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  • Corporate Gifts: The On-Site Experience

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Incentive conference planners are wowing attendees by combining Instagram-worthy experiences with boast-worthy gifts. And the trend is growing. read more
  • Sustainable Swag and Special Gifts for Speakers

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Can swag be sustainable? Here is a gallery of favorite eco-friendly picks, along with our choices for memorable speakers gifts. read more
  • Your Conference Attendees Utterly Deep Driving Need To Share Experiences

    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections
    Jeff Hurt
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    My sister likes to talk! Saying she like to talk is an understatement. I don’t think she ever stops talking except when she sleeps. She is not that much different from my father. He likes to talk and talk and talk. And a couple of my very close friends are like that too. They all like to talk about their experiences—good and bad. And after some reflection, I guess I like talking about myself too. I’m doing it right now in this blog post. Sharing Information Gets Us High There is a growing body of research that our brains are hardwired to seek social approval through sharing of…
  • The anatomy of a successful event

    Special Events Magazine
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    At NRG Digital we are often asked what components are essential for a successful event. Of course, there is no “one size fits all” solution as events vary, objectives differ, and crucially what one client measures success by, is not the same as another. Special Events Blog read more
  • New Scissor Lift, Double-sided Slat Walls, 'Squiggle Drizzle' Plate Garnish

    Special Events Magazine
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Special Events Staff Custom Equipment Launches Lightweight Scissor Lift read more
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  • How to Avoid ‘Hit and Run’ Event Marketing – Managing your Visitors as Lifetime Customers

    Guest Author
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    This is a sponsored post by Laurence Debruyne, Marketing Director, Sitecore UK. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. Your event was a success, you sold out all of the tickets, and your visitors enjoyed the event. Your marketing did what it had to do, just get in front of the visitor, get the ticket sale or booking and then get out again. Perhaps these visitors will hopefully come back next year. Job done. But although your visitor numbers or revenue may show success, this ‘hit and run’ approach to event marketing is not beneficial in the longer term for your…
  • Social Media for Events. A Free Ebook for #eventprofs

    Julius Solaris
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    We are ecstatic to announce Social Media for Events, our third free book. It will blow you away. It’s been in the back of my mind to write a guide about using social media at events for a while. I’ve been writing, researching and working with this subject since 2007. It is very dear to me. I felt that a comprehensive guide was needed to make sense of a very fragmented and chaotic topic. It turned out not to be an easy job, but one to be extremely proud of. Social Media and Events are the biggest passions of my life and I’ve dedicated 12 hours a day over the last 10 years to…
  • The Pathway to Explosive ROI: 3 Stages of Event Growth

    Cathy Key
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    We all want to create events that have a positive impact both on our audience and on the bottom line. However, creating the conditions for profitability require knowing when to invest and when to save, when to play it safe and when to take risks. In this article we look at 3 stages of event growth and their impact on decision making. One of the great thrills of working in the meetings world is the range of different events that happen. Some events have become an institution and they happen from year to year getting bigger and stronger. At the other extreme, there are the thousands of brand…
  • Social Media Changed Events Forever. Here is Proof!

    Julius Solaris
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Here is a presentation on how event professionals use social media. This is an appetiser of our next book Social Media for Events, out November 19. Ok let me tease you a little bit. In two days we will release our biggest project to date, Social Media for Events. A monumental guide and report on how to effectively use social media for event planners. The book will present unprecedented research about the topic. It will also be filled with tips, templates and tactics to implement a successful social media strategy. As a teaser, here is a presentation I gave last week at #eventtechlive in…
  • sli.do: Q&A and Polls for Conferences and Events [Review]

    Julius Solaris
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    This article is the first of our newest section, Startup Reviews. The first #eventtech tool we will look at is sli.do, a live response tool for conferences and events with panels or Q&A. While we will keep covering startups in our monthly roundup, Reviews are more in depth analysis of the features and applications of the latest tools. In this section I will test the products for you, give you the pros and cons and key information about every app. So let’s kick off. sli.do: What Is it? Sli.do is a web-based Q&A and polling platform for live events for attendees to ask questions…
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Growing Conference Technology Competency To Increase Your Value

    Dave Lutz
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    As a conference organizer, how would you rank your competency regarding conference technologies like registration, speaker management databases, exhibits, conference apps, wayfinding signage, email marketing, CRM data bases and social media? Technology geek, technophobe or somewhere in between? The most effective and valuable meeting professionals are squarely in the middle. Why Two Tech Extremes Don’t Work Most geeks seem to prefer the next tech shiny object. Rarely do they align their meeting technology decisions with the conference strategy. On the other hand, meetings technophobes…
  • Too Many Conferences Provide Plop, Placate And Pay

    Jeff Hurt
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Have conferences become too enthralled with experts and attendees swapping solutions? Have conference organizers resigned themselves to the inertia of the way we’ve always done it? Is the traditional conference experience in danger of being institutionalized which devalues individual expression? Are we addicted to providing passive plop, placate and pay* experiences? Are conference organizers sitting on a ticking time bomb doomed to repeat their past experiences because they don’t know of any other ways to “conference?” *Paraphrase of sociologist Josh Packard’s insights. The…
  • Conferences Can Cultivate Curiosity Or The Cult Of Expertise Groupies

    Jeff Hurt
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Everyone seems to be looking for the next sure thing. We like answers. We seek quick remedies. We attend conferences looking for shortcut solutions with big payouts. We expend a lot of energy to find tips to the trade, keys to success, or hacks that provide instant results. The less we have to work at it, the more we like it. Cult Of Expertise We crave and want quick cures and successful tonics to our dilemmas. We spend $1,500-$2,000 for conference registration, lodging, travel and meals with the hope of getting one take away that helps us get ahead of others. We are willing to take two-three…
  • Improving Conference Experiences With The Ground Breaking Discovery Of Brain-In-The-Heart

    Jeff Hurt
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’ve all heard people say: “Go with your gut.” “Just follow your heart.” “Trust your instinct.” These colloquial sayings feel more like fuzzy-thinking, sensitive touchy-freely speeches or lyrical metaphors. It’s not normally something that you expect experts to say at a conference. Nor is it something we strive to create in conference experiences. But should it be? The Brain-In-The-Heart Discovery In the recent past, researchers introduced the concept of a functional “heart brain.” Neurocardiologists and researchers Lacey and Lacey; Rein and Atkison; McCraty and Armour…
  • Your Conference Attendees Utterly Deep Driving Need To Share Experiences

    Jeff Hurt
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    My sister likes to talk! Saying she like to talk is an understatement. I don’t think she ever stops talking except when she sleeps. She is not that much different from my father. He likes to talk and talk and talk. And a couple of my very close friends are like that too. They all like to talk about their experiences—good and bad. And after some reflection, I guess I like talking about myself too. I’m doing it right now in this blog post. Sharing Information Gets Us High There is a growing body of research that our brains are hardwired to seek social approval through sharing of…
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  • Las Vegas 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
  • Sustainable Swag and Special Gifts for Speakers

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Can swag be sustainable? Here is a gallery of favorite eco-friendly picks, along with our choices for memorable speakers gifts. read more
  • CEOs Take Note: Meetings Mean Growth

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Will other CEOs follow the example set by Blll McDermott of SAP? At IMEX America in Las Vegas in October, Bill McDermott, CEO of global software company SAP, sat for a live satellite interview from New York on the same day he launched his book, Winners Dream. read more
  • Corporate Gifts: The On-Site Experience

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Incentive conference planners are wowing attendees by combining Instagram-worthy experiences with boast-worthy gifts. And the trend is growing. read more
  • The CME Exclusion Remains

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    CMS deletes the CME exclusion while actually broadening the amount of CME payments that are excluded from Open Payments reporting. read more
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  • HOW TO: Offer PCI Compliance to Your Sales & Catering Group

    Sertifi - A better way to close business.
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    With the right technology & security policies, you can remove the target for security breaches & theft off your back. Sertifi enables a paperless, PCI-compliant process for collecting sales agreements & customer payments. Offer an easy way for customers to do business with you by allowing them to sign & pay online. “What does that mean for me?” You’ll eliminate all credit card authorization forms. Your employees are no longer storing sensitive cardholder data at their desks or responsible for adequate paper shredding. Plus, you’ll enable your customers…
  • Venue Highlight: The Kreeger Museum

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Off the beaten path in Northwest DC, not far from the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory, is one of the most impressive collections of modern art, sculpture and impressive displays of architecture at the Kreeger Museum. Housed in the former home of the museum’s founders, David and Carmen Kreeger, the museum features an eclectic collection, including works from Cezanne, Chagall, Degas, van Gogh, Monet — all in an intimate setting unlike any other museum. As David Kreeger said “I never bought art as an investment. I bought it for love and I was lucky.
  • Stay Calm. Plan On.

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    The last day I held a reception was the worst day of my week. Firstly, the guests couldn’t find the
  • Exhibitor Tips

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Here are a few useful tips to make the most of your experience as an exhibitor/vendor at any exhibition or trade show. These tips are for newbies and veterans alike. 1 – Make your space/environment welcoming, attractive and most especially inviting. Visitors will naturally be drawn to your booth if it comes across as inviting. Make your space pretty and inviting. 2 – Do not just sit behind your table! Engage with your visitors by standing up to great them and welcome them. Try not to be distracted during the event. Visitors may walk past your stand if you are not attentive to…
  • HIRING! Event Marketing Coordinator, Paramus, NJ

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities • Tracks and ensures that project deadlines are met by develop
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  • Check-Out Folio: Burma, South Beach and Dirty Remote Controls

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE BURMA HOTEL SCENE · DOLCE & GABBANA CHRISTMAS TREE AT CLARIDGE'S IS REVEALED · BOOK A ROOM AT 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH ALSO: Where to fly on the Four Seasons Jet in 2016. CHARGES · ANOTHER HOTEL CHARGES FOR A NASTY ONLINE REVIEW · THE HOTEL REMOTE CONTROL IS FILTHY. WE ALREADY KNEW THIS BUT STILL,
  • New Orleans: All Around The AC Hotel by Marriott in New Orleans

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We already gave you a brief look at the rooms inside the first ever AC Hotel by Marriott in the U.S. and we had you salivating over the croissants flown in from France (well, the frozen dough was), but now it's time to take you all around the AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans. We like to let the pictures do most of the talking but here's what you need to know: The History: The AC was built out of two historic buildings--The Cotton Exchange and The Security Homestead Association--although the buildings have been used as hotel for quite some time. The hotel, which is one block from Canal and two…
  • Two New Ways to Book a Hotel Room and One That Always Stays Constant

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    You use already use Amazon.com to do everything you need from buying books, diapers and shoes to streaming TV shows and movies so it makes sense that the e-tailer will start allowing you to book hotels through them. But this won't be just another massive web hotel deals aggregator.According to Skift's exclusive report about the forthcoming Amazon Travel service, hotel options will be curated and independent hotels. Here's how it will work from the hotel side: Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard…
  • Fort Lauderdale: The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Will Turn Into...

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A B Hotel!This is an interesting turn of events. The other day we reported that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, formerly The Yankee Clipper, would stop being a Sheraton on December 1 but there was no clue as to who or what brand would go in its place. Now, we have an answer. A tipster tells us that the hotel will be a B Hotel. And indeed, it's been confirmed on the B Hotels website with an opening date of December 1.You might remember the B brand opened its very first hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but that has now changed into a Sonesta Hotel. B went onto open a spot
  • Marysville: Vibe Hotels in Australia is Grooving a Little Differently Now

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Australian hotel brand, Vibe Hotels, is tackling two things at once--expansion and rebranding--when they open their newest property next year, near the Yarra Ranges National Park, outside of Melbourne. The new Vibe design is a far departure from the lime green and purple color scheme sported at other properties. Those dated hues are being traded for a more sophisticated and modern blue, which is more reflective of the local surroundings.Tucked away near the Yarra Ranges National Park, this property will be a sub-alpine retreat that features local artwork and locally sourced seasonal produce…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • The Lizard and the Boy

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you’ve ever loved something special, you know how upsetting it can be to have it lost. Over the years, our youngest guests have left behind (or lost) toys, books, balls, you name it… But not until recently has someone lost a lizard. I received a letter from the Marco...
  • Staking Our Reputation on Customer Service

    Marriott on the Move
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    When my father started his business in 1927, he had one original goal: “good food and good service at a fair price.” He staked his reputation on superior customer service. Not much has changed today. Our dedication to the customer is apparent in everything we do… right down to the...
  • Healthy Employees = Healthy Company

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    My father believed from the day he and my mother opened their first Hot Shoppe in 1927 that you must put your employees first. He treated every employee as an extended family member including making sure they had proper medical care. This was revolutionary. Our country hadn’t established child labor...
  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
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    The Webinar Blog

  • Failsafe Your Webinar Recording

    Ken Molay
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I often talk about the importance of having failsafes and backup alternatives in place when presenting a live webinar. But how often do you think about failsafes for your webinar recording? Most reputable webinar and webcast technologies include built-in recording capabilities. They create an archive version of your live event that can be watched later as desired. Each vendor approaches the task in their own way… Some record directly to their servers in a proprietary format. Some record locally to the host's computer disk. Some record in a standard format such as MP4 and some go through a…
  • Bye Bye Lync, Hello Skype For Business

    Ken Molay
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Microsoft is at it again. Every so often things get a little slow in the Communications and Collaboration group and it looks like the employees might be called upon to do something that justifies their continued employment. At such dark moments, someone yells "NAME CHANGE!" and a mad scramble ensues. Memos fly back and forth, all existing product copy gets rewritten, web pages and legal documents get updated, advertising gets produced, promotional videos get created, and speeches, blogs, and press articles get written explaining how the new name for the existing product represents a…
  • So, Do You Want To Annoy Your Listeners?

    Ken Molay
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I am ready to call it. With just over one month left in the year, it is time to name the top annoying filler word for 2014. The title of this post should have given it away. Our winner this year is the word "so." It started innocuously… Presenters would show a slide, followed by another slide continuing the same concept. They would link the two by using the connector word "so." That is proper conjunctive usage: "I told you that so I can tell you this." "You have now heard some facts. So what conclusions can we draw?" But slowly, inexorably, usage got a little sloppier and a little more…
  • AnyMeeting Moves To Installed Client Application

    Ken Molay
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I recently received an email from AnyMeeting informing me of "a big change coming soon to AnyMeeting." The message said that beginning later in October, "all of our customers will access AnyMeeting directly from the AnyMeeting App and not through our website." The change applies to presenters and hosts rather than attendees, who can still join via a download-free browser link. The AnyMeeting team points out the following set of advantages for presenters made possible after downloading and installing the client software on their computers: A smoother experience, with no more "Allow" prompts…
  • Video Conferencing in the Workplace

    Ken Molay
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Deneece Berg at technology consultancy Software Advice was kind enough to share the results of a survey they ran, focusing on certain specific aspects of conferencing in the workplace. Their sample base was 389 US-based business workers who indicated that they make some use of conferencing technology in their jobs. The report, including response summary graphs, is available at http://www.softwareadvice.com/voip/industryview/preferred-conferencing-solutions-2014/ To get to the sample size of 389, they started from a much larger initial screening set. The screening question was simply…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • IMEX America Wrap Up

    Ashley Chalmers
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I found a few more photos floating around on my devices that I wanted to share with you all. The third and final day of the show, I had a chance to check out some of CP’s partners amazing booths. Associated Luxury Hotels International had a very large space at the show, and with 160+ member hotels, it was easy to see why the extra space was needed! ALHI’s Stand One of CP’s newest CVB members, Team San Jose, had a great display. Stay tuned to learn more about their great destination on CP.com! Team San Jose Stand Visit Anchorage was busy with appointments when I stopped by,…
  • IMEX America Hotel Stay

    Ashley Chalmers
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Now that I have returned to the East Coast, I could not resist sharing one more post from my trip to IMEX America last week. Thanks to The Palms Casino, I attended the show in style! My room was in the recently renovated Ivory Toewr, which has won awards for its design. The Ivory Tower is also home to the (in)famous Real World Suite from MTV”s popular show! My room at The Palms Casino After all of the hustle and bustle from learning, networking and attending the  expo each day, my comfortable room was the perfect place to relax and rest. The hotel was a quick taxi ride away from The…
  • IMEX America Day 3

    Ashley Chalmers
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Yesterday was an even busier day than Tuesday for us at IMEX America, believe it or not! Wednesday was full of appointments at the booth with meeting planners, including two with members of our Advisory Council. In true fashion, they were able to provide some excellent suggestions on features to add to RFP Organization, our RFP response system that displays responses on customized spreadsheets. Stay tuned for those suggestions to be coming soon to the website For the attendees, the robust education here at IMEX America, provided with a partnership with MPI, was a huge draw. Several of our…
  • IMEX America Day 2 Recap

    Ashley Chalmers
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The expo hall at IMEX America opened yesterday and the show floor was certainly the place to be. The attendees were waiting at the entrance for the floor to officially open and then they flooded in! The CP Booth was decked out with our new banners and linens from GNP Branded Gear. The banners reflect the design of our new homepage (launched earlier this month!) Throughout the day, we spoke with many planners who made appointments to learn more about ConventionPlanit’s RFP services. The planners were happy to know that CP is 100% commission-free and they also loved the 24-hour RFP…
  • IMEX America Makes Impact with IMEX Challenge 2014

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Greetings, dear readers! Today the ConventionPlanit Team landed in Las Vegas for this year’s IMEX America trade show. This year,  Maureen Pickell, CTC, Sandra Reed, and I are in attendance. We got right to work setting up our booth, which is now ready to meet all of the meeting planners we have appointments with Tuesday-Thursday during the expo hours.  (Make an appointment with us  – we are Booth #3659!) Many industry planners and suppliers hit the ground running earlier than the CP Team, volunteering Saturday and Sunday at the Shade Tree center for abused women and children as…
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  • Revenue and Profits and Tumbleweeds?

    Nicolette Anderson
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    It’s been an interesting couple of months around the #eventsTOM topic table.  The September Events Topic of the Month focused on ‘9 Intriguing Uses of Event Technology‘ and the response was AWESOME!  From the hundreds of retweets, to the dozens of comments and ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ and thousands of page views, it seemed that everyone had something to say about events technology, event mobile apps and want to share! Which is why we focused on Positioning your Events for Profitability  during October. Our thinking being, people are going to love to…
  • Why is FREE So Darn Expensive?

    David Schenberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Have you noticed software companies starting to use the “F-word” in their marketing to get you to poke your nose into their tent?  (Full Disclosure) BusyEvent Mobile has always offered a fully-featured free trial.   And maybe you’ve heard the term Freemium – if not go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium we’ll wait right here while you do.   OK now are you a little more than concerned about when your wallet will have to come out?  I can tell you exactly when that will be. When you’ve committed just enough of your own time and resources…
  • 5 Spooky Effective Ways to Cut Your Event Budget (and turn your event into a profit producing machine!)

    Nicolette Anderson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Every year, it seems that the holidays arrive earlier and we see Christmas decorations being put out before our Halloween candy is given away. Retailers are scaring us to death by putting Frosty the Snowman up while we are still wearing sandals and shorts, tripping over tinsel while buying treats for our little tricksters. With the arrival of All Hallow’s Eve, studies show that almost half of all marketers will be launching holiday campaigns before Halloween whether we like it or not. Still, Christmas is  coming, and all of our holiday budgets seem to get tighter around the holidays. So,…
  • Positioning for Profit – Easy bottom-line tips to protect your budget and drive event profitability

    Nicolette Anderson
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to the #eventsTOM for October! Last month, we learned what the events community is thinking about technology with “9 Intriguing Ways to Use Event Technology“.  From some great conversations and contributions, Shaun Pierce of Pierce Events was unanimously selected as the winner of our monthly prize. The October #eventsTOM centers on the opportunity to enhance both the top line and greatly improve the bottom line by positioning events to be profitable. . . not just break even. We’ll start the conversation with a few ideas we’ve leveraged throughout the years…
  • Must-Read Articles for the Events Industry Week of Sept 29

    Nicolette Anderson
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday Eventprofs! We have some must-reads for you today, see if you can see a trend here and guess our October ‘Topic of the Month.” Today’s reads are “Does your Conference Sell our to the Sales Department,” 6 Ways to Increase Tradeshow Productivity,” and “Make Meetings More Profitable.” 1. Does Your Conference Sell Out to the Sales Department by Keith Johnson Where is the line between keeping your event’s integrity but still having a profitable event? Johnson discusses how events have changed and why being focused on profits and…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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  • Cloud-based Video Conferencing: How the Players Stack Up

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Affordable, easy-to-use, cloud-based video conferencing solutions are perfect for small to medium-sized businesses. Users enjoy HD-quality face-to-face interactions without the up-front investment in equipment and IT staff that is usually required. Plus, cloud-based services make video conferencing easily accessible to anyone, anywhere on virtually any device — from a desktop to a conference room, or over any mobile device. But not all cloud-based video conferencing solutions offer the same features and benefits.Request Free!
  • The Democratization of Meeting Room Collaboration

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    Like many other business tools, the magnitude of conferencing- and collaboration-related benefits realized by an organization depends on its volume of usage. Simply stated – organizations benefit when more people collaborate more often.  Learn more..Request Free!
  • Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Travel know-how and desires are unique to individuals and a traveler's online booking options are limitless. To turn travel browsers into buyers, an online business operating in the travel industry needs to provide an exceptional customer experience. Incorporating live video assistance into your Web strategy is the best way travel companies can provide customized support for a distinctive and often complex purchase.Discover the latest report from Vee24 Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry to discover how best in class online…
  • Setting an Agenda -- Developing Your Meeting Skills

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    An agenda represents far more than simply a list of items that need to be discussed. In fact, a well-planned agenda is the foundation for a productive meeting and has five distinct purposes, each of which has implications for organizational efficiency and for maintaining good relations with your co-workers and team members. This free eBook explains how to set an agenda to make your meeting a success.You will learn:Why you should always insist that a meeting is run to an agreed agenda.The five distinct purposes that are served by a successful agenda.How to incorporate all of these into any…
  • The New Economics of Video Conferencing: Affordability

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Video conferencing is the latest cloud trend — it removes the need for high-priced infrastructure and ongoing maintenance, while allowing technology to be deployed quickly and easily.Cloud-based video conferencing isn't simply about providing traditional services at a lower cost. The new value comes from unleashing video conferencing to whole new groups of people who were never able to access the technology before, like remote workers and contractors, because it accommodates the way people want to work today. There is no tricky setup — the systems can be accessed on a large HD screen in a…
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    Elite Meetings Blog

  • Holiday Gift Ideas

    Danielle Childress
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    I love the holidays, and especially gift buying—better to give, than to receive! I am someone who puts a good deal of thought into picking a gift that I know suits its intended recipient, right down to the wrapping paper! And after I’ve completed my gift buying for friends and family, I like that I’m not yet done. Like many of you, I have clients, vendors, and hoteliers who all need something as a token of my appreciation for their partnerships. Obviously, it is different buying for a corporate partner than for a loved one who you know more intimately. If you find this problematic, here…
  • Spotlight on Aruba: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

    Annette Burden
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Known for its friendly people, divi divi trees, and warm, dry climate outside the hurricane belt, Aruba measures just 6 miles across and less than 20 miles long. Small, but a mighty force in Caribbean tourism, the tiny former Dutch colony welcomes nearly 1.7 million visitors a year—well over half of them Americans—and counts on tourism for three-fourths of its GNP. Repeat visitors number as high as 70 percent, according to the tourism association. With its predictably sunny weather, abundant meeting sites, and devotion to visitors, Aruba has long been a sure bet for conferences and…
  • 5 Hot Trends for Holiday Party Planning

    Danielle Childress
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I haven’t even finished my Halloween goodies, purchased my Thanksgiving turkey, and been nipped by Jack Frost. Yet retailers are already planning their holiday displays — and we meeting planners, our holiday parties. With that in mind, I wanted to share some trends I am seeing as my own holiday planning picks up speed. 1. Holiday Party Menu: Mini Desserts – Move over cupcakes, mini-desserts are on the rise…and they are oh, so chic! Many sweet treats evoke that homey and familiar feeling, so order a variety to please all. They are a unique way for guests to stay moderate (or not),…
  • Elite Meetings International Announces Resort Hosts and Dates for 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances

    Martha Brooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The Industry’s Premier Direct Buyer-Supplier Events To Convene in January, May and September   Santa Barbara, CA – October 28, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) today announced the three settings for the 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances (EMAs). All hotels were selected from among EMI’s certified Platinum Collection. The upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance properties, locations and dates are: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall; Montego Bay, Jamaica; January 25 – 27, 2015 Vdara Resort & Spa; Las Vegas, Nevada; May 3 – 5, 2015 La Cantera Hill Country Resort; San Antonio, Texas;…
  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

    Tyson Crandall
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Pumpkins are much more than just a latte flavor. They’re also a crucial part of Halloween and carving them is a fun way to participate in the festivities. So, we’ve split the Elite Meetings crew up into 8 groups and had them carve a pumpkin to their choosing. We want you to decided the winner and you can vote by choosing your favorite on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here’s the scoop: Like, favorite, and/or share the photo of your favorite pumpkin to vote for it. Below are links to each pumpkin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Each action is counted as 1 vote, so vote for…
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  • 5 Ways to Take the Boring Out of Beverage Service

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Often, when event planners discuss food and beverage trends, the focus in on hot culinary trends. Last night, event planners who attended Incentiveworks (earlier this year) were welcomed at the opening VIP night of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo taking place in Toronto all weekend. In addition to cool culinary ideas and a wide of array off alcoholic concoctions, the show featured new non-alcoholic beverages and ideas that will ensure that beverage service anything but boring. 1. Vodka Bars Add variety to cocktail receptions, with a vodka bar Two at the show that definitely appealed to…
  • Have You Met Anne?

    Austen Steele
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chances are, you’re very familiar with Anne’s story. You might even be living it yourself. Anne is an event planner with a lot on her plate, not enough time, and more stress than she can handle. Her events have been good, but concerns about attendance numbers, tightening budgets, and the responsibility to keep her events engaging year after year, have left Anne at her wit’s end. But fear not, because Anne’s story has a happy ending. If you’re a planner looking for your own happy ending, click the video link below to meet Anne.
  • Creating an Event Digital Strategy

    Jessica Levin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Mobile apps are a hot topic in today's world of meetings and events. Everyone is talking about whether or not they need one and if so, what features do they need to include. However, it's important to the success of the app and all event communication efforts to develop your entire digital strategy before even deciding about the mobile application.   To get started in thinking about a digital strategy, let's take a look at what components go into one. Here are the elements to consider. Event and Organization Website. For many events, your website is where all of the…
  • Book Shelf: Valuable Insight for 2015 Social Media Marketing Decisions

    Donna Kastner
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    If you're operating on a calendar year, you're likely knee deep in mapping out plans (and budgets) for 2015. With attendance acquisition and loyalty at the core of any successful conference program, how's your social media strategy shaping up? This marketing category can be daunting as social proof/ROI tends to be fuzzy (eyeballs and clicks will only get you so far) and platforms are constantly evolving. Whether social media newbie or diehard veteran, I'd like to point out valuable insight to consider as you map out your plans for 2015. 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry…
  • Carry On...Carry On...or NOT!

    Jennifer Steinke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    As a Road Warrior I see all sorts of interesting things people do on planes. I am a big fan of the Passenger Shaming Facebook page (check it out facebook.com/passengershaming)! The one big and when I say big, I mean big, thing I see is carry-on bags that are well HUGE! Look I opt to check my bag because I can’t stand the overhead shuffle. It literally brings out the worst in people. But I am calling fault on the airlines! Here is the deal, the airline have carry-on bag size guidelines, you know that neat little diagram or container that your carry-on bag should fit into in order to…
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  • International Business Etiquette for Meeting Planners

    Keith Johnston
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Having just recently returned from a client event in the UK that had a truly international audience (35 different countries represented), this infographic really struck a chord and my funny bone... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planner Music Club – Brian Wilson in the Old Apartment

    Keith Johnston
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Staying away from the dance and hard rock for another week, I wanted to hit another couple of the songs that are in my travel playlist. Brian Wilson and The Old Apartment from Barenaked Ladies are... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 12 Tips to Increase Twitter Conversion Rates

    Keith Johnston
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Twitter is an amazing vehicle for interacting with attendees and members. The size and scope of Twitter’s reach is just staggering and I think that every group, regardless of size will find... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Not All Events Can Use Social Media

    Keith Johnston
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    OK, here is a shocker… What if I said that I do not feel that Social Media is right for all events; that I think that some events cannot be well served by a concentrated, all out social media... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Meeting Planner Music Club – Love Has Come for You

    Keith Johnston
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I have noticed that a whole lot of the music club selections have been dancy or rocky over the past couple of years and that might give the impression that we are just a bunch of sweatin, fist... Read the rest at PlannerWire
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    Camelot Special Events

  • How to design a Poster Board Layout

    Mark Saponaro
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comPoster Board GoalsThe best poster board has more graphics than text and is easily readable in a very short amount of time.  The poster board should be self-explanatory so any reader can easily follow the content without stopping to figure out what they just read.   The goal is to make your main points (2 or 3 total...do not overload with info) in a limited amount of space (typically a 4'x 6' poster board) with attention grabbing info & graphics.This type of poster board will…
  • Why & How to Host a Poster Session

    Mark Saponaro
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comTargeted CommunicationUsing Low Tech DisplaysWhy A Poster Session? Research takes a lot of time to accumulate, compile, and publish in an understandable format (click here to see how to lay out a poster board)...as the Research Presenter; you want to get this valuable information into as many of the right hands as possible.A Poster Session is a highly effective way to do this.  A large amount of presenters can communicate their research topic to a very interestedgroup of attendees in a short…
  • Cover Your Tables And Your Barrels

    Mark Saponaro
    25 Sep 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Covered Tables at Events:Everyone knows it is better to cover tables at an event (click here to see why) than to leave them bare:Table covers make tables look more uniform and hide table imperfectionsTable cover colors can tie in with the event theme or corporate colorsAssigned table seating can be color coded to show where General Seating is as opposed to VIP, for example Covered Barrels at Events:Nobody even thinks about the lowly trash barrel...those ubiquitous grey brutes that are scattered throughout the event venue.  As it turns out, for many of the same reasons that tables should…
  • New Android App for requesting a plastic elastic quote

    Mark Saponaro
    10 Mar 2013 | 8:17 am
    Get this cool Android App Mark msaponaro@camelotspecialevents.com www.camelotspecialevents.com
  • STEMWARE: Plastic or Glass? - Rent or Buy?

    Mark Saponaro
    13 Dec 2010 | 9:47 am
    Pin It Usually, the thought process involves whether to buy glass stemware, or save money and buy disposable plastic stemware. Renting Stemware (as an option) may not even be considered. As it turns out, the cost of renting glass stemware, such as the Champagne Flute is actually LESS than buying disposable plastic (at less than 50 cents each, how can you go wrong?), and you can have it delivered right to your door!Don’t get me wrong, plastic disposable stemware can be useful on trips and vacations as well as pool-side (glass is no fun when it breaks there). It is sold as two-pieces, stores…
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Conference learnings – How to avoid fraud

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    At three conferences that we attended this past month, a recurring topic of discussion was how school districts can create greater financial transparency to avoid fraud with school generated funds.  With the numerous activities such as field trips and fundraisers happening throughout the year the misappropriation of funds can add up quickly – in some cases costing parents, students and schools over 50k a year. Certain fraud techniques can even persist for years undetected. How fraud occurs Fraud occurs funds are misreported or concealed. When there are gaps in financial…
  • Customer Feature – School Elections

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sometimes a single sentence says it all… especially given that Toronto elected a new mayor this week! “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use your Election Buddy system for our municipal and federal elections? It would be awesome!!!” Tessa S – Toronto Thanks Tessa!
  • New Feature – Shuffle Order has arrived

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    As ElectionBuddy users know, we at eventIQ take feedback very seriously because those suggestions have been the driving force that has helped shape ElectionBuddy to become one of the most popular online voting / online election platforms today. We need only to look as far as the popular “Candidate Photo” feature to see how user feedback has made it into the application. Back in August we asked users what they thought of the new feature, “Shuffle Candidate Order” that we were developing at the time. Sure enough we received tons of great insights that expanded on our…
  • Extreme Home Makeover – Electionbuddy edition

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I used to enjoy watching  show Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition.  And I also really like the makeover we have just released on electionbuddy.com.  We have revamped our home website, with a simplier, cleaner design and tried to showcase what you our millon plus voters and administrators love about electionBuddy.  Feel free to give us feedback on what you think! To celebrate the new website and also based on your feedback, we have decided to make even more features free.  You can now do printed ballots and custom ballots across all our plans including our FREE plan.  We hope you enjoy.
  • Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

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

  • Introducing the VAULT! Fostering a Startup Ecosystem

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    With our growing love of affordability and convenience, as well as sharing, using apps like Lyft and Airbnb, it’s no surprise this concept of sharing has come to our work spaces as well! ABCey Events, is proud to introduce the VAULT, not only being a startup in itself but fostering and supporting a startup ecosystem!What is is? The VAULT is a coworking collective space, or “startup ecosystem” providing early stage startups the tools to thrive. What the VAULT offers isn’t just an amazing work space but a community of theses businesses’ peers offering great…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco November 20th- November 24th, 2014

    Wendelle Co
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    From Justin Timberlake to Charles Dickens, there are plenty of events to surely entertain you! For a fun and delicious weekend, ABCey Events has got you covered! It’s everybody’s favorite topic of the week: ABCey’s Weekend LineUp!The Great Dickens Fair ChristmasSaturday, November 22nd | 10am-7pm | Cow Palace  | $22Take a time machine, this holiday season, to the bustling streets of Victorian London. Dance a jig or spend some quality time with pip at the Dickens Fair!  Cheese & Chocolate Pairing EventThursday, November 20th | 7pm-8:45pm | Dandelion Chocolate  |…
  • 5 DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

    Niki Lotte
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, ABCey cannot wait to celebrate with family and friends! We’ve gathered these 5 DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas so you can focus on cooking the turkey without breaking the bank.Thankful PlacematsThese personalized Thankful Placemats will spice up your table with just two materials: construction paper (or scrapbook paper) and a pen! Let your guests help you with decorating by letting them write what they’re thankful for before dinner begins. It’s a great conversation piece!Turkey LegsThese Turkey Legs are great for the kids who will be…
  • Tech Tuesday: ABCey’s Best Event Finder Apps

    Caterina Mayer
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world! With hundreds of events out there each week, it’s not always easy to keep track. Other times, you miss an awesome event, because you simply didn’t know about it. ABCey has the perfect event finder apps for you, which help you to pick out the best events for you!GravyGravy is the perfect app for you if you belong to the indecisive crowd of people that like to make decisions according to their…
  • Startup Monday: IFTTT, if this then that

    Niki Lotte
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:38 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 EventsIFTTT (pronounced like “gift” without the “g”) is a San Francisco-based startup offering a service that lets you create connections with the simple phrase of: How IFTTT works: “Triggers” (the “this” part of the recipe) are the starting blocks for your connection. For example, a…
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  • EIBTM rebrands, cites Top 10 innovations

    Plan Your Meetings
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    When the annual industry trade show EIBTM opened in Barcelona, Spain, this week, it rebranded itself as IBTM World. And that wasn’t the only “something new” that attendees experienced firsthand. Show organizers also named a Top 10 list of innovations from companies that applied to showcase technological, social or design innovations demonstrating revolutionary solutions, applications and the latest technologies that [...]
  • Fla. Green Lodging program honors Naples resort

    Plan Your Meetings
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Florida's Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received the Florida Green Lodging Program’s Three-Palm rating for its eco-friendly initiatives. Palm ratings range from one to a high of four.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Nov. 19, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this issue: @Bluemangroup, @Delta, @emeraldcoastcc, @WestinATLAir and Dave and Busters
  • 2015 rising destinations for meetings named

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Ten Southern destinations have been named 2015 rising destinations for meetings by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine. The selections follow  research on hundreds of destinations in 16 states in the South and the Caribbean seas region. They were based on each destination’s increased and enhanced offerings as a location for groups, meetings and events. The 10, in [...]
  • P.S. Your event isn’t for everyone

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    You can fail-proof your event, and it's actually easier than you might think.
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  • EIBTM rebrands, cites Top 10 innovations

    Plan Your Meetings
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    When the annual industry trade show EIBTM opened in Barcelona, Spain, this week, it rebranded itself as IBTM World. And that wasn’t the only “something new” that attendees experienced firsthand. Show organizers also named a Top 10 list of innovations from companies that applied to showcase technological, social or design innovations demonstrating revolutionary solutions, applications and the latest technologies that [...]
  • Fla. Green Lodging program honors Naples resort

    Plan Your Meetings
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Florida's Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received the Florida Green Lodging Program’s Three-Palm rating for its eco-friendly initiatives. Palm ratings range from one to a high of four.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Nov. 19, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this issue: @Bluemangroup, @Delta, @emeraldcoastcc, @WestinATLAir and Dave and Busters
  • 2015 rising destinations for meetings named

    Plan Your Meetings
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Ten Southern destinations have been named 2015 rising destinations for meetings by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine. The selections follow  research on hundreds of destinations in 16 states in the South and the Caribbean seas region. They were based on each destination’s increased and enhanced offerings as a location for groups, meetings and events. The 10, in [...]
  • P.S. Your event isn’t for everyone

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    You can fail-proof your event, and it's actually easier than you might think.
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    Austin Social Planner

  • HOLIDAY PARTIES & EVENTS: Celebrate all Season Long

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    As the holiday season grows near, it’s officially time to trim the tree, light the menorah and deck the halls! Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content. Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again. Events calendar powered by Trumba
  • Our November Art Event Picks

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If October is all about music and film, November is all about the arts. We’ve picked our favorite art party stops we’ll definitely be making this month: Creek Show: Light Night.  For one night, the team at Waller Creek Conservancy is illuminating the dark and sometimes forgotten about Waller Creek for an evening of underground art. The stretch of creek between 5th and 9th streets will be transformed by five light installations designed by local architects and landscape architects Legge Lewis Legge, Baldridge Architects, Thoughtbarn, Jason Sowell, Design Workshop and Jason Sowell.
  • Center for Child Protection PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon raises more than $330,000

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    The 11th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon presented by Lexus of Austin mixed fun with philanthropy and raised more than $330,000 for the Center for Child Protection. Emcees Cassie LaMere and Jim Spencer The Luncheon annually sells out months in advance – which for the Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom is 900 friends and supporters of the Center. The Saturday morning event is filled with perusing auction packages, sipping Prosecco and, of course, playing Bingo! Eight lucky Bingo winners took home fabulous prizes including spa packages and jewelry, over 170 auction packages were taken home…
  • RECAP: ‘The Fifty’ Host a SUPER Evening Raising Funds for the Seton Medical Center

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Over 550 guests filled Brazos Hall this weekend in everything from super to silly outfits for the annual costume party fundraiser Superheroes, Villains & Sidekicks. The event is hosted by The Fifty, a group of 50 leaders in the community who fundraise and advocate for the future of health care in Central Texasc particularly focusing on raising funds for the new Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. The flying photobooth and dance party we’re lively – as was the giving Super Moment that raised $50,000. Overall, the event raised nearly $300,000 for construction…
  • RECAP: ZACH Unplugged

    Kevin Smothers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sunday night fundraising events are sometimes tough to populate. But don’t try to tell that to the ardent supporters of ZACH Theatre, who turned out in droves this past weekend for ZACH Unplugged, a new benefit for Austin’s venerable community/professional playhouse. Spearheaded by the petite powerhouse Maria Groten,and beacon of the Texas House, The Honorable Jim Pitts, the evening was a celebration of the performers who make all of ZACH’s productions shine so brightly. The “unplugged” reference was a tip of the hat to the fact the each of the actors who took…
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  • The Many (Comical) Faces of a Meeting Planner

    Andrew Maxwell
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I’m now beginning to think that expression also applies to facial expressions. I often refer to a meeting planner as someone that wears many hats. Now I’m beginning to realize that a meeting planner also wears, whether they know it or not, many faces. And just what type of face is showing depends on the stage of the meeting or event. Facial expressions are important. We’ve all been in the position where we knew what the answer would be by looking at the person’s face. Well here’s a handy facial guide that…
  • It’s All About Thanksgiving!

    Randy Markus
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    courtesy of www.fanpop.com Thanksgiving is almost here. Literally it’s just around the corner. I know because all the Halloween candy in my house is long gone. So it’s time to talk turkey. Thanksgiving is one of the more major holidays in the US. And is filled with family and friends getting together, being thankful and enjoying a delicious spread. A time to ponder and remember all that we are fortunate to have and yes be thankful for. And it makes no difference the kind of year any of us have had. Yes things could be better but they definitely could also be a lot worse too. It is always…
  • Impress the Boss with These Corporate Event Ideas

    Andrew Maxwell
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    photo by launchrightnow.com If you’ve been tasked with planning your next office corporate event, chances are it’s not your main job. If you’re lucky your office will have a committee where the various tasks involved with planning the event can be assigned. If you’re lucky. If you’re one of the unfortunate ones, the planning my fall entirely on your plate. Well, fear not, help is here! Tools to assist your corporate event planning: Party Checklist Drink Calculator Room Capacity Calculator Corporate events are a way to get colleagues together to either learn…
  • Received the Feedback, Now What?

    Randy Markus
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    courtesy of leadingwithtrust.com When it comes to receiving feedback we automatically assume the worst. Feedback comes in all shapes and sizes, the positive and yes the negative too. And to grow professionally, feedback is an absolute must. To pay attention to the views and assessments of those around us is an important quality to possess. And in turn to have the wherewithal to receive, process and apply that valuable feedback. We all can’t do it. But we all hope to be able to receive feedback, positive or negative and take action to make the changes needed. How many times have you said to…
  • Top Tweets on Green Meetings

    Andrew Maxwell
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    photo by hottelling.net In celebration of National Recycling Week (November 10-16, 2014) we thought we would focus on green meetings and, in particular, the meetings and events industry’s sustainability efforts. While many companies have not achieved their goals of environmental sustainability, it is nice to see that our industry is making positive strides towards its green meeting goals. Top Sustainability and Green Meetings Tweets   From @oregancc we learn that someone has a new roof. And not just any roof. The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, already a LEEDs platinum…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • 7 Tips For Better Association Meetings

    Pat Ahaesy
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Anyone involved with associations knows how important it is for member retention that the annual conference is not only well attended, but that members have an outstanding experience.  As MPI (Meeting Professionals International( recently published “7 Tips for Better Association Meetings” in their monthly magazine, The Meeting Professional. The following 7 tips are excellent and a […]
  • One Meeting-Two Ways to Distribute Information

    Pat Ahaesy
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    One Meeting-Two Ways to Distribute Information Of course, content is always king. With that said, assuming that your conference or seminar has excellent content of interest to your group, we’ll go to the next step: A Hybrid Event. Think about your successful conferences. Good attendance, good feedback. But why not have more? A Hybrid event […]
  • Would Selfies Fit Into a Corporate or Association Conference?

    Pat Ahaesy
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Would Selfies fit into a corporate or association conference? Maybe! Although the Selfie has been way overdone, the idea would fit into certain corporate or association conferences. Years ago, many multi day conferences ended with a Final Night Farewell Gala. Most of the time as the event technical producers, we would produce a “Candids Module” […]
  • 7 Questions For Meeting Planners When Contracting Audio Visual

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
      Here Are 7  Questions You Should Ask Yourself : What is the purpose of your meeting? How big an audience do you anticipate? Will there be solo speakers, panels? Will there be Q&A? Will you be showing any videos or PowerPoints? Will there be more than one session in the room Will there be […]
  • How To Signal Your Gala or Lunch Guests That They May Begin Eating

    Pat Ahaesy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    When your lunch or gala dinner has a plated salad or appetizer, pre-set, do you notice that most people are hesitant to begin eating for fear of being impolite? Frankly, this should not happen, ever! Here are some ways to avoid that awkward moment: Emcee, Host or Voiceover person announces, “please enjoy your meal” or […]
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • Unique Wedding Destinations In Australia

    Arwin Adriano
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Australia boasts of thousands of wedding destinations. However, you are probably wondering how you should choose the best destination for your upcoming wedding. Well, you should stop worrying because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Use Language Of Flowers In Your Floral Arrangements

    Arwin Adriano
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    To stare at beautiful, brightly colored fresh flower arrangement is to experience pure emotion. Depending on the color of the arrangement or bouquet, the emotion one feels will slightly vary. From... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Choosing Wedding Favours For Your Entourages

    Arwin Adriano
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The wedding is probably the best chapter of everybody’s life. Apart from the bride and groom, it is also exciting for the entourages, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. The ceremony is not complete without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Saving Tips For Event Planners

    Arwin Adriano
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Organizing an event can cost a lot of money regardless of it being a small event or a big event that is why most Event Planners critically considers savings a vital part of the budget planning.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Make Money From Your Event Planning Business Model

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

  • Long Island Vacation Ideas for Every Season

    Josh Lew
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    A beach in Montauk, image via Roger Braunstein Long Island is the perfect weekend getaway destination. Within driving distance of America’s most populous city, the rural oceanside hamlets of the Island are defined by both relaxation and sophistication. Everyone knows about the beaches of the Hamptons being a summertime haven for the East Coast’s elites. But that is only a small part of the story. Each season holds special delights on Long Island. Summer is the undisputed star of the show, but blooming flowers in the springtime, holiday traditions in winter and colorful fall…
  • 10 Reasons Why Salt Lake Hardware Building Is The Perfect Venue For Your Wedding Weekend

    Abigail Geer
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    So you’ve just got engaged and now you’re turning your attention to planning your nuptials, but you haven’t found that perfect venue for the weekend wedding of your dreams. Enter the Salt Lake Hardware Building. Situated in the heart of Utah’s capitol city, this beautiful historic venue offers everything a bride and groom could ask for. Surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, iconic cultural attractions, and world class restaurants serving mouthwatering international cuisine, hosting your weekend wedding at the Salt Lake Hardware Building will make for an unforgettable experience.
  • An Insider’s Agenda To Marrakech, Morocco

    Rachael Thompson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Marrakech, Morocco is the latest hot spot. The city’s vibrant atmosphere, dynamic souks and authentic cuisine create lasting memories and a desire to visit again. Check out this insider’s agenda to ensure a trip to remember… What to Do The first order of business is to visit Djemaa el Fnaa, this is the main square and marketplace located in the heart of the medina district. Djemaa Fnaa features authentic night time food carts, daytime snake tamers, monkey charmers, spice markets, fresh orange juice and many tourists. It is also a great viewing place for Koutoubia Mosque and entrance…
  • Exploring Dolores, Colorado in True Southwest Style

    Elizabeth R.
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of exploring the southwest like a true pioneer? Imagine happening upon Dolores, Colorado– a town characterized by  untouched nature and classic small town touches. Located in a canyon with the beautiful Dolores River cutting along one side and rock cliffs on the other, this town is home to the McPhee Reservoir and the San Juan National Forest. An outdoor enthusiast’s dream, this small town also has best-in-class accommodations and museums. Dolores, Colorado is a true diamond in the rough! What to Do Go mountain biking: While it may not be easy to find an…
  • Laidback on Long Island: A Guide to Seaside Montauk

    Suzy Guese
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Boats bobbing, surfers heading out with boards tucked neatly under arms, fishermen selling their catches of the day and sandy beaches present a picture perfect oceanside scene. That very scene plays out in Montauk, located on the largest and the longest island in the U.S., Long Island. Perched on the south fork of the Peconic Bay split in New York, Montauk can easily be reached from New York City in a few hours by way of the Long Island Rail Road or the Hampton Jitney. Photo by pixonomy on Flickr Montauk is that Long Island dream, without the hype associated with neighbors like Southampton…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • 3 Elements of Surprise to Reveal At Your Next Event

    Austin Walker
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    One of the most powerful tools you have on your event planning toolbelt is the element of surprise; surprises are scientifically proven as one of the best ways to engage a crowd or audience, as “novelty enhances memory.” Who doesn’t want to attend a memorable event, am I right? With this said, we want you to have the most memorable events and feel responsible for providing you with the inspiration and tools necessary to have memorable events. Below you will find 3 wild ideas that include (SPOILER ALERT) a kabuki drop, a CO2 Blast, and a flash mob! 1. The Kabuki Drop An act of…
  • Best Event Talks: Amazing Creatures That Live Without Electricity or Food by Theo Jansen [VIDEO]

    Will Curran
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Showcasing the curiosity of human creativity, Theo Jansen displays his autonomously moving, man-made creatures in this week’s feature of Best Event Talks. Something to keep in mind while enjoying this mind-bending concept, introduced by Jansen, is the power of creativity and the human’s ability to conceptualize something outside the realm of existence, in its moment of inception. Theo calls his creatures “animals” and draws inspiration from a science-fiction perspective on animals and man-made transportation methods, wheels. Yes, this Best Event Talk features an idea…
  • 3 Must-Read Articles of the Week: The Future of Events, 5 Tips for Effective Brainstorming, Guide to Productive Fridays

    Austin Walker
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    A perfect transition into your weekend, this week’s Einsteins’ Favorites: Brian Solis on the Future of Events in a Connected Society, 5 Tips for More Effective Brainstorming, and 6 Top Secrets to an Exceptionally Productive Friday. Brian Solis on the Future of Events in a Connected Society As Brian Solis, digital analyst, speculates in his keynote address in New York on the recent advancements in social media and technology and how it relates to the Millennial generation, it is important, as an event planner, to keep in mind the audience’s ability to hold attention on…
  • 6 Steps for Hosting Killer Holiday Events

    Austin Walker
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    There are so many special memories to be had during the holidays; we get to use the excuse of Thanksgiving or Christmas, New Years or Hanukkah to share moments with family and friends and there is no better way to connect with those who are close to us than with holiday events, personal or corporate! So, let’s say you have decided to be the brave soul to take on the challenge of putting on the one of many holiday events during the season for your network, you have X number of RSVPs and your event marketing is taken care of, thanks to our recent blog post on the 4 Mandatory Event Marketing…
  • Top Tips for Hiring Event Production Companies [Podcast]

    Austin Walker
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Have you ever dealt with hiring event production companies that left a bitter taste in your mouth? Or, are you thinking about booking event production companies soon? President of Endless Entertainment, Will Curran, sits down with Eric Dye to discuss the top tips you need when hiring event production companies for your next event. He shares his insider tricks on ways to save money and keys to hiring successful event production companies. During the podcast, hosted by our friends at EventInterface, we cover the following questions: Prior to contacting event production companies, what do event…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • L.A. Weekender: Teeth, art and ice

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Happy Friday! We hope you’re as excited for the upcoming holidays as much as we are. Family, food and relaxing fun sounds just about right to us. We have one more L.A. Weekender for you this month with suggestions for … Continue reading →
  • AXC recognized at SEMA Banquet

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) students have had quite an exciting November! We blogged about how some of our students attended the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and their contributions to the SEMA Cares auction. They … Continue reading →
  • A farm-fresh Thanksgiving at McKinley’s Grille

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    McKinley’s Grille is whipping up a delicious feast for Thanksgiving dinner. We can’t wait for the smells of roasted turkey, candied yams and house baked pumpkin pie to come wafting through the air. www.mckinleysgrille.com Many of our dishes will be … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Finals

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Drag racing history was made this weekend at Fairplex as Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Photo taken from NHRA Facebook … Continue reading →
  • JFB supports #GivingTuesday

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    A few weeks ago we shared a little about the National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday as the movement is being called on social media. After the consumerism mania of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages you to give … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Penguin Themed Snack, Craft, and Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Today we’re all about the penguins! Who doesn’t love these sophisticated, yet adorable little waddlers on a blustery winter day? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite penguin themed ideas, including a healthy penguin snack, a wintery penguin craft, and of course, lots of penguin themed party ideas. Have fun! These olive and cream cheese penguins are easy to make and the perfect healthy snack for a birthday, a class party, or just a novel way to get your kids to eat some veggies! Here is how to make them: Penguin Olive Appetizers Ingredients:  (makes 18 penguins) 18 jumbo…
  • The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Printables and Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Well all you Hunger Games fans, this Friday, November 21st is the premiere date for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. Yay! I know that there are two girls in my house who have been looking forward to seeing this movie for awhile, even though in my opinion it will be the hardest to watch with the capture and brainwashing of Peeta. If you love the Hunger Games, be sure to take a look at all of the great Hunger Games party ideas and Catching Fire party ideas we have on our website. You’ll find lots of fun inspirations for activities, food and drinks related to the books, free…
  • Ideas for Sadie Hawkins Day

    Caroline Preble
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Sadie Hawkins Day Image from KC Fields Traditionally, the second Saturday of November is Sadie Hawkins Day, the holiday when it’s officially the girls’ turn to ask out their dates. It originated sometime in the 1930s and was based on the hillbilly comic strip, Lil’ Abner. Today, many high schools celebrate this holiday with a dance. But why be limited to just a school dance? We think Sadie Hawkins Day is an excellent excuse for gals of all ages to ask a guy out on a perfect date!  Here are some creative ways to ask out that special someone, plus 10 great date ideas.
  • Free Thanksgiving Party Printables

    Caroline Preble
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    November is here, and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day — Thanksgiving! if you’re like me you are always looking for new ways to make your Thanksgiving table look fun and festive. That’s why this year we’ve created some free Thanksgiving party printables for you to download and use in your décor.  We’ve made some napkin rings, place cards, a Thanksgiving subway art poster, and some printable thought cards that you might put at each place setting to encourage a bit of Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy! Napkin Rings To use these napkin…
  • Harvest Party Ideas and Yummy Acorn Squash Recipe

    Caroline Preble
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Harvest Party Pumpkins, leaves, hayrides, bonfires… Now that fall is here in all its colorful glory, why not gather some friends and celebrate with a fall harvest party theme. You will find lots of harvest party ideas on our main website, including tips for invitations, decorations, menu suggestions and more. Just click on the link above to see them all! We couldn’t leave you with just that for today though, so here is an utterly yummy fall recipe for acorn squash stuffed with ham and gruyere cheese. A perfect comfort food for a brisk fall night! Baked Acorn Squash with Ham and…
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Should You Include a Pre-Ceremony Cocktail hour in Your Wedding Plans?

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Your wedding day certainly won’t lack for celebration. Between the ceremony itself and the reception that follows, you and your guests will be spending the better part of the afternoon or evening mingling together and celebrating your new union. So the addition of a pre-ceremony cocktail hour might sound a bit unnecessary. But you shouldn’t More» The post Should You Include a Pre-Ceremony Cocktail hour in Your Wedding Plans? appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Designing Your Perfect Wedding Program

    Caroline Eimerman
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    When you begin to plan your wedding, you will find that there are a number of little details that are all too easy to overlook. That’s one of the reasons we always suggest that you begin planning your wedding as early as possible, so there is plenty of time to review and address any little More» The post Designing Your Perfect Wedding Program appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Expert Catering Tips – Knowing How Much Food is Enough

    Jodi Cirrincione
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    When you are planning any type of catered event, whether professional or personal, you rely on the expertise of your caterer to help you design the perfect menu. But there is more to a catered menu than simply choosing the right entrees and deserts. You also have to decide how much food you will need. More» The post Expert Catering Tips – Knowing How Much Food is Enough appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • 5 Tips For a Unique Wedding Ceremony

    Jodi Cirrincione
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We tend to think of the traditional wedding ceremony as being set in stone. But the truth is, wedding traditions are constantly changing. Sometimes those changes are relatively subtle, while at other times they can be fairly dramatic. Either way, the evolution of the wedding service is constant and continual. Couples today should have no More» The post 5 Tips For a Unique Wedding Ceremony appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Five Wedding Apps You Can’t Do Without!

    Caroline Eimerman
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    When it comes time to start planning your wedding, technology and smartphone apps are probably the furthest things from your mind. But tech has gotten into everything, and wedding planning is no different. Today, there are a wide array of wedding apps designed to make it easier to prepare for, and stage, the big day. More» The post Five Wedding Apps You Can’t Do Without! appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    When you make a decision of creating an event, the first and the foremost thing is to analyse how to sell those tickets. The extraordinary thing about creating an event now, rather than 10 years back, is that, at present it’s so easy to sell tickets online. There are number of ticketing platforms that makes our job easier by selling tickets online. But then…Is there a possibility of doing it in a much better approach? And the answer to this question is to just go ahead and simply feel free to do it. Everything depends on what are your goals for the event. If someone is planning to…
  • Yapsody In Your Local Language

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
      Yapsody In Your Local Language Yapsody is now available in English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish language, and we are trying to add as many languages as possible. Yapsody has always been expanding its capabilities by translating its online ticket store in local languages.Thus helping you to sell event tickets in your local languages for maximum exposure to boost ticket sales. You will get free access to Premium Features until the end of 2015, if you help Yapsody in translating the online ticket store in your local languages. Follow the link to translate. http://bit.ly/1sxPNFv
  • Reserved Seating BETA

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event published before 1st January 2015 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo Join us for a Free Live demonstration on how you can use Yapsody to sell out your events through innovative techniques of promotion. Launch Date: 12th November 2014. Timing: (11:00 AM PST) / (7:00 PM GMT) Frequency: (Every Wednesday) During this webinar you will discover: • Yapsody Latest Features. • Yapsody Mobile Apps. • Social Media Integration to boost your event ticket sales. • Access Real-time data: Identify trends to adjust sales and marketing strategy. After the demo, our Yapsody expert will answer to all your questions. We look forward to…
  • Engage with Yapsody!

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
      Engage with Yapsody! Here’s an opportunity to get free access to all the upcoming #premium #features of #Yapsody. All you need to do is help Yapsody translate the #Online#ticket #store in your #local #language. For more information on how to grab this awesome opportunity. Follow the link:  https://www.yapsody.com/ticketing/features/
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • How to Update Your Event Planning Repertoire

    Melanie Woodward
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Get More Clients and Take on Bigger Events As an event planner, you need to keep growing to stay successful. While you might carve out a nice niche for yourself doing small, DIY weddings, performing the same work day in and day out will limit your revenue opportunities and eventually sap your inspiration for the work. It’s important that you continue to expand your repertoire so that you have a variety of work available and more opportunities to maintain your revenue stream. Here are a few ways that you can expand your repertoire of event services this year: Get More Training Planning…
  • (Video) 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner

    Melanie Woodward
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    What an amazing and successful webinar we had with award-winning event planner, Jamie Lipman. Jamie is the owner of  Absolute – the full wedding and event planning service. If you were unable to join us, listen as Jamie shares her 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner. Episode Topics: 04:19 Proclaiming your passion 08:29 A huge component to being a successful event planner 13:49 Jamie’s favorite event tool to help stay organized 26:10 The importance of not getting distracted 30:34 Reviewing the 10 steps to become a wedding planner   Do you have the event planning career that…
  • Drumming Up Business through Social Media and Other Outlets

    Melanie Woodward
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    4 Tips to Grow Your Party Planning Business Whether you are just starting out as a party planner or you have been working at it for years, you will need to be consistent in your efforts to find new clients. While you will certainly get a good amount of referrals through word of mouth, they may not be enough to carry your revenue stream. You will need to do more to drum up business to ensure that there are no gaps in your schedule. Social media and outlets like your website or your blog are great resources for creating more exposure for your party planning business and attracting new clients.
  • 5 Keys to Stay Within Your Event Budget

    Melanie Woodward
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    How To Stay Within Your Client’s Event Budget  Planning a wedding or another major event can be expensive. The average cost of a wedding is moving closer and closer to $30,000. Even large parties like an anniversary or graduation party can cost thousands of dollars. If you plan a corporate event, the cost can go up exponentially. As a party planner, it’s important to work with your clients to stay on budget while also planning the event of their dreams. Here are 5 tips I tell my clients to help them stay on budget: Research Costs Before you can create a budget, you need to have…
  • How to Start an Event Planning Business that Turns a Profit

    Melanie Woodward
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I’m frequently asked for advice on starting an event planning business. I do everything I can to give my readers the blueprint (hence, the domain name) for success. One aspect of event planning business start-up I’ve been told I haven’t addressed enough is how to start an event planning business that makes money fast. So I’m going to address that, in detail, in this post. But, let’s not fool ourselves and think these are tips to ‘get-rich-quick’. They’re not. So, let me ask you this… How important is it to make money fast, say within 60 days? I ask this because I…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • 10 Tips on How to Find the Perfect Venue

    Tal Shoham
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • Evolero Events – Diversity, Flexibility and Brands

    Tal Shoham
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • The Best Growth Hackers Launch Events Like This

    Tal Shoham
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • Top 10 Must Have Apps For #DLDTelAviv  v2.0

    Tal Shoham
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
  • New Partnership with EVVNT

    Tal Shoham
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Guest Blog from our friends at Eventup Planning an event is a tough job. So much goes into it – you have to find the right vendors, create the guest list, come up with an event hashtag, stay within your budget – the list goes on and on. Before any of this can happen, though, you must choose the venue. The venue is the basis of the entire event. No event can happen without somewhere to host it. Picking the venue is a stressful task; it sets the tone for the entire event. We have put together a list of 10 tips on how to find the perfect venue for your event.   Event Venue Tips:…
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    etouches blog

  • School is in Session: Become Certified in Event Tech

    Kristen Carvalho
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    On average, meeting professionals plan five to nine events in a year. No matter what size the events are, I think we can all agree that meeting and event professionals have their hands full. From setting up the registration page to picking speakers to finding the right venue for events, it takes a lot of time to plan an event and most importantly; to plan it well. In come event technology tools. Meeting professionals have been utilizing technology solutions for over 10 years to plan their events; with many planners utilizing a complete event management solution in just the last few years. The…
  • Pro Tips for Managing Changes to Your Event Onsite

    Tonia Roberts
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Have you had this conversation with yourself before? The morning passes before you decide you’ll have to dig into this later tonight from the hotel room… when you would really rather collapse.  Maybe you miss a key evening meeting, dinner or event.  Maybe you remain the Master of the Universe and do it all; in any case, you will be worse for wear come sunrise.  To use the famous line from infomercials, “There’s got to be a better way!”  And there is! Below are some pro tips on managing your events’ budgets, keeping you highly coordinated with your venues and, perhaps most…
  • 4 Ways to Get Your Community to Promote Your Events

    Kristen Carvalho
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Planning events is a team effort. You need to have a production line of tasks in place that will move projects smoothly from one person to another. Once the location is booked, you move on to finding your caterer, then you start planning your seating arrangements, then maybe you move on to marketing and so on. More than just having to coordinate with your team to get projects done, you need to coordinate with all your vendors and sponsors to make sure that your event goes as planned. Now, there is one integral part of your event team that often gets neglected or missed in the planning process…
  • 10 Bad Booth Staff Habits That Need to End Now

    Kristin Hovde
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Whether you are using a table top display or a 30 x 30 custom display, having the right people staff the booth will make a huge difference in how many leads, sales, and traffic received. However, just being a great salesperson is not enough to win over potential customers. Booth etiquette is equally as important as being excellent at speaking to attendees because, even if done unintentionally, there are things that you or your staff could be doing that are deterring people from even setting foot in your display. Refrain from making these 10 booth staff mistakes if you want to be a hit at your…
  • Titan Phone Booth Beacon Project Criticized in NYC

    Kristen Carvalho
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest post written by Liz King of Liz King Events & TechsyTalk If you’re an event planner who hasn’t heard about iBeacon technology, it’s time you learned a bit about it. Gaining popularity this year, this technology allows bluetooth-enabled phones to pick up signals from nearby beacons. I’m sure the easiest way to think about this is in event terms. Let’s say you’re an exhibitor at a large trade show. You set up your booth and add a beacon. Then, when attendees with bluetooth-enabled smartphones walk by, you can send them a message. Promote…
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    Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment

  • Should I Replace my Projector Lamp? (The Answer is Usually NO.)

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Should I Replace my Lamp? People often call us looking for advice on their projectors.  The most common complaint we hear is, “I just changed the lamp on my projector, but it still won’t turn on!”  Projector owners are well aware that projector lamps are consumable and that they need to be periodically replaced.  What is poorly communicated is the fact that the lamp is usually the least important aspect of projector maintenance and ownership. Clogged cooling channels, burnt polarizing plates, broken fans, and overheated components are the most likely culprits of your anguish, but…
  • Who Can Repair Sanyo Projectors Now That Sanyo was acquired?

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Who Can Repair Sanyo Projectors Since Sanyo was acquired?   Is Sanyo Out of Business? For years, Sanyo have been a dominant player in the high-lumens projector category. In 2010, Panasonic finalized its purchase of Sanyo, leaving many Sanyo Projector owners confused regarding warranty, service, and support issues. We are an Authorized Sanyo Projector Repair Center As a result of the acquisition, Sanyo Projector service requests are now handled by Panasonic Authorized Service centers. We are authorized to service all Sanyo PLC, Sanyo PDG, and Sanyo PDV Models including the PLC-HF10000L…
  • B-52 Authorized Service Center

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    We are proud to announce that we are an authorized warranty service center for B-52 Professional Audio products including Prodigy DJ Workstations, US series amplifiers, Guitar amplifiers, and ACTPRO Active Systems.  B-52 Pro Audio systems are built in the US, here in Southern California, and are known for their excellent sound and competitive price points.  As always, we accept warranty service requests that do not fall under the abuse category with proper proof of purchase. Standard Warranty LIFETIME Warranty on Cabinet Construction FIVE-YEAR Warranty on High Frequency devices FIVE-YEAR…
  • Press Release – NEC Projector Authorized Service

    David Boyajian
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    In Q3 2014, Digitron Electronics joined the NEC Display Self-Servicer network. Our partnership with NEC display means better pricing and quicker service for our customers who need NEC Projector Repairs and NEC Professional Monitor Repairs. Digitron Electronics works with institutions like schools, hospitals, and event production companies to consolidate all audio visual repairs in one central location with one purchase order. We reduce administrative headaches, shipping mistakes, and increase convenience in times when broken equipment can seriously disrupt productivity. Press Release –…
  • FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA

    David Boyajian
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:16 am
     For our first #FilmakerFriday , we wanted to share something special. We love +Sony Professional Solutions of America‘s PMW-EX3 camcorder, and we love #LosAngeles  so here’s an epic aerial shot of LA’s majestic Freeways, Beaches, and Mountains by Mount Airy Films. We love the +Sony PMW-EX3.  Pay attention to the impressive image stabilization – according to the filmmaker, this was all shot handheld. Follow us for our weekly #FilmmakerFriday  & #MusicianMonday Features FilmmakerFriday: An Aerial Shot of LA is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for…
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    Nimlok Resources

  • one of nimlok's custom trade show displays has been featured in creative magazine!

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    one of nimlok's custom trade show displays has been featured in creative magazine! 2014-11-13 Eric Dyson Here at Nimlok we strive for greatness when creating our custom trade show displays. We want to be the most creative, innovative and quality name in the trade show industry. Our team works very hard day-in-day out to facilitate the visions of our clients, and to also make sure that their wishes come true on the trade room floor. That is why we were honored to find out that one of our creations was featured in a recent issue of Creative Magazine!  Liquiflo a manufacturer of gear pumps and…
  • Trade Show Booth Staff Boot Camp

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    trade show booth staff boot camp 2014-10-27 Eric Dyson Preparing for a trade show is stressful, we all know that. The process of getting everything budgeted, scheduled, and set up takes an enormous amount of effort. Because of all of the time spent on the material and logistical aspects of planning for a trade shows, organizers often overlook their most important asset, the event staff. To make sure you get the best performance from your booth staff, and in turn ensure your greatest ROI, it is vitally important to have a well-trained and knowledgeable team. Below are some keys to getting your…
  • Nimmy Lost and Found Contest Blog

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    help nimmy for a chance to win an ipad air 2014-10-20 Eric Dyson Nimlok has been an industry leader in custom trade show exhibits for over 40 years. We thrive on creativity, customization and craftsmanship. It is our mission to make sure every last detail is covered on any project we work on.  However, our buddy Nimmy is not always the most astute member of our team. Sometimes he can be forgetful, and recently it’s gotten him into a whole heap of trouble. You see, Nimmy loves trade show exhibits so we put him in charge of keeping track of their whereabouts. He is usually on top of things,…
  • goals blog

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    things to think about while planning your trade show goals 2014-10-16 Eric Dyson Trade shows are major investments in time and financial resources for organizations. This is why it is crucial to create, track and achieve positive outcomes from trade show participation. The best way to make sure you get a great ROI from your trade show attendance is to have measurable goals and objectives set in place beforehand.  Here are some tips on how to set, track and achieve your trade show goals.  outline your expectations: Your first order of business should be outlining your expectations. Ask…
  • after the show

    Amy Benes
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    after the show: 5 tips on post show marketing 2014-10-07 Eric Dyson With all that goes into planning for a trade show it can be easy to forget some fundamental marketing practices. However, overlooking crucial networking, promotional and sales opportunities after the lights have dimmed and the crowds have gone may diminish your return on investment. According to research conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), 80% of trade show leads are never followed up upon. This is a huge number and it represents a lot of lost opportunities for business. How an organization…
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    Collection 26

  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Navy and White

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Navy and white is an extremely popular choice when it comes to wedding colour schemes. It’s simplistic, stylish and sophisticated; this classic combination is one that we love working with. Here are a few ideas on how we’d create a fabulous navy and white wedding: Fashion There’s nothing better than a tailored blue suit, paired with a crisp white shirt. This versatile combination can be dressed up or dressed down, whether you choose a causal do or an elegant event. As for you ladies, navy blue will look fabulous next to your wedding dress. Dress your bridesmaids in gorgeous gowns and…
  • Medieval Themed Party: Luxury Banqueting & Iconic Castles.

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s jump back in time to the fabulous medieval period; a time full of castles, brave knights, family crests and glorious food. Battle your way to the very top and throw the best medieval party in all the land. Choosing your venue Picking your venue, for a medieval party, is quite an easy process. Look for extravagant castle, turrets and large open spaces. You could even opt for the grounds of a stately home, if you were having your party during the summer months. Look at Bolsover Castle and Pendennis Castle for some fabulous inspiration. Old Wardour Castle would make for a great venue too…
  • Bonfire Night – Host the Perfect Party

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    The trees are bare, the air is cold and the nights are long; winter is well and truly on it’s way. It’s an exciting thought for many, the anticipation of snow, thick jumpers and wholesome, warming food. Firstly, however, we mustn’t forget bonfire night – it’s the perfect chance to throw a fabulous, autumnal party. Outside your bonfire will be crackling away, sparks flying high into the midnight blue sky. Inside your guests will be keeping warm, popping out occasionally to chatter around the fire. We’d recommend throwing a party like this at your own home; alternatively, hire a…
  • THE EXPERT EDIT: How to make the most of your venue

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    It is a well-known fact that a luxurious selection of food and drinks in a unique venue underpins the most memorable of parties. We are increasingly tasked with designing events that reflect the individuality and interests of you, the host. We’re looking at some of our favourite luxury food, drink and venue combinations to provide you with party inspiration. Beer Happy Independent Breweries are proving to be an increasingly popular choice for guests wanting to celebrate in impressive stripped back venues, with artisan drinks on tap. With craft beers and ales brewed on site at Hackney’s…
  • Collection 26’s Colour Picks: Radiant Orchid

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” – Pantone Radiant Orchid was voted as the 2014’s Colour of the Year and, as the description hints, it’s the perfect colour to have at any beautiful wedding, we think it would work lovely during the winter months. It’s a fantastic symbolic colour that we love…
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    Party Swizzle, Inc.: Blog Posts

  • Fall Harvest Party Ideas | Country Hoedown

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Theme: CountryConcept: Country HoedownReference: Think...farmer’s market meets backyard fall festival Party Title: Country Harvest HoedownPlus:HighlightsDressFoodMotifsMusic & Dancing
  • Pirate Party Ideas For Adults: Decorating, Wearables, Food & Drinks

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether for a birthday or in honor of International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, take a gander at some suggestions for decking out your party area in elevated pirate fashion. I've also included rum recipes and links to pirate themed appetizers that will delight even the most hardened crew. Here's an overview:Pirate party decorating ideasFront entrance & foyerParty areaDinner & serving tablesBar & back porchGuest bathroomPirate-themed wearablesCute pirate party food ideasRum drinks for a pirate party
  • 5 Easy Adult Halloween Party Ideas

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Halloween is one of the most delightful holidays of year because it not only makes dressing up in outrageous or goofy costumes socially acceptable, but enthusiastically encouraged, even for grown folks. Naturally, I like to squeeze as much mischievous madness as tastefully possible out of my big Halloween fling. If you are anything like me, you know that the best parties are the most memorable parties, and the most memorable parties incorporate unique themes that elevate the occasion above the average level of fun.I've listed five easy adult Halloween party ideas, around which you can…
  • Best College Football Traditions, Trivia, Rivalries & History -- Part II

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We've comprised the best college football traditions, rivalries, history, nicknames, mascots, colors and fight songs of 8 top American universities including:University of NebraskaUniversity of North CarolinaUniversity of OklahomaTexas A&M UniversityTexas Tech UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech UniversityWest Virginia University
  • DIY Beach Decor & Nautical Do-It-Yourself Projects

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are planning a nautical theme party or enhancing your home decor, I've put together some of my favorite DIY beach decor and nautical do-it-yourself projects and ideas for tasteful accents that are sure to please. Specifically, these DIY projects:Hanging DecorationsLife Ring Door WreathPainted Nautical Signal FlagsMod-Podge Nautical Cutouts on CanvasStarfish Wall Dangle Sisal-Wrapped Porthole MirrorTablewareNautical Napkin RingsNautical Drinking CupsNautical CoastersTabletop AccentsDecorative Wrapped CandlesSand & Shell Layered VaseHow to Tie a Monkey’s Fist Knot Beachy Wine…
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  • Louise L. Hay

    Team Wedivite
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
      “Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” The post Louise L. Hay appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Bil Keane

    Team Wedivite
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
      “They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” The post Bil Keane appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Amelia Barr

    Team Wedivite
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
      “The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.” The post Amelia Barr appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • William R. Alger

    Team Wedivite
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
      “Words of love, are works of love.” The post William R. Alger appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Luc de Clapiers

    Team Wedivite
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
      “Great thoughts come from the heart.” The post Luc de Clapiers appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
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