Top 10 Innovative Brands 2017: #10 Refinery29


Launched in 2004, Refinery29 has grown from a fashion-focused website to a lifestyle brand that speaks to a key demographic—millennial

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Event Design Rebels 2018: Jon Retsky & Michael Kuhlmann


Founded by Jon Retsky and Russell Holt in 2004 in San Francisco, Got Light (@gotlightsf) creates dramatic environments with light, audio

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How To Market Your Event Using Facebook’s Latest Features


Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has constantly upped the ante, adding several new useful features every year. How to use the latest Facebook features to engage attendees, create FOMO and sell more tickets to your event.

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Feedback Frames—a low-tech tool for anonymous voting

Conferences that Work

tool Idea Rating Sheets in 2004 (originally called “Dotmocracy”) to “make it easier to find agreements in large groups” He has been a Senior Public Consultation Coordinator for the City of Toronto since 2010, and is working to crowdfund his invention.

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drp hosts Channel 5’s The Gadget Show at their 212 studios

Event Industry News

Launched in 2004, and now in its 26th series, The Gadget Show has aired over 300 episodes and focuses primarily on consumer technology. The latest series of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show is being filmed at drp’s 212 studios in Hartlebury, Worcestershire.

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Colour Sound keeps the Secret

Event Industry News

Staged at Abbot’s Ripton near Huntingdon, UK since 2004 by Fred Felloes it was hand-crafted as a boutique alternative to the established mainstream music festivals … as is known for its […].

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The Events Expert Interview Series #14: Serena Holmes

G2 Planet

1) Can you tell us a little bit about how you decided to join Tigris Events back in 2004, and how it's grown over the years? We've been interviewing some of the smartest, most interesting event professionals around--sharing their insights, advice, and unique experiences. This week we sat down with Serena Holmes , the President and CEO of Tigris Events - who's showing us the incredible power of women in the workplace!

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Casablanca Table Hire

Event Industry News

About Casablanca Table Hire Casablanca Table Hire has been operating since 2004 and is now one of London’s premier hire companies. We have a very large stock of tables from 4ft and 5ft trestle tables to round dining tables and poseur tables.

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How to Choose Your Event Niche

Event Planning BluePrint

I started my event planning business in 2004 from my kitchen table with less than $500 and very little experience. We’ve all had big decisions to make, right? Whether it’s about starting an event business, working for an event company, or what kind of clients to work with.

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Bestival’s future uncertain as event faces administration

Event Industry News

Rob Da Bank’s annual music event launched in 2004 and has welcomed the likes of The Cure, Massive Attack, Outkast and Florence & The Machine as headliners. Bestival‘s future could be in jeopardy, with reports suggesting that the company behind the festival is being put into administration. Originally taking place in the Isle of Wight, the festival relocated to Dorset in 2017.

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Drop This Healthy Buzzword Into Your Lexicon: Sportspitality

Connect Your Meetings

A 2014 survey from American Hotel & Lodging Association reported 84 percent of hotels had a fitness center or exercise room, up from 63 percent in 2004. Say hello to the latest industry buzzword: sportspitality. As more people become conscientious about taking care of their health on the road, hotels are stepping up their fitness game.

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A Conference for the Science Behind Emotions

PCMA Convene

The inaugural event was held in 2004 in Amsterdam, and the conference has been held every other year except for 2008 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Lille, France; Canterbury, England; Berlin, Germany; and Leiden, Holland. Illustration by Carmen Segovia. The heart wants what the heart wants.

5 Sales Tips Every Event Planner Should Know

Event Planning BluePrint

After starting my event planning business in 2004, I knew my Bachelor’s Degree hadn’t prepared me to run my own business. What I needed was real-world experience. Sales experience.

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5 Sales Tips Every Event Planner Should Know

Event Planning BluePrint

After starting my event planning business in 2004, I knew my Bachelor’s Degree hadn’t prepared me to run my own business. What I needed was real-world experience. Sales experience.

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MINA Group


His San Francisco-based company the MINA Group has grown from a single location in 2004 to more than 26 restaurants nationwide. James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef Michael Mina is an empire in his own right. With a name as well known as Mina’s, it is imperative that everything they do, including private events, reflects the excellence that made them famous. To support rapid growth, The MINA Group turned to Gather to: Expedite communication . Increase leads.

The UnExpo Experiment

Conferences that Work

Fun fact: the testing community often uses my term “peer conferences” for their get-togethers, due to a chat about meeting design I had with tester James Bach at the 2004 Amplifying Your Effectiveness conference.) During my 20+ years as an IT consultant and developer, I fell in with a delightful international crowd of software testers: those all-important people responsible for the impossible task of making sure that software works the way it’s supposed to.

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Patel and Visit California Make History

Smart Meetings

Patel was elected chairperson of the California State Lodging Association in 2004. Sima Patel made history this month when she was voted chair of the Visit California board of directors, becoming the first Indian woman to chair a national or state lodging association in the United States. “I

How New Federal Overtime Changes Will Affect You

Connect Your Meetings

Department of Labor announced it was raising the salary-exemption cutoff for paying employees overtime, the first such action since 2004, from $23,660 to $47,476 annually ($455 to $913 per week). In a typical December, friends and co-workers join together for a month’s worth of parties, gift giving and good cheer. This year’s mood, however, may prove less than merry for some in the faith-based hospitality and meetings community. In May, the U.S.

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7 Ways to Stay Flu-free on Airplanes

Smart Meetings

A Canadian study published in 2004 found passengers were 113 times more likely to have caught a cold during a five-hour flight between San Francisco and Denver than during normal daily life. Another reason to be thankful: You haven’t come down with the flu.

7 Ways to Stay Flu-free on Airplanes

Smart Meetings

A Canadian study published in 2004 found passengers were 113 times more likely to have caught a cold during a five-hour flight between San Francisco and Denver than during normal daily life. Another reason to be thankful: You haven’t come down with the flu.

Working a Day Job While You Start Your Event Planning Business?

Event Planning BluePrint

In 2004, I started my event business while I was working and in school. I want you to hear Sarah’s story. Sarah started her event planning business earlier this year and she’s still employed by someone else. Sarah is trying to shift from being an employee to planning events full time.

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Travel Is Up in New Orleans

Smart Meetings

billion in visitor spending last year represents a 51 percent increase since 2004, the year before Katrina. Travel to New Orleans is bustling once again. A study conducted by the University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center concludes the city hosted a record-breaking 10.45

Houston’s Super Bowl Showcase

Smart Meetings

That was in 2004, when quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory over the Carolina Panthers to secure his second championship.). This week, the epicenter of the sports world shifts to Houston, site of Super Bowl LI.

KRACK: What Planners Need to Know

Smart Meetings

It’s technical, but basically it means he discovered a key flaw in something called Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, or WPA2, which has been the go-to option to protect your data over Wi-Fi since 2004.

Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards

Smart Meetings

The Copper Skillet Competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centers around the world, and to honor their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience. Roanoke, Virginia.

Guest Blog: The mega-event industry’s relationship with its own carbon footprint

Event Industry News

Per an Ecological Footprint analysis of the 2004 FA Cup Final, travel contributed to 54% of the total carbon footprint. By Peter Ward, Director at WeTrack. Hello from WeTrack! Our previous guest blog considered the mega-event industry from the perspective of risk.

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Gather’s Custom Confetti Physics Engine


of the 2004 ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics symposium on Comp. April Product Update: Using Sweat, Tears, and Havoc.js to Make Events Fun for Everyone Involved.

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4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

Smart Meetings

Frederico started her career in 2004 at The Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, Arizona, as the meetings and special events coordinator where she worked for a decade. Dana Orlando . Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Orlando will lead the operation of the historic downtown hotel located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

‘It’s About Learning Through Play’

PCMA Convene

In 2004, the LEGO Group was facing a crisis. Sales had plummeted and the Danish company lost more than $200 million in a single year. As debts continued to stack up, bankruptcy seemed inevitable. LEGO set out to rebuild itself.

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Say Farewell to Virgin America

Smart Meetings

Business magnate Richard Branson created Virgin America in 2004 to launch an entirely new type of airline, as demonstrated by the lively ambiance (pink and purple lighting, hip background music) and extra amenities such as free Wi-Fi and on-demand food orders.

5 Reasons for Planners to Celebrate Facebook’s 2 Billion User Milestone

Smart Meetings

Well it’s been exploding year-over-year since its launch in 2004, but the social media mogul has just reached new heights. Facebook ’s popularity has officially exploded. When Facebook released its statistics in May , the number of monthly active users was 1.94 billion.

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Interviews with Planners – Ruby Benoit


I supported the planning of the USA Hospitality House where over 600 US athletes, sponsors, and VIPs converged over 17 days during the 2004 Olympic Games.

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Cincinnati USA: Driving Diversity

Connect Your Meetings

From 2001 to 2004, no multicultural conventions came to The Queen City, says Jason Dunn, vice president of multicultural and community development for Cincinnati USA. The tale of how Cincinnati came to become one of the country’s leaders in diversity initiatives is a bit of a comeback story. In 2005, the CVB made a purposeful effort to go after them, working to correct the issues that were turning those groups away.

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How Diversity + Collaboration = Innovation

PCMA Convene

How to foster collaboration at events is something of a “paradox,” requiring both unity and diversity, according to Rielly, who joined TED Conferences LLC in 2004. We are living in “a hinge time,” according to Dawn Markova, Ph.D., and Angie McArthur.

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Kindra Fry Takes the Reigns as President and CEO of Bryan-College Station CVB

Connect Your Meetings

I started on December 1, 2004, as the sports marketing manager, so I came in really just managing that department for them and I think I had lived there since the middle of October that year. Kindra Fry, the new president and CEO of the Bryan-College Station CVB, wasn’t looking for a promotion. The opportunity came out of left field. After working for the Bryan-College Station CVB for 14 years, Fry stepped up on an interim basis at first.

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7 Free and Open-Source Digital Signage Software Options For Your Next Event

Capterra Event Management

Xibo began as a university project in 2004 and since then has been supported and developed by Spring Signage. In the era of everything going digital , it should come as no surprise that advertising, including traditional signs and billboards, is eager to get in on the action.

10 Step Event Planning Business Plan

Event Planning BluePrint

When I started my event planning business back in 2004, I focused on corporate clients. So back in 2004, and I know the prices have gone up by now, I would sometimes pay as low as $35 for my event insurance.

Web Design: 5 Strategies to Encourage More Engagement


Since its inception in 2004, Murad has acted as Creative Director, Technologist and creative problem solver. So your nonprofit has a website, but it hasn’t been updated in forever and its only purpose at the moment is to direct visitors to your donation page.

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Everything You Need to Know About Starting an Event Planning Business

Event Planning BluePrint

In fact, in 2004, I started my event planning business from my kitchen table with less than $500. Everything you need to know about starting an event planning business, and the theme of this lesson is to really get down to business.

Projection & Lighting

Canadian Special Events

On a personal note, Hala completed an Ironman in 2004 and loves to ride her motorcycle. Using Creative Technology To Enhance Your Event Environment.

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How Four Creative Cities Attract Business Events

PCMA Convene

Started in 2004, UCCN now totals 180 cities in 72 countries in seven fields — Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts. On Dec. 31, 2018, the United States will officially no longer be a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The U.S.

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8 Steps to Charging For Your Event Planning Services

Event Planning BluePrint

So when I started my event planning business in 2004, I filled a need. Whether you’re starting an event planning business or plan to be an independent planner, knowing how to charge for your event planning services is going to make (or break) your success.

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Fundamental Event Planning Tips: These Never Go Out of Style


industry since beginning her career in 2004, and has spent the majority of that time with the GO! “Best practices” and “event planning tips” come in all shapes and sizes. Here at Guidebook, we share a lot of strategies for planners from tech tools to try, sponsor package ideas , and specific event marketing timelines. But there are some fundamental strategies that never go out of style. While we work to include these in our plans every time, they can be easy forget.

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