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  • 40 Simple Web Tools for Associations and Event Planners

    PlannerWire
    Keith Johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    A really awesome reader, who works for an association whose members do life saving work (really, they are that cool), sent me an email and asked a simple question. Rather than paraphrase and get it... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • Event Apps are Dead… Long Live Event Apps!

    Event Manager Blog
    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by Michael Balyasny, CEO, Attendify . More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. Event apps have been around since 2008 with roughly 25,000 apps created to date, an average of just over 4,100 apps a year. That sounds like a lot, but when you consider that over 1.8 million events take place in the US alone its a drop in the bucket, just 0.02% of events! While not all events need an app, its still an amazingly low number when you consider the incredible buzz around event apps in the past few years. So what’s the real story here? Why…
  • The Best Posts of August 2014 on @EventMB

    Event Manager Blog
    Julius Solaris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Time for our monthly roundup of the hottest articles on your favourite event blog. Whoever said that August was quite a low intensity month was dead wrong. Here at EventMB we got our good dose of controversy, innovation, inspiration and education, If you were busy planning your next event, here is what you missed last month. The Best Posts in August 2014 1. 10 Signs You Are Hiring an Awesome Conference Speaker A quite controversial post that divided you readers. The modern requirements of events scream for better connected, tech savvy speakers. Here is what you should be looking for. 2. 20…
  • Video is Priceless for Event Marketers

    PlannerWire
    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
  • Getting Vendors to Say Yes to Promotion

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    Kristen Carvalho
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your event is a revolving ecosystem. In order to get everything to run smoothly and work together you need to have a plan in place. Thinking back to our last post on how to court a sponsor, we learned how to get sponsors to invest by showing them a mutually beneficial relationship. The same can be said for vendors. In order to make sure that your event is going to be a success you need to have the correct vendors in place. Vendors are the people and companies that make your events stand out, so it’s important to have a good rapport with them. Most people never take their relationship with…
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    Event Manager Blog

  • The Best Posts of August 2014 on @EventMB

    Julius Solaris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Time for our monthly roundup of the hottest articles on your favourite event blog. Whoever said that August was quite a low intensity month was dead wrong. Here at EventMB we got our good dose of controversy, innovation, inspiration and education, If you were busy planning your next event, here is what you missed last month. The Best Posts in August 2014 1. 10 Signs You Are Hiring an Awesome Conference Speaker A quite controversial post that divided you readers. The modern requirements of events scream for better connected, tech savvy speakers. Here is what you should be looking for. 2. 20…
  • The Prehistoric Attendee: The Evolutionary Psychology of Events

    Cathy Key
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    No-one can deny that technology has transformed the meeting industry. However, events are fundamentally about people coming together and we have been doing that since the beginning of human history. In this article we look at look at some of the ways we interact and behave in groups and see that the French were right when they said that ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. I have a PhD in Anthropology and spent over a decade researching human evolution and behaviour. One of the universals of human behaviour is that we live in large social groups and we depend on each…
  • 10 Terrific Event Startups To Explore For Your Next Event

    Julius Solaris
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Here is a collection of the most promising startups providing technology solutions for events. Be inspired by these helpful tools. The Event Tech scene is in turmoil. It’s just news of last week that DoubleDutch closed another successful round of investment at $19.9M. Earlier in August Social Tables finalised another $8M investment. Other startups are growing organically into full fledged businesses, hiring staff, launching new services. Event professionals are realising the potential of event technology. Nobody is buying anymore the ‘I haven’t got time’ or ‘This…
  • Event Apps are Dead… Long Live Event Apps!

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by Michael Balyasny, CEO, Attendify . More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. Event apps have been around since 2008 with roughly 25,000 apps created to date, an average of just over 4,100 apps a year. That sounds like a lot, but when you consider that over 1.8 million events take place in the US alone its a drop in the bucket, just 0.02% of events! While not all events need an app, its still an amazingly low number when you consider the incredible buzz around event apps in the past few years. So what’s the real story here? Why…
  • 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…
 
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    Meetings Podcast

  • CIC CMP Conclave Education Comittee Diana Hakenholz and Matt DiSalvo

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Today on the Meetings Podcast, Jon Trask talks to Diana Hakenholz Director of Meetings and Education Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors- International (ACCED-I) and Matt DiSalvo Chief Sales Officer at SER exposition services, Matt and Diana are the co-chairs of the Convention Industry Council education committee this year.  They talk with Jon about the CIC Conclave and some of the many speakers and keynote session their committee has arranged.  They also spend time discussing some of the new learning approaches taken this year including some experiential…
  • Joan Eisenstodt - Inclusive Hospitality CIC Conclave Speaker

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Today on the Meetings Podcast CIC edition, Jon Trask talks with Joan Eisenstodt about her Conclave session on Inclusive Hospitality and creating events that support all.  In the session she will look not just at the ADA, but how planners and suppliers can and should look beyond the minimal requirements to finding solutions that make events inclusive and meaningful for everyone in their audience.  The CIC Conclave will be held in New Orleans on September 6-8, 2014.  
  • Joan Eisenstodt – Crisis Planning and Event Safety CIC Conclave Speaker

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In this Meetings Podcast CIC Edition, Jon Trask talks with Joan Eisenstodt about the second of her two sessions at the CIC Conclave on September 8th.  Joan and co-presenter Brad Goldberg will in an interactive session talk about risks and risk evaluation for planners and suppliers within the meetings industry.  What are the “elephants in the room” that could affect your next event?  Attend this session and join in on the discussion.  
  • Meetings Podcast CIC Edition - Jokima Hiller - What About Me? Beating Meeting Planner Burnout

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Jon Trask from the Meetings Podcast CIC edition talks today with Jokima Hiller of Missouri State University about her upcoming CMP Conclave Session in New Orleans; “What about me?  Beating Meeting Planner Burnout”.  In this session she’ll help planners focus back onto themselves and avoid the stress and burnout that can often accompany the high stakes and high pressure roles that planners are regularly called upon to fill.   
  • IMEX Podcast with Steve Gross- How Joy and Optimism Ignite the Best in Us

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Mike McAllen sits down with Steve Gross and talked about his upcoming keynote at IMEX America.  Steve is serious about play—and its tremendous benefits for people and the organizations where they work. He also works for the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that uses play to help children overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and severe poverty.A recognized expert in utilizing joyful play to promote resiliency in children, he has extended those insights to adults, reconnecting them to their playful selves and enabling them to function at their best.
 
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Steal And Adapt These Double Gulp-Worthy Ideas For Your Next Conference

    Jeff Hurt
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Most conference organizers and event professionals are always looking for the next great idea. I’ve recently come across several set-off-the-fireworks awesome event ideas. Consider borrowing them. And if you do steal them, make sure that you understand the principles underneath the issues they address. As well as how to adapt them to your context. Or you’ll fail at implementation! So go ahead and be a creative kleptomaniac as you adopt and adapt these gulp-worthy ideas. The Coffee Cantina The Conference Coffee Catina from Jeff Hurt The MPI SEC 2014 Conference offered it’s attendees a…
  • Two Enormously Essential Questions Your Education Participants Must Answer

    Jeff Hurt
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Your education offerings only produce business value when participants transfer their learning to their work. Their applied learning to their job is the real reward of your education efforts. This means that your education offerings should be delivered in ways that are the easiest to learn and apply. Not delivered in ways that are easiest to create and present. The Two Vital Questions Whether your organization’s education programs are seen as valuable or worthless depends upon the response to two really important questions says the authors of The Field Guide To The 6Ds. Your participants…
  • Boost Your Strategic Thinking While Improving Your Memory Of Minutia

    Jeff Hurt
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    How strategic is your thinking? Do you crave information? Do you believe that more is actually better? Do you desire data, data and more data? If you hunger after more and better ideas at all cost, your info-craving habits actually zap your brain’s energy. The persistent pace of focusing on details makes it more difficult for your brain to decipher and understand the big picture. Details Or Big Ideas According to cognitive neuroscience expert and author Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, when you focus on remembering minutia and details, it adversely affects your ability to engage in strategic…
  • 21st Century Leadership Skills Require Collaborative Learning

    Jeff Hurt
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are 21st Century conference organizers trying to create success using outdated 20th Century skills? According to a 2012 Skillsoft survey, too many professionals today are trying to lead with last century’s abilities. Then they wonder why their business, or in this case their conference, is not thriving. Skillsoft’s findings illustrate that 21st Century leaders must be more collaborative, creative, flexible and innovative than their 20th Century predecessors. Encouraging Outdated Skills More than 1,100 individuals participated in Skillsoft’s 21st Century Leadership Survey. The aim was to…
  • You Need To Move The Finish Line For Your Learning Participants

    Jeff Hurt
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We are sending the wrong message with the majority of our organization’s learning opportunities. Our programs often end with a certificate of completion, CEU credit or some type of recognition. It implies that the learner is done. The learner has arrived. That learners have completed all that is required of them. The Real Work The real work actually begins when the education session ends. The real work is the effort the learner uses to transfer and apply the new knowledge and skills so that it improves their performance. We need to redefine the end of a learning opportunity. We need to…
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    MeetingsNet

  • An Insurance Conference Planner’s Storied Career

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Chuck Lane has a Super Bowl ring, worked 13 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, and drove around the country with Satchel Paige promoting the Harlem Globetrotters. After all that, he spent nearly three decades planning incentive conferences. read more
  • Challenge to Big Chain CEOs: Be First With Free Wi-Fi

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    The time has come for all hotels worldwide to offer complimentary basic Internet to all guests. I challenge Messrs. Nasseta, Sorenson, Hoplamazian, Van Paasschen (CEOs of Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Starwood, respectively) to be the industry leader on Wi-Fi. read more
  • Dubai Makes it Easy for Associations to Expand Their Global Footprint

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    A new law enables associations to incorporate in Dubai Associations that are interested in expanding globally, reaching into the Middle East, Africa, and India markets, can now take advantage of the new Dubai Association Centre, an entity set up by the Dubai government. It is designed to make it easy for international and regional associations to set up chapters or offices in the Middle East. read more
  • Hotel de Paris to Undergo Transformation

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Monaco's incentive gem will shine even more brightly Monaco's incentive gem will shine even more brightly read more
  • Gallery: Scenes from ASAE 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Close to 6,000 association professionals and industry partners attended the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 9-12, in Nashville. ASAE had the highest number of association executives—3,159—since the 2007 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago. read more
 
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    WordPress Tag: Event Planning

  • Onesie Appliques for a Twin Baby Shower

    Design Inspirations
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    We decided to do this great activity for a recent twin baby shower this past weekend. It turned out to be a huge hit! The idea was to revamp white hand me down onesies, but we also bought some new ones just in case we ran out. We supplied our guests with various fabric options backed with Pellon Wonder-Under, thanks to my favorite store ever; Rock Paper Scissors. We also printed out an array of applique patterns. You can check out our Pinterest board for ideas. Check out all of the fun designs that our guests created.
  • DIY: Wine Tasting Party

    liquidcatering
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting at a winery, restaurant, or special event, then you know
  • Feature Friday!

    Blue Steel Lighting Design
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Happy Friday! We are happy to share with you Vanessa + Chris’ big day on 5.10.14!!  They tied the knot at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with a reception that followed at the Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Virginia! Everything looked so beautiful! Scroll down to see more from their amazing wedding day! Ceremony: The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Venue:  Hermitage Country Club Photographer:  Grant and Deb Photographers Flowers:  Coleman Brothers Flowers Inc. DJ:  Alex Verno, DJs For Lovers Cake:  Pearl’s Cupcakes
  • DAVID TUTERA'S CELEBrations Preview: Ray J vs. Brandy Who Ya' Got? (VIDEO)

    pauladuffy
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Slomique, David Tutera, Brandy and Ray J on CELEBrations DAVID TUTERA’S CELEBrations features
  • Giving Back In Style

    iamvaldecena
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s just say what an event! Not only was planning and executing our LUXE For The Less Fortunate Social Mixer what we loved doing, but seeing our vision come to life while giving back to the community was truly a thrill! Despite the less than stellar weather, we had a wonderful turnout. August 7th was an evening of delicious lite fare and libations, invigorating music—and great company! We are so grateful for everyone’s time and donations. In conjunction with The Mustard Seed of Central Florida, we’ve helped out at least 6-10 local families by providing them with…
 
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  • This is The Part When We Break Free...Until Tuesday

    juliana
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. [In my best Ariana Grande voice] "This is the part when I break free" until Tuesday since it's Labor Day on Monday. So sit tight . Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · VIRGIN GETS CLOSER TO STRIPPING DOWN · 10 WAYS TO DO THE SLS WITHOUT SPENDING THE NIGHT · 5 REASONS WHY HARD ROCK PALM SPRINGS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE HARD ROCK ALSO: All day dining has landed at the Langham London. CHARGES ·
  • 'Would You Like Some Ice?' More Hotels Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    juliana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no signs of slowing down. The viral video campaign has gone from your Facebook friends to friends of your Facebook friends to kids of your Facebook friends to celebrities, athletes, pop stars and anyone else who feels like getting noticed for pouring ice water over their heads. And hotels always want to be noticed. We wrote about the Novotel Times Square's ice bucket challenge the other week and it set off a flurry of other hotels doing ice bucket challenges. There is literally no end in sight for the ice bucket challenges. But here are a few of the…
  • 29400 Ronda,Malaga: Funky Friday: Nothing Butt Cheeky Poolside Art at Hotel Enfrente Arte

    DesignMinder
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    These artsy his and hers lounge chairs are sure to be the butt of many a poolside joke at Enfrente Arte Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.Hotel Enfrente Arte in Ronda, Spain, offers its own unique take on hotel art--…
  • 6 Ways to Make Your Hotel Spa Massage Even Better

    RDH
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hotels have been very keen on hotel spas in recent years--whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn't mean its spa is. We told you what to look for in a very good spa as well as signs of a very bad spa. Now, here's are some ways to ensure your next massage is the absolute best it can be.Besides emerging from your hotel spa feeling like a brand new human being, there are a few things you can…
  • New York: The Out NYC Wants You In The Dog House

    juliab
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Hospitality for pets is apparently “the fastest growing sector in the travel market”, which makes all the cute hotel doggies we’ve seen recently seem slightly less cute and slightly more cynical. Joking! Obviously nothing could make those dogs any less cute. The latest hotel to jump on the furry bandwagon is The Out NYC, which has just opened some Dog House Suites – dog-friendly rooms attached to private courtyards – particularly handy for offleash activities or, we guess, doing their business. Even better, access to the courtyard is via a pet door, so they can come…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    (I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...
  • 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....
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    The Webinar Blog

  • Another Bogus Top 10 List For Web Conferencing

    Ken Molay
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Earlier this year I wrote a post dismissing the site ReviewAuthority.com and their listing of the 10 Best Web Conferencing Firms. Today I just saw a press release announcing a similar listing by the website Top10InAction.com. Following the link in the press release revealed the Top10InAction "Best Web Conference Services." At least they didn't include a defunct company like the other listing had. But they do have some problems with proper branding and capitalization of the products they review. They also shift rather loosely between identifying product names and company names. Honestly, I…
  • Lessons From A Dissatisfied Webinar Attendee

    Ken Molay
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Last week I noticed the following tweet: To be honest, that surprised me a bit, as I have always found ReadyTalk to be one of the easier webinar platforms to use. So I contacted Daniel and asked if I could interview him about his experiences. He graciously agreed, and I think we can take away some lessons from the talk. Daniel is both a podcaster himself and a podcasting consultant. That makes him particularly sensitive to audio issues (he blogs about them on a regular basis). In the webinar he attended, there was a combination of live narration over PowerPoint slides along with prerecorded…
  • Is An Educational Webinar Its Own Reward?

    Ken Molay
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I have been working with a client who is offering a series of educational webinars for existing customers and potential sales prospects. He has a lot of great information to present in the target area of expertise. But we have been struggling with the end of the webinars. The goal is more aligned with "content marketing" than direct "lead generation." Therefore we are not driving people to a specific call to action such as filling out an order form or calling a sales representative. I keep pushing him to close with a statement of why the information is valuable for the audience and what they…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Must Read Articles for the Events Industry, Week of August 18

    Nicolette Anderson
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday to the events world! Today’s articles bring you some event-related time saving tips, advice for switching to a new event technology and a look into the growing trend of socially conscious meetings. Happy reading! 1. Tick, tock, tick: 5 tips sure to save you time by Julie Niehoff Use Niehoff’s tips to prepare now for the busy fall events season. http://planyourmeetings.com/2014/08/21/tick-tock-tick-5-tips-sure-to-save-you-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+planyourmeetings+%28Plan+Your+Meetings+News+%26+Events%29   2. Better…
  • 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…
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  • 3 Ways the New Generation of Video Conferencing Benefits Sales Organizations

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Download this eBook to learn how sales teams like yours are leveraging cloud-based video conferencing to sell more, travel less, hold forecasting meetings and train sales reps more effectively.Request Free!
  • The Virtual Communication Advantage: A Guide to Enterprise Virtual Town Hall Meetings

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Download this white paper, “A Guide to Enterprise Virtual Town Hall Meetings,” to explore the challenges associated with implementing a town hall meeting and learn how to provide all of your employees the ability to both watch and participate in the activities of a traditional town hall meeting from anywhere in the world. Download now.Request Free!
  • Online Meeting Guide: Software and Strategies

    4 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Modern videoconferencing services are easy to use, and available to nearly anyone with a computer or Smartphone.  The ability to connect and meet with people online means we’re no longer limited by geographical location. Furthermore, countless websites provide us with a wide variety of tools and resources for conducting meetings, planning and executing projects, and reducing the amount of printed paper traditionally needed to get things done. The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to many of the popularly used, free, or relatively inexpensive, online resources and tools for…
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    13 May 2014 | 9:50 am
    Prevue features high-impact group experiences and compelling hotels, resorts and group venues that empower and motivate attendees – helping planners create memorable and productive meetings and incentives. Prevue, above all else, is experiential. And it's always presented with stunning visuals and concise, lively editorial content in print and online.Request Free!
  • Talk Lean: Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations.--Free Sample Chapter

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

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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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    Cvent | Cvent

  • Why NSO are Crucial To Selecting The Perfect Venue

    Client Services, Site Selection
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    In the dynamic and ever-changing world of meetings and events, maintaining strong relationships with your industry contacts is a crucial aspect of the site selection process. Cvent understands the need to keep these relationships strong and allows you to do so through the NSO Contact enterprise functionality offered to you in your account. The NSO Contacts section is a great place for you to create your very own personal directory that you or your team work with. Here you can associate contacts to either an entire chain, a specific brand, or to a single venue, depending on the hotel or group…
  • Meeting Generously: Create a VIP Giving Experience

    Cvent Guest
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    by Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Competitors pose for a quick picture before teeing off in the MSP Love Josh Williams Golf Tournament. This VIP event raises funds for the Midwest Sports Production’s Love Fund’s Scholarships. Associating your organization with a cause is more important than ever: according to the 2012 GoodPurpose Study conducted by Edelman, 86% of individuals globally expect companies to put as much emphasis on social interests as they do business interests. Providing leadership with the opportunity to “meet…
  • What's Hot: Fabulous Fall Event Colors

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Today before you head off for the Labor Day weekend, we'll keep it light and easy. Labour Day is the unofficial start of the autumn season in the U.S. and Canada. Other areas that are about to go through a marked seasonal transition at this time of year include the United Kingdom, Northern Europe, and the Northern parts of Asia (including Japan and Korea). As the splendid fall foliage adds a splash of colour to the surroundings, this can inspire event planners to explore fresh themes and colour schemes to their events. 2014 Pantone Fall Colours For more than 20 years, Pantone has been the…
  • Are Incomplete Exhibitor and Sponsor Profiles Driving You Crazy?

    Traci Browne
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Just about every event producer I know laments the fact that it is difficult to get their sponsors and exhibitors to complete their online profiles properly. Technology has made it possible for your exhibitors and sponsors to not only upload a company description, but they can also upload white papers, brochures, spec sheets, and images. While they can upload all that content, actually doing it is another issue entirely. “Most B2B purchase decision makers and influencers use their smartphones to gather information when purchasing products and services" according to an article…
  • How Tough Will 2015 Hotel Rate Negotiations Be?

    Bruce Serlen
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    With the request for proposals (RFP) process about to begin in earnest to determine 2015 group rates, Scott Berman, PricewaterhouseCoopers' respected U.S. hospitality and leisure industry practice leader, noted on Monday that group demand has continued to strengthen in 2014 thus far.  RELATED: Negotiating 2015 Rates: 7 Things You Need to Know While this sounds good, for meeting planners who want the best deal they can get, the greater the group demand, the less urgency hotel sales managers will feel to negotiate. Especially during periods of peak demand, the best planners might…
 
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    PlannerWire

  • 40 Simple Web Tools for Associations and Event Planners

    Keith Johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    A really awesome reader, who works for an association whose members do life saving work (really, they are that cool), sent me an email and asked a simple question. Rather than paraphrase and get it... Read the rest at PlannerWire
  • 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
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    EventIQ Blog

  • Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

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

    Eric
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    What is a Form Link? The Form link is: * The web address of your form * The address that you will share with your registrants / ticket purchasers * You can edit this link at any time – even after you have launched your form. Why use it? We suggest personalizing your Form Link so that it is easy to type and to remember. In fact you can share this link with your guests even if you are not finished editing your forms – your guests will only see the Countdown to open page. You can also change your custom URL and direct your guests to a different weblink at any time, even when your forms…
  • New Feature – Shuffle Candidate Order

    Eric
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s true, first comes first. Believe it or not, the order of candidate names on a ballot has an impact on voting results.  “When the candidates are listed first, they have a real advantage.” said Jon Krosnick, co-author of the study and professor of psychology and political science at Ohio State, to the Ohio State Research Communications. ”Even in high profile elections such as the presidential race….name order on the ballot can make a big difference.”  According to Krosnick’s joint study with researchers from Stanford University and the University of…
  • The Extraordinary Mystery of the Missing Back-to-School Student Registration Line-up

    Eric
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    A student prepares for his September course registration, as always, an hour before the registration begins. But this year his school has decided to dismantle the long lineups and accept registrations online. Where previously there was a lengthy paper document overflowing with course listings, when he arrives online, he’s met with a single entry field – Student ID. He enters his ID and in seconds the form comes alive and several pieces of his student information filling up the form. He hardly has to do anything as his information is pre-filled: Parent Guardian Contact Information, Course…
  • 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…
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  • 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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  • What happens during conference calls? (It’s not work)

    Plan Your Meetings
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for the [...]
  • ISES names Spirit of Excellence award winners

    Plan Your Meetings
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced its 2013-14 Spirit of Excellence award winners, honoring both chapters and individuals. Chapters are recognized for excellence in communications, programming and education, membership retention and growth programs, and international engagement. Individual awards go to ISES volunteers for their service. Chapter awards Chapter of the year: Austin, Texas. (Honorable mention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.) Communications: [...]
  • New College Football Hall of Fame open for meetings

    Plan Your Meetings
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last week in downtown Atlanta, has 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 45-yard indoor playing field that can hold 900 people seated and up to 1,450 people standing. It connects to the Georgia World Congress Center, allowing meeting attendees to move from the expo floor to evening events at [...]
  • Get attendees plugged into you, not their devices

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The real solution has to come from the stage, although there are other small steps you can take.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Aug. 27, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: @MeetatTexas, @CrownePlaza, @danahotel, @DBTreeSav, @pearlbrewery, @VisitSouthPadre, @visitRaleigh and Peppermill Resorts
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  • What happens during conference calls? (It’s not work)

    Plan Your Meetings
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for the [...]
  • ISES names Spirit of Excellence award winners

    Plan Your Meetings
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced its 2013-14 Spirit of Excellence award winners, honoring both chapters and individuals. Chapters are recognized for excellence in communications, programming and education, membership retention and growth programs, and international engagement. Individual awards go to ISES volunteers for their service. Chapter awards Chapter of the year: Austin, Texas. (Honorable mention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.) Communications: [...]
  • New College Football Hall of Fame open for meetings

    Plan Your Meetings
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    The College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last week in downtown Atlanta, has 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 45-yard indoor playing field that can hold 900 people seated and up to 1,450 people standing. It connects to the Georgia World Congress Center, allowing meeting attendees to move from the expo floor to evening events at [...]
  • Get attendees plugged into you, not their devices

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The real solution has to come from the stage, although there are other small steps you can take.
  • Weekly deals and highlights: Aug. 27, 2014

    Plan Your Meetings
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this issue: @MeetatTexas, @CrownePlaza, @danahotel, @DBTreeSav, @pearlbrewery, @VisitSouthPadre, @visitRaleigh and Peppermill Resorts
 
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  • 3 Ways to Promote Booking Hotel Rooms Via Your Room Block

    Andrew Maxwell
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    photo by asaporg.com Determining the number of hotel rooms for a room block can be frustrating for a meeting planner. There are a lot of factors that need to be determined. As a seasoned meeting planner will tell you, it’s not as simple as telling your hotel contact that you need 100 room nights for your group. Rather, there’s this nasty little clause called attrition. Attrition rates are put in place to ensure that the planner, or group, requesting the room block is actually going to use those rooms. And you can understand that from a hotel’s point of view. They do not want…
  • Can You Really Trust Your Event Suppliers?

    Andrew Maxwell
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    photo by venturegalleries.com Event suppliers are crucial to successful meetings and events. My experiences with meeting planners in the past have made me realize that many planners simply do not trust some suppliers. The main area of concern always seems to focus on budgets. Meeting planners are used to traveling to many cities to execute their events. And, many times these planners find themselves in situations where they have to establish new relationships with their event suppliers. Meeting Planners Look for Trust More Than Anything In Their Event Suppliers I was a co-owner of a…
  • Top Vacation Destinations Around the World

    Andrew Maxwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This is the time of year when many meeting and event planners, in particular, are trying to squeeze in a little R&R. With fall around the corner, there’s not much time left for many planners to take a vacation. Vacation destinations are selected based on the type of holiday desired. Some choose beach destinations while others, particularly those with children, are more interested in family vacation destinations. Based on the feedback of thousands of travelers, US News and World Report, Travel recently revealed the best vacation destinations around the world. The Best US Vacation…
  • From the How Not to Promote an Event Department

    Andrew Maxwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    photo by art4kids.com Coors light Canada learned a lesson in viral marketing the hard way. I’m sure you’re used to seeing all of the viral marketing campaigns that many companies use to promote their brand/product. Viral marketing can be hugely successful. However here’s the thing with viral marketing: you can’t always control the way that the campaign will unfold. And sometimes that can be a good thing. After all, they are viral. However, as Coors light Canada found out recently, the way in which you intend to promote an event isn’t necessarily how things will…
  • 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…
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  • How do You Determine Which is The Best Event Planning or Management Firm For You?

    Pat Ahaesy
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    We know that cheapest event planning service is not necessarily the best. But, how do you determine the best? Is an event planner considered the best because he receives a ton of publicity? Is he the best because he produces or manages an enormous number of events? Is the event planning company the best because […]
  • 10 Reasons Why Looking For The Least Expensive Meeting or Event Planning Services Is Not A Good Option

    Pat Ahaesy
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    10 Reasons Why Looking For The Least Expensive Meeting or Event Planning Services Is Not A Good Option They don’t make a planning timeline & share with you,  Ask for a sample planning timeline They don’t make a risk assessment.  Will they sit down with you to do a SWOT Analysis? They don’t have contingency […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Event Checklist Blog

  • How To Be A Top Notch Event Speaker

    Arwin Adriano
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Being a top notch event speaker is not an easy job, it’s not just about talking in front of many people, and it’s not just about sharing your experiences or knowledge. Being a good speaker requires... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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  • How To Throw A Labor Day Party in 5 Effortless Steps

    Suzy Guese
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
      Photo from Babble Labor Day signals the end of summer for most families and friends. School is either beginning or work is gearing up for a busy fall season. The last holiday of summer should be celebrated accordingly, namely with very little effort. As the rest and relaxation of summer is drawing to a close, Labor Day weekend is a good time to throw a party. If you are plotting a Labor Day party or even looking to plan an over-the-top affair for next year, you don’t have to put in a great deal of labor to throw an amazing shindig. Here’s how to throw a crowd-pleasing Labor Day…
  • How To Have the Best Labor Day Weekend Ever In San Diego

    Josh Lew
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    image via peasap Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. This is the last chance to enjoy the vacation-like atmosphere before the kids head back to school and work gets more serious again. A beer and barbecue  get-together is a Labor Day tradition for many. However, if you find yourself in the San Diego area when August turns into September, there are a lot of exciting options that can make this the best Labor Day you’ve ever had. Weekend-long events, parties, sports, family events, and a chance to play in the sand are on the agenda for SD residents and tourists. And of course,…
  • Labor Day Weekend Escapes in Mexico

    Abigail Geer
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Photo Credit: superstrikertwo Labor day marks the end of the summer season making it the perfect time to get away for one last adventure before the hard work begins again in the fall. With beautiful beaches surrounded by azure waters, vibrant fiestas illuminating the city streets, and a colorful culture with unrivaled hospitality, Mexico is the perfect place to indulge. From wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe to swimming with manta rays in Cabo, there are endless once in a lifetime experiences for you to enjoy during your Labor Day weekend escape. Eco Villa Encuentro Guadalupe For the…
  • Three Amazing Labor Day Weekend Getaways You’ll Never Forget

    Bree Brouwer
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Sometimes, you just need to get out of town. And what better time to do so than this upcoming Labor Day Weekend? The thrill of a last-minute trip could be exactly what you need to get away from the regular-old barbecue you go to every year with friends and family. So if you’ve got the time off and the gumption to try something new, there are several unique experiences just waiting to be discovered in the surrounding states. Read on to see what you could be doing and where you could be staying for four Labor Day weekend getaways you’ll never forget: Estes Park, Colorado Fans of hand-made…
  • A Stunning Corporate Event at The Sanctuary Estate

    Gielenn
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The Sanctuary, a beautiful modern ranch estate located in Rancho Santa Fe, was the scene of one of our recent events. The 3.7 acres of lush landscape provided the perfect backdrop for an intimate corporate event.     Delicious bites were prepared by executive Chef Flor Franco as well as the musical stylings of Pete Goslow. Truly, The Sanctuary Estate is not only perfect for a corporate event, but prime for any gathering you want to host.   Photography - Lunaphoto | Catering- Chef Flor Franco | Venue- The Sanctuary Estate, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego  | Musician – Pete…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Endless Attends Catalyst Week in Las Vegas

    Matt Walker
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Danny Fancher and Alisha Rickman, Endless’ Operations and Event Staff Managers respectively, set off for downtown Las Vegas last week to attend and take part in Catalyst Week. The event took place from Wednesday, August 20th to Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.Catalyst Week, put on by CatalystCreativ, brings together leaders from many different locations and backgrounds. The Catalyst Week website describes the week as such:Danny and Alisha got to listen to speakers and take part in various activities throughout the duration of Catalyst Week. Speakers from Endemol Beyond and other companies…
  • FYF Fest 2014 – The Good & The Bad

    Matt Walker
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    FYF Fest is an annual music festival, focusing mainly on indie rock and electronic music, that takes place in downtown Los Angeles. The festival was started in 2004 by Torrance, California native Sean Carlson as a club festival. The popularity of the festival has exploded since then, moving from the Echo to LA Historic State Park. This year, FYF took place at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on August 23rd & 24th, 2014. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of the music, food, and event layout/management at FYF this year.The Good:The festival moved to a larger location.
  • Hollywood Bowl Hosts The Beatles’ 50th

    Matt Walker
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    On August 23rd, 1964, The Beatles played the Hollywood Bowl for the first time. With tickets ranging from $3-$7, the international sensation of a band sold 18,700 tickets, selling out the Hollywood Bowl in less than three and a half hours. And this is before the internet! That’s some serious in-person ticket sales! On August 23rd, 24th, and 25th of this year, the Hollywood Bowl hosted three 50th anniversary shows commemorating their monumental debut at the historic venue, bringing Beatlemania to Los Angeles in full-force.The ShowThe anniversary concerts featured various well-known and…
  • How to Use Gobos to Create a Unique Event Experience

    Matt Walker
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You might be thinking to yourself - what is a gobo?A Gobo is a physical template, most commonly on steel or glass, which is placed in front of a light source to alter the shape of the light onto a surface. Deriving its name from “Go Between” or “Goes Before Optics”, this piece of metal or glass is used to block portions of the light source. Custom gobos allow you to display words, logos, shapes, and patterns on a wall, floor, ceiling, or any other large flat space in your venue. They are usually used in front of a static light source such as a leko and are placed in a gobo holder to…
  • 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…
 
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  • 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

  • 10 Easy Back to School Ideas for a Fun First Day

    Caroline Preble
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Time to organize the backpacks, make up some bag lunches and send the kiddos back to school. Here are our top ten fun and easy back to school ideas to get the school year started right. An Apple for the Teacher — Before school starts, make up a little something special for your child’s teacher. This could be as simple as a shiny red apple with a hand written note attached to the stem, or a note printed on a card with an apple print on the front.  We have some inspirations for you on our apple crafts blog entry. Wake Up to an Amazing Breakfast…
  • 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…
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • How To Be A Great Wedding Usher – Tops, Tails and Tips

    Jodi Cirrincione
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    How To Be A Great Wedding Usher – Tops, Tails and Tips When it comes to wedding advice, nearly everything you read or hear will be centered around the bride and groom. That’s certainly understandable. After all, this is their big day and they are rightly the center of attention. But there are other members of the wedding party who have important responsibilities on the big day, More» Belvedere Events and Banquets - Elegant Wedding Receptions. Premier Corporate Events.
  • 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.
 
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    How to Start an Event Planning Business | How to be an Event Planner

  • Three Essential Skills for Corporate Event Planners

    Melanie Woodward
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    What’s Most Important When Planning Corporate Events? Successful corporate event planners possess three essential skills. Start developing these three must-have skills, whether planning events for customers or coordinating your company’s events. Corporate Event Planning Skill #1 – Promoting the Company’s Image The corporate event planner’s goal is to create a positive image of the company in every detail of the event. The successful planner of corporate events never forgets that each event impacts the company’s image. This requires skill on the part of the planner, because it’s…
  • 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…
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    The Evolero Blog

  • Evolero ALS #IceBucketChallenge

    Tal Shoham
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Evolero Team took the #IceBucketChallenge The Evolero Team is now challenging the leaders in #EventTech - Liz King, Chad Kayd0 and Alon Alroy from Bizzabo! You have 24 hours! It all started in New York City at Liz King’s awesome event #Techsytalk.  I finally met with EVVNT CEO – Richard Green #IRL! And this is what happened… We challenged the amazing Evolero Team in Tel Aviv, Ben Hindman from SplashThat and Kim O’Hara from TimeOut New York!  Related Articles: Evolero Challenges Event Platform Market with Social Hooks, Unites Biggest U.S.-Israel Economic…
  • 10 Travel Tips for the #EventProf

    Tal Shoham
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    The Evolero Team took the #IceBucketChallenge The Evolero Team is now challenging the leaders in #EventTech - Liz King, Chad Kayd0 and Alon Alroy from Bizzabo! You have 24 hours! It all started in New York City at Liz King’s awesome event #Techsytalk.  I finally met with EVVNT CEO – Richard Green #IRL! And this is what happened… We challenged the amazing Evolero Team in Tel Aviv, Ben Hindman from SplashThat and Kim O’Hara from TimeOut New York!  Related Articles: Evolero Challenges Event Platform Market with Social Hooks, Unites Biggest U.S.-Israel Economic…
  • Information and Content Flow During and After Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Evolero Team took the #IceBucketChallenge The Evolero Team is now challenging the leaders in #EventTech - Liz King, Chad Kayd0 and Alon Alroy from Bizzabo! You have 24 hours! It all started in New York City at Liz King’s awesome event #Techsytalk.  I finally met with EVVNT CEO – Richard Green #IRL! And this is what happened… We challenged the amazing Evolero Team in Tel Aviv, Ben Hindman from SplashThat and Kim O’Hara from TimeOut New York!  Related Articles: Evolero Challenges Event Platform Market with Social Hooks, Unites Biggest U.S.-Israel Economic…
  • How to Build an Event Community That You can Be Proud Of

    Tal Shoham
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    The Evolero Team took the #IceBucketChallenge The Evolero Team is now challenging the leaders in #EventTech - Liz King, Chad Kayd0 and Alon Alroy from Bizzabo! You have 24 hours! It all started in New York City at Liz King’s awesome event #Techsytalk.  I finally met with EVVNT CEO – Richard Green #IRL! And this is what happened… We challenged the amazing Evolero Team in Tel Aviv, Ben Hindman from SplashThat and Kim O’Hara from TimeOut New York!  Related Articles: Evolero Challenges Event Platform Market with Social Hooks, Unites Biggest U.S.-Israel Economic…
  • Events They Are A-Changin’ Evolero Style

    Tal Shoham
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Evolero Team took the #IceBucketChallenge The Evolero Team is now challenging the leaders in #EventTech - Liz King, Chad Kayd0 and Alon Alroy from Bizzabo! You have 24 hours! It all started in New York City at Liz King’s awesome event #Techsytalk.  I finally met with EVVNT CEO – Richard Green #IRL! And this is what happened… We challenged the amazing Evolero Team in Tel Aviv, Ben Hindman from SplashThat and Kim O’Hara from TimeOut New York!  Related Articles: Evolero Challenges Event Platform Market with Social Hooks, Unites Biggest U.S.-Israel Economic…
 
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    etouches blog

  • Getting Vendors to Say Yes to Promotion

    Kristen Carvalho
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your event is a revolving ecosystem. In order to get everything to run smoothly and work together you need to have a plan in place. Thinking back to our last post on how to court a sponsor, we learned how to get sponsors to invest by showing them a mutually beneficial relationship. The same can be said for vendors. In order to make sure that your event is going to be a success you need to have the correct vendors in place. Vendors are the people and companies that make your events stand out, so it’s important to have a good rapport with them. Most people never take their relationship with…
  • Why you Should be Collecting Qualitative not Quantitative Feedback on Your Events

    Kelvin Newman
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Do you send out a survey after your event to get feedback on how all you did from your attendees? You do? Most event organisers do. On the one hand this is a good thing. Any business that listens to it’s customers is a better company than those who don’t. The thing that concerns me based upon the feedback I’m asked to provide on events, is that the feedback is quantitative. Rate us how we did on this thing out of five. On these other aspect of our event how did we do out of ten? I understand why we set up questionnaires like this. Qualitative feedback can be messy and hard to deal…
  • 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…
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    The Grand Planner

  • How EventProfs Can Keep the End of Summer Blues Away!

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    It’s happening. The days are starting to get shorter and the nights longer. That’s right summer is almost over and it’s kind of depressing. But there’s still a lot to look forward to and as most event planners know the big event season is about to start! So here are some ways to stave off those end of summer blues and push through to fall!
  • 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.
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  • the best trade show giveaway ideas

    Amy Benes
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    the best trade show giveaway ideas 2014-08-26 Timothy Carter When it comes to the best trade show giveaways, you want to have something that will be of value to the visitor so it’ll keep making impressions well after the trade show ends. One of the classic tradeshow giveaways has always been the branded pen. No doubt I’m sure you have at least one pen with someone’s logo and/or website listed on it. Unfortunately, nearly every business at every trade show is giving out the same promo item. I think pens have been overdone. They’ve lost their value from a marketing perspective. They…
  • nimlok announces expansion to rental program and new catalog

    Amy Benes
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    nimlok announces expansion to rental program and new catalog 2014-08-21 Nimlok, the custom and custom modular division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group™, is happy to announce the launch of a new exhibit and display rental program, which brings to market over 100 out-of-the-box, turnkey rental display solutions in a new catalog – The Nimlok Rental Solutions catalog. Nimlok’s enhanced rental offering makes renting a tradeshow booth affordable, simple and hassle-free. Over 100 off-the-shelf exhibits and structures of all types and sizes are available, and perfect for use in 10’ x…
  • the basics how to not work a trade show booth

    Amy Benes
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    the basics how to not work a trade show booth 2014-08-21 Timothy Carter I recently visited a trade show focused on online and offline marketing. As a digital marketing manager, I’m always excited to learn about new inbound marketing techniques, the hot tech being used for marketing that help businesses of all sizes grow. As a marketer, a former trade show booth exhibit staffer, a face-to-face marketer and having managed a sales team, I was floored at what I experienced on the trade show exhibition hall floor. It was disappointing actually. It almost felt and looked like very few of the…
  • how to use trade show contests to drive traffic to your booth

    Amy Benes
    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…
 
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  • 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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