March, 2021

Does Your Conference Need an Emcee?

Velvet Chainsaw

Having an emcee at your event was a nice-to-have prior to 2020. Now it’s a must-have. Talk to any meeting owner who has managed a large virtual event this past year using a skilled emcee and he or she will tell you it made all the difference.

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9 Fun Ideas to Spice Up Your Workshop and Engage Your Audience

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Ready to set aside those snore-inducing lectures, and make your events fun and interactive? Start with these 9 fun workshop ideas: Resources and Tools Agendas Event Design Event Surveys Ideas Speakers and Panelists

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The High Cost of Hybrid

Velvet Chainsaw

Our clients and leading industry associations (for example, PCMA’s latest glimpse or our industry’s future, the business recovery dashboard ) are turning their attention to future hybrid and face-to-face (f2f) events.

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The Best Virtual Conference Session Types for Engagement


Any experienced event professional can tell you that a session’s format is just as important as its topic. But how can planners leverage this expertise when designing an agenda that includes a variety of virtual conference session types?

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Payment Optimization & PCI Solutions: Combining Offense and Defense With a Single Provider

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security and Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars

In this webinar, our esteemed panelists will discuss using Zero Data as the defense and payment optimization as the offense. A startup will have a well-rounded security approach that enables them to get to market sooner, grow their business faster, and minimize costs for both security and compliance.

No, I do not hate in-person meetings

Conferences that Work

I’d like to be clear that I don’t hate in-person meetings , despite what some have been posting recently on a Facebook group for meeting professionals: “Often wondered why so many on this feed hate live events.”

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10 Signs You are Ready to Host an In-Person Event

Event Farm

Since March 2020, this whole pandemic period has been a waiting game. Waiting for the mask-wearing era to pass, waiting for when we can feel safe again, and most importantly – waiting for when we can socialize and have fun with other humans without the anxiety of getting sick.

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Why It Still Pays to Host Virtual Events in 2021

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In 2020, virtual events became a necessity. COVID-19 resulted in lockdowns, closures, and strict social distancing requirements, quickly halting all in-person events. Event organizers had to adapt quickly to reimagine their events in a safe virtual space.

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Hybrid is happening, here’s what works!

Expo Pass

The event world is changing, (once again)! Venues are reopening, the virtual world is blending with the in-person world, and hybrid events are definitely the future.

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50 Virtual Event Ideas for 2021

Event Age by Swapcard

Table of Contents. First Impressions At Your Event Virtual Networking & Engagement Ideas Immersive Virtual Experience Ideas Virtual Exhibitor & Sponsor Ideas.

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Dive Into Your Inventory Data (and Add Substantial Profits to Your Bottom Line)

Speaker: Ian Foster, Sculpture Hospitality Regional Director West Coast

In this seminar, Ian Foster will discuss the basics of inventory management, including tips on how to get inventory right and how to evaluate your food and pour costs. Ian will examine the best ordering practices from our clients. Finally, he’ll share some case studies showing how well designed inventory control can uncover hidden losses from over-pouring and lost sales that will result in several thousand dollars of extra profit every month.

The four meeting professionals you meet in heaven

Conferences that Work

The essential characteristics of meeting professionals. If there is a heaven on earth in the event industry, there are four essential characteristics of successful meeting professionals you’ll meet there.

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Hybrid Event Interactions Between Virtual & In-Person Attendees

Endless Events

A year ago, the events industry had no choice but to master the art of virtual events. As restrictions are slowly lifting and the worst is hopefully behind us, we can glimpse into the future of post-Covid events.

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How to run a virtual fundraising event


Have you ever planned a fundraising event? Or are you planning to organize a virtual fundraiser now? In the book, The Richest Man in Babylon, George Clayson speaks about giving one-tenth of your income back to the people.

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Resources Event Organizers Need to Prepare for the Return to In-Person Events

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A year after the pandemic forced in-person events to halt, things are finally looking up. The question is: When can live events safely return? And how will you know when it happens, and what should you do to catch the high demand for in-person events? Eventbrite is already seeing the demand for in-person events manifest […]. Resources and Tools

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Maximize Your Profit Margins

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. 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.

How to Plan a Workshop: 22 Tips to Know

Social Tables

Skip to content Menu Solutions Interactive Floor Plans Collaborative event sales software that increases qualified leads and drives direct revenue. Event Diagramming Collaborative event management software that saves time, boosts revenue and drives loyalty.

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Virtual Event Platforms: The 2021 Guide

Event Age by Swapcard

Event Experiences Event Tech

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Work on *what* to change, not just managing change

Conferences that Work

It’s tempting and understandable to concentrate on trying to manage change. After all, we are constantly experiencing change, and attempting to manage it is often unavoidable. But never lose sight of the importance of working on what to change.

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Deep Dive: 3 Events In 2020 That Proved Virtual Is Glorious

Endless Events

After what seemed like a decade, 2020 is finally behind us. Saying that it was a tough time is an understatement. And we’re willing to bet you’re sick and tired of hearing just how much it sucked. Yup, COVID. Oh yeah, that sure ruined a lot of stuff!

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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.

The 6 Best Hybrid Event Examples of 2021 (So far)


Hybrid means more than an in-person event with streaming. Discover what events will look like in the hybrid era and learn from six frontrunner organizers. Cast your mind back to 2019. It’s September 10, and a packed Steve Jobs Theater buzzes with excitement.

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St. Patrick’s Day History: How One Irish Celebration Took Over the World

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Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival in the world? Across the United States, Canada, Argentina, and New Zealand, among many others, people come together to embrace what it means to be Irish.

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Virtual Events are Here to Stay, and They’re Getting Better by the Day


Occasionally, major unexpected developments force entire industries to rapidly change their business model overnight or face the very real prospect of extinction.

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50 Awesome Virtual Event Ideas for 2021

Event Age by Swapcard

Table of Contents. First Impressions At Your Event Virtual Networking & Engagement Ideas Immersive Virtual Experience Ideas Virtual Exhibitor & Sponsor Ideas.

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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.

Ask Me Anything—a better alternative to guest lectures

Conferences that Work

Recently, I’ve been appearing as a guest at college event planning and hospitality courses to talk about meeting design. (I I love to do this. Teachers, please contact me , it’s free!) Rather than lecture for an hour, I’ve been using an Ask Me Anything (aka AMA ) meeting format.

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The Impact Of VR On Virtual Events & Digital Experiences

Endless Events

Sometimes, one has to look on the bright side of things. From the ashes of the destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, new opportunities emerged. The world learned how to stay connected when being isolated was a requirement.

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Conference Planning: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Success


Conferences are an important part of professional development and business networking for all industries. Bringing people together from all around the world in the same industry to learn and share is essential for innovation.

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5 Reasons People Go to Live Sporting Events

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Not everyone goes to sporting events to watch the game. So why do people get off the couch and into stadiums — and how can you use the insights to improve your events? Data and Insights March Resources and Tools Attendees Event Design Sport Events Swag

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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

Data Driven: Best Practices and Questions to Capture Virtual Event Feedback


While it feels as if we should all be well-versed in virtual events by now, the reality is, if you were mostly hosting in-person events pre-COVID, switching to virtual can be a challenge. We'll be the first to say it: It's a big adjustment!

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Swapcard Partners with IMEX Group to Drive New Digital Experience

Event Age by Swapcard

Event Community Press Release

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Distracting ourselves from what matters

Conferences that Work

We spend too much time distracting ourselves from what matters. Distraction is fine, up to a point. But when we spend two trillion dollars annually on entertainment, I’d say we are well beyond that point. As Seth Godin puts it: Marvel spent $400,000,000 to make Avengers: Endgame.

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