November, 2020

Questioning Whether the Future of Events Is Really Hybrid

EventMB

The event industry seems to agree that the future is a hybrid of in-person and virtual experiences. Is this what attendees want? The second wave of the pandemic has hit, virtual events keep gaining traction. The environment is uncertain. The signs of polarization we covered a while ago have worsened.

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Normal is Over(rated) – For Now

Velvet Chainsaw

This is a guest post by Joy S. Davis, CAE, based on an email she sent to me after reading Lisa Block’s recent post, “I Am Sorry, But We Are Not All Fine.” Joy is Managing Director, Member Products, for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

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Some models of change are better than others

Conferences that Work

How can we work on facilitating change in our lives? If we want to facilitate change in our lives, having a model of how change happens can be very helpful. But which model ?

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Why EventMobi + Zoom is the Winning Combination for Virtual Conferences

Eventmobi

Zoom has seen a huge rise in popularity during 2020, to the point where its name has become synonymous with video conferencing. So for many event planners looking for the right tool to host a virtual conference, Zoom is the first thing that comes to mind.

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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.

4 Common Mistakes You’re Probably Making While Producing Streaming Virtual Events

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A global pandemic has made 2020 a rough year for live performance, but not an impossible one. Venues, performers, and fans have collectively come up with a socially distant solution: streaming everything under the sun, including punk concerts, Shakespeare, and drag shows.

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New Vaccine Optimism Boosts the Event Industry

EventMB

The massacred event industry has been in need of some good news for a while. The news came this morning with the announcement of a 90% effective vaccine. Eventprofs are convinced that only a vaccine can bring them back to business.

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Hybrid Events: The Immediate Future of the Event Industry

GEVME

Introduction. The events industry has always witnessed an exponential growth yearly, as more and more companies want to have events to bring their people, their community together. This industry is all about people and strengthening human bonds.

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Gatherly, Rally, and Wonder comparative review

Conferences that Work

Earlier this year I reviewed ( 1 , 2 ) three online conference social platforms: Gatherly , Rally , and Wonder ( the new name for Yotribe since September). Since then, the Gatherly and Rally developers have been hard at work!

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Wedding venue management software: How we saved Hidden Barn Venue from spreadsheet paralysis and saved them 62 hours a month

Planning Pod

It’s fairly common for new wedding venues to use free software like Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets, e-calendars and email plus cost-saving tools like whiteboards, paper printouts and folders while landing their first bookings and gaining a foothold in the event industry.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

Virtual New Year’s Eve Event Ideas

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It’s hard to imagine New Year’s Eve without glitter confetti falling over a packed, champagne-soaked party, but like the rest of 2020, this December 31 will be a little different.

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Virtual Attendee Engagement: 8 Unique & Creative Strategies

Endless Events

As a production company, we get a lot of questions about virtual attendee engagement. Arguably one of the biggest pain points for planners, driving engagement isn’t quite as hard as one might think. And while we’ve discussed this topic before, we wanted to tackle it again.

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Virtual Events Are Not the Enemy — Superspreader Events Are

EventMB

The event industry is facing an existential crisis that may continue for several years. While many insiders bicker online about the value of face-to-face versus virtual, the task of going back to live events becomes more challenging. The culprit? Superspreader events. Let’s be honest.

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Key Takeaways from the Rethinking the Future of Events session, BestCities Global Alliance Forum 2020

GEVME

We recently witnessed BestCities Global Alliance Forum 2020 with their partners, BestCities Global Alliance and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and GEVME which was held virtually and broadcasted internationally from the GEVME Live platform. .

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Restaurant Management Masterclass

Speaker: Harlan Scott, Founder of Harlan Scott Hospitality and Industry Restaurant

Due first to necessary staffing cuts, extreme safety protocols, and now the need to rehire against outsized government stimulus, unemployment benefits and wage requirements, managing and staffing have become the most urgent conversation in restaurants today. This, adding on to the lynch-pin management style restaurants often have, has made restaurant cultures more vulnerable and volatile than ever. If your restaurant is suffering from cut staff, low morale, or ineffective training, you've come to the right place. Join Harlan Scott of Harlan Scott Hospitality, learn how to get back in control of your restaurant and your operation back on autopilot.

How to run The Solution Room online

Conferences that Work

The most popular of the in-person sessions I design and facilitate is The Solution Room (here are some testimonials ).

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Best Venue Management Software of 2021: Reviews of the Top 4 Solutions

Planning Pod

As a provider of venue management software ourselves, we often get asked how we compare with our competitors and what sets us apart.

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Free Templates for Planning, Organizing, and Hosting Your Event

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Hosting an event is hard enough, so we’ve created free templates to help you handle the minutiae before, during, and after your event.

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5 Ways Exhibitors Can Increase Leads During Virtual Events

Event Age by Swapcard

Right now, there's only one option if you don't want to get left behind in the events industry: going virtual. The mistake many exhibitors and organizers have been making as of late is believing that going virtual is a temporary cure, rather than a permanent change to their business models.

2020 108

A Masterclass in Restaurant Digital Transformation

Speaker: Jay Coldren, Alex Barrow, and Greer Kimsey, Street Sense Team

Behaviorists say it takes 21 days to solidify a habit. 365 days of quarantine later, it's safe to say that our customers will be keeping some quarantine habits. At the center of these habits is the digital world: online ordering, advertising, booking, reviewing, etc. It will become essential for restaurants to create omni-channel experiences for customers, and to market them effectively. Join Jay Coldren and his team in this masterclass to learn the tactics for dominating the digital restaurant sphere.

How Planners Can Successfully Leverage Virtual Event Studios

EventMB

To facilitate virtual and hybrid events during the pandemic, convention centers around the world have begun to build out full-fledged virtual event studios — but planners still need to consider the skills necessary to use them.

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Going Virtual: All About Hybrid Events

GEVME

Hybrid Events have slowly begun to gain hype after the event industry faced a huge downfall. The event managers were forced to think out of the box and come up with creative ideas with the resources at hand and make the best use.

2020 156

He can only do Segar

Conferences that Work

How does what someone says about me myself influence my life. Who am I really? How can I be myself? What does it even mean to “be myself”? The school play. Educated during our teens to be total nerds , we had little time for anything but science and math at Dulwich College.

2020 193

Crafting Entertainment For Virtual & Hybrid Events

Endless Events

Just yesterday, we once again tackled the topic of virtual audience engagement. And one of the points we stressed was the importance of entertainment. The world is always starving for entertainment, and remote attendees are not an exception to this rule!

Restrictions Into Opportunities: How to Make Your Restaurant Succeed

Speaker: Patrick Cottrell and Joe English

Whether your state allows outdoor dining, takeout only, or a little bit of both, we're here to help. Join Patrick Cottrell and Joe English from Sculpture Hospitality, for a webinar on Jan. 26th, and get your restaurant to thrive in face of pandemic restrictions

Creative Ways to Safely Address COVID-19 Restrictions at Your In-Person Event

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COVID-19 has certainly changed the usual top-of-mind considerations for event planners. Instead of buffet tables and banquette seating, it’s social distancing circles and hand sanitizer. And yes, event safety is the most important thing to consider during the pandemic.

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Beyond the 800-pound Zoom

SmartMeetings

Zoom boxes may be ubiquitous, but they are not the only choice. With more hundreds of platforms out there and more being launched every week, planners are finding that they can mix and match to meet their specific event goals. See also : Virtually Engaged with Robin Farmanfarmaian.

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Introducing the EventMB Black Event Business Directory

EventMB

Diversifying event partnerships is one way to join the world-wide call to action to support the Black community in the fight to end systemic racism. Here is a curated list of 50 Black-owned businesses to diversify your partner and supplier portfolio.

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Hybrid Events: Unravelling New Opportunities

GEVME

As the industry prepares to come back stronger than ever, there is a need to rethink event formats in a post-COVID world. The recent pivot towards virtual events is certainly a good stopgap, but undeniable are the merits of the good old, physical conferences, meetings and exhibitions.

2020 156

Maximize Your Margins Masterclass

Speaker: Shawn Imbeault and Geoff Loukes, Sculpture Hospitality

In the past year, we've learned that maximizing margins can determine whether your restaurant stays afloat when times get hard. It takes a lot of perspective and a ton of experience to optimize your net profit from within, so that's where we come in. Join Shawn Limbeault and Geoff Loukes, in this master class that will take you through the best practices of maximizing your margins, From FOH to BOH.

December ebook sale

Conferences that Work

I’m happy to announce a special Conferences That Work December ebook sale, featuring my lowest ever ebook prices! My ebooks are only available from my website. I’ve never put them on sale before — and I may never again. Here’s the deal.

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How to Write an Effective Virtual Event Sponsorship Proposal

Bizzabo

Looking to secure sponsors for your next virtual event? Writing an effective sponsorship proposal is the key to standing out to your potential partners. Finding event sponsorships is one of the top challenges among event marketers.

Free Tools to Uplevel Your Event Business

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Planning and hosting exciting events has never been more challenging, but bringing things back to basics can help. If you’re looking to uplevel your event business, it’s critical to make sure that you’re performing as best as you possibly can every step of the way.

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