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  • Fall Party Themes

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    Andrew Maxwell
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’re talking about autumn. But, like it or not, fall will soon be upon us. Schools will be back in full swing. And even for those of us not going back to school there’s still that psychological feeling of getting back to business. Fall is also an ideal time to explore event and party themes. With an abundance of food choices and colors, fall can be an ideal time to host an event or party. Ideas for Fall Party Themes Harvest Theme Fall provides an abundance of food ideas. Throw in some hay barrels and some fall decor and you have yourself a good…
  • Calculating the Bar Tab at Your Event

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    Event Diva
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
     
  • 5 Sure Fire Tips for a Successful Seated Dinner Party

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

    Event Manager Blog
    Guest Author
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    Attendees are looking for more meaningful experiences. Attendees are looking for experiences that help them to create personal emotional value. Value in a way that the experience should contribute to their ‘quality of life’. But how can we measure this emotional value? How can we know if we’ve succeeded and if our event has indeed been valuable to our attendees? What’s the measuring unit of this emotional value creation? This measurement doesn’t have to be quantitative. But if we can identify some qualitative criteria for emotional value creation that would enable us to get…
  • Event Technology Solutions You Will Be Using in 2016, 5 Productivity Apps That Will Help You Organize Better & Effective Ways to Increase Participation at Your Event [Einsteins’ Favorites]

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    Georgiana Nistor
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    This week we try to keep up with the latest event technology solutions and share some predictions about the changes we will be experiencing next year. We know how valuable an asset time is, so we are bringing you a few productivity apps to make the most out of your limited time. Last but not least, we reveal deeper motivations for attending a conference other than education and networking. Enjoy your reading! Event Technology Solutions You Will Be Using in 2016 Technology is helping event planners create better experiences for their attendees and also helps the industry overcome well-known…
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  • The Best Posts of August 2015 on @EventMB

    Julius Solaris
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:50 am
    Time for our monthly roundup of the hottest articles on your favourite event blog. Today for the first time we are going to discuss some of these articles on Blab (September 2 at 4.30pm GMT/6.30pm BST). Check us out here. I will be joined by Becki Cross who will share tips on surviving long event days. August was a great month! It brought lots of valuable knowledge for #Eventprofs covering time management tips, event greatness, serious entertainment and after event tasks. If you had a hectic schedule this month, here is what you missed… The Best Posts in August 2015 1. The Survival…
  • 4 Criteria to Measure Event Emotional Value

    Guest Author
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    Attendees are looking for more meaningful experiences. Attendees are looking for experiences that help them to create personal emotional value. Value in a way that the experience should contribute to their ‘quality of life’. But how can we measure this emotional value? How can we know if we’ve succeeded and if our event has indeed been valuable to our attendees? What’s the measuring unit of this emotional value creation? This measurement doesn’t have to be quantitative. But if we can identify some qualitative criteria for emotional value creation that would enable us to get…
  • Transmediation and the #Hashtag. 6 Tips to Improve Your Event Marketing

    James Morgan
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    A few years ago we understood the #Hashtag as a symbol that signified a number. It has come a long way. Today it populates many of our Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr posts; and it’s not just restricted to these channels. It has evolved into probably the most prolific symbol being used on the web today and acts as a reference point for related content. What is Transmediation? The #Hashtag draws attention to both conceptual and factual references that can be expressed in one or a group of words. Its success in creating a universally recognizable…
  • 5 Event Tech Companies Changing the Industry – Round 1 #ETY15

    Julius Solaris
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Event Technology of the Year 2015 is around the corner. Meet 5 of the 30 companies that entered the award. The award brings together 30 of the hottest technologies in the event industry, battling to take the crown. The winner will be announced in an awards ceremony on 14 October in Las Vegas, right after the second day of IMEX in collaboration with Endless Entertainment. EventMB has long been committed to advancing #eventtech and growing its resonance within the industry. EventMB continues to be the number one resource for many thousands of readers to stay informed and educated about trends,…
  • networkNow: Exhibition Management and Attendee Matchmaking [Review]

    Becki Cross
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    networkNow is a trade show management and marketing tool. Here is our review. networkNow: What Is It? Networking is one of the primary reasons why people attend events, especially when it comes to B2B trade shows, where connections and meetings mean business. Finding the right people to meet can be challenging and time consuming but is important for ROI and the positive lasting impression left by the event. This part is often overlooked by organisers or not always facilitated well. networkNow aims to maximise networking opportunities to satisfy both attendees and exhibitors goals. The…
 
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  • Helping Sponsors Turbocharge Through Activation

    Dave Lutz
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:26 am
    Activation (or leverage) is the most misunderstood, yet most critical, success driver for sponsorship ROI. Savvy marketing professionals totally get activation. But most of our profession doesn’t. This is why many of us continue to sell non-emotional promotional opportunities and incorrectly call them sponsorship. We need to capitalize on this golden opportunity. Consumer events are kicking are butts. Yet most professional conferences have a leg up on target market concentration and buying power. Sponsorship Activation Defined According to Kim Skildum-Reid, author of The Sponsorship Seekers…
  • Conference Connexity: Deliver Your Networking Promise Webinar September 9

    Sarah Michel
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    We spend the majority of our day in front of screens and media (digital, print & TV) says eMarketer. No wonder we are starved for face to face interactions! Your organization can help satisfy our cravings for community and connections by delivering conference experiences that foster connexity. Connexity is more than speed networking. It is more than just an evening reception or party. It is a tech term for the merging of community and connections. And it is one of the main reasons people attend your conference. Face to Face Interactions Are A Premium As you plan your conference, you have…
  • Seven Conference Early Shatterpoints To Measure Immediately

    Jeff Hurt
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    How financially sustainable is your conference? Too often the metrics we use for our conferences are lagging indicators—inputs and outputs. We measure our P&L, attendance, sponsorship, exhibitors and attendee satisfaction. But that is not enough! We need to measure leading indicators. The VCC team gets asked repeatedly how to know if a conference is successful or not. And conference organizers ask us what metrics they should measure. Here’s a modified repost of seven metrics you should measure immediately to see if you’re conference’s warning sign is blinking. Conference…
  • Devastatingly Deranged Unhealthy Structures To Your Mission

    Jeff Hurt
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/twcollins/2299141636/ Is your current structure stifling your mission? Do you have metaphorical tollbooths for your staff and volunteer leaders? Those tollbooths serve as permission-withholding stops and starts where every staff member and leader must get authorization and agreement to move an idea forward. Tollbooths are usually embedded in your organization’s governance structure—the bylaws, constitution, committees and SOPs that spell out all the procedure that must be followed and enforced. Structures do matter because the either serve or hinder your…
  • Cultivating Conference Kindness Not Cynicism

    Jeff Hurt
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I would enjoy my job more if it weren’t for people, said the meeting professional. Unfortunately, he wasn’t joking. He didn’t like dealing with people, especially disgruntled conference stakeholders. As conference organizers, we can easily fall into today’s culture of cynicism. It’s difficult to be sincere when we are constantly bombarded with an outrage culture. Any of our attendees can turn to social media to announce their smallest irritation with our event. Kindness Versus Pessimism Instead of fostering and practicing conference kindness, we embrace a stoic armor of rightness,…
 
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  • MCI Becomes Emirates’ Preferred PCO, Emirates Its Official Airline

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:15 pm
    MCI, a global provider of services in the meetings, events, association, and congress industries, has inked a deal with Emirates, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. read more
  • SITE Foundation Launches Auction 2.0

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Public can bid on travel packages The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Foundation has launched SITE Foundation Auction 2.0 (#bidforit), which features a new online component to its annual fundraising auction and is also open to the public for the first time. read more
  • Congratulations to the First Event Model Generation Graduates

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:55 am
    Eight participants complete the inaugural event design certificate course, which took place in mid-August. face2face read more
  • 6 Things Meeting Planners Need to Know About Copyright

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:16 am
    Write down an original idea and it belongs to you. But if your creative effort falls within the scope of your job, it belongs to your employer. Read on for more clarifications about intellectual property law as it pertains to meetings. read more
  • How to Build a Better Exhibit

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    New report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research outlines best practices for trade show exhibits. read more
 
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  • THE DETAILS OF EVENT PRODUCTION

    Sweeney Mae - Marketing and Events Expert
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:56 am
    Planning events require high level creativity not only with coordination but as well as with collaboration. A skilled event producer is also a skilled networker. Someone who knows how to utilize their “rolodex” when needed. Another important aspect of event production is marketing. Marketing includes a plethora of practices and principles that can help achieve attendance or profit goals. When planning events, you must not neglect the importance of Marketing. Here are a few questions you should keep in mind when planning your next event. 1. Who’s your target audience and how…
  • When Keely Met Joe

    alarkcreation
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:52 am
    My first wedding. Ever. Once upon a time…. I was one of those that had trouble landing a job right after college. My sister assisted me get a job at a law office in Wilmington, NC so I could have some sort of income to begin paying my loans back while I continued my search. I kept hearing you “don’t have enough experience” reason which is frustrating…HOW AM I GOING TO GET EXPERIENCE WITHOUT YOU HIRING ME?! Well, I moved to Wilmington and was convinced I was going to make something happen. I helped out with my church’s Young Single Adult various activities…
  • My New Business Card! :D

    Project Mama
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:18 am
    Swingin’ Dolly | Your New Best Friend — From little tasks to whole events to making crafts, let Swingin’ Dolly help you to make your event a success. Swingin’ Dolly isn’t your average event planner. We are your rentable best friend. Now is the time of the DIY-er, but its hard to plan and execute events completely on your own. You need knowledge, experience, sometimes just an extra pair of hands. Specializing in (but not limited to) retro/vintage events and crafts, we have over 12 years of experience. Let Swingin’ Dolly help you to make your event a…
  • 8 Vital checks for #Eventprofs After The Event

    Truly Yours Planning
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    You can’t put your feet up even after the successful completion of your event. An event planner’s work is not done even the last attendee has left the venue. In fact, the aftermath is an important part of an event life-cycle. In this blog, we will explore the critical jobs to be finished after the event is over. The completion of an event is as essential as its origination. It’s a period to accumulate input, assess what met expectations, measure your return on investment and make energy for one year from now’s event. After the adrenalin and energy of the event itself, dealing…
  • About A Girl :)

    Diana Mainieri
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Hi there! I’m Diana, and this is my blog. I would like to start openly and honestly, by letting you know that technically merlot is not my favorite wine varietal. However, “You Had Me at Pinot Noir” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. So here we are. The things I love about life are pretty simple — family, friends, traveling, my job (yep, my job!), consuming scrumptious food and beverages, and learning. My husband, Mike, and I live in Winter Garden, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, where I’m blessed to be near my fabulous mother, and to have the most…
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  • ABOUT THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in…
  • 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION PRESS

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Philadelphia Lights Buildings, Sites across the City to Mark One Year to the 2016 Democratic National ConventionChairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CEO Leah Daughtry Praise “Unprecedented” Partnership with the CityConvention Expected to bring over $300 Million in Economic Activity to the RegionPhiladelphia, PA – This weekend, businesses and sites throughout Philadelphia will display lights in anticipation of the 2016 Democratic National Convention which will begin exactly one year from today at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said,…
 
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  • G W Bush Lives On At RHUB

    Ken Molay
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Does anybody remember "Bushisms?" Once a great source of delight for grammarians and presidential detractors, they have faded from memory for most people. But I was skimming through the RHUB Administrator Manual today* and found the following amusingly catty examples used in the section on setting up webinar registration pages: Notice the Subject and Host for the example webinars? But wait, it gets better. RHUB also shows an example of the resulting registration page as seen by potential attendees. Look at the top of the page for their one-line description of the sample webinar series: I…
  • Adobe Connect Ending Pay-Per-Use?

    Ken Molay
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:55 pm
    A big thank you to Matt Bovell at Vell Group LLC for alerting us to the fact that Adobe has told pay-per-use customers they will have to switch to a monthly or annual subscription starting in October. I have not seen any official announcement on the web, so I am purely going off Matt's blog post which mentions that Adobe is pointing existing Connect customers to an alternative pay-per-use offering from InterCall. Adobe has been gradually refining its business model for several years. The company has almost completely done away with perpetual use licenses for its products in favor of ongoing…
  • Differences Between Video Conferencing And Video Presentation

    Ken Molay
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    Cisco created a cute little marketing piece designed to build awareness of video conferencing. It focuses on "5 video conferencing characters everyone knows." It is fine as a conversation starter, but is strangely lacking in delivering helpful tips or even having a consistent viewpoint. For instance, character type 2 is described as "The Interloper" who lets animals and kids make inappropriate noises, jump on their laps, or ask a question. That sounds bad. Then in italics they say "Maybe a different species or age group can give your meeting some new energy." So is it good? "The Hoarder" is…
  • WiFi Wreaks Webinar Woes

    Ken Molay
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I replied today to a comment on an old post and thought I should take the time to elucidate in a longer form. Luc wrote in on a blog post of mine from three years ago. In "Why Does Webinar Audio Stink?" I called attention to the fact that audio quality on webinars is substandard - both in live streaming and in recordings. Many people have added their frustrations and dissatisfaction in the comments section, but I have seen little in the way of technical improvement. One of the contributing factors is still the age-old dilemma of competitive software development and sales… Performance…
  • The Axe Blade Approaches Citrix Online

    Ken Molay
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Back in April I speculated on a rumor that Citrix was considering selling or spinning off its online services unit including the GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining conferencing products. This week Citrix announced that CEO Mark Templeton would retire. In a Facebook post he said "It remains business as usual at Citrix and there will be no impact in how you do business with us." But then he said "We have announced the exploration of strategic alternatives for our GoTo family of products as well as active discussions regarding a potential sale of our ByteMobile business." That mirrors…
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  • Meeting Savings in Cancun

    Ashley Chalmers
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:15 am
    If your summer vacation ended too soon, consider taking your group to Cancun! Royalton Resorts are the new generation of luxury hotels offering the best all inclusive experience in the world’s most popular tropical destinations. Our All-In Luxury™ concept is devoted to providing guests with a unique experience by combining the spirit of each resort’s host community, a luxury product that features exceptional service, and incredible attention to detail. BOOK NOW for travel 2016 and SAVE BIG Valid until November 1, 2015 Group Inclusions: Welcome Drink and fresh cloth upon arrival…
  • Create a Sense of Community

    Ashley Chalmers
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Located in the heart of Downtown Reno, The Silver Legacy Resort is THE perfect location to create a sense of community for meeting delegates!! The Silver Legacy is designed to provide high quality service, facilities and meals without feeling cheated.  Meeting attendees will appreciate the rate structure in our hotel and will enjoy the incredible service combined with price savings on food/beverage and audio visual (compare our gallon of coffee at under $40 per gallon….NO, that is not a typo…just a savings). Meeting attendees will have plenty to do — within our convenient complex…
  • A Customized Day of Learning & Networking

    Ashley Chalmers
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Recognizing that the needs and demands of association executives are unique, IMEX America will once again feature Association Focus & Evening. This customized set of events will take place as part of Smart Monday Powered by MPI on October 12th in Las Vegas at The Venetian®|The Palazzo® Congress Center & the Foxtail Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas.  The IMEX America show then runs at the Sands Expo and The Venetian®|The Palazzo® October 13th-15th. The customized Association Focus line-up kicks off on the Monday of IMEX America week with a Networking Luncheon followed by a full…
  • New Per Diem Rates Are Coming

    Ashley Chalmers
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    As you get back into the swing of meeting planning next month and summer vacations start to wind down, don’t forget planners – fiscal year 2016 government per diem rates will go into effect on October 1, 2015. Rates are set by fiscal year, effective October 1 each year. View the 2016 rates here.   Related Posts:2014 Meeting TrendsFall Special Meeting OffersHow to Plan an International MeetingVisit ConventionPlanit.com at IMEX AmericaMeetings Tech Expo Hits NYC
  • JQH Hotels Recognized for Excellence

    Ashley Chalmers
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Backed by a 50-plus year legacy of excellence, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) represents diverse brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resorts / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. Twenty-three JQH hotels recently earned the TripAdvisor® special Hall of Fame status for being awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for five consecutive years. In addition, 43 JQH properties achieved the 2015 Certificate of Excellence recognition. Step into a JQH property and you will notice extra touches…
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  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
 
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  • U.S. National Parks Offer Stunning Settings for Outdoor Adventures

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Corporate groups in North America don't have to travel to Dubai to explore deserts, Scandinavian countries to view breathtaking glaciers, or the Caribbean for pristine beaches. U.S. National Parks are some of the best-kept secrets for awe inspiring outdoor adventures. Beaches at Biscayne National Park Not too far from downtown Miami a picturesque wonderland of emerald islands, secluded beaches, mangrove forests, and one of the most extensive coral reefs networks awaits. In this area where 4 distinct ecosystems converge, groups will be able to view brightly colored fish, pelicans,…
  • Use of Big Data With Your Events

    Lisa Apolinski
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Event data can be very effective to optimize your event, since event data is rich with information.  Data, both structured and unstructured, can be used for feedback, testing and targeting new additions, and more.   Understanding structured and unstructured data: Structured data is data that has been captured in fixed fields, and is captured the same way (either with true/false or some time of numeric capture). Examples of structured data include number of attendees at a lecture or traffic patterns in a booth. Unstructured data is data that does not have a data model or is…
  • North America Association Planners Say Yes to Middle East Meetings

    Christine Hinz
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    The Middle East region is the fastest-growing international association market according to the International Congress & Convention Association. Yet with the bulk of bookings coming from Europe and Asia-based associations to enjoy the region’s central geographic location, modern infrastructure, and immense airlift, there has long been a question about how the region fares among North American association groups. A recent survey indicates that more than 70 percent of North America association executives would consider the Middle East as a prospective conference location. The study of…
  • 4 New Tools Any Event Planner Will Love

    Liz King
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Event planners are some of the busiest (and most stressed) people in the world. We're balancing a million tasks and trying to brand our businesses, earn new clients and connect with future prospects all at the same time. And how do we do it all? With a little help from technology. Planners around the globe have found apps in all sectors that make our work a little easier and faster, but we're always looking for the next big thing. Today, I'm going to share the 4 apps I've found recently that I absolutely LOVE. Check them out and let me know what you think.  SLACK This…
  • Incentive Destinations: Port Perry, Ontario

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:44 am
    Corporate groups visiting Toronto or York Region that don't have the time for a day trip to Niagara-on-the Lake should consider Port Perry, a historic Ontario town with Victorian era architecture. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Scugog, it is just about a 1-1/4 hour drive from downtown Toronto. Port Perry was first settled in 1821; today, the main street of Port Perry has boutiques and galleries that are the perfect place to browse for treasures. There is even a silversmith. Attractions include Scugog Shores Museum, The Town Hall 1873 (which has been transformed into a theatre…
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  • The True Price of Video Conferencing

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    However, video conferencing comes with various costs, both financial and non-tangible, that many users do not forsee. Download this infographic to take a closer look at these hidden costs!Request Free!
  • The Hidden Costs of Video Conferencing

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    However, video conferencing does come with hidden costs that many users do not foresee. These costs are not only financial, but also in the form of non-monetary potential risks. Let us take a closer look at these specific hidden costs that many video conferencing users don't learn until it's too late.Read this white paper to learn about precautions that you can take to minimize the costs involved when implementing a video conferencing solution into your business.Request Free!
  • Unified Communications or Video Conferencing?

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The ability to seamlessly connect with colleagues and customers over long distances without technical difficulties is the dream of every modern organization. Two technologies poised to provide that service are Unified Communications and Video Conferencing.Request Free!
  • 20 Travel Hacking Strategies to Help You Travel the World and Spend Less

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    We can prove to you that traveling the world doesn't cost a lot of money. In fact, you'd be surprised by how cheap traveling can be. Download this quick guide to travel hacking and get ready to pack your bags.Request Free!
  • Top Video Conferencing Features in 2015

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

    Event Diva
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    An Experiential Marketing campaign is an event held in a public forum that encourages guests to interact with the product or brand. It's important to reinforce the brand's identity while presenting the product or company in a new way. A successful experiential marketing event does two things - First: It makes people WANT to engage with the brand and Second: It makes people talk about, video, photograph, and SHARE their experience through social media. Usually, going viral is the goal. Here are a
  • Embracing Plan B

    Event Diva
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    S.D.J. Peterson said "Carefully laid plans aren't always the best. Somtimes, Plan B is the real dream come true."   Many event planners would vehemently disagree with this statement. My colleagues and I spend so much time planning every tiny detail that it can often be frustrating to hit a snag. But, if we're honest, most event planners will let you know that Plan B is always part of a good Plan A. If we have a contingency in place for the things that are LIKELY to go wrong, our day-of event
  • Calculating the Bar Tab at Your Event

    Event Diva
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
     
  • Party Hacks That Will Change Your Life

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
      I found this post on Buzzfeed and couldn't help sharing! Happy Hacking, Partiers!   http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/summer-party-tips-tricks#.rraVJNO0Q 
  • Four HOT Summer Trends for 2015

    Ashley Dunson
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Summer is already heating things up. Here are four trends to add to your Summer Soiree.   1. Adult Popsicles  Let's face it, it's HOT out there. If you are planning an outdoor event, you'll want to keep your guests cool. There are plenty of exotic adult popsicle recipes out there. Pinterest is a great place to start your search if you want to make them by hand. However, I suggest using premade frozen fruit pops as foil for a a dry champagne. There is almost no prep time involved!   2. DIY Open
 
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  • U.S. National Parks Offer Stunning Settings for Outdoor Adventures

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Corporate groups in North America don't have to travel to Dubai to explore deserts, Scandinavian countries to view breathtaking glaciers, or the Caribbean for pristine beaches. U.S. National Parks are some of the best-kept secrets for awe inspiring outdoor adventures. Beaches at Biscayne National Park Not too far from downtown Miami a picturesque wonderland of emerald islands, secluded beaches, mangrove forests, and one of the most extensive coral reefs networks awaits. In this area where 4 distinct ecosystems converge, groups will be able to view brightly colored fish, pelicans,…
  • Use of Big Data With Your Events

    Lisa Apolinski
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Event data can be very effective to optimize your event, since event data is rich with information.  Data, both structured and unstructured, can be used for feedback, testing and targeting new additions, and more.   Understanding structured and unstructured data: Structured data is data that has been captured in fixed fields, and is captured the same way (either with true/false or some time of numeric capture). Examples of structured data include number of attendees at a lecture or traffic patterns in a booth. Unstructured data is data that does not have a data model or is…
  • North America Association Planners Say Yes to Middle East Meetings

    Christine Hinz
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    The Middle East region is the fastest-growing international association market according to the International Congress & Convention Association. Yet with the bulk of bookings coming from Europe and Asia-based associations to enjoy the region’s central geographic location, modern infrastructure, and immense airlift, there has long been a question about how the region fares among North American association groups. A recent survey indicates that more than 70 percent of North America association executives would consider the Middle East as a prospective conference location. The study of…
  • 4 New Tools Any Event Planner Will Love

    Liz King
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Event planners are some of the busiest (and most stressed) people in the world. We're balancing a million tasks and trying to brand our businesses, earn new clients and connect with future prospects all at the same time. And how do we do it all? With a little help from technology. Planners around the globe have found apps in all sectors that make our work a little easier and faster, but we're always looking for the next big thing. Today, I'm going to share the 4 apps I've found recently that I absolutely LOVE. Check them out and let me know what you think.  SLACK This…
  • Incentive Destinations: Port Perry, Ontario

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:44 am
    Corporate groups visiting Toronto or York Region that don't have the time for a day trip to Niagara-on-the Lake should consider Port Perry, a historic Ontario town with Victorian era architecture. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Scugog, it is just about a 1-1/4 hour drive from downtown Toronto. Port Perry was first settled in 1821; today, the main street of Port Perry has boutiques and galleries that are the perfect place to browse for treasures. There is even a silversmith. Attractions include Scugog Shores Museum, The Town Hall 1873 (which has been transformed into a theatre…
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  • Death to the Albatross! (Let's get back to the basics on name tags!)

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Name badges have gotten ridiculous. Event organizers have tried to capture so much information on the name badge, provide agendas at a glance, drink tickets, identification ribbons, sponsor level, event branding, and the kitchen sink all on one little name badge... it's gotten so bad that I feel like everyone is walking around with a giant albatross around their necks!What is the purpose of a name badge? To help people connect. How can you connect when you have to fight to locate their name, look at their stomach (or a female's chest), or ask them to flip their badge around so you can find…
  • 10 ways to save money on your tradeshow program

    12 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Let me guess, you were handed an extra $100k to execute your booth this time, right? No? Oh... your budget got CUT by $30k. Been there. Here are 10 tips to save money on your tradeshow program:Use less signage. Every sign cost money. Sign reprints cost even more. Can you reuse elements from another show to save on printing costs?Reuse the booth. If you're renting a new booth for every show, chew on this: Most of the attendees at this event were not at your last event. They won't know that you've used the same booth for both of them. Better yet: use the same booth for a bunch of your events!
  • You'll never look at your Outlook calendar the same way again

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    I came across this article on Facebook and it reminded me of the famous “rocks” story from a college professor. My calendar is usually how I run my day. This article has convinced me to completely reverse that. Enjoy!The Chokehold of CalendarsMeetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same way. Calendars are a record of interruptions. And quite often they’re a battlefield over who owns whose time. Read the rest…
  • 5 Tips to thinking strategicially about your 10x10

    6 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    So your sales guy comes to you and says, "My customer gave me a free 10x10 at their show!" "Fantastic!" you say. "What are you going to showcase?" silence....Trade shows are a great way to showcase your brand to attendees. Or they're not. It's really up to you. The most frustrating experience for a conference goer is to walk around a trade show floor and see a bunch of exhibitors sitting behind a 6' table typing on their phone. I.Would.Never.Stop.At.That.Booth.The second most frustrating experience is to BE an exhibitor standing behind a 6' table, smiling at people who just walk by, hiding…
  • CEMA Wine Country Women in Leadership Event Wrap-Up

    5 May 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I had the absolute pleasure of getting to attend the CEMA Wine Country Women in Leadership event May 1, 2014, in Napa Valley. DMC Viviani Tours did a spectacular job of lining up a day full of education, networking, food, and of course wine! More than 35 event marketers joined us for property tours and winery tours, and inspiring stories from winemakers and winery owners.Our first stop was the Bardessano Hotel, where CEO of Visit Napa, Clay Walker, welcomed us to the famed valley of the grape. Here’s some fun facts that Clay shared with us:4/10ths of 1% of the world’s wine comes from…
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  • Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients have been selected!

    Kathleen
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    The InviteRight team has been pouring through our 169 scholarship applications from across Canada, and our overriding impression so far has been just “wow”. It’s been quite challenging to select the recipients, as there have been so many we’d love to honour. Students, your dedication to your schools and your communities is pretty incredible, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who applied and to those who supported them. We also have to offer our apologies for being a bit late in posting our recipients this year. The scholarship…
  • Feature Focus: New functionality for sending Reminders

    Kathleen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    At InviteRight, our developers are continuously looking new ways to keep our registration and payment system the most robust, flexible and intuitive tool on the market. We’ve recently implemented several new features that we’re excited to share with you. These features are designed to make your life that much easier by providing as much functionality as possible within InviteRight itself. We know that the fewer processes you have to deal with when managing an event or activity, the better! REMINDERS and UPDATES SMS Texts InviteRight has long had the option to send reminders and updates…
  • Closing in on one million lines of code!  

    Kathleen
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Today, the EventIQ development team realized that they’ve written 895,091 lines of code for InviteRight and our associated web sites over the past 9 years. Since our start in 2007, our team has averaged close to 100,000 lines of code each year. To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 18,000 pages of printed text, or 14 editions of War and Peace. The Hubble space telescope launched in 1990 with just over 2 million, and Windows 3.1 revolutionized the world in 1992 with about 3 million. Brian Kernighan, a contributor to the development of the Unix system and other programming…
  • Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator for 2015!

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

    Ryan
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    Over the past two weeks hundreds of votes have been pouring in for the search for the Best Grad Coordinator. The results are in and we are tallying up the results.  We are awed at the responses and wanted to share some of them before we do the big reveal. “You made me feel like I’m royalty all the time, and I don’t get to feel that too often, so thanks for that. You’re the bomb dogity :D” – New Westminster Secondary “Thank you for everything that you did to make grad one of my most memorable high school memories! You are the best! :)” – Assumption Junior…
 
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  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: 8.27.15-8.30.15

    Seralyn Fields
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    We’re sadly nearing the end of summer, so make the most of these last few weekends! For those of you who aren’t part of the massive exodus to BurningMan, we have compiled a list of the top events going on in our amazing city. We’re excited for the Treasure Island Flea Market  and hoping to score some rare finds!1. Beats & EatsFriday, August 28th, 2015 | Five p.m to Eight| Bluxome St. Winery, SF | FreeThe Bluxome St. Winery invites you to come out for a night of live music and food & wine! They feature a new food truck each week that they pair with a sampling of…
  • Top 5 Unique Tours in San Francisco

    Seralyn Fields
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    San Francisco is a beautiful city with so much to do! We love to spend our time exploring SF in ways we haven’t thought of before! ABCey has compiled some of our favorite unique and local tours, perfect for a girls night or date night. We hope someone wants to take us out on the Seaplane tour soon!1. Night Segway TourExplore some of the most famous neighborhoods and sights in San Francisco while riding a Segway! This tour will take you through Chinatown, Northbeach and the Waterfront while enjoying the moonlit views. Purchase tickets here.2. Island Wine GetawayEnjoy sips of vino while…
  • Startup Monday: Bannerman

    Ashley Fadrilan
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:43 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!Bannerman is an events service that allows businesses to book security guards on demand. With on-call security guards (trained to arrest, control crowds, and take action in an emergency) your event is sure to flow smoothly. Bannerman allows help within 30 minutes of a request and guarantees trust and safety as their main priority!With…
  • 5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

    Andrea Wong
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Whether you’re hosting a small get-together, big celebration, or just a night in, decisions about food can be difficult to make. Not to worry, we have a great list of apps to ease meal planning! From recipes, to restaurant suggestion,s to food delivery apps we’ve got you covered! We’re excited to try EatWith and their private chefs for our next dinner party!1. ChefsFeedChefsFeed is the inside connection to the best dishes and food culture. They offers chefs a platform to engage with guests, featuring reviews from more than 1,000 chefs in 24 cities. Who doesn’t want the…
  • 5 Unique Mason Jar Party Favors!

    Ashley Fadrilan
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Tired of your same old party giveaways? Want to send your guests home with something unique and useful? ABCey Events has got you covered! Here are five fun and easy DIY mason jar party favors sure to end your parties right!1. Care PackageSend your party goers home feeling cared for! Home essentials such as hand sanitizer, nail clipper, tissues, etc. can make for great care package favors! Make it a first aid kit or glam it up for the girls and add in mani/ pedi utensils!2. Hot Chocolate KitYou can never go wrong with hot chocolate favors! They’re appealing to the eye and easy…
 
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  • Make It :: Paint Dipped Pencils

    Tori
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    I prefer to write with pencils over pens –especially if it’s a cute pencil! Being in the back to school mode over here I thought why not make my own cute supplies? That’s when these paint dipped pencils were born. You probably have all the supplies on hand to make these today! All you need is pencils….and paint! Remove the erasers from the ends of your pencils. Then just dip the eraser end (with eraser removed) into a jar of craft paint. Hold for a few seconds to let any paint drip off that might need to. To dry, place the pencil (led side down) into a glass filled with…
  • Pineapple + Pretzel Chocolate Bark

    Tori
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    It’s not unusual that I get a weird idea and then head to the kitchen. That’s exactly how this chocolate bark assembly began. I thought … hmmmm what if I made a salty-sweet bark and tossed in some candied pineapple for good measure. Heck, why not?! Here are the goods to make the chocolate bark :: Chocolate and white chocolate melts, candied pineapples, pretzel sticks, and white sprinkles (not pictured) This is so SIMPLE to make. REALLY. You melt the chocolate, pour it onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and then plop on the pretzel, pineapple, and sprinkles. Pop the…
  • A Thoughtfully Simple Romantic Wedding

    Tori
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    You guys. I have been telling you I’m going to post this wedding since 2012. THREE years later and I’m finally sharing these photos. Why has it taken me so long? Honestly because there were just sooooo many gorgeous photos I felt overwhelmed and couldn’t decide which to share! Problems, I know. In fact, I procrastinated so long that this darling couple (who also happen to by my brother and sister-in-law!) have been married for three years, and I’ve already posted about their baby shower (GAWH) and my niece will be ONE next month. Wow, we’re all out of order over…
  • Sip It :: Watermelon + Strawberry Lemonade Cooler

    Tori
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Summer is winding down but it’s still extremely hot here in Southern California (it was 115 yesterday …yeah, it’s H-O-T). Even though the temperature might not reflect it, summer is coming to an end –but I’m not ready to completely let these lazy summer days go. I’m holding on a little bit longer while sipping this Seagram’s Escapes cocktail! This is the last weekend before school is in full swing for both of our girls, so we set up for light and refreshing pre-dinner sips & salads this weekend (just for us grown ups). There’s no flavor that screams…
  • Layered Juice Popsicles

    Tori
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately, my cravings for all types of popsicles seems to be growing stronger. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on all the delicious popsicle recipes I’ve been spotting on Pinterest.  I love that you can combine so many different flavors when experimenting with recipes. Layering different types of juices when making  them creates a fun and interesting treat –and you can get creative with flavors AND colors. Check out these striped juice popsicles. I simply layered three types of juices (I use this popsicle maker.) Layering the juices takes a little more time during the…
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    Austin Social Planner

  • TRIBEZA Style Week No. 12

    Kevin Smothers
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    For the past dozen years, TRIBEZA has brought together Austin’s creative forces to stage their own Style Week. What started as a runway show has grown into a series of events highlighting the city’s many talented fashion designers, makers, culinary wizards and their wares. This year, we’re especially excited this year about “Dinner X Design,” a chic meal and party staged by top interior designers teamed up with boldface culinary stars. The 2015 edition of Style Week, which runs from September 24-October 1, includes a collaboration with presenting sponsor Katie…
  • RECAP: “Lift a Fork” for Forklift Danceworks

    Kevin Smothers
    14 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed Trees of Govalle performance, Forklift Danceworks threw a dinner for donors on Tuesday at the Commodore Perry Estate. “Lift a Fork” was not only a chance to thank patrons for their ongoing support, but also an opportunity for the creative nonprofit to talk about their future plans. Held on the grounds and inside the circa-1920s mansion, the candlelight dinner was artfully prepared by the team from Olamaie and served on four long tables that included luxe floral settings from Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral. Guests also sipped…
  • GIVEAWAY: Long Center Purple Party 7

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    On Saturday night, the Long Center will celebrate its annual anniversary with Purple Party 7. Expect this year to kick out the jams as The Blues Brothers come to town to shake the roof off the building. The evening includes the Blues Brothers performance, plus a VIP after-party with T Bird and the Brakes, hosted wine & beer, and ticket giveaways all night long on the City Terrace. Tickets to the event are on sale now, but we’re giving a pair away to one lucky Austin Social Planner reader. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Charlotte. 
  • RECAP: Umlauf Garden Party

    Kevin Smothers
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In yet another rite of spring, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum threw its annual Garden Party and it proved to be a blowout! Despite the humidity, which always seems to arrive just in time for this particular soirée, the stylish masses descended on the luxe garden for a sip and taste experience like no other. Overseen by event Chairs Ashley Holt and Lea Lee (plus Honorary Chairs Deana Saukam and Paul Qui), the committee left no fundraising opportunity unturned – much to their success. Live auction offerings from C3 Presents, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the…
  • RECAP: Austin Fashion Week FINALE

    Kevin Smothers
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Austin Fashion Week concluded its 7th annual extravaganza last weekend at the Austin Music Hall with FINALE.  The night featured runway looks from Austin based designers and labels Ross Bennett, Gail Chovan, Sally Daneshjou Designs, LaRue Designs, Rare Trends, Samantha Plasencia, This is Sloane, and Nine Mus. Model, Gail Chovan FINALE also included the handing out of the much anticipated AFW’s Golden Boot Awards. The 7th Annual Austin Fashion Awards Golden Boot Winners included: Austin Fashion Fund winner: Spire the Label  Mash-Up: Synergy Critic’s Choice Mash-Up:…
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  • IncentiveWorks 2015 is Over for Another Year

    Randy Markus
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Did you go to IncentiveWorks 2015? The annual IncentiveWorks show is over for the 24th year. Bringing together planners and suppliers from the incentive and meetings industry through education, events, networking and a tradeshow. And with over 400 exhibitors and about 1,725 participants, Toronto was the place to be. When arriving at the convention center all you had to do was follow the music up the escalators and you’d uncover all things IncentiveWorks. The two day trade show was a busy one. And while some felt that Wednesday was slower. Robin Paisley, Managing Director said that day two…
  • Fall Party Themes

    Andrew Maxwell
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s hard to believe that we’re talking about autumn. But, like it or not, fall will soon be upon us. Schools will be back in full swing. And even for those of us not going back to school there’s still that psychological feeling of getting back to business. Fall is also an ideal time to explore event and party themes. With an abundance of food choices and colors, fall can be an ideal time to host an event or party. Ideas for Fall Party Themes Harvest Theme Fall provides an abundance of food ideas. Throw in some hay barrels and some fall decor and you have yourself a good…
  • It’s all About the Trade Show Don’ts

    Randy Markus
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    Looking to up your game when it comes to exhibiting at a trade show? A trade show can be a great way to boost sales, increase brand awareness and attract attention. That is if it’s done right. Exhibiting at a trade show is never a low-cost experience. The needs and wants and applicable charges always add up. And it makes no difference whether you’re new at it or have been doing it for years, it can be a nerve-wrecking experience. And like everything there is the right way to get it done and the wrong way. You can never write-off the value of meeting person to person and the chance for…
  • Meeting and Event Planner Jobs: How to Stand Out in a Crowd

    Andrew Maxwell
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Where are all the good event planner jobs? It’s a phrase I hear quite often. Unfortunately there’s no magic wand that can be waived to produce the best jobs with the highest salaries. Like anything good in life, finding a dream job takes time, patience and perseverance. There is a common thought that during the summer months meeting and event planners aren’t that busy. While it’s true that conventions and conferences are typically lighter during the summer months, that doesn’t mean that planners are taking it easy. What many people don’t see, especially…
  • Are You Going to IncentiveWorks this Week?

    Randy Markus
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    IncentiveWorks is one of our industry’s best education and trade show. It’s a place to learn, connect, update and advance via ground-breaking and state-of-the-art services and products. In fact take the Meetings + Incentive Travel magazine and make it live and you’ve got IncentiveWorks. For more than twenty years, making it the leading and longest running trade education and tradeshow, IncentiveWorks has provided the opportunity to bond and discover as well as develop business and careers. Its two days chocked full of chances to network, learn, and see old friends and make new ones too.
 
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  • Do Event Planners Really Have Magic Powers?

    Pat Ahaesy
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Do Event Planners Really Have Magic Powers? Common situation: There are last minute changes and requests for your event, and you request those changes and additions of your event planner. Most likely that planner will make the changes and add on what you requested in a professional manner, never appearing flustered or overwhelmed. Does this mean that your event planner has magic powers? Most likely, not. However, your event planner is knowledgeable, creative and extremely well prepared, organized and detailed. Thus if the changes and new requests aren’t unintentionally ruining another…
  • Why You Should Bring Your Producers Into the Event Planning Process

    Pat Ahaesy
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last weekend when I was cleaning out some very old files, I came across an article that I had saved from the October, 2004 issue of Corporate & Incentive Travel. An 11 year-old article, but the message is as important today as it was then. The message in this article was: “The more your can bring your producers into the process and let them handle all of those things that are behind the scenes, the more headaches it saves the event planner.” This seems to be counterintuitive to planners though, as so many have their venue in place, contract signed with the traditional basics (lectern…
  • 10 Tips On Planning a Successful Event to Market Your Business

    Pat Ahaesy
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Decide on your goal…what do you want to accomplish? Are you looking to expand your database? Sell your product or service? Thank your clients? Each of these goals suggests a different type of venue and event. Set a date…. Check that it doesn’t interfere with any other events that might be of interest to your guests. Check that there is no major sporting event on the same day. What is the scope of your event? If you are thanking your B2B clients, perhaps a dinner at a local restaurant would be a good idea. If you’re trying to sell product at the event, then you own retail store would…
  • Using Event Technology

    Pat Ahaesy
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Are you webcasting, streaming events live? Is your webcast producer using drones as yet? Obviously drones won’t be needed for all webcasts, but consider this: Your conference has a golf tournament. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to share that golfing experience on video and stream it? The use of a video camera equipped drone makes sense here. Your virtual audience will be so jealous that they couldn’t be there! This is a unique opportunity help sell next year’s conference. Yes, of course, content and learning outcomes are the most important, but many people are combining…
  • Not Having Events Could Mean Losing Members and Revenue

    Pat Ahaesy
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    These Folks Ae Happy!! Smaller nonprofits want to and need to host an event or possibly a small conference, but don’t do this as they state they have no money and their membership has decreased. It does sound plausible, but is it? What should one do, then with fewer members, no budget or barely any budget? When is the last time that your group made its members feel appreciated? Let’s think through the idea of holding a member appreciation event for a start. It is very important to show every member of the group, how much you appreciate their membership and involvement. This gives great…
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  • Beginners Guide To Party Planning

    Arwin Adriano
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Parties should always be fun and festive for everyone attending them. It can be a high wire act for even the most consummate and experienced hosts. So how can you, beginner and future party planning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Conference Planning Guide and Tips

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

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

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

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

    Natalia Vasquez
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As a full service Destination Marketing Company, Key Events often handles airport transportation in addition to lengthier components of a program. Our long-time partner comes to San Francisco with a […] The post Airport Transfers for All Ages appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : A Woman Owned Business

    Natalia Vasquez
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    This is a female driven industry and men are beginning to become more prevalent. There have only been a few instances where my gender factored into my dealings. In those […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : A Woman Owned Business appeared first on Key Events.
  • Silicon Valley to Sausalito

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    San Francisco’s museums, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, and restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for a day full of great activities and delicious food for any age. Key Events organized nine simultaneous […] The post Silicon Valley to Sausalito appeared first on Key Events.
  • Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    In just two weeks Key Events will fly into Boston to connect with the Host Global Alliance team as they host the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum. The network connects […] The post Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    We had carved out a spot in the San Francisco market when HGA, which back then was USA Hosts, approached us to be the leader of their San Francisco office. […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
 
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  • Airport Transfers for All Ages

    Natalia Vasquez
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As a full service Destination Marketing Company, Key Events often handles airport transportation in addition to lengthier components of a program. Our long-time partner comes to San Francisco with a […] The post Airport Transfers for All Ages appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : A Woman Owned Business

    Natalia Vasquez
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    This is a female driven industry and men are beginning to become more prevalent. There have only been a few instances where my gender factored into my dealings. In those […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : A Woman Owned Business appeared first on Key Events.
  • Silicon Valley to Sausalito

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    San Francisco’s museums, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, and restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for a day full of great activities and delicious food for any age. Key Events organized nine simultaneous […] The post Silicon Valley to Sausalito appeared first on Key Events.
  • Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    In just two weeks Key Events will fly into Boston to connect with the Host Global Alliance team as they host the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum. The network connects […] The post Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    We had carved out a spot in the San Francisco market when HGA, which back then was USA Hosts, approached us to be the leader of their San Francisco office. […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Event Technology Solutions You Will Be Using in 2016, 5 Productivity Apps That Will Help You Organize Better & Effective Ways to Increase Participation at Your Event [Einsteins’ Favorites]

    Georgiana Nistor
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    This week we try to keep up with the latest event technology solutions and share some predictions about the changes we will be experiencing next year. We know how valuable an asset time is, so we are bringing you a few productivity apps to make the most out of your limited time. Last but not least, we reveal deeper motivations for attending a conference other than education and networking. Enjoy your reading! Event Technology Solutions You Will Be Using in 2016 Technology is helping event planners create better experiences for their attendees and also helps the industry overcome well-known…
  • When can you use an outside AV company?

    Will Curran
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    In the wild, wild west world of AV and event production, it can be a crazy, confusing world. We often get asked, “When can you use an outside AV company and when are you required to use an in-house AV company?” Sometimes the answer results in as much as a 25% increase in AV costs as we’ve talked about in previous blog posts. Your event budget is very important and sometimes you just don’t have room for an additional 25% costs for your event. This blog post is to help you navigate when you can use an outside AV company and when you are required to use the in-house AV company.
  • A Complete Tour of the Best Visual Content Marketing Resources, Emerging Trends and Ideas in the Event Industry & Important Features Every Successful Event App Should Have [Einsteins’ Favorites]

    Georgiana Nistor
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    This week Einsteins’ Favorites takes you on a tour of the most valuable visual content marketing resources available. It also highlights new ideas for event professionals to use at their events, from joining the cab sharing app initiative to opting for more exquisite experiences in terms of food, beverages, furniture and more! A Complete Tour of the Best Visual Content Marketing Resources If there is anything you want to know about visual content marketing, you’ll surely find it in this well-documented library of articles by Social Media Examiner. You’ll find out every important…
  • Effective Team Communication Tools When Working Remotely, What Not to Say for a Good Team Communication, Useful Live Streaming Apps Event Planners Should Know About [Einsteins’ Favorites]

    Georgiana Nistor
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Working in a team has never been more challenging than today, when working in virtual teams, with little face-to-face contact is so common. What you’re saying to your other co-workers can easily be misinterpreted especially when it’s written. Learn more about how to phrase your emails without sounding inappropriate and what team communication tools you can use to stay productive and connected when working remotely. Effective Team Communication Tools When Working Remotely Team communication is always a challenge, even more so when working remotely. With the right strategy and the right…
  • How To Remove In-House AV Restrictions

    Will Curran
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    We found that 85% of planners chose their venue before they chose their AV providers.Click To Tweet When we surveyed event planners, we found that 85% of planners chose their venue before they chose their AV providers and because now in-house AV companies work so closely with hotels, a lot of times choosing your venue locks you into using the in-house AV company. We have found that this can sometimes cost much as two times more than using an outside AV company. In the case of the hotel we recently worked with, in Washington D.C, they had this policy in their venue contract: “When third…
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Hibiscus Themed Luau Party

    Caroline Preble
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    This fun hibiscus themed luau was submitted by one of our awesome readers, Rose Torres! We love all of her great suggestions for this pretty Hawaiian luau! In Puerto Rico, where Rose lives, the colorful hibiscus flower grows everywhere and is a great symbol of all things tropical. Because she and her family love this flower she decided to use it as a starting point when putting together the theme for her daughter’s luau birthday party. Combining hibiscus flowers with a cheery color scheme of yellow, orange, and lime green set the perfect tone for this Aloha bash! Rose found a perfect…
  • Photo Lantern Centerpieces

    Caroline Preble
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    We love these unique, yet simple photo lantern centerpieces that we found at marthastewart.com.  Whether you are celebrating someone special or gathering with family and friends, these beautiful photo lanterns will help make your table shine. These lantern centerpieces consist of three photo frames set around votive candles.  The black and white photos are printed on ecru-colored vellum paper, which is translucent enough for the votive light to shine through and illuminate the images. Another added beauty of these centerpieces is that, although they look like you bought them at a…
  • Iced Tea Recipes

    Caroline Preble
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    Enjoy the summer weather with these refreshing iced tea recipes! One of my favorite things is sitting in my backyard and enjoying a refreshing summer drink. We have found some great new iced tea recipes for you to try with your friends and family on the back patio or your front porch this summer.. Apricot Iced Tea Ingredients 8 black tea bags 6 cups of boiling water 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves 3 cans of apricot nectar (11-12 oz. each) 1 teaspoon of vanilla Ice cubes Fresh apricot wedges (optional) Fresh mint sprigs (optional) Directions: In a large heatproof pitcher, combine the tea bags,…
  • Minute to Win It Party Games

    Caroline Preble
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This year my younger daughter finished middle school and one part of her 8th grade celebration included some fun (and funny) Minute to Win It party games! We have a complete Minute to Win It party page on our website, along with another page dedicated solely to Christmas Minute to Win It games, but for those of you who still can’t get enough of these  hilarious contests, here are some more Minute to Win It party games sure to liven up any celebration involving teenagers. Sort ‘Em — In this game you start with a bowl of Skittles or other multi-colored candies that will hold…
  • Great S’More Recipes

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

  • 5 Common Wedding and Off Premise Catering Misconceptions

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you will have to make will be choosing a catering service. A good caterer can transform a celebration into something truly spectacular. However, the reverse is equally true, and a poorly catered reception can make for a disappointing end to what should be an unforgettable day. Of course, most couples have little real world experience when it comes to hiring a caterer, making it difficult to know what to expect when shopping for a reliable service. That lack of experience is often compounded by some all too common…
  • Groom’s Wedding Ring: 7 Tips to Choose the Perfect Band

    Jodi Cirrincione
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    When we talk about shopping for wedding bands, thoughts invariably turn to finding the perfect ring for the bride. Fair enough, I suppose. Men have been buying engagement rings and wedding bands for their brides for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian brides were given gold or silver bands to be worn around the third finger of the left hand as a symbol of the marriage bond. It is literally an age old history with many changes along the way. Today, of course, the bride is not the only one to receive a wedding ring on the big day. In most modern wedding ceremonies the exchange of rings sees a…
  • Beware of Hidden Wedding Costs That Can Balloon Your Budget

    Caroline Eimerman
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    You’ve popped the question, and your partner has said “Yes”. Happy days indeed. But soon the time will come to get down to the business of actually planning your wedding; and make no mistake, weddings are big business. Last year, the average cost of a wedding topped $30,000, and the trend towards higher wedding costs shows no signs of slowing. So how can you be expected to plan for the big day without seeing your budget spin out of control? Well, the devil, as they say, is in the details. When it comes to planning your wedding, you need to watch out for the hidden costs that can…
  • What You Should Know About Preserving your Wedding Gown

    Jodi Cirrincione
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Have you given any thought to what you’re going to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? It’s an important question to consider. After all, it took a lot of searching to find that perfect wedding dress, and the last thing you want to do is simply pop it in a garment bag and hide it at the back of your closet. No, you’ll want to preserve it for posterity; so you can relive the memories, and perhaps even pass it along to a daughter (or future daughter-in-law) when the time comes for them to marry. Wedding Gown Preservation Considering the average cost of a wedding gown…
  • 5 Sure Fire Tips for a Successful Seated Dinner Party

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

  • THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE

    Yapsody
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:41 pm
    THE LIFECYCLE OF EVENT CONTENT – BIRTH, LIFE, AND AFTERLIFE A few years back if you came up to me flaunting the passes you managed to somehow seize for a very important upcoming conference, I’d probably be charred out of jealousy. Today, if you do the same, both of us can have a good laugh as I show you the YouTube channel that’ll let me witness the same conference live at 1080p resolution sitting miles away from the actual venue. Plus, I can watch it in my pajamas eating popcorn and I won’t even have to pay for the passes! Back in the days when men had just discovered fire (hyperbole…
  • EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS!

    Yapsody
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 am
    EIGHT-ENTION, PRESENTERS! I may not be the queen of puns, but I’m sure that title caught your attention. Oh, wait, eight-tention! What’s with the eight, you ask? We figured that with Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter taking on the virtual world like hurricanes (but, in a lot nicer way), emails just look outdated. Yes, they just LOOK outdated, but they aren’t. If you can still manage to jam eyeballs onto your email notification with a crazy subject line, your pre-event email can nail it. And it can nail it way better than other social media websites can. We’ll show you eight ways to…
  • GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY? LET US HELP! And we are going to do that by slashing our prices by half for Reserved Seating Events by Non-Profits. Of course, our General Admission events are still free (and always will be, like we’ve never failed to mention), but if you are a non-profit event organizer looking forward to creating a Reserved Seating event, you’ll get a 50% discount on the fees. And all you need to do to apply is send us official documentation of your Non-Profit Organization and we’ll set up the discounted plan right away! What IS the plan? Unless you are charging fees for…
  • TRICKS-N-TREATS!

    Yapsody
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:35 am
    TRICKS-N-TREATS! Yes, yes, let me explain. No, it has nothing to do with Halloween. Yes, it is about event promotion. In fact, it’s ONLY about event promotion – these are some handy “tricks” you can use to host a successful event, and success is always followed by “treats”, isn’t it? Hence, the title. (Please continue reading, I swear it gets better than this.) Get Site-d! Your website, or your online ticket store, will probably be the first SIGNIFICANT impression that you’ll make on your customers. So, make sure you make a good one. When you register with Yapsody, we don’t…
  • Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”!

    Yapsody
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Yapsody YapStats Is Now “Smarter”! Literally smarter, as it is now available on your smartphones and other Android devices absolutely for Free! Yeah, but not all free things are useful, are they? You often get a whole woman free with a wedding gown, but honestly, is THAT what you signed up for? (No offense meant…to wedding gowns. You are too pretty!) So, this article aims to cover what exactly YapStats is, why it makes work easier for an event organizer, and how to navigate your way through it. YapStats – What it does and What it doesn’t Basically, YapStats will figure out all the…
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    Event Planning Blueprint - Build Your Event Planning Business Today!

  • Is Goal Setting Getting In The Way Of Your Success?

    Melanie Woodward
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    This past weekend I completed my first triathlon in a gorgeous area 3 hours north of Toronto. It was an amazing day filled with sunshine and warmth but at times the actual race felt gruelling and I wondered how I’d ever get through it. Throughout parts of the race I often thought about you and how I can use my experience to help you improve your event business and skills. In triathlons they have ‘transition’ points between each activity so you can put your shoes on and grab your bike. This is a critical part of the race because it’s easy to lose time and get…
  • Improve Your Communication Skills In One Conversation

    Melanie Woodward
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Today’s question for EventPlanning BlueprintTV comes from a long time viewer, Sarah, who has been struggling to sell her event services and develop the communication skills she knows she needs to run her event planning business. Here’s Sarah’s scenario… She started her business a year ago and has a few regular event clients, but she’s lost her mojo and is struggling to communicate effectively with her clients and prospective clients. Sarah says, “Melanie, how do I improve my communication skills so I can continue to book new event clients and grow my…
  • How To Measure Event ROI (Return on Investment)

    Melanie Woodward
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    On an almost daily basis I hear this concern or see it in one of the many online forums I’m involved in, “My clients told me they loved the event but I’m not sure how to show them it was a success.” The main challenge with measuring your event ROI is documenting comments and feedback from event attendees and not just focusing on money. Measuring your overall contribution to the event and giving a bigger picture overview is what sets you a part as an event manager. It’s important to look at all aspects of your event to measure its ROI and to remember that…
  • How To Choose A Speaker For Your Event

    Melanie Woodward
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Is it time to choose a speaker for your event? There are a lot of benefits to hiring a speaker ranging from motivational, to educational, to inspirational. I had a very demanding client who insisted we hire a high profile speaker for their team building event, but the problem was ‘Mr. Hard-to-Handle’ had champagne tastes and a beer budget, and guess who had to break the news to him that A) his chosen speaker wasn’t available on the one and only date we were available and B) even if he was available, we couldn’t afford to hire him. If you’re pointing a finger at…
  • How To Increase Your Event Fees and Win Clients

    Melanie Woodward
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    There will come a point in your career when it’s time to increase your event fees. But, if you’re anything like me you go back and forth about how much to charge for your event services and how to break the news to your existing clients. “How much should I charge” is one of the questions I get asked most both by newbie and established event planners alike. Aside from needing regular and consistent cash flow into your event business, your event fees help your clients understand your value, branding and experience level, and there could be a number of reasons why…
 
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Planning a Conference? Go Global

    Tal Shoham
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Prior to creating Evolero, co-founders Tal and Shany, worked for years in the world of event and conference planning. They planned and produced 100s of events around the world, helping them become global brands. That’s why we’re always excited to see  Powered by Evolero events that have had tremendous global success. The event entrepreneurs in this post developed fast-growing brands, expanding globally. If you are planning your first event, or want to grow your event-planning practice, these stories are for you. Event Brands Go International Top Highlights from these two…
  • Looking For Your Prince On A White Horse – Sli.do Interview

    Tal Shoham
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Prior to creating Evolero, co-founders Tal and Shany, worked for years in the world of event and conference planning. They planned and produced 100s of events around the world, helping them become global brands. That’s why we’re always excited to see  Powered by Evolero events that have had tremendous global success. The event entrepreneurs in this post developed fast-growing brands, expanding globally. If you are planning your first event, or want to grow your event-planning practice, these stories are for you. Event Brands Go International Top Highlights from these two…
  • 7 Proven Tactics – How to Sell Tickets to Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Prior to creating Evolero, co-founders Tal and Shany, worked for years in the world of event and conference planning. They planned and produced 100s of events around the world, helping them become global brands. That’s why we’re always excited to see  Powered by Evolero events that have had tremendous global success. The event entrepreneurs in this post developed fast-growing brands, expanding globally. If you are planning your first event, or want to grow your event-planning practice, these stories are for you. Event Brands Go International Top Highlights from these two…
  • Evolero: Easy Professional Event Websites

    Tal Shoham
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Prior to creating Evolero, co-founders Tal and Shany, worked for years in the world of event and conference planning. They planned and produced 100s of events around the world, helping them become global brands. That’s why we’re always excited to see  Powered by Evolero events that have had tremendous global success. The event entrepreneurs in this post developed fast-growing brands, expanding globally. If you are planning your first event, or want to grow your event-planning practice, these stories are for you. Event Brands Go International Top Highlights from these two…
  • Let’s Create Better Events

    Tal Shoham
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:06 am
    Prior to creating Evolero, co-founders Tal and Shany, worked for years in the world of event and conference planning. They planned and produced 100s of events around the world, helping them become global brands. That’s why we’re always excited to see  Powered by Evolero events that have had tremendous global success. The event entrepreneurs in this post developed fast-growing brands, expanding globally. If you are planning your first event, or want to grow your event-planning practice, these stories are for you. Event Brands Go International Top Highlights from these two…
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    etouches blog

  • Tech Tuesday: Step Into The Spotlight with Presentation Tools

    Melissa Lombardi
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Welcome back for round 2 of Tech Tuesday. Since unearthing the hidden secrets of networking, I’ve been thinking about how I can keep you all on the edge of your seats. Then I thought- if that’s what a presenter is supposed to do, why not dish about the apps to keep your audience engaged? There are the natural born presenters that keep you wanting to know more, and then there are those that need a little push to keep you interested. I’m here to give you the push you need! What keeps you interested? Is it the session topic? Is it the actual speaker?Click To Tweet Imagine this, you’re…
  • Do’s & Dont’s of CSR for Events

    Amanda Luppino-Esposito
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    CSR events are all the rage these days, and for good reason: planners have realized that attendees often enjoy giving back to the community through events, making the events themselves more meaningful. CSR components can mean anything from raising money or collecting goods for a charity to building bikes, assembling care packages, cleaning up parks or building houses – and everything in between. If you haven’t jumped on the CSR bandwagon yet (and CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility), here are some do’s and don’ts for adding a CSR component to your next event. Do Know Your…
  • How Trade Show Marketing Can Amplify SEO Results

    Guest Author
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    SEO (search engine optimization) is a facet of digital marketing, while exhibiting at a trade show is a method of offline marketing. SEO can be an invaluable to the promotion of your upcoming event and offer a way to improve your website’s ranking due to the benefit of link building via social media. Here’s how to market your company for your next trade show appearance by building links back to your website and drive visitors to both your exhibit booth and your website. Before The Trade Show One of the biggest tools in maximizing your SEO benefits for your upcoming trade show is to…
  • Creative Communication for Your Event – Part 2

    Carsten Pleiser
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    In our second edition of Creative Communication for Your Event, we are taking you through a few other creative ways to market your event. Instead of just going through information for your website and email marketing, we are going to dive deeper into your registration, networking, on-site communication and surveys. The most important thing to keep in mind is that this communication needs to appeal to your audience. Step in their shoes and think of what you would look for from an event in terms of communication. Lets go into four more areas to perfect for your event communication: Pre-Event…
  • Tools to Make Content Planning a Breeze

    Kristen Carvalho
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Content is becoming an integral part of events today. Attendees are looking for much more from an event than just great networking opportunities and a stellar keynote. They want to have informational breakout sessions, creative opportunities to work on projects with other planners and they want the event to last longer than just one or two days. There are a few challenges that come with creating content for your events. How can you make sure that you are producing enough content on all your social media channels where your audience lives? How do you actually reach all your attendees and make…
 
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    The Grand Planner

  • How to Use Social Media to Build Guest Lists

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    One of the biggest trends that we are seeing in the events industry these days is targeting our guest list. While driving a huge crowd is important, event planners are becoming increasingly attuned to the fact that the quality of the audience is just as important. We are spending more time trying to ensure that our guest lists are full of influencers and decision-makers that will be attractive to our sponsors and engaged with our content. As brands have more and more event sponsorship opportunities, having the right audience is critical to retaining the sponsors we have and bringing in new…
  • 3 Ways Event Planners Can Use Pinterest

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Pinterest is a social network that is driven by images and creative inspiration. In other words, it's an event planner's best friend. Not only is Pinterest a fun social network, Pinterest is also a very powerful business platform that can be used to inform, inspire and promote the events that we host. With that, I present my top three tips for using Pinterest as an event planner.
  • 3 Steps for Instagram Success as an Event Planner

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Do you have an Instagram account yet? If not, it's time to start embracing the platform that has taken off over the past few years. Many marketers will tell you that Instagram is now one of the most powerful tools in their arsenal - surpassing Twitter and Facebook! But how can we use Instagram as event planners? Here are a few tips on how you can leverage the platform for success as an event planner.
  • 5 Ways to Manage Your Event Team Remotely

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

    Kristin Appenbrink
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    After years of planning and months of coding, we are proudly launching our new feature, that allows event planners to build, create and share dynamic seating charts in a matter of minutes.
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  • How to Plan a Murder Mystery Party

    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This post expands on Step 2 of my How to Host a Murder Mystery Party Guide by going into further detail about how to plan a murder mystery party. The assumption is that you've already chosen a game kit for you party and now it's time to prepare! Let's take a closer look at how to plan a murder mystery party. STEP 2: Plan Your Party The more time and effort you put into planning your party, the more successful and memorable it will be! Here are the steps to planning: Read Your Script Invite Your Guests Decorate Your Venue Plan Your Menu Read Your Script The script is the set of instructions…
  • How to Choose a Murder Mystery Game

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    This post expands on Step 1 of my How to Host a Murder Mystery Party Guide by going into further detail about the five important decisions you must make before a murder mystery game for your party. Let's take a closer look! STEP 1: Choose Your Game The most important part of hosting an exceptional party is making sure that you have chosen a game kit for your party that meets your specific needs! 5 choices to make before picking your game: Venue Guest Count Game Type Game Format Theme Venue Your 1st choice to make is where you want to host the party. This will determine how many people you can…
  • How to Host A Murder Mystery Party

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    A free, step-by-step guide from a mystery party script author By Ken Blumreich Founder, owner and head author of Playing With Murder I've been writing murder mystery scripts since 2008. My scripts have helped over 4,000 people host murder mystery parties, and this guide will help you host yours, too! - Ken Blumreich Are you looking for a way to throw a fun, affordable party that your friends and guests will talk about for years? Then look no further! Murder mystery parties provide a uniquely entertaining experience that you and your guests will never forget. How to Host a Murder Mystery Party…
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    Wedivite

  • First Dance Wedding Songs That Will Make Your Guests Go Aww

    Lee N.
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    There is nothing more important in that special day than to be able to have the time of your life. There are many aspects of your wedding day that are going to require a lot of coordination and you are probably going to be waiting for that moment when you walk down that isle and you finally say “I do”.
  • 7 Awesome & Cheap DIY Wedding Favors

    Lee N.
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    If you are looking for wedding favors that are affordable and have a personal touch, here are some ideas to get you started. One popular and striking way to tackle your wedding favor problem is by making them yourself. There are plenty of cheap DIY wedding favors out there.
  • 4 Fun Bridal Shower Games That Will Rock

    Lee N.
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    When coming up with bridal shower games, you don’t need to panic. There are plenty of simple, but fun ideas out there for everyone!
  • 7 Tips for Giving Amazing Wedding Toasts

    Lee N.
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Wedding toasts has been evoking tears and cringes in almost equal supply since the first couple said, “I do.” In order to keep yours in the heart touching with a few laughs thrown in the category, there are some things you should do. And a few that you should not.
  • 5 Tips for Planning a Green Wedding

    Lee N.
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Planning a green wedding or an environmentally friendly wedding isn’t just the hip thing to do. Saving resources in an industry that consumes billions of dollars every year can seriously add up when we look at the environmental impact. Just think of the mountain of disposable paper and plastic that is normally consumed at a single wedding, and you will be happy that you decided to use these tips to make a difference.
 
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  • Scarlett’s Illusionist Wows On The One Show

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    The world famous Darcy Oake wowed the crowds live on the BBC's The One Show earlier this week as he performed an incredible illusion escaping from a 30ft drop! Check the amazing trick out:    Darcy is available to hire for a range of events, get in contact with us at scarlett@scarlettentertainment.com or on 01626 572072 to find out more.
  • Spectacular Show Dazzles At Dinner

    11 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Our wonderful Parisian Spectacular was a huge hit at a dinner for the MOD earlier this month! The client thought that "the act was absolutely fantastic – they really helped set the tone and make the evening the success it was", and said the audience really responded to our wonderful ringmaster's "humour and stage presence".
  • Birthday Party Goes Full Brazilian

    7 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    Scarlett Entertainment booked our wonderful Brazilian samba dancers for a 60th birthday party at the end of last month. The dancers “had lots of fun” and the client was “very happy” with the performance.
  • Vegas Dancers Steal The Show

    5 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Our fantastic Las Vegas style showgirls performed at a corporate dinner in July. The event "went really well" and the girls "were great" according to our client.
  • Projection Painters Light It Up In Austria

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    Our incredible projection painters created fantastic artwork on the Palais Schonburg in Austria for an event last month. The client got in touch to tell us that the event went "really well" and the painters were great.
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    DIY video greetings, invitation tips, party planning ideas and more - Inviter.com

  • Video Marketing: Grow Your Business Beyond Limits

    Meghanath Bellamkonda
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Selfies… Groupfies… Bedfies and now Instagram videos! There is no stoppage for technology invasion in one’s lives. Be it your first date or your bad hair day, social networking sites are the first to know your innate feelings. Not only youngsters, the internet bug has bitten people of all age groups and in one way it is a blessing. Shopping can be done from home, bills can be paid anytime, learning has never been so easy and most importantly, friends and family can be kept in loop and you don’t miss any important day in each other’s life. When every sector has reaped some or the…
  • Eye Catchy Video Newsletter Campaigns!

    Meghanath Bellamkonda
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of the most memorable moments of childhood for many including you and me would be making paper aeroplanes out of pamphlets that used to be kept inside newspapers. These yellow, pale green or pink notices would contain invitations for shop openings, information about attractive deals or discounts in your favorite shops, newsletter about the locality or even new product launch. One ritualistic reading and it goes into bin. One hand this traditional newsletter causes wastage of valuable paper and on the other hand the information delivery methodology is old and unattractive. Being an…
  • DIY Promotional Video Newsletters from Inviter

    Meghanath Bellamkonda
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Think! What can you do to get your new product an edge over your competitors? Think Aloud! – The chief of marketing was screaming beyond his energy levels addressing his team of creative marketing experts…. The leading E-commerce companies in the United States go through this routine as they gear up for every new launch. If one ranks the world’s largest B2C E-commerce companies solely based on the official revenue data, US leads the world players with Amazon.com, Wal-Mart etc. With unique marketing strategy planned for each quarter, these companies beat their Chinese and French…
  • #July4videomarketing Webinar Recap

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

    Andreea Cojocariu
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    This has been a crazy wonderful week for Inviter. We did something unusual this month, but really this week. We had 3 webinars; two were this week. We focused on getting everyone ready for July 4th. It’s an important holiday for those of us here in the United States. I say that because Inviter customers are International. But here in the U.S., it’s an incredibly important day. It has more meaning now with the political climate being what it is.  With that in mind, we wanted to make sure everyone was properly prepared to celebrate July 4th. Our first webinar was #July4Bash on June…
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  • NOW CASTING: Cute Babies for Neighbors 2

    JEI NETWORK
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Neighbors 2 Casting Call Upcoming: Two very featured baby roles Looking for caucasian twins: 2 weeks to 6 months old Please include: TWINS in Subject Also looking for a mixed race girl or girl twins Around 4 – 8 months old Please include: Cast Daughter in Subject Email several pics, age, and all parents contact info […] The post NOW CASTING: Cute Babies for Neighbors 2 appeared first on JEI Network.
  • ITS ON FT. BUTCH CASSIDY, MAYLAY, DAZ DILLINGER CLEAN – [DJ’S DOWNLOAD & PLAY TODAY]

    Record Breakers Music Network
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    BUTCH CASSIDY, MAYLAY, DAZ DILLINGER “ITS ON” LISTEN and ENJOY! PRO DJ’S SUBSCRIBE to our NETWORK Download the Clean & Dirty FULL DJ PACK NOW!   If you’re ready to book, fill out the BOOK TALENT FORM! BOOK YOUR NEXT CELEBRITY WITH US TODAY!! Talk to us on Twitter: @realjjewels | @jewelseinc | @suzysmooth   The post ITS ON FT. BUTCH CASSIDY, MAYLAY, DAZ DILLINGER CLEAN – [DJ’S DOWNLOAD & PLAY TODAY] appeared first on JEI Network.
  • Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76

    JEI NETWORK
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    He wrote and directed the first ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ film, helmed the first four ‘Scream’ movies and guided Meryl Steep to an Oscar nom for ‘Music of the Heart.’ Wes Craven, the famed maestro of horror known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Screamfranchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was […] The post Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76 appeared first on JEI Network.
  • Michael Jackson Birthday Anniversary: Quotes, Facts, Pictures, Songs From The King Of Pop

    JEI NETWORK
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    Michael Jackson would have turned 57 this Saturday. In memory of the King of Pop’s birthday Aug. 29, here are nine of the star’s top quotes, songs and videos, along with important facts about his life. 1. He died June 25, 2009, at the age of 50. 2. A celebration of Michael Jackson would be […] The post Michael Jackson Birthday Anniversary: Quotes, Facts, Pictures, Songs From The King Of Pop appeared first on JEI Network.
  • NOW CASTING: Model for Lead Girl in Bachata Music video

    Casting Calls Audition Updates
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    Casting directors are now casting lead roles, featured roles and extras for a music video. The projects are looking for hip, cool looks and model types. All roles are paid. BACHATA Music Video shoots Aug 31 Several roles, lead, featured and extras See rates with each below: $500 – Lead Girl – all ethnicities age range […] The post NOW CASTING: Model for Lead Girl in Bachata Music video appeared first on JEI Network.
 
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  • Create Your Event Planner Website in 10 Minutes

    Crystal Alexander
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    A common question we get is do you need a website for your business? What type of pages do you need on your site? How do you even make a website? I will compile all the resources you need to make your site in this post. A website absolutely helps you get more clients, and I know what you’re thinking. “But I don’t want to spend $2,000+ getting a site made…” You don’t have to spend that type of money and in fact… I recommend you don’t spend any money on your site when you are starting out. Fortunately, with the creation of WordPress anyone can now…
  • Wedding Alcohol Cost and Bar Budget

    Jenn Stafford
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Almost everyone who plans a wedding has to decide how much of their budget to allocate toward the bar and how many beverages to stock their wedding bar with. A wedding planner should be equipped to help with this information. We answer many of your questions in this article. To start, a good rule of thumb is to assume the average guest will consume two drinks during the first hour and then one drink for each hour thereafter. Alcohol Budget The cost of an average open bar at a wedding can account for 10 – 20% of the wedding budget. And don’t forget that tipping the bar tenders at…
  • How to Write an Event Planning Proposal

    Max Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Statistics show that the event management industry will grow by 44% and add over 30,000 jobs in the next five years.  This is definitely good news for all planners as it shows that the demand for your talent and service is on the rise. So as an event planner, it is more important than ever to know how to write an event planning proposal in order to get the attention of all clients looking for qualified and professional event planners. A good proposal will help put you ahead of 95% of your competition. Mastering this skill can really help your business take off. Planning an event requires a…
  • How To Deal With Event No-Shows

    Holly Jacoby
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    When organizing an event, no-shows are a major concern. Not only can they affect the overall budget but can decrease profits as well. Statistics in this article, reveal that there is a ten percent no-show rate for paid events and a fifty percent no-show rate for events that are free of charge. The best way to deal with no shows at an event is to prevent them altogether, by following a few simple steps: Invite Early The sooner your potential guests know about your event, the better. As soon as your venue and other details are secured, send out your invites. Guests will be able to save the date…
  • 5 Essential Items to Have for Successful Conferences

    Jenn Stafford
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    Corporate conferences and events are rapidly gaining popularity and are becoming mainstream in the professional world. In a study by the Labor Board of Statistics, it was discovered that the presence of conventions and events will show a forty-four percent increase between the years 2010 and 2020. This far exceeds the estimated growth in other industries. To ensure the conference you are planning will be successful, you should implement the following ideas into your plan: CLEAR GOALS AND VISION An article by Purdue University, suggests asking yourself: WHO? Determine your audience, projected…
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