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  • AppMyDay – A Private Social Space for Events [Review]

    Event Manager Blog
    Becki Cross
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    AppMyDay is a platform to create a branded and private social experience for events. Here is our review. We live in an exciting era where social media sharing and engagement online has become a vital part of almost any modern event. At the same time the question of privacy and appropriateness has become more important too. AppMyday allows organizations to customise their event online experience in one place, rather than relying on other networks and providers. It aims to keep your social buzz private but keep your audience tuned in. Let’s have a look at the technology in more detail.
  • 7 things to include in your event staff brief

    Fresh Event Tips
    Rose
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We all are aware the only way to a smooth event is with a well briefed team.  Guest writer Madre Visser of London shares some helpful tips below for briefing your events team.  Thank you Madre! Staff Entrance and Meeting Points Provide staff with the exact meeting point or staff entrance for a venue or event. Some hotels have hundreds of employees and will often have a separate staff entrance. If you require staff to enter through the assigned staff entrance it is essential to let them know. Some events may take place at a large venue or site, sostaff will need specific direction.
  • Interview with Jon Trask from AVforPlanners.com

    Meetings Podcast
    Mike McAllen
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Here is an interview with Jon Trask of AVforPlanners.com. Jon has spent almost 25 years in the Audio Visual and Staging industry working on productions of all sizes and types.  His goal is to spend the next 25 putting what he has learned to practical application on challenging events and meetings.   Specialties: Working with Planners to define their technology needs for an event and helping them implement cost effective solutions. Jon is the co founder of AVforPlanners.com. Is the senior director of sales at Grass Shack Events & Media (where you are right now)  His past  experience…
  • July 31, 2015: Beijing to Host 2022 Olympics, Should Music Festivals Change Approach to Drug Use?, New Las Vegas Arena Seeking Taylor Swift and Katy Perry for Opening Night

    BizBash News
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
  • Harness Your Conference Data To Produce Big Insights

    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections
    Dave Lutz
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Appeasing conference stakeholders has become more complex and difficult in today’s fast changing business climate. Maintaining and growing share of wallet, attention and loyalty requires intentionality. To out maneuver the conference competition, we have to be nimble, decisive and in constant beta mode. To compete today requires identifying, selling and leading change. This is a difficult skillset to master. Those meeting professionals that are adept at this core competency will discover huge career dividends. Big Insights Not Big Data Change doesn’t happen fast in most organizations.
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    Event Manager Blog

  • AppMyDay – A Private Social Space for Events [Review]

    Becki Cross
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    AppMyDay is a platform to create a branded and private social experience for events. Here is our review. We live in an exciting era where social media sharing and engagement online has become a vital part of almost any modern event. At the same time the question of privacy and appropriateness has become more important too. AppMyday allows organizations to customise their event online experience in one place, rather than relying on other networks and providers. It aims to keep your social buzz private but keep your audience tuned in. Let’s have a look at the technology in more detail.
  • How to Get Over an Unsuccessful Event

    Bethany Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all felt it: the gut sinking feeling that comes from planning an event that turns out to be a flop. There is nothing more devastating for an #eventprof than to put countless hours of work and ingenuity into crafting a valuable experience for your client and their attendees, only to feel when all’s said and done, as if your work wasn’t good enough. I’ve been a part of a few unsuccessful events in my day, and I am not ashamed to admit that it took me some time to get over each one. The key to getting over getting it wrong, is to truly understand what’s going on. Below, I…
  • Are Event Planners Born or Made?

    Becki Cross
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    The old ‘nature vs nurture’ argument rattles on, but what does this mean in terms of event planners? Are #Eventprofs born or are they made? Born In the Blood My father has always been an organizer; enjoying organizing his company annual dinners and fundraising and community events for the Rotary Club in his spare time. Over the last 11 years he has also jumped at any opportunity to help out at the live events and conferences we run (unpaid!) and most recently he has helped us set up my sisters marquee wedding, with all its beautiful homemade touches. He has never had any formal training,…
  • 5 Tips to The Best Cocktail Party EVER

    Guest Author
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Have you attended or witnessed the perfect cocktail party? These shindigs are my favorite kind of gathering. Maybe that is why I mostly get asked, how to throw or organise these collections of people, passion and place. You can watch any TV show or film and just by setting the scene at a cocktail party you know what era this film will be set in. In the ’50s or 70’s, these parties almost always guaranteed lots of hard liquor, tons of smoking and a decent amount of questionable finger foods (and of course fashion) – the kind we love to hate now that we are all into gastronomy…
  • How Micro Moments are Changing Attendee Behavior

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is a sponsored post written by Nishita Jain, Sr.Director of Digital Marketing, a2z, Inc. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. As mobile devices continue to blur the boundaries between the event attendees’ personal and professional lives, we are seeing a fundamental shift in how they consume and interact with an event’s updates and information to plan ahead. Micro Moments are Here to Stay “Mobile has forever changed the way we live, and it’s forever changed what we expect of brands.” – ThinkwithGoogle.com Gone are the days of predictable behavior…
 
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    Fresh Event Tips

  • 7 things to include in your event staff brief

    Rose
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We all are aware the only way to a smooth event is with a well briefed team.  Guest writer Madre Visser of London shares some helpful tips below for briefing your events team.  Thank you Madre! Staff Entrance and Meeting Points Provide staff with the exact meeting point or staff entrance for a venue or event. Some hotels have hundreds of employees and will often have a separate staff entrance. If you require staff to enter through the assigned staff entrance it is essential to let them know. Some events may take place at a large venue or site, sostaff will need specific direction.
  • 7 Tips for Successful Corporate Events

    Rose
    30 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Guest Post from London, Thank you Reno:   A good event can build brand awareness, improve your relationships with the people you do business with, and even help you forge new relationships. Make the most of your next event with these seven simple tips. Set Clear Objectives It's important to set clear goals even before making any other event decisions, because your objectives are going to define what kind of event will be most suitable. Other important factors include your target audience profile, the particular impression you want to make, and what you want attendees to get out of the…
  • Top Successful Ways to Market Yourself as an Event Planner

    Rose
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Guest Post from London based Event Manager Sarah Hill. Thank you Sarah. Being a good events plannerrequired a lot of knowledge and skills, as well as a knack of thriving under the most stressful conditions. But even if you have what it takes to create beautiful events and handle any crisis that might arise, you’re still not guaranteed that clients will start lining up behind your door, begging for your services. The hard truth is that the event productionindustry is one of the fiercest out there – its foundation lies largely on the relationships, therefore breaking in is really…
  • Considerations for Planning A Great Alumni Event

    Rose
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Post written by Chad Reid, thank you Chad! I still remember the day I was asked by my Ohio-based alma mater to volunteer my time to plan regional events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It seemed like a no-brainer: I loved my college experience, I never turn down an opportunity to network, and I had loads of previous event planning experience. Churning out well-attended events in the Bay Area was an easy proposition, I figured. Well, I was wong. My first “event” was an unmitigated disaster. I had roped off an entire section of a large restaurant, set up an event sign-in table, had…
  • 10 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Limo Company

    Rose
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    This article was submitted by Echo Limousine. They are the best-rated limo service company in Chicago, providing reliable and dependable car service with a wide range of customized packages suited to any needs and events. Thank you for your submission. Planning the details of a big event is both exciting and stressful. Catering, decorations, and attire - all must be carefully considered and determined well in advance. And then there is the matter of transportation - in a stylish limo.  Unless you are an event planner by trade, it may be difficult to pull all of these pieces together…
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    Meetings Podcast

  • Interview with Jon Trask from AVforPlanners.com

    Mike McAllen
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Here is an interview with Jon Trask of AVforPlanners.com. Jon has spent almost 25 years in the Audio Visual and Staging industry working on productions of all sizes and types.  His goal is to spend the next 25 putting what he has learned to practical application on challenging events and meetings.   Specialties: Working with Planners to define their technology needs for an event and helping them implement cost effective solutions. Jon is the co founder of AVforPlanners.com. Is the senior director of sales at Grass Shack Events & Media (where you are right now)  His past  experience…
  • [Podcast] Event Sponsorship Explained

    Mike McAllen
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    On todays podcast we do double duty.  Mike McAllen has a Meetup in San Francisco called Event Marketing Rockstars.  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area are visiting please join up.  We were lucky enough to have a great speaker Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA from MeetingsChange who spoke about the ins and outs of event sponsorship. Slides for Mariela presentation will be available on her website MeetingsChange and slide share in the then week or so.  Please enjoy this audio presentation from her. We also want to thank Dave Ferguson who did some innovative networking techniques…
  • IMEX Frankfurt Speaker Shawna Suckow

    Mike McAllen
    5 May 2015 | 2:19 am
      On todays show we welcome back to the MeetingsPodcast the IMEX Podcast Shawna Suckow CMP Planner, Speaker, Trainer, Author Founder & Chairwoman  |  SPiN: Senior Planners Industry Network Founder & President  |  The Hive Network, SPiN’s Sister Community for Suppliers   Shawna will be leading 3 can’t miss sessions: Devices Down! Engaging Today’s Audiences Differently Tuesday May 19th    10:30am – 11:15am Sydney Room 1, Inspiration Hub, Stand G680 Today’s audiences need to be highly engaged — immediately — or they will tune out. Presenters…
  • IMEX Frankfurt Renée Moore

    Mike McAllen
    5 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Mike welcomes to the MeetingsPodcast the IMEX Podcast Renée Moore international entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. http://www.businessbeyondborders.co http://www.reneemoore.com/ Renee will be leading 3 can’t miss sessions: Future Leaders Forum : Be Unstoppable! Wednesday, 20 May, from 1:30 until 2:00 Room Seminar, Level 9.2, Hall 9 at Messe Frankfurt Go Big or Go Home. What it Takes Today to Attract, Motivate and Retain a Talented Team In today’s competitive marketplace, how do you find, attract, motivate, and retain the most talented team? What do you need to do for your…
  • IMEX Frankfurt Creative Thursday Elisa Criado

    nuno mcmoura
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Mike welcomes to the MeetingsPodcast the IMEX Podcast Elisa Criado Lead Facilitator from the Blue Hat Group Elisa will be heading off IMEX Frankfurt Creative Thursday. Comfort, Stretch, Panic Taster Session Thursday May 21st, 2015 09:45 – 10:00 Campfire, Inspiration Hub, Stand G680 This session starts before the show floor officially opens, in order to gain access please mention the session name at the entrance to the show floor. This will ensure you gain access to the Campfire on the IMEX Inspiration Hub. Our interactive, dynamic Comfort, Stretch, Panic taster session will wake you up…
 
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Harness Your Conference Data To Produce Big Insights

    Dave Lutz
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Appeasing conference stakeholders has become more complex and difficult in today’s fast changing business climate. Maintaining and growing share of wallet, attention and loyalty requires intentionality. To out maneuver the conference competition, we have to be nimble, decisive and in constant beta mode. To compete today requires identifying, selling and leading change. This is a difficult skillset to master. Those meeting professionals that are adept at this core competency will discover huge career dividends. Big Insights Not Big Data Change doesn’t happen fast in most organizations.
  • Creating Sticky Learning To Combat Our Illusion Of Knowing

    Jeff Hurt
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Much of what we take for gospel about how to learn is wasted effort. Learning is grossly misunderstood. The most effective learning strategies are counterintuitive. We believe that attending education and listening to a presenter leads to learning. Just give me the crib sheets, the list of tips, the high level takeaways and I have it. It’s easy and I don’t have to work for it. So instead we fleece them. We give them what they want even though it doesn’t lead to job improvement. Stinking Learning Thinking Learning needs to be easy or they won’t attend, we say. We…
  • Encourage Conference Experiences That Lead To Practice-Rich Lives Not Knowledge-Rich Brains

    Jeff Hurt
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Your conference doesn’t have to be the place that only offers expert lectures. It doesn’t have to only offer authorized, approved speeches. Or one-way monologues and panel dialogues. You have the opportunity to pave the way for rich, two-way, peer to peer dialogue. You can create education offerings that provide time for audience elaboration, discussion, doubts, push back and questions not just passive listening. Those conversations lead to ownership of takeaways and authentic learning. Why Are Speakers Talking? If you are a presenter, ask yourself the following question, “Why am I…
  • Effective, High Impact Leaders Attack Established Conditions

    Jeff Hurt
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    If a problem persists for years, it is no longer a crisis. It’s a condition. Many organizations face situations built upon shoddy foundations of myth, tradition and common-sense practices. The current state of affairs has prevailed so long they are now the accepted conditions. It’s a condition of “everyone else does it that way” shadows. It yields a world of confusion and conflict, unruly minds and unraveling customer experiences. How Do You Lead? Leaders face these conditions head on. They embrace the fact that to lead is actually to be out front. True leadership is primarily focused…
  • Using The Power Of Stories To Transform Conference General Sessions

    Jeff Hurt
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    We are a story driven world. We are each a story wrapped in a skin says Dr. Leonard Sweet. When we begin to share our journeys, our stories intersect. Our conferences need to create more story people. We need to transition from speakers talking at audiences and experts telling their stories. We need to move from storytelling to story sharing each passing our stories and narraphors to each other like we pass food around the table. Framing General Sessions With Important Stories Here is the slide deck from my joint closing session with Sarah Michel at Corporate Event Marketing Association…
 
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  • MGM Resorts Builds New Theater, Blue Man Group to Return to its Roots

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    With a new theater at Monte Carlo, Blue Man Group will move to Luxor MGM Resorts International announced plans recently for a new theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The approximately 5,000-seat concert venue will enhance the entertainment district taking shape on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip. MGM is spending $100 million on The Park, an outdoor retail, dining, and entertainment area under construction between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. read more
  • In Global Business Travel, What’s a Dollar of Prevention Worth?

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    A recent study funded by the International SOS Foundation has calculated an answer to that question. read more
  • Time for Some R&R: Dog Days of Summer Gallery

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    We asked the MeetingsNet IdeaXchange thought leaders the age-old question: What did you do on your summer vacation? Here's how they are taking some time for rest and relaxation this summer. Where's your summer getaway? read more
  • 5 Tips for a Successful Corporate Retreat

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    By Chuck Paton, Larsmont Cottages & Larsmont Center for Strategy and Team Development The old model corporate retreat doesn't work anymore. What really inspires and motivates employees are active, adventurous programs—if they're done right. read more
  • Hilton Invites Business Travelers to Stop Hunger

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    Business travelers staying in select Hilton hotels this fall can spend a couple of hours meeting fellow travelers and doing their part to stop world hunger. Stop Hunger Now's Karen Sanders Noe and Hilton Worldwide's Rob Scypinski (pictured) spread the word about their partnership at the 2015 GBTA Convention. read more
 
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  • Fun Facts Friday: A Vocabulary Lesson

    visionsbyvaughn
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    The event planning industry is large and varied. Often times when I conduct consultations with prospective clients, I realize that they are having a tough time making decisions because they do not understand the language of events. So this installment of Fun Facts Friday is all about vocabulary! A la carte: any products or services that can be purchased separately as opposed to in a package Break-Out Room: a smaller room used when a larger group breaks into a sub-group Corkage Charge: cost of bringing into a facility alcoholic beverages purchased elsewhere Force Majeure Clause: part of a…
  • Once In a Lifetime Activities In Key West

    keywestrestaurant
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    There are certain things in this world that I want to make sure I experience at least once. They range from simple things, like dining in a Michelin starred restaurant, to scary things (skydiving, anyone?) to pretty big things. I want to see the running of the bulls in Pamplona, for instance. It seems like the more I do, the more things get added to that list, however. One of them is attending Fantasy Fest in Key West, Florida. A month ago, I didn’t even know what that was. My buddies and I were on a golfing and fishing vacation in South Florida and that included a few days in Key West. We…
  • WGN Exhibition and Fair Registration Currently Ongoing!

    weddingsgaloreng
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Today is the last day to take advantage of our awesome promo rates: Dates: September 26th – 27th Regular Rate: Promo Rates!! 1 Day N25,000 N20,000 2 Days N40,000 N32,000 REGISTER HERE! Event Details Date: September 26th – 27th, 2015 Time: 2pm – 7pm Venue: Harrow Park Golf Club. Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse 2 Abuja. Fun Fact Tidbit: Each Weddings Galore NG Wedding exhibition is held at a potential wedding reception venue that is transformed into our Weddings Galore NG bridal wonderland! Check out this September’s venue here: http://harrowparkabuja.com/ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Benefits of…
  • Styled shoots, assignments and Wedding planning...

    Hannah Charlotte
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Happy Friday everyone! Firstly, sorry for being so quiet on the blogging front, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Today’s post is a bit of an update and some exciting sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to recently… If you follow me on any other social media, you’ll know that I started an Internship with the lovely Erica from Mr and Mrs Unique last month. I saw an advert on her blog looking for an Intern to take part in blog posts, photo shoots, attend events/press days etc, and thought ‘why the hell not!?’, whilst not really expecting to get it at…
  • FAMESS2015 PT.II featuring the Empire Team

    empireintheair
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    As Empire grew, it became more of a collective than just a brand. Whether it be an exuberant personality, a knack for event planning, an eye for that perfect shot– each person on the team has qualities that make Empire in the Air what it is today. My best friend and one of our models, Celestine, once said that we’re also a group that’s good to be weird with. She’s right. We’re pretty weird. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Working on Empire in the Air may drive me bananas sometimes with our constant deadlines but at least I get to do what I love and…
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  • We're Checking Out for The Very Last Time

    HotelChatter
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca, a Roman philosopher but we know this line best from Semisonic’s song, "Closing Time." On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008.   Ever since HotelChatter published its first story in 2003, we’ve been on an incredible journey with all of you dear readers, who, we were delighted to discover, are just as hotel-obsessed as our team of contributors and…
  • Say It With Us One More Time: Privacy, Please

    JasonD
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It’s fitting that in saying our goodbyes, the subject of peekaboo bathrooms and our collective dismay at most versions we’ve come across was right up there among all things hotels we have shared with you over the years. We couldn’t therefore part ways without revisiting our personal low in this context, and the mixed rant / plea that resulted. As we said at the time, if ever there was something we wish existing and budding hotel designers and operators that approve their work would take away from us, this is it: Please, please include a proper toilet enclosure in your room…
  • Paris: Une Nuit au Ritz Paris Will Set You Back...

    JasonD
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    … about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme. Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14. That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre…
  • Brussels: 'Indulge and Be Comfortable': The Best Kind of Hotel Manifesto

    juliab
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    “No one would be in hospitality unless they really care about people.” We spied this sign in Brussels yesterday, in the doorway of The Dominican, an abbey-themed (yes) hotel in the city center, and couldn’t think of a better snapshot for this, our last week. The Dominican (a Design Hotel) is part of the Carlton Hotel Collection, a Dutch company with seven hotels in Holland, this one in Belgium and two in the UK. “Indulge and be comfortable”: The best kind of hotel manifesto. Make it so. [Photo: Julia Buckley/HotelChatter]
  • La Romana: Polo? Skeet Shooting? Luxe Amenities for the Rich (and Not-So-Rich) at Casa de Campo in the DR

    Janice Tober
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    One of the things that makes Casa de Campo appealing is that it has everything from nicely-designed rooms that start at $187, villas that start at around $850 and go up from there, and truly extravagant owned properties. This makes it not just a hotel or resort, but a community – granted, a pretty wealthy community. But no matter where you find yourself in that rich and fabulous scale you still get to experience everything the resort’s got going on. The sugar-baron owners of Casa de Campo started out with sugar cane fields, then added a rum distillery (which produces a very nice…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Don't Rely on Data Alone. Trust Your Gut.

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Anyone in business today is swamped with data. This chart shows you one thing while another can totally contradict it. When I stepped down as President and CEO, I said the hotel business was getting too complicated, to which my long-time assistant Phyllis said, “It’s your own fault. You made...
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Marriott on the Move
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    I recently read a book called Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. To me, this book is a wonderful insight into the life and person of Thomas Jefferson. I’ve always known him to be brilliant and wide-ranging in his interests. I knew he wrote the Declaration of...
  • People of Marriott International

    Marriott on the Move
    31 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Few things are more satisfying to me than the terrific blend of people we have at Marriott. The first great team at Marriott was my dad and mom, and over the years they have been followed by many passionate teams that worked wonderfully across generations, gender, race, ethnicity, and many...
  • My Early Memorial Day

    Marriott on the Move
    25 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    As we completed our annual shareholders meeting and I joined our senior leadership on the 12th floor patio of our JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, 16 flights of WWII war birds flew by. They included P51’s, B24’s, B17’s, a B29, a Catalina Flying Boat and several navy fighters. It...
  • Finding New Ways to Serve

    Marriott on the Move
    18 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity I have always enjoyed giving back whether it’s hammering at Habitat for Humanity or bagging groceries at the Atlanta Food Bank. Ever since the beginning of our company, our associates have been putting people first, and this includes the communities...
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  • The Axe Blade Approaches Citrix Online

    Ken Molay
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Back in April I speculated on a rumor that Citrix was considering selling or spinning off its online services unit including the GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining conferencing products. This week Citrix announced that CEO Mark Templeton would retire. In a Facebook post he said "It remains business as usual at Citrix and there will be no impact in how you do business with us." But then he said "We have announced the exploration of strategic alternatives for our GoTo family of products as well as active discussions regarding a potential sale of our ByteMobile business." That mirrors…
  • Learn About Demand Gen Webinars

    Ken Molay
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    I hope you'll join me tomorrow (unless you are reading this on Tuesday, in which case I hope you'll join me today) for a tip-filled session regarding webinars intended for demand generation. ON24 has invited me to be a keynote speaker for this installment in their ongoing Webinar Academy series of informative online trainings and discussions. My session is scheduled for 11am California / 2pm New York (click here for time conversions). We'll start with the tricky question of just what the heck people mean when they say "Demand Generation" -- Is it the same as "Lead Generation?" Then I'll move…
  • BigMarker Bets Big on WebRTC

    Ken Molay
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    BigMarker put out a press release today trumpeting their webinar platform as the first one based on WebRTC to allow a 1000 participant capacity. This deserves some reflection, as platform talk has been heating up recently. It's easy to get down in the weeds very fast when talking about underlying technology platforms. This blog isn't the right forum to try to dig into coding and implementation details, so I won't even try. But it's useful to at least summarize the web conferencing technology situation at a high level for context. For this particular discussion, I will make no distinction…
  • Fotosearch Stock Photography Review

    Ken Molay
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Megan at Fotosearch contacted me and asked if I would take a look at www.fotosearch.com to add it to my list of stock photography sites I have reviewed. I was not familiar with Fotosearch and agreed. Here are my impressions. Fotosearch is a division of Publitek, which has been in business since 1987, making stock photographs available to publishers back before web access for the masses. The Fotosearch website was created in 1998 and acts as a consolidator for many different image publishers that Publitek had included in their catalogs. I counted 143 sites on their source publishers page,…
  • Make Your Stories Authentic

    Ken Molay
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    My Twitter followers know I enjoy sharing professional banter with Brad Phillips, better known as @MrMediaTraining. He advises enterprise and political clients on how to present themselves in a media context (and these days, doesn't everything have the potential to show up in a media context?). Today he posted research on how audiences respond positively to storytelling. As Brad says in the first words of his article, this is not new advice. Most presentation consultants try to increase their clients' use of engaging stories rather than dry factual recitation. But I'm going to offer a…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • Association of Women in Events Announces Founding Board of Directors

    Ashley Chalmers
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The Association of Women in Events, a new organization launched in March 2015, has announced its founding board of directors. The association received over 65 applications for membership on the inaugural board, and founders spent several weeks vetting candidates for these important leadership roles. The Board of Directors is expected to guide the vision of the association throughout the first formative years and shape the community surrounding the organization. The Association of Women in Events was founded by Carrie Abernathy, Tamela Blalock, Mas Tadesse Harris, Mary Higham, and Kiki…
  • MEET Our New Format for 2015!

    Ashley Chalmers
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    It’s a Smarter Way to MEET  You already know that MEET National is the industry show more buyers attend than any other to find the suppliers they’re looking for. But did you know that for 2015, we’ve enhanced our format so you get even more from the show? You’ll now receive the complete list of suppliers ahead of time so you can connect and set up appointments prior to – and during – the event. Here’s how it works: • You get the list of suppliers • You find the ones you’d most like to meet • Reach out and schedule appointments via…
  • Heike Mahmoud Named to M&C Magazine’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List

    Ashley Chalmers
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Congratulations to Heike Mahmoud, CMP, of Visit Berlin, for being named as one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List by Meetings & Conventions Magazine! In the July issue, M&C Magazine published a curated list of 25 high achieving women in the meetings industry who have helped shape and strengthen our business. Since joining Visit Berlin in 2001, Heike Mahmoud has helped Berlin double its meeting business, and the German capital currently ranks fourth in the ICCA city rankings. Mahmoud is also involved with the meetings industry on a broader scale, serving in several…
  • Latest Webinar – Sign Up Today!

    Ashley Chalmers
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    If you missed last month’s webinar about how to organize your RFP’s, you’re in luck. It was so popular we are running it again! What: RFP Organization Webinar When: Thursday July 23 | 11:30-12:00 pm est OR 3:30-4:00 pm est RSVP:ashley@conventionplanit.com Details:  -Learn how to streamline RFP sourcing with this free online tool by ConventionPlanit.com -Receive personalized consulting -Customize and compare necessary criteria -Send RFPs to pre-qualified suppliers -View compiled responses within your deadline on a comparison chart Register by emailing…
  • Looking for the ideal destination for your next meeting?

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Miami is spectacular beaches, world-class boutiques, the trendiest clubs and restaurants. Its state-of-the‐art performing arts centers, a bustling downtown, major sports venues, two national parks, and a mix of cultures are unmatched. Meeting Venues Miami offers a vast and diverse meeting infrastructure for meeting planners. Our world-class convention and conference facilities are like no other. For many years, the Miami Beach Convention Center has been one of the most popular facilities in the world.  The convention center features over 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and over 50…
 
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  • Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

    Payton Swick
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone. Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather, and Ubuntu. When you select a font, you’ll immediately see your site in the preview with that font applied. For most font choices, you can also change the size and style of the text. Click to view…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    We read hundreds of blogs and websites every day, from up-and-coming voices and established pros alike. We love visiting those sites on WordPress.com, but it’s just as rewarding to see other platforms embrace the work of writers, journalists, and artists who regularly publish here, introducing it to new audiences. Here’s a selection of WordPress.com bloggers who recently made a splash. A mathematician at work Terry Tao is a veteran blogger, publishing prolifically on his site since 2007. He also happens to be a Fields Medal recipient and one of the leading mathematicians…
  • August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

    Michelle W.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your…
  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    Krista
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
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  • 6 Refreshing Frozen Treats Guests will Find Hard to Resist

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Today is the last day of the annual National Ice Cream Month in the U.S. How are YOU going to celebrate? I discovered the impact that frozen treats can have on corporate groups when I used to work for a Canadian wireless communications firm. One year, there was a heat wave in the spring. Realizing that the conference room would be uncomfortable in the afternoon, I drove to the grocery store, picked up some pink lemonade and mixed it just in time to return to the workshop I was facilitating. After popping it in the freezer for about 30 minutes, I was able to treat the group to something…
  • Ethnic Inspired Foods

    Patti Shock
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    According to Technomic, a Chicago-based research firm, the majority of Americans (77%) eat ethnic foods while dining out at least once a month, and more than one-third (38%) order ethnic food weekly. This tidbit was released at the recent NACE Experience 15, where Paula Fenner, Director of Catering at the Fairmont Dallas, presented these astonishing facts and more: Millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – tend to be the most enthusiastic about sampling new foods. RELATED: A Guide to Millennials Holiday Parties The top 10 cuisines in America are Chinese…
  • Event Brand Advocacy: Tapping Your Internal Cheerleaders

    Donna Kastner
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Gather a group of marketers to discuss brand advocacy strategy and it's a safe bet that before long, someone will start compiling a list of industry influencers. Professional speakers, bloggers, industry SMEs, etc. Those are many of the usual suspects, but there's one advocacy group that often gets overlooked: Employees. Assuming that your organizational mission is in lock-step alignment with your event mission, it stands to reason that your employees would get this advocacy stuff faster and better than others outside your organization. Some employees might lack the platform power,…
  • 6 Tips for Managing Upgrades and Extensions

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    For many foreign incentive trips and corporate retreats, attendees have the option of extending their stay pre- or post- the time their company has booked at a resort. Some organizations also give participants the option of upgrading to bring spouses and/or children. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind to ensure a smooth experience for guests who arrive before or leave after the group: Bundle transfers with the accommodation, or make arrangements with the DMC so that transfers are covered regardless of arrival and departure dates. If transfers aren't bundled, participants will have to pay…
  • New Rules of Engagement: 4 Ideas from ACPA

    Regina McGee
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Finding new ways to spur attendee engagement is a strategic goal for ACPA—College Student Educators International, a U.S-based association for higher education practitioners who work with parents and students. ACPA’s annual convention is packed with novel opportunities for connection, collaboration, and education, whether it’s the #ACPATrendingNow live sessions that spontaneously focus on hot topics emerging at the meeting, or the popular Next Gen Conference, a two-day meeting for undergraduates held during the main conference. Here’s a look at four new initiatives…
 
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  • Calculating the Bar Tab at Your Event

    Event Diva
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
     
  • Party Hacks That Will Change Your Life

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
      I found this post on Buzzfeed and couldn't help sharing! Happy Hacking, Partiers!   http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/summer-party-tips-tricks#.rraVJNO0Q 
  • Four HOT Summer Trends for 2015

    Ashley Dunson
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Summer is already heating things up. Here are four trends to add to your Summer Soiree.   1. Adult Popsicles  Let's face it, it's HOT out there. If you are planning an outdoor event, you'll want to keep your guests cool. There are plenty of exotic adult popsicle recipes out there. Pinterest is a great place to start your search if you want to make them by hand. However, I suggest using premade frozen fruit pops as foil for a a dry champagne. There is almost no prep time involved!   2. DIY Open
  • Four Things to Expect When Talking to an Event Planner

    Ashley Dunson
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hiring an event planner for the first time can be intimidating. If you've seen them on TV, then you probably have in mind a larger than life, whirling dervish - a no-nosense fashionista with a magic wand and a pocket full of glitter.   Most planners, however, are less likely to be seen in the limelight than they are in the trenches. Event professionals, afterall, are service personel. We are here for you. It's our job to make your life easier. But initial meetings - like first dates - have a
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  • 6 Refreshing Frozen Treats Guests will Find Hard to Resist

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Today is the last day of the annual National Ice Cream Month in the U.S. How are YOU going to celebrate? I discovered the impact that frozen treats can have on corporate groups when I used to work for a Canadian wireless communications firm. One year, there was a heat wave in the spring. Realizing that the conference room would be uncomfortable in the afternoon, I drove to the grocery store, picked up some pink lemonade and mixed it just in time to return to the workshop I was facilitating. After popping it in the freezer for about 30 minutes, I was able to treat the group to something…
  • Ethnic Inspired Foods

    Patti Shock
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    According to Technomic, a Chicago-based research firm, the majority of Americans (77%) eat ethnic foods while dining out at least once a month, and more than one-third (38%) order ethnic food weekly. This tidbit was released at the recent NACE Experience 15, where Paula Fenner, Director of Catering at the Fairmont Dallas, presented these astonishing facts and more: Millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – tend to be the most enthusiastic about sampling new foods. RELATED: A Guide to Millennials Holiday Parties The top 10 cuisines in America are Chinese…
  • Event Brand Advocacy: Tapping Your Internal Cheerleaders

    Donna Kastner
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Gather a group of marketers to discuss brand advocacy strategy and it's a safe bet that before long, someone will start compiling a list of industry influencers. Professional speakers, bloggers, industry SMEs, etc. Those are many of the usual suspects, but there's one advocacy group that often gets overlooked: Employees. Assuming that your organizational mission is in lock-step alignment with your event mission, it stands to reason that your employees would get this advocacy stuff faster and better than others outside your organization. Some employees might lack the platform power,…
  • 6 Tips for Managing Upgrades and Extensions

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    For many foreign incentive trips and corporate retreats, attendees have the option of extending their stay pre- or post- the time their company has booked at a resort. Some organizations also give participants the option of upgrading to bring spouses and/or children. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind to ensure a smooth experience for guests who arrive before or leave after the group: Bundle transfers with the accommodation, or make arrangements with the DMC so that transfers are covered regardless of arrival and departure dates. If transfers aren't bundled, participants will have to pay…
  • New Rules of Engagement: 4 Ideas from ACPA

    Regina McGee
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Finding new ways to spur attendee engagement is a strategic goal for ACPA—College Student Educators International, a U.S-based association for higher education practitioners who work with parents and students. ACPA’s annual convention is packed with novel opportunities for connection, collaboration, and education, whether it’s the #ACPATrendingNow live sessions that spontaneously focus on hot topics emerging at the meeting, or the popular Next Gen Conference, a two-day meeting for undergraduates held during the main conference. Here’s a look at four new initiatives…
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  • The Best Mosquito Repellant: The Fan

    Mark Saponaro
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comWhen planning your event outdoors, do not forget to include enough fans to cover your event area.Mosquitoes track you by the carbon dioxide you exhale, so sitting in the breeze of a fan is the best way to go stealth on them.  Your carbon dioxide gets blown away so there is no pathway for the mosquitoes to follow.Bonus:  The breeze from the fan creates wreaks havoc on mosquitoes' flying ability.  Just as you do not like turbulence when you fly, mosquitoes will steer clear of it. The…
  • Save $10,000 (or more) With Plastic Elastic Table Covers

    Mark Saponaro
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email me camelotspecialevents.com 60 inch round Plastic Elastic Table Covers in the beer tentHow To Save Money UsingPlastic Elastic Table CoversEvent venues as well as restaurants that use linen on their tables can save literally thousands of dollars on linen costs by using Plastic Elastic Table Covers on top of their linen (or in place of them in some cases).This will save money on either the cost for linen rental orthe cost for washing, ironing,  and packaging linen in-house .Using Plastic Elastic…
  • How to design a Poster Board Layout

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

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

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

  • Feature Focus: New functionality for sending Reminders

    Kathleen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    At InviteRight, our developers are continuously looking new ways to keep our registration and payment system the most robust, flexible and intuitive tool on the market. We’ve recently implemented several new features that we’re excited to share with you. These features are designed to make your life that much easier by providing as much functionality as possible within InviteRight itself. We know that the fewer processes you have to deal with when managing an event or activity, the better! REMINDERS and UPDATES SMS Texts InviteRight has long had the option to send reminders and updates…
  • Closing in on one million lines of code!  

    Kathleen
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Today, the EventIQ development team realized that they’ve written 895,091 lines of code for InviteRight and our associated web sites over the past 9 years. Since our start in 2007, our team has averaged close to 100,000 lines of code each year. To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 18,000 pages of printed text, or 14 editions of War and Peace. The Hubble space telescope launched in 1990 with just over 2 million, and Windows 3.1 revolutionized the world in 1992 with about 3 million. Brian Kernighan, a contributor to the development of the Unix system and other programming…
  • Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator for 2015!

    Kathleen
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    This year we had 9 amazing grad coordinators nominated for their skills in making what may well be the first major milestone in a young person’s life as memorable as possible. We’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to them all for being so dedicated! After counting the votes, our winner emerged: Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator award for 2015 goes to: Tara Marinkovic of New Westminster Secondary School! An Artist of Event Management If you’ve ever been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, you’ve likely seen one of their jugglers. These extraordinarily talented people are…
  • Graduation coordinator quotes

    Ryan
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    Over the past two weeks hundreds of votes have been pouring in for the search for the Best Grad Coordinator. The results are in and we are tallying up the results.  We are awed at the responses and wanted to share some of them before we do the big reveal. “You made me feel like I’m royalty all the time, and I don’t get to feel that too often, so thanks for that. You’re the bomb dogity :D” – New Westminster Secondary “Thank you for everything that you did to make grad one of my most memorable high school memories! You are the best! :)” – Assumption Junior…
  • Grad spirit

    Ryan
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    It’s no secret we love graduation at EventIQ and it appears so does the staff at Salisbury Composite in Sherwood Park . Check out the “most excellent” throw back video: http://globalnews.ca/news/2028719/what-a-feeling-alberta-high-school-teachers-grad-video-goes-viral/?hootPostID=08720feead64719470107e25c8546e5e  
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  • ABCey’s Weekend Lineup 7.31.2015 – 8.2.2015

    Seralyn Fields
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    It’s that time of the week again and we couldn’t be more excited! ABCey’s Weekend Lineup has all the must see events in the city. We’re personally looking forward to the American Craft Council Show and Beyond the Fence Trunk Show. Hope to see you there! Featured Event: TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital 2015Friday, July 31st, 2015 | 5:30- 9:00 pm | Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park | SOLD OUT?!TechCrunch is hosting their 10th annual summer party event this Friday along Sand Hill Road! Look forward to start-up demos, networking opportunities, giveaways, and drinks!
  • 5 Apps to Simplify Event Planning!

    Ashley Fadrilan
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Event managing is never easy, but with the right tools your planning can be stress-free! Booking venues, hiring vendors, and planning your event size can be managed at the tip of your fingers. ABCey Events has complied 5 apps to simplify event planning for your next occasion! 1. EvernoteGet organized in the office or on the go! Evernote is an app that works as a filing cabinet. Brainstorm notes, vendor ideas and important venue research is easily stored, filed, and saved and can be accessed later on different devices. You’ll never have to worry about clutter! 2.
  • 6 Creative Adult Party Activities

    Andrea Wong
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Not all “kid themed” activities have to be just for kids. ABCey found a way to make some of the most childish of activities the most fun for you and your friends and family. From an adult goodie filled piñata to a “boozy popsicle,” we promise you’ll have more fun than any child would with these adult party activities.1. Slip n SlideDon’t just have some friends over for a pool day, have an all out water party! Break out those swim suits, rent an inflatable slip n slide, fill up water balloons, and get out those water guns. Fill the day with different water…
  • Startup Monday: Luxe

    Seralyn Fields
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events!Luxe Valet is the answer to all of your parking woes. With service in major cities around the US, it’s sure to solve the biggest struggle of all — dare we say it — parking! This could be a great service to use for event parking as well, since we don’t want our guests wasting their time looking for parking…
  • ABCey’s Weekend Lineup 7.24.2105 -7.26.2015

    Seralyn Fields
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Thank goodness the weekend is finally (almost) here! We can’t wait to spend a few days hanging out with friends and family. ABCey has your weekly weekend lineup with so many great picks. We can’t decide which is our favorite! 1. Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences: Dinosaur NightThursday, July 23rd, 2015|6pm-10pm| California Academy of Sciences| $12, 21+ Watch Jurassic Park and explore the museum with a cocktail in hand! Get an up close and personal look at some of the coolest things the museum has to offer! 2. Gilroy Garlic FestivalFriday, July 24th –…
 
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  • Layered Juice Popsicles

    Tori
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately, my cravings for all types of popsicles seems to be growing stronger. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on all the delicious popsicle recipes I’ve been spotting on Pinterest.  I love that you can combine so many different flavors when experimenting with recipes. Layering different types of juices when making  them creates a fun and interesting treat –and you can get creative with flavors AND colors. Check out these striped juice popsicles. I simply layered three types of juices (I use this popsicle maker.) Layering the juices takes a little more time during the…
  • Sip It :: Pucker Up Slushies

    Tori
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’ve been dreaming up my next summer party and of course my mind goes to all the great cocktails I could make. Last week I shared this Pomegranate + Raspberry Champagne Float  and my mind keeps going back to frosty cool drinks (it must be the hot weather!). This new recipe will be perfect for your next patio or pool party because it will keep you icy-cool! It only has two ingredients –PAMA Liqueur and raspberry lemonade frozen concentrate. So simple friends. This frozen cocktail recipe has me dreaming up my ideal summer party which would include a cool pool, great lounge furniture,…
  • Make It :: Wine Cork Charms

    Tori
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Confession: I have about 500 wine corks that I’ve saved over the years. What does that mean? Well, I am always looking for new wine cork projects to do so when Evite and Cavit Wines reached out with this wine cork DIY, I knew I had to share it with you! Time: 15 minutes for 5 charms  Level of Difficulty: Medium Materials:  Wine corks Nail Hammer Fine-point permanent marker Numbers stencil Brass beading hoops or wine glass charms wire (available at craft stores or online) Chef’s knife Directions: Step 1: Cut cork into thin circular slices. Step 2: Using a stencil and marker, write…
  • Sip It :: Pomegranate + Raspberry Champagne Float

    Tori
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I get really happy when summer rolls around and have been known to find reasons to entertain just so I could create a fun, refreshing cocktail. So when PAMA asked if I wanted to collaborate and create a summer cocktail I jumped at the chance. I had never used pomegranate liqueur before but it will be one of my go-to’s from now on. It has a sweet, yet tart taste and a great ruby color. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. I wanted to create a cocktail that scream summer and would be great to serve on a warm, sunny day. I was…
  • How to attract the RIGHT followers on Instagram

    Tori
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Wait –is there a wrong type of follower? There sure is. And if you’re into the #FollowforFollow crowd this post isn’t for you. I’m talking about building an Instagram following of highly engaged users who will be attracted to your content because they are genuinely interested in it. For me, Instagram should be about being purposeful not just popular.  If you’re using Instagram to grow your professional influence, attract customers to your small business, or build your brand … you should have a very clear idea of what type of followers you need to…
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  • 5 Out of the Ordinary Event Venues

    Andrew Maxwell
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    One challenge that a meeting planner faces is selecting unique or out of the ordinary venues. Planners are always trying to outdo themselves for their next event. And quite often, especially with associations, they’re dealing with repeat customers. So it’s vital that a meeting planner provides a fresh agenda as a way to keep the delegates coming back time and time again. From my full service destination management (DMC) days, it was always a priority to propose unique or odd venues for dinners and receptions. Of course by doing so it was our hopes that we would be awarded the…
  • 3 Tips to Getting the Most out of Corporate Event Entertainment

    Randy Markus
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Corporate event entertainment is an important part of any event. It is essential to the success of the experience. And while it can be one of the more enjoyable parts of corporate events. Sourcing and booking the most suitable corporate event entertainment can be a challenge and just plain old nerve-wrecking. It’s all about finding the right corporate entertainers; getting the most out of them and making the event one people will remember for days to come. From start to finish the task of organizing corporate event entertainment is not a trouble-free one. Before getting going it’s…
  • Extreme Attractions and Tours – a Walk on Top of the World

    Andrew Maxwell
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Meeting planners are always looking for unique attractions and tours that they can offer during their meetings or events. Depending on the program, tours are offered as a way for delegates to get an overview of the city they’re visiting or offered as spouse programs throughout the meeting’s sessions. Regardless, it’s always a challenge to provide something out of the ordinary. That makes our job here at PlanAnEvent.org that much more exciting. You see we go out and experience some of these attractions and tours firsthand so that we can come back (hopefully) and talk about…
  • 3 Ways to Map Out Speaking Events

    Randy Markus
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Speaking events are a great way to motivate, engage and create drive and determination? They are the perfect approach to encouraging leaders and building relationships. And it makes no difference the type of event, status of the speaker or the location; it’s all about delivering a significant speech and creating momentum and inspiration. For groups deciding on the most appropriate contender for speaking events; above all look for a speaker that recognizes and gets their event goals. Over the years I have worked with some outstanding speakers that in the end bring it and inspire and…
  • Event Services Bring Your Events to Life

    Andrew Maxwell
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    Once you’ve outlined your event, done the site visits and have selected your accommodations and suppliers, the hard part is done. Right? Wrong! That’s when things are just heating up. Now don’t get me wrong, selling and being awarded the piece of business is no easy task. But when the file gets handed over to event services, that’s when the nitty-gritty gets underway. I tend to think of event services as the department, or people, that put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Now might be a good time to point you to our event planning checklist. This template is…
 
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  • Using Event Technology

    Pat Ahaesy
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Are you webcasting, streaming events live? Is your webcast producer using drones as yet? Obviously drones won’t be needed for all webcasts, but consider this: Your conference has a golf tournament. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to share that golfing experience on video and stream it? The use of a video camera equipped drone makes sense here. Your virtual audience will be so jealous that they couldn’t be there! This is a unique opportunity help sell next year’s conference. Yes, of course, content and learning outcomes are the most important, but many people are combining…
  • Not Having Events Could Mean Losing Members and Revenue

    Pat Ahaesy
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    These Folks Ae Happy!! Smaller nonprofits want to and need to host an event or possibly a small conference, but don’t do this as they state they have no money and their membership has decreased. It does sound plausible, but is it? What should one do, then with fewer members, no budget or barely any budget? When is the last time that your group made its members feel appreciated? Let’s think through the idea of holding a member appreciation event for a start. It is very important to show every member of the group, how much you appreciate their membership and involvement. This gives great…
  • Tips For a Successful Webinar

    Pat Ahaesy
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Tips For A Successful Webinar A Webinar can be an excellent method for training whether it’s for a corporation or association. It’s also an excellent way for consultants, entrepreneurs, small businesses and thought leaders to teach, promote and “spread the word”. There are many webinar platforms from which to choose. However, success, could depend upon using some of my tips, which are based on my live event management experiences that leverages technology. However, to do this and make the right impression both the speaker, the visuals and the technology must be flawless. Tips if you…
  • Pre-Event Zen

    Pat Ahaesy
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    Pre-Event Zen Every event planner in the world has had the pre-event jitters, as it is easy to let anxiety and anticipation slowly creep into our psyche before the big show. This isn’t uncommon, as most event planners put a great deal of time and energy into their events. A great event becomes part of you and much like a child you hope for it to succeed and flourish. However, there are ways to stay cool, calm, and collected before any big event. Remember that nervous energy is okay, as it shows that you are truly passionate about the success of your event. It is essential to not let anxiety…
  • How Do You Determine The Best Event Planning or Management Firm?

    Pat Ahaesy
    12 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    We know that the 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 of the prestige of their clients? The answer is a Yes and also No. Just because someone knows how to generate great PR, doesn’t actually reflect on the quality of his or her services. Nor do producing hundreds of events per year or having produced an event or two for some…
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  • Silicon Valley to Sausalito

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    San Francisco’s museums, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, and restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for a day full of great activities and delicious food for any age. Key Events organized nine simultaneous […] The post Silicon Valley to Sausalito appeared first on Key Events.
  • Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    In just two weeks Key Events will fly into Boston to connect with the Host Global Alliance team as they host the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum. The network connects […] The post Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    We had carved out a spot in the San Francisco market when HGA, which back then was USA Hosts, approached us to be the leader of their San Francisco office. […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
  • Welcome Scott and Karen

    Natalia Vasquez
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Scott Benassi and Karen Rowley have joined Key Events’ Sales department to promote the growth of clients with Event, Meeting and Destination Management needs. Scott comes from the Southern California […] The post Welcome Scott and Karen appeared first on Key Events.
  • Farewell to Molly Walsh

    Natalia Vasquez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After 12 years of work with Key Events, VP of Business Development Molly Walsh stepped down from her role within our company. Her energy and spirit will always have a […] The post Farewell to Molly Walsh appeared first on Key Events.
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  • Silicon Valley to Sausalito

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    San Francisco’s museums, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, and restaurants offer the perfect backdrop for a day full of great activities and delicious food for any age. Key Events organized nine simultaneous […] The post Silicon Valley to Sausalito appeared first on Key Events.
  • Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum

    Natalia Vasquez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    In just two weeks Key Events will fly into Boston to connect with the Host Global Alliance team as they host the 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum. The network connects […] The post Key Events Looks Forward to the HGA Global Forum appeared first on Key Events.
  • 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan

    Natalia Vasquez
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    We had carved out a spot in the San Francisco market when HGA, which back then was USA Hosts, approached us to be the leader of their San Francisco office. […] The post 25 Year Anniversary : Reflections with Heather Keenan appeared first on Key Events.
  • Welcome Scott and Karen

    Natalia Vasquez
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Scott Benassi and Karen Rowley have joined Key Events’ Sales department to promote the growth of clients with Event, Meeting and Destination Management needs. Scott comes from the Southern California […] The post Welcome Scott and Karen appeared first on Key Events.
  • Farewell to Molly Walsh

    Natalia Vasquez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After 12 years of work with Key Events, VP of Business Development Molly Walsh stepped down from her role within our company. Her energy and spirit will always have a […] The post Farewell to Molly Walsh appeared first on Key Events.
 
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  • Powerful Tools for Event Professionals, The Hidden Treasures of Dropbox & How to Effectively Collect and Use the Feedback about Your Event [Einsteins’ Favorites]

    Georgiana Nistor
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Are you eager to find out more powerful tools for event professionals? Do you want to experiment with innovative ideas to enhance your marketing results? Check out this week’s articles, where we let you know about a must-have Gmail add-on, show you all about Dropbox features and encourage you to check out Marketing Stack for learning to become a better marketing professional. What is the Science Behind Sharing? We can all agree that sharing is not something invented by the social media phenomenon though this has certainly amplified it. In a hyper-connected world where sharing has become the…
  • What Is The Best Quality of An Event Manager?

    Katie Christianson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    How do you become the best event manager? According to research, the most desired quality in prospective managers is a good personality. Surprisingly, an individual is more likely to be hired based on their character rather than their skill set. The specific personality traits that topped the list were drive, creativity, and open-mindedness. The most desired quality in prospective managers is a good personality.Click To Tweet So how can you take this knowledge to improve yourself as an event manager? See the list below for a list of the top 5 qualities that make up an event manager. #1 Best…
  • How to Handle Rejection Like a Boss

    Glenn Santos
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    Rejection is never fun. But whether you like it or not, the fact remains that you will face rejection, especially as an event planner. After all, you’re in the business of dealing with people. You have to speak with potential clients, suppliers, public speakers and performers. Things will definitely not always go your way and there are countless instances when you’ll just feel down because of all the cancelled contracts and failed negotiations. But hey, let’s not focus on the negatives here! The Upside of Rejection In fact, getting used to rejection is a good thing. Sure it…
  • Best Event Talks: Finding Your Own Voice by Dave Grohl [VIDEO]

    Glenn Santos
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    The musician comes first. That was what Dave Grohl said in his SXSW keynote in 2013. I know you’ve heard about this before here since Neil Gaiman said as much about writers in one of our previous Best Event Talks. Dave Grohl was the former drummer of Nirvana and now the lead vocals, guitarist and songwriter of Foo Fighters, with hits such as Everlong, Big Me, and My Hero. His talk at the SXSW was as inspiring as it was amazing. From 1983 when he discovered his love for music to today with Foo Fighters, Grohl describes his journey as the best times of his life. Finding Your Own Voice I…
  • What It Takes to Be an Environment-Friendly Event Venue, How to Come up with Great Blog Topics & Why Wi-Fi Aware is the Next Best Thing [Einsteins’ Favorites]

    Georgiana Nistor
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    This week Einsteins’ Favorites spreads the word about the ultimate technology released by Wi-Fi Alliance and how it can improve our connected lives. At the same time, it reveals useful tips to support your business by showing how to exchange business cards professionally. It also brings to your attention the sustainability of events and the best practices an environment-friendly event venue follows. Check out more interesting articles below! What It Takes to Be an Environment-Friendly Event Venue Making a green event depends to a large extent on the sustainability of the venue. By today’s…
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    Fairplex Insider

  • Special Olympics Athletes Celebrated at Fairplex

    Juan
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    On Wednesday, July 22, over 300 Special Olympics athletes and their host families from Claremont, La Verne and Pomona, were welcomed to Fairplex for a beautiful celebration that included a barbecue, music, games and carousel rides! The event began at 5 pm … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: 4th of July Weekend

    Juan
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Fourth of July weekend is upon us and that means so are the family celebrations and one of our most popular events at Fairplex! Aren’t you excited about this 3-day weekend and about everything summer has to offer? From here … Continue reading →
  • Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Fest returns to Fairplex

    Juan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Summer is finally here and so are the outdoor Festivals! If you need a break from college, work or life, in general, then you need to come to Fairplex this Friday, June 27 for Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Snapshot: Child Development Center’s New Sign

    Juan
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The Fairplex Child Development Center became the proud owner of a brand new sign yesterday morning! After a lot of planning and hard work, our center can now be easily identified as people drive up and down McKinley Ave. In … Continue reading →
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

    Juan
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    In case you are debating on whether or not to come to Fairplex for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals happening today and tomorrow, allow us to show you in videos what you’ll be missing out on…and let us be the … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Photo Lantern Centerpieces

    Caroline Preble
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    We love these unique, yet simple photo lantern centerpieces that we found at marthastewart.com.  Whether you are celebrating someone special or gathering with family and friends, these beautiful photo lanterns will help make your table shine. These lantern centerpieces consist of three photo frames set around votive candles.  The black and white photos are printed on ecru-colored vellum paper, which is translucent enough for the votive light to shine through and illuminate the images. Another added beauty of these centerpieces is that, although they look like you bought them at a…
  • Iced Tea Recipes

    Caroline Preble
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    Enjoy the summer weather with these refreshing iced tea recipes! One of my favorite things is sitting in my backyard and enjoying a refreshing summer drink. We have found some great new iced tea recipes for you to try with your friends and family on the back patio or your front porch this summer.. Apricot Iced Tea Ingredients 8 black tea bags 6 cups of boiling water 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves 3 cans of apricot nectar (11-12 oz. each) 1 teaspoon of vanilla Ice cubes Fresh apricot wedges (optional) Fresh mint sprigs (optional) Directions: In a large heatproof pitcher, combine the tea bags,…
  • Minute to Win It Party Games

    Caroline Preble
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This year my younger daughter finished middle school and one part of her 8th grade celebration included some fun (and funny) Minute to Win It party games! We have a complete Minute to Win It party page on our website, along with another page dedicated solely to Christmas Minute to Win It games, but for those of you who still can’t get enough of these  hilarious contests, here are some more Minute to Win It party games sure to liven up any celebration involving teenagers. Sort ‘Em — In this game you start with a bowl of Skittles or other multi-colored candies that will hold…
  • Great S’More Recipes

    Caroline Preble
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Whether you are camping or are enjoying your own backyard fire pit s’mores make any summer night into a celebration! Here are some of our favorite s’more recipes. Peanut Butter & Jelly S’more Ingredients: 2 Graham Crackers Strawberry or Grape Preserves/Jelly Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Steps: Spread one graham cracker with the preserves and the other with the peanut butter. Either add the marshmallow fluff between the peanut butter and jelly, or add it on top. White Chocolate S’more Ingredients: White Chocolate 2 Chocolate Graham Crackers Marshmallows Extra: 5…
  • 4th of July Treats!

    Caroline Preble
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Add extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks! Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great, all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats: Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic…
 
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • Beware of Hidden Wedding Costs That Can Balloon Your Budget

    Caroline Eimerman
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    You’ve popped the question, and your partner has said “Yes”. Happy days indeed. But soon the time will come to get down to the business of actually planning your wedding; and make no mistake, weddings are big business. Last year, the average cost of a wedding topped $30,000, and the trend towards higher wedding costs shows no signs of slowing. So how can you be expected to plan for the big day without seeing your budget spin out of control? Well, the devil, as they say, is in the details. When it comes to planning your wedding, you need to watch out for the hidden costs that can…
  • What You Should Know About Preserving your Wedding Gown

    Jodi Cirrincione
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Have you given any thought to what you’re going to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? It’s an important question to consider. After all, it took a lot of searching to find that perfect wedding dress, and the last thing you want to do is simply pop it in a garment bag and hide it at the back of your closet. No, you’ll want to preserve it for posterity; so you can relive the memories, and perhaps even pass it along to a daughter (or future daughter-in-law) when the time comes for them to marry. Wedding Gown Preservation Considering the average cost of a wedding gown…
  • 5 Sure Fire Tips for a Successful Seated Dinner Party

    Jodi Cirrincione
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    When planing a large corporate event or seated dinner party, there is always a temptation to over-simplify the proceedings; either to stretch the event budget or to streamline the overall planning process. You might opt to stage a business cocktail party or light buffet as a way to keep your guests happily entertained and mingling, while still managing to keep costs and prep time under control. But some events demand a bit more from the event planner, and need to deliver a bigger bang to the guests. Sometimes, you simply have to stage a formal seated dinner if you are going to take your event…
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Planner’s Time

    Jodi Cirrincione
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Time, as they say, is money; and that’s never more true than when it comes to planning your wedding. Hiring a professional wedding planner can certainly help to make the process easier and more efficient (and can relieve much of the stress that comes with planning a big wedding), but it comes at a price. Most wedding planners charge hourly consultation fees, which can quickly add up over a few weeks, or months, of planning meetings. Some professional wedding planners may charge up front for their services, but they will typically limit the number of meetings and consultations you can…
  • Changing the Shape of Your Wedding Ceremony – How to Personalize Your Wedding

    Jodi Cirrincione
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    When it comes to weddings, couples naturally want to make the day as memorable as possible. So a lot of time and energy is devoted to choosing the right clothes and accessories, hiring inventive florists and decorators, and planning elaborate receptions and after parties. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and I say go for broke and make your wedding day an experience to remember. However, don’t forget the ceremony itself. Too often couples put all of their imagination and creativity into planning the perfect reception, allowing the wedding ceremony itself to remain rather…
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  • SIX LAST-MINUTE EVENT PROMOTION FIXES

    Yapsody
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    SIX LAST-MINUTE EVENT PROMOTION FIXES Exams, speeches, essay-writing competitions (even this blog TBH) – I’ve always prepared for these thoroughly. At the last minute. And let’s face it, no matter how many months, or years, we put into planning and preparing and planning again, we always save a few things for the end. Incidentally, these few things have the power to turn the whole gig upside down, which is exactly why you need to read on to discover the six last-minute strategies for promoting your event. 1.    Score Before More If you haven’t reached your goal in terms of number…
  • DIGITAL MARKETING F.R.I.ENDS – FIVE REALLY IMPORTANT TRENDS FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS

    Yapsody
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    DIGITAL MARKETING F.R.I.ENDS – FIVE REALLY IMPORTANT TRENDS FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS Even as you read this blog, some website in some corner of the world is coming up with an extremely innovative feature or scheme that is reshaping the virtual world in a significant way. For presenters, today, Facebook pages and YouTube channels are not sufficient to promote your event because, let’s face it, EVERYONE is doing it. So, if you wish to be a step ahead with online promotions, here are 5 digital marketing trends that you MUST be aware of –1.    Google’s “Mobilegeddon” A few months back,…
  • THREE P’S OF OFFLINE EVENTS – PLANNING, PROMOTING, PREPARING – USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS

    Yapsody
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    THREE P’S OF OFFLINE EVENTS – PLANNING, PROMOTING, PREPARING – USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS Irrespective of whether you have a factory or an e-commerce website, one of the best ways to build an appreciable network of customers is by organizing events. Events are to the corporate world what holidays are to families – you know your people are out there, but it’s only during the holidays that you actually bond with them and have any intimate contact whatsoever. If you, as a businessman (or woman; the last thing I would want is people suing me for sex discrimination) wish to actually…
  • HOW TO E-XPAND YOUR E-MAIL DATABASE

    Yapsody
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    HOW TO E-XPAND YOUR E-MAIL DATABASE Alright, maybe the e-xpansion was stupid, but it was worth a try. And so are the tips mentioned in this blog to grow your email database and as an innocent consequence, boost your ticket sales (here’s when I say “what up!” Barney Stinson style). According to a few researches (I still wonder who does them, but they come in handy when you’re writing something like this, so, keep up the good work, guys!), almost 35% of event managers answered “email” when asked what was the most effective marketing strategy for event promotion. The rest of them…
  • HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE?

    Yapsody
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    HOW TO BE A BUZZY BEE? If you think tweeting “Got an event comin up. So damn excited 2 c all of u thr! :D” is creating a buzz, let me burst that bubble and tell you that we’re way past inventing the wheel, fire, and definitely social media marketing. The best way (that also happens to be the only one) to create a buzz about your upcoming event is not a cakewalk, definitely. But what good would we be doing if we didn’t make a walk through the rocks look like a cakewalk? WRITE ONE TO THE RIGHT ONES Because promoting a Broadway drama at a rock concert is so totally working out – not!
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  • How To Measure Event ROI (Return on Investment)

    Melanie Woodward
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    On an almost daily basis I hear this concern or see it in one of the many online forums I’m involved in, “My clients told me they loved the event but I’m not sure how to show them it was a success.” The main challenge with measuring your event ROI is documenting comments and feedback from event attendees and not just focusing on money. Measuring your overall contribution to the event and giving a bigger picture overview is what sets you a part as an event manager. It’s important to look at all aspects of your event to measure its ROI and to remember that…
  • How To Choose A Speaker For Your Event

    Melanie Woodward
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Is it time to choose a speaker for your event? There are a lot of benefits to hiring a speaker ranging from motivational, to educational, to inspirational. I had a very demanding client who insisted we hire a high profile speaker for their team building event, but the problem was ‘Mr. Hard-to-Handle’ had champagne tastes and a beer budget, and guess who had to break the news to him that A) his chosen speaker wasn’t available on the one and only date we were available and B) even if he was available, we couldn’t afford to hire him. If you’re pointing a finger at…
  • How To Increase Your Event Fees and Win Clients

    Melanie Woodward
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    There will come a point in your career when it’s time to increase your event fees. But, if you’re anything like me you go back and forth about how much to charge for your event services and how to break the news to your existing clients. “How much should I charge” is one of the questions I get asked most both by newbie and established event planners alike. Aside from needing regular and consistent cash flow into your event business, your event fees help your clients understand your value, branding and experience level, and there could be a number of reasons why…
  • Goal Setting Strategies You Can Use Immediately

    Melanie Woodward
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    This past week I spent time at a friend’s cottage three hours north of Toronto. It’s a beautiful area full of large trees, wide-open, fresh water lakes and weekend warriors. As much as I love living in the heart of the city, I need time to escape the busyness to enjoy nature, clear my head and use the extra time to train for a triathlon next month. (This picture was taken after a training swim) Training for a triathlon feels a lot like building a business, it can be overwhelming if I think about all the work it takes to reach my goal. Do you ever think to yourself, “life would be so…
  • 3 Tips To Improve Your Time Management

    Melanie Woodward
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Admittedly, this last week has been quite stressful. I helped a friend launch a new product which included an eight day event and unfortunately not everything went as planned. You see, I like to have everything in place before it’s needed, but one of our vendors didn’t have the same sense of urgency so we were left waiting for him, and to be honest this didn’t make me very happy. Aside from taking more than a few deep breathes and a chill pill, it got me thinking about time management. With all the time management tips available you’d think we’d be scheduling machines…
 
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  • 7 Proven Tactics to Sell More Tickets for Your Event

    Tal Shoham
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Guest Post  So you have an impending event and more than a handful of tickets you need to get rid of. So what is the trick for effectively increasing event ticket sales? There are a few tactics you can employ to make your tickets sell like hotcakes. Not only will this increase revenue but also event turnout, which is an ever-important and critical component for brand recognition. 1. Start Sales Early Plan the event months in advance and employ an early bird sale about a week or two before the official ticket sale date. You can hype up the early bird sale by offering the ticket at a…
  • Evolero: Easy Professional Event Websites

    Tal Shoham
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Guest Post  So you have an impending event and more than a handful of tickets you need to get rid of. So what is the trick for effectively increasing event ticket sales? There are a few tactics you can employ to make your tickets sell like hotcakes. Not only will this increase revenue but also event turnout, which is an ever-important and critical component for brand recognition. 1. Start Sales Early Plan the event months in advance and employ an early bird sale about a week or two before the official ticket sale date. You can hype up the early bird sale by offering the ticket at a…
  • Let’s Create Better Events

    Tal Shoham
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:06 am
    Guest Post  So you have an impending event and more than a handful of tickets you need to get rid of. So what is the trick for effectively increasing event ticket sales? There are a few tactics you can employ to make your tickets sell like hotcakes. Not only will this increase revenue but also event turnout, which is an ever-important and critical component for brand recognition. 1. Start Sales Early Plan the event months in advance and employ an early bird sale about a week or two before the official ticket sale date. You can hype up the early bird sale by offering the ticket at a…
  • Pinterest Your Event to Success

    Tal Shoham
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guest Post  So you have an impending event and more than a handful of tickets you need to get rid of. So what is the trick for effectively increasing event ticket sales? There are a few tactics you can employ to make your tickets sell like hotcakes. Not only will this increase revenue but also event turnout, which is an ever-important and critical component for brand recognition. 1. Start Sales Early Plan the event months in advance and employ an early bird sale about a week or two before the official ticket sale date. You can hype up the early bird sale by offering the ticket at a…
  • The Street Article Includes Evolero in a List of 10 Amazing Startups

    Tal Shoham
    5 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Guest Post  So you have an impending event and more than a handful of tickets you need to get rid of. So what is the trick for effectively increasing event ticket sales? There are a few tactics you can employ to make your tickets sell like hotcakes. Not only will this increase revenue but also event turnout, which is an ever-important and critical component for brand recognition. 1. Start Sales Early Plan the event months in advance and employ an early bird sale about a week or two before the official ticket sale date. You can hype up the early bird sale by offering the ticket at a…
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  • Tech Tuesday: Stay On Top Of Today’s Helpful Networking Tools

    Melissa Lombardi
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    With all of the new and interesting technology that crosses our computer, tablet, and smartphone screens, we may not always find use for all of these outlets. That’s where I come in! This is the first of a series of monthly posts where you can look for the latest apps and websites that any event professional can implement into their regimen. We’re going to start things off with some ways to make your networking events the best that they can be. Networking with total strangers can seem scary for even some of the most seasoned event professionals, but with the right preparation, it…
  • Build Creative Communication for Your Event – Part 1

    Carsten Pleiser
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The date is set, the venue booked and the speakers lined up. The most important and difficult job though is yet to come. How do you get people engaged, interested and ready to sign up and attend your event versus another one? No matter if your event objective is to motivate, inform or to network you MUST be ready to execute an effective and well thought out communication strategy. Trust me, it will help inform the industry about your event, increase attendance and extend the lifecycle of your event pre, during and post. If you need a few creative ideas or need some help to help you market…
  • How Mobile Apps Improve the Attendee Journey BEFORE an Event

    Guest Author
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    This post was written by Karra Barron from QuickMobile There are more than 1.8 million meetings and events in the U.S. and 5 million worldwide, but the average attendee will only go to 4-6 events per year. If you want to up your odds that YOUR event is one of the six they attend, then you need to ensure you’re designing the an attendee journey that will get them excited and keep them that way from initial registration to final departure and beyond. A mobile event app is an always-on, highly targeted channel that puts your message right in the hands of your attendees, making it the perfect…
  • Win Over Your Boss by Thinking Like a Salesman

    Quentin Stossel
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    As a sales professional with a decade of efforts under my belt, I have come to the conclusion that many would-be buyers could benefit from some sales training. In the meetings and events industry, event managers often come up with a great idea to improve a process at work.  They develop the idea, they go out and research vendors in the market, they find out if their company has money to spend and then they decide to buy something.  If only things were that easy.  Sadly, most of these great ideas never come to fruition because the buyer encounters an unexpected NO from a senior staff member…
  • To Fear or Not to Fear – Networking Events

    Eyad Khamis
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    At the end of your meeting with the big boss he tells you that you have to attend a networking event and mingle around! If you are a social person by nature and you find it easy to talk to strangers then it shouldn’t be too much hard work.  If you are one of many that would rather do almost anything than make small talk with a room full of strangers, then I have few tips and icebreakers that I have researched – and that worked for me – to share with you to help you start a conversation with less effort. Tips Partner Up: Attend networking events with a referral partner or somebody…
 
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    The Grand Planner

  • 3 Ways Event Planners Can Use Pinterest

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Pinterest is a social network that is driven by images and creative inspiration. In other words, it's an event planner's best friend. Not only is Pinterest a fun social network, Pinterest is also a very powerful business platform that can be used to inform, inspire and promote the events that we host. With that, I present my top three tips for using Pinterest as an event planner.
  • 3 Steps for Instagram Success as an Event Planner

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Do you have an Instagram account yet? If not, it's time to start embracing the platform that has taken off over the past few years. Many marketers will tell you that Instagram is now one of the most powerful tools in their arsenal - surpassing Twitter and Facebook! But how can we use Instagram as event planners? Here are a few tips on how you can leverage the platform for success as an event planner.
  • 5 Ways to Manage Your Event Team Remotely

    Kristin Appenbrink
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether due to lack of office space, global team members, or international clients, working with colleagues who aren’t in the office is a common reality for today’s teams. The good news is that a far flung team can give personal attention to clients and plan events far and wide, but it can make it difficult to make sure everything is on track when you don’t see your team members face-to-face everyday. Thankfully, there are plenty of smart strategies for remotely managing your event.
  • Guest List App zkipster Launches Dynamic Seating Charts

    Kristin Appenbrink
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    After years of planning and months of coding, we are proudly launching our new feature, that allows event planners to build, create and share dynamic seating charts in a matter of minutes.
  • The Magic Detail: Floral Design at the Met Ball

    Kristin Appenbrink
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The annual Met Gala is without a doubt one of the year’s biggest fashion events. The designs both on the red carpet and at the actual party keep us talking and innovating all year long. This year was no exception, and with the Asian-inspired theme, we saw some truly magnificent creations. Lets look beyond the event design to see how one of the industry’s best floral designers adapted his skills to create a piece for the red carpet. Olivier Giugni, of L’Olivier Floral Atelier on the Upper East Side worked with Khristine Catacutan, the fashion designer and creative director of Moskov, and…
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  • How to Host A Murder Mystery Party

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    A free, step-by-step guide from a mystery party script author By Ken Blumreich Founder, owner and head author of Playing With Murder I've been writing murder mystery scripts since 2008. My scripts have helped over 4,000 people host murder mystery parties, and this guide will help you host yours, too! - Ken Blumreich HOST AN UNFORGETTABLE MURDER MYSTERY PARTY! Are you looking for a way to throw a fun, affordable party that your friends and guests will talk about for years? Then look no further! Murder mystery parties provide a uniquely entertaining experience that you and your guests will…
  • Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!, A Mardi Gras Masquerade Mystery

    14 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! We’ve finally completed one of our most frequently requested party themes! With Mardi Gras just around the corner, now is the perfect time to pick up our latest deluxe mystery: Mardi Gras, Masks, Mystery! Playing With Murder is extremely pleased to announce the launch of Mardi Gras, Masks, Murder!, an intricate, full length mystery written as a collaborative effort between Chandler Kennedy (author of our best selling and highly acclaimed Murder in Manhattan party) and Ken Blumreich, founder and primary author of PlayingWithMurder.com! Set in…
  • A New Halloween Mystery!

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Welcome friends and fellow mystery aficionados! Happy Halloween!  Playing With Murder is pleased to announce the launch of our latest Halloween-themed thriller, The Haunted Halloween Heist!  Set in the spooky forest known as Shufflemoore Woods, this mystery is easy to run and will make for a wonderful Halloween party!  The Haunted Halloween Heist features the following: Easy setup and game play, making the mystery suitable for any age of player; A simple, scavenger hunt based model that is sure to be a hit; An adjustable guest list that can accommodate any number of different…
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  • 4 Fun Bridal Shower Games That Will Rock

    Lee N.
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    When coming up with bridal shower games, you don’t need to panic. There are plenty of simple, but fun ideas out there for everyone!
  • 7 Tips for Giving Amazing Wedding Toasts

    Lee N.
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Wedding toasts has been evoking tears and cringes in almost equal supply since the first couple said, “I do.” In order to keep yours in the heart touching with a few laughs thrown in the category, there are some things you should do. And a few that you should not.
  • 5 Tips for Planning a Green Wedding

    Lee N.
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Planning a green wedding or an environmentally friendly wedding isn’t just the hip thing to do. Saving resources in an industry that consumes billions of dollars every year can seriously add up when we look at the environmental impact. Just think of the mountain of disposable paper and plastic that is normally consumed at a single wedding, and you will be happy that you decided to use these tips to make a difference.
  • 15 Of The Best Award-Winning Wedding Photos 2015

    Lee N.
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
  • Top DIY Wedding Reception Themes for 2015

    Lee N.
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
 
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  • Scarlett Acts Bring Rock ’n’ Roll To 50s Themed Event

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Performing at a UK corporate event recently, our brilliant electric violinist and rock 'n' roll band absolutely blew audiences away with their superb performances.   According to the client "they were amazing" and audiences "didn't want them to leave the stage!" Our violinist "looked amazing, went down really well and couldn't get away from the guests who all wanted photos with her", whilst the band "were fantastic and the dancers added an extra WOW factor".
  • Fantastic Band Bring Taste Of Brazil To Belgium

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
    Our brilliant Brazilian Show Band performed at the Knokke Hippique last month, an international 5* showjumping event located near the Belgian seaside. The band were greatly received by the crowds, adding a fantastic atmosphere to the already exciting proceedings!
  • Statue Of Liberty Comes To Life For NYC Event

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    Scarlett Entertainment’s fantastic Statue of Liberty living statue delighted the crowds at a corporate event in New York City last month. The occasion had a ‘Love NY’ theme, and guests enjoyed posing with the famous monument come to life all evening.
  • Lucky Casino Crowds Wowed By Scarlett Showgirls In Morocco

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Last month our dazzling showgirls performed to great acclaim at a casino in Tangier, Morocco.   Performing a series of fantastic choreographed routines, the girls wowed audiences, and our clint was "very happy" with the talent dancers and their superb costumes.
  • Scarlett’s Summer Party Success!

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:21 am
    The summer party season has begun! Last week, Scarlett’s exciting young London based function band really got the party started and created a good-time vibe at Derwent London’s roof-top Summer Party. The band was an utter success and received some really fantastic feedback, our client said: “The evening was a great success and we had so much amazing feedback on the band. Even our CEO commented on how good they were!” Here are the photos from the night…  
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  • ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Died at 61 From Cardiac Arrest

    JEI NETWORK
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died at the age of 61… TMZ Sports has learned. Piper — born Roderick George Toombs — died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood at around noon Friday. Piper was a wrestling icon — one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the ’80s, and […] The post ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Died at 61 From Cardiac Arrest appeared first on JEI Network.
  • Meek Mill finally responds to Drake with his own diss track, Wanna Know

    JEI NETWORK
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    There you have it people, Meek Mill finally came back at Drake. What do you think? The score is now 2 – 1 in Drakes favor but, Is “Wanna Know” good enough to dig Meek Mill out of the 2-0 hole he’s up against? Can Meek Mill really win a battle against Drake? And more importantly, […] The post Meek Mill finally responds to Drake with his own diss track, Wanna Know appeared first on JEI Network.
  • NOW CASTING: NEW CINEMAX SERIES – Rock Hill area

    Casting Calls Audition Updates
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    NOW CASTING: NEW CINEMAX SERIES (Rock Hill area) Seeking a few special need request: Business man 40’s -50’s, Kids ages 5-11 years, (parents should include their photos as well) Bowlers, Seniors, Cop/Police types (one will be re occurring thru out the season) Please submit two current snapshots (can be taken with a cell phone) one […] The post NOW CASTING: NEW CINEMAX SERIES – Rock Hill area appeared first on JEI Network.
  • NOT VIP? IS IT WORTH IT?

    Bobbi Muzic
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    I had the pleasure of attending ATL’s Car and Bike Show this past weekend.  It was hosted by V103, one of the major radio stations in Atlanta.  Tickets were $15, so I decided last minute that I would see where $15 got me.  Needless to say, I was not at all impressed. When I arrived, […] The post NOT VIP? IS IT WORTH IT? appeared first on JEI Network.
  • Drake – Back To Back (Meek Diss)

    JEI NETWORK
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Drake and Meek going at it and NICKI is stuck in between. NO GOOD can come from that one. Here is the brand new Drake BACK TO BACK MEEK Mill DISS track. Have a listen and give us feedback. The post Drake – Back To Back (Meek Diss) appeared first on JEI Network.
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