The Many Ways Crowdsourcing Can Positively Impact Your Event

The Many Ways Crowdsourcing Can Positively Impact Your Event

What is crowdsourcing? Have you tried using it for your meetings and events? In simple terms, crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining input for a particular task or project from a number of people, both in and outside your industry. In other words, it’s soliciting fresh ideas from all sorts...
10 Innovative Ideas That Will Make Your Meeting Rock

10 Innovative Ideas That Will Make Your Meeting Rock

Seating, Space, Sun & Tables Forget about traditional room setups such as theater, classroom or u-shape designs with plain brown tables, white walls and stiff chairs. They’re out of style and scream lecture format, with little to no interaction among attendees. Instead, consider yourself a combination of interior designer and...
Six Key Indicators When Evaluating Hotel Reviews

Six Key Indicators When Evaluating Hotel Reviews

Scanning online reviews is usually one of the first things a meeting or event planner does while scoping out prospective properties. Although negative comments can throw you off, when you see them, look for a sound, systematic approach from the venue when dealing with harsh criticism during your evaluation. Ignoring,...
Five Common Audio-Visual Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Five Common Audio-Visual Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Audio-visual (A/V) technology is a big deal for your meeting. When everything goes right, it’s the invisible measure of success. When everything goes wrong — the mic cuts in and out, the projector freezes and the lighting isn’t right — it’s all your attendees can talk about. If the situation...
What Millennials Want: Nine Tips to Get Them to Your Meeting

What Millennials Want: Nine Tips to Get Them to Your Meeting

Millennials, also known as the millennial generation or Generation Y, are the demographic group that follows Generation X. It’s generally agreed upon that this age category is 18 to 34 years old or individuals born between 1981 and 1997. According to information from the Pew Research Center, more than 33...
There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

If you’re planning a major conference, you’ve likely got a few key goals: get people there, get them engaged and make money for your organization. Of these, successful audience engagement likely will have the biggest impact on future years. Providing interesting and unique experiences for attendees, getting their feedback and...
There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

Stop and think for a moment – what are the best teams you’ve seen throughout your life? Whether your mind goes to sports, business, or community involvement, there’s always one common trait in successful teams – Trust. As with many things in life, trust is hard to gain and easy...
Would you apply this secret technique to prove your worth as a meeting planner?

Would you apply this secret technique to prove your worth as a meeting planner?

If you were suddenly asked to justify your job, would you be ready? It could be a performance review or budget cutbacks, but odds are that at some point you’ll be called on the carpet. And it only takes one misstep to sabotage years of your own hard work.  ...
Planning a Successful Family-Friendly Meeting

Planning a Successful Family-Friendly Meeting

You’re planning your company’s annual meeting, and your attendees’ families are invited to come. With so many different needs to cater to, how do you make the event a success for everyone? First, kudos to your company for recognizing the value in family-friendly meetings. When employees can bring spouses and...
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Location-Based Marketing Is Coming to an Event Near You

Location-Based Marketing Is Coming to an Event Near You

Have you ever been in a city and a coupon for Starbucks appeared on your phone when you were close to the coffee shop? Or at a trade show where an alert came onto your mobile device, enticing you to a specific booth? Or the airport parking service you always use came up with a...
If You Really Want Happy Attendees, Do These Seven Things

If You Really Want Happy Attendees, Do These Seven Things

This probably isn’t going to come as a huge surprise, but it turns out that happy attendees help you market future events. Why? Because they start talking about what a great learning experience they had at your conference. They spread their enthusiasm to others in the message they deliver. And most of all, they can’t...
Are Meetings Productivity Busters or Builders? 7 Key Tips to Deliver the Latter

Are Meetings Productivity Busters or Builders? 7 Key Tips to Deliver the Latter

It appears the average meeting is messed up. It doesn’t have a purpose, which leads attendees to be unfocused and stressed. Meetings occur too little or too often. They’re too rigid or too loose. And with 80 percent of all U.S. meetings having fewer than 50 attendees, it’s vital these meetings have the essential ingredients...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating an Event Experience

The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating an Event Experience

As you’re probably already aware, attendees want to be wowed, dazzled and entertained most of the time they’re at an event. According to the IACC, 75 percent of planners polled stated the task of “experience creation” is part of their job compared with just five years ago, when it wasn’t even on their radar. But...
Kalahari Delivering “Beyond Expectations” Convention Experience in 2019-20

Kalahari Delivering “Beyond Expectations” Convention Experience in 2019-20

For the last 20 years, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions has hosted over 22,000 groups, which resulted in more than 1.4 million rooms booked at their three locations. With customizable meeting spaces, premium dining experiences, spa services and world-class waterparks, Kalahari has and continues to deliver a great experience to meeting attendees — all under one...
The Five Motivating Factors That Get Exhibitors and Attendees to Trade Shows

The Five Motivating Factors That Get Exhibitors and Attendees to Trade Shows

According to a multiyear research project sponsored by the ASAE Foundation and conducted by the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell, attendees and exhibitors have five key reasons for coming to a trade show. The information presented below will help cement your strategy for attracting and retaining these vital participants to your future trade shows....
The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Virtual Event Planner

The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Virtual Event Planner

A virtual meeting planner may seem like the perfect solution for your budget-conscious event. However, is it really? How can you know a person who is 200 or 2,000 miles away? Will this be a cost savings or a time-burning headache? These are the questions I’ll attempt to answer today. As with every aspect of...
Five Key Clauses for Consideration in Your Next Event Contract

Five Key Clauses for Consideration in Your Next Event Contract

Probably the most tedious and time-consuming part of any meeting planner’s job is to review, negotiate and sign the conference contract. While it can be an overwhelming task, especially to a new or infrequent planner, it doesn’t have to be, if the guidelines below are followed. This blog will aid you in identifying the five...
Leverage Technology to Engage Attendees to the Max

Leverage Technology to Engage Attendees to the Max

Your annual conference is six months away, and the stakeholders have asked you to look at creative ways to further engage attendees. They’ve noticed a drop-off in attendance and are worried that the way the message has been delivered in the past isn’t as effective in the present. When you look at your options, all...
Six of the Hottest Event Food & Beverage Trends in 2017

Six of the Hottest Event Food & Beverage Trends in 2017

Meeting planners will have a hard time getting away with the standard chicken dinner for their conferences this year. Today’s attendees want more diversity, and more importantly, they want to know where their food comes from, how it was raised and how many chemicals are in it. This means while you’re on a site visit,...
Eight Winning Ways to Promote Your Event When the Budget Won’t Cooperate

Eight Winning Ways to Promote Your Event When the Budget Won’t Cooperate

You have a major event in the works and was just informed by marketing that most of the promotional budget you were counting on has shifted to another project. In other words, for the most part, your advertising dollars have just gone up in smoke. What should you do — cancel the event? No way!...
A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Getting Great Speakers

A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Getting Great Speakers

Believe it or not, most of the success or failure of your event rests on the shoulders of your presenters. Without their message, you have nothing much to offer beyond a networking function of like-minded attendees. That’s why it’s vital you and your staff or committee take ample time vetting potential presenters. Many meeting planners...