June, 2018

7 Huge Event Planning Trends Spotted at MPI WEC 2018


Professionals often attend industry events to improve their craft and network with peers. But for an event planner, it’s also an opportunity to “borrow” (read: steal) creative ideas for their next event.

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Event Branding: Before, During, and After


An event planner or a marketer has many event marketing tasks to take care of once the date of the event is finalized. From booking of venue to sending invitation to guests, both online and offline, there are a lot of tasks that need to be done.

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If You Design Conference Experiences, Read This!

Velvet Chainsaw

We design experiences for our customers. So why don’t we design experiences for ourselves? Have we missed the obvious? (I I confess: I have!). As conference organizers, why can’t we also have a fun, fulfilling, and collaborative experience planning and designing the conference?

Ultimate Event Venue Checklist for Event Planners

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Planning an event is a long and arduous task that’s incredibly rewarding when finished. One of the main tasks that you need to prepare for is booking an event venue. It could be a conference, a meeting, or a corporate event. Finding the right venue for your event is a huge undertaking.

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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.

The declining influence of leadership positional power in a network society

Conferences that Work

Almost all organization leaders today wield positional power — the power of a boss to make decisions that affect others — and this is unlikely to change soon. But the growth of the network era , where leaders and workers need to connect outside the workplace in order to stay up to date professionally and to be open to new and innovative ideas, is creating a shift away from traditional hierarchical power models.

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3 Tips to Increase Pre-Event Attendee Engagement


I think it’s safe to say that you can have the best event app of all time, but it’s next to useless if no one uses it. In this blog post, I’m going to share a few ideas for promoting your event app so that you maximize your pre-event attendee engagement.

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Corporate Event Agenda Samples


From the length of the session to “Who’s the next speaker?”, there are lots of questions that your corporate event guests expect to be answered in the event agenda. By guiding attendees through event experiences, you minimise the chance that someone will miss an important session or will arrive late.

Star Struck: Identifying Your Conference North Star

Velvet Chainsaw

For centuries, explorers and those sailing the sea have relied on the North Star, or Polaris , to navigate. Long before the advent of the GPS, the North Star provided a distinctive visible position to true north.

Top 20 Unique Swag Ideas From Twitter For 2018

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I am a huge fan of unique swag ideas. In case you are new to the term, swag, standing for “stuff we all get,” is the free promotional items companies hand out at events. Swag is a popular event marketing strategy for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) companies.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

Three ways to create truly surprising meetings

Conferences that Work

CoffeeGate One sunny morning in 2105, two hundred of us arrived for the opening breakfast at a Canadian conference to discover There Was No Coffee. The young first-time volunteer staff had forgotten to brew it. Three days later, people were still grumbling about CoffeeGate. I’ll bet that even today, if you asked attendees what they remembered about the event, most would immediately recall the There Was No Coffee moment. A memorable moment, yes, but not a good one.

13 Stylish—and Functional—Ideas for Name Badges


Event professionals’ opinions are divided on name tags: While some think they’re an efficient way to get attendees interacting, others

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5 Ways to Use Data To Measure Event ROI


A common question we often get from our clients is, “What’s the best way to measure event ROI?” . You, along with all of your event stakeholders, likely itch for an answer to that integral question after each one of your events. . Good news!

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Becoming a Corporate Event Planner


If you’ve been organising your mom’s birthday parties since you were seven and always wanted to be an entertainment leader at school, an event planning career might really be your thing.

Conference Purpose With Power And Participants Leads To Profitability

Velvet Chainsaw

Does your event have a clear and inspiring purpose? (If If you’re shaking your head yes, then what is it?). Now imagine someone asking your conference participants that question. How would they respond? I suspect they would say “ Yes, of course it has a purpose!”

Developing A Network of Trusted Event Vendors

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The keyword for every event is collaboration. The multi-billion dollar industry is composed of countless key players that bring their talent to the table. However, it takes experience, intuition, and some business savvy to select the best event vendors to support your design.

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Rethinking event formats

Conferences that Work

The other day I attended my lovely nephew Julian’s high school graduation. Ah, the joys of graduation! Where graduates wait in long lines, sit for hours on uncomfortable chairs, get sunburn, and listen to (mostly) boring speakers someone else chose. All to hear their name read off amid hundreds of others, walk across a stage, and get a blank diploma (the real one gets mailed later).

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62 Ice Breaker Ideas for a More Engaged Event


Ice breakers do a lot more than help your crowd get to know one another. While they are an effective part of the networking process, they can also set the tone for your event and be one of the first memories attendees have of your meeting, conference, or gathering.

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5 Popular Event Game Ideas for Increasing Attendee Engagement & Learning


Many event planners get excited about the idea of incorporating gamification into their event, but when it comes time to making those event game ideas into a reality, it can be hard to know where to begin. The Secret to Executing Your Event Game Ideas.

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Corporate Event Catering Ideas


Good food makes for a good mood. This rule works not only for your daily routine, when all you need is a warm pizza box on your lap but also at corporate meetings and conferences. If you can impress your guests with an excellent menu, the chances are you can set a positive vibe for the whole event.

Refactor Your Conference Archaic Planning Routines

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference organizers and their planning teams should understand, identify and quash organizational debt. Once they pinpoint and distinguish it, they need to refactor it. Refactor it?” you say. What does refactor mean?”.

Facilitate Networking With Technology


Meetings and events are designed around learning from your peers. Whether you are attending an internal meeting or you're joining

Top 8 Event Management Mistakes. How to organize an event and fail


Reading Time: 11 minutes “Learn from your mistakes” they say, but we would say “learn from others’ mistakes rather than your own”. While planning how to organize an event most of people are following patterns or old schemes, which are not up-to-date anymore.

Event Badges: 100 Ideas for 2018


Event badges are the most powerful weapon to connect attendees. Here are 100 conference name badge ideas to connect your attendees better at your event. In the grand scheme of event planning, the event badge can seem like a trivial and unglamorous detail.

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3 Tips for Creating Unforgettable Employee Events


If you read about EventMobi’s Great Hall Ball holiday party last December, you would undoubtedly know and come to expect some pretty over-the-top and extravagant employee events from EventMobi.

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Company Event Ideas for Employees


A healthy corporate culture is one of the biggest jackpots an employer can win. Not only does employee engagement increase retention, but it’s also the fundamental productivity booster in any workplace.

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

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Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience.

The 2018 Design Issue: Event Design Rebels


Event design can be staid and safe, with the same tropes repeated over and over again. Or it can be

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It became necessary to destroy the conference to save it

Conferences that Work

When mistaken beliefs about methods and outcomes harden into dogma, harm follows. The professional meeting industry largely believes that: Read the full article at Conferences That Work Related posts: Being Schooled: Inside a Conference That Works “Mad blogger” Sue Pelletier of MeetingsNet has written an excellent article on her experiences at the four-day Conferences That Work format edACCESS 2014 annual meeting I convened in June.

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing an Event Destination

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It’s no secret that the most important part of event planning is choosing the destination. Do you want to choose a sleepy town with not a lot of other things going on, or do you want to choose the top choice from the latest “Top 10 Places to See Before You Die” list?

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Top 3 Highlights from IMEX Frankfurt 2018


IMEX has a well-deserved reputation for keeping a finger on the pulse of current developments in the meetings and events industry. And once again, they proved their position as the leading event industry hub with the success of this month’s IMEX Frankfurt.

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Best Activities for Corporate Events


No employer wants to see dejected employees in the office with that “I wanna go home” look on their faces. Yes, working through challenging tasks can be quite an undertaking. That’s probably why someone smart invented team outings.

The Conference Debt You Cannot Afford

Velvet Chainsaw

There is one debt every conference organizer must face and vanquish. It can cripple a conference. It doesn’t show up on your profit and loss statement. What is this debt?