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  • How to Greet People around the World: Tips for a World Meeting Planner

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    Andrew Maxwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    photo by memphiscondoblog.com Has this situation ever happened to you? You’re introduced to someone from a different culture. You extend your hand and shake their hand firmly. However you get the strong feeling that they’re not very comfortable with this type of greeting. Well then this blog post may help you the next time you find yourself in a similar situation. Additional articles that may interest you:  Travel Tips – Advice the French Offer for Traveling to America You’re Not Going to Believe These Travel Complaints (But They’re Real) In North America we assume that our…
  • Math with metrics: Convert with confidence!

    Plan Your Meetings
    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    When traveling abroad, the language changes even when English is spoken, but the real humdinger is making metric conversions.
  • Creating The Ultimate Event App – The Things To Consider

    Event Checklist Blog
    Arwin Adriano
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    The widespread usage of smartphones and tablet devices has brought about massive change in the way we do business. While once we had to use long, drawn out methods - today, that is no longer the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Social with your Events

    Unique Venues
    mandy
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Twitter for Small Business just came out with a white paper on using Twitter for Events. Here are the top take-aways that I discovered that you should incorporate into your events. Determine objectives and who you are targeting Is it the meeting planner itself or the attendees?  Determine how you want people to interact before, during, and after the event. Discover conversations People are talking about your event whether you are directing them to or not. They are talking about it before the conference ever happens so go ahead and give them a hashtag to use for your event. Make it short and…
  • April Best Practice: Simplify Your Search

    Cvent | Cvent
    Client Services, Site Selection
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I wanted to take some time to speak to the busy planners out there who still may be spending precious hours at the office finding qualified venues for their conferences. I've witnessed the hunt through file-folder wilderness to find the details for your preferred venues or promotional offers, and I promise you - searches DO get easier than this. When initiating a search in the Cvent Supplier Network, take advantage of the middle text field (powered by our map partner BING), that auto-completes your search. Perform a quick search based on a city name, address, landmark, or airport code. If…
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  • 12 Habits of Unsuccessful Event Planners

    Julius Solaris
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Attention to details, attendee engagement, expectations management. There is consensus about the anatomy of outstanding events. What about when things go wrong? Are there habits we can change to make our events successful? You betcha! You should know by now, I despise the ‘you should do this’, ‘you should do that’ talk. I hate cheap advice. Yet when I travel and speak around the globe, I meet a lot of extremely talented professionals who somehow keep doing things like, as Prince may say, it’s 1999. Good Habits vs Bad Habits We all agree there are good habits and…
  • 6 Simple Steps for Your Next Green Event

    Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    This is a sponsored post by Q Center, a leading conference center in St. Charles, IL. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. According to a 2011 study by MIT, sustainability is an ongoing agenda item for 70% of companies. Even companies like PepsiCo and Siemens are investing in sustainable solutions and programs in hopes of powering the future. And when corporations place a high value on being green, meeting planners must follow. As our clients spend more resources than ever before on “going green,” meeting planners have added being green to their own agendas.
  • An iBeacon Scavenger Hunt for Your Event? Here’s What’s Involved

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Scavenger Hunts are among the initial baby steps that event producers are taking as they explore how iBeacons can add value to their events. This past week’s MacWorld/iWorld event here in San Francisco is a prime example. Based on interviews with the major principals involved down at Moscone Center last week, here are some of the elements to keep in mind as you consider doing one of your own: 1. Your Objectives Like all good marketing, you need to start with what you’re looking to achieve from the program. In the case of MacWorld they sought to demonstrate cool new Apple technology…
  • Four Things You Can Do to Improve the Quality of Your Speakers Talks

    Kelvin Newman
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    There’s lots of interesting formats you could programme for your event. Chances are though, you will still have at least part of your day where someone is stood in front of a projector and talking over slides. It might not be fashionable but it’s still one of the most common elements of a conference programme. There’s a lot you can do to make sure these conference talks are top quality so your attendees and speakers get the most from them. Book in a Run Through The last few weeks into the run up to a conference can be hectic. Deadlines of every shape and size are always creeping up on…
  • How to Engage Introverts at Conferences

    Jez Paxman
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Participative learning, collaborative working, audience led content – events are changing, and for the better. But with this shift to more involved formats there’s a danger that we alienate a large part of the audience. Susan Cain estimates that between a third and half the population is introverted. To understand the real differences between introvert and extrovert personality types take a look at her phenomenally popular TED Talk. In short, introversion is a preference for reflective, minimally stimulating environments. Shyness is very different it’s a fear of negative judgment.
 
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    Meetings Podcast

  • Event planning checklists, online RFP creation, avoiding audiovisual surprises

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Event planning checklists, online RFP creation, avoiding audiovisual surprises Show 298On our show today we have 3 great segments. 1) Event Planning Checklist for Workshops and Seminars With Pat Ahasey 2) BEFORE You Send Your RFP—5 Local Conditions to ConsiderWith Christine “Shimo” Shimaskaki3) 5 Ways To Avoid Surprise AV fees  With Jon Trask  6 year Anniversary of Meetings Podcast!   Wowza            Event Planning Checklist for Workshops and SeminarsPat Ahaesy, CMP. CSEP  Great tips and tricks for…
  • The Pioneer Nation Speaks and Facebook Changes to News Feed status updates

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.com 
The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry

 Todays Segments: 

1- Jordan Schwartz & Jen Pitts from Pathable.comFacebook recently announced changes to News Feed status updates. We discuss what this means for Facebook Pages and event marketers. Some best practices are shared.Link to Jordans blog post: http://blog.pathable.com/beware-facebook-is-changing-the-rules 

 2- Learning from Pioneer…
  • 287 Meetings Podcast CMM Certificate Resolution, Social Media Week Tips, Won't You Be My Neighbor

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Meetings Podcast CMM Certificate Resolution, Social Media Week Tips, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on Instagram
Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.com
The Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industry 

Todays Segments:

 1) Lynn RandallTips and interesting takeaways for meetings, conferences and events from February’s Social Media Week in New York. 

2)…
  • 286 Meetings Podcast Mike on Mics, Social Media mistakes events make, Do we really need a rehearsal?

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on Instagram!Thanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.comThe Meeting Planners podcast source for what’s new and exciting in meetings and events industryTodays Segments:1- Julius Solaris -Social Media Mistakes Events MakeJulius talks about some common mistakes event organizers make using Social Media for their events.2-Pat Ahaesy - Do we really need a tech rehearsal? Pat talks about how important tech rehearsals are for live…
  • 285 Meetings Podcast New CMM Requirements, Content Creation, Social Media Superstars

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    Where are you listening? Take a picture of yourself (selfie) and #meetingspodcast on InstagramThanks for listening to the Meetings Podcast.  The Meetings Podcast is sponsored by IMEX America and AVforPlanners.comTodays Segments:1- Liz King of Liz King Events speaks to Eventsagrams AJ Poletta about the getting the right kind of social media photos and video sharing at your events.  Great user generated content is being produced at all events these days.  Eventstagr.am collects images and shares them easily for your attendees to help event planners brand their events…
 
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    Unique Venues

  • Lesson 3 Customer Service: Haters gonna hate, so what will you do?

    mandy
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you missed the start of our series, you can head over to catch up on the first two lessons of customer service with Chuck. Today’s tips on service come from what to do when there is negative feedback floating out there: Haters are gonna hate, so let’s become proactive and figure out a response mechanism for responding to the haters. 1)   Follow Up: Review the hits and misses frequently. Have check-ins during the conference to make sure the group is set up for success. This means checking-in daily to see the win’s and loses during their conference that can be improved or praised.
  • Get Social with your Events

    mandy
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Twitter for Small Business just came out with a white paper on using Twitter for Events. Here are the top take-aways that I discovered that you should incorporate into your events. Determine objectives and who you are targeting Is it the meeting planner itself or the attendees?  Determine how you want people to interact before, during, and after the event. Discover conversations People are talking about your event whether you are directing them to or not. They are talking about it before the conference ever happens so go ahead and give them a hashtag to use for your event. Make it short and…
  • Featured Unique Venues: Canadian Meeting Facilities

    mandy
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Did you know that our free search tool lets you discover meeting venues in the United States AND Canada? Today we wanted to feature a few of the unique locations for corporate, retreats, youth events, and summer conferences. Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition: Unique Vancouver Exhibition Space Builds in A/V to Rev Up Your Conference.Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition in Vancouver takes your meeting from 0-60 with a unique setting offering the finest private collection of motorcycles in Canada courtesy of legendary racer Trev Deeley! The best part is the venue is a full-service conference facility with…
  • Lesson 2 in Customer Service with Chuck Salem

    mandy
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Our second installment of the customer service series with Chuck Salem is about practical steps to implementing quality customer service at your venue. These steps will set your staff and venue up for success in fostering relationships and quality events for your client. 1)   Who will be at the table? Define what key people will be in attendance for  meetings between the client and the venue. Identify these people in advance so that there is consistency in who the client will be working with. This will also create relationships and ensure that your customer service is based on…
  • Featured Unique Venues College Properties

    mandy
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    The University of Puget Sound Puts Student Center Front and Center The Tacoma, Washington campus is currently renovating its student center. When complete, the two-story, 18,000-square-foot addition will improve the dining program and traffic flow, provide additional seating and offer a new office for the Dining and Conference Services department. Look for the unveiling this May! Everything is Bigger in Texas, Like Trinity University’s Conference Center  The Holt Conference Center in San Antonio rests on the campus’ 117 impeccably landscaped and sculpted acres. The campus…
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  • Conferences Need Quality Measurement Tools And Feedback To Spur Innovation

    Jeff Hurt
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Most conferences suck at collecting data. (Oh, were good at collecting registration and fees but that’s about it!) It requires work, intentionality, time and interpretation to get the feedback we need to make improvements and drive innovation. I like what CEO and meetings professional Hugh Plappert says about conference measurement: Measuring requires planning. Planning requires responding to measuring. Most humans do not like to do either. They rather thrive on inspiration and positive emotional responses, and blame their problems on things out of their control. The Smile Sheet…
  • Conferences Suck At Measurement!

    Jeff Hurt
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Conference professionals suck at measurement. If you trust your conference smile sheet evaluations as a barometer of how effective your conference education was, you are just being foolish says learning research psychologist Dr. Will Thalheimer. Ouch! The truth hurts! The Emptiness Of Smile Sheets Evaluations Thalheimer points to research that the smile sheet evaluation shows a 0.9 correlation that learning occurred. That’s basically no correlation at all. Smile sheets are not related to learning. Smile-sheet ratings that are good don’t guarantee that the learning intervention was…
  • Three Amen-Astonishing Ways To Improve Your Conference Networking

    Dave Lutz
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Networking! It’s one of the top reasons participants say they attend your conference. Yet few know how to do it effectively. Give them a helping hand. Networking’s Value Proposition Networking can be the most subjective and variable portion of your conference value proposition. For some, one or two meaningful interactions can more than justify the price of admission. High-value networking experiences initiate or accelerate deals. They expedite problem solving and innovation. They grow referral channels and trust. They advance careers. Moving forward, your conference’s networking value…
  • Bringing Authentic Conference Conversations To Life

    Jeff Hurt
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Peer conversations are more important to your conference than you know. I’m not talking about one of your attendees serving as a speaker talking at the audience. That’s a lecture. I’m referring to peer conversations in pairs, threesomes and small groups. You know when it’s happening at conferences because the rooms are buzzing with discussions. Everyone is talking to someone else. The Industrial Conference Is Dead Most of us still depend upon and expect an outdated model of conferences: the industrial conference. The industrial conference uses an on old-school model of an expert…
  • Innovation Starts With Observing Your Conference Attendees In Action

    Jeff Hurt
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    With today’s tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it says author Steven Berlin Johnson. Some environments and workplace cultures squelch innovation while others breed it he adds. So what do conference organizers need in order to embrace innovation in their conferences, meetings and events? The Innovators’ DNA authors identified five behaviors—associating, questioning, observing, idea-networking and experimenting—needed to spark successful innovation. Start With Observation Innovation does not start with charts,…
 
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  • 5 Things that Keep Medical Meeting Managers Up at Night

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Forget TED Talks—at PCMA’s annual convention, one session was aptly called Med Talks. Here’s what medical meeting managers had to say about today’s top challenges. read more
  • Don't Be Shellfish—Sharing How to Handle Food Allergies at Meetings

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    How do you handle food allergies and other special dietary needs at meetings? face2face read more
  • Why the Meetings Industry Should Care About Airbnb

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Is Airbnb like a hotel chain? As it moves toward its goals of a consistent experience for guests across hundreds of thousands of acommodations worldwide, the startup will affect the way we think about and plan meetings and business travel. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Gamification Makes March Madness Last All Year

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    By Tony Ventrice, Behavior Lab Co-Founder, Senior Game Systems Designer, Badgeville This year’s tournament wrapped up April 7, and with it went the competitive excitement of office pools, enjoyed even by non–sports fans. Gamification can let you create March Madness–style events that keep the buzz going—and the productivity up—all year round. read more
  • Global Sites Review: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    By Timothy Arnold, CMP, CMM Join Timothy Arnold as he travels the world documenting his site inspections of meeting-worthy hotels and resorts. First up: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, where he finds beauty in resorts like the Hard Rock (pictured), but suggests earplugs for never-ending airport announcements. Content Classification:  Influencer read more
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  • Check Out Our Top Event Marketing and Fundraising Course

    mgmtmktg
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    What is your audience or organization looking for when it comes to an event?  Don’t be caught unprepared.  Events can be challenging, but with the right tools imparted by subject matter experts, you’ll be ready for the next opportunity. This Spring, we recommend taking our Event Marketing, Fundraising and Sponsorship course, with Stacy Stern (MGMT X464.45),  which teaches the practical skills necessary to be proficient in planning fundraising events, and how to secure sponsorships. Special focus is placed on submitting winning proposals, event marketing, securing sponsorships and…
  • The Nouveau Bride Movement

    NouveauBride
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The Nouveau Bride movement is all about women embracing their own style and creativity through wedding planning. Nouveau Brides don’t have to be married. They don’t even have to be engaged. They’re women who love styling a wedding in their minds or on Pinterest boards, collecting images in Tumblr, or writing their own wedding planning blog. Nouveau Brides can also have a secret engage (a la moi!) or a very public engagement, or they can be not yet or engaged at all! Photo by Arina Borodina, via Refinery29 Being a Nouveau Bride means creating a style and/or wedding…
  • Talk About A Pop Of Color!!!

    uponanoccasion
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    This is a whole lot of colorful!!! I love it against the dark beams….. What do you think?? Could you work with all this color?? Would you want to??!
  • We're Starting!

    sarahrose109
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Hello,   My name is Sarah, and I am starting Moments Merveilleux (meaning “Wonderful Moments”), an event coordinating company designed to give children, teenagers, and adults, the parties and weddings of their dreams.  I have worked at a horse farm for four years, and while there-in addition to the farmwork- I coordinated several parties each year, giving me the preparation to start Moments Merveilleux.   The services provided will soon be described in great detail on separate page! To start a list of the services include birthday party and wedding coordination, as well…
  • Happy Easter!

    Royal Seating Hire
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Helloooo, Easter! My favourite time of the year – an extra long weekend, loads of chocolate (mmmm, c
 
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  • How Some of Marriott's Hotels are Making Free and Working WiFi a Priority

    juliana
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    To get online at a Marriott Hotel, typically you have to hang out in the lobby where the flagship brand of Marriott International has free WiFi for all, across all their hotels. Marriott has done this for its other brands too, including JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. But unless you're an elite member of Marriott Rewards you still have to pay for WiFi in your hotel room. This is frustrating for sure, but even more so when Marriott International's select service brands----Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn and Townhill Suites--have free WiFi for all…
  • New York: The Ludlow Will Open June 3rd at $159 a Night

    KarenLouise
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Ludlow, the latest (and long-awaited) venture from Sean MacPherson and BD Hotels is now open for bookings starting June 3rd. We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds. Amenities include Bellini sheets from Italy and…
  • Philadelphia: Philly's Hotel Palomar is Holding a Hot Twitter Contest

    wakeandwander
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    One of Philly's Kimpton properties, the Hotel Palomar near Rittenhouse Square, kicked off a Twitter contest today that gives participants a chance to win a VIP “Romp n’ Roll” package, which includes overnight accommodations in the Palomar’s Presidential Suite, a romantic dinner for two at in-house Square 1682’s Chef’s Table, and next-day “Punch Brunch” at Square 1682. The question is: Are you and your honey hot enough to win? To enter the contest, which is called "Sheets on the Streets," couples must submit their photo to @KimptonInPHL with the hashtags…
  • Bangkok: Inside the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Grand Club Lounge

    JasonD
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the recently renovated Grand Club Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, Thailand. While the mixed-use complex that will eventually house the Park Hyatt Bangkok is still going up, the Tony Chi-led renovations at sister hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan are now complete, including the 17th floor Grand Club…
  • Jaunted Gets Up Close and Personal with 'Boston Strong'

    juliana
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. Jaunted · What $100 Million Will Buy You At The Country Music Hall of Fame · Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Boston's Seaport District · So, About That Teen Stowaway Onboard Hawaiian Airlines... · What It Was Like to Be at the Boston Marathon Yesterday VegasChatter · After Renovations, Hotel Room Rates At…
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  • Deciding to Decide

    Marriott on the Move
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Touring the Marriott Marquis Washington DC due to open in a few weeks. There are many things that I learned while growing up in my church. One was what former church presi­dent Spencer W. Kimball termed “deciding to decide.” For me, I personally decided that I simply wouldn’t do certain...
  • Marriott's 'Spirit to Serve' is in Good Hands

    Marriott on the Move
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    When I was a boy and young man, community service was of little or no interest to me. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I considered my Naval service career enough. No one had even thought of recycling or wearing a seat belt for that matter. We had sacrificed during the...
  • Renovating Riyadh

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I remember travelling across the world to the desert sands of Saudi Arabia in 1979. We were starting to open hotels all over the world. With its rich culture and strong heritage, Saudi was the best place to plant our first flag in the Middle East. The Riyadh Marriott Hotel...
  • Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

    Marriott on the Move
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...
  • Dr. DeSanctis - A Great Role Model for Me

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    Dr. DeSanctis' Care Made a Lasting Impact on Me After My Boating Accident A recent article in The Boston Globe was titled, “After six decades of devotion, the doctor is out.” In 1978 my father was admitted to Mass General Hospital in Boston after suffering several heart attacks at our...
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  • A Double Win at the Springtime Expo

    Ashley Chalmers
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Stop by and see ConventionPlanit.com at the Springtime Expo May 15 at the Washington Convention Center, Booth 3101. We’ll be providing live tours of RFP Organization, our time saving meeting planner tool that organizes RFP responses onto a chart (for free!). Plus, you can enter our Grand Prize Drawing, co-sponsored with longtime ConventionPlanit.com member Visit Anchorage. It’s a double win! The prize, a Big Alaskan Adventure, includes round-trip airline tickets for two from Alaska Airlines; a two night deluxe stay in downtown Anchorage at the Hilton Anchorage; round-trip…
  • Spring Meeting Deals

    Ashley Chalmers
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Most of us expect to pay top dollar when it’s last minute. Yet, you can find special offers for any season you choose on ConventionPlanit.com! Hotels and convention centers needing to fill certain time frames are extending great deals for your meeting – a virtual win-win. Check out some Divine Deal samples below with special offerings for the upcoming months: Balboa Bay Resort (Newport Beach, California) Choose from the following for a meeting from now to June 30, 2014: Daily 30-minute guided Yoga session set among lush gardens, with refreshment station One hour lawn bocce with chips…
  • Got a Tip? Share and Win!

    Ashley Chalmers
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Don’t forget – there’s still time to put on your thinking caps and share your best name badge tips! From creative to useful to income-generating, submit your best ideas for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for anything in the PC/NAMETAG catalog. Agendas and sponsorship messages are great – but what other practical little “oh, yeah…” detail or “a-ha” ideas have you had about the backside of badges? Enter your tip today – the winner will be announced at the end of April! The tip with the most votes wins, so spread the word to your industry…
  • The Meeting Planner Inside Scoop: 2013 Takeaways and 2014 Predictions

    Ashley Chalmers
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently sat down with seasoned meeting planner Darlene Lyons, President of EzEvents and CP.com Advisory Board member. We got the meeting planner inside scoop on what lessons she learned from the 2013 meeting season, and what we can  look forward to for 2014. 2013 Takeaways – A Rebounding Economy Offers Pros and Cons Larger Budgets: Lyons found many of her clients in 2013 had larger than expected budgets to put towards their meetings. This is certainly a signal of a strengthening economy! Rise in Demand Limits Meeting Space & Guest Room Availability: Lyons said this happened…
  • April Hilton Meeting Giveway

    Ashley Chalmers
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Are you in need of a home for an April meeting and feeling the pressure?  The Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC / Bethesda has availability and will reward you for booking your meeting with them. From now until April 30, you will be entered to win the prize of your choosing when you book your April meeting: -a 42″ flat screen TV -round trip airline tickets, or -iPad mini Learn more here or call their sales department at 301-654-8111 for information Must book a minimum of 25 rooms including a Sunday and/or Thursday. Based on availability. NOT valid with any other offer. Promotion ends…
 
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  • One of the 9 People to Never Take Event App Advice From – The Elitist

    Nicolette Anderson
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every day, it seems that we see some new, amazing technology- especially in the events industry! The more and more apps that come out, the more self-proclaimed “mobile gurus” we see popping up as well. As a company of event professionals who have been mobile, before mobile was cool. . . it’s alarming to see so many people taking advice from these self-appointed experts. If you’ve been following our series, then you’ve already met 4 of the “9 People to NEVER Take Mobile Event App Advice From.” We have number 5 for you today… ‘The Elitist.” The…
  • Events Industry Must-Reads, Week of April 7

    Nicolette Anderson
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s that time again! I know you’ve been waiting for it… here’s our 3 ‘must- reads’ for the week, enjoy!  This week we have: What Easter can teach you about social by Jim Morleman, 8 Ways Generating Content Before your Show will Increase Engagement by Trace Cohen and Why You Have to Break Down Barriers at Your Next Event by William Thompson.   1. What Easter can teach you about social by Jim Morleman I love blogs that can tie in a holiday or trending event with something topical and make it work. Morleman does a great job here. This advice is…
  • Our Bradley Cooper Moment

    Brian Slawin
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    During the past eight years, we’ve been fortunate to support tradeshows, conferences and all kinds of events all over the world. From Europe to Asia Pacific and hundreds of points in between, we’ve taken the knowledge gained from our careers providing event management, for events large and small and utilized a variety of event software to accomplish the goals of our event producer clients. But, living out a Bradley Cooper Moment. . . now that’s something I’ve never done before! Two years ago, and just two days before the 2012 version of  Invest Midwest I decided that even though we…
  • BREAKING NEWS: BusyEvent Releases the ‘PaperApp’

    Brian Slawin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: St. Louis, MO, USA – April 1, 2014 In what can only be called a shocking turn of events BusyEvent Mobile, one of the event industry’s leading mobile event app companies, has announced today that it is adding a major module to its highly sought after event management software. Released into beta this past weekend at Product Camp – St. Louis, the ‘PaperApp’ is a significant step forward in the utilization of technology to enhance the attendee experience. “After thinking about it for a few moments, it became obvious that while smart device growth is exploding.
  • We’re Baaaaaaaaaack! Invest Midwest Venture Capital Forum

    Nicolette Anderson
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    The last time Invest Midwest was in St. Louis, was 2012. Back then, BusyEvent presented a radical concept. . . David held up the official 4-inch thick, 3-ring binder and said “The next time we come to Invest Midwest, you’ll be able to take all of this, and access it from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet. . . and all of that activity will generate a revenue stream and become a profit center for the event!” Flash-forward to next week. . . and that’s exactly what is happening. We’re excited to announce that Invest Midwest 2014, the premier investor forum that has generated…
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  • Intern Insights 1: April 2014

    Ross Monnich
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
      ¡Hola and welcome to the April Elite Meetings Alliance hosted at the sprawling beachside Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa! My name is Ross Monnich, Elite meetings Intern and face behind Intern Insights, the daily EMA event blog. When Margaret peeked her head around the corner of my cubicle in March 2013 and asked if I would be interested in writing the event blog for my first EMA in San Diego, I tripped over myself to accept. Cut to a year and four EMAs later, and I am packing my bags for Elite Meeting’s first international event! My, how the time does…
  • Spotlight on Sydney

    Danielle Childress
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    I had the great pleasure of taking a FAM to Sydney in March. Although I had heard great things about Sydney, visiting in person was a revelation. Sydney offers a great platform for groups, whether for conferences or out-of-this-world incentive trips. The city’s distinctive neighborhoods and exceptional hospitality standards offer a variety of unique experiences. And of course, there’s one more asset Down Under…superb food and wine. Name: Intercontinental Sydney Location: Downtown What Groups Can Expect: The perfect blend of old-meets-new.With over 500 rooms, there is plenty of space for…
  • Room-Block Poaching Under Scrutiny: APEX Launches Workgroup to Study the Issue

    Susan Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Convention Industry Council (CIC)’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative has turned its focus to the problem of room-block poaching. Within the meetings industry, the term refers to businesses that actively seek to recruit or divert event attendees away from official room blocks and into other hotel bookings. MaryAnne Bobrow of Bobrow Associates, Inc. and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International will chair the workgroup, which will bring together a cross-section of stakeholders to conduct research and devise knowledge-based responses to issues affecting the industry.
  • 2014 Digital Magazine Versions are Available Now!

    Martha Brooks
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:27 pm
      The 2014 Elite Meetings magazine platinum edition  is available now on Hudson newsstands in major airports throughout the United States. But what if you can’t get to a terminal? Have no fear, dear meeting planning guru. Ready to access Elite Meetings magazine? View the digital version of Platinum here, and Gold here. Happy reading!
  • IMEX Frankfurt 2014: The New and Newsworthy

    Susan Campbell
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    There’s good news for first-time hosted buyers at this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, and, according to a recent show press release, there will be many. The show, taking place May 20–22, 2014, at Messe Frankfurt, will now offer a pre-show concierge service—among other new offerings—intended to maximize the experience for first-time hosted buyers. Some 20 first-time hosted buyer groups, representing such diverse organizations as Travel Alberta, Hong Tourism Board, and Energy Cities Alliance, have already committed to attend.  The pre-show concierge service will consist of outreach to…
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    Inside The Costume Box

  • A Good Reason to Dress Up: Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd!

    Ned Kelly
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    When was the last time you got something for free? Well, have we got a treat for you: two things for free! Every year on May 3rd, select comic book stores around the world join up with comic book producers to offer their customers a free comic book of their choice. All you have to do is find a participating retailer, stop by on May 3rd, and pick out your comic book... for free!It's a great way for comic book stores to introduce new readers to the art and literature form, as well as to give back to their regular fans that support them year-round.Click on this link to find…
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Here!

    Ned Kelly
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The latest instalment of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opened in Australia and around the world this past week! The movie is getting solid reviews from both critics and audience members on Rotten Tomatoes, and we're definitely lining up to see it!While The Cap wears a new, darker outfit for the start of the movie, he quickly reverts back to the famous red, white and blue we know him best for. Check out a few variations on the Captain America Costume here:              Haven't seen the movie trailer yet? Check it out here on YouTube:
  • HURRY - 15% OFF Everything Site Wide

    Ned Kelly
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
       ENJOY!!!
  • Easter Bunny Mascot Costume Sale: ONLY $149.99

    Ned Kelly
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    Easter is coming! Are you ready?Easter Sunday is April 20th this year, and whether you're looking for colourful party supplies to set your Easter table, a Bunny Mascot to 'wow' the kids with, or egg decorating kits and baskets, CostumeBox has amazing deals on offer, just in time for the holidays!Our Professional Easter Bunny Mascot is now on sale for $149.99, the regular retail price is $199.99! This is a quality costume with full body suit and solid headpiece. It doesn't get any better than this!Bring the Easter Bunny to life in this awesome deluxe Professional Parade quality Easter…
  • Scorching Hot Deals at CostumeBox.com.au - Sale Extended!

    Ned Kelly
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Save 15% Off on everything - last chance!The red hot savings continue this week at CostumeBox.com.au, with 15% off site wide when you spend $60 or more and use the discount code: HOT15.This deal is applicable to our Seriously Big Sale items as well! Over 2500 items are already sale priced to go at 25% off, which means you can get 40% or more off selected items!Click here for Sale details:
 
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  • A Good Reason to Dress Up: Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd!

    Ned Kelly
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    When was the last time you got something for free? Well, have we got a treat for you: two things for free! Every year on May 3rd, select comic book stores around the world join up with comic book producers to offer their customers a free comic book of their choice. All you have to do is find a participating retailer, stop by on May 3rd, and pick out your comic book... for free!It's a great way for comic book stores to introduce new readers to the art and literature form, as well as to give back to their regular fans that support them year-round.Click on this link to find…
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Here!

    Ned Kelly
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The latest instalment of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opened in Australia and around the world this past week! The movie is getting solid reviews from both critics and audience members on Rotten Tomatoes, and we're definitely lining up to see it!While The Cap wears a new, darker outfit for the start of the movie, he quickly reverts back to the famous red, white and blue we know him best for. Check out a few variations on the Captain America Costume here:              Haven't seen the movie trailer yet? Check it out here on YouTube:
  • HURRY - 15% OFF Everything Site Wide

    Ned Kelly
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:18 pm
       ENJOY!!!
  • Easter Bunny Mascot Costume Sale: ONLY $149.99

    Ned Kelly
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    Easter is coming! Are you ready?Easter Sunday is April 20th this year, and whether you're looking for colourful party supplies to set your Easter table, a Bunny Mascot to 'wow' the kids with, or egg decorating kits and baskets, CostumeBox has amazing deals on offer, just in time for the holidays!Our Professional Easter Bunny Mascot is now on sale for $149.99, the regular retail price is $199.99! This is a quality costume with full body suit and solid headpiece. It doesn't get any better than this!Bring the Easter Bunny to life in this awesome deluxe Professional Parade quality Easter…
  • Scorching Hot Deals at CostumeBox.com.au - Sale Extended!

    Ned Kelly
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    Save 15% Off on everything - last chance!The red hot savings continue this week at CostumeBox.com.au, with 15% off site wide when you spend $60 or more and use the discount code: HOT15.This deal is applicable to our Seriously Big Sale items as well! Over 2500 items are already sale priced to go at 25% off, which means you can get 40% or more off selected items!Click here for Sale details:
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  • Spring Cleaning Time for Your Event Sponsorship Menu?

    Donna Kastner
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many of us are diving into spring cleaning chores, whether it's at home or at the office. There's something about that annual top-to-bottom refresh that makes us happier, healthier and energized. While you're in spring clean-up mode, you might apply this same mindset to sponsorships. When was the last time you refreshed your event sponsorship menu? Some menus are looking weathered and weary. Even more are showing signs of winter bloat, with more expansion going on than trimming.  Here are 3 tips to ensure your sponsorship spring cleaning delivers sparkling results: Add New…
  • 10 Tips for Preparing an Event Budget with No Surprises

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    When preparing event budgets, it's the small items that can add up and lead to surprises. For this reason, it is important to review budgets very carefully with all key players and ensure that all charges are captured at the outset. Here are a few examples of charges that are sometimes overlooked. Taxes. Clarify how taxes are applied. At some destinations, there are two levels of taxation and tax on taxes. For example, in Ontario, the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) combines the provincial and federal GST in Ontario. In Quebec, the combined QST and GST adds up to 14.975%. Airline…
  • Adoption…The Basics 101: Build (Part 4)

    Carolyn K. Roy, CMP
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Now that you've spent a significant amount of time defining your goals/objectives, measuring what you want to achieve with your SMMP, and analyzing your current state of process/metrics. It's time to build the framework for the future. To me, the best element of reflection for this build process came during a recent road trip. Now, I know you may be thinking "how in the world does a road trip relate to a building a framework for an SMMP?", but I promise if you can stick with me to the end of the article, you will not be…
  • April Best Practice: Event Email Alerts

    Client Services, Event Management
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You can easily keep track of all the important milestones in your event by using Event Email Alerts. Event Emails Alerts will save you time as you start collecting registrations for you event. Create alerts with just a few clicks and you'll be immediately empowered to tackle more tasks in your busy day. How do you create alerts in Cvent? Once in your Cvent account, go to the Emails tab and click on Event Email Alerts from the Sections link on the left. You'll select which type of alert you want to create (which we'll cover in the blog post below), and then click 'Add…
  • April Best Practice: Simplify Your Search

    Client Services, Site Selection
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I wanted to take some time to speak to the busy planners out there who still may be spending precious hours at the office finding qualified venues for their conferences. I've witnessed the hunt through file-folder wilderness to find the details for your preferred venues or promotional offers, and I promise you - searches DO get easier than this. When initiating a search in the Cvent Supplier Network, take advantage of the middle text field (powered by our map partner BING), that auto-completes your search. Perform a quick search based on a city name, address, landmark, or airport code. If…
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    EventIQ Blog

  • The face of victory

    Eric
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon went head to head against Senator John F. Kennedy for the Presidency of the United States. At a critical junction, Nixon was challenged by Kennedy to a televised debate. “Why do you suppose Kennedy wants to debate me on television?” asked Nixon of his advertising agency. When Nixon pressed for an answer, one of the agency executives answered: “Sir, women are going to decide this election, and Kennedy is good-looking. You’re not.” Here at ElectionBuddy one of the most requested features from election organizers has been to…
  • Spring is just around the corner…

    Dave
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    And so are some new electionbuddy features! (and we are nearing a million voters… more on that later) Not that we have been hibernating over the winter!  We have been hard at work at upgrading some back end items so that we can focus on the front end and some user features. But as always, if you have any ideas, please feel free to comment, and or email us.  We are always keen for feedback! Happy Spring!
  • Quick Tips #11 – For Admins, if I am registering on behalf of a guest, how do I ensure that I do not enter an incorrect ID?

    Eric
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Who should learn this: Event Organizers & Assistants Purpose: To prevent typos and the entering of registrations for IDs that are placed “On Hold” How to: If you are logged in as an Admin and adding a registration on behalf of a guest, as you type in a Membership ID, Inviteright will make suggestions based on your ID list. Use the “pop up” suggestion and select the ID to save on typing. Also use the pop up to verify whether the ID has a Hold restriction placed on it. If the ID that you have entered does not match, you know that you are entering a new and unique…
  • Quick Tips #10 – How do I export a report of all registrants that have to completed a purchase?

    Eric
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Who should learn this: Event Organizers & Assistants Purpose: Report and follow up with those who have not completed a registration. How to: Filter your membership list, and export your list using the Actions “Export to Excel”. See the FAQ: 4.23. How do I export a report from the Membership list?    
  • Brand new features in InviteRight 5.2

    Eric
    7 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
    We’re beaming with excitement over the new features in InviteRight 5.2!!! Here’s what’s new: The Organizer Area Event List has been redesigned to make it easier to find your events The Testing Sign Post has been redesigned to provide simple navigation and straightforward testing steps The new Review Checklist will ensure that your event is perfect before you launch Display conditions are now available to the confirmation page – meaning you can have specific text appear on the confirmation based on registration selections (read unique confirmation emails with…
 
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  • How To: Stay Within Budget, Budget, Budget!

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    As many of you may know, staying within budget could be THE most important aspect of any event. Unless of course,  you are KimYe (Kim & Kanye), or Sean Parker! As an event planner, it is our duty to keep a clients’ budget in check. Nobody likes to hear that their event went drastically over-budget, especially post event.  Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your next event (this is applicable to event planners, marketing directors, or even someone just planning their own get-together)! 1.  Determine Venue Costs:  We recently had a client who set the budget for…
  • CloudGOO: One Big Cloud

    Katia Dayyat
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    In the era of Cloud technology we have endless places to store our information, documents and digital keepsakes. From Dropbox to Box and more private options like SF based Spideroak we’ve found that sometimes we can’t remember where we stored something! If you’ve found yourself in that very same situation, we may have found you an answer. CloudGOO. CloudGOO is a newly released Android app that gives the user the ability to access all of their cloud storage spaces from one easy to use platform. However it goes one step beyond just aggregating them, simply access your…
  • Best Of: Spring Event Trends

    Katia Dayyat
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Spring time is in full swing, and at ABCey we have the latest trends to keep your events fresh and in season! Here are our 5 favorite spring time event trends! 1. Mix and Match: From bold prints to textures, mixing and matching is a great way to brighten up your event decor and usher in the spring time! Try mixing white hot textures with bold animal prints, or even mix bold colors to brighten up any event! 2. Radiant Orchid: The pantone color of the year is a great spring time color. Play off the wonderful blooms of the season and bring this bright, floral color to all aspects of your event!
  • Startup Monday: Wanelo

    Katia Dayyat
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events. Lately, we’ve been finding it hard to sift through advertisements, sift through pages and find that one piece of inspiration for our events, outfits and crafts. That’s when we found Wanelo. Wanelo has everything your heart could desire, right there, in one place, without any clutter. Wanelo recently won at the Tech…
  • Event Spotlight: Make-A-Wish Come True

    Amanda
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    On behalf of event producers Mike Reigle and Piper Hook, ABCey cordially invites you to “Make-A-Wish…come true” on Saturday, April 12th at Jones, SF benefitting Make-A-Wish in the Greater Bay Area. Be part of a Bay Area child’s wish!  Make-A-Wish America grants the wish of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S. every 38 minutes! Their belief is that a wish experience can be a game changer. We agree! This is a special fundraiser where YOU can be a part of 3 locally grown wishes made by 3 children via Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. …
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • Math with metrics: Convert with confidence!

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    When traveling abroad, the language changes even when English is spoken, but the real humdinger is making metric conversions.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 16, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    In this issue: @Greenville_SC, @douglasvillecc and tri-valley california
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 9, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In this issue: @MeetAtTexas, @PeaksResortSpa, @swandolphin, @MeetAlexVA, @TourSanMarcos and tri-valley california
  • 6 ways to make green habits a priority

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Next to construction, meetings create more waste than any other U.S. industry. Planners can drive change.
  • Survey: Administrative pros number 20 million

    Plan Your Meetings
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Later this month (April 20-26), the International Association of Administrative Professionals honors those who make offices work – secretaries, administrative assistants and those in various support roles in U.S. and Canada businesses. IAAP’s Administrative Professionals Week turns 62 this year, and happens on the heels of its 2013 Benchmaking Survey, which shows that office and administrative [...]
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  • Math with metrics: Convert with confidence!

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    When traveling abroad, the language changes even when English is spoken, but the real humdinger is making metric conversions.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 16, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    In this issue: @Greenville_SC, @douglasvillecc and tri-valley california
  • Weekly deals and highlights: April 9, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    In this issue: @MeetAtTexas, @PeaksResortSpa, @swandolphin, @MeetAlexVA, @TourSanMarcos and tri-valley california
  • 6 ways to make green habits a priority

    Kristi Casey Sanders
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Next to construction, meetings create more waste than any other U.S. industry. Planners can drive change.
  • Survey: Administrative pros number 20 million

    Plan Your Meetings
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Later this month (April 20-26), the International Association of Administrative Professionals honors those who make offices work – secretaries, administrative assistants and those in various support roles in U.S. and Canada businesses. IAAP’s Administrative Professionals Week turns 62 this year, and happens on the heels of its 2013 Benchmaking Survey, which shows that office and administrative [...]
 
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  • RECAP: Austin Recovery Speaker Series Luncheon with Natalie Cole

    Kevin Smothers
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Gathering more than 700 people to a luncheon on a weekday is not an easy feat to accomplish, but leave it to the fine folks at Austin Recovery to make it happen. Last week’s Speaker Series featuring Grammy-winning songstress Natalie Cole at ACL Live was a perfect reason to steal away from the office for a couple of hours…and her story didn’t disappoint. Over $450,000 was raised for the for the non-profit addiction treatment center, an unprecedented amount for the organization. Co-Chairs Val Armstrong and Mary G. Yancy held court with many of the city’s movers and…
  • RECAP: American Red Cross of Central Texas Luminaria

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    On Friday, April 4th the American Red Cross of Central Texas hosted Luminaria, its annual fundraising gala, at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. The organization raised a record $294,000 for disaster relief services in the Central Texas community. Kevin Terrazas (right) of Weisbart, Springer, Hayes LLP with his wife Patricia Terrazas Luminaria 2014 Co-chairs Robert Reeves and Emily Moreland Shawn Bradley of Whole Foods Market Accepts Public Partner Award In addition to raising funds for its lifesaving mission, the Red Cross honored distinguished individuals and organizations that provided…
  • RECAP: Austin Under 40 Awards 2014

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every Spring, throngs of young professionals gather at the Austin Under 40 Awards recognize their peers. The award winners and nominees are an always impressive list of individuals making a difference in our community, and the guests attending to honor them are just as diverse and notable. Austin Under 40 Award 2014 Winners We traveled to the event with a first time attendee who was surprised how large the awards were. The moment you opened the doors to the Austin Music Hall, you were hit with the roar of hundreds of Austin’s most connected individuals doing what they do best ……
  • A Safe Ride that Gives Back at Tonight’s Austin Under 40 Awards

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    We are proud media partners for tonight’s 16th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards at the Austin Music Hall and can’t wait to see you all there! To make sure all tonight’s guests have a fun and safe night, Austin Under 40 sponsor HAIL A CAB™ is there for all guests and continuing to support the mission of the evening.  When you use HAIL A CAB™ taxi dispatch service iPhone or Android app tonight and tag #Au40 and @YellowCab_ATX on Twitter or Austin Under 40 Awards and YellowCabAustin on Facebook, Yellow Cab Austin will donate $5 per cab ride (to/from the Gala or After…
  • RECAP: Explore Austin’s Quest for the Summit

    Kevin Smothers
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The fifth annual Quest for the Summit, held under the stars at Contigo, raised a record-breaking $246,000 for local nonprofit Explore Austin. A crowd of over 400 people attended the event, which was chaired by Malia and Steve Aycock, to support Explore Austin’s  goal to change the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring and adventure. The evening’s festivities included a pig roast, signature cocktails, and Contigo’s trademark small plates. Explorer Gerardo Calles gave a moving account of his experience in the Explore Austin program, describing the…
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  • Great Expectations: Hate to break it to you, but it’s not all glamour in the events industry

    James
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The events industry is one of youth and vibrancy, an industry that has flourished in the past three decades. This has led to the development of a large number of university courses focused on providing people with the skill sets needed to thrive in such an environment. But is the proliferation of events management degree […]
  • Launching A Startup In The Events Industry – Hire Space

    Edward
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Problem: As someone who has spent many an hour calling venue after venue to find a suitable place for a birthday party, an office drinks reception or a campaign meeting, I’ve long been aware of the need to simplify the process and make the lives of industry professionals and frustrated one-off event organisers that […]
  • Expert Interview with Maneesh Goyal from MKG

    michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    A lot of people may dream of giving up the day job, ripping off the tie and do something that doesn’t really feel like work for a living but few actually get past the point of discussing it at the pub. 10 years ago, Maneesh Goyal (now CEO and Founder of MKG) originally worked in […]
  • Naming Your Event Company – What’s In A Name?

    Lana
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Choosing any kind of name is always a bit daunting, isn’t it? If you’re naming a child, you’ll look for a name that you think will suit its personality, and (hopefully) be on the lower end of fueling taunts and beatings in the schoolyard. The same applies when you’re naming your business: you’ll want something […]
  • Planning Interview Questions for Event Professionals

    michael
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:24 am
    It’s fair to say that not many people relish job interviews. They can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can often be difficult to do yourself justice in such a pressure-cooker environment. But what about the people on the other side of the table? Well, that’s not necessarily an easy task either. It’s that time […]
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  • Great Expectations: Hate to break it to you, but it’s not all glamour in the events industry

    James
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The events industry is one of youth and vibrancy, an industry that has flourished in the past three decades. This has led to the development of a large number of university courses focused on providing people with the skill sets needed to thrive in such an environment. But is the proliferation of events management degree […]
  • Launching A Startup In The Events Industry – Hire Space

    Edward
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Problem: As someone who has spent many an hour calling venue after venue to find a suitable place for a birthday party, an office drinks reception or a campaign meeting, I’ve long been aware of the need to simplify the process and make the lives of industry professionals and frustrated one-off event organisers that […]
  • Expert Interview with Maneesh Goyal from MKG

    michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    A lot of people may dream of giving up the day job, ripping off the tie and do something that doesn’t really feel like work for a living but few actually get past the point of discussing it at the pub. 10 years ago, Maneesh Goyal (now CEO and Founder of MKG) originally worked in […]
  • Naming Your Event Company – What’s In A Name?

    Lana
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Choosing any kind of name is always a bit daunting, isn’t it? If you’re naming a child, you’ll look for a name that you think will suit its personality, and (hopefully) be on the lower end of fueling taunts and beatings in the schoolyard. The same applies when you’re naming your business: you’ll want something […]
  • Planning Interview Questions for Event Professionals

    michael
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:24 am
    It’s fair to say that not many people relish job interviews. They can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can often be difficult to do yourself justice in such a pressure-cooker environment. But what about the people on the other side of the table? Well, that’s not necessarily an easy task either. It’s that time […]
 
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    PlanAnEvent.org

  • How to Greet People around the World: Tips for a World Meeting Planner

    Andrew Maxwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    photo by memphiscondoblog.com Has this situation ever happened to you? You’re introduced to someone from a different culture. You extend your hand and shake their hand firmly. However you get the strong feeling that they’re not very comfortable with this type of greeting. Well then this blog post may help you the next time you find yourself in a similar situation. Additional articles that may interest you:  Travel Tips – Advice the French Offer for Traveling to America You’re Not Going to Believe These Travel Complaints (But They’re Real) In North America we assume that our…
  • Don’t Miss this Most Entertaining and Funny Safety Speech!

    Randy Markus
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Courtesy of www.businessinsider.com I enjoy a good safety speech. I admit that’s an odd statement. But those who know me know this to be true. As a matter of fact I often receive safety speech video links from clients and friends. In the past Delta and Virgin have provided me with lots of laughs. As they have created some of the more enjoyable and funny ones. This time Southwest Airlines is the guilty party. Safety Speech, Southwest Airlines and Marty Cobb are a Hit! Travelers on board a Southwest Airlines flight en route from Salt Lake City were ready for the regular run of the mile…
  • The Top 10 Nude Beaches in the World (safe for work)

    Andrew Maxwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    photo by adventureswithben.com Ah summer! It’s the time of year that we can’t wait to get out of the house, strip off our clothes and head to the nearest  nude beach. Yeah right! For some reason this post took a lot longer to research than most of the other posts that I write on this site. The website, askmen.com, has come up with the top 10 best nude Beaches in the world. That’s right, there’s a top 10 list for that. Once when I was traveling in the Virgin Islands I happened to stumble across a nude beach. Honest. I was taking a morning stroll and I happened to…
  • Easter Party Games Fun!

    Randy Markus
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Courtesy of www.family-games-treasurehouse.com Easter and Easter Party fun is just around the corner. This year Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20th. Easter is a significant day for some and is known as one of the holiest of Christian holidays. And it celebrates the resurrection of Christ just three days after he died. And this holiday has lots of Americans rejoicing, partying and spending on average $131.00 per family. Easter Party, Bunnies and Chocolate Eggs, What Fun! Courtesy of www.sefev.at When you think Easter, thoughts of a party don’t immediately start dancing in your…
  • Party Games and Party Ideas That Won’t Blow the Budget

    Andrew Maxwell
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    photo by queen-of-theme-party-games.com Whoever said the party games had to stop once you become an adult. Where’s the fun in that? It seems that in our youth party themes were common. And I’m not saying that every time you have people over for a little get-together that you have to break out the charades or name that tune. Rather try and think of your guests and what party games they would be interested in playing. You may also be interested in: 3 Party Planning Ideas for Spring Top Party Planning Tips! Wikipedia for Party Games and Ideas I know that this sounds almost like a…
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    P&V Enterprises

  • Why You Should Consider Webcasting Your Meeting

    Patricia Ahaesy
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    The world of meetings & special events has certainly changed in the last few years. As a matter of fact, it’s taken quite a beating, but clearly there continue to be major special events and meetings. For instance, those Oscar after-parties with all that swag still happen, there are still posh weddings, Fortune 500 Companies […]
  • 5 tips For Planning A Successful Event

    Patricia Ahaesy
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    5 Tips For Planning A Successful Event Whether you’re planning a major fund-raising gala, a networking event, a trade show, a store opening, or an anniversary party there are some things that should be done to assure that your are successful. 1- Have a Clear Objective a. What is the goal of the fund-raising gala? […]
  • Five Tips to Choosing the “Right” Speaker for Your Meeting or Event

    Patricia Ahaesy
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    We have a guest blogger today. Andrea H. Gold is president of Gold Stars Speakers Bureau. Here Are Her Five Tips to Choosing the “Right” Speaker for Your Meeting or Event It’s time to put together your meeting or event. The responsibility has fallen on your shoulders. So, you nail down the date. You do virtual […]
  • What Is the Purpose of your Event?

    Patricia Ahaesy
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    What Is The Purpose of Your Conference or Event? Have you been planning the same conference every year? Are you planning a new conference? Whichever response you have made to the above questions, the first step that you need to take is exactly the same: What is The Objective or Purpose of the Event? So […]
  • Leverage TEchnology

    Pat Ahaesy
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    We are surrounded by and use technology everyday. So, why are so many people afraid of it? Leverage technology, rather than avoid it. If an association or is small and therefore has a small budget, what often happens is that the small staff does far more work than it needs to using very little technology. […]
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • 5 Amazing Bachelorette Party Ideas You’ve Probably Not Even Considered

    Arwin Adriano
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    I'm sure you've already thought of lots of different ways you can guarantee your bachelorette party is special because it's a big night for you, but maybe there are certain activities that haven't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creating The Ultimate Event App – The Things To Consider

    Arwin Adriano
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    The widespread usage of smartphones and tablet devices has brought about massive change in the way we do business. While once we had to use long, drawn out methods - today, that is no longer the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Important Things A Bride Should Do A Week Or Two Before Her Wedding

    Arwin Adriano
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    By now there might only be a week or two until your wedding, but I bet you feel like there are still a million things to do. I know it can seem a little overwhelming and it's easy to get scared, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Interesting Ideas To Have A Sold Out Event

    Arwin Adriano
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    It is true that coming up with a SOLD OUT Event can cost you a lot of money, although in today’s time there are a lot of options to do to cut off unnecessary expenditures and still come up with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Wedding Day Disasters Unlucky Couples Have Experienced

    Arwin Adriano
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, but we all know perfect doesn't really exist. Are you getting scared because a disaster might flip your big day upside down in an instant? Hopefully the whole... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Your Luxury Travel Guide to Cape Cod: Local Hot Spots and Top Sights

    Elizabeth R.
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Courtesy of feedly.com The Cape is all about the simple luxuries in life. Whether it’s a lazy day of fishing off a windblown drawbridge, munching on a platter of fried clams from a roadside shack, or sunny morning walks on the beach, The Cape is a place of memories. Even as it is becoming more and more chic, especially Martha’s Vineyard, the Cape will never loose its old-world charm and (my favorite) saltwater taffy shops. The Cape today has evolved in a quaint, yet luxurious, summer destination where you can revisit old memories while making new ones too! Understanding the…
  • How to Choose Kick-Ass Ice Breaker Games for Your Corporate Retreat

    Bree Brouwer
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Photo from mark sebastian via photopin cc When you’re a kid, no one cares if you’re playing games in your free time. It’s expected and many people would say it’s a healthy way for you to develop. As you grew up, you likely became uncomfortable with playing games in public or professional settings (probably because you were told it’s too “childish”). Many of your employees feel the same way, which is why it’s so hard to figure out what ice breaker games to play at your corporate retreat. But the truth of the matter is that playing fun,…
  • Memorial Day’s Best Sounds at the Sacramento Music Festival

    Josh Lew
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    image via evonne The Sacramento Music Festival is one of Northern California’s best Memorial Day traditions.  Held annually for the past 41 years, this event brings a variety of genres to the music venues of Old Sacramento and the hotel ballrooms in the center of the city, near the Convention Center. Though this fest has a major jazz component, other types of music are also on the sonic menu.  If you purchase a pass for all four days of the festival, you will hear swing, blues, zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin music, and plenty of other niche genres.  The musical feast starts at…
  • Let’s Truly Celebrate! A Guide To Having Your Summer Wedding on a Holiday Weekend

    Suzy Guese
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Photo by Amanda Goss on Flickr Once spring arrives, so too do the save the dates and invitations for summer weddings. As any refrigerator filled with save the dates can attest, summer is one of the most popular seasons to marry, if not the most popular. In general, your guests don’t have trouble freeing up a Saturday here and there throughout the summer season to attend your wedding. For some couples, planning a summer wedding also involves navigating a holiday. With Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day all falling in time for the summer wedding season, couples plotting to marry…
  • 10 Must See Off The Beaten Path Honeymoon Locations

    Abigail Geer
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Your honeymoon should be nothing short of spectacular. From windswept beaches in Portugal to the unspoilt countryside of Southern France, these honeymoon hideaways offer peace and tranquility at its best. Look beyond the tourist trail with these 10 truly once in a lifetime honeymoon locations: Maison d’Ulysse, Provence, France For the ultimate getaway say Bonjour to a sweet escape at Maison d’Ulysse in the South of France. Unwind after a day’s walking in the farmhouse gardens among the romantic mulberry trees, ancient oaks and figs, or simply relax in the spa area and take a…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Non-Traditional Event Venues

    Kaitlin Colston
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    When picking a venue for your event you have two main categories to choose from. You could go for a traditional venue or you could find a unique non-traditional event venue.Picking a traditional venue is easy. If you do things the traditional way  you could pick a hotel ballroom, a resort, convention center, or banquet hall. These venues are reliable and have been used time and time. They are tried and true. However, they are a bit boring and you can bet your guest will not remember the venue after the night. Events are becoming more and more of an immersive experience planners and event…
  • Event Planning Timeline

    Kaitlin Colston
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    When you are planning your event it is extremely important to allow plenty of time. A great way to stay on task and focusing is to create an event planning timeline. One of the easiest ways to let your event planning snowball out of control is to not stay on top of to-do lists and organization. If you have an event planning timeline you will be able to stay on track and organized to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Below we have created a suggested event planning timeline, but you will need to evaluate the timeline and customize it to fit your own event as every event is different.Event Planning…
  • Common Mistakes Event Professionals Are Making

    Kaitlin Colston
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    There are a few common mistakes event professionals are making that are noticing happening within the events industry. Avoid making these top 4 common mistakes event professionals are making by following our tips below.1. Putting on the Same Event Year After YearFalling into an event rut by putting on the same event year after year is a common mistake event professionals are making. Recurring events don’t have to be the same each year. If you keep everything the same you will be guaranteed boring events. Just because it is easy to do the same thing over and over doesn’t mean you should.
  • Top 50 Tracks From March 2014

    Kaitlin Colston
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    At Endless Entertainment, we believe music is a huge part of your event experience! This is why we have the best DJs in Arizona ready for your event. Most of our DJ’s have club residencies and all of them are masters of the mixes. Because we believe this we wanted to bring you the latest and greatest in music for you to enjoy. This monthly list is straight from DJcity, these were the top 50 tracks from March 2014. We expect these top 50 tracks from March 2014 to be some of the biggest hits of the summer! Comment below and tell us what your favorites are!Top 50 Tracks From March 20141.
  • Four Tips to Keep Event Crashers Away

    Kaitlin Colston
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    When you have an amazing event it is likely you will have a few event crashers try to show up. Perhaps the most famous event crashers are Michaele and Tareq Salahi from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”. We all remember when they crashed the White House Dinner. It made the front page of every magazine and was on the headline news. So how do you avoid this at your next event? Below are a few suggestions on how to keep event crashers out. If you follow these steps it will greatly diminish the chance of event crashers crashing your event.1. Hire Event SecurityWhen you have an event…
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  • Fairplex Snapshot: So Cal College Fair

    Heather
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Our spring So Cal College Fair had a great turnout this year, with more expected to show up this evening. Dozens of junior high and high school students were able to speak with universities, tech and trade schools and community … Continue reading →
  • Easter Weekend in Los Angeles

    Heather
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
      Photo courtesy of criminalatt from FreeDigitalPhotos.net The weather has been playing games all week, from hot and sunny to overcast and cold and we are ready for a solid stretch of sunshine. Still, it is Los Angeles and that … Continue reading →
  • Junior Fair Board Class of 2014!

    Heather
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The seniors in our Junior Fair Board Leadership program are only a month away from graduation and we couldn’t be more proud! Our seniors entered the program as sophomores and have spent two years giving invaluable hours of their time to helping … Continue reading →
  • Event Industry News: Coachella, Twitter changes and the Amazon smartphone

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Coachella thanks their fans for coming to weekend 1 of their festival. Coachella Weekend 1: A staple of the entertainment industry and a true salute to the Southern California lifestyle, Coachella has long been the envied mecca of music lovers … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Taste of Claremont, Toyota Grand Prix and the Festival of Books

    Heather
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    If you couldn’t make it to Coachella with your fellow Angelenos don’t worry. There are plenty of other fun things to do in LA. It might not include an amazing musical lineup, or a desert wasteland of dance and celebration, … Continue reading →
 
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Team Treat Bags-Let’s Go Peeps!

    Larissa Jaekel
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Need an idea for team treats? Looking for a way to get rid of your Easter candy?  Or perhaps you can hit the 50% off sales now that Easter is over.  We have created cute team treat bags to give the the players on your team before the big game. Materials Needed: Peeps Assorted candy Small plastic bags picmonkey.com printer & paper Stapler Directions for Team Treat Bags “Let’s Go Peeps” We used picmonkey.com for the label. We uploaded our own image of a softball, but all the other graphics are from pic monkey.  I used our team saying Roll Purple Roll on the labels. Add…
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations

    Caroline Preble
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Looking for a great excuse to throw a party that’s full of color and fun? How about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? I love the bright colors, upbeat music, and yummy food and drinks that all come together to make a wonderful fiesta. You can find lots of great fiesta theme party ideas on our main website, but here are some new inspirations for fiesta decorations, perfect for a Cinco de Mayo extravaganza! Start with bright colors — Fiestas are all about bright. When you think about your fiesta decorations, keep color in mind every step of the way. Orange, lime, hot pink, turquoise, and…
  • Softball Team Party Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s softball season again, and that means it’s time to plan some team parties! For both Larissa and for me softball is a family affair. Our girls have all been playing the game since they were in third grade, our husbands have coached together for all those years, and we of course, have been the team moms. Our oldest daughters are now sophomores in high school. That’s a lot of team parties!! You can check out a lot of our previous softball party ideas on our main softball/baseball party page and our softball slumber party page (along with a few other related posts). Here…
  • Divergent Party Ideas

    Larissa Jaekel
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    Have you read the very popular YA trilogy by Veronica Roth?  The first book, Divergent, has been made into a movie and it premieres March 21st, 2014.  My teen daughters and I can wait to see the movie.  If you like The Hunger Games Trilogy I think you will enjoy these books too.  I hope the book translates as well as The Hunger Games books did into movies. Buy Divergent (Divergent Series, Book 1) Divergent Divergent is set in a future world where society is divided into factions.  Each faction is based on a principle that the members feel is the most important character trait of a good…
  • Paddy Dew Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

    Caroline Preble
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    Mix up a spicy Paddy Dew cocktail and enjoy the drinkin’ o’ the green! Last weekend we got together at a fun event with a bunch of friends and one highlight of the evening was an amazing whiskey bar with some great cocktails. My favorite drink of the night was called a Paddy Dew. I thought that perhaps this was because it was made with either Paddy or Tulamore Dew whiskey (both of which would be great options), but it turns out that the alcohol in the drink was actually Bank Note Scotch whiskey, and that the drink was named after a cocktail originating from Paddy’s Irish…
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  • Easter Wedding Tips

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Spring is full of the sense of new beginnings, making it the perfect time for a beautiful, natural wedding. With the added bonus of a double Bank Holiday weekend, we’re seeing Easter as a particularly...
  • How To Style Wedding Buttonholes

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may not know this, but the tradition for wearing buttonholes (or boutonnieres) at weddings can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome, where the male members of the wedding party would wear flowers...
  • Plan Your Wedding Your Way

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We’ve seen it all too often when a bride and groom become overwrought and stressed by the magnitude of the task of planning their wedding. Sometimes it’s the persistent opinions of family members that affect...
  • 10 Reasons Bridal Shows Can Help Your Wedding Planning

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:06 am
    It’s the time of year when a lot of brides kick their wedding planning up a gear and the likes of Brides The Show and The National Wedding Show offer a whole conference centre’s worth...
  • Wedding Umbrellas and Parasol Styling

    emmawoodhouse@me.com
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    You know, umbrellas don’t just have to be bland little handbag sized affairs that you only think about when the heavens open. Umbrellas and parasols can make fabulous decorative items for a party or wedding...
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Modern Trends in Business Event Planning – Breathing New Life into Your Next Event

    Caroline Eimerman
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Modern Trends in Business Event Planning – Breathing New Life into Your Next Event When planning a business event, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome. You want to ensure that the event itself is productive, but you also want your guests and attendees to be invigorated and excited by the day’s activities. In the past, corporate events fell into a rather staid and predictable pattern. Meetings and More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Planning Tips for Your “State of the Company Address”

    Jodi Cirrincione
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Planning Tips for Your “State of the Company Address” At the beginning of each new year, the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union Address to the nation. With this address, the President reviews the year that has passed, highlights the successes and dissects the failures, and outlines his legislative agenda for the year ahead. This is a responsibility that More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Planning Your Wedding – Don’t Forget About the Music

    Jodi Cirrincione
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Planning Your Wedding – Don’t Forget About the Music Often, when we talk about music and weddings, the focus naturally tends to turn to thoughts of entertainment and the wedding reception. However, music plays a much more important part in the wedding service than mere entertainment. It serves to set the tone for the day, from the ceremony itself through to the final dance More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • This Is Party Time – Basic Party Planning Tips

    Caroline Eimerman
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    This Is Party Time – Basic Party Planning Tips Whether you are an up and coming business owner courting investors, a corporate giant pitching a new product, or a non-profit organization wooing new benefactors, there is nothing quite so effective as a well staged party. An exciting gala event is the perfect opportunity to network with investors and sponsors, and create some serious social More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • 4 Tips for Boosting Attendance at Your Next Corporate Affair

    Jodi Cirrincione
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    4 Tips for Boosting Attendance at Your Next Corporate Affair Corporate events are one of the bulwarks of the modern business world. Whether it’s a training seminar or a trade show, corporate events can be an invaluable asset to the savvy business owner. However, the success of any corporate event ultimately comes down to attendance, and without a full complement of guests any business event More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
 
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  • Yapsody Provides an Excellent Customer Support!

    Yapsody
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    You have got a great venue, your artist having a great fan following and you are working with a big and expensive event ticketing system for your event, everything is just perfect to make your event successful, but everything can be void and for no use if your event ticketing system doesn’t provide a great customer support. In this blog, we will share a report that we have created after doing a survey with our presenters and customers by taking their feedback regarding our customer support quality. We asked them about their satisfaction level with Yapsody Customer Support and created…
  • Yapsody Security Update: Safe from Heartbleed!

    Yapsody
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    On Monday, April 7th, the OpenSSL project issued a Security Advisory that detailed a serious bug in the encryption library. The bug in OpenSSL; nicknamed “Heartbleed” would allow attackers to capture data from encrypted SSL endpoints. Yapsody event ticketing system was built to meet the highest security standards to protect you and your customer’s information and that’s why our technical team quickly identified and deployed the security patch before any possible attack on our system. This mean Yapsody and all event presenters associated with Yapsody are secure from “Heartbleed”…
  • What Fans Like about An Online Event Ticketing System!

    Yapsody
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    There are many online event ticketing companies that offer some unnecessary features and services that are not much help for your event or your fans. While features and services are always important for any event presenter while evaluating an online event ticketing system, the most important factor is to understand what exactly fans wants from an online event ticketing system. For any event presenter, their fans are their king, and the more difficulty a fan faces when booking a ticket, they greater likelihood he/she will abandon the sale. In this blog, we will share a report that we have…
  • Raise Donations for Your Fundraising Event!

    Yapsody
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here is another exciting feature from  Yapsody  which  allows  your  customers to donate money to your cause directly through your online ticket store and through your box-office. Many nonprofit organizations use Yapsody to promote and sell tickets for their fundraising events, but now with Yapsody’s new donation feature you can enable customers to enter their desired donation amounts.  This makes Yapsody a great solution for any nonprofit organization wanting to use its Yapsody Online Ticket Store to raise funds in addition to selling tickets. So if you want to start accepting…
  • Yapsody now support Braintree payment gateway!

    Yapsody
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    Great news! We recently added a new payment gateway, “Braintree”, to our list of supported gateways.  So now, presenters around the world have more options for selling tickets in the multiple currencies that Braintree supports. Braintree is a payment provider that enables your Yapsody Online Ticket Store a quick and easy way to accept credit card payments online. Event presenters can start using Braintree immediately after filling out their signup form at Braintree.com and use Braintree to accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and Diner’s…
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    How to Start an Event Planning Business | How to be an Event Planner

  • How To Find Out What Other Event Planners Are Charging

    Melanie Woodward
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Do you struggle to figure out how much to charge for your event planning services? Or, how to use social media to attract media to your event? Then today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV is for you. Addie, a 12 year event-planning veteran, is a rock-star building her business based on her client’s needs and how to best serve them. She aims to elevate the status of her clients, which in turn sets her business, The Event Company, apart in the market. By creating social media ambassadors and involving her clients, she integrates social media into the events she plans, works with the…
  • How An Event App Can Keep The Conversation Going After The Event

    Melanie Woodward
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Have you ever gone to a conference by yourself, sat there listening to the speaker in a dimly lit room, and then made awkward eye contact trying to strike up a conversation with a stranger? Or, gone to an event and wished you’d met people you had more in common with? That’s exactly how Jordan Schwartz felt before creating Pathable. So he set out to create an event app that keeps the conversation going long after the event is over. Create Invaluable ROI Fast forward to today, and Pathable offers event attendees the tools to find out who else is going to the event, find the right people to…
  • 6 Ways Event Planners Can Say No and Still Get the Client

    Melanie Woodward
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    What do you want your event planning business to be known for? That’s a question I ask myself frequently – and no matter where I am or what I’m doing: Adele is playing in the background…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ I’m traveling back from Australia to Canada…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ I’m trying to watch The Good Wife…’what do I want my business to be known for?’ You might be afraid that you’ll scare away a potential client or miss out on opportunities unless you say yes…
  • 4 Successful Ways to Market Yourself as an Event Planner

    Melanie Woodward
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    You’ve got the creative flair and the practical skills needed for event planning, but do you know the best ways to market yourself as an event planner? It’s not enough to simply do a great job and rely on word of mouth to do the rest, in order to gain that competitive advantage you need to put work into marketing yourself and your business. With that in mind, here are 4 successful ways to promote yourself as an event coordinator: 1.     Use Your Event Planning Social Media Profile To Advertise  Just having a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page is a great start. You should always keep…
  • The Top 5 Kick Ass Event Planning Blog Posts

    Melanie Woodward
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    It’s throwback…Wednesday? Yup, that’s right, we’re having a throwback day to highlight our top 5 event planning blog posts – voted by you, our viewers! Happy Anniversary But, before we get started I’m really excited to share our one-year anniversary of EventPlanning BlueprintTV with you. Here’s a cyber ‘cheers’ to you! Stay tuned because we have new episodes coming up this spring where we’ll talk about planning International events, how to find your niche in the market, and how (and when) to build a team. And, April is going to be a big month because there’s an exciting…
 
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Middle of the Week Stress? EventProfs Deal with it!

    Tal Shoham
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Being in the event industry is stressful, and the profession –  ”Event Coordinator” was recently listed as the 5th most stressful job in America (or probably anywhere). Great, now that our stress has been legitimized, what are you doing about it? It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week. The day that numbers are crunched, follow ups finished, leads spoken to and reports ready for Thursday afternoon’s staff meeting.  Oh, let’s not forget daily conversations with clients, the development team,  the graphic artist and the list goes on. STRESS – yes, stress. Fix…
  • Socially Active Events Rock: Tools and Tips

    Tal Shoham
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:51 am
    Are you ready to go head on with your event’s online marketing using social media?    While looking at our twitter feed over the last few days we have noticed that everyone at Catersource in Los Vegas knows and is using the event hashtag #CSES2014 and that rocks!  They even tweeted our observations: We just passed 1,000 tweeps talking about #cses2014 — ELIZABETH GLAU, CMP (@elizabethglau) March 25, 2014 The most common question that we hear from event producers and professionals is, How and when do we start marketing our event online? Answer: Now! As soon as you have set the date and…
  • Lights Camera Action

    Tal Shoham
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:42 am
    Recently I attended the Microsoft BizSpark TLV event.  The after-work drinks, snacks and speaker event took place at a very cool local pub. The networking started, and with beer in hand, people were not shy to introduce themselves. The pub was full of geeky entrepreneurs.  After networking the crowd then descended to the “club” area and the presentations began. Show Me The Light I was at the event as an attendee, but my #eventprof hat was on. What does every event organizer want?  Attendees to snap pics and videos and post them across the web with the event #hashtag, right? In order…
  • Seating Arrangements – Make or Break Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:31 am
    Seating arrangements and table setups can make or break an event. You have chosen your venue by examining the space available and layout, and how it will meet your specific event needs, including, and maybe most importantly the seating arrangements. The dynamics, participation and networking of and at your event are all influenced by the seating arrangements.  So what is the right seating arrangement and table setup for your event? We searched for solutions to assist our clients with seating arrangements, with the advancement of Event Technology there are some interesting solutions…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Attendees….

    Tal Shoham
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:27 am
    People ARE going to register at the last second. Give them a reason to register beforehand. Some companies do this with discounts, but we at Evolero take a different approach. Through the event page, speaker pages and various embedded tools, we build a pre-conference social environment where people can also access relevant content and get the most out of their event. The event page is a fully interactive hub for the event where attendees can do all the research they need to on the speakers by simply visiting a speaker’s page. Attendees can also participate in an online social experience…
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    etouches blog

  • Partnering for Success

    Steve MacKenzie
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    In the event world, there are so many moving parts – products and services – that need to come together to produce a successful event experience; it is nearly impossible to do this on your own, without working with partners, suppliers and sometimes even competitors! And this is especially true in the software world that etouches lives in. We want our clients to be able to offer their delegates the best possible event experience and that often means looking far outside the walls of only what we offer at etouches. For this very reason, we have created a partner “ecosphere” to…
  • Maximize Your Event Exposure With Social Media

    Kristen Carvalho
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Lisa Buyer, president and CEO of the Buyer Group will lead a workshop on “How to Power Your Events Using Social Media” during the Workshop Series at BizBash Live: The Expo, South Florida on April 23 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. For more information, and to register, please visitwww.bizbash.com/expofl ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Working in the events industry, everyone needs to know how to market and promote events the right way. From before your event even starts…
  • Happiness, Frito Pies & Table Seating Software

    Claire Harrington
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    This post was written exclusively for etouches by Claire Harrington, public relations manager of Social Tables.  Remember the anxiety you felt in middle school when it came time for lunch and you had to figure out where you were going to eat? I don’t know about you, but the fear of sitting by myself drove me to the verge of a panic attack each day before the clock struck 11:30 a.m. I may or may not have nonchalantly meandered towards the door each day, feigning use of the trash can (this after crumpling up a perfectly good sheet of lined paper), so that when the lunch bell rang I could…
  • Meetings in the Virtual Age – Google+ Hangouts

    Michelle Bergstein- Fontanez
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Let’s face it: meeting and events are joining the digital age. Face-to-face interaction is always better than just a phone call, but is often cost-prohibitive for small businesses. Have you searched for a modern way to make your meetings easier, more cost-effective, and eco-friendly? If you have, you probably considered using a virtual meeting service, but then found out the set-up process was a bit too overwhelming for your needs and time. Have you scoured the internet only to find a slew of different options for file sharing sites and virtual meeting apps, and then realized, WHOA! There…
  • 10 Mobile Apps That Every Sales Professional Needs

    Kathleen Roberge
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    No longer are the days when sales people or account managers can use the excuse, I will be traveling or in meetings and will get back to you when I return to the office in a few days or a few hours. Not having the tools to be able to respond quickly, stay in touch or continue working while traveling, in meetings or out of the office may cost you opportunity!   Not only that, but sales people need to pick up efficiencies wherever they can if they want to be attentive and win deals. So, here’s the good news; there are now hundreds of mobile apps designed for sales people to help increase…
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  • #Thrashed Canon Lens

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Since you guys loved the thrashed FS700, this was the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II that took most of the damage. Surprisingly, the metabones adapter is in pristine shape. #Thrashed Canon Lens is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • #Thrashed

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This Sony FS700 camera comes to us for repair from the Coachella Music Festival. #Thrashed is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • Coachella’s Effect On Your A/V Equipment

    David Boyajian
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Challenging Conditions A/V and Event Pros are no strangers to the world of music festivals, raves, and other multi-stage venues. But one of the main challenges associated with large venues are their obscure locations. Black Rock City for Burning Man, Las Vegas Speed Way for Electric Daisy Carnival, and Coachella Valley for Coachella – all of these cities are known for their dry and dusty conditions, which we know is hell on A/V equipment. Rumors have it that Coachella Week 1 saw winds in excess of 50 MPH kicking up a dust storm which can damage camera, projector, lighting, and audio…
  • NAB 2014

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    We will be Live-Tweeting coverage of NAB 2014 bringing you all the latest news on Broadcast Camcorders, Cameras, Projectors, and Technology. If you would like to schedule an interview, please call Business Development at (323) 887-0777. About Digitron Electronics We are veterans of the Pro A/V Industry specializing in the repair and maintenance of 64 different brands including Sanyo, Panasonic, and JBL. We are proud third party logistics partners of Sony Professional, Panasonic Broadcast, and Gibson Guitar. NAB 2014 is a post from: Digitron | Repairs for Projectors, Audio, and Video Equipment
  • Repair… or Repurchase?

    David Boyajian
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Is it more cost-effective to repurchase? A/V Trends The A/V industry has changed dramatically over the last 22 years that we have been in business. Build quality of A/V technology has dropped dramatically, while features and affordability have climbed dramatically. Some of the interesting demographic trends we have noticed, are that the older generation of users, will seek out repairs, while the newer generation heads straight for replacement. Here are our thoughts: Efficiency is Key If the cost of repair exceeds 50% of the cost of replacing your unit with the same, or newer model, it is…
 
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  • No matter how busy a man is, he is never

    creativegang
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    No matter how busy a man is, he is never too busy to stop and talk about how busy he is. — Unknown http://ow.ly/i/5iKbJFiled under: Event Production
  • GIFs are now an official, snob-sanctione

    creativegang
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    GIFs are now an official, snob-sanctioned art form, and these six are the best http://ow.ly/vXT8ZFiled under: Event Production
  • Top 10 Event Trends for 2014

    creativegang
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Top 10 event trends for 2014 http://ow.ly/vMsas Filed under: Event Ideas, Event Producers, Event Production Tagged: business events, cool events, corporate event producers, event planning, Event Production, event trends, events, Minneapolis Events, minneapolis producers, Minnesota
  • Always wanted to watch my toast, toast.

    creativegang
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Always wanted to watch my toast, toast. http://ow.ly/vJyspFiled under: Event Production
  • The Event Planning Survival Kit

    creativegang
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
      The Event Planning Survival Kit Packing for an event makes me feel like I’m getting ready to be a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal.” There has to be someone who remembers to bring the things that people are going to ask for during the production process. This may seem like a silly detail to be blogging about but, you’d be surprised how few people have a safety-pin, or a band-aid, when you need one. You really never know, until you get there, Here’s the best part … we just created our Event Survival Check List Using Scribbless a FREE online list…
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