with your programs. The relationships you build need to benefit all parties. The vendor is just as important as the […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
  • Event Tech: Wearables

    Natalia Vasquez
    7 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Whether monitoring personal habits or looking for the cherry on top of the “Internet of Things” sundae, wearables are making a huge impact on the operations of day to day […] The post Event Tech: Wearables appeared first on Key Events.
 
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    Key Events

  • Farewell to Molly Walsh

    Natalia Vasquez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After 12 years of work with Key Events, VP of Business Development Molly Walsh stepped down from her role within our company. Her energy and spirit will always have a […] The post Farewell to Molly Walsh appeared first on Key Events.
  • Tastes of San Francisco

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    A new spin on an old classic, the iconic Cable Cars of San Francisco are a must for visitors. Our tour partners operate an electric model inspired by these mobile […] The post Tastes of San Francisco appeared first on Key Events.
  • 3 Ways to Build Interaction

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    The point of any gathering, for business or for socializing, is to create a lively and engaging atmosphere. Arriving to a beautifully decorated space is all but lost when people […] The post 3 Ways to Build Interaction appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Always do good business. That means respecting every person involved with your programs. The relationships you build need to benefit all parties. The vendor is just as important as the […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
  • Event Tech: Wearables

    Natalia Vasquez
    7 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Whether monitoring personal habits or looking for the cherry on top of the “Internet of Things” sundae, wearables are making a huge impact on the operations of day to day […] The post Event Tech: Wearables appeared first on Key Events.
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Einsteins’ Favorites: How to Boost Attendees’ Engagement at Meetings, Why Visuals Are Leading the Way in Social Media & How Beacons Can Improve the Event Experience

    Georgiana Nistor
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    This week’s selection is partly dedicated to improving attendees’ engagement, both online and offline. You will also find out about some smart apps promising to boost your brain power and learn all about beacons and how they can help with two of your biggest event challenges: attendees’ engagement and crowd management. How to Boost Attendees’ Engagement at Meetings The secret to memorable meetings is to always include the fun part because that’s what the attendees will resonate the most with. If having fun is the sine qua non of a truly memorable meeting, there are also…
  • GoVig Shows Flair Using AV Production

    Alisha Rickman
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    What do you think about when someone mentions a corporate event? I bet the image you picture is pretty similar to this: A standard 4 walled room, round tables with some kind of standard arrangement, and a stage with a screen projecting a powerpoint. Basically, the event meets all the functional aspects but simply lacks a bit of flair. Corporate events tend to shy away from bold themes to keep a neutral and professional environment. Your company events should be the exact opposite because this is the perfect opportunity to not only showcase your brand visually but your company culture. We…
  • What is the Best Process for Hiring an AV Company?

    Katie Christianson
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    According to research, the human eye can detect the light of a candle 14 miles away. Now, that’s also assuming this candle isn’t inside a house, covered by trees at the bottom of a hill. Nonetheless, the human eye can capture the smallest details. So now knowing this statistic, wouldn’t you want to ensure every visual component with your event is perfect? In simple terms, AV, otherwise known as Audio Visual, is the use of both sight and sound to convey a message within a presentation. For example, you may be familiar with a slide projector which often connects a computer to a large…
  • How to Stop Procrastinating by Procrastinating

    Glenn Santos
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    As an event planner, you’re sort of a jack (or jill) of all trades. You do everything needed to get the job done. While I know you really love doing some of that work, there’s just parts of the job you really hate and put off as much as you can. For example, I’m sure you hate math as much as me. But someone’s got to balance the budget for this year and it sure ain’t the company mascot Fluffy that’s doing it. How about doing contract reviews? As much as I hate getting screwed by just one tiny contract violation, I also hate reading legalese as much as the…
  • Best Event Talks: Trends In Event Design by David Merrell [VIDEO]

    Glenn Santos
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    Do you know what’s in and what’s out when it comes to event design? We know that you’d like to be on top of the latest trends so we figured this week’s Best Event Talk would fit in perfectly. Joining us is David Merrell of AOO Events, though you’d probably know him better as the founder of DesignDawgs or maybe from his numerous speaking engagements through the years. He’s held several local and international leadership positions in the International Special Events Society (better known as ISES). In this talk, Merrell talks about the trends of event design.
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Fest returns to Fairplex

    Juan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Summer is finally here and so are the outdoor Festivals! If you need a break from college, work or life, in general, then you need to come to Fairplex this Friday, June 27 for Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Child Development Center’s New Sign

    Juan
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The Fairplex Child Development Center became the proud owner of a brand new sign yesterday morning! After a lot of planning and hard work, our center can now be easily identified as people drive up and down McKinley Ave. In … Continue reading →
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

    Juan
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    In case you are debating on whether or not to come to Fairplex for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals happening today and tomorrow, allow us to show you in videos what you’ll be missing out on…and let us be the … Continue reading →
  • Robots take over Fairplex

    Juan
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Could you imagine our grounds full of robots? If you can’t, that’s okay because in 3 days you won’t have to imagine anything – robots will be here and they will be taking over Fairplex for DARPA’s Robotics Challenge Finals. … Continue reading →
  • Dogs arrive at Fairplex for Mission Circuit Dog Show

    Juan
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Without a doubt, dogs have, are and will always be man’s best friend! The Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, has finally returned to Fairplex for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. This four-day event runs until Monday … Continue reading →
 
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Great S’More Recipes

    Caroline Preble
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Whether you are camping or are enjoying your own backyard fire pit s’mores make any summer night into a celebration! Here are some of our favorite s’more recipes. Peanut Butter & Jelly S’more Ingredients: 2 Graham Crackers Strawberry or Grape Preserves/Jelly Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Steps: Spread one graham cracker with the preserves and the other with the peanut butter. Either add the marshmallow fluff between the peanut butter and jelly, or add it on top. White Chocolate S’more Ingredients: White Chocolate 2 Chocolate Graham Crackers Marshmallows Extra: 5…
  • 4th of July Treats!

    Caroline Preble
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Add extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks! Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great, all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats: Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic…
  • 10 Things to do on the 4th of July

    Caroline Preble
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:35 pm
    It’s almost time to celebrate Independence day, and a great time to gather family and friends and make the most of great summertime weather with some all-American activities. Here are our top 10 things to do on the 4th of July. Watch a Parade (or be a part of one!) — Check your newspaper for parades big and small in your area. Have a Barbecue — Invite some friends for some burgers and hot dogs. A true summertime favorite. Hit the Water —  Live near a beach or river? How about a pool? Make a splash with a special outing to your favorite body of water. You might even…
  • Stargazing Tips

    Caroline Preble
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
      Summer is the perfect time to get away from it all, spread a blanket, and enjoy a celestial light show.  Here are some stargazing tips to help you make the most of your evening under the stars. Pick a Clear Moonless Night — You will see the most stars on a night when the moon is new and the skies are clear. If your viewing plans do happen to get blocked by clouds, you can always claim to have witnessed a “rare eclipse of everything!” ** A great time to star watch in the summer is from the last week of July through the first week in August, when “the…
  • Summer Activities for Families and Kids

    Caroline Preble
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:37 am
    Summer Activities for Families and Kids Summertime is all about rest and relaxation, but there are so many great ways for kids to keep busy on these beautiful days besides plugging themselves in to the tv or computer. Here are some ideas for great summer activities for families and kids guaranteed to help make this a summer to remember. Share a Special Day with Mom or Dad — Give the gift of quality time by offering kids a one-on-one day with a parent. Let them choose the activity for a day full of fun. Draw an Activity from a Hat — Sit down together as a family and have…
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    Blog - RSS | Snapdragon Parties

  • Wedding buses

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    Wedding buses are a popular way of transporting guests from the church to the wedding reception, seating up to 72 guests on one bus. Not only do they create a fun atmosphere for your guests but they...
  • Escort card tips

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Escort cards are a great way of showing your creative side and adding a touch of personality to your wedding occasion or pushing your theme (if you have one) to its limits. There are so...
  • Top 3 tips for making your wedding personal

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    28 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    With the wedding season in full swing, we wanted to share our top 3 tips to making your wedding day personal. Styling a wedding is about much more than copying a magazine idea or adhering...
  • An enchanting wedding at home

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    The arrival of Spring has brought fond memories of an enchanting outdoor wedding ceremony and reception which we creatively designed, planned and delivered last year. Set in the charming Kent countryside, our Bride and Groom...
  • Fairytale florals

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:12 am
    The Snapdragon team recently attended The Chef’s Table at “By Word of Mouth” HQ in London for a glorious evening of divine food and drinks in the most enchanting setting celebrating the anticipated arrival of...
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • 5 Sure Fire Tips for a Successful Seated Dinner Party

    Jodi Cirrincione
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    When planing a large corporate event or seated dinner party, there is always a temptation to over-simplify the proceedings; either to stretch the event budget or to streamline the overall planning process. You might opt to stage a business cocktail party or light buffet as a way to keep your guests happily entertained and mingling, while still managing to keep costs and prep time under control. But some events demand a bit more from the event planner, and need to deliver a bigger bang to the guests. Sometimes, you simply have to stage a formal seated dinner if you are going to take your event…
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Planner’s Time

    Jodi Cirrincione
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Time, as they say, is money; and that’s never more true than when it comes to planning your wedding. Hiring a professional wedding planner can certainly help to make the process easier and more efficient (and can relieve much of the stress that comes with planning a big wedding), but it comes at a price. Most wedding planners charge hourly consultation fees, which can quickly add up over a few weeks, or months, of planning meetings. Some professional wedding planners may charge up front for their services, but they will typically limit the number of meetings and consultations you can…
  • Changing the Shape of Your Wedding Ceremony – How to Personalize Your Wedding

    Jodi Cirrincione
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    When it comes to weddings, couples naturally want to make the day as memorable as possible. So a lot of time and energy is devoted to choosing the right clothes and accessories, hiring inventive florists and decorators, and planning elaborate receptions and after parties. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and I say go for broke and make your wedding day an experience to remember. However, don’t forget the ceremony itself. Too often couples put all of their imagination and creativity into planning the perfect reception, allowing the wedding ceremony itself to remain rather…
  • Keeping the Kids Happy – Wedding Activities to Entertain Your Younger Guests

    Caroline Eimerman
    29 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    One of the first things couples must do when planning their wedding is to decide upon the guest list. On the face of it, choosing who to invite to your wedding seems like the easiest part of the planning process, but even here it can get sticky. One question couples routinely wrestle with is whether or not to keep their wedding child friendly. The ceremony and reception can make for a long day, particularly for young children who can be easily bored or distracted, so it is an important question to consider. Now, you can choose to make your wedding day, or at least the reception, an adults…
  • Writing Your Own Wedding Vows – Some Tips and a Template

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    These days it’s not uncommon for couples to write their own wedding vows, and it’s a great way to add a personal touch to the wedding ceremony. But let’s face it, most of us aren’t professional writers, and when it comes right down to it crafting a beautiful and expressive set of wedding vows can be more challenging than it may at first seem. Still, that doesn’t mean couples should abandon the idea of writing their own vows. Far from it. Writing your own vows can be easy, if you think it through and follow a few simple tips. Making the Decision (Together) The…
 
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    Yapsody Blog

  • HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE?

    Yapsody
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE? If you think tweeting “Got an event comin up. So damn excited 2 c all of u thr! :D” is creating a buzz, let me burst that bubble and tell you that we’re way past inventing the wheel, fire, and definitely social media marketing. The best way (that also happens to be the only one) to create a buzz about your upcoming event is not a cakewalk, definitely. But what good would we be doing if we didn’t make a walk through the rocks look like a cakewalk? WRITE ONE TO THE RIGHT ONES Because promoting a Broadway drama at a rock concert is so totally working out – not!
  • Have THE Social Media Marketing Checklist Ready – Check!

    Yapsody
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:18 am
    Have THE Social Media Marketing Checklist Ready – Check! For all event organizers, rookies or oldies, social media marketing is the one shot they HAVE to take. Come on, who doesn’t put up their upcoming event on Facebook? It’s the most obvious thing to do when you think of social media marketing. And that’s exactly why it’s a problem – it’s too obvious, which means, everyone else is doing it. If you have to ace this marketing strategy for your event, you have to upturn every little pebble you spot, and the least we can do is show you where the pebbles are. Now, that’s exactly…
  • HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO PIN SUCCESS TO YOUR EVENT BOARD

    Yapsody
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:23 pm
    HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO PIN SUCCESS TO YOUR EVENT BOARD We’ve had enough of the regular Facebook and Twitter, and it’s high time we realized there’s a lot more to social media marketing than just blue and blue birds. While Instagram is giving its own edge to the hashtags, Pinterest has come out as a whole new concept on its own involving boards and pins, reminding you of high school. And we tell you exactly what it takes to be a famous cheerleader in this high school by using Pinterest the right way! PINTEREST, THESE ARE PRESENTERS. PRESENTERS, THIS IS PINTEREST! There, you’re already…
  • Impeccable 24×7 Customer Support

    Yapsody
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    Impeccable 24×7 Customer Support While most of what we do is all about online ticketing and events, we offer something way more important with our utmost dedication and at no cost at all – our impeccable online customer support. Anything you find awry about our ways, you can always reach out to us via email or our online chat support. You must be thinking, “If email and chat support is what it’s all about, why am I supposed to be reading this blog post at all?” Because, we aren’t the only ones that offer email and chat support, but we have a lot of things about it that make us…
  • DRAGONPAY IS HERE, BEBOT!

    Yapsody
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    DRAGONPAY IS HERE, BEBOT! Yapsody finally introduces the revolutionary Philippines based payment gateway – Dragonpay – that is all set to turn over new leaves that promise to blossom in the world of online payments. For all of you who’ve been living with the credit-hack-o-phobia (paranoia that makes you commit naïve acts of closing all adjoining tabs, clearing browsing data, disabling cookies, uninstalling and reinstalling your browser while making an online payment through your credit card), here finally is a secure payment gateway that guarantees you (a presenter) and you (a…
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    Event Planning Blueprint - Build Your Event Planning Business Today!

  • 3 Tips To Improve Your Time Management

    Melanie Woodward
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Admittedly, this last week has been quite stressful. I helped a friend launch a new product which included an eight day event and unfortunately not everything went as planned. You see, I like to have everything in place before it’s needed, but one of our vendors didn’t have the same sense of urgency so we were left waiting for him, and to be honest this didn’t make me very happy. Aside from taking more than a few deep breathes and a chill pill, it got me thinking about time management. With all the time management tips available you’d think we’d be scheduling machines…
  • How To Effectively Leverage Your Events With Facebook Ads

    Melanie Woodward
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Full disclosure – this training video was originally done for the good folks at etouches, so I hope they don’t mind that I’m sharing the love here too. If you don’t know about etouches event management software, make sure you check them out!  Have you noticed your competition promoting their events with Facebook ads? Facebook isn’t just for showing off the latest picture of your cutie kids or for posting adorable cat videos. It’s also a powerhouse for attracting and engaging your event clients. With more than 1 billion users, do you ever wonder how to…
  • How To Sell Your Event Planning Services

    Melanie Woodward
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Be honest… When you hear the word ‘sales’ do you panic? Are you tired of being asked to discount your event planning services? Or worse yet, do you feel deflated when you get that dreaded email that starts out, “We loved you BUT…”? If any of this sounds familiar, you’re going to love today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV. Listen in as Maria Bayer and I share one of the most common mistakes that most business owners make (even seasoned salespeople!) that hurts your chances of booking the client, and the simple thing you can do instead. How…
  • Building Your Reputation as an Event Manager

    Melanie Woodward
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    For the last month I’ve been putting my event manager skills to good use by working with a friend on his business. Kyle and I met at a conference nearly two years ago in the Dominican Republic – not a bad place to go for a conference, right? Kyle has built an amazing business that helps many other entrepreneurs and his reputation precedes him. He’s genuine, honest, hard working and smart. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with him and I’m honored to have the opportunity. Kyle has built a strong reputation in the industry and I’d say it’s because…
  • How To Start An Event Planning Blog – With No Writing Experience

    Melanie Woodward
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    So. You’ve been thinking about starting an event planning blog but it scares the sh*t out of you. After all, what would you write about? Who will read your blog, and why would they care what lil ol’ you has to say? When I started my blog on June 14, 2012 (Happy 3rd Birthday to us!), I had absolutely no experience with blogging let alone writing, and I certainly didn’t have any followers – so thanks for being here! I was (still am, actually) really insecure about grammar because as a child I was told I wasn’t good at it, so now I am constantly second guessing…
 
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Let’s Create Better Events

    Tal Shoham
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:06 am
    We have Powered some amazing events recently and there are more on the way. Which event did you plan/manage/produce that made you jump and high-five … YES? ‪ It’s the best feeling in the world to sit back after a successful event from a-z. We want to know all about your success and yes, also about the times that you could have done better. That is where we come in, we want to help you create better events. Tweet us with your event stories!    Tweet us with your event stories! Related Articles: Pinterest Your Event to Success The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of…
  • Pinterest Your Event to Success

    Tal Shoham
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We have Powered some amazing events recently and there are more on the way. Which event did you plan/manage/produce that made you jump and high-five … YES? ‪ It’s the best feeling in the world to sit back after a successful event from a-z. We want to know all about your success and yes, also about the times that you could have done better. That is where we come in, we want to help you create better events. Tweet us with your event stories!    Tweet us with your event stories! Related Articles: Pinterest Your Event to Success The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of…
  • The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of 10 Amazing Startups

    Tal Shoham
    5 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    We have Powered some amazing events recently and there are more on the way. Which event did you plan/manage/produce that made you jump and high-five … YES? ‪ It’s the best feeling in the world to sit back after a successful event from a-z. We want to know all about your success and yes, also about the times that you could have done better. That is where we come in, we want to help you create better events. Tweet us with your event stories!    Tweet us with your event stories! Related Articles: Pinterest Your Event to Success The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of…
  • 4 Time Management Tips for Event Professionals

    Tal Shoham
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We have Powered some amazing events recently and there are more on the way. Which event did you plan/manage/produce that made you jump and high-five … YES? ‪ It’s the best feeling in the world to sit back after a successful event from a-z. We want to know all about your success and yes, also about the times that you could have done better. That is where we come in, we want to help you create better events. Tweet us with your event stories!    Tweet us with your event stories! Related Articles: Pinterest Your Event to Success The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of…
  • Evolero Goes On The Grill with the Harvard Business Review

    Tal Shoham
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    We have Powered some amazing events recently and there are more on the way. Which event did you plan/manage/produce that made you jump and high-five … YES? ‪ It’s the best feeling in the world to sit back after a successful event from a-z. We want to know all about your success and yes, also about the times that you could have done better. That is where we come in, we want to help you create better events. Tweet us with your event stories!    Tweet us with your event stories! Related Articles: Pinterest Your Event to Success The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of…
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    etouches blog

  • How Mobile Apps Improve the Attendee Journey BEFORE an Event

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    This post was written by Karra Barron from QuickMobile There are more than 1.8 million meetings and events in the U.S. and 5 million worldwide, but the average attendee will only go to 4-6 events per year. If you want to up your odds that YOUR event is one of the six they attend, then you need to ensure you’re designing the an attendee journey that will get them excited and keep them that way from initial registration to final departure and beyond. A mobile event app is an always-on, highly targeted channel that puts your message right in the hands of your attendees, making it the perfect…
  • Win Over Your Boss by Thinking Like a Salesman

    Quentin Stossel
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    As a sales professional with a decade of efforts under my belt, I have come to the conclusion that many would-be buyers could benefit from some sales training. In the meetings and events industry, event managers often come up with a great idea to improve a process at work.  They develop the idea, they go out and research vendors in the market, they find out if their company has money to spend and then they decide to buy something.  If only things were that easy.  Sadly, most of these great ideas never come to fruition because the buyer encounters an unexpected NO from a senior staff member…
  • To Fear or Not to Fear – Networking Events

    Eyad Khamis
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    At the end of your meeting with the big boss he tells you that you have to attend a networking event and mingle around! If you are a social person by nature and you find it easy to talk to strangers then it shouldn’t be too much hard work.  If you are one of many that would rather do almost anything than make small talk with a room full of strangers, then I have few tips and icebreakers that I have researched – and that worked for me – to share with you to help you start a conversation with less effort. Tips Partner Up: Attend networking events with a referral partner or somebody…
  • Geo-Cloning Your Event

    Guest Author
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This post was written by William Thomson, Head Honcho at Gallus Events The decision to take an event from your home market and replicate it in another country is a big one. When an event is still relatively speaking a toddler (Tech Fest in London is only four years old) running it only three months later half way across the world is certainly a major decision. So in this post for etouches I’d like to look at the things to consider when “geo-cloning” your event. Yes, that’s what it’s called. Replicating your event in a foreign land is the goal for many event companies and it’s easy…
  • Traveling Tips for Event Professionals

    Amanda Luppino-Esposito
    21 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Many event professionals are constantly on the go – they plan meetings around the country (or around the world!) and when they aren’t on-site for a meeting, they are traveling to site visits, going on FAM trips, meeting with clients, or otherwise not necessarily spending too much time at home base. A career in event planning is not for the faint of heart – or the travel weary! Most event professionals have their packing down to a science, but for those who are just starting down this road warrior lifestyle, here are a few suggestions. Invest in a good suitcase: Your suitcase…
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    The Grand Planner

  • 5 Ways to Manage Your Event Team Remotely

    Kristin Appenbrink
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether due to lack of office space, global team members, or international clients, working with colleagues who aren’t in the office is a common reality for today’s teams. The good news is that a far flung team can give personal attention to clients and plan events far and wide, but it can make it difficult to make sure everything is on track when you don’t see your team members face-to-face everyday. Thankfully, there are plenty of smart strategies for remotely managing your event.
  • Guest List App zkipster Launches Dynamic Seating Charts

    Kristin Appenbrink
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    After years of planning and months of coding, we are proudly launching our new feature, that allows event planners to build, create and share dynamic seating charts in a matter of minutes.
  • The Magic Detail: Floral Design at the Met Ball

    Kristin Appenbrink
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The annual Met Gala is without a doubt one of the year’s biggest fashion events. The designs both on the red carpet and at the actual party keep us talking and innovating all year long. This year was no exception, and with the Asian-inspired theme, we saw some truly magnificent creations. Lets look beyond the event design to see how one of the industry’s best floral designers adapted his skills to create a piece for the red carpet. Olivier Giugni, of L’Olivier Floral Atelier on the Upper East Side worked with Khristine Catacutan, the fashion designer and creative director of Moskov, and…
  • 5 Skills Every Event Planner Must Have

    Kristin Appenbrink
    22 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Pulling off even a small event is a tough, demanding job. There are dozens of moving pieces, and everything has to fall into place just so in order for the party, dinner, or conference to be a success. And while the world of event planning is open to everyone from rookies to seasoned professionals, there are few key skills that all truly great event professionals must have.
  • 5 Must-Dos for Seated Events in Summer

    Kristin Appenbrink
    15 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    There’s something so refreshing about summer event season. Not only will theweather put your guests in a better mood, but you can make use of venues with outdoor space as well. Of course, all of the normal rules for planning a seated dinner apply, but you can have some fun with your summer events, too. Here are five things to think about when you plan that summer soirée.  
 
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  • Scarlett’s Summer Party Success!

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:21 am
    The summer party season has begun! Last week, Scarlett’s exciting young London based function band really got the party started and created a good-time vibe at Derwent London’s roof-top Summer Party. The band was an utter success and received some really fantastic feedback, our client said: “The evening was a great success and we had so much amazing feedback on the band. Even our CEO commented on how good they were!” Here are the photos from the night…  
  • Scarlett Get It Right For Gala Dinner in Geneva!

    19 Jun 2015 | 2:06 am
    Scarlett booked three amazing acts for Imagination to perform earlier this week at Huawei’s Gala Dinner in Geneva, which was attended by Julie one of our astute entertainment coordinators. Our iPad magician from Paris, Soprano Kate and string quartet from Zurich entertained everybody at this elegant soiree and had some really fantastic feedback: “What an overall triumph!!! The client has done these conferences and gala dinners each year all over the world… apparently it was the best… and all three acts were superb” “Thank you so much for everything, not least of all, Julie! She…
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    16 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    One of Dubai’s most in demand Jazz Trio’s performed in duo line-up in a furniture store in Dubai on Saturday. Renowned for creating a cosy jazz club ambience with their laid back feel, the world class musicians entertained and captivated guests with great success. Our client said that, “the band was more than fantastic and they were just right to fit the mood and the ambiance. They were commended by everyone there and I have been highly recommending your company to everyone else.”
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    15 Jun 2015 | 2:11 am
    Our stunning UK based Acoustic Covers Duo flew out for an Electrum Records event in Egypt over the weekend and wowed crowds with their outstanding performance.  The London duo - renowned for being young, fresh, modern and dynamic - captivated guests at the beautiful Almaza Bay venue and “an incredible time” was had by all!
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    11 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Our fantastic gypsy jazz band from Bordeaux performed at a wedding in the beautiful French town of Carcassonne last month. According to the band, "everything went perfectly", and the newlyweds "really enjoyed" the music.
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    Meghanath Bellamkonda
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Think! What can you do to get your new product an edge over your competitors? Think Aloud! – The chief of marketing was screaming beyond his energy levels addressing his team of creative marketing experts…. The leading E-commerce companies in the United States go through this routine as they gear up for every new launch. If one ranks the world’s largest B2C E-commerce companies solely based on the official revenue data, US leads the world players with Amazon.com, Wal-Mart etc. With unique marketing strategy planned for each quarter, these companies beat their Chinese and French…
  • #July4videomarketing Webinar Recap

    Andreea Cojocariu
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Last week we did two webinars on July 4th. The first one was on how to use Inviter video invitations for your personal parties. Our second one was on how businesses can use video emails and newsletters to promote their July 4th sales. We did it on YouTube Live Events. I also Periscoped the webinar. This webinar was a little different because we had quite a bit of engagement from Periscope. I talked a lot about other forms of digital marketing. Overall ladies and gentlemen, you still have a little time to create a promotional video email and use Inviter’s cost effective plans to boost…
  • #July4Bash Video Invitation Webinar Recap

    Andreea Cojocariu
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    This has been a crazy wonderful week for Inviter. We did something unusual this month, but really this week. We had 3 webinars; two were this week. We focused on getting everyone ready for July 4th. It’s an important holiday for those of us here in the United States. I say that because Inviter customers are International. But here in the U.S., it’s an incredibly important day. It has more meaning now with the political climate being what it is.  With that in mind, we wanted to make sure everyone was properly prepared to celebrate July 4th. Our first webinar was #July4Bash on June…
  • #CelebrateDad Webinar Recap

    Andreea Cojocariu
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Inviter wants to help businesses really #CelebrateDad. Moms get so much attention. But dads…well dads sometimes get left out. We want to change that. So to help businesses do something extra special, we held  special webinar that gave tips on targeting Father’s day. We held the webinar on Google+ Hangouts. But we also Periscoped the session live. So Google+ Hangouts viewers saw the screen. Periscopers only saw and heard me speak. Even with Father’s day so close, you can still create and send video promotions in the form of a newsletter. My last minute advice: select that…
  • Thank Your Guests With Video Greetings

    Meghanath Bellamkonda
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    “At last! We are married”. The bride and groom stood at the altar and gazed around. They whispered to themselves. Surrounded by friends and family they united into one.  A week later as they were browsing through their social networking sites all they could spot were groupfies. Family and friends who were present at their wedding had shared their heartfelt congratulations via internet. The couple felt blessed. “What are we going to do in return for all the love?” asked the lady leaning onto her husband. The husband cameup with a thank you video. But the guest list is huge and they…
 
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