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  • Ask the Event Planning Expert

    PlanAnEvent.org
    Randy Markus
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    courtesy of www.corpchem.com Event planning or not. It doesn’t matter how great one is at their job we all can use a bit of help now and then. At Plananevent.org we have found anytime we’re at industry happenings especially where students are involved. We are inundated with event planning questions and requests. Recently a hospitality student shared that when she gets the chance to network and question an industry professional she jumps at it. It’s priceless. And provides her the opportunity to toss ideas around as well as understand more about her fast approaching career. Ask the Event…
  • The Ins and Outs of Planning a Most Excellent Block Party!

    PlanAnEvent.org
    Randy Markus
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    courtesy of www.clubs.psu.edu A block party is a great way to celebrate the summer. And a summertime block party is the perfect chance to re-introduce yourself to the neighbors. As well as introduce yourself to some of the newer arrivals. A block party provides that opportunity to not only catch up but to help us to create those neighborly bonds too. Why not celebrate your neighborhood with this long established traditional summer soiree. In my time I have helped organized a block party or two. But it has always been for someone else. I have lived in my area for well over ten years. But it…
  • Cool Tools for Meeting Planners – Reflector

    PlannerWire
    Keith Johnston
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Did you or one of your presenters ever want to mirror an iPhone or iPad screen to a PC, Mac, or Android Device? Wanna a really easy way to do it? Huh?? Wouldn’t it be cool?? You know you want... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • VIP (Very Important Planner) Golf Outing

    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog
    Ashley Chalmers
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM,CSEP (and ConventionPlanit.com Advisory Council Member) was at it again, last Friday, this time with a VIP (Very Important Planner) Golf Outing at the Reston National Golf Course that raised money for a good cause and connected the meetings industry together in a unique way. This golf event was different from other tournaments in that there were no scores, no pressure—just fun, food, drinks, and camaraderie! The event was free for planner golfers to participate and included unlimited beverage cart drinks, BBQ lunch, a round of golf, and rental clubs. Each…
  • What Do Dress Codes for Events Mean: Semi-Formal Attire for Men

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    sawwaa!
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Aingeru Zorita via GiltMANual Scored an event invite, but the invitation includes a dress cod
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    Event Manager Blog

  • Zero-Waste Event Makeovers Anyone Can Do

    Shawna McKinley
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    When it comes to eliminating waste at your event, a picture is worth a thousand words. Following are two examples of seriously simple, low- to no-cost ways to reduce event waste that anyone can accomplish. The Break Service Before: Typical Coffee Station, Any Hotel, USA Note the following potential for landfill waste: single-serving sugar, non-recyclable plastic creamers and stir sticks, polystyrene coffee cups, lids and plates, and plastic-wrapped apples. Before we scoff that the scene is all bad, there are some redeeming aspects. After all there are bulk beverage dispensers and linenless…
  • 4 Ways to Sell More Tickets with Zero Budget

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    This is a sponsored post written by Ovanes Ovanessian, co-founder of Weemss – Intelligent Ticketing and Event Management. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts Would you believe me if I told you that you can sell more tickets, by making some minor changes to your website and event registration process, without changing ANYTHING in your marketing strategy? If things are not set up right, no matter how much effort and money you put into marketing, you will always end up with ineffective marketing campaigns and you won’t maximize registration numbers. I’ve…
  • 9 Creative Ways to Display Company Logos at Events

    Amy Capron
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Today’s event planner is expected to ‘think outside the box’ and create unique experiences rather than run-of-the-mill corporate events. One of the main criteria that event planners must decide upon is where and how to display company logos at events. As expectations grow – and audiences and clients demand more ‘wow factor’ experiences – so every element of an event must be well thought out and individually tailored to an event. Just relying on banners and flyers to be a sufficient way of displaying a logo is out of the question if you want your event to really stand…
  • Think Big About Smaller Events

    Andy Johnston
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Everyone wants to plan and produce mega-events with thousands of attendees, massive general sessions and hundreds of workshops and seminars. Yet the reality is that the vast majority of events are smaller ones, with an average audience of 100 people or fewer. That makes generating a high attendance rate even more critical. Whether it’s a seminar, a meeting or a business workshop, you want to attract as many people as possible and avoid conspicuously empty seats. But getting people to attend a smaller event can be tough. In my years of experience, I’ve come to this startling realization:…
  • Social Media and Events: We Need Your Opinion

    Julius Solaris
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Social Media are changing the way events are marketed and experienced. We would like to ask for your help and fill in a quick questionnaire. The good news is that we are working on a new project about social media and events. The even better news is that we want you to be at the center of it. EventMB is committed to share top notch quality content for the event industry. When it gets to social media, this mission becomes increasingly tougher. This is why we’ve decided to launch a research about the use of social media in the event industry. With already more than 800 respondents, this…
 
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  • World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events?

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    World Domination, SocialTables, CAD and Who's Local at your events? On todays show we have Mike McAllen talking about the World Domination Summit.  Jon Trask talking about SocialTables and other CAD type programs.  Adrian Segar talks about Who's Local at your meetings. Jon Trask segment Social Tables, Auto CAD and Vectorworks are the focus today as Jon takes a look at some of the various room diagraming options available to planners. Then briefly examines some of the pluses and minuses involved in using each one of them. Social Tables: https://www.socialtables.com…
  • 307 Jon Trask, Tamsen Webster

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Jon Trask gives meeting organisers the run down on Infocomm that happened last week in Las Vegas.  Lots of cool machines to make your next event really shine. Tamsen Webster talk to Mike McAllen about how she helps companies and individuals communicate better.  Sh ereally gives some great nuggets of information and everyone has listened to an executive who is not a good speaker.  Tamsen has some great workshops coming up. Plus she does one-on-one work on speaking. She also is the Executive Producer of TedX Cambridge.    
  • Freak King Chris Brogan, 5 Top Trends in the Meetings Industry

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Todays show we have: Top 5 Trends in the meetings industry.   Chris Brogan talking about his new book Freaks Shall inherit the Earth Enjoy. Mike
  • Show 305 Meetings Podcast

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
  • Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 Ways to be more Productive

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Todays Show 304 Meetings Podcast Incentive Research Foundation, Convene Salary Survey, 3 tips to be more productive       Editors Sue Pelletierand Barbara Scofidio from MeetingsNet discuss what happened down in Mexico at Incentive Research Foundation Invitational. They share some tips from the educational day.  (Bonus nice bird sounds in the background)   Big Data   Millennials, Baby Boomers how do you plan for generations.   Google Glass   Writing with right hand or left hand and be an animal. (Dominate brain functions)   Seating designs  …
 
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  • Three Luxuries You Cannot Afford That Harm Your Conference Planning

    Jeff Hurt
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    When we were younger, many of us dreamed of changing the world. Nothing could get in the way of our dreams. We were out to make a difference. We wanted to change lives across the globe. Then we grew up. We began to think of our dreams as unrealistic or childish. We see our aspirations of changing the world as fantasy or impossible to achieve alone. We lost sight of making a difference. Three Reasons We Choose Not To Make A Difference If we look deep down inside, we’ll find some reasons we chose not to make a difference. And if we analyze those reasons, we’ll find that they lack real…
  • Testimonials Don’t Convert Conference Prospects

    Wendy Holliday
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    You’ve heard the litany: Testimonials are great third party endorsements. Using testimonials will increase your conference attendance. Yadda Yadda It’s all bull. Two big reasons you should do it anyway. 1. Smart testimonials will make people pause. Testimonials can give marketers what they want…a better chance of being heard and considered. Our lives are cluttered with emails and advertisements. So much comes through every day that we’ve become a nation of skimmers. A well written testimonial and photo can stop a skimmer in their tracks and cause them to read your offer more…
  • Ambush Marketing: 4 Ways to Diffuse Conference Scammers

    Dave Lutz
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    A few practices keep chipping away at the integrity of professional events. Chief among them are outboarding, when companies bypass exhibiting or sponsoring and set up shop on the fringe of your event, and suitcasing, which refers to non-exhibiting sellers who work the aisles or hallways. Lobby rats — non-registered folks who hang out in public spaces, hosting a series of meet-ups with your badged attendees — is also a growing problem. Left unchecked, these scammers pose a major threat to your business model, and with the rise in free-agent attendees (consultants, contractors,…
  • Increase Your Conference Attendee Engagement By Increasing Relevance

    Jeff Hurt
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    “How can I increase engagement at my conference?” It’s a question I hear a lot. “How can I help my attendees increase their engagement?” What’s my answer? Increase the relevance. Increase the relevance of the content. Increase the relevance of the learning experience. Oh and by the way, what type of engagement are you talking about? The Camouflaged Faux Engaged Attendee As meeting professionals, we struggle with defining attendee engagement. Too often we think that when attendees stare at a stage, then they are engaged. We believe that if they are not looking at their mobile…
  • Your Conference Needs A Customer Vision Statement

    Jeff Hurt
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    What is your vision for your conference customer? In case you are confused by the term conference customer, I mean your paying attendee or registrant. What is your vision for your conference customer, the paying attendee? How do you hope to help your paying attendee to grow, evolve or transform? What traits and characteristics do you desire to create in your customers through your conference experience? Those are some tough questions we need to consider. Many conference organizers have never even thought about a vision for their conference customer. Much less what they want their conference…
 
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  • From Superhero to Superstar

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    By: Kim Barclay Paper?  What is paper? How did we survive before computers, the internet and email?
  • Throwback Thursday - St. Patricks Day Glam

    jazmynand
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Earlier this year I was apart of a really fun St. Patricks Day inspiration shoot. We did about 5 different looks and everything came out spectacular. My favorite looks were the glam table and the dessert table. One look was over the top, another was a casual/kid friendly table,  2 were dessert tables and one was a welcome table. The creative director that I worked with was Emma Petievich and she is great. I worked with her during Easter as well. The beautiful linens came from Cloth Connection, the rentals and flatware were from Town & Country , the flowers were from A La Carte…
  • Just a Few of My Favorite Things

    Jaclyn Roberts
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Like anyone interested in the communication and design field, I am a complete technology guru. I don’t have a choice! Anyone who knows me also knows I am on-the-go and constantly busy. I am always looking for quick ways to grab bits of information. Blogs are often an easy solution for my busy schedule and tech-savvy self. Here’s my top 10 favorite blogs I visit. They are great reads while standing in line for your morning cup of coffee, riding the bus, or while waiting on your two o’clock meeting. The Skimm – This is a great source of daily news. I love this blog…
  • What You Need to Know to Host a Girls Event

    amartinsen
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Have you ever considered hosting an event for others in your community?  Today, over at More to Be, I’m talking firsthand about my experiences planning our church’s first ever Girls Night Out.  If you feel led to host an event similar to this one, check out this post!     Recently I shared with More to Be readers about a dream I had of hosting a reDefining Beauty event for teen girls. This event was something that God laid on my heart over a year ago as something my Acteens group could do for girls in our  community. For some time I had wrestled with the idea. Could…
  • What Do Dress Codes for Events Mean: Semi-Formal Attire for Men

    sawwaa!
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo: Aingeru Zorita via GiltMANual Scored an event invite, but the invitation includes a dress cod
 
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  • Hilton to Let HHonors Guests Select Specific Rooms Through New Check-In App

    juliana
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Here's just another reason why it pays to become a member of a hotel's loyalty program--access to cool technology that will make checking in a smooth transition after a long day of travel. Or so we hope.Hilton Hotels has announced a new update to its HHonors app that will allow guess to select their own rooms, right down to the floor and room number. By the end of the year, this app function, along with digital check-in, will be in place at all 4,000 Hilton Hotels worldwide. Here's how it works:
  • Gordon Ramsay is Back in 'Hotel Hell' And It Doesn't Look Good (For the Hotels)

    juliana
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    As promised, Gordon Ramsay has returned to your living rooms with a second season of Hotel Hell, where he helps small, independent hotels turn around their pitiful establishments. The first episode of the new season aired last week (on Fox at 9pm EST) and saw the drastic renovation of the worn down Meson de Mesillia in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where the owner, Cali, was forcing her lounge singer aspirations on the hotel guests and staff. Thanks to new furniture and decorating from show sponsor, Overstock.com, Ramsay helped make some significant improvements to the property, introducing a fresh…
  • Who Wants 'Professional' Tips on Hotel Room Trashing From Bret Michaels?

    juliana
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Nearly three years after Bret Michaels boasted of "professionally" showing Charlie Sheen how to trash a hotel room, the 80s rock star has let loose with some more "pro" tips. (Bret who? If you're a millennial, here's a tutorial.)He told Yahoo Travel the following: “There’s got to be a massive kick, usually into a closet door — a little hollow in there, so you get your foot through it so you feel fired up when it happens,” says Bret. Always smash things that create noise. “Find a vase or something that’s going to shatter loudly,” says Bret. “Go after the…
  • Dubai: Four Seasons Dubai Will Have A Secret Villa, Swears It'll Be World Class

    juliab
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Four Seasons Dubai is coasting towards its 1 December opening, and to pique our interest four months off, unleashed some new renderings over the weekend. We’d already shown you the rooms, which look like your typical luxe hotel digs, though the blingy bathrooms, shown this time round, are a cut above: All 237 rooms will have sea views, Presidential Suites (there’s more than one?!) have their own gyms and media rooms, and the Royal Suite has a room for one’s butler. There will be two free-form pools in the grounds, and one outside the spa. There will also be an onsite…
  • West Coast: Guess the Hotel With The Creepy Hipster Lobby Display

    juliab
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    This isn’t what it looks like. It looks like any other West Coast hipster hotel, trying to be quirky with its odd lobby collection of books, maps, magazines, bottles and suitcases. But here’s where it gets creepy: all this stuff, apart from the books, is what was found in the hotel when the present owners bought the building in 2007. Before that, it had been abandoned for 43 years. As if the previous owners went out grocery shopping and never came back. Pretty spooky – even for a town that’s seen its fair share of violence, back in the days of gangs and murderers and…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Hard Work Matters

    Marriott on the Move
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Bill Marriott with his sons in 1970, learning how things work in a hotel kitchen. My father grew up on his father’s farm, just west of Ogden, in the small town of Marriott, Utah, which was settled by his grandfather, John Marriott after he crossed the plains with the Mormon...
  • Farewell to Murphy

    Marriott on the Move
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Listen to blog Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years. Murphy was our third golden retriever. He brightened our lives with sweetness and goodness. The only thing he ever asked from us was to be petted. He...
  • A Tale of Two Graduations

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Gonzalez & Marriott Families at Cornell University Graduation I recently attended the graduation ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Our grandson, Matthew, was receiving his masters in hotel administration. It was a great thrill to see him walk across the stage and receive his diploma. Matthew is our daughter...
  • From Homeless to Homeowner

    Marriott on the Move
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    When we acquired the management business of Gaylord Hotels, we discovered that their corporate culture mirrored ours. Their employees are called “Stars” and they do much to celebrate them and provide opportunities for them. Each year we select nine or 10 associates from around the world to honor with the...
  • All You Need is Love

    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    It seems that couples are everywhere in the summer months. Couples are walking in parks, in your local movie theater, and in your neighborhood restaurants. Most notably, couples are walking hand-in-hand from wedding ceremonies around the world. My own wedding anniversary is this month. On June 29, Donna and I...
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  • The State Of Webinar Technology

    Ken Molay
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The other day I got an email from Christopher Dean over at KRM Information Services. He was browsing through some past posts where I talked about capabilities and functionality I wished for in commercial webinar/webcast products. The posts were pretty old and he wondered if I had updated my opinions on the most critical lacks in the marketplace these days. For reference, the older posts are: A Few Random Wishes For Webinar Features (April 2010) Conversion Features For Webinar Technologies (May 2011) I thought it would be easy to crank out a quick update to my "wish list," but the more I tried…
  • Tips For Marketing Webinars

    Ken Molay
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I hope you will join me this Wednesday, July 9, for a fun and fast-paced discussion of best practices to improve marketing and lead generation webinars. I'll be co-presenting with Mark Bornstein, the Senior Director of Content Marketing at ON24. We're going to have a free-flowing, unscripted chat where we draw on our respective experiences and lessons learned from the many webinars we have created, supported, and hosted. The webinar is scheduled for one hour starting at 11am Los Angeles time (that's 1pm Chicago or 2pm New York).  We plan to cover issues such as planning and executing the…
  • Six WebEx Frustrations

    Ken Molay
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:52 pm
    As far as I can determine (and objective data is hard to come by these days), Cisco WebEx still has the highest market share in both web conferencing and “web events” (structured, larger audience webinars/webcasts). I checked with Andy Nilssen at Wainhouse Research, who backed my assumption. Forrester Research actually showed Cisco’s products running just behind Microsoft products in a self-reported survey of 1,000 information workers taken in late 2012, but Microsoft Live Meeting is a dead product, so I discount that for web events. As the market leader, Cisco is the de facto…
  • AnyMeeting Pushes WebRTC Technology

    Ken Molay
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    AnyMeeting put out a press release this week touting a Partner API allowing service providers to offer AnyMeeting web conferencing as a business tool for their subscribers or customers. The interesting part is that it was done in conjunction with WebRTC Expo IV, where the company is a Gold Sponsor. WebRTC is an up and coming technology standard that is intended to allow communication and collaboration applications to run in browsers without requiring additional plugins or third-party tools such as Java and Flash. It gives application developers coding shortcuts such as accessing a user's…
  • AnyMeeting Makes June Offer

    Ken Molay
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    I always debate whether I should write about offers and promotional deals from web conferencing vendors. It could easily seem as though I am trying to promote them or have some sort of kickback arrangement (I don't… with any vendor). But I think it is valid news of interest to my community of readers, so here goes… I just received an email from AnyMeeting advertising an offer through June 23. If you sign up for an AnyMeeting Pro Company Plan (accounts for 3 or more people), you can use coupon code CPTODAY to save 20% off listed pricing and get a $50 Amazon gift card. That's a nice…
 
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  • VIP (Very Important Planner) Golf Outing

    Ashley Chalmers
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM,CSEP (and ConventionPlanit.com Advisory Council Member) was at it again, last Friday, this time with a VIP (Very Important Planner) Golf Outing at the Reston National Golf Course that raised money for a good cause and connected the meetings industry together in a unique way. This golf event was different from other tournaments in that there were no scores, no pressure—just fun, food, drinks, and camaraderie! The event was free for planner golfers to participate and included unlimited beverage cart drinks, BBQ lunch, a round of golf, and rental clubs. Each…
  • Luxury On Sale

    Ashley Chalmers
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Who isn’t a fan of ALHI’s luxury hotels? ALHI’s Private Sale provides one complimentary room for every 30 rooms actualized in 2014 for programs booked at select ALHI hotels and resorts. Call 866-303-ALHI (2544) for more information and a list of participating ALHI members or click here for more information. Offer valid for new programs only booked and actualized between June 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.  Minimum 30 rooms on PEAK, minimum three-night stay.  Based on availability.  Not valid with any other offers. Add ToRelated Posts:Donald Trump Welcomes Associated Luxury…
  • The Meeting Planner Inside Scoop: The Return of Face to Face Meetings

    Ashley Chalmers
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We recently sat down with seasoned meeting planner David Williams, Executive Director for the International Association for Energy Economics and CP.com Advisory Board member. We got the meeting planner inside scoop on his perspective on the meetings industry’s past year and what 2014 may bring. As with most industries, 2013 was a little slower than expected, but Williams was pleased that the Energy Economics Industry, which is a recession resistant industry, saw good turnout at conferences and a strong membership. “Overall, however, the meetings industry is lagging the general…
  • Capital Region Meeting Planners Go Loco for HoCo

    Ashley Chalmers
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    Known affectionately as HoCo, Howard County was the backdrop of a recent FAM tour put on by the Howard County Office of Tourism and Promotion on May 15-17. The event gave 30 meeting planners the chance to experience everything the centrally located county has to offer.  An ideal location due to its proximity to Baltimore and Washington D.C., HoCo had no shortage of other amenities to offer these planners. The FAM kicked off at Turf Valley’s annual Preakness Balloon Celebration on Thursday, May 15. After tours of the property, planners were whisked off to a VIP reception for food, drinks…
  • 1st Annual ASAE Foundation Bike Ride

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual ASAE Foundation Bike Ride! Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Berryville, Virginia We’re supporting our friends at the ASAE Foundation and participating in their 1st Annual Bike Ride this fall. It’s an opportunity to do good for yourself and the association profession by riding 25, 30, 50, 65, or 100 miles in the “Back Roads Century” cycling event! (Don’t worry if you are not an avid cycler. For most people, cycling 25 miles is similar to running a 5K). The event is sponsored by Potomac Pedalers, a Washington, DC-area cycling…
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  • Must-Read Events Articles, Week of July 14

    Nicolette Anderson
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Happy Friday! Our “must-reads’ this Friday are: How to Become a Big Fish in the B2B Events Pond: Be Unique, 4 Ways to Help Your Attendees Stayed Charged and Your Conference Needs A Customer Vision Statement. 1. How to Become a Big Fish in the B2B Events Pond: Be Unique by Ricardo Molina Large-scale events are building momentum, so how can you keep up with the big fish and make sure that your B2B event is a ‘must-attend?” http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/b2b-events   2. 4 Ways to Help Your Attendees Stayed Charged by Jessica Levin …Because no one wants to…
  • Fast Food Events are gonna kill you!

    David Schenberg
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Thank you BK for teaching us as kids we could have it our way right away.  Thank you McD for reminding us we’re loving it and hiring a clown to distract us from the fact that our way includes our choice of fatty protein patty resting on a carbtastic bun and choice of vegetable looking acoutraments with a side of more carbs recently soaked in hot fat coated with enough salt to preserve meat for an ocean journey.   We all know why fast food is fast and cheap and we apprecaite when something can be both of those things, but some brave chains are also delivering healthy?  So before…
  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry- June 30

    Nicolette Anderson
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Happy early weekend! This week’s event industry articles we picked are: “What American Event Planners Need to Know about Canada’s New Anti-Spam Laws,” “It’s Time To Recognize Social Media for What It Is – a Tool,” and “Changes in The Information Cycle Are Driving Conference Education Reform.” 1. What American Event Planners Need to Know About Canada’s new Anti-Spam Laws by Anne Thornley-Brown Canada just released their new anti-spam regulation. This has a lot of event professionals and email marketers scratching their heads on…
  • 9 People to Never Take Event App Advice From: Mr. Platform-Not-Agnostic

    Nicolette Anderson
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Meet our 9th (and last) “9 People to NEVER Take Event App Advice From:” Mr. Platform-not-Agnostic. It’s long past the time when Mr. Platform-Not-Agnostic (MPNA) has anything meaningful to add to the conversation… but that doesn’t mean he (or she ) won’t do some talking. The real problem with MPNA is that they have tunnel vision and they’re the only one driving the car. There are at least 3 major platforms and for your event to turn smoothly, your event management software needs to work on all of them. 1. Desktop for Web Whether your Mac or Windows (or…
  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry – Week of June 19

    Nicolette Anderson
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday! Todays 3 ‘must-reads’ are data themed. We have ‘8 Tips to help you manage your events big data‘, ‘Why data is an event planners best friend‘ and ‘The power of event data.’ Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend! 1. 8 Tips To Help You Manage Your Events Big Data by Mita Sorrells So by now you know that your post-event survey doesn’t cut it for event data. But once you have the data, what do you do with it and how do you make it matter? BizBash gives us some tips to make sure that you’re managing your event’s data in a…
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  • The Virtual Communication Advantage: A Guide to Enterprise Virtual Town Hall Meetings

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Download this white paper, “A Guide to Enterprise Virtual Town Hall Meetings,” to explore the challenges associated with implementing a town hall meeting and learn how to provide all of your employees the ability to both watch and participate in the activities of a traditional town hall meeting from anywhere in the world. Download now.Request Free!
  • Online Meeting Guide: Software and Strategies

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

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

    6 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Want to know how to run meetings that get things done? Here’s the visual guide on how NOT to be a hostage in meetings and get the most out of them. Request Free!
  • Talk Lean: Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations.--Free Sample Chapter

    6 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the business world, the first step to great results is good communication. Talk Lean uses original research and a fresh approach to teach businesspeople how to say difficult things and ask difficult questions in a way that is positive, effective, and comfortable for everyone involved. You'll learn how to begin meetings and conversations in a way that is succinct, empathetic, and effective, while putting people in a positive and receptive frame of mind. You'll learn how to listen and respond during meetings to maximize both productivity and empathy and how to close meetings in positive ways…
 
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  • Christmas in July Essentials!

    Ned Kelly
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Tis' the season to be Jolly! Celebrate a white Christmas this July with our holiday essentialsChristmas In July by costumeboxBar toolcostumebox.com.auHoliday decorationcostumebox.com.auChristmas Elf Shirtcostumebox.com.auChristmas Snowman Top Hatcostumebox.com.auCostumebox - christmas in julycostumebox.com.auElf Dog Costumecostumebox.com.auRed Tinsel Eyelashescostumebox.com.auChristmas Santa Tee Shirtcostumebox.com.au
  • Celebrating the 4th of July

    Ned Kelly
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    On the 4th of July, 1776 The United States of America declared its Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and from this day forward Americans have been celebrating this iconic day. Celebrations are usually associated with fireworks, picnics, family gatherings, parades, barbecues, carnivals and political speeches and ceremonies.Classic American FoodThe 4th of July is usually celebrated with foods such as fried chicken, cajun turkey, hot dogs and lemonade. Since it is summer in the U.S. picnics and barbecues are popular when hosting a July the 4th party.Here are a few finger licking…
  • School Holiday Fun!

    Ned Kelly
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It's the school holidays and the kids are on break for 2 weeks! Stumped on activities that aren't video games or TV? Here are some fun ideas on how to spend these school holidays.Host a Onesie Pajama Party If there's one thing kids love, its dressing up! Zebra's, dinosaurs, ponies, there are a great selection of Onesies to choose from. Put on their favorite Disney movie with some popcorn and hot chocolate for a snug night in. For these cute Onesies and more visit: Costumebox Onesies Caramel Nutella Popcorn Shake up the usual popcorn into something more exciting with this…
  • The Grill Team's flashback to the 80's !

    Ned Kelly
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    This morning the boys from The Grill Team on Triple J hosted an 80's show! We were excited to send them our best 80's gear which included a Top Gun Flight Suit, a Video Rockstar costume and a "Made in the 80's" George Michael costume. Check out the Gus, Matty and Mark rocking the costumes below!Get the gear and more here: 1980s costumes and accessoriesPost by The Grill Team.
  • Ole! Ole! World Cup 2014 Party Ideas

    Ned Kelly
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:08 am
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has begun, get festive with these great party ideas and decorations!Table Accessories and DecorationsDecorate your finger foods with mini country flags. Pies and hot dogs would be a sure winner!Get these paper prints and more for free here: World Cup Print DecorationsEvery great match deserves a toast. Check out these cool cups, available here: Double Victory Soccer GlassBites and SweetsAppetizers- Pão de QueijoTry these simple and delicious Brazilian Pão de Queijo (Cheesy bread bites). These are typically served for breakfast or as an afternoon snack…
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    Inside The Costume Box

  • Christmas in July Essentials!

    Ned Kelly
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Tis' the season to be Jolly! Celebrate a white Christmas this July with our holiday essentialsChristmas In July by costumeboxBar toolcostumebox.com.auHoliday decorationcostumebox.com.auChristmas Elf Shirtcostumebox.com.auChristmas Snowman Top Hatcostumebox.com.auCostumebox - christmas in julycostumebox.com.auElf Dog Costumecostumebox.com.auRed Tinsel Eyelashescostumebox.com.auChristmas Santa Tee Shirtcostumebox.com.au
  • Celebrating the 4th of July

    Ned Kelly
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    On the 4th of July, 1776 The United States of America declared its Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and from this day forward Americans have been celebrating this iconic day. Celebrations are usually associated with fireworks, picnics, family gatherings, parades, barbecues, carnivals and political speeches and ceremonies.Classic American FoodThe 4th of July is usually celebrated with foods such as fried chicken, cajun turkey, hot dogs and lemonade. Since it is summer in the U.S. picnics and barbecues are popular when hosting a July the 4th party.Here are a few finger licking…
  • School Holiday Fun!

    Ned Kelly
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It's the school holidays and the kids are on break for 2 weeks! Stumped on activities that aren't video games or TV? Here are some fun ideas on how to spend these school holidays.Host a Onesie Pajama Party If there's one thing kids love, its dressing up! Zebra's, dinosaurs, ponies, there are a great selection of Onesies to choose from. Put on their favorite Disney movie with some popcorn and hot chocolate for a snug night in. For these cute Onesies and more visit: Costumebox Onesies Caramel Nutella Popcorn Shake up the usual popcorn into something more exciting with this…
  • The Grill Team's flashback to the 80's !

    Ned Kelly
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    This morning the boys from The Grill Team on Triple J hosted an 80's show! We were excited to send them our best 80's gear which included a Top Gun Flight Suit, a Video Rockstar costume and a "Made in the 80's" George Michael costume. Check out the Gus, Matty and Mark rocking the costumes below!Get the gear and more here: 1980s costumes and accessoriesPost by The Grill Team.
  • Ole! Ole! World Cup 2014 Party Ideas

    Ned Kelly
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:08 am
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup has begun, get festive with these great party ideas and decorations!Table Accessories and DecorationsDecorate your finger foods with mini country flags. Pies and hot dogs would be a sure winner!Get these paper prints and more for free here: World Cup Print DecorationsEvery great match deserves a toast. Check out these cool cups, available here: Double Victory Soccer GlassBites and SweetsAppetizers- Pão de QueijoTry these simple and delicious Brazilian Pão de Queijo (Cheesy bread bites). These are typically served for breakfast or as an afternoon snack…
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    Sight & Sound Productions

  • Jacksonville Armada FC Announces Temporary Home Field Facility

    Sight & Sound Productions
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Jacksonville Armada FC held a press conference July 11, 2014 announcing the team would be playing at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Along with supporters and media, Armada Owner Mark Frisch, President Steve Livingstone, and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown helped announce that the Armada would be calling the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville home for next three seasons until they can establish their own permanent soccer stadium. As the official event production partner of the Jacksonville Armada FC, Sight & Sound Productions provided the audio visual elements for the press…
  • Specialized Audio Services | City of Jax 4th of July

    Sight & Sound Productions
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The city of Jacksonville recently sought Sight & Sound’s specialized audio services for their fourth July Fireworks display. Sight & Sound Productions provided powerful speakers that distributed clear and enjoyable music that corresponded with the fireworks show covering both sides of the downtown Jacksonville riverbanks. If you are looking for top-notch, professional Jacksonville, Florida event planning and production services, please give us a call at (904)645-7880 or fill out the contact form below.    
  • Event Production Services Provided to National Geographic Event

    Sight & Sound Productions
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Event Production Team Provides AV Services to TV Show Premiere Sight & Sound recently had the privilege of presenting the premiere of National Geographic’s Inside Combat Rescue for our service men and women at the Moody Air Force base in Georgia. Inside Combat Rescue is a Documentary styled television series about the Air Force’s elite Pararescuemen, PJ’s.  The PJ’s go through some of the toughest training in all of the armed forces and rescue individuals in the most dangerous of situations. The show displays many of the unbelievable hardships that these men are subjected to. To…
  • Audio Visual Services for Recent Jacksonville Groundbreaking Event

    Sight & Sound Productions
    1 May 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Fleet Landing recently had a ground breaking event that Sight & Sound had the pleasure of providing audio visual services to. Sight & Sound productions assisted Fleet Landing event planners in providing the audio for the event including speakers and microphones. The event took place under a tent located next to the construction site of the soon to be memory care center, The Nancy House. If you are in need of audio visual rental services, give us a call or fill out the contact form below. We are here to help with all of your event needs! (904) 645-7880  
  • Springing the Blues Festival April 4-6, 2014

    Sight & Sound Productions
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Join us at the 24th Annual Springing the Blues Festival on April 4-6 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida! This three day event always proves to be a good time!  Come check out more than 22 artists playing blues infused music all weekend – the fun begins at 5 p.m. on Friday! Sight & Sound is proud to, once again, to be apart of this iconic Jacksonville Beach, FL festival! 2014 Springing the Blues Concert Schedule: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 Performances start at 5 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Main Stage 5:00-5:45     Parker Urban Band 6:00-7:00     Brandon Santini & His…
 
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  • How Event Planners Can Get a Piece of the Big Data Pie

    Rebecca Yetzer
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Guest post written by Michelle Bruno, MPC Michelle Bruno is a writer, blogger, content strategist and publisher specializing in event industry technology. Visit her LinkedIn profile at Linkedin.com/in/michellejbruno When the subject of Big Data in meetings comes up, analysts, CEOs, and strategists immediately come to mind. However, that picture is only partially accurate. In an era where every survey question, registration field, and mobile click is a piece of a much larger business intelligence pie, event planners have a more strategic role to play if they choose. As the individuals on the…
  • Lanyon Strategic Relationship with Sonic Foundry to Deliver Webcasting Services for Events

    Cece Salomon-Lee
    19 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    Today, we’re pleased to announce expansion of our strategic relationship with Sonic Foundry, with appointment by Sonic Foundry as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of its Mediasite Events suite of solutions. Sonic Foundry is the leader for video creation and management solutions. Since our first collaborative event in the spring of 2013, we’ve worked with Sonic Foundry to capture over 2,700 presentations – live streaming nearly 3,900 hours of event content, 28,000+ views, and over 5,600 hours of on-demand content watched! Now, as a Sonic Foundry appointed VAR, Lanyon can offer customers…
  • Vote for Conference® from Lanyon in PCMA’s Convene Magazine “Best of” Issue

    Izania Downie
    1 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    For the third year in a row, PCMA’s Convene magazine will publish its “Best of” issue–coming this August. I’m really excited about this! Convene does us all a great service by shining the spotlight on “the best the meetings industry has to offer.”  I’m certainly getting my votes ready for all my favourite suppliers out there; you know who you are! And, for our part, we at Lanyon are pleased to partner with PCMA.  If you attended Convening Leaders or Education Conference since 2011, you will have experienced our technology during the registration process.  Yes, that’s…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Free Mobile Event App from Active RegOnline

    Cece Salomon-Lee
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:35 am
    Did you know that depending on which report you read, the average U.S. smartphone user has between 32 and 65 apps on their mobile device!  For our customers, this means incorporating a mobile experience for their attendees. Don’t worry – there’s good news. While ACTIVE RegOnline is known for its online registration and event management software, ACTIVE RegOnline does include a mobile event app. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the ACTIVE RegOnline mobile event app: It’s Completely FREE – The ACTIVE RegOnline mobile app is a standard feature for customers who build, plan…
  • 12 Tips for Improving Adoption of Mobile Event Apps

    Rebecca Yetzer
    20 Feb 2014 | 11:59 am
    Adoption rates of mobile event apps in the meetings and events industry are soaring – sometimes as high as the 90th percentile. One example we’ve seen is at Macworld/iWorld, where they experienced a 35% increase in mobile app usage from previous conferences thanks to the help of dynamic, real-time tools. Your rate of adoption will depend upon your industry, your attendees and the effort you put forth. Think of it just as you would any other marketing campaign. Remember, downloading the app isn’t enough – you must continually give attendees reasons to use it before, during and after…
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  • Sustainable Event Design Begins at Home

    Kristi Sanders
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Creating sustainability initiatives is easy. It's getting people to comply that's hard. That's why you should define internal sustainability policies at the office before trying to green an entire conference. Understanding what your team has been able to adopt and why will help you explain the importance of compliance to clients, attendees and vendors. And if your company has strong waste-reduction or other eco-initiatives in place, all internal and external events will become a natural extension of its brand values. RELATED: What Are the Standards for Sustainable Event Planning?
  • Conference of the Living Dead

    Client Services, Event Management
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    You've seen it before. Hotel lobbies full of bodies, shuffling from room to room, making incoherent noises, perhaps looking at a business card through heavy-lidded eyes. The zombie conference has become harder to combat in an age of relentless distraction and higher expectations for entertainment and learning. Cvent offers many ways to keep your attendees alive and interacting before, during, and after your event. Before Your Event There are several ways to have your attendees excited and engaged months prior. Let registrants see who else is going to be there by turning on the Attendees…
  • Gamification: 9 Tips for Using Games in Meetings (From the School of Hard Knocks)

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Whether you use board games, card games, computer games, social media games, or games in a game show format, gamification can be an effective strategy for engaging participants during meetings, training and development programs, conferences, and team building. When it comes to games, one size does not fit all. For example, we have previously looked at how learning styles can be can be helpful in meeting design. The key is to effectively engaging participants through games is to ensure that the games selected are a good fit for the group. I learned this the hard way many years ago so I'll…
  • Cvent Is on the Move to Greensboro Station

    Terri Hardin
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    The day has finally come: After making the announcement last October, Cvent confirms that its new world headquarters, 1710 Solutions Drive, McLean, VA 22102, will be employee-ready by August 4, 2014. The new almost 130,000-square-foot headquarters is located near the new Greensboro Station of the new Washington Metro Silver Line, which connects Tysons Corner directly with downtown Washington, DC and Dulles Airport.  In this move, the company has benefitted from a $1-million grant from the state of Virginia that supports job creation and investment in the property.
  • Atlantic City: New Life for the Boardwalk

    Terri Hardin
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    That Atlantic City has been struggling in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the rise of gaming elsewhere comes as no surprise. But reports of its demise are premature, especially when it come to meetings.  In the first half of 2014, for example, 41 events were held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, which - according to the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority - attracted nearly 220,000 delegates. These used more than 46,000 room nights and generated delegate spending to the tune of $68.5 million. In addition, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority…
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  • Mobile Phone Etiquette for Attendees and #EventProfs

    Keith Johnston
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is an oldie that seems to be making its way back around the internet, kinda like Haley’s Comet, platform shoes, Capri pants, and disco…but the information is useful not only for... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planner Music Club – Black and Gold

    Keith Johnston
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
      Wow. Months. It has been months since we have had a Meeting Planner Music Club entry. Shocking… I wanted to get back to it with something catchy and just a little funky that will stick... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • The Pickled Planner – The Buzzed Lebowski

    Keith Johnston
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
      Welcome the weekend people. We meeting and event planners use the term “weekend” pretty loosely. I know that you might be setting up a meeting in Montreal, a Conference in Cancun,... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Cool Tools for Meeting Planners – Reflector

    Keith Johnston
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Did you or one of your presenters ever want to mirror an iPhone or iPad screen to a PC, Mac, or Android Device? Wanna a really easy way to do it? Huh?? Wouldn’t it be cool?? You know you want... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • The Unroll Me Effect for Event Marketers

    Keith Johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    If you have never heard of Unroll.me, you are in for a treat because your email life is about to get a whole lot freaking easier. Unroll.me takes all of the newsletters, updates, and marketing emails... Read the rest at PlannerWire
 
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  • ABCey’s Top 10 Fave Event Blogs

    Casey Britts
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Looking for some great event blogs to learn the best tips and tricks in the industry? The girls at ABCey have put together some  must-reads to help you stay informed and get inspired! Though we do our fair share of blogging of our own, we still look to other helpful resources to stay on the ball and keep up to date with current trends!  1. Velvet Chainsaw: Fellow #eventprof Jeff Hurt knows what he’s talking about. On his blog, Velvet Chainsaw, he shares noteworthy daily posts . with innovative  ideas and  a fresh take or different perspective on the event industry. This blog should…
  • ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: 07.25.14 – 07.27.14

    Deirdre Woods
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    This upcoming weekend is looking to be a warm one and we couldn’t be more excited! There is something  for everyone – from sport fanatics to music lovers. Read on for our top picks for events around the Bay that are guaranteed to be a good time! FEATURED EVENT: The San Francisco Marathon | Sunday, July 27th | 5:30am | Ferry Building, San Francisco |  This Sunday, thousands of sneakers will take to the streets of our beautiful city in the 37th running of the The San Francisco Marathon (TSFM). This USA Track & Field certified race and Boston Marathon qualifier starts at the…
  • 5 Great Apps for Tech Conference Travel!

    Nicole Forbes
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    As the fall is quickly approaching, the girls at ABCey Events are looking forward to the many tech conferences coming to San Francisco! In preparation of the influx of travelers, we  curated a list for the best new apps to make business travel easier. This list has you covered, from clothing lists to activity locators, so you can spend time on work and fun instead of a travel mishap! 1. Packing Pro App | $2.99 iTunes Store | This app is the best packing app on the market right now! The user is able to list out all your upcoming trips and customize needed items in lists within each trip. If…
  • StartUp Monday: Intercom

    Lauran Keown Beyer
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey events!  We are really excited about this gem we found! Intercom is designed to increase sales and foster customer loyalty, by combining all aspects of helpdesk, email marketing and automated marketing! Its goal is to let companies start meaningful dialogue with customers depending on who they are, and how they’re using an online…
  • 5 Summer Apps That Make You Want To Party!

    Casey Britts
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Here is our salute to the summertime barbeques and outdoor parties that are taking the nation by storm! ABCey Events has found the five best apps  to make any summer party kick it up to the next level. 1. First, and most importantly, download the SunSmart App.  After recording your skin type, this app will tell you when it is time for another layer of the lotion! Everyones’ skin is different so what is good for someone else is not neccesarily good for you. Please be careful this summer and where the appropriate amount of sunscreen! 2. No summer party is ever complete without the jams…
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  • Let’s get high, Part 4

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Real achievers take control of their time. High achievers take control of their day.
  • Enjoying ‘sites & bites’ in Washington, D.C.

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Can't be with us at PYM LIVE DC? Here's a window into the education and experimentation happening in our nation's capital.
  • Let’s get high, Part 3

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Real achievers continually build self-confidence. High achievers are their own best cheerleaders.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: July 23, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: Great Deals from: @BoulderCVB, @danahotel, @SavoyMiami, @SandySprings_HT, @wyndhampeachtre and Peppermill Resorts
  • Test your connections

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Did you know there’s an online calculator you can use to see what kind of Internet speed your group will need? The APEX Bandwidth Calculator errs on the side of too much bandwidth, but it will give you a baseline from which to start venue negotiations. Once you’re on-site, you can test the speed in guest [...]
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  • Let’s get high, Part 4

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Real achievers take control of their time. High achievers take control of their day.
  • Enjoying ‘sites & bites’ in Washington, D.C.

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Can't be with us at PYM LIVE DC? Here's a window into the education and experimentation happening in our nation's capital.
  • Let’s get high, Part 3

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Real achievers continually build self-confidence. High achievers are their own best cheerleaders.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: July 23, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: Great Deals from: @BoulderCVB, @danahotel, @SavoyMiami, @SandySprings_HT, @wyndhampeachtre and Peppermill Resorts
  • Test your connections

    Plan Your Meetings
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Did you know there’s an online calculator you can use to see what kind of Internet speed your group will need? The APEX Bandwidth Calculator errs on the side of too much bandwidth, but it will give you a baseline from which to start venue negotiations. Once you’re on-site, you can test the speed in guest [...]
 
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    PlanAnEvent.org

  • Airline Complaints – This Time It’s about the Passengers

    Andrew Maxwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    photo by budgettravel.com Usually it’s the travelers doing the complaining. The airline complaints usually consist of: why is my flight delayed, the flight attendant was rude, the airline wouldn’t let me take my bag on, etc. In the big scheme of things it really wasn’t all that long ago when a journey from New York City to Los Angeles would literally take a couple of generations to complete. My how things have changed. The meetings and events industry involves working with various professions within the hospitality industry as a whole. And whenever you’re dealing with…
  • Ask the Event Planning Expert

    Randy Markus
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    courtesy of www.corpchem.com Event planning or not. It doesn’t matter how great one is at their job we all can use a bit of help now and then. At Plananevent.org we have found anytime we’re at industry happenings especially where students are involved. We are inundated with event planning questions and requests. Recently a hospitality student shared that when she gets the chance to network and question an industry professional she jumps at it. It’s priceless. And provides her the opportunity to toss ideas around as well as understand more about her fast approaching career. Ask the Event…
  • And the Best Airlines are…

    Andrew Maxwell
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    photo by flylink.ca The world’s top airline companies for 2014. For those that are in the meetings and events industry flying is just a part of the job. So it’s pretty safe to say that service ranking of airlines is something that a meeting planner pays attention to. Skytrax, a privately owned UK company that specializes in research for the airline industry, has released the World Airline Awards for 2014. Skytrax surveyed about 19 million passengers, both business and leisure, around the world. photo by jimbyerstravel.com The Top 10 Airlines in North America For North America, the…
  • The Ins and Outs of Planning a Most Excellent Block Party!

    Randy Markus
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    courtesy of www.clubs.psu.edu A block party is a great way to celebrate the summer. And a summertime block party is the perfect chance to re-introduce yourself to the neighbors. As well as introduce yourself to some of the newer arrivals. A block party provides that opportunity to not only catch up but to help us to create those neighborly bonds too. Why not celebrate your neighborhood with this long established traditional summer soiree. In my time I have helped organized a block party or two. But it has always been for someone else. I have lived in my area for well over ten years. But it…
  • Cell Phone Etiquette – It’s Time for Meeting and Event Planners to Act

    Andrew Maxwell
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    photo by indianchild.com Cell phones, a.k.a. smart phones, are everywhere. And I’m sure most of us wouldn’t be willing to go very long without one attached to our hip or in our purse. As a matter of fact I’m pretty sure that most of you reading this would actually turn your car around and go home if you left your cell phone there by mistake. And let’s face it, the use of cell phones has been a huge benefit for meeting and event planners. I can remember the old days, when executing a program, when we were desperately trying to get in touch with a staff member out in the…
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  • Get Out of Your Zipcode

    Patricia Ahaesy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Recently, we decided to go to a favorite part of New York City that we don’t get to as often as we like. It’s called “Alphabet City” and it’s East of the East Village. Yes, the North-South streets are Avenues A, B and C. Walking around there is so different from the part of New […]
  • Some Metrics From Your Live Streamed Event That You Can’t Get From The Face To Face Event.

    Patricia Ahaesy
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Some Metrics From Your Live Streamed Event That You Can’t Get From The Face To Face Event. This tidbit was on Meetings Net and it is definitely worth sharing. MY comments are included. 4 Metrics You Need to Track During Your Next Virtual Event Attendee Behavior Patterns – you can tell how long they are […]
  • Did You Know That You Can Market Your Business With An Event?

    Patricia Ahaesy
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    Did you know that you can market your business with an event, whether you own a retail store, a restaurant or are a B2B company or even a personal service provider? However, you should not just “throw a party” and expect it to successfully market your business. Here are some tips on planning a successful […]
  • In-House AV or Independent AV Company?

    Patricia Ahaesy
    21 May 2014 | 7:34 am
    In House AV or Independent AV Company? This is a dilemma just about every planner face.  Almost every hotel and many independent venues write in their contract that you must use their in-house AV Company. But, in fact do you have to?  Obviously,  when you are in the contract stage with a hotel or independent […]
  • AV Costs and Your Meeting Objectives

    Patricia Ahaesy
    5 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    AV Costs and Your Meeting Objectives Quite often we see requests on various meeting planner groups for an AV RFP. Frankly, every meeting has different AV needs, so one size does not fit all! We often receive a request that explains that the client needs us to stage and video record and webcast a very […]
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • Celebrate Your Events To Make It Unforgettable

    Arwin Adriano
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    We all celebrate different events in life. When someone gets married in the family we have a big event. A baby is born we throw a party and celebrate the entry of the little soul. When someone’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wedding Planning: Don’t Leave It Too Late

    Arwin Adriano
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Wedding planning is not an easy task as it requires plenty of time just to make sure everything you need to do was given a right amount of time. Be it on choosing your wedding cake, or finding time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Engagement Tools For The 3 Stages Of An Event

    Arwin Adriano
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    As event managers, we all realize the importance of having an engaging event for the sake of all attendees, sponsors and organizers. Thanks to the explosion of event management tools in the past few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Key Ways To Get Your Event Sponsors

    Arwin Adriano
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Purposely, Events are done to be profitable and one way to make event successful is to have sponsors involved. Sounds quite easy, right? Event Sponsors could make or break your efforts. It could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Social Media Work For Your Events

    Arwin Adriano
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    As an Event Planner what we always aim for is to have our events truly successful or at least achieve the events main goal. One of the factors I see that we could use to determine event success is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Your Guide to Southern Tuscany’s Secret Province of Grosseto

    Suzy Guese
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Photo by Giovanni on Flickr Italian composer Giuseppi Verdi said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Most visitors echo the same sentiments after visiting Italy’s idyllic region, Tuscany. Tuscany is known for its laundry list of attractions, home to Florence’s Renaissance masterpieces, Pisa’s forever Leaning Tower, the villages of Siena and Lucca. However, many visitors to Tuscany tend to miss the lesser-known reaches of the region, namely the province of Grosseto in Southern Tuscany. Grosseto stretches from the Colline Metallifere to Tuscany’s border with Lazio.
  • Forget Cancun & Cabo: Here Are Mexico’s 2 Most Exclusive Luxury Destinations

    Josh Lew
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    image via stefano ravalli Mexico’s most famous destinations have become havens for sun-seekers over the years. Acapulco, Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta: these are names that everyone, even people who have never set foot in the country, are familiar with. No one would argue that the resort scenes in these tourist towns are filled with fun, but neither would anyone tell you that you will find solitude and privacy in these places. image via Estate Weddings and Events However, if you know where to look, you will find luxurious hideaways all over Mexico that provide a level of privacy and an…
  • Marvels in Mexico: Scenic Hideaways South of The Border

    Nancy Ly
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Photo Courtesy of Be Tulum It may because we are San Diegans, but our team certainly appreciates the occasional weekend getaway to our neighboring country of Mexico. Whether its the warm, light blue waters that we dream about, or the delicious fresh coastal foods we crave, seems like we always have Mexico on the mind. Naturally, Mexico is home to some of our favorite event-friendly venues and honeymoon destinations. These off-the-beaten-path and jaw-droppingly gorgeous venues showcase Mexico’s natural beauty unlike any other hotel or resort! Trust us, you’ll be packing your bags…
  • 5 Tips to Create Successful Relationships with Filming Locations

    Bree Brouwer
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Courtesy of http://www.barrandov.cz When you’re starting a film production, you have more on your mind than you might care to think about. There are scripts to finalize, storyboards to edit, acting talent to hire, and more. But you can’t overlook one of the most important first steps of all, which is choosing between filming locations and establishing a successful relationship with them early on. This is vital for making sure your working relationship goes smoothly throughout the entire production. Like most relationships, being open and respectful with everyone involved can mean you…
  • Top 10 Unique Travel Experiences in Europe

    Abigail Geer
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Whether you want to see more of the world, have a life changing experience, or simply create lasting memories with those you love, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a European getaway with a difference then check out our top 10 once in a lifetime experiences: Visit The Most Iconic Castle In Scotland Taking pride of place on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, Inveraray Castle is a unique piece of architecture that provides a fascinating historical insight into one of Scotland’s most famous castles. From the opulent state dining room to the French influenced drawing room…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Sunday Talk: Rehan Choudhry – Understanding the Festival Generation

    Matt Walker
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Every Sunday we will be posting an interesting and relevant talk in a series aptly titled:Sunday TED TalksSome will be pertaining to business practices, some will be pertaining to marketing tactics, and some will be related to the industry. This week we are straying from the norm a bit and will be focusing on a non-TED talk, but a talk that is very relevant and applicable to the events industry. Here is founder of the Life is Beautiful festival, Rehan Choudhry, speaking on the social currency behind the growing festival culture.Rehan Choudhry - Understanding the Festival GenerationVideo…
  • Staff Spotlight: Matt Walker – Marketing Manager

    Matt Walker
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Every Friday for the next couple of months we will be having a Staff Spotlight blog, highlighting one member of our incredible staff each week. I have been asked a few times to do a spotlight on myself, so this week you’ll be learning a little bit more about me, Matt Walker, Endless’ Marketing Manager. Cool? Okay, let’s get into it:How did you get started at Endless?Back in October 2013 I started with Endless as an Event Manager. Back then I worked on-site at events with the rest of the event staff, but didn’t work out of the office much. The Marketing Manager position…
  • Einsteins’ Favorites: Digital Invitation Etiquette, Creative Displays for Company Logos, The Future of Concerts

    Matt Walker
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Here are a few of our favorite articles that were recently posted!7 Tips For Mastering Digital Invitation Etiquette:Digital invitations are becoming ever more popular in the modern digital age. They’re not always appropriate, but when they are, are you utilizing them properly? You will need to understand the audience that you’re catering to. Don’t get too casual with your tone, but don’t sound too rigid and formal either. Give information that the attendees will use, like a map or a link to add the event to their digital calendar. Make sure you personalize the list of…
  • 4 Easy Tips to Deal With Bad Weather at Events

    Matt Walker
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    You’re planning an outdoor event a few months out. You’ve got audio, lights, entertainment, marketing, invites, and everything else in place and ready to go. The day of the event comes and, when you look outside, you see clouds and rain with no signs of going away.Ever happened to you? Dealing with and preparing for bad weather is an inescapable issue when planning events outdoors. Even when conditions, locations, and time of the year are working in your favor, there’s still a chance of inclement weather taking a toll on your event. I had an event a couple of years ago in the middle…
  • Crowd Mics Turns Your Smartphone Into a Microphone

    Matt Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Our good friends Sean and Tim have been killing it lately with their new event tool called Crowd Mics! Let’s take a look at this new tool and how it can be utilized to make your events even better:MicCrowd Mics is an application that turns mobile iOS and Android devices into wireless microphones for live events. At any live event, Crowd Mics can be used to encourage crowd interaction and open up Q&A’s so that anyone in the audience can use their smartphone or tablet as a microphone to speak over the room’s sound system. Under the “Select Mic” mode, a presenter can setup an…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • 3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    One of our favorite parts of summer are relaxing evenings. Clear night skies and soft, warm winds are ideal for outdoor activities. Whether it’s BBQs, pool parties, star gazing or bonfires, there is plenty to do all summer long. Keep … Continue reading →
  • KABOOM! at Fairplex

    Heather
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The 27th annual KABOOM! celebration welcomed growling monster trucks, twirling moto X stuntmen and a roaring crowd into Fairplex on 4th of July. A community favorite, KABOOM! delivered on noise, adrenaline and a beautiful fireworks finale. KABOOM! at Fairplex  Things … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: 4th of July Wedding at the Sheraton

    Heather
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    11 bridesmaids. 11 groomsmen. Eight musical numbers. One pair of happy newlyweds. This 4th of July the Sheraton Hotel played host to Augie and Crystal’s gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception. We can’t wait to spill the whole story to you, … Continue reading →
  • July at Fairplex

    Heather
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    July has swooped down upon us in a flurry of sunshine, warm weather and summer plans. We are busy preparing for the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) but we still have plenty of fun things going on this month. … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Relay For Life, Nurotag, Art Walk

    Heather
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Happy Friday! Last weekend was absolutely packed for us, with Vans Warped Tour and Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and we are rolling right along into another jam-packed weekend. Keep reading to see what’s happening at … Continue reading →
 
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

    Larissa Jaekel
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
      I just returned from Disneyland, where as I child, I remember having my first chocolate covered frozen banana at the happiest place on Earth.  After paying almost $4.00 to enjoy this yummy treat I decided then that I would make some at home.   Items Needed For Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas bananas chocolate chips ( I used semi-sweet chips) Sprinkles bamboo forks, or popsicle sticks parchment paper, or wax paper cookie sheet Steps For Making Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas   1. Peel bananas, slice in half. 2.  Insert bamboo fork, or popsicle stick 3.  Melt chocolate…
  • Backyard S’mores Party

    Caroline Preble
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Looking for a fun idea to gather friends of all ages and take advantage of lovely summer evenings? How about a backyard s’mores party! Here are some ideas to help you plan a nostalgic s’mores cookout (even if you don’t have a fire pit!) What You’ll Need: The basic ingredients for s’mores – Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. You might consider using fruit and different types of chocolate such as peanut butter cups, caramel filled chocolate, or dark chocolate. (For some fun s’more making inspirations take a look at this article we found…
  • Planning a Potluck

    Caroline Preble
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Have you ever been put in charge of planning a potluck meal for a team, committee, or gathering of friends and wondered what the easiest and most efficient way of organizing things might be. We’re here to help. Here are some ideas for how to organize a potluck! 1. Decide on a guest list so that you have an idea of how many people need to be fed. 2. Come up with a general idea of the types of foods and drinks that you would like to have at your event. (For example, appetizers, salads, sides, main dishes, desserts, drinks, and maybe even tableware if you are having an outdoor or…
  • Easy Low-Fat Chocolate Mousse Angel Food Cake

    Caroline Preble
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This past weekend we decided to celebrate the start of summer with a dessert everyone in our family loves — chocolate mousse angel food cake. This is a recipe that my grandma used to make and it is so easy and so yummy, and best of all, almost completely guilt free! We served the cake with fresh raspberries (you can also add a scoop of ice cream). As usual, it was gone in a heartbeat. This is a great recipe anytime, but especially for an evening you want a dessert that seems decadent but really isn’t. Here is how to make it… CHOCOLATE MOUSSE ANGEL FOOD CAKE You will need:…
  • A Sweet 16 Birthday Party

    Caroline Preble
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    This week my oldest daughter celebrates her 16th birthday. Sweet 16 is a big day in the life of a teenage girl, so we wanted to do something special for her, but because her birthday always falls right in the middle of final exams week at school, we decided to have her sweet 16 birthday party on the weekend before the actual day. The party was held at grandma and grandpa’s, where there was plenty of room for everyone to sit and we could do a big barbecue (serving up all the birthday girl’s favorite foods, of course!) Luckily for us, the weather was perfect and so was the day.
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Advice for the Bride to Be – What You Need to Know About Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

    Caroline Eimerman
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Advice for the Bride to Be – What You Need to Know About Shopping for Your Wedding Dress Wedding fashions come and go, and each year brings a new trend in wedding gowns and bridal accessories. As you prepare for your wedding day, you will be considering all of the latest fashions in your search for the perfect wedding dress, and that’s as it should be. However, while you’re flipping through those bridal More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Hosting a Successful Networking Event in 7 Easy Steps

    Jodi Cirrincione
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Hosting a Successful Networking Event in 7 Easy Steps In today’s fast paced business world networking is key to building your brand, and expanding your market. There’s a lot of competition out there, and it is important for business owners to make new contacts, build new partnerships, and increase that all important market share. Networking events offer many benefits for the savvy entrepreneur. A More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • 4 Tips for Choosing the Right Speaker for Your Event

    Caroline Eimerman
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    4 Tips for Choosing the Right Speaker for Your Event Planning a successful business event takes time, determination, and a rigorous attention to detail. You must set an appropriate date, and then review and book a suitable venue. You need to book a catering service that can meet your budget, and then work with them to create a menu that will wow your guests without More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Who Should Be In Your Wedding Party? Making a Difficult Decision Easier

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    Who Should Be In Your Wedding Party? Making a Difficult Decision Easier He’s popped the question, and you’ve said “Yes”. Congratulations! For that matter, as it’s the 21st century, there’s no reason to assume that you didn’t pop the question and he said ‘Yes”. Again, congratulations! But now, it’s time to start planning that wedding, and that means making a mountain of decisions. While every decision the More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • The Boutonniere – Wedding Flowers aren’t Just for the Bride

    Jodi Cirrincione
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Boutonniere – Wedding Flowers aren’t Just for the Bride When it comes to ordering wedding flowers most people think of two things – the bridal bouquet and the general décor of the wedding venue. But wedding flowers aren’t reserved exclusively for the bride and her bridesmaids, nor are they merely a decoration for the wedding premises. The groom, and his groomsmen, also have a More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
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    How to Start an Event Planning Business | How to be an Event Planner

  • New Event Planning Training Programs and Summertime Special

    Melanie Woodward
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Oh to be a kid again. School ends and the days get longer. Ahh, summer is my favorite time of year. Does anyone else love living in a sundress? As I’m writing to you, the Toronto humidity is starting to settle in and the sun is shining through a few clouds. So before I break out my flip-flops and take a few days off, we’ve still got some work to do. For me, summer is a time to rejuvenate, enjoy a few bike rides and time at the lake, and clean up loose ends before we announce our two new programs. That’s why I decided to do something different this year. For four weeks in July, we’re…
  • Are You An Event Planner Extraordinaire But Still Lacking Business?

    Melanie Woodward
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:52 am
    Three reasons even the best event planners fail Mary knows her clients consider her skills as an event planner excellent. Why, then, is her business still struggling to capture new customers? Here are three reasons even the most expert at event planning can fail to grow new business. Are you all things to all people? The first reason a person who is an expert at planning special events might not be attracting new business is that she has an “all things to all people” business plan. Rather than specializing in the type of events at which she excels, Mary may be afraid to say no to business…
  • How to Handle Difficult Conversations With Your Event Planning Clients

    Melanie Woodward
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    6 Tips for Preserving Client Relationships Whether it’s because of an unreasonable client or a genuine problem, you’re likely to encounter difficult conversations with your event planning clients at some point in your career. So what’s the best way to handle them? Do You Need to Have a Difficult Conversation With an Event Planning Client? Have you got a client who keeps changing their mind about their event, which causes you extra work? Maybe you have a client who expects you to be available at all hours of the day and night to discuss plans?  Whatever your situation, it’s human…
  • Are You Delivering What Your Marketing Promises?

    Melanie Woodward
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    Isn’t it exciting when your marketing campaigns produce results? New bookings plus successful events equal plenty of income. When all is well, that’s how effective marketing and great service work together to help your event planning business prosper. That’s not always the way things go, though, is it? Let’s look at one of the primary reasons things might be going wrong. Suppose the person responsible for creating marketing ideas for your event planning business hits on a winning campaign. Bookings are coming out of the woodwork, particularly from corporate clients with multiple…
  • Do You Know Your Perfect Event Planning Client Anatomy?

    Melanie Woodward
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    The secret to becoming the most attractive prospect for your ideal clients Do you have a rough idea of who your perfect client is? Do you know what they like, what they don’t like, where they hang out, what they read, what kind of lifestyle they have? It might seem like too many unnecessary questions, but in order to identify your perfect event planning client anatomy you need to know everything about them and what makes them tick. Why do I Need a Client Anatomy? Creating a profile of the ideal client for your event planning business gives you amazing insight into what your target…
 
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Information and Content Flow During and After Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Your post event website is your calling card to your next event and we understand exactly that at Evolero. New technology, the growth of smart phone usage and bigger data packages is feeding the event eco system with amazing new tools to keep your attendees, speakers and sponsors busy during your event. However, on the flip side of innovation, your audience might be so busy during the event looking at their devices, they could be missing out on event highlights and memorable moments. During: Keep it Simple and Clear During an event, information needs to be available, simple, clear, fast and…
  • How to Build an Event Community That You can Be Proud Of

    Tal Shoham
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Your post event website is your calling card to your next event and we understand exactly that at Evolero. New technology, the growth of smart phone usage and bigger data packages is feeding the event eco system with amazing new tools to keep your attendees, speakers and sponsors busy during your event. However, on the flip side of innovation, your audience might be so busy during the event looking at their devices, they could be missing out on event highlights and memorable moments. During: Keep it Simple and Clear During an event, information needs to be available, simple, clear, fast and…
  • Events They Are A-Changin’ Evolero Style

    Tal Shoham
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Your post event website is your calling card to your next event and we understand exactly that at Evolero. New technology, the growth of smart phone usage and bigger data packages is feeding the event eco system with amazing new tools to keep your attendees, speakers and sponsors busy during your event. However, on the flip side of innovation, your audience might be so busy during the event looking at their devices, they could be missing out on event highlights and memorable moments. During: Keep it Simple and Clear During an event, information needs to be available, simple, clear, fast and…
  • Is your #SMC Ready to Event Tweet? Top 10 Tips

    Tal Shoham
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    Your post event website is your calling card to your next event and we understand exactly that at Evolero. New technology, the growth of smart phone usage and bigger data packages is feeding the event eco system with amazing new tools to keep your attendees, speakers and sponsors busy during your event. However, on the flip side of innovation, your audience might be so busy during the event looking at their devices, they could be missing out on event highlights and memorable moments. During: Keep it Simple and Clear During an event, information needs to be available, simple, clear, fast and…
  • The Essential Ingredient For Social Media Success: An Event Champion

    Tal Shoham
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Your post event website is your calling card to your next event and we understand exactly that at Evolero. New technology, the growth of smart phone usage and bigger data packages is feeding the event eco system with amazing new tools to keep your attendees, speakers and sponsors busy during your event. However, on the flip side of innovation, your audience might be so busy during the event looking at their devices, they could be missing out on event highlights and memorable moments. During: Keep it Simple and Clear During an event, information needs to be available, simple, clear, fast and…
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    etouches blog

  • Technology as a Distraction

    Kristen Carvalho
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    This post was written by Jessica Levin, President and Chief Connector at Seven Degrees Communications, LLC Technology often dominates the world of events today.  Beyond standard audio/visual installations, there is often a social media feed being used or a mobile application for the event. In some cases there is an interactive game or the use of an audience response system. In today’s world, technology tends to make its way into events one way or another. However, we, as an industry, have a lot of discussions about the value of face-to-face meetings and the importance of connecting and…
  • Ways to Reduce ‘No-Shows’ at Your Events

    Kelvin Newman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Whether you run free or paid for events one of your biggest worries as an event organiser is whether everyone you expect to turn up is going to. No shows have a huge impact on an event and its profitability. Over-order on catering drinks, printing etc., and you can  wipe out the tight profit margin you’ve got. In fact, as I write is blog post, I’m sitting in a noisy hotel room. I’ve got my fingers crossed that everyone who’s booked a ticket for a training course I’m running tomorrow turns up. The big free to attend events I organise are even worse. Free events are notorious for…
  • 10 Questions to Help You Find your Dream Event App Vendor

    Kristen Carvalho
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    This post was written by Joe Kitos, Manager of Partner Marketing at QuickMobile.  When it comes to the success of your event you want to make sure you have the perfect event app partner on your side. Not only will they provide you with the best app solution for your conference or meeting, they will also give you world-class service and support to help you deliver an even more amazing experience. But just like in our personal lives, finding your dream partner can be a challenge. Let’s face it, relationships aren’t always easy – and with so many fish in the sea, it seems like every event…
  • How Brands Are Using Selfies At Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post was written by Silvia Pellegrini of Events Uncovered TV A “selfie” is a self-portrait captured with a handheld digital camera or smartphone. We often see celebrities’ selfies on social media networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Celebrities have really helped selfies to become more popular with mainstream social media users. The selfie has received quite a bad reputation in the last few years, becoming associated with self-absorbed, narcissistic, and selfish people that constantly post pictures of themselves to social media. However, in recent months selfies have…
  • Dear Sponsors, My Event is Your Event

    Kristen Carvalho
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently, we created a post for social tables, Event Sponsorship: 4 Ways to Court a Sponsor, where we gave event professionals a few tips on how to get companies to invest in your event. It starts with building relationships, showing value, giving them an unbelievable offer and teaching them how to engage with attendees. We wanted to go a step further with more tips, tricks and ways to seal the deal with event sponsors. Our skilled and seasoned team of professionals at etouches came together to show you how to engage sponsors by saying a simple phrase, “my event is your event.” Know what…
 
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    The Grand Planner

  • Tips from the 10 Best Pinterest Boards on Escort Card Ideas

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Escort cards can be an overlooked opportunity to really make your event stand out, but it’s important to not leave them behind in your planning.
  • 5 Business Travel Solutions for the Event Planner on the Go

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Maybe when you first started out as an event planner, you had visions of yourself jet-setting from a launch party in Cancun to an after party in L.A to a wrap party in London, but after having gone on a few business trips, you've come to discover that the travel itself is low on the glamour and high on the frustration. But, it doesn't have to be this way. These five solutions to common travel problems can help ensure that your business travel is efficient, productive, and stress-free.
  • Conference Security Mistakes: Are You Leaving Yourself Open to Attack?

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    These days, it seems, there are constant reminders that the Internet is not a secure place. With all the NSAs, Edward Snowdens, and Target hackers of the world, it’s safe to say that we should all be doing a lot more to protect ourselves and our data.
  • 3 Corporate Event Ideas That Don’t Suck

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When you're trying to come up with new ideas for your corporate event, it can help to look at trends that are sweeping other kinds of events. Here are three trends from the worlds of food, nightlife, and academia that you can easily adapt. to make your corporate event go from boring to memorable in no time!
  • zKids: Event Planning in São Paulo

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Since zkipster has clients in more than 60 different countries across the globe and we're proud to have a global team supporting event planning and event professionals, as well! In this week's post on zKids Around the Globe, we want to put the spotlight on our Brazilian Account Executive, Raquel Lieven.
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    Nimlok Resources

  • How to Get The Most Out of Your Attendee Experience

    jsavage
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    quick guide: getting the most out of your attendee experience 2014-07-25 Justine Savage Attending an industry trade show can be a great investment for your company. Industry shows offer you and your team the opportunity to network, learn and make new sales connections all in a face-to-face environment that’s all too rare in today’s business world. While you may think your responsibilities as an attendee are looser than those of an exhibitor, you might want to think again. Without proper planning or use of time you could end up walking away with a hole in your pocket (one you thought you…
  • how to choose a trade show booth

    jsavage
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    how to choose a trade show booth 2014-07-23 Timothy Carter Your trade show booth speaks volumes about your creativity, your success, your innovation, and your desire to get noticed at a trade show where every vendor is fiercely fighting for recognition and prospects. Successful booths have several key factors in common, regardless of what you're offering or trying to sell. It's time to let your imagination speak for you, while maintaining a marketing-driven appearance that's sure to draw exactly the kind of business you want. plan your budget beforehand Money is often the key to success. For…
  • Think Like a Small Business

    jsavage
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    think like a small business to reach success 2014-07-18 Amy Benes Last week we looked at the trade show mistakes of small businesses, but this week we're looking at all the things they get right. I am a believer in the power of small businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up nearly 90-percent of all employing firms in the U.S. (2011 U.S. Census data) and are the driving forces behind some incredible initiatives. But these small players are big forces because they can leverage their size and transparency to do the two most important things in sales: building relationships…
  • upcoming free webinar july 23

    jsavage
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    free learning alert: SEO webinar july 23 2014-07-11 Justine Savage join us on for a free webinar on july 23, 2014 at 11am cst Register Now We're very excited to announce that this month we'll be hosting a free  1 hour marketing webinar on the oh so popular subject of search engine optimization (SEO). We know that on top of planning live events and exhibits, you're supporting your face-to-face marketing with digital efforts too. For that reason we're bringing the expertise of our in-house SEO guru to the masses. Nimlok's Digital Marketing Manager Tim Carter will present on important SEO…
  • the 3 trade show mistakes made by small businesses

    jsavage
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    the 3 trade show mistakes your small business is making & how to fix them 2014-07-09 Justine Savage Here on the Nimlok blog we talk a lot about some of the more in-depth face-to-face marketing strategies but today we want to focus on some common mistakes made by small business exhibitors working a booth for the first time. Industry events like trade shows and conventions can be a wonderful marketing opportunity for small businesses, but it’s a large investment and all too often those small business exhibitors don’t make the most of their time there. Below are three mistakes your…
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