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  • What The Event Industry Is All About

    Event Checklist Blog
    Arwin Adriano
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    The Event Industry may be far different from all the industry we all knew. A lot different from the field we are familiar with, different from working inside a cubicle, different from your office... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Maximizing Event Attendance

    Fresh Event Tips
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Guest Post: If your business is hosting a networking event then it is vital that you maximise its potential exposure. After all, with all things considered, business events are expensive things to host and run, and you need to ensure you see a return on your investment. The best way to maximise any potential return, no matter whether it’s a financial return or a human relations/ networking return is to maximise the number of people who can attend it. Here are three very simple ways that you can do just that: 1)    Ensure the Event is Targeted One mistake that many…
  • Match Your Meeting Giveback to Your Corporate Mission

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    How to talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to CSR When meeting planners propose community service activities that are in line with their companies' overall philanthropic values, these experiences resonate more deeply with employees. read more
  • Marriott Hotels Looking to Transport Guests—Virtually

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I have to check out the Marriott Teleporter when it comes to Boston next week! Content Classification:  Curated face2face read more
  • SmithBucklin Launches New Website

    Exhibitor News Network
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    SmithBucklin announces the launch of its new website at www.smithbucklin.com, which showcases the great work of the client organizations it serves by ...
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    Event Manager Blog

  • Sphere of Influence: How to use Champions to Leverage your Event

    Cathy Key
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Whether you are hosting a large convention or a small meeting one of your key concerns will be creating a buzz about your event. With some smart thinking you can greatly expand your marketing reach without increasing your budget. In this article we look at how you can use champions and influencers to promote your event. We live in a completely different world of communication now compared to where we were just 10 years ago. In the ‘old days’ event promotion was a one-way push of information that was heavily dependent on using tools such as the website, emails and direct mail to broadcast…
  • Taking Your Brand On The Road: Choosing The Right Event Space

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    There are innumerable benefits to active, geographically targeted events over their passive and static counterparts. When it comes to reaching your audience, convenience is king – and taking your brand to your target customer’s doorstep can be the key to tapping a wider market. Many businesses, both large and small, are now opting to taking their message on the road to generate new leads – and it’s clear this poses a number of business benefits. Choosing the venue can be half the battle – as each event space inevitably has its own pros and cons. This is especially true…
  • The Power of Secrecy and 6 Events Using It Successfully

    Julius Solaris
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    What’s so special about secrets? Why do we love not to know vital details such as date and time or location of an event? This post looks at the power of keeping a secret and why event professionals should use it more to wow attendees. So what’s the deal about keeping a secret? My curious brain freaks out whenever a planner keeps a secret about the event. I want to know so bad about it that my interest for the event raises through the roof. Keeping secrets and secrecy in general is often associated with bad feelings. Yet the angle of this post is to look at the relationship between…
  • 7 Techy Ways to Entertain and Engage your Audience

    Amy Capron
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Technology plays an integral role within today’s event industry.  Every event now uses technology in the form of event apps, event websites, digital signage, presentation graphics, digital check in and more!  Technology can be used, not only to save time and paper, but to engage and connect audiences and really personalise an event. Technology is a key factor within events as it helps to improve and streamline the experience for attendees, as well as encourage interaction.  The result is that forward thinking event planners are now using digital alternatives to push boundaries,…
  • Let’s Dance! How to Create Win-Win Events

    Cathy Key
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Creating a successful event takes a team of people of working together. It can also be a competitive and stressful environment to work in. In this article we look at how you can create events where everyone wins without compromising on quality or profitability. In the US alone 1.8 million meetings, trade shows, conventions and congresses happen every year. Each of these events brings together a huge network of people – planners, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, venues, technology partners, caterers, entertainers, speakers and many others – who work together to make the event…
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    Fresh Event Tips

  • Maximizing Event Attendance

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Guest Post: If your business is hosting a networking event then it is vital that you maximise its potential exposure. After all, with all things considered, business events are expensive things to host and run, and you need to ensure you see a return on your investment. The best way to maximise any potential return, no matter whether it’s a financial return or a human relations/ networking return is to maximise the number of people who can attend it. Here are three very simple ways that you can do just that: 1)    Ensure the Event is Targeted One mistake that many…
  • Make your Wedding Event Successful with the Best Catering Services

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Your wedding guests will remember many things about your special day – your wedding dress, the venue, the fun and yes most importantly the lip-smacking food! Of course, it will matter to you as well with the catering likely to be your main concern and biggest expenditure for the wedding event. The key here is to hire the best professional wedding caterers, who will create the best menu for your wedding event at affordable rates. Wedding caterers take care of everything starting from the food, venue-set-up, entertainment to final clean-up of the wedding venue. The best thing about hiring…
  • Tips for coordinating guests’ travel to your event

    6 Mar 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Whether you’re planning a wedding or you’re a corporate event planner, you know that the logistics can make or break an event. If the guests’ memories of the event are more about driving around in circles, lost, searching for the venue than they are about the fun they had there, that’s not a good thing. One of the best things you can do as you plan either a social or corporate event is to coordinate your guests’ transportation. Even if the attendees are largely local, coordinating charter bus transportation can eliminate the anxiety of finding the venue, the…
  • Efficient tool to build Mobile Apps for your Events

    29 Jan 2014 | 9:32 pm
    "Mobile" is no longer just a buzzword, it's a reality. Heck, there's even a pretty good chance you're reading this on a mobile device right now. But did you know that this year mobile web traffic is expected to exceed desktop usage for the first time ever? For event planners of all kind, this shift means you should expect most attendees to show up to events with their devices in-hand. Or pocket. Or purse...you get the idea. More importantly it means that if you don't engage attendees on their beloved smartphones and tablets, you're missing a huge opportunity to reduce your…
  • Online tools for interactive and engaging events

    25 Jan 2014 | 8:12 am
    Keeping participants engaged is one of the most important tasks during conferences. There are a lot of suggestions how to do this - from short quizzes to teamwork activities. Nowadays, as the world around us becomes more and more digital, the opportunities for participants’ engagement are widened by a variety of online tools offered. Here are few of them:  ●      Twitter(twitter.com)  Twitter has occupied the minds and hearts of masses with its’ hashtag mania. There is a way to incorporate it to your event and use it for participants’…
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    Meetings Podcast

  • James Sun - Color Does Matter- The Truth About Diversity in the 21st Century IMEX Keynote

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    James Sun is first Asian male to land a spot on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, James Sun lost in the finals. Learn how he handled discrimination by a casting director who claimed, “Asian men don’t make for good television.” Sun has been a successful entrepreneur, selling his companies in excess of $250 million. He has a fascinating personal journey as a diversity advocate and speaker who sees value in people’s differences in culture, race and beliefs. His latest venture, the hit app Anomo, verifies his philosophy about the need for diversity and its impact on…
  • Podcast: Capturing Leads - Let’s Share -How to Keep Attendees Coming Back

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Podcast: Capturing Leads - Let’s Share -How to Keep Attendees Coming Back!                 On todays show host/producer Mike McAllen welcome Jon Wall Vice President of Marketing at Event Hero, co-host of the popular podcasts Marketing Over Coffee and EVENTTECH. On todays podcast John shares the importance of lead retrieval. Next we have Dana Freker Doody, from The Expo Group, Vice President of Corporate Communications shares a great segment on creating content called “Let’s Share” and finally Julius Solaris the editor of…
  • CIC CMP Conclave Education Comittee Diana Hakenholz and Matt DiSalvo

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Today on the Meetings Podcast, Jon Trask talks to Diana Hakenholz Director of Meetings and Education Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors- International (ACCED-I) and Matt DiSalvo Chief Sales Officer at SER exposition services, Matt and Diana are the co-chairs of the Convention Industry Council education committee this year.  They talk with Jon about the CIC Conclave and some of the many speakers and keynote session their committee has arranged.  They also spend time discussing some of the new learning approaches taken this year including some experiential…
  • Joan Eisenstodt - Inclusive Hospitality CIC Conclave Speaker

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Today on the Meetings Podcast CIC edition, Jon Trask talks with Joan Eisenstodt about her Conclave session on Inclusive Hospitality and creating events that support all.  In the session she will look not just at the ADA, but how planners and suppliers can and should look beyond the minimal requirements to finding solutions that make events inclusive and meaningful for everyone in their audience.  The CIC Conclave will be held in New Orleans on September 6-8, 2014.  
  • Joan Eisenstodt – Crisis Planning and Event Safety CIC Conclave Speaker

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In this Meetings Podcast CIC Edition, Jon Trask talks with Joan Eisenstodt about the second of her two sessions at the CIC Conclave on September 8th.  Joan and co-presenter Brad Goldberg will in an interactive session talk about risks and risk evaluation for planners and suppliers within the meetings industry.  What are the “elephants in the room” that could affect your next event?  Attend this session and join in on the discussion.  
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Why Technology Alone Will Not Move The Needle For Conferences

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’m a fan of technology. I’m usually an early adopter of the next shiny tech tool for individuals. And I typically try to understand if and how that tech tool may help organizations, learning and conferences. But, and it’s a big, big but: technology alone will not truly move your conference needle. Technology Isn’t Your Savior My email box is littered with announcements of the next great event technology. Most of them have gone nowhere. Occasionally, a new event technology—like the conference app–will truly move the needle. Usually though, technology is not enough. Technology…
  • Your Conference Logo Needs Policing

    Wendy Holliday
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Ok, you get it – Your Conference is a Brand. You’ve moved beyond the “annual meeting” into something more meaningful to your attendees. You’ve got your conference mission. You know how your conference will advance the profession and what’s in it for your participants. Now it is time to put your hard work into action. Design your conference logo. Adopt a repeatable look and feel (visuals) for communicating the benefits of attending. Creating A Conference Logo Why take the time to create visuals and a logo for your conference? How will it translate to improved results? 1. A Strong…
  • Declining Sponsorship Dollars? Here Is How To Increase The Value!

    Jeff Hurt
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Are you whining about declining sponsorship dollars? What are you doing to enhance your relationships with sponsors. And keep them close? Velvet Chainsaw’s VP, Expo/Sponsor Sales & Activation, Donna Kastner, talks with PSAV’s The Intersection on increasing sponsorship value. What are you doing to increase sponsorship value? What challenges do you face with your conference sponsorships? The post Declining Sponsorship Dollars? Here Is How To Increase The Value! appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw's Midcourse Corrections.        Related…
  • You Must Recruit The Powerhouse Of Your Attendees’ Brains For Real Engagement

    Jeff Hurt
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Have you ever had a slap-your-forehead-duh-moment? Without realizing it, you have literally tapped, one of the most important regions of your brain: the prefrontal cortex (PFC). It’s the area directly behind your forehead. The PFC is a powerhouse region of your brain. It controls whether your attendees are engaged at your event. You need to know how to kick-start the PFC if you want your attendees to pay attention and be involved. And how to avoid shutting down your attendees’ PFC. The Powerhouse Portion According to author Erika Garms, the PFC is a fascinating section of our brain. It…
  • Time To Face This Ironic Truth: We Do Not Learn From Experience

    Jeff Hurt
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    There, I said it. People do not learn from experience. You may think you learn from experience but… People only learn from reflecting on their experience. That’s the point author, facilitator and educator Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan drives home in his writings and workshops. The Key To Learning From An Experience If people learn from experience, Thiagi stresses, would they make the same mistake over and over again in their life? The key to learning from an experience is thinking about and reflecting on that experience. If you don’t reflect on your experience, it just becomes…
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  • Match Your Meeting Giveback to Your Corporate Mission

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    How to talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to CSR When meeting planners propose community service activities that are in line with their companies' overall philanthropic values, these experiences resonate more deeply with employees. read more
  • Quiz: Test Your Cost-Saving Smarts

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    How savvy are you when it comes to finding ways to do more with less for your meetings? Take this quiz and find out! read more
  • The Dreamforce App: In Your Corner, Not in Your Face

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Maybe the best event app is like the highest-end service—so good it’s nearly invisible Maybe the best event app is like the highest-end service—so good it’s nearly invisible read more
  • Marriott Hotels Looking to Transport Guests—Virtually

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I have to check out the Marriott Teleporter when it comes to Boston next week! Content Classification:  Curated face2face read more
  • IdeaXchange: Is Faster, Shorter, Better?

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Lean speed has become the early 21st century’s most ubiquitous fetish, as the Twitterati strip debate down to 140 instantly regurgitated characters. read more
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    Special Events Magazine

  • Recommending Reading for Sep. 24, 2014

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Special Events Staff Top stories this week include wedding trends to divorce Top stories this week include wedding trends to divorce, the dangers of party buses and making your website bring in registrations. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Grand Gala: Blueprint Studios Oversees the S.F. Symphony Opening Night Gala

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Special Events Staff One of the biggest nights in the City by the Bay, the opening night gala 2014 for the San Francisco Symphony gets the grand treatment from Blueprint Studios. read more
  • Desserts On the Move: Caterers Create Sweets that Let Guests Roam

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Susan Cuadrado Tray-passed, stationed, even paired with booze, dessert--like its cousin course, the appetizer--is decidedly less sit-down and more up-and-mingle today Tray-passed, stationed, even paired with booze, dessert--like its cousin course, the appetizer--is decidedly less sit-down and more up-and-mingle today read more
  • Special Events Business News for Sep. 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Special Events Staff Special events news this week includes promotions at VDA Productions, a 60-person ice bucket challenge from CORT in Las Vegas, and new leadership at Vok Dams China. Special events news this week includes promotions at VDA Productions, a 60-person ice bucket challenge from CORT in Las Vegas, and new leadership at Vok Dams China. read more
  • Recommended Reading for Sep. 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Special Events Staff Top articles this week look at the scheduling dilemma for football-fanatic brides Touchdown or Wedding Gown? Fall Brings Scheduling Dilemmas for Football Fanatics Sure, getting married is important—but not more important than their college football schedules—at least to some football fanatics. Brides and grooms in states such as Alabama and Florida with diehard fans face the tough choice of getting married on a Saturday, when friends and family might choose the game instead of the nuptials: Content Classification:  Curated read more
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    WordPress Tag: Event Planning

  • The First Step

    Steve Gamboa
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’ve been thinking about this for a long, long time. Starting my own business that is. Ever since I was in high school in Thornhill, Ontario I have been racking my brain on how to be my own boss and do something I love. My closest aunt, aka Tita Del, had a big influence on me. I grew up watching her run a successful bridal shop business in Baltimore, Maryland. She was passionate about making Brides and bridesmaids look their best and ultimately making them happy on the biggest day of their lives. That passion to help and serve others, in return gave her a healthy income and the lifestyle…
  • Rock the Party with the Rockstar

    Al Aketic
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    If you were ever involved in public relations or handled a firm, you would better know about live event production. One of the initial steps in arraigning/conducting any party, events, concerts, presentations, weddings, awards nights or any other event is picking the best disc jockey to rock the party with their additional support of musical entertainment. An accomplished and experienced music events management companies we can make any occasion a fun and memorable event. But if you go with a lack of experienced disc jockey they can put a real damper on the party and ruin the event. Hence…
  • Birthday Party Tips

    Checkers Entertainment Services
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Planning A Party? Here Are Some Tips From The Checkers Entertainment Team Invite your guests at leas
  • Garden Tea Party

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Anyone for tea?  I love this theme for a bridal shower or even a baby shower.     Happy Pl
  • Baby Shower Invitations

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A close friend of mine and I are both expecting our first babies about five weeks apart from one ano
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    HotelChatter -

  • Cabo San Lucas: Guests Who Were Stuck in Cabo are Sharing Their Hurricane Survivor Stories

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Pueblo Bonito Sunset BeachA week after Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas, the clean-up efforts are only just beginning. While most guests visiting the resort town have now gotten out safely (if a little dehydrated and severely exhausted), the airport is still in shambles and will not be operating for a few more days, possibly even longer. Many parts of the town are still without power, water and phone access. There are no new reports of looting--for now--but Cabo remains a dicey area to visit from a safety perspective, especially given how much debris still needs to be cleaned up.Despite the…
  • Miami Beach: Ritz-Carlton Lists One Bal Harbour On Their Website

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Just as we suspected, Ritz-Carlton Hotels is taking over the 124 rooms and suites at the luxury resort, One Bal Harbour in October and here's official proof that the takeover is happening: Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour website is up with a note that reservations will be accepted starting October 2. Maybe there is something in the water at this hotel. The property first opened in 2008 as a Regent Hotel.So far, it looks like nothing will change, at least not superficially. Mister Collins, the all-day dining restaurant, will remain open as will the spa. Guestrooms start at 510-sq.ft. and most have…
  • Athens: The Selfie Spot At The Grande Bretagne In Athens Is Wasted On Selfies

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    If there’s one thing that’ll get us on a plane to Athens, it’s a designated selfie spot. We jest, of course – but the idea of a designated selfie spot was so horrifying compelling that during an afternoon in Athens last week, we had to go and see it for ourselves. The selfie spot is at the Grande Bretagne in Syntagma Square (Athens' main square), though to our relief, when we asked at the concierge desk where to find it, they had absolutely no idea what we were talking about. To save you the mortification of trying to explain the concept of a selfie spot to an Athenian -…
  • Dalian: Your Fairy Tale Castle Awaits In Dalian, China

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    What happens when you throw Neuschwanstein, Shrek 2, the Princess Diaries, and the Queen of Versailles in a blender and take the result to China? This: The Castle Dalian, one of the latest additions to Starwood’s Luxury Collection (or at least that’s how we like to imagine the creative process went). Especially in CGI rendering, it has a more than a touch of Dreamworks to it, but it’s very real, and has hotel rooms inside that you can book. Check out the understated minimalism (not) you will find inside below.
  • Manchester: Manchester's Hotel Football Will Take To The Pitch December 8

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Last time we heard about Hotel Football, the Manchester hotel being built by former Manchester United footballers Ryan ‘scumbag’ Giggs and Gary ‘the only nice guy in football’ Neville, we were transfixed (in a not altogether good way) by the renderings. Today, we have an opening date: 8 December. We also have some more, equally transfixing renderings courtesy of the Manchester Evening News. We're being slightly mean - the room rendering looks like something we might have created in Paint circa 2003 – but, looking past that, the rooms themselves actually look pretty…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

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

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    To celebrate International Housekeeping Week, we are placing tip envelopes in 160,000+ rooms. Most people are not sure who to tip and who not to tip when they receive good service. I try to tip everyone from the pizza deliveryman to the parking attendant to the waiter and bellman. I...
  • Smiles are Better Than Smiley Faces

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I had lunch the other day with our terrific general managers from select service and extended stay brands known as CFRST – Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites. We talked about social media and how it’s changing customer service. As I listened to our...
  • Teaching "Hospitality 101" in China

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    My father was given many opportunities because a college professor saw his potential. This professor helped my father get an education and gain the knowledge and skills he needed to start a company. That’s what great teachers do—they help students build the foundation for a rewarding future career. Last year,...
  • Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    (I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...
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    The Webinar Blog

  • Latest Developments In Web Conference Patent Trolling

    Ken Molay
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I have promised to stay on top of news related to our old friend CopyTele in their continuing efforts to suck money out of any web conferencing vendor with deep enough pockets to make it worth their while. Read to the end, because while this starts off dry and "newsy" it gets more fun! You can catch up with my take on CopyTele patent infringement suits against Microsoft's Skype (May 2013), Citrix and Logitech (July 2013), and additional patent portfolio purchases (November 2013). This week the company filed suit against Apple and its FaceTime conferencing solution, including every Apple…
  • Top 50 Web Conference Blogs of 2014

    Ken Molay
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The website GetVoIP.com just posted a list of "The Top 50 Web Conferencing Blogs of 2014" compiled by Charles Samuel. I am honored to be counted in the list (although I asked them if they could change the wording on my blog description, as they used the term "teleconferencing" which makes me think of telephone audio-only conferences). Lots of good resources here, including plenty of vendor blogs that help you get updates directly from the software manufacturers driving the business. Extra points to the first person who can explain the description attached to the first blog in the list (3CX).
  • Deals On Stock Photography

    Ken Molay
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The stock photography wars seem to be heating up. I have seen a number of pricing changes and special offers announced recently. Kozzi just sent out an email offering new pricing for images on a per-download basis. Now when you buy a pack of credits (minimum order is 10 credits for $10 USD) you can download any image at any size for half a credit… $0.50 per image. That is a spectacular rate for low-volume users who only need an occasional image. For people who use lots of photos, Kozzi retains its subscription plan, allowing 5 photos a day for $15/month. Meanwhile Depositphotos has been…
  • ReadyTalk Enhances Screen Sharing

    Ken Molay
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    ReadyTalk put up a blog post today announcing some new features. If you run multiple monitors on your computer, you can now choose which screen to share in a screen share mode: The second enhancement allows the presenter to pause screen sharing, leaving the last image frozen on attendees' screens while the presenter takes care of distracting actions behind the scenes. I have used this in other products and it's a great way to minimize the break in concentration caused by switching or resizing windows between parts of a demonstration (as one example). The third enhancement is for Apple…
  • Tips For Webinars And Presentations - Sep/Oct

    Ken Molay
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    You have the chance to catch several educational webcasts on how to produce and deliver more effective webinars. As a matter of fact, not only webinars but presentations in general. If you are reading this on Tuesday, September 9, you have one last chance to register for today's free presentation on Best Practices For Content Marketing Webinars. At 10am California (1pm New York) I will cover pointers such as what types of webinars work best for content marketing and what types of presenters audiences respond to. You have a little more time to plan ahead and register for my September 24…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • Get Organized

    Ashley Chalmers
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    A successful conference needs a highly organized meeting planner running the show. Make sure your event is up to par and ensure no detail is overlooked by making an event binder. This will be your lifeline onsite at the event. Below we share some of our must-have items to include in your binder. Be sure to let us know what you would add!   Schedules Personal Schedule: day-by-day works best for larger conferences Meeting Schedule: be sure to include room numbers Staff Schedule: include who is working check in, registration, etc. and the shift time Venue Information Event Contract Venue…
  • Meetings Tech Expo Hits NYC

    Ashley Chalmers
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    ConventionPlanit attends many tradeshows throughout the year, and the Meetings Technology Expo this October was a must on the list. MTE is the first and still the longest-running conference and expo focused on meeting & event technology, and will take place October 28 in New York City. In its 10th year, MTE will feature CMP and CAE accredited sessions, over 50 tech demos, and play host to dozens of 1-on-1 meetings between tech vendors and tech-buyers. Receive the hands-on education you need to make an informed decision when selecting new technologies for your meetings and events. As part…
  • How To Double Your Conference Attendance & Revenue

    Ashley Chalmers
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Please enjoy the following guest post from ConventionPlanit.com member, Digitell, Inc.  Double your attendance at your next conference. And your revenue. And create a new benefit for your members. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. And it is not a matter of whether you can, or can not “double your attendance and conference revenue.” With Live Streaming it is only a matter of when! Did you know that 100 hours of new video content is uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day? YouTube attracts 800 million unique visitors every month—video is so much more engaging than still…
  • ASAE by the Numbers

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Your dedicated ConventionPlanit.com blogger is not one to quote statistics. However, the following numbers associated with the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo that wrapped up in Nashville are notable enough to share with our audience. The event welcomed 5,924 total participants – among them 3,142 participants and 1,863 exhibitors This year’s event saw the most attendees since the Chicago meeting of 2007 The Expo ran for 2 days and showcased 707 booths representing 441 companies The buyer-to-seller ratio was 63 to 37 Some $500 million in business is projected to be booked in Nashville by…
  • ASAE’s Opening Night Celebration

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    “Singin’ in the Rain” – a.k.a the Opening Night Celebration. A major rainstorm erupted at the beginning of the reception driving the group inside the Music City Center and putting a damper on the outdoor block party scheduled for the evening. The good news was that they were able to move the Bars inside as well. Bad news was you had to wait until the rain subsided around 9:30pm to enjoy the phenomenal food still parked outside. And, after drying off the stage, everyone enjoyed country music star Dierks Bentley sing from his 11 Grammy nominated repertoire of hits. The “Welcome to…
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    BusyEvent Mobile » Blog

  • Beacon Me Up – Introducing BLE/iBeacon Technology To Your Event

    Nicolette Anderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As part of our ongoing Topic of the Month, we’ve been getting some really great insights into the events technology being used . . . and about to be used . . . at trade shows and conferences being produced world wide. One of the more commented upon topics is Beacon and BLE technology so, we reached out to one of the more passionate commentors and asked him to author an article based on his expertise.  Since Apple added Beacon functionality to their iOS 7 mobile operating system there has been much talk about the ways in which this mobile technology will revolutionize business…
  • 9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology – For Fun & Profit! | #eventsTOM

    Nicolette Anderson
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to the first in our series of month-long focused “Topics of the Month“. The #eventsTOM is designed to be an open discussion about event industry issues and opportunities.  We invite you to be a participant and contribute your thoughts, experiences and ideas (and for those that do, click #eventsTOM to see what we’ll be awarding). What’s most important about the #eventsTOM is not what we know or think . . . but rather, your ideas and input so, we thought it was probably best to start where we have the most experience and venture afield, from there.   So, with…
  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry- Week of Sept. 1

    Nicolette Anderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hello Eventprofs! I hope everyone had a fantastic, long labor day weekend. We are bringing you our must-reads early in the week this time around! We have ‘Frank Conversations on Better Conference Measurement’, ‘The Remarkably Simple Ways to Get Started in Public Speaking‘, and ‘Tips for making your Event Easy to Love on Social‘ for your reading pleasure, enjoy! 1.   Frank Conversations on Better Conference Measurement by Jeff Hurt Hurt states, “If you can’t show the relevancy of what you are measuring to your organization and your conference…
  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry, Week of August 18

    Nicolette Anderson
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday to the events world! Today’s articles bring you some event-related time saving tips, advice for switching to a new event technology and a look into the growing trend of socially conscious meetings. Happy reading! 1. Tick, tock, tick: 5 tips sure to save you time by Julie Niehoff Use Niehoff’s tips to prepare now for the busy fall events season. http://planyourmeetings.com/2014/08/21/tick-tock-tick-5-tips-sure-to-save-you-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+planyourmeetings+%28Plan+Your+Meetings+News+%26+Events%29   2. Better…
  • Balancing Event Budgets With Banner Ads?

    Brian Slawin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a reason the ‘Skip Ad >>‘ button is the most clicked on button in the history of the internet. . . even more so than the Like button. And veteran US journalist Bob Garfield, who has been writing about “media chaos” for a while, paints a gloomy picture for anyone that thinks using advertising is going to be a path to fortune. As event professionals, we already know the challenges of balancing our budgets with advertising banners. If you think an ad-supported event model will be a panacea for your budget. . . you might want to rethink the role banner ads…
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    WordPress.com News

  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
  • Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit. Blogging 101 Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s…
  • Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

    Paul Sieminski
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    “Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing. Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in…
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    Free Meetings & Travel Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Cloud-Based Video Conferencing for Dummies

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether you're an IT expert or a business professional looking for more effective ways to collaborate, this book will teach you everything you need to know about this up-and-coming technology.In this eBook, you'll learn to:Build trust by communicating face to faceUse cloud-based video conferencing creatively within your businessPick the right solution for your companyRequest Free!
  • The 3 Essentials for the 21st Century Conference Room

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Download this eBook to learn how sales teams like yours are leveraging cloud-based video conferencing to sell more, travel less, hold forecasting meetings and train sales reps more effectively.Request Free!
  • Online Meeting Guide: Software and Strategies

    4 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Modern videoconferencing services are easy to use, and available to nearly anyone with a computer or Smartphone.  The ability to connect and meet with people online means we’re no longer limited by geographical location. Furthermore, countless websites provide us with a wide variety of tools and resources for conducting meetings, planning and executing projects, and reducing the amount of printed paper traditionally needed to get things done. The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to many of the popularly used, free, or relatively inexpensive, online resources and tools for…
  • Prevue

    13 May 2014 | 9:50 am
    Prevue features high-impact group experiences and compelling hotels, resorts and group venues that empower and motivate attendees – helping planners create memorable and productive meetings and incentives. Prevue, above all else, is experiential. And it's always presented with stunning visuals and concise, lively editorial content in print and online.Request Free!
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    The Event Diva Blog

  • In-Office Fundraising Tips

    The Event Diva
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    In-office and small-scale fundraising can be a fun and socially responsible team building activity. Here are a few tips for making the most of your fundraising efforts. 1. Engage Social Media If the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taught us anything it is the awesome power of social media outlets like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Even intra-office social media can make a big impact. People who engage with Facebook have an average of +100 friends. This means that, with only 30 people in your office participating in your fundraiser, you could potentially reach 3,000 or more of their combined…
  • Hot Trends In Event Color Schemes 2014

    The Event Diva
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
    The runways of Paris and Milan may not have much influence on the life of the average American, but event planners in the know keep a sharp eye on the fashion world to give them a creative edge when determining future event trends. This year, the runways were flooded with designers whose couture was dominated by mixing bold colored prints. This could mean the end of the monotone event trend and the beginning of a new style of thinking about color, pattern, and texture in event decor. We can already see signs that this bold trend is bleeding into the event world when we look at what is…
  • Summer Catering Trends for 2014

    The Event Diva
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Another season is just around the corner, fellow planners! It’s time to take a good look at a few Summer must-haves. 1. Cupcakes are Dead Now, I know you love cupcakes! Secretly, you’ve been denying that the cupcake trend is over. There no shame in indulging in a cupcake every now and then, but to have them at your events…you should tread lightly. One way to keep them, if you absolutely MUST include cupcakes, is to offer them in a way your guests have never seen before. Here are a few ideas. The Non-cupcake Cupcake: Cut it in half, layer with icing, add spoon. Presto…
  • Elegant DIY Centerpieces

    The Event Diva
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    This centerpiece DIY blog focuses on super budget-friendly elegance using the drinking glasses you already have in your kitchen or bar. Below you’ll find inspiration using drinking glass bases like mason jars, wine glasses, high balls, and shot glasses. Notice that most of these centerpieces are holding their own with a simple, single bloom. Many are very simply accented with a small candle or tea light. If you don’t have enough of one type glass to do centerpieces for your event, try mixing them. The differing heights and glass shapes will add texture and interest to your…
  • 10 Gift Registry Must-Haves

    The Event Diva
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:17 am
    I saw a picture on Facebook of my niece, Amanda, registering for bridal gifts and was inspired to do this blog. Registering for gifts is always so much fun! You only get to do it twice in a lifetime (hopefully) – once for your wedding and once when a baby is on the way. But what makes the most sense to ask for? Here are a list of ten things that could last a lifetime… 1. Enameled Cast Iron Pot The enameled cast iron pot comes in all of the colors of the rainbow. It is an heirloom piece that you can cook anything in. It replaces a crock pot, frying pan, fryer, sauté pan,…
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    Cvent | Cvent

  • Flowers in the Wind

    Mary Ann Reilly
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Let’s be honest: all brides want their wedding day to be absolutely perfect. Professional wedding planners usually coach their clients that the Special Day will be wonderful but to remember that this is only the very beginning of a (hopefully) lifelong commitment. Just like your life together there will be ups and downs, special moments, laughter and lots of love - and goof-ups - on your wedding day In fact, experienced planners know in advance that there will be at least one mishap on a bride’s wedding day, regardless of the amount of planning, details, lists,…
  • Meetings 411: Staying On course for Q4

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Earlier in the year, a Cvent blog feature outlined the steps for designing and facilitating year end meetings or kick-offs. The beginning of Q3 or Q4 is the ideal time to pull the team together for a face-to-face meeting to re-visit the goals and objectives set for the year and re-chart your course to ensure that all targets are met. Begin with an executive briefing to update the team. Review the initial targets and current performance. Involve the different departments and teams and give them an opportunity to present the potions of the update on which they have a direct impact. Identify any…
  • Cvent's Top 50 U.S. Meeting Cities: St. Louis

    Cvent News
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Even though it did not place in the Top 10, St. Louis was a clear winner on Cvent's 2014 list of the Top 50 U.S. Meeting Destinations. Why? In a single year, the Gateway City rocketed eight places up the chart, going from #35 in 2013 to #27 in 2014. It's all in the numbers: In determining its list, Cvent looked at the more than 5,000 U.S. cities featured on its Cvent Supplier Network. Activity was tracked from July 2013 to June 2014 and the ranking was then determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of (but not limited to) total room…
  • Back to School: 30+ Strategies to Tap Into Your Creativity

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    As we discussed yesterday, event and meeting planners wear many hats and require a myriad of competencies and skills in order to execute their roles effectively. To be effective in meeting and event planning, there is a need for a blend of creative and analytical skills. Individuals tend to have natural strengths and aptitudes that cluster either around the creative or analytical competencies. For this reason, event planners who have a strong analytical skill set may not always find it easy to tap into their creativity but it is possible. There are a number of strategies to spark your…
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa: 1,300 Acres of Inspiration

    Featured Venues & Destinations
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Imagine the hustle and bustle of your busy schedule - the traffic, the deadlines, the broken copy machine. Now imagine none of that. If your team is in a rut at the office, there’s a cure for your creative crisis. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. is where inspiration comes to life. Situated on 1,300 scenic acres in the southern Wisconsin countryside, Grand Geneva is in rare company as a AAA Four Diamond resort, an honor awarded to roughly 5 percent of reviewed hotels. A popular destination due to its championship golf courses, full-service WELL Spa + Salon, exquisite…
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  • Are You Sure Your Email Marketing Message is Being Heard

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

    Keith Johnston
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Data breaches are real. Data breaches can happen to your event. Data breaches should be on your mind. Data breaches are a serious threat to event apps. The security of your event or conference app is... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • WordPress 4.0 Drops – Event Websites Rejoice

    Keith Johnston
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    WordPress 4.0 has dropped… watch the short video to get a glimpse of the awesomeness that awaits your event website….   The post WordPress 4.0 Drops – Event Websites Rejoice... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 10 Surprising Things Event Marketers Should Know About Social Media

    Keith Johnston
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    I love those interwebs… always serving us up cool new facts and figures in handy 10 packs. All of the information that we could ever need or want in small bite sized chunks that are perfect for... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 40 Simple Web Tools for Associations and Event Planners

    Keith Johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    A really awesome reader, who works for an association whose members do life saving work (really, they are that cool), sent me an email and asked a simple question. Rather than paraphrase and get it... Read the rest at PlannerWire
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

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

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    A student prepares for his September course registration, as always, an hour before the registration begins. But this year his school has decided to dismantle the long lineups and accept registrations online. Where previously there was a lengthy paper document overflowing with course listings, when he arrives online, he’s met with a single entry field – Student ID. He enters his ID and in seconds the form comes alive and several pieces of his student information filling up the form. He hardly has to do anything as his information is pre-filled: Parent Guardian Contact Information, Course…
  • Preview the upcoming release of InviteRight v6.0

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Coming on nearly 1st anniversary of our monumental release InviteRight v5.0 comes our newest version of InviteRight. Here are some of the major changes that we’ve made: 1. Simplified Setup stage You’ll be able to create and launch forms more quickly now that we’ve re-organized the Setup stage and reduced the number of questions you need to answer. We’ve also broken it into two simple sections – your Settings (accepting payment? using tickets?) and Details (When, Where, Title etc).  We don’t want you to have to scroll through settings and questions…
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    ABCey Events » Blog

  • Startup Monday: PlagScan, The Unique Content Verification Tool

    Caterina Mayer
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events!This week, we want to draw your attention to PlagScan, a startup located in Palo Alto. PlagScan offers an unique content verification tool and is the leading service for the detection of plagiarism in Germany, including many parts of Europe. PlagScan is now establishing its service in the US market, cooperating mostly with academic…
  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: San Francisco September 18-21, 2014

    Wendelle Co
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    It’s everybody’s favorite time of the week! Have yet to decide on your weekend plans? Have no fear, ABCey Events is here to shed some light on the matter. Everything from concerts to midnight mystery to happy hour drinks, we’ve got you covered!Featured Lykke Li with MapeiSunday, September 21th | 8pm | Fox Theater | $40| Listen to the sounds of Swedish indie Pop singer Lykke Ly this Sunday at the Fox Theater. Lykke Li will be showcasing her third album I Never Learn, which she herself declares is “power ballads for the broken.” StrEat Bazaar: Craft & Artisan…
  • 3 Interactive Event Marketing Ideas

    Sheena Shiravi
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Whether you’re brainstorming conference booth ideas or hosting a networking happy hour, interactive event marketing can help leave a lasting impression on guests. Let’s take a look at 3 fun interactive marketing examples!1. Get Creative with Catering Add a whole new dimension to your catering with DIY options. Whether you’re Ketel One setting up a Bloody Mary Bar or Cholula  setting up a taco station - try to think of ways to incorporate your company’s brand and culture into the food.2. Branded Games  During the Vancouver Olympics, one of the games in the Coca…
  • Tech Tuesday: Rignite, the Social Media Managing Software

    Caterina Mayer
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world! This week we want to introduce you to Rignite, a social media managing software.As event planners, we always need to stay on top of our social media updates. Often, this can be a time-consuming and draining task. Sometimes you spend hours on sharing events on Facebook, tweeting about them on Twitter, updating information on Linkedin, and uploading photos on Instagram – wouldn’t it be great…
  • Startup Monday: Travel Planning App, Gogobot’s “GoGo This Week”

    Niki Lotte
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events!ABCey Events loves exploring and discovering San Francisco, but isn’t afraid to use travel planning apps to find out about events going on around the city too. That’s where Gogobot comes in to play. From hotels, vacation rentals, things to do and restaurants, Gogobot is a travel planning app for iOS and Android that lets…
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • 6 ways to create continuous feedback

    Julie Niehoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Regular interactions with your audience are critical to having "wow" events.
  • ISES names its 2014 Esprit winners

    Plan Your Meetings
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The “Zombie Olympics” were named best corporate event under $75,000.   The International Special Events Society (ISES) has awarded its 2014 Esprit Awards to industry professionals in a number of categories. Read on for the winners. Catered event “Harmony at the Hard Rock.” Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Catering by Design, Denver. Corporate event UNDER $75,000: “Zombie Olympics.” Bob Carnigan, Corporate Events Unlimited, Austell, [...]
  • When the planner is an attendee: 5 smart steps

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Decide in advance what your goals are in attending an event, and how you can best achieve them.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Sept. 17, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    In this issue: @HiltonStCharles, @innewbraunfels, @kingandprince, @LaTorretta, @TrumpChicago and South Point
  • Budgeting tips, guidelines, pitfalls

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, and James S. Rota
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    The next time you plan the perfect setting for an event, think beyond what guests will see, think also about what they'll hear.
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • 6 ways to create continuous feedback

    Julie Niehoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Regular interactions with your audience are critical to having "wow" events.
  • ISES names its 2014 Esprit winners

    Plan Your Meetings
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The “Zombie Olympics” were named best corporate event under $75,000.   The International Special Events Society (ISES) has awarded its 2014 Esprit Awards to industry professionals in a number of categories. Read on for the winners. Catered event “Harmony at the Hard Rock.” Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Catering by Design, Denver. Corporate event UNDER $75,000: “Zombie Olympics.” Bob Carnigan, Corporate Events Unlimited, Austell, [...]
  • When the planner is an attendee: 5 smart steps

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Decide in advance what your goals are in attending an event, and how you can best achieve them.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Sept. 17, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    In this issue: @HiltonStCharles, @innewbraunfels, @kingandprince, @LaTorretta, @TrumpChicago and South Point
  • Budgeting tips, guidelines, pitfalls

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, and James S. Rota
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    The next time you plan the perfect setting for an event, think beyond what guests will see, think also about what they'll hear.
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    Austin Social Planner

  • RECAP: DIFFA Urban Picnic by Design

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

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    This Saturday, Komen Austin hosted over 400 guests for their third annual Perfectly Pink Party and successfully raised over $367,000. The party moved downtown this year to Brazos Hall, kicked off with a VIPINK Cocktail Reception and closed out with the always festive Club PINK After-Party. Rick Reeder, Amy Dean, Karyn Scott and Valeri Reeder at the Club Pink After-Party The PINK Diamond Awards ceremony sponsored by St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation, recognized the following individuals and organizations for their many efforts made on behalf of Susan G. Komen®…
  • GIVEAWAY: Celebrate Austin Arts at The Creative Fund’s “3″

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    27 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    Join Austin’s own Creative Fund – a local nonprofit organization that supports emerging and innovative performing arts in Austin – for their third annual fundraiser “3” this Saturday as they bring together the arts community for a celebration 3 years in the making. Wanderlust Yoga Studios will be filled with tasty bites from Austin Daily Press and Patticake cupcakes and drinks from Apothic Wine, Titos Handmade Vodka, Live Oak, Buffalo Trace, Greenling, and more! And it wouldn’t be a Creative Fund party without performances by Hidden Room Theater, Ariel Dance, Line upon Line…
  • RECAP: Red, Hot & Soul – The Great ZACHsby

    Kevin Smothers
    20 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    Year after year, ZACH Theatre presents its annual spring fundraiser, Red Hot & Soul. Now held annually on the Bobbi Plaza and inside the Topfer Theatre, the evening is an extravaganza of socializing, high-powered performances, and just plain ‘ole fun! The 2014 installment, titled The Great ZACHsby, certainly didn’t disappoint. The 20s-era theme had party goers in a dandy mood, reflected mostly in the form of fringe and headdresses for the ladies…and bow ties for the gentlemen. Austin’s best and brightest showed up for a great evening, many on hand specifically to…
  • ASP On The Road: Pace Gems Opening at SPACE in San Antonio

    Kevin Smothers
    19 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    Every once in a while, your friends at Austin Social Planner like to take a road trip to see what’s happening around the state. That got us thinking…why not make a series out of it and occasionally feature an event from another city? Well, we’ve done just that and our first “On the Road” post is from the recent opening of Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Foundation Permanent Collection at SPACE in San Antonio. Created and funded by the fine folks at the Linda Pace Foundation, SPACE is a gallery adjacent to the renowned contemporary art icon, ArtPace. The…
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  • Are You Making These Common Party Planning Mistakes?

    Andrew Maxwell
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    photo by business-opportunities.biz Party planning, like all event planning, requires organizational skills. But I’m finding that organizational skills are like common sense: you cannot take it for granted. When I’m asked what is the most important quality required for party planning, my top answer is organizational skills. Top Party Planning Mistakes to Avoid Don’t plan based on your likes and interests. As Walt Disney once said: “you don’t build it for yourself, rather you find out what the people want and you build it for them”. When I first started out…
  • Ask the Event Planning Expert is … Back

    Randy Markus
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    courtesy of www.sierraclub.org Ask the Event Planning Expert is back for another round. We met with our team of event planning experts to tackle some of your event, meeting and convention queries. Every month we have a meeting of the minds sort of speak so anytime you’re stuck and you want an outsiders inside perspective reach out. We are here to help take the stress out of planning. And we’ll do our best to provide the answers, suggestions and recommendations that will help. Ask the Event Planning Expert Question One – Event Planning Tools What have you found to be your most helpful…
  • 3 Crisis Management Tips for a Meeting Planner

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    photo by cyberalert.com Oh yes, crisis management. For a meeting planner it’s become part of the job. Or has it? Many planners think that by covering disasters on an insurance disclaimer they’ve covered crisis management. While that may be true from a financial aspect, many would fail big time if an actual crisis occurred during their business meeting. My, and my company’s, crisis management experience was put to the test on 9/11. We were operating a business meeting that was just getting underway when those horrible events occurred. However thanks to a very experienced…
  • What Does an Event Coordinator Do?

    Randy Markus
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Courtesy of www.ebonypeoples.com Recently I participated in a Q&A at a local college for a group of event coordinator hospitality students. They’re hoping to secure event coordinating jobs and eventually move their way up once they graduate. I always enjoy this part of the industry and giving back. I love sharing my experiences and providing the opportunity for the students to ask whatever they want in a no judgement zone. This time around it seemed like a lot of the questions were geared around the various positions available in the event planning world. Event Coordinators, Meeting…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Select Venues

    Andrew Maxwell
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    photo by lawallpaper.net Venues are a vital part of a meeting’s program. Typically event venues are used for the social components of a meeting. They are also what takes up a considerable amount of time when proposing to a meeting planner. Often the venue is off-site, meaning that you are taking the group from their hotel to a specific venue for a specific function. From a suppliers point of view the venue selection is the creative portion of a proposal. And it’s often these areas of the proposal that leads to a company winning that piece of business. So you can see why…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • Why Did The Apple Webcast Fail?

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

    Pat Ahaesy
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Creating a theme for your event may sound easy and possibly a bit trite, but, frankly, done right, it’s not easy. It is also important to get this right. Although, my company, P&V Enterprises is 20 years old, I continue to read and re-read sections of important event planning texts. One of my favorites is […]
  • Do You Wear Too Many Hats?

    Pat Ahaesy
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
      Did you ever read “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” by Dr. Seuss when you were a kid?   Meeting and Event professionals wear a lot of hats. In addition to content, venue selection food and beverage planning, , contracts, logistics, registration, audiovisual etc., etc., a planner must have an overall understanding of technology. […]
  • How do You Determine Which is The Best Event Planning or Management Firm For You?

    Pat Ahaesy
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    We know that 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 […]
  • 10 Reasons Why Looking For The Least Expensive Meeting or Event Planning Services Is Not A Good Option

    Pat Ahaesy
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    10 Reasons Why Looking For The Least Expensive Meeting or Event Planning Services Is Not A Good Option They don’t make a planning timeline & share with you,  Ask for a sample planning timeline They don’t make a risk assessment.  Will they sit down with you to do a SWOT Analysis? They don’t have contingency […]
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • How To Make Money From Your Event Planning Business Model

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

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

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

    Arwin Adriano
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    The Event Industry may be far different from all the industry we all knew. A lot different from the field we are familiar with, different from working inside a cubicle, different from your office... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Celebrate Your Events To Make It Unforgettable

    Arwin Adriano
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    We all celebrate different events in life. When someone gets married in the family we have a big event. A baby is born we throw a party and celebrate the entry of the little soul. When someone’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Estate Weddings and Events

  • A Naturally Elegant Colorado Rocky Mountain Wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau

    Suzy Guese
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Photo courtesy of Rachel Olsen Photography With paths blanketed in pine needles and towering purple mountains constantly peeking over shoulders, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado make for a wedding location that requires very little effort. The natural surroundings provide a beauty that infects in an instant. And when a couple loves to ski and experience the great outdoors, it is only fitting to marry in such a setting. For Abby and Andrew, their September wedding was set amongst their loves in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. The wedding venue provided a laid…
  • True Ireland: A Guide To County Monaghan

    Josh Lew
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    County Monaghan sits far away from Dublin and Southern Ireland’s tourist trail. Nestled along the border with Northern Ireland, this region of the Emerald Isle boasts historic castles and beautiful stretches of idyllic countryside landscapes. Surprisingly-few tourists venture here. Those who do find that the authentic history, culture and nature of Ireland is right at their finger tips. For people seeking to immerse themselves in the charming Irish countryside lifestyle, this is the perfect destination. County Monaghan’s headlining attraction is Castle Leslie, a huge Victornian…
  • Your Local Guide to Merida, Yucatan

    Abigail Geer
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Photo Credit: rodolfoaraiza.com via Compfight cc Built on the site on an ancient Maya city, Merida has a unique cultural identity with colorful traditions that are infused within every aspect of local life. From exploring boutique shops hidden in the heart of the cosmopolitan city and dancing to the beat of the salsa at the annual carnival, to taking an exhilarating excursion to the crystal clear underwater pools of the Yucatan cenotes, a trip to Merida is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you love relaxing on the beach, adventuring through the jungle, or indulging in a spot of…
  • Honeymoon Every Year {Part Two- Maldives }

    Jamie Ehrsam
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
        If you missed the first part of this story, you can check out part one at Why we Honeymoon Every Year ( Part One) On our first trip to the Maldives we stayed in one of those fancy bungalows (The Beach House) on the water with the glass bottom and a private Jacuzzi. We had sharks and every other sea creature swimming around us every day.   It was a once in a lifetime dream vacation we will never forget. Everything about the islands, the bungalows, the water, the sea life, was everything you dream of and more. With all the 5 star amenities our favorite part of the trip was…
  • Belmond Le Manoir: UK’s Most Luxurious Foodie Hotel

    Elizabeth R.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Today’s we focus in on one of Britain’s finest hotels, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons situated in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. Our attention was drawn to this remarkable hotel because of it’s notoriety among British elite and it’s possession of two Michelin stars, which it has had since 1985. As the Michelin stars suggest, the hotel has been oriented towards exquisite cuisine since its creation by celebrated Chef Raymond Blanc OBE in 1984. However, with its family friendly features, luxurious amenities, and breathtaking gardens the hotel…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Audience Engagement 101: Guide to Planning Relevant Corporate Events

    Austin Walker
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Imagine this: It’s 3 o’clock p.m. at the convention center and you are walking into a main session about how to plan an event and engage your audience. Ironically, as you look around, the back row of audience members are asleep, the middle section, maybe 85% of the participants, are on their phones playing Angry Birds, the next row is thinking about playing Angry Birds but don’t want to be disruptive, and the first row is actively engaging. Sound familiar? With business conferences, trade shows, and networking events on the rise, effective participant engagement and creating an…
  • How to Avoid an AV Disaster: Webinar with Will

    Austin Walker
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    It’s easy to make big audio-visual mistakes that could be costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars. During this webinar, Will Curran, president of event production company Endless Entertainment, will let you in on event AV suppliers’ deepest, darkest secrets. You’ll learn how to save money on AV production, and you’ll find out how to get the most from AV at your event. Curran comes to the table with years of experience in providing AV solutions to top events such as San Diego Comic Con, Phoenix Comicon, Color Run, and hundreds of corporate events and concerts. Who…
  • Tribute in Light; Endless to Honor 9/11

    Austin Walker
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Yesterday, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people took time out of their days to commemorate a tragedy that will forever leave a lasting impression in our culture. Yesterday was the 13th anniversary to one of the most devastating dates in modern history – September 11, 2001. All 2,983 names were read off in the Ground Zero Memorial Park to the victims’ families in attendance and that evening was the first time the memorial was open to the public until midnight. Indeed, it was a very powerful ceremony and I commend those who not only have to live through such horrific nightmares…
  • Millennial Generation in the Workplace; Webinar with Will

    Austin Walker
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Millennial Generation We’ve heard it all, from the “Keep Calm and Carry on Generation”  to the “Me Me Me Generation,” in my opinion I think we should be known as the “Selfie Sunday Generation,” the fact is that the Millennial Generation has been a hot topic long since we entered the contributing class. Are we good or are we bad? Maybe we’re okay… seems no one can decide! If you need some reassurance in your generation or would like to hear how a Millennial Entrepreneur runs a “mega-event” business with a team of…
  • How to Plan for a Zero-Waste Event

    Austin Walker
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    First and foremost, what is a Zero-Waste event? A zero-waste event can be any function, a wedding, a corporate party, or even a high school dance, with the target of limiting the amount of material that goes into the landfill. This means recycling and composting. In recent years, more and more event planners have been looking towards zero-waste programs to help reduce the ecological footprint of their events and therefore their organizations. Some groups that have been hitting the headlines lately for exemplary efforts for hosting a zero-waste event includes, but is not limited to: Arizona…
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Party of the Week: Adult Halloween Party

    Caroline Preble
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    We love Halloween! Lucky for us, this year Halloween falls on a Friday night, which provides an extra incentive to throw an amazing party. Time to start getting ready! Our Party of the Week theme is Adult Halloween Party Ideas. Click on the title link or picture to visit our website page for lots of great planning tips. Want even more ideas? Read on for what we think are this season’s top 10 ideas for an adult Halloween party. 10 Great Ideas for an Adult Halloween Party Send Amazing Invitations – Our favorite source for beautiful printed invitations is Tiny Prints. They have so…
  • Spaghetti in the Street Block Party

    Caroline Preble
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    September evenings are a great time to reconnect with friends and neighbors after the rush of summer. What better way to do this than a block party! Last weekend my friend Melissa and all of the neighbors on their block shut down part of their road to host their annual Spaghetti in the Street Block Party. Lots of pasta, wine, and talking until late into a balmy September night. What a great way to kick off fall! Here are some of the highlights of the party… ORGANIZING A POTLUCK — This block party was set up as a potluck event. Some families made their signature sauces, some…
  • Party of the Week: Oktoberfest Party! (and Apple Strudel Recipe)

    Caroline Preble
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    OKTOBERFEST PARTY Great beer, brats, and lively oompah music…that’s what I think of when I think of Oktoberfest. I love this time of year with it’s crisp weather and fall festivities; especially Oktoberfest! This week we are featuring all the fun ways to plan and host an Oktoberfest party. Whether you want to sample some great Bavarian food, have a beer tasting, get dressed up in your finest lederhosen, or dance the night away to some polka favorites, we’ve got you covered. Plus, this week we are adding a fast and easy apple strudel recipe so you can finish off your…
  • Decorate Your Football Party Drinks

    Caroline Preble
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Since our theme of the week is the football party, we thought it might be fun to highlight some ways to serve your beverages in new and exciting ways. Here is a round up of 9 great ways to decorate your football party drinks. Enjoy! 1. Help Your Water Bottles Score — Check out the awesome printables at Three Little Monkeys Studio for these great referee water bottle labels. 2. Personalize Your Classic Red Cups — We love the versatility of the red Solo cup! Etch-It makes a great version of these party cups with built-in labels that allow your party guests to write their own name…
  • Party of the Week: Football Party!

    Caroline Preble
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    This week we are going to try something a little bit new on the blog and write a weekly feature of different party themes from our website. We have been adding ideas to Creative Party Themes since 2010, and sometimes we forget how great some of these parties are! Every week we will try and showcase a party theme that just might inspire you to gather some friends and celebrate. We’ll also try to add a little something new and special to each theme… Here we go! FOOTBALL PARTY IDEAS It’s that time of year again…time to dust off the pom poms and get ready to cheer on…
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Top Tips for the Father of the Bride

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

    Caroline Eimerman
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Travel Tips – Organizing Travel Arrangements for your Next Event Whether you’re planning a wedding, a business seminar, or a charity fund raiser, one of the more important things you need to consider is your guests’ travel arrangements. Certainly, you can leave your guests to their own devices, and let them find their own way to your event. But as a good host you will More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • How to Find a Corporate Sponsor for Your Next Event

    Jodi Cirrincione
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    How to Find a Corporate Sponsor for Your Next Event A lot of time and planning goes into staging any event. Whether it’s a trade show or a fund raiser, there is so much to consider that it can be easy to lose sight of the bottom line – costs. A big event, playing host to a large number of guests, is an expensive proposition More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • How To Be A Great Wedding Usher – Tops, Tails and Tips

    Jodi Cirrincione
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    How To Be A Great Wedding Usher – Tops, Tails and Tips When it comes to wedding advice, nearly everything you read or hear will be centered around the bride and groom. That’s certainly understandable. After all, this is their big day and they are rightly the center of attention. But there are other members of the wedding party who have important responsibilities on the big day, More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Edible Wedding Favors – A Gift Your Guests Will Love

    Caroline Eimerman
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Edible Wedding Favors – A Gift Your Guests Will Love Favors are a staple of every wedding, and couples spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect gift to give to all of their guests. But finding the perfect wedding favor can be difficult. Everyone’s tastes are different, and because the favors are typically personalized to memorialize the wedding couple, guests can sometimes More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
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    How to Start an Event Planning Business | How to be an Event Planner

  • How To Make Your Website Your Best Event Marketing Tool

    Melanie Woodward
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    My website sucks! There, I said it. I hate it and I know it desperately needs a makeover. Thankfully, as I type this that’s exactly what is happening and I intend to reveal the new design this week (fingers crossed!). Over the last 12 years, I’ve had many websites and know the importance of having a good one, and why and how it generates profit for your event planning business. I’ve also learned a lot about site design and navigation and spent a lot of money to learn and make mistakes. To save you frustration and the lessons I learned the hard way, I’m sharing 3 steps…
  • 4 Steps To Start An Event Planning Business

    Melanie Woodward
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is one of my favourite topics and I could spend hours talking about how to start an event planning business. There’s nothing I love more than to see people turn their passion into profit and fulfill their dream of being their own boss. I’ve seen (and helped) many leave the 9-5 grind and say good-bye to their boss and uninteresting work. I’m blessed to be one of those people, but it didn’t happen overnight and there is a lot to learn. Are you doing everything you can to start your business? Are you stuck because you feel you lack business experience or maybe even…
  • How To Choose Your Event Planning Business Name

    Melanie Woodward
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Are you held back from starting your event planning business because you don’t have a business name that you like? Choosing a business name can be tormenting because of the pressure to pick the ‘right’ name. Some experts believe names should be abstract and others believe they should be informative so it’s easy to understand what your business is about. When I started 10 years ago, my event planning business name was C!AO Event Management. Ciao (pronounced chow) is an informal Italian greeting that is used to say hello or good-bye. Naming my business didn’t…
  • The 1 Step You Need To Take Before Starting Your Event Planning Business

    Melanie Woodward
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Have you been struggling to start your event planning business because you don’t know how or what steps to take, or if there’s an event planning training program that can help you? For many years I planned events for other people and wasn’t getting paid for my time and effort. And even though I loved doing it, I felt like something was missing. I wanted to get paid. I wanted to create a full-time career from event planning. I wanted to know how to make money doing what I loved. But I didn’t know what that meant or how to do it. So the information I’m about to…
  • How to Start a Home Based Event Planning Business This Week

    Melanie Woodward
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Is it your dream to plan events for a living? Do you struggle to come up with the money to start your event planning business? This week I’m going to show you how it’s possible to start a home based event planning business…this week! I did it 10 years ago so I know you won’t need to spend a lot of money; all you really need is a computer, a phone and your event planning skills. Here are 3 essentials for getting your event management business up and running. The best part is, they won’t cost you a dime. 3 Essentials To Start Your Business 1. Choose Your Event Planning Niche As you…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Top 10 Must Have Apps For #DLDTelAviv  v2.0

    Tal Shoham
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Powered by Evolero DLDTelAviv The doors open to #DLDTelAviv in just a couple of days. We want to make sure you have Evolero’s updated list of must have apps on your devices. Once again, Evolero is Powering not only DLDTelAviv – The Main Event,  but also many other events that are part of the DLD Festival. Evolero Events http://dldtelaviv2014.evolero.com/                          The hashtag to follow is #DLDTelAviv http://msdld14.evolero.com/                                     The hashtag to follow is #msdld14…
  • New Partnership with EVVNT

    Tal Shoham
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Powered by Evolero DLDTelAviv The doors open to #DLDTelAviv in just a couple of days. We want to make sure you have Evolero’s updated list of must have apps on your devices. Once again, Evolero is Powering not only DLDTelAviv – The Main Event,  but also many other events that are part of the DLD Festival. Evolero Events http://dldtelaviv2014.evolero.com/                          The hashtag to follow is #DLDTelAviv http://msdld14.evolero.com/                                     The hashtag to follow is #msdld14…
  • Techsytalk: Building an Online Asset

    Tal Shoham
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Powered by Evolero DLDTelAviv The doors open to #DLDTelAviv in just a couple of days. We want to make sure you have Evolero’s updated list of must have apps on your devices. Once again, Evolero is Powering not only DLDTelAviv – The Main Event,  but also many other events that are part of the DLD Festival. Evolero Events http://dldtelaviv2014.evolero.com/                          The hashtag to follow is #DLDTelAviv http://msdld14.evolero.com/                                     The hashtag to follow is #msdld14…
  • Evolero ALS #IceBucketChallenge

    Tal Shoham
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Powered by Evolero DLDTelAviv The doors open to #DLDTelAviv in just a couple of days. We want to make sure you have Evolero’s updated list of must have apps on your devices. Once again, Evolero is Powering not only DLDTelAviv – The Main Event,  but also many other events that are part of the DLD Festival. Evolero Events http://dldtelaviv2014.evolero.com/                          The hashtag to follow is #DLDTelAviv http://msdld14.evolero.com/                                     The hashtag to follow is #msdld14…
  • 10 Travel Tips for the #EventProf

    Tal Shoham
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Powered by Evolero DLDTelAviv The doors open to #DLDTelAviv in just a couple of days. We want to make sure you have Evolero’s updated list of must have apps on your devices. Once again, Evolero is Powering not only DLDTelAviv – The Main Event,  but also many other events that are part of the DLD Festival. Evolero Events http://dldtelaviv2014.evolero.com/                          The hashtag to follow is #DLDTelAviv http://msdld14.evolero.com/                                     The hashtag to follow is #msdld14…
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  • Three Things to Share with Presenters to Help Them Deliver Better Talks

    Kelvin Newman
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was presenting at similar events before I started organising digital marketing conferences. This gives me an unusual perspective being both a speaker and organiser. Some of the events I spoke at I barely got a brief at all, someone would tell me the time, the place and how long my slot was. Others took a far more hands on approach with lots of meetings and run-throughs before the event. My preference was somewhere between the two with a strong briefing process but not a time consuming process. What follows are some of the tips that have worked well for me when briefing my speakers that…
  • Why Meeting Planners and their IT Department Will Become Best Friends

    Kristen Carvalho
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post was adapted from QuickMobile’s latest ebook, Going Mobile: A Planner’s Guide to Enterprise Meetings and Events.  Most large companies have a well-defined technology strategy in place, including a roadmap governing how technology investments will be made in the future. As more and more meeting planners adopt mobile multi-event apps, it will be imperative for them to work closely with their IT teams in order to successfully build a mobile strategy for their meetings and events – especially when it comes to integrating technology platforms into their app. The opportunity to tie…
  • Getting Vendors to Say Yes to Promotion

    Kristen Carvalho
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your event is a revolving ecosystem. In order to get everything to run smoothly and work together you need to have a plan in place. Thinking back to our last post on how to court a sponsor, we learned how to get sponsors to invest by showing them a mutually beneficial relationship. The same can be said for vendors. In order to make sure that your event is going to be a success you need to have the correct vendors in place. Vendors are the people and companies that make your events stand out, so it’s important to have a good rapport with them. Most people never take their relationship with…
  • Why you Should be Collecting Qualitative not Quantitative Feedback on Your Events

    Kelvin Newman
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Do you send out a survey after your event to get feedback on how all you did from your attendees? You do? Most event organisers do. On the one hand this is a good thing. Any business that listens to it’s customers is a better company than those who don’t. The thing that concerns me based upon the feedback I’m asked to provide on events, is that the feedback is quantitative. Rate us how we did on this thing out of five. On these other aspect of our event how did we do out of ten? I understand why we set up questionnaires like this. Qualitative feedback can be messy and hard to deal…
  • Event UI: Do You Pass or Fail The 3 Point Test?

    Nicola Rossetti
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you are reading this post, it means you probably know what UI means. Or you just like a challenge. I’m happy with both answers. For the record, UI stands for User Interface. Although Wikipedia gives this definition, I would simplify it to this: UI is what makes UX (the User Experience) good or bad. Design is not just about interface (a website, a registration form) it is about everything that touches your product or brand: process, workflows, etc. After months of work, etouches is revealing its new UI, but I wanted to go beyond what an event software can do for its customers and their…
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    The Grand Planner

  • The 5 Best Tools to Measure Social Media Engagement

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It's that lull right after your event is over. You've mastered the art of incorporating social media into your event and you did all the right steps in getting your guests excited before they arrived, having them engaged while they were there, and keeping them talking after they left. It was a smashing success but how, exactly, do you prove that? Incorporating social media into your event is quickly becoming the norm. But as you rush to enable your social media strategy, you can quickly find yourself flooded with information about how your guests took your ideas and ran with them. The…
  • Android Check-In App Goes Live & zkipster Launches in Brazil and Asia

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    zkipster is beefing up! We’ve added a mobile high-speed printer and a smart social media integration add-on feature, launched the app on Android and opened offices in Sao Paulo and Hong Kong! 
  • How #EventProfs Can Keep the End of Summer Blues Away!

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    It’s happening. The days are starting to get shorter and the nights longer. That’s right summer is almost over and it’s kind of depressing. But there’s still a lot to look forward to and as most event planners know the big event season is about to start! So here are some ways to stave off those end of summer blues and push through to fall!
  • 5 Tips for Hiring Event Security Teams

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Organizing an event can be stressful. What’s more, when sorting out stages and ticketing, it’s easy to forget safety. Safety is paramount during any event. By hiring the right security staff, you benefit by limiting your liabilities in addition to keeping everyone safe.
  • zKids: Event Planning in New York City

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We're back with our latest zKids installment and this time we're staying in our own backyard to talk to the wonderful and ever talented Natasha Rose Leal. Natasha is zkipster's rockstar graphic designer AND first ever KickTipp champion! (For those of you in the states, KickTipp is like the March Madness brackets for basketball!) 
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    Nimlok Resources

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

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

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    how to have success with your first trade show booth display 2014-09-02 Timothy Carter Getting ready for your first trade show? Exhibiting can be a major investment of time and money. The tradeoff is that the return on the investment for your business can be very profitable if you learn a few secrets of trade show booth success before signing up for the expo and buying your trade show display. 1. Rent The Smallest Booth Space For Your Trade Show When it’s your first time participating at a trade show, you’ll want to keep your trade show expenses as low as possible. Obviously a 10x10 booth…
  • the best trade show giveaway ideas

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    the best trade show giveaway ideas 2014-08-26 Timothy Carter When it comes to the best trade show giveaways, you want to have something that will be of value to the visitor so it’ll keep making impressions well after the trade show ends. One of the classic tradeshow giveaways has always been the branded pen. No doubt I’m sure you have at least one pen with someone’s logo and/or website listed on it. Unfortunately, nearly every business at every trade show is giving out the same promo item. I think pens have been overdone. They’ve lost their value from a marketing perspective. They…
  • nimlok announces expansion to rental program and new catalog

    Amy Benes
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    nimlok announces expansion to rental program and new catalog 2014-08-21 Nimlok, the custom and custom modular division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group™, is happy to announce the launch of a new exhibit and display rental program, which brings to market over 100 out-of-the-box, turnkey rental display solutions in a new catalog – The Nimlok Rental Solutions catalog. Nimlok’s enhanced rental offering makes renting a tradeshow booth affordable, simple and hassle-free. Over 100 off-the-shelf exhibits and structures of all types and sizes are available, and perfect for use in 10’ x…
  • the basics how to not work a trade show booth

    Amy Benes
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    the basics how to not work a trade show booth 2014-08-21 Timothy Carter I recently visited a trade show focused on online and offline marketing. As a digital marketing manager, I’m always excited to learn about new inbound marketing techniques, the hot tech being used for marketing that help businesses of all sizes grow. As a marketer, a former trade show booth exhibit staffer, a face-to-face marketer and having managed a sales team, I was floored at what I experienced on the trade show exhibition hall floor. It was disappointing actually. It almost felt and looked like very few of the…
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  • The Expert Edit: how to create a lasting impression at your product launch

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “We don’t live in a world of reality, we live in a world of perceptions. ” — Gerald J. Simmons   The pressure is on when it comes to engineering a successful product launch; perception is everything. As with any event, you have one chance to make a powerful, lasting impression and deliver the desired message to stakeholders and influencers. Each element must work seamlessly and in cohesion from the moment the press invitations go out until the second the lights go down at the end of the night. From marketing and logistics, to venue finding, budgeting, communications management,…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: A Neutral Palette

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A neutral palette can work at any wedding, with any theme and any style. It’s natural, it’s beautiful and it’s elegantly simple. Here’s how we’d create a neutral themed wedding: The Decorations Neutral usually means without colour. So, when planning a wedding with a neutral palette, we’d look for beige, grey, taupe, white, ivory and black. For the décor we’d use a neutral tone and pair it with a natural material. For example wood looks fabulous next to ivory and white. You’ll be able to achieve a really beautiful, clean looking style. Neutral colours can often make a venue…
  • Season spectacular: Winter a whimsical season to wed

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Crisp leaves hit the floor, the trees are bare and the sky is bleak. The chill in the air creeps into every open area and, across the country, couples are cuddling up on their sofas, a hot drink in hand and some tasty food near by. Then, by some miracle, dainty little snowflakes fall upon the ground… they build and they build… a beautiful canvas for your big day. Winter lends itself so beautifully to the wedding industry – it’s full of perfect detailing that makes any bride-to-be swoon. Now, winter may not be your thing but for brides who are looking to create their wintery dream,…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Green

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Green is an extremely popular colour to use at weddings; it’s fresh, calming and very inviting. Here’s how we’d go about using green and its many gorgeous hues. A colour with so many beautiful shades. Here are a few of our favourites: Pastel Mint Sage Dark Emerald And for green combinations we love: Ivory White Purple Peachy tones/coral Pastel pink Your Decorations Fancy green pew ribbons and flowing green aisle runners are a good place to start. We love how this can look; it can turn any venue into a stunning work of art. We’d also use green candle arrangements, linen and stylish…
  • Bridalwear: Luxurious bespoke bridal and occasion wear by Ian Stuart Blewcoat

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sweeping movements of beautifully fashioned fabrics, radiant colours, bespoke design and a harmonious bond for daughter, mother and grandmother; a bride’s dream family experience for finding her wedding dress. At Collection 26 we have been blessed with a blossoming friendship with Ian Stuart and today we want to share with you his bridal brilliance. Ian’s creativity sparked from his childhood, learning to play the piano at an early age and continually drawing. When a choice of study became opportune it comes as no surprise that he found a natural flair for fashion specifically bridal…
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