Event Planning

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  • Could the Next Big Event Trend Be…Sleeping?

    BizBash News
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
  • Dress for Success and the Interview

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    Randy Markus
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    courtesy of www.danicee.com Dress for success is essential to getting hired. But you already knew that. You are what you wear, right? Do you think you’re evaluated based on what you wear? We all want to believe we’re not. But the truth is that is exactly what happens. When interviewing candidates we all utilize some sort of time savers to help speed things along. With resumes I always spend a minute or two on the regular stuff; experience and education. But when it comes to the skills and summary of qualifications I’m inclined to spend a bit of extra time. And when I am interviewing…
  • David Tutera, Wedding Planner Extraordinaire

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    Randy Markus
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    courtesy of David Tutera I enjoy David Tutera. There I said it and out loud. I admire his talent and the impact he’s had on the wedding planning industry. David Tutera is described as a celebrity wedding planner, author of more than a handful of books and host of several enjoyable television shows. This past weekend I discovered his TV show totally by accident. And have to say I found it not only informative but entertaining as well. David Tutera, Wedding Planning and Success! I was surfing through my channels and came across a 2008 episode of David’s show My Fair Wedding. It reminded me…
  • The Quick and Easy Way to a Party Planning Checklist

    PlanAnEvent.org
    Randy Markus
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    courtesy of www.partyswizzle.com Planning a party can be easier than you think just by using a party planning checklist. So you drew the last straw. And you’ve been elected to plan and host the next birthday, anniversary or engagement soiree. Time to begin planning. But the first question we usually ask “when is the right time to get started”. Followed by an extensive list of who, what, where and how questions. It makes no difference whether this is your first party planning experience or your hundredth. Planning a party can be stressful and intimidating. What with so many decisions to…
  • Special Events Business News for Aug. 20, 2014

    Special Events Magazine
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Special Events Staff Hannah Strong joins Peyton Evens, and ISES names its 2014-2015 board and officers read more
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    Event Manager Blog

  • 4 Tips for Planning and Hosting a Successful Roundtable

    Kelvin Newman
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    When I first started out organising conferences they weren’t the most sophisticated events. One person standing in front of a big screen. They would have a Powerpoint deck projected on the screen and we’d work through a dozen speakers a day. As we’ve matured and our audience has changed we’ve tried out a variety of different formats. Each with differing degrees of success. One of the most successful has been the roundtable. What do we mean by a roundtable? It’s a gathering of about a dozen interested people, often with similar interprets or job titles. They last about an hour and a…
  • 20 Attendee Retention Tactics to Keep Them Coming Back

    Julius Solaris
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    How do you make sure that attendees will come back next year? This post shares some astute tactics to keep your guests loyal for life. While wandering on Twitter, I spotted an interesting tweet by an @EventMB follower: “Less than 10% of attendees came back from last year at our annual conference… How can we increase our loyalty rate?? #frustrating” Quite an interesting case to solve for the nerd in me. Why Retention Is Key and Why We Get It Wrong (Event) Marketing is often times a stellar display of self gratification by those who enact it. Big budgets spent to acquire…
  • 4 Funnel Stages for Killer Event Sales

    Ricardo Molina
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    If you organise an event or a series of events, especially in a B2B environment, you know how difficult it is to get people to say “yes” and commit to attending (as paying customers in most cases). It’s a tried and tested technique, but simply focusing on your marketing and sales funnel is guaranteed to maximise your event conversions. It’s crucial for your event sales team (if you have one) and event marketing team to function as a unit, in order to progress leads through the funnel. So consider this funnel-focused post a friendly nag, to remind you of the importance of working…
  • Better the Devil You Know? When to Change Your Event Technology

    Cathy Key
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    With event technology evolving rapidly we have more choice than ever before. However, changing technology can be risky. Sometimes it just feels safer to stay with what we know than upgrade to the latest thing. In this article we look at the pros and cons of changing your event technology. Events are highly dependent on technology: website, social media, online registration, abstract management, mobile apps, housing, trade show management, fundraising, QR codes, kiosks, check-in apps, sales and marketing – the list goes on and on. There is hardly an area of event planning that is not…
  • 10 Signs You Are Hiring an Awesome Conference Speaker

    Julius Solaris
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Hiring conference speakers ain’t no walk in the park. In the socially-techy world we live in, requirements for hiring speakers changed dramatically. Here is what you should look for when hiring conference speakers. Do you remember when selecting speakers was super easy? Most of the traits of the successful conference performer were known: charisma, presence, eloquence, storytelling. These are still very valid characteristics, yet the changing nature of the attendee’s requirements is impacting the speaker selection process. Attendees want more from your conference. As a result…
 
 
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Association Virtual Event Strategy Benchmarking

    Dave Lutz
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller Virtual event strategies are evolving fast too! First, many tried to monetize them (instead of viewing them as a campaign). Next, quite a few associations embraced hybrid as their future. Now we’re seeing a trend emerging with scheduled replays. But do any of us know what’s working best or what the future holds? We Need More Data Luckily, our friends over at Tagoras are going to do the heavy lifting to help shine light on these issues. They have a survey open now to…
  • Why You Need to Adopt a Sharing Economy to Keep your Conference Relevant

    Dave Lutz
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    It’s smart. It’s social. It’s green. It’s a movement towards a sharing economy. And the direction your next-gen attendee is headed. Collaborative consumption is about shared access to products and services. Sharing goods and services is considered smart, social, green, and aligns with the values of your next-generation conference participants. Time magazine has identified it as one of the “10 Ideas that will change the world.” The sharing movement is having — and will continue to have — a significant impact on all of us, as consumers and professionals. It’s already creating…
  • All Brains Use These Four Things To Survive Conference Experiences

    Jeff Hurt
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    We are born with the capacity for fear and pleasure. Unfortunately, we are not born with the knowledge of what to fear. Or what gives pleasure. We learn those things. Our Brain’s Four Wants At A Conference Our brains survive most conference experiences. Regardless how good or how bad they are. It is rare to hear of someone dying from a bad conference experience. Although many of us have zombie-like near brain-death experiences because some of them are so boring. Author James E. Zull says that our brains survive by understanding their environment, controlling their own actions, avoiding…
  • Your Brain Wants To Avoid Thinking In Conference Settings

    Jeff Hurt
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Your brain is built to survive! It’s in the biology and chemistry of your brain to survive at all costs. Survival and protection are at the top of the list when it comes to brain activity. It even outranks thinking in priority. Survival Trumps Thinking Your brain will avoid thinking in order to conserve energy for its survival instinct. That’s often why we don’t want to think in conference settings. And it’s why we don’t want to work in education opportunities. Remember, thinking is work. It uses approximately 30% of our body’s’ resources. We prefer to just listen to a…
  • Five Fears That Keep You From Accomplishing Amazingly Awesome Stuff

    Jeff Hurt
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    If you’re an association executive or conference organizer, you know where you stand within your organization. Deep down, you desire to be and do more. No, your drive is not greed in disguise. Nor is your drive selfish in nature. It’s actually a noble drive as you want to make a difference. Your drive is rooted in the desire to do something significant, help others and be a positive influence on others. The Fear Factor Too many leaders step back from real triumphs. We become frustrated because we wanted to do so much more than we currently are accomplishing. We become satisfied with…
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  • Why CMS Should Repeal the Change in the CME Exemption

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Physician Open Payments Act (formerly known as the Sunshine Act) requires pharmaceutical and device companies to report certain transfers of value they make to physicians. Currently, the act has a continuing medical education “exemption,” meaning that payments to CME providers that ultimately fund speaker fees and attendee tuition do not have to be reported. read more
  • What's Your Meeting's "Ice Bucket Challenge"?

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    What meeting managers can learn from the "ice bucket challenge" that's sweeping the country in a wave of shivery viral goodness for the ALS cause. Content Classification:  Curated face2face read more
  • IMEX Shines a Light on Future Leaders

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Cultivating the talents of young planners across the globe is a signature of IMEX. So much has been written about Millennials in the work place and their personal attributes, we wondered: do those generational generalizations go across cultures? read more
  • New Tri-City Alliance Offers Rotating Association Meetings Value Pricing, Added Services

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, and the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau recently announced a joint program called Synchronicities, a three-city marketing partnership. read more
  • Risk Management Runs the Gamut for Global Meetings

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    “The whole area of risk mitigation, keeping up with those geopolitical trends, is the single biggest shift in our jobs over the past 20 years,” said Gregg Talley, president and CEO, Talley Management Group. Read his tips. read more
 
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    WordPress Tag: Event Planning

  • Spreading the Word

    erikaselegance
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Having an awesome time at the Premier Bridal Show at the Hyatt in Westlake.  Out here promoting our upcoming Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gown Sale in Whittier. I decided to wear pink lipstick to go with the breast cancer theme. Check out the beautiful Alfred Angelo gown that decorated our table.  One of the many wonderful gowns you’ll find at the upcoming show in Whittier. Our booth was right at the forefront of all the happenings. And we got to meet this beauty with her gold glittered painted hooves from Enchanted Carriages.  How fun!!! I love supporting the…
  • coo coo for coco chanel.

    aremmert
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Currently swooning. This is adorable, I love the wedding inspired by Ms. Coco, it looks like it came straight from a Vogue shoot! Indulge a little bit more and see the rest of the pictures here. Chanel Inspired Wedding via © Rachel A. Clingen
  • Umbrella Glam

    jazmynand
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Hello August! As summer starts to wind down I personally get excited because fall is my favorite season. In the midst of a major drought I’m praying for rain because I cannot get my mind off of these captivating umbrellas. I also saw on the news, which I never watch, that there are 2 hurricanes coming so maybe an umbrella will be needed after all. Suspending umbrellas from the ceiling is quite appealing to the eye and the use of multiple patterns is sure to strike up a conversation among guests. French Parisian, Vintage Circus or whatever your theme is umbrellas are definitely in…
  • Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Natasha Lomas
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s no shortage of startups making apps to help you find something to do in select cities.
  • An Intimate 50th Anniversary Celebration!

    henleyco
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    We recently had the opportunity to produce a very special 50th Anniversary Weekend for a client and her extended family. From enjoying VIP festivities on 4th of July at a San Diego Padres Game to an intimate celebration for 16 guests at the Birch Aquarium, we took care of every detail! Together with San Diego’s best vendors, we produced a visual bounty for the eyes, and an event that yielded rave reviews from the client! Go Team Henley!   Photography:  Merima Helic Photography   The Henley Company http://www.thehenleycompany.com The Henley Company…
 
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  • The Moxy is Looking Foxy as Opening Day Nears

    juliana
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Buona giornata! There is so much hotel news flying around this week, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest. · THE MOXY MILAN HAS SOME GOOD-LOOKING STAFFERS: The first-ever Moxy Hotel from Marriott International,is set to open on September 1 in Milan and if the rooms look as good as the hotel's crew members (who are reportedly singers, dancers, martial artists, photographers, DJ’s and musicians by night), then we think we're going to like this place very much. Rates start at 85 Euros a night. You can…
  • Istanbul: The Killer Views And Classy Rooms Of Istanbul's Sumahan on the Water

    juliab
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    The house launch and the Bosphorus Bridge, from the garden at Sumahan A converted alcohol factory on the Asian side of Istanbul, right on the bank of the Bosphorus. There’s little not to love about Sumahan on the Water, which we mentioned last week as one of our favorite Bosphorus hotels. Today, we’ll take you through the keyhole. First impressions are key, of course, and Sumahan does a blinding one: it sends its wooden boat to fetch you at the little dock in Tophane, on the European side. From there, it’s a 15-20 minute chug up and across the Bosphorus to Çengelköy, where…
  • London: What Could Be Better Than Afternoon Tea? Afternoon G & Tea

    juliab
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If it aint broke, of course, there’s no need to fix it – unless the unbroken thing we’re talking about is afternoon tea, and the ‘fix’ is a gin injection. Dukes St James in London is bringing together these two great British institutions with its G&Tea: basically afternoon tea, except with a tea-infused G&T instead of the hot stuff. The gin in question is Beefeater infused with black tea leaves – either Earl Grey or Black Vanilla. It’s served Prohibition-style in a china teacup, either cold with ice and tonic, or as a hot punch on cold days like this week.
  • Marina del Rey: Hotel MdR Marina del Rey Is Ready for Its DoubleTree Debut

    JasonD
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Warm chocolate-chip cookies at check-in have arrived harbor-side in Los Angeles, with the Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey completing its renovation and joining DoubleTree Hotels. $7.5 million of refreshments went into both an interior and exterior spruce-up, ranging from a new lobby and revamped pool area to refreshed guestrooms. The last stop on the renovation track has been the opening of restaurant Barbianca Local Kitchen. More shots from inside below.
  • Singapore: Travel Through Time With Raffles Singapore’s New Timeline Cocktail Menu

    Janice Tober
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there’s just so many drinks to share. We'll be posting quirky cocktails, boozy trends, unique menus and even recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. We expect everyone will be getting a bit tipsy over the next couple of weeks! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us. Looking for a little intellectual…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Unpacking in a Hurry

    Marriott on the Move
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    During a recent weekend trip with my wife, I noticed something I had not in 59 years of marriage: how she unpacks in a hotel room. The way someone packs, or unpacks, is not usually eye-catching; but I noticed we do different things when we enter the room. My wife...
  • You Ate, We Gave

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In May of this year, Marriott International hotels made major donations to The Prince’s Trust (UK hotels) and SOS Children’s Villages (Continental European hotels). These charitable partners are part of our “World of Opportunity Europe” initiative which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential by providing employment...
  • A Year of Surprises

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Marriott Rewards is all about helping travelers create memories that last. To mark our loyalty program’s 30th birthday, we’ve been celebrating with a “Year of Surprises.” We’ve asked people to nominate a loved one who deserves a special celebration. Nominations have been rolling in and we’ve been able to make...
  • A Better World for Business

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Signing a deal to build Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. How we do business is just as important as the business we do. That has been our approach on running a successful company for the past 87 years and has become deeply embedded in the heritage, culture and integrity of Marriott....
  • Hard Work Matters

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

  • Penalty For Rushing - Pacing Your Presentation

    Ken Molay
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    [From the archives - 2008.] I attend lots of webinars. And I moderate many more for clients. It never ceases to amaze me how common it is for speakers to run short on time as they near the end of their speaking slot. This is usually accompanied by the following kinds of statements: · "I'm running short on time, so I'll just hurry through these last slides." · "They told me to limit my remarks to 30 minutes, so I'm going to skip over this slide, and this one, and this one." · "Well, I wanted to tell you more, but that's all the time we have." By using any of these phrases, you leave two…
  • ON24 Does The Webinar Rap

    Ken Molay
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Honestly, I hardly know WHAT to say about this…   ON24 is gittin' jiggy wid what Adweek calls "white-guy rapvertising." In this spot created by ad agency Portal A, we get a strange combination of selling points, product positioning, and self-aware exaggeration of corporate-speak buzzwords. One of the things that interests me is that the rap keeps coming back to the fact that "it's all about lead generation." Obviously webinars are good for many more applications than lead generation (a fact ON24 knows very well with its long background in supporting Investor…
  • When Does A Webinar Password Make You Less Secure?

    Ken Molay
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    [From the archives - 2008. Updated for 2014.] Many years ago I had occasion to visit a bank headquarters on a programming job. We went into a secure computer room and I noticed a computer terminal on a table all by itself in the middle of the room. My host said that this was the sole access point to look at account information for any of their customers and that I shouldn't touch it. And there, scotch-taped to a pole next to the table, were the login instructions with the incredibly complex password needed for access. Nobody could ever remember it, so they had written it down for reference. I…
  • 10 Years Of Webinars: Best Of The Archives

    Ken Molay
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    I am so grateful to those of you sending me notes this month acknowledging my 10 years in business as an independent consultant, services provider, and journalist concentrating on the webinar industry. It has been such a rewarding decade, and I look forward to many more years of helping the business community achieve "Webinar Success!" They say that once something is on the internet, it never really disappears. That may be true in a technical sense… It is possible for a dedicated investigator to find old cached material… But sites go away and domains don't get renewed. That has happened…
  • Adobe Announces Connect 9.3

    Ken Molay
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Adobe posted an announcement on their blog today giving specifics on their Adobe Connect 9.3 release, due out this Fall. I got a briefing from Alistair Lee, the Sr. Enablement Manager for Adobe Connect, and Rocky Mitarai, Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Connect. As a "dot release" this upgrade is not intended to add or change major areas of functionality. It allows Adobe to do some incremental bug fixing and refine the operation of existing features. There is a little something for everyone here: Easier social media integration - particularly Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Marketers…
 
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • ASAE by the Numbers

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

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

    maureen-pickell
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    “A” is for August and ASAE. Your intrepid blogger set out for Music City a.k.a. Nashville to attend the Aug. 9-12, 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition. The location for the event was the Music City Center, built to be large enough to accommodate 75% of the nation’s convention and visitor market. This state of the art venue features 1,800 parking spaces, 22 elevators and escalators, 1,100 doors, 845 solar panels and 13,500 light fixtures. In other words, well equipped to handle the record-breaking 6,000 attendees in attendance. As usual, there was a variety of innovative learning formats…
  • New Contest Announced

    Ashley Chalmers
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Calling all meeting professionals: Do you use ConventionPlanit.com? Do you have industry colleagues or peers who could benefit from using these services? If so, you can refer your colleagues and enter to win a trip for yourself at the same time! Enter the Refer a Meeting Professional Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to the all new Tropicana Las Vegas, located on the strip! Package Includes: -Three nights in a Club Deluxe Room -Round trip air for two -Dinner at Bacio Italian Cuisine -Tickets to The Mama Mia! Musical Add ToRelated Posts:Enter Contest for Meeting PlannersNew Meeting…
  • IMEX America Hosted Buyer Opportunity

    Ashley Chalmers
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Everyone knows that IMEX America is the biggest meetings industry event in Las Vegas this year, but did you know that you can attend for free? If you are responsible for placing two or more international meetings annually (away from the US, Canada and the Caribbean), join ConventionPlanit.com at IMEX America 2014 via the Hosted Buyer Program! IMEX America returns to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas October 14-16, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to be part of our Hosted Buyer Program and join this group of valued meetings organizers as a guest of IMEX. At IMEX America you’ll meet suppliers from…
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    BusyEvent Mobile » Blog

  • Balancing Event Budgets With Banner Ads?

    Brian Slawin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a reason the ‘Skip Ad >>‘ button is the most clicked on button in the history of the internet. . . even more so than the Like button. And veteran US journalist Bob Garfield, who has been writing about “media chaos” for a while, paints a gloomy picture for anyone that thinks using advertising is going to be a path to fortune. As event professionals, we already know the challenges of balancing our budgets with advertising banners. If you think an ad-supported event model will be a panacea for your budget. . . you might want to rethink the role banner ads…
  • Every Exhibitor Isn’t an Exhibit Marketer

    Nicolette Anderson
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    A trade show is a giant game board, and each display, exhibit, and booth is a different player on that board. The objective of the trade show game is to spread the word about your brand by engaging with an event’s attendees and providing them with a memorable experience. Some exhibitors are expert players. Others, not so much. It’s one thing to show up to the game, but it’s entirely different to actually be playing. So, what constitutes that difference? Why can some brands be considered exhibit marketers while others cannot? To find an answer, let’s first examine the concept of trade…
  • Do Something Meaningful With Your Skills

    Brian Slawin
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    BusyEvent Mobile is looking for the next great PHP Developer, with 2-3 years experience, to become part of our fast growing development team.  With a mobile-first focus, our St. Louis-based company is fast-paced, thoughtful, inventive and building a world-class, data-centric, enterprise mobile platform for   our  clients and their events. Here’s what you’ll get to do   Build functionally sophisticated and visually appealing features  Develop and comment organized and well structured code Conduct A/B Testing, identify and debug issues and maximize performance Provide thoughtful…
  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry- Week of August 5

    Nicolette Anderson
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello and happy Friday! This week, we have thought provoking insights written by Traci Brown, Corbin Ball and Brian Smith from @Zapier. . . Happy Reading!! Are our Event Apps Discouraging Face to Face Engagement? by Traci Browne Browne interviews Jordan Schwartz, CEO of Pathable, who states “My belief is that a good mobile event app should facilitate interactions between people.” We couldn’t agree more. http://tradeshowinstitute.com/event_manager_stuff/are-our-event-apps-discouraging-face-to-face-engagement/    As Technology Changes Events, These Five Things Will…
  • Why don’t event attendees trust exhibitors with their information?

    Nicolette Anderson
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    At a recent conference, the presenter asked the audience to provide her with several pieces of information.  Everyone gladly shared their zip code, their area code, even their hotel room number (last digit only)…but, no one (even reluctantly) provided their social security number. But, why not?  Clearly, if what you want is of greater value than what some is asking for . . . you’ll provide them with pretty much anything. - Want a pizza delivered; here’s my address. - Want $100 for an online survey, here’s my income level. - Want a mortgage; here’s my SSN. -…
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    Inside The Costume Box

  • 6 Amazing Book Week Costumes for Your Kids

    Ned Kelly
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    With Book Week on its way, there's a good chance that your children will be asked to dress up as their favorite literary character by teachers. And, even if your little ones are too young to be in school, dressing up and acting out stories is a great way to foster a love of reading in even the youngest of children. No matter the setting, the best Book Week costumes for kids are the ones that come from the heart: A book that your child truly loves. Here are some of our favorites. Harry PotterOlder children who have enjoyed J.K. Rowling's landmark series will love the chance to dress up as one…
  • Fun and Flirty Thirty: How to Make a 30th Birthday Memorable

    Ned Kelly
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    As far as birthdays go, turning 30 can be one of the most difficult. It's when you officially wave goodbye to your fun and fancy free days of young adulthood and head straight into what might seem like a duller way of life. But 30 doesn't have to be a negative birthday! Whether you're the one celebrating or you're planning a party for someone else, there are ways to make 30 the best birthday yet. Try some of these 30th birthday party ideas and you might find that 30 suits you after all. 

Bucket List

Milestone birthday s are a great way to take stock of how far you've come, where you…
  • Party On! Top 5 Summer Party Themes for Kids

    Ned Kelly
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Whether it's because of your child's birthday or as a way to combat the dreaded declaration of "I'm bored," summer parties offer up endless possibilities. With beautiful weather and the added outdoor space to utilize, you can make a mess, invite more friends and have more fun during the warmer summer months. Of course, you don't want to throw just another party – you want to throw a bash that is truly memorable. Try one of these fun and original party themes on for size and your child is bound to love it. 

Pirates and Princesses

It's official: All kids dream of being either a…
  • 6 Awesome Kids' Party Games

    Ned Kelly
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    When it comes to kids' party games, it's the usual suspects that get the most attention. From "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" to a traditional ring toss, most kids have been there and done that when it comes to playing at a party. So why not shake things up by trying a few new games on for size? By using kids party games that no one has played before, you get children excited to be at your party and interested in participating in something other than the same old. Check out some new, fun party game ideas to use at your next soiree. 

Donut Dare

For the Donut Dare, you dare the children…
  • Top 5 Boys Book Week Parade Costumes 2014

    Ned Kelly
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What are the top costumes for boys for this year's Book Week parade? Glad you asked! Here's the Top 5 Boys Costumes from CostumeBox.com.au for 2014! Shop these dress ups and more online on their Book Week Ideas page... Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneCostume: Harry Potter Dress Up Kit.Protect Hogwarts in style and join forces with Ron and Hermione to battle evil and search for the Deathly Hallows. This children's Harry Potter outfit has everything you need to cast your first spell. The costumes includes a black velvety fabric with maroon lining, wand and glasses. Book:…
 
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  • 6 Amazing Book Week Costumes for Your Kids

    Ned Kelly
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    With Book Week on its way, there's a good chance that your children will be asked to dress up as their favorite literary character by teachers. And, even if your little ones are too young to be in school, dressing up and acting out stories is a great way to foster a love of reading in even the youngest of children. No matter the setting, the best Book Week costumes for kids are the ones that come from the heart: A book that your child truly loves. Here are some of our favorites. Harry PotterOlder children who have enjoyed J.K. Rowling's landmark series will love the chance to dress up as one…
  • Fun and Flirty Thirty: How to Make a 30th Birthday Memorable

    Ned Kelly
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    As far as birthdays go, turning 30 can be one of the most difficult. It's when you officially wave goodbye to your fun and fancy free days of young adulthood and head straight into what might seem like a duller way of life. But 30 doesn't have to be a negative birthday! Whether you're the one celebrating or you're planning a party for someone else, there are ways to make 30 the best birthday yet. Try some of these 30th birthday party ideas and you might find that 30 suits you after all. 

Bucket List

Milestone birthday s are a great way to take stock of how far you've come, where you…
  • Party On! Top 5 Summer Party Themes for Kids

    Ned Kelly
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Whether it's because of your child's birthday or as a way to combat the dreaded declaration of "I'm bored," summer parties offer up endless possibilities. With beautiful weather and the added outdoor space to utilize, you can make a mess, invite more friends and have more fun during the warmer summer months. Of course, you don't want to throw just another party – you want to throw a bash that is truly memorable. Try one of these fun and original party themes on for size and your child is bound to love it. 

Pirates and Princesses

It's official: All kids dream of being either a…
  • 6 Awesome Kids' Party Games

    Ned Kelly
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    When it comes to kids' party games, it's the usual suspects that get the most attention. From "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" to a traditional ring toss, most kids have been there and done that when it comes to playing at a party. So why not shake things up by trying a few new games on for size? By using kids party games that no one has played before, you get children excited to be at your party and interested in participating in something other than the same old. Check out some new, fun party game ideas to use at your next soiree. 

Donut Dare

For the Donut Dare, you dare the children…
  • Top 5 Boys Book Week Parade Costumes 2014

    Ned Kelly
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    What are the top costumes for boys for this year's Book Week parade? Glad you asked! Here's the Top 5 Boys Costumes from CostumeBox.com.au for 2014! Shop these dress ups and more online on their Book Week Ideas page... Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneCostume: Harry Potter Dress Up Kit.Protect Hogwarts in style and join forces with Ron and Hermione to battle evil and search for the Deathly Hallows. This children's Harry Potter outfit has everything you need to cast your first spell. The costumes includes a black velvety fabric with maroon lining, wand and glasses. Book:…
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  • 34th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

    Sight & Sound Productions
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Event Production Team Provides AV Services to 34th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament From July 21st through the 26th, the largest kingfish tournament in the world was hosted in Jacksonville at the Jim King Park & Boat Ramp located on Sister Creek. All week long, up to 500 boats compete in this tournament to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in awards. Annually, the tournament attracts approximately 20,000 spectators to join in the excitement of the weigh in, food, music, and other festivities including a phenomenal fireworks display. Sight & Sound Productions is a…
  • PORTS® Dedication Ceremony- AV Services Provided by Sight & Sound Productions

    Sight & Sound Productions
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Audio Visual Services for the PORTS® Dedication Ceremony were provided by local event production company, Sight & Sound Productions Directors from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority gathered at the River City Brewery to dedicate a new Marine data retrieval system (PORTS®) to improve the safety of Jacksonville’s Ports and Nautical Traffic. Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) gathers information from sensors that are strategically placed to determine air gaps between bridges and the water below, the saline…
  • Jacksonville Armada FC Announces Temporary Home Field Facility

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

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

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

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Ice venues including ice cafes, ice castles, and ice restaurants are usually associated with winter events. They are actually much more versatile. When temperatures soar during the summer, groups can cool down at ice cafes. For the Christmas season, ice cafes are the perfect place to hold holiday receptions and parties. The Cvent Event Blog had previously profiled a number of ice venues. The good news is that more are opening. Here are some new ones for 2014: Minus5 Ice Bar Pointe Orlando (Orlando) Minus 5, an ice bar with a tropical ambiance, opened inside Pointe  Orlando in early May…
  • Meetings Are More Rewarding at Cotai Strip Macao

    Featured Venues & Destinations
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Cotai Strip Macao is Asia’s most comprehensive meeting destination, with 9000 rooms and suites at The Venetian®Macao, Conrad® Macao, Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip. For a limited period through our "Meetings More Rewarded" meeting package, three world-class hotels:  The Venetian Macao; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are available for your meetings. Simply book a minimum of 25 rooms combined with a meeting package to…
  • Plan Ahead and Save in Florida

    Julie Barker
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The ideal times for holding meetings in Florida can be the priciest, but here are three deals that reward you for booking early. All three apply to bookings for dates in 2015.* The Waldorf Astoria Naples (pictured) is promoting numerous dates in 2015. Book early while there is still availability at this meeting-planner favorite resort. The 474-room beach property features ample meeting space both indoors and out, creative and professional catering for your event, and onsite activities to enhance your meeting, including golf and spa sessions. Rates are as low as $109 per night for certain…
  • 10 Productivity Apps for #Eventprofs

    Liz King
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    I am doing a session today at techsytalk LIVE about the 20+ productivity apps every event planner needs. And, for those of you who aren't able to attend, I thought I would share some of the resources here as well. Here are some of my favorite apps, but I'd love to learn about your favorites in the comments section too! TRELLO A great task management tool that works like sticky notes moving through your process - from To Do, to In Process to Done - you'll enjoy moving the cards and keeping your entire team on the same page. ANY.DO Looking for a very simple interface for your task…
  • Incentive Destinations: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Located on the western tip of Montreal in an upscale area known as "The Lakeshore" or "The West Island," Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, location of a Parks Canada National Historic Site, is a favourite day trip destination for Montrealers. The Iroquois and Algonquin First Nations had settlements in this area before the arrival of Europeans. Dating back to 1703, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue is one of the oldest European communities on the Island of Montreal. Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue's main claim to fame is that it's the location of McGill University's MacDonald College…
 
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  • The Event is Over – What About the Website

    Keith Johnston
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    So, the last attendee has gone home. Your event is accomplished, achieved, closed, come to an end, concluded, consummated, discharged, dispatched, done with, ended, executed, finalized, fulfilled,... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Video is Priceless for Event Marketers

    Keith Johnston
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
      Every event tells a story. There is a beginning, a middle, and end. All you need is good planning, great execution and a little luck on to make it a happy tale and not something out of... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • The Union Street Guest House, Stupidity, and Your Event Social Media

    Keith Johnston
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Social media is a fickle little wanker. One day it loves you, the next day you are no better than a bug on a windshield. Watching what happens to some companies is a lot like having a front row seat... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • The Pickled Planner – The Americano

    Keith Johnston
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Welcome the weekend people. We meeting and event planners use the term “weekend” pretty loosely. I know that you might be setting up a Conference in Calgary, a Meeting in Montana, or an Incentive in... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Future Event Tech – Any Surface as a Touchscreen

    Keith Johnston
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I love what is coming down the pike in the event tech arena. There are some amazing people out there, creating some pretty wild stuff, just blowing us away. Right now, over at Indiegogo (Kinda like... Read the rest at PlannerWire
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  • Preview the upcoming release of InviteRight v6.0

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

    Eric
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Congrats to our friends at Salisbury Composite High School and all the happy 2014 Grads!
  • 2014 Scholarship Winners react to announcement

    Eric
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:50 am
    Megan Funke - Making Grad Great Scholarship “Winning the “Make Grad Great!” scholarship has truly been an honor. Having my time, effort, and dedication that I put into my graduation acknowledged has been a wonderful opportunity to allow me to continue on my education journey to one day become an engineer. It was gratifying to see the work I did make a difference at my grad and with the school community and I am very thankful for EventIQ for recognizing my achievements.” Erica Mitchell – Acting Out Scholarship “I was elated, my first response was to share…
  • 2014 SchoolTools Scholarship Winners

    Eric
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    It just gets bigger and better every single year. Over 150 students across Canada shared their amazing stories of graduation nights to remember, athletic triumphs and standing ovations with the SchoolTools team. Needless to say selecting a winner in each category was a tremendous challenge. We thank each and every one of the students that participated and all of the teachers that inspired them to their greatness. And now the moment you’ve been waiting for – the winner and 1st runner up to each of the three 2014 InviteRight SchoolTools Scholarships! MAKING GRAD GREAT SCHOLARSHIP…
  • A welcome pedicure for Canada’s Best Graduation Coordinator of 2014

    Eric
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    This year we wanted to do something special in recognition of all the tireless teacher volunteers that help to make graduation an amazing event for students each and every year. So we put it out to all the schools and principals across Canada to nominate their choice for Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator. Cue the Top Gun theme – the Grad Coordinator nominations we received were for the best of the best. These Grad Coordinators can whip a ragtag group of volunteer students into a well oiled Grad machine, year in and year out. They can stretch out a budget and make a venue look like a…
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    ABCey Events » Blog

  • 5 Creative Holiday Party Ideas

    Deirdre Woods
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    It is hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner! Don’t make the common mistake of waiting until the last minute to book that perfect venue, because spaces are booking up quickly already! In preparation for the holidays, the girls at ABCey Events have put together some of our favorite entertainment, decor, and other ideas in order to host the ultimate gathering with friends and family!1. D.I.Y. centerpiece: This festive candle centerpiece is very easy to create. Simply fill a Mason jar with water, greenery, cranberries, a ­floating candle, and viola! Guests…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: 8.14.14 – 8.17.14

    Casey Britts
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    It’s that time of the week again! Start planning your weekend with the help of ABCey Events to maximize fun to its’ fullest potential on your precious days off. From boat parties and and food festivals to baseball games and flavor tripping parties(??),  read on to discover what this weekend has in store!Featured Event: Sunset Sound System Summer Boat Party | Sunday, August 17th | 5pm-11pm | Pier 3 | $55-60 | The Sunset Summer series is coming back to the Bay, but this time it’s on a boat! While a San Francisco August can make a ‘summer boat party’ seem like a…
  • 3 Project Management Apps To Help You Stay Organized!

    Lauran Keown Beyer
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Our number one priority as event planners’ is organization! When it comes to organizing large groups of people over a couple of months, a project management app can be a lifesaver. Sometimes a to-do list just won’t cut it, and these apps are great for planners & conferences, businesses, or even personal use! Here are 3 project management tools that ABCey loves!1. Asanais a teamwork communication manager, which supports workspaces, projects, tasks, notes, comments and an inbox that updates information in real time! The app allows you and your team to plan and mange projects…
  • 5 Fun Apps for Working Out!

    Lauran Keown Beyer
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world!One of the many great characteristics of the San Francisco Bay Area is its emphasis on health and well-being. With the wave of apps and startups from this area, we have seen lots of fitness related tech that can help you get more from your workout, track it and even motivate you to get active! As event planners, we need to stay healthy so that we can be on our toes for long hours. We’ve compiled…
  • 3 Romantic Date Ideas

    Lauran Keown Beyer
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Let’s be honest, planning a great date for that special someone is hard work. Whether you’re starting a new romance, or trying to kindle an old flame, dinner and a movie can only go so far. Connect with your date on an adventure! Since planning great events is our forte, ABCey Events thought we would help you out with some amazing plans that would knock anyone off their feet!1.  Twilight Waterways|Approximate price: $250|Our first date plan only happens a couple times a month, but lucky for you, this event is happening Wednesday, August 13. City Kayak hosts a twilight kayak tour…
 
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  • GSA updates fiscal 2015 per diems

    Plan Your Meetings
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The General Services Administration has adjusted its per-diem rates for fiscal year 2015, keeping the standard continental U.S. rate at $83. Some non-standard rates went up, others down, depending on the city and time of year. Non-standard areas are those regions to which federal employees frequently travel. Added to the list for 2015: Kayenta, Ariz. (Navajo [...]
  • Dallas, Texas, 2014: Exhibitors/Partners

    Ian Carson
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The exhibitors at PYM LIVE Events are Plan Your Meetings partners. Our partners help fund our programs, and they are the reason we are able to deliver free and affordable resources to you. We encourage you to support our partners.
  • 12 really useful websites for meeting planners

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Some of these sites offer one distinct benefit; others serve as a clearinghouse. Each is worth at least a brief visit.
  • Let’s communicate: Start-to-finish strategies

    Stacey Ruth
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Marketing before, during and after an event is about building an event brand — and generating loyalty.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Aug. 13, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In this issue: @VisitGlenwood, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown, @LaTorretta, @visitplano, SeaWorld, @tepcatering, @Westinstfr, @ZooAtl and Peppermill Resorts
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  • GSA updates fiscal 2015 per diems

    Plan Your Meetings
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The General Services Administration has adjusted its per-diem rates for fiscal year 2015, keeping the standard continental U.S. rate at $83. Some non-standard rates went up, others down, depending on the city and time of year. Non-standard areas are those regions to which federal employees frequently travel. Added to the list for 2015: Kayenta, Ariz. (Navajo [...]
  • Dallas, Texas, 2014: Exhibitors/Partners

    Ian Carson
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The exhibitors at PYM LIVE Events are Plan Your Meetings partners. Our partners help fund our programs, and they are the reason we are able to deliver free and affordable resources to you. We encourage you to support our partners.
  • 12 really useful websites for meeting planners

    Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Some of these sites offer one distinct benefit; others serve as a clearinghouse. Each is worth at least a brief visit.
  • Let’s communicate: Start-to-finish strategies

    Stacey Ruth
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Marketing before, during and after an event is about building an event brand — and generating loyalty.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Aug. 13, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In this issue: @VisitGlenwood, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown, @LaTorretta, @visitplano, SeaWorld, @tepcatering, @Westinstfr, @ZooAtl and Peppermill Resorts
 
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  • David Tutera, Wedding Planner Extraordinaire

    Randy Markus
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    courtesy of David Tutera I enjoy David Tutera. There I said it and out loud. I admire his talent and the impact he’s had on the wedding planning industry. David Tutera is described as a celebrity wedding planner, author of more than a handful of books and host of several enjoyable television shows. This past weekend I discovered his TV show totally by accident. And have to say I found it not only informative but entertaining as well. David Tutera, Wedding Planning and Success! I was surfing through my channels and came across a 2008 episode of David’s show My Fair Wedding. It reminded me…
  • The Quick and Easy Way to a Party Planning Checklist

    Randy Markus
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    courtesy of www.partyswizzle.com Planning a party can be easier than you think just by using a party planning checklist. So you drew the last straw. And you’ve been elected to plan and host the next birthday, anniversary or engagement soiree. Time to begin planning. But the first question we usually ask “when is the right time to get started”. Followed by an extensive list of who, what, where and how questions. It makes no difference whether this is your first party planning experience or your hundredth. Planning a party can be stressful and intimidating. What with so many decisions to…
  • Event Feedback – One Word Evaluations

    Ronald Shapiro
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Word cloud – One Word Evaluations Obtaining event feedback can be challenging 1.   Filling out an extensive survey at an event takes time.  Participants may not wish to allocate this time, especially if they have paid to attend the event.  Sending an event feedback survey after the event may result in a relatively low return rate.   I’ve often suspected that the most and least satisfied people may be the ones most likely to respond, resulting in not having responses from the majority of the attendees. Event Feedback – Create a Word Cloud from the Responses At many of my…
  • Dress for Success and the Interview

    Randy Markus
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    courtesy of www.danicee.com Dress for success is essential to getting hired. But you already knew that. You are what you wear, right? Do you think you’re evaluated based on what you wear? We all want to believe we’re not. But the truth is that is exactly what happens. When interviewing candidates we all utilize some sort of time savers to help speed things along. With resumes I always spend a minute or two on the regular stuff; experience and education. But when it comes to the skills and summary of qualifications I’m inclined to spend a bit of extra time. And when I am interviewing…
  • Honor Someone Special at Your Family Reunion

    Ronald Shapiro
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    photo by guyfamilyreunion.com As you plan your family reunion or other annual summer event consider honoring a very special person or a few very special people at the event. 1 Perhaps, you would like to recognize: Grandparents or parents for all of the special experiences they have provided.   A couple who recently got engaged or married to wish them well. A recent graduate or someone departing for or returning from military active duty or overseas assignments to thank them for their service. A family who is moving away or who travelled far to attend the event. Someone celebrating a…
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  • Event Proposals and Good Business Relationships

    Pat Ahaesy
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Most of us in the event planning and management world receive RFPs from companies,institutions and not for profits to manage all or part of their conferences or events. However, there is a an understanding of best practices that seems to be non existent. We all want to build good relationships with our clients and I assume […]
  • 3 Factors That Affect Webcasting and Your Hybrid Event

    Pat Ahaesy
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    3 Factors That Affect Webcasting and Your Hybrid Even I. Bandwidth  We are not concerned here about download speed. What we are concerned about is upload speed. When planning a webcast a critical factor is your upload bandwidth. If you’re sharing the connection with others, all you get is your share at that time. You can […]
  • Get Out of Your Zipcode

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

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

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

  • How To Be A Budget Friendly Bride

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Ochoa
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Key Events Hires Courtney Preston as Director of Operations We’re excited to announce the hiring of Courtney Preston as Director of Operations!  Courtney brings 12+ years of […]
  • Levi’s Stadium Open For Business

    Chris Ochoa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Levi’s Stadium Open For Business By Molly Walsh, VP Business Development A Meetings and Events Haven Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi’s® Stadium is one of the […]
  • Heather’s Top Picks

    Chris Ochoa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Heather’s Picks – Donuts to Die For After attending this year’s Hosts Global Alliance Forum in Cancun, Mexico and declaring donuts as one of the “things that […]
  • Key Corner: Key Events Gears up for Summer

    Chris Ochoa
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Summer is upon us! In addition to being the busy season for events we’re also getting ready for a number of upcoming industry gatherings.  Look for members […]
  • Event Highlight: A High Voltage Pop Up Event

    Molly Walsh
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Key Events recently had the privilege of working with the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and local electric vehicle (EV) leaders to help produce […]
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  • Travel Destinations for an Endless Summer

    Elizabeth R.
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    As humidity drops and nights get cooler, it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. However it’s not too late to experience the joys of summer, even as the fall months approach. Here are some vacation getaways where the sun is always shining and bikinis are always in style. The Sand Club at St. Barts, Caribbean  Saint Bart’s exclusive Flamands Beach is home to the Sand Club. The club provides ultimate luxury complete with Caribbean views, royal palms, warm blue waters, and soft white sands. The best way to experience St. Barths is with a private villa or suite so you can…
  • A Local Guide To Australia’s Kakadu National Park

    Suzy Guese
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Photo from Stephen Michael Barnett on Flickr Beady eyes break the surface of murky waters, like a scene out of Peter Pan. Birds flock overhead, flapping their way through various habitats and settings. Then, you stumble upon works of art stemming from not decades prior but rather thousands upon thousands of years ago. The Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia sees this scene take place daily, namely through its awe-inspiring Kakadu National Park. Australia’s Top End region clutches on to one sixth of Australia’s land mass and certainly doesn’t want to let go. Frankly, it is…
  • Destination Cambodia: A Local Guide to Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville & Outlying Islands

    Josh Lew
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    image via Leon Petrosyan Cambodia is an up-and-coming tourist destination. It has long been known for the temple ruins of Angkor Wat, but its attractiveness stretches well beyond this now-crowded attraction. Phnom Penh is changing from a sleepy capital into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Sihanoukville is a laid-back beach town that is only starting to wake up to its tourism potential, while the nearby islands remain delightful undiscovered. These are three of the best destinations in Cambodia, but they are changing as their popularity grows, making this one of those countries that is best…
  • 10 Reasons Why Private Estates Are the Best Event Venues

    Elizabeth R.
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    1. It’s a familiar concept with uncommon luxury.  Let’s face it, the grass always seems greener on the other side. Perhaps this is why companies like AirBnb or HomeAway are well, literally seeing green. They offer folks the experience of staying in a desirable neighborhood or just a less expensive hotel-alternative for a week or even a couple days. Estate Weddings and Events does too, but just on a whole different level. Our estates aren’t places to crash during a business trip but are experiences in and of themselves. The estates are carefully curated and set to…
  • What a Luxury Vacation to Azura Benguerra Looks Like

    Bree Brouwer
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Often, you’ll hear travelers rave about a place they visited or a hotel they stayed in, saying it was the best vacation they’ve ever had. But these claims are sometimes exaggerated, and not what you experience when you get there. Well, at Azura Benguerra it’s exactly what you’ll find. The amazing, “best time ever” mindset is a reality here. If you google this luxury vacation destination, you’ll see nothing but 4- and 5-star reviews on every travel site. And there’s good reason for this. Azura Benguerra has some of the most unique, private trips in the entire world. A lot of…
 
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    Endless Entertainment

  • LED Basketball Court Helps Train Young Players

    Matt Walker
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Nike, teaming up with AKQA, recently rolled out a full-sized LED basketball court inside their China-based House of Mamba. As a part of the Nike RISE Tour, Kobe Bryant of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers came to the House of Mamba to host the RISE Tour event on location. 30 young basketball players from all over China were selected through an entry process to be able to come, test out, and train on this amazing LED court with one of the biggest stars in basketball. On top of looking amazing and providing top-notch visual effects, the LED playing surface displayed responsive drills based…
  • 5 Ways to Make an Awesome Booth Design

    Matt Walker
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    There’s a good chance that you have attended some sort of conference, trade show, exhibition, or convention at some point in your career. So there you are, walking around, checking out some of the booths. Now think to yourself: what draws you in? What is the factor that makes you approach one booth over the other?Chances are that there is no one particular factor, but that it is a combination of a few different factors. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways to make your booth design the best in the room!1. Stand OutThe first suggestion is a pretty obvious one: STAND OUT! You are in a…
  • Einsteins’ Favorites: Fresh Event Perspectives, 5 Event Fears, and Elation Lighting at Comicon

    Matt Walker
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Here are a few of our favorite articles that were recently posted!5 Ways to Create Fresh Perspectives at Your Next EventWe all know that a lot of events and multiple-day conferences involve a lot of sitting, listening, and waiting throughout a day with a packed schedule from morning to night. It takes a fresh perspective to keep your audience active and engaged throughout these long conferences, meetings, and events. Studies have shown that attendees can get an immediate boost to their attention span and retentiveness by taking part in a short aerobic exercise. Short aerobic exercises can be…
  • Sunday Talk: Steve Connell – Transform

    Matt Walker
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This week we are straying from the norm a bit and will be focusing on a non-TED talk. Here, Steve Connell talks about transformation in our lives.Steve Connell – TransformVideo link Bio:Steve Connell is a spoken word artist, poet, playwright, and actor from California. He has won the 2002 Hollywood Championship and the 2003 LA Championship for slam poetry. He also won the 2003 National Poetry Championship and is the 2003 New Word Series Champion. Connell won Best Solo Performance of 2005 by Entertainment Today for his one-man show “40 Days”. He has also appeared on ABC,…
  • Drive Audience Engagement with a Social Media Wall

    Umar Shaikh
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    With social media exploding and more people flocking to new online platforms to share their lives with friends, we thought we’d share our experiences with the Social Media Wall and how event organizers have used Social Media Walls to drive audience engagement at their events.I recently went to a really cool tech conference and realized that I was really active before the event started – checking the event group, reading up on networking opportunities and interacting with my fellow attendees. But as soon as the event started, I lost that social media connection. The entire social media…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Summer Drive-In

    Heather
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    It’s been a pretty busy week at Fairplex, what with the Fair getting set-up and our last Food Truck Thursday finishing up yesterday, but we still have a full weekend of fun ahead! Keep reading to see how you should … Continue reading →
  • A tour of NHRA Museum’s new Gallery of Speed exhibit

    Heather
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    The new Gallery of Speed exhibit hall opens at the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum this summer. Visitors are brought into the fascinating world of hot rodding and motorsports in an exhibit that celebrates the people, engineering, science and … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Lunch on the Farm

    Heather
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    We enjoyed a delicious lunch out on our Farm this afternoon! Our chefs cooked up some yummy flatbreads, topped with grilled vegetables, fruit and herbs. We couldn’t get enough! Meals served fresh on The Farm  Our flatbreads will be served … Continue reading →
  • 3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

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

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

  • Road Trip Snack Ideas

    Caroline Preble
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Do your vacation plans include a road trip this year? While travel by car can be a great idea for a family getaway, sometimes those miles on the road can lead to empty bellies and backseat grumbling. Here are some road trip snack ideas to help keep everyone smiling away the miles. Filler-Uppers  – put together an assortment of your favorite crackers, roasted nuts, pretzels, cheese cubes, and dry meats like pepperoni.  Another fun idea is to mix some of these together and put them into a fun container such as the mason jar above. Grab Bags — If you are traveling with children,…
  • Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

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

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

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

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

  • Edible Wedding Favors – A Gift Your Guests Will Love

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

    Jodi Cirrincione
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    7 Tips You Need to Know for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows The traditional marriage ceremony has undergone many changes over the years. What was once a very strictly measured and regimented ceremony has become more fluid and responsive to the needs and desires of each individual couple. Today’s bride and groom are no longer necessarily restricted to those traditional standardized vows, and are opting to write, More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • What to Ask Yourself When Choosing A Wedding Officiant

    Jodi Cirrincione
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    What to Ask Yourself When Choosing A Wedding Officiant As you and your fiance begin the wedding planning process, you’ll find yourselves inundated with a barrage of decisions that need to made. It’s part and parcel of planning a wedding. You need to decide on a suitable venue, choose the members of your wedding party, compile your guest list, hire caterers, photographers, and entertainers. More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • Advice for the Bride to Be – What You Need to Know About Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

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

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

  • 4 Common Marketing Mistakes Event Planners Make

    Melanie Woodward
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    I’m looking forward to sharing today’s post with you, but I’m REALLY excited about something special we have brewing here at Event Planning Blueprint…something we’ve been working on for months… Starting your event planning business doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming. If you’re interested in building your dream business, stay tuned because we have something super exciting and very special for you. Coming in the next few weeks! OK, so let’s get into today’s post. Four Marketing Mistakes to Avoid Getting the word out about your…
  • 8 Strategies To Find Your Event Mentor

    Melanie Woodward
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Before we get into the mentoring lesson of the day, I’m proud to announce Motivation Monday at EventPlanning BlueprintTV, where each Monday I give you a small action step to move your event planning business forward. #MotivationMonday Check out our latest video here. Now onto today’s video… When you think about working with an event mentor, do your thoughts sabotage you? “But what if they say no?” I don’t know how to find someone to mentor me.” “I don’t have any experience so they’re not going to be interested in me.” Most of us have a hard time valuing our experience,…
  • How a Great Event Planner Becomes a Great Business Owner

    Melanie Woodward
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Leveraging Your Event Planning Skills into a Business Bookings are coming in and clients are singing the praises of your event planning skills. What’s the most important next step? Right now, before you dive into planning those upcoming events, take the time to take stock of your event planning business. Consider the following ways a great event planner can also become a great business owner.       I.         Plan for the long-term. Keeping all the details about your business on a legal pad? That’s a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Set up systems that will allow your business…
  • New Event Planning Training Programs and Summertime Special

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

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

  • 10 Travel Tips for the #EventProf

    Tal Shoham
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    I’m leaving on a Jet Planebe back in a couple of days! I am on the flight path again! As Evolero grows, we have Powered Events all over the world – from Chicago to New York, Jersey Island to London to Italy, Tel Aviv to Los Angeles to India and many more amazing locations in between. It has been great to travel to some of them and to other events about innovation, technology and of course, events. Tal Shoham at #KinnernetItaly Tonight I am off again, this time to NYC for Liz Kings’ TechsyTalk Live. It’s going to be a great event to meet “the” leading #eventprofs from…
  • Information and Content Flow During and After Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    I’m leaving on a Jet Planebe back in a couple of days! I am on the flight path again! As Evolero grows, we have Powered Events all over the world – from Chicago to New York, Jersey Island to London to Italy, Tel Aviv to Los Angeles to India and many more amazing locations in between. It has been great to travel to some of them and to other events about innovation, technology and of course, events. Tal Shoham at #KinnernetItaly Tonight I am off again, this time to NYC for Liz Kings’ TechsyTalk Live. It’s going to be a great event to meet “the” leading #eventprofs from…
  • How to Build an Event Community That You can Be Proud Of

    Tal Shoham
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    I’m leaving on a Jet Planebe back in a couple of days! I am on the flight path again! As Evolero grows, we have Powered Events all over the world – from Chicago to New York, Jersey Island to London to Italy, Tel Aviv to Los Angeles to India and many more amazing locations in between. It has been great to travel to some of them and to other events about innovation, technology and of course, events. Tal Shoham at #KinnernetItaly Tonight I am off again, this time to NYC for Liz Kings’ TechsyTalk Live. It’s going to be a great event to meet “the” leading #eventprofs from…
  • Events They Are A-Changin’ Evolero Style

    Tal Shoham
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    I’m leaving on a Jet Planebe back in a couple of days! I am on the flight path again! As Evolero grows, we have Powered Events all over the world – from Chicago to New York, Jersey Island to London to Italy, Tel Aviv to Los Angeles to India and many more amazing locations in between. It has been great to travel to some of them and to other events about innovation, technology and of course, events. Tal Shoham at #KinnernetItaly Tonight I am off again, this time to NYC for Liz Kings’ TechsyTalk Live. It’s going to be a great event to meet “the” leading #eventprofs from…
  • Is your #SMC Ready to Event Tweet? Top 10 Tips

    Tal Shoham
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’m leaving on a Jet Planebe back in a couple of days! I am on the flight path again! As Evolero grows, we have Powered Events all over the world – from Chicago to New York, Jersey Island to London to Italy, Tel Aviv to Los Angeles to India and many more amazing locations in between. It has been great to travel to some of them and to other events about innovation, technology and of course, events. Tal Shoham at #KinnernetItaly Tonight I am off again, this time to NYC for Liz Kings’ TechsyTalk Live. It’s going to be a great event to meet “the” leading #eventprofs from…
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    etouches blog

  • Event UI: Do You Pass or Fail The 3 Points Test?

    Nicola Rossetti
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you are reading this post, it means you probably know what UI means. Or you just like a challenge. I’m happy with both answers. For the record, UI stands for User Interface. Although Wikipedia gives this definition, I would simplify it to this: UI is what makes UX (the User Experience) good or bad. Design is not just about interface (a website, a registration form) it is about everything that touches your product or brand: process, workflows, etc. After months of work, etouches is revealing its new UI, but I wanted to go beyond what an event software can do for its customers and their…
  • Pre-Qualify Leads By Asking These 5 Questions

    Kristin Hovde
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    With hundreds, maybe thousands of attendees walking the trade show aisles, it isn’t always clear which ones are in need of a product or service like yours. Greeting and acknowledging each person that steps inside your trade show booth is important, but the amount of time you spend talking to each one depends entirely on their interest level. Spending too much time making small talk with attendees who are not in the market for your products could cause prospective customers to slip through your fingers, resulting in a loss of sales for you. Asking the right questions could help you determine…
  • Event Websites: 3 Things to Change Now

    Nicola Rossetti
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Seriously. The event website is more important than ever in this digital age. But the context has changed, both in terms of technology and communication. If you are not concerned with marketing efficiency, no-shows at events or getting more business you can skip this post. #1: Your website is surrounded Yesterday, the website was pretty much the single digital point of interaction with your audience. You had to put every aspect of your event in it: location, sessions, speakers, partners, and news. In particular, news is very difficult to handle: very time consuming and you also need the right…
  • How You Can Drive Registrations with Speaker Co-Marketing

    Hanna Leerink
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Speaker: nouna person who speaks formally before an audience;lecturer;orator. Co-marketing: noun: a partnership between two or more companies where both companies jointly market each other’s products. Fuse these two together, add a dash of marketing pizzazz and voila! Speaker co-marketing. Also known as getting your speakers or their marketing counterpart to promote the event on your behalf. An excellent, yet widely underutilised channel through which to market your event. Why get your speakers to promote your event? The very fact these movers and shakers are speaking at your event and…
  • How to Host a More Efficient Meeting

    Claire Harrington
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written for etouches by Public Relations Manager of Social Tables Claire A. Harrington, CMP. Embarrassingly simple icebreaker: Raise your hand if you have ever found yourself upset with the inefficiencies and time wasted as a result of a business meeting. If you find your fingers reaching for the ceiling, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, one study shows the following, stomach churning statistics: Professionals lose 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings Most professionals attend a total of 61.8 meetings per month Research indicates that over 50% of this meeting time…
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    The Grand Planner

  • 5 Tips for Hiring Event Security Teams

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We're back with our latest zKids installment and this time we're staying in our own backyard to talk to the wonderful and ever talented Natasha Rose Leal. Natasha is zkipster's rockstar graphic designer AND first ever KickTipp champion! (For those of you in the states, KickTipp is like the March Madness brackets for basketball!) 
  • Tips from the 10 Best Pinterest Boards on Escort Card Ideas

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

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

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

  • How To Use Trade Show Contests To Drive Traffic To Your Booth

    Alex!
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    How To Use Trade Show Contests To Drive Traffic To Your Booth 2014-08-14 Timothy Carter Have the results of your trade show exhibits sucked in the past? Didn’t get the kind of visitor numbers or sales you projected? Here’s an idea: Have a contest! Why Do Trade Show Contests At Your Booth? Because if done right, they produce results! More traffic to your booth, more opportunities to engage with customers, clients and connect with prospects. Here are a few trade show contest ideas: Offer Multiple Prizes Have visitors drop business cards in a special prize box (the prizes better be something…
  • two key benefits of custom trade show displays

    Patrick
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:11 am
    two key benefits of custom trade show displays 2014-08-07 Timothy Carter Own custom trade show displays or not own a custom display. That is the question. I recently attended a trade show where the majority of trade show displays looked pretty much the same. Most had a table with a generic table cover, at the front half of their space with staff either sitting or standing behind it. A few had a banner stand to the side and then a very basic display behind them which several were pipe and drape. Then the booth graphics were nothing more than a logo of the company somewhere on a solid color…
  • why social media is an important tool for new trade show professionals

    jsavage
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    why social media is an important tool for new trade show professionals 2014-08-01 Justine Savage I bet I know what you think this article is about, because we all know how important social media is becoming as a tool for exhibiting. However, today I’m covering another important aspect of social media…and that’s industry education. Four years ago I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts & Sciences, perhaps one of the most generalized (but no less valuable) majors one can choose. In some ways that generalization was freeing, in other ways it left me…
  • exhibiting 101 types of trade show displays

    jsavage
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    exhibiting 101: types of trade show displays 2014-07-29 Justine Savage If you’ve been preparing for a trade show by researching what kind of exhibit options are available for your space and budget, I bet you’ve run across an industry term or two that’s left you scratching your head. If this sounds familiar, have no fear! In this week's Exhibiting101 post we go back to basics again and break down some of the most popular types of exhibits, spaces and products to help you make your decision. Let’s start with the kind of space you’ll need to fill with your booth… sizes, shapes &…
  • How to Get The Most Out of Your Attendee Experience

    jsavage
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    quick guide: getting the most out of your attendee experience 2014-07-25 Justine Savage Attending an industry trade show can be a great investment for your company. Industry shows offer you and your team the opportunity to network, learn and make new sales connections all in a face-to-face environment that’s all too rare in today’s business world. While you may think your responsibilities as an attendee are looser than those of an exhibitor, you might want to think again. Without proper planning or use of time you could end up walking away with a hole in your pocket (one you thought you…
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    Collection 26

  • 5 Tips to achieve a Perfectly Personalised wedding

    Samantha
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you look back on your wedding day, in years to come, you want to remember all the little detailing that made your day wonderful. Personalisation will really help to make your wedding special and we’ve got five exciting ideas to get you started.   #1 – Personalised Wedding Rings Design your own engagement ring, create beautiful weddings rings and add your unique, personal touch. Wedding rings come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. We recommend you find a style that you love and adapt it in a way that works for you. Perhaps you have a favourite diamond that you would like…
  • THE EXPERT EDIT: 4 ways to immerse your party guests in absolute luxury

    Ben Tippetts
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The best luxury parties we’ve ever planned are quite often the most memorable parties, the ones that rise above the rest; the ones people mention in conversation for weeks, even months afterwards. The sumptuous, the luxurious and the extravagant – these are the words our guests often use after attending a bespoke Collection 26 planned party. Simply, if you’re the host you want your party to be unforgettable and if you’re the guest you’ll want a unique, immersive experience – so let’s take a look at how to give your party that desired luxury twist that will make it…
  • THE HOTTEST COLOUR PAIRINGS THIS PARTY SEASON

    Samantha
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Hot Pastels and Vibrant Contrasts Modern brights paired with traditional pastels are on the hottest colour themes this season, with zesty, vivid shades cosying up to muted, elegant pastels. Whatever the size and nature of the event you’re planning, this influx of cool new hues means you can create custom co-ords that flaunt your creative savvy. There is no one correct palette. If you’re feeling daring, the melding of two opposites gives way to a new wave of experimentation, with colours being used in pairs rather than stand alone shades. Any of the pastel shades below make for incredible…
  • THE EXPERT EDIT: How to achieve the perfect vintage look

    Samantha
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    There is something so beautifully charming about vintage weddings. Whether you’ve planned your big day with a vintage theme or you’ve dotted vintage pretties throughout your celebrations, a wedding with the right amount of detail can look simply stunning, a real wonder for all your guests. But how do you achieve the perfect vintage look? Here are a few ideas from Collection 26… ♥ Find vintage pieces that inspire you and create scrapbooks with all your favourite ideas, it’s essential that you find ideas that work together. The vintage trend has a lot of different elements and you…
  • THE THEATRE OF EVENTS

    Joe Blackman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:51 am
    Over the years, I have heard many recite their view of what events mean to them, and what makes an event a success. When I started Collection 26 several years ago, I understood from the start that great events go far beyond booking suppliers. I wanted to build a company that recognises that incredible events need to be much more than exceptional planning and great design. I remember sitting in a beautiful Arts Centre in Wales on a castle wall, watching an International Storytelling Festival I was involved with producing at the time. I took some time out to watch the festival of 8,000 unfold.
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