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Conference Reform Requires Cultivating Leaders With Moral Purpose To Make A Difference

Velvet Chainsaw

Many conferences are stuck in the rut of legacy routines, age-old rituals and cloned programming. Conference organizers and its advisors replicate the past maintaining the traditions and well-established procedures of yesteryear.

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2019 Preview: 10 Most Anticipated Chicago Venues for Meetings and Events


Looking for a new venue for your next event? Here are the most anticipated Chicago restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels

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AlphaZero, machine learning, and the future of work

Conferences that Work

Not long ago I wrote about the end of decent paid jobs and the need for basic income. A startling recent advance in machine learning has only heightened my concerns.

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How New Technology Helped This Gala Raise $7 Million


Charity: Water, a nonprofit organization that provides drinking water to people in developing nations, has a reputation for using technology

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A Practical Guide to Measuring Event Success

Can you measure event ROI? 3 in 5 marketers can't. Learn how with this free ROI model.

Showsec signs five-year contract renewal with SMG

Event Industry News

Showsec have renewed their contract with venue management group and the UK’s biggest arena operator, SMG Europe.

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Why Grey Goose Installed a Ferris Wheel in a Busy Airport


Travelers in John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 last month may have encountered an unusual scene—an illuminated blue and

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Audience Engagement and Interaction – is technology always the right answer?

Event Industry News

By Ben Barnes, Head of Creative Services, Top Banana.

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In The Live Music Business, Safer Customers Are Repeat Customers

Picatic by Eventbrite

2018 brought intimate conversations about sexual harassment and personal safety to the fore. Conversations like #MeToo have made their mark on the music industry, inspiring top-level conversations about gender parity amongst some of the world’s largest music festivals.

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Budget Increases Are on the Rise in 2019

Smart Meetings

Fifty-six percent of respondents in Eventbrite’s annual Pulse Report said that recruiting attendees for events was one of the top three most challenging part of the planner job in 2018. Rounding out the top three challenges: working with a tighter budget and locking down sponsors.

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What’s Trending in 2019

All Seated

With another year in the books, it’s high time to leave yesterday’s trends behind and start looking ahead to what 2019 has in store for the events industry. After all, these trends will impact your business on a daily basis and it’s always best to be prepared.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

2 Ideas Worth Stealing from Day 1 of PCMA Convening Leaders

Smart Meetings

PCMA has become known for lining up top speakers—this year, Convening Leaders added author Seth Godin and actor Geena Davis to the mix—and sessions that speak to the problems that keep planners up at night—“turning sponsors into partners” and “managing risk in a complex world” come to mind.

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January 7, 2019: Golden Globes Steer Clear of Controversy, Oscars Reconsidering Kevin Hart as Host, This Company Makes the Most Recognizable Award Season Trophies


GOLDEN GLOBES STEER CLEAR OF CONTROVERSY: The Golden Globes ceremonies of recent years have prominently addressed America's political turmoil

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8 Out-of-the-Box Jacksonville Venues for Business Meetings


The work-hard, play-hard city of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida is not your typical Sunshine State destination, and its business meeting and corporate retreat venues are anything but retired.

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Event Heroes: How SEMrush is Building a Global Events Brand


Each month we interview an events professional who is breaking the mold. This month we spoke with Aleksandra Panyukhina—Head of Event Marketing at SEMrush—about unifying a global events brand, leveraging events for every step of the funnel and tracking event ROI.

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New & Renovated: Multimillion-Dollar Renovations

Smart Meetings

As a way for properties to meet the tech and design expectations of today’s groups and other guests, hotels are constantly reinventing themselves. Although reinvention is exciting, it can be a long process, not to mention the immense amounts of money involved.

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Productivity tips to start the year in high gear

Plan Your Meetings

I’ve given many presentations on various aspects of achieving work-life balance, being more productive and getting more done. Sometimes, audience members send me summaries of what they heard, and their summaries are often excellent.

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TalkingTree Creative shows no signs of stopping in 2019

Event Industry News

TalkingTree Creative , a small but mighty creative agency in Baltimore, Maryland, is celebrating three years of record growth and anticipating an even bigger 2019.

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19 Trends to Watch in 2019

Connect Your Meetings

The crystal ball says, among the trends that will affects in 2019, the economy’s continue rise will be the driving force. Companies have more money for meetings, but planners have less funds to host the events. Meanwhile, hotels are charging higher rates while supply struggles to keep up with demand. But don’t be alarmed. Not all is black and white—millennial pink, anyone? As you buckle up for 2019, we take a look at what will affect you the most over the next 12 months. On the Up-and-Up.

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Hay Festival to extend partnership with GL events UK

Event Industry News

Hay Festival has agreed an extension to the partnership with GL events UK that will see the festival extend its infrastructure brief to include seating areas as well as temporary structures. The extension continues the long-term relationship between the two organisations, which kicked off in 2010.

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4 Registration KPIs That Impact Your Event Budget


It's the start of a brand new year, which means many planners are reflecting on the past year's successes, as well as areas of improvement.

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HBAA fundraising for Beyond Food reaches £44,000

Event Industry News

HBAA members have raised a total of £44,000 for charity Beyond Food in 2017 and 2018. The money was generated at a variety of events and activities including the association’s Annual Dinners, Annual Forum, Members Meetings and Come Dine with Me.

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5 Trends to Watch for the Future of Business Events

PCMA Convene

Amy Blackman (left) and Kate Fairweather reveal results of their research Jan. 7 at Convening Leaders. Jacob Slaton). Major consumer and market forces at work today will change the face of the business events industry as we know it.

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Data and technology at festivals: Are tailored experiences enticing festival goers, or killing that fun festival feeling of finding a new experience?

Event Industry News

By Jade Garrow Newport, director of culture marketing at Wasserman.

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Top 10 amazing reasons to plan your next event in Québec City


Planning a conference or convention in 2019? Looking to add some extra oh-la-la to your event to boost your attendance levels and delegate appreciation? Then say “ Bonjour! ” to Québec City.

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Make Change Happen: Seth Godin Stresses Importance of Innovation

PCMA Convene

Seth Godin addresses the audience during his opening session at Convening Leaders 2019 in Pittsburgh. Jacob Slaton). Do work that matters for people who care. Create change. That’s the role of business events professionals, according to marketing guru Seth Godin. Godin captivated the crowd Jan.

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What does 2019 hold for event production? Predictions by Eclipse

Event Industry News

Will Brexit’s arrival in March have any impact on the event production industry? What trends will we see across venues, which event type will be popular and what kind of tech will we be plugging into? As we start 2019, just as they do with their work, key members at leading creative and technical event production company Eclipse, take a 360-degree view of the year ahead, predicting what will be big in people, technology, venues and event types. People, Business and Brexit.

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Big Plans for the Meetings Mean Business Initiative


As it reaches its 10th anniversary, the industry-wide coalition details its 2019 strategy. At this week's PCMA Convening Leaders conference at David L.

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M&S Bank Arena launches in Liverpool

Event Industry News

M&S Bank has today become the official naming partner of the Liverpool Arena. The city’s number one venue for entertainment is now named the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool and a full rebrand of the venue is underway.

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3 Tips to Maximize Your Event Budget


Staying on budget for meetings and events is a tough task for even the most detailed planner, but there are creative ways to trim costs without sacrificing the quality of your experience. As yearly budgets get tighter, having a cost-conscious game plan is a must.

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drp celebrates record-breaking year

Event Industry News

Creative communications agency, drp, ended their year on a high on Friday 21 st December with the Christmas Conference, anything’s possible awards and after show party for all 280 team members. The event was held at the groups 212 studios in Worcestershire. . 2018 has been an incredible year with 47.6% growth, sales increasing to over £31.5M, we’ve also recruited 82 new team members, 21 new clients, the acquisition of HMX communications, over 30 industry award wins and 33 completed CSR projects.

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Welcome to Las Catalinas, Where Life Comes to Life


Las Catalinas is a new beach town on the coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, located right on the shoreline and surrounded by hundreds of acres of tropical dry forest.

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Salt Lake City: Stereotypes be Damned

PCMA Convene

No caffeine, no alcohol and no fun. If this is how you view Salt Lake, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

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The Evolution of Team-Building: From Trust Falls to Company Cookoffs


John Hernstat, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, has helped to coordinate countless meetings and events and make unforgettable experiences for his clients. Here, he shares some of the team-building trends he’s seen over the years.

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London sees in the new year and celebrates European friendships with spectacular firework display

Event Industry News

London saw in the New Year with a world-class spectacular firework display over the River Thames and the Coca-Cola London Eye. The display this year celebrated London’s special relationship with Europe as part of the Mayor’s #LondonIsOpen campaign, sending a message of openness and support to the more than one million European citizens living in London. .

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Heard Around PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

PCMA Convene

Professionals need to take the time to get to know your audience, Seth Godin said. Jacob Slaton). PCMA Convening Leaders 2019 kicked into high gear Jan. Here are some of the quotes that Convene editors heard that resonated with them during the first full day of sessions. “We

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