Configurable and Personalized Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

The mass-personalization wave that is dramatically changing what and how we buy as consumers has application to conferences. Application to Conferences. In my opinion, the first item — individualizing a conference experience for every attendee — isn’t scalable today.

What Participants Expect From 21st Century Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

Everything we take for granted about conferences, and planning them, faces disruption. Participants from all generations and cultures increasingly expect conferences to mirror their work and personal lives. Savvy conference organizers meet these disruptions head-on.

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The Secrets Behind Conference Engagement

Conferences that Work

So you’re holding a conference. Read the full article at Conferences That Work. How are you going to get your audience tuned in and engaged?

Are We Creating The Wrong Type Of Conference Experiences?

Velvet Chainsaw

It’s as if Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore’s Experience Economy is just now hitting its stride—for conferences at least. The word is out: we’ve got to create conference experiences, not just conferences that feel like a patchwork quilt of our great grandmother’s dresses.

Conference delegates leaving early?

Gallus Events

What “traditional” ways are there to stop your conference delegates leaving early? One reason you may have conference delegates leaving early, as the theory goes, is that there is too much else happening and your attendees have headed off to do other things.

Why Your Conference Should be Target-Audience Obsessed

Velvet Chainsaw

In order to design relevant education and networking experiences at our conferences, we need to be focused to the point of obsession with our target audience. Over the past 18 months, we’ve carefully scrubbed and analyzed the attendance of 20 major conferences.

When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

When Conference Plans Land On Chutes. So many conference leaders, organizers and planning teams are obsessed with details, logistics and planning. Their plans actually obscure their conference’s vision. Their attention to detail and efficiency eclipses the conference purpose.

When Conference Participants Vote With Their Feet

Velvet Chainsaw

And one that we as conference organizers should pay attention to. So let’s dig deeper into the issue of people voting with their feet at your conference. Is your conference only a consumer-driven event? Or is your conference a leading transformational experience?

En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences

Velvet Chainsaw

This is the first of two posts that are intended to be a helpful resource for conference organizers as they develop their attendee succession-plan strategy. Key Indicators For Most Conferences. The post En Route For Next-Gen Conference Audiences appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw.

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conference moderation when to use a professional

Gallus Events

One of the earliest conversations I had with the Director General, at one of the associations where I worked, was to “advise” him that he should never again, chair one of our conferences. And indeed he did stop chairing our conferences.

Common, Yet Hazardous, Conference Planning Thinkholes That Inhibit Uniqueness

Velvet Chainsaw

Why do so many people rate the conference experience as stale, predictable and average at best? Why do conference leaders miss the mark at preparing their own unique DNA conference experience? We have lost our way to discovering our own conference DNA!

Copycat Cookie-Cutter Conference Or Unique Event

Velvet Chainsaw

And the conference and events you plan can be unique too. As a one-of-a-kind meeting professional, you are called to create one-of-a-kind conferences. Still they just copy what everyone else is doing with their conference. Caged Conference Visions. You are unique.

Four reasons why traditional conferences are obsolete

Conferences that Work

Previously, I’ve described three major trends that make traditional conference formats obsolete: No longer knowing in advance what attendees want to learn ; The rise of online ; and. ” Say goodbye to traditional conferences — and say hello to peer learning!

Conference Programme Template

Gallus Events

There is no such thing as the “perfect” conference programme. However, there are a few key areas that a modern conference programme should contain. So in this spirit, I have uploaded a link to a conference programme template for a one day conference.

networking at conferences structuring connections

Gallus Events

Networking at conferences is always one of the top three reasons that attendees give for attending a conference. So first, a definition of structured networking at conferences: “Using the environment, meeting design or technology to ensure that the right conversations happen”. .

Top 5 Reasons Why People Attend Conferences

Eventinterface

Wondering why people register for your conference? Most attendees come to your conference to learn about a topic. Conferences should be inspirational. Many attendees come to a conference to build a network and solicit new business.

Ninja Moves for Improved Conference Session Marketing

Velvet Chainsaw

48 percent of the 120 conference/education professionals who responded said they always or frequently re-write some or all of their speaker session submissions (e.g. My best guess is that at least 2/3 of conferences are making this a practice today.

Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor

Velvet Chainsaw

Your real conference competition is not that event held six months after yours. Today’s technology driven, hyper-connected, instant gratification, real-time world puts you as a conference organizer in a difficult position. Have you normalized conference mediocrity as acceptable?

The Conference Owner’s Guide To Customer Experience

Velvet Chainsaw

Who owns the overall experience that customers have at your conference? Who oversees and manages the conference customers’ journey? Or perhaps no one is considering the holistic experience of your conference customer? Do you know what your conference target market customer wants?

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Getting More Value from Conference Keynote Speakers

Velvet Chainsaw

How your audience responds will have a direct impact on your conference’s brand image and credibility. From a conference design perspective, we believe the current best practice is to bookend your conference by opening with a strong-thought provoking speaker and closing with inspiration.

Avoid These Hazardous Conference Planning Thinkholes [Part 2]

Velvet Chainsaw

Just like potholes, conference planning thinkholes can be an expensive problem for your event. They can create some major cavities and damage to your participants’ conference experience. Defining Conference Planning Thinkholes. Four More Hazardous Conference Planning Thinkholes.

How to make an empty conference room look full

Gallus Events

There is a common problem for many conference organisers: the “disappearing delegate” I covered the more traditional ways an event planner can look at to reduce the number of attendees who disappear towards the end of the day in a previous post.

Great Questions Define Great Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

It is much more effective to provide opportunities for conference participants to solve their own problems, then telling them how to solve it. Conference organizers automatically assume that if someone is attending their event, they expect the conference to help them solve their problems.

The five keys to great conference content

Gallus Events

At the end of February we supported Practically Perfect PA to run their second “Assist Conference” They reached their target of 100 PAs just a few days before the date of the conference, and everyone was delighted to have sold out the event.

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion

EventMB

Panel discussions are a popular part of many conferences but there are lots of things to consider to ensure a successful session. The post The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion by Becki Cross appeared first on [link].

10 Conferences That Are Pushing the Industry Forward

EventMB

Is your conference bleeding edge or cutting edge? Here are some conferences that just might inspire your next one. The post 10 Conferences That Are Pushing the Industry Forward by Editorial Team appeared first on [link].

Conference Software Must Haves

Regpack

Your conference registration software should allow you to control the full lifecycle of your event, from registration to collecting payments to reporting on your ROI. Below is a list of features that are a must when evaluating registration software for your next conference event.

Flourishing Conference Professionals Lead With Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

As a conference organizer, how purpose-driven are you? Successful conference organizers are purpose-driven! They design conference experiences that become meaning-making opportunities for their participants. Purpose-Driven Conference Organizers’ Mindset.

How to Measure the Success of Your Conference

Eventinterface

Traditionally, measuring the success of a conference was pretty simple. In order to get a more global assessment, truly reflecting the impact of a conference on all stakeholders, other quantitative measures should be included. ” TOP TIPS IN MEASURING CONFERENCE SUCCESS: 1.

Getting Serious About Forecasting Future Conference Topics

Velvet Chainsaw

Savvy 21st Century conference organizers can effectively demonstrate strategic learning alignment of their conference networking and education programming. Smart conference professionals are skilled at articulating the value of their event’s networking and learning opportunities.

Caesars Releases Rendering of Forum Conference Center

Smart Meetings

Rendering of the Caesars Forum conference center. New details have emerged about the upcoming Caesars Forum conference center. When it opens in 2020, the conference center will feature the two largest pillarless ballrooms to ever be built, each measuring 108,000 sq.

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Contracting Conference Speakers

Gallus Events

Those events have ranged from half day seminars to three day conferences. Contracting conference speakers just wasn’t something I did. Contracting Conference Speakers is now a priority and here is why. Conferences & Congresses Speakers Uncategorized

Our Increased Distrust Of Institutions And What It Means To Your Association, Conference

Velvet Chainsaw

Big business, conferences, education, government, medicine, membership associations, nonprofits, professional societies, religious organizations, trade organizations, etc. Yes, your conference and your membership organization are customary, standard institutions. “I’m done with !”.

The five keys to great conference content

Gallus Events

At the end of February we supported Practically Perfect PA to run their second “Assist Conference” They reached their target of 100 PAs just a few days before the date of the conference, and everyone was delighted to have sold out the event.

Steal These Creative Ideas for Conference Activities

BizBash

Creating The Highly Energized And Engaged Conference Participant

Velvet Chainsaw

Are 50%-80% of your conference attendees in your programming at any given time? One thing is certain, if your conference attendees are not fully engaged in the experience you provide, there is little, if any, chance that they will leave your event with any real ROI.

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See How Hilton Reinvented the Conference Gift Concept

BizBash

It’s commonplace at conferences for guests to receive a gift as a token of thanks for their attendance. That gift

Make the Most of Industry Conferences: Host Microevents

Event Farm

Even in today’s world dominated by social media and online interaction, many organizations still recognize the benefits of attending in-person industry conferences and tradeshows. Last year, HubSpot’s INBOUND Conference alone attracted over 19,000 attendees from around the world.

Why Your Conference Needs An Intrapreneur

Velvet Chainsaw

Are you making some changes to your annual conference? If you are, you need a conference intrapreneur! More than just one intrapreneur, you need a conference planning culture of intrapreneurship. Ultimately, you’ll want to develop a conference team of intrapreneurs.

Event TALK: Developing Successful Conference and Event Registration Fee Strategies

Eventinterface

Setting registration or ticket prices for meetings and conferences can be a contentious process. Developing registration or ticket prices has to do as much with meeting budgets as offering opportunities for a large number of people to attend your conference or meeting.

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