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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Five Technology Initiatives Every Event Planner Should Seek From a Venue

Five Technology Initiatives Every Event Planner Should Seek From a Venue

As a meeting planner, it’s vital that you attract attendees to your convention, meeting or trade show and keep them engaged while they’re there. Based on the High Tech for High Touch: 2016 Hospitality Vision Study compiled by Zebra, there are five things most guests and attendees are looking for from any venue. Five Technology...
10 Powerful Ways to Make Presentations Look More Professional

10 Powerful Ways to Make Presentations Look More Professional

Whether you use PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote or some other presentation platform, it’s important to follow guidelines that will reinforce your message and connect with audience members. Below are 10 tips and tricks to keep your presentation clean, clear and, most important, effective — ultimately driving attendees toward the action you want them to complete.  ...
Mastering the Small Meeting for Maximum Productivity

Mastering the Small Meeting for Maximum Productivity

Meetings are a way of life for most professionals, and believe it or not, of the 46 million events held every day in the U.S., roughly 80 percent have fewer than 50 attendees. On average, 30 percent of an employee’s workweek is spent attending meetings. However, according to CBTS, small meetings can be big time-wasters...
How to Effectively Implement a Strategic Meeting Management Program

How to Effectively Implement a Strategic Meeting Management Program

A Strategic Meeting Management Program (SMMP) concentrates on ways to achieve high-quality meetings that deliver quantitative cost savings, effective risk management and greater visibility to upper management for meeting planners. Who wouldn’t want that … right? But how do you deliver it? It turns out, there is not a one-size-fits-all SMMP deliverable. But it has...
Link Your Company C-Suite Retreat to Core Values

Link Your Company C-Suite Retreat to Core Values

Total Alignment Is the Key Every organization has a unique way of running its business, which is primarily identified through its corporate culture. It isn’t something that’s said every day; rather, generally, it’s something that’s felt and acted upon. If your company is planning a C-suite retreat this quarter or next, it’s vital that the...
Kalahari Breaks Ground on Wisconsin Dells Convention Center Expansion

Kalahari Breaks Ground on Wisconsin Dells Convention Center Expansion

Kalahari recently broke ground on a 112,000-square foot Convention Center expansion in the Wisconsin Dells, which will nearly double the available space, bringing the total convention center square footage to 212,000. The expansion includes: Adding a 52,000-square foot ballroom, bringing the total ballroom space to 89,762 square feet and 10 additional meeting rooms which brings...
Transform the Association Annual Meeting and Build a Better One

Transform the Association Annual Meeting and Build a Better One

Annual meetings have long represented the crown jewel of any given association. They are the place where: Exhibitor and sponsorship dollars are generated Important topics are discussed Organizational strategies are formed Educational seminars are given Peer networking takes place However, when you look hard at the current annual meeting structure jam-packed with hundreds of sessions,...
Chatbot 101: How This AI Feature Is Shaping the Event Industry

Chatbot 101: How This AI Feature Is Shaping the Event Industry

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if attendees or trade show exhibitors could ask a question or have a conversation regarding your event on a 24/7 basis? Wouldn’t it also be great if a computer program could answer those Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in a friendly, personal way without involving a single staff person? Welcome to the...
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...