July, 2022

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Reimagining the Conference Experience: Four Areas to Pay Attention to Now

Event Farm

To ensure that your attendees return to your conference year after year delivering a memorable event experience is key. And while event planning can be stressful, it’s also important to note that there is a huge difference between hosting an event and creating an event experience, and after two years of a global pandemic—experience matters more than ever. .

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6 Features to Look For in Event Registration Software

Attendease

Robust event registration software is an indispensable tool when planning and managing a large portfolio of meetings and events. It acts as a homebase to focus your efforts—regardless of whether your events are virtual, in-person, or hybrid. The right software thus should drive productivity, cut costs, and inject consistency into your event management workflow. .

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Case Study: CSAE Achieves 90% Attendee Engagement Through Their Mobile Event App

Eventmobi

About CSAE. The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is Canada’s premiere association advocate. The organization provides tools, resources, and education to help association professionals and volunteers succeed. The CSAE Annual National Conference. CSAE holds their national conference in a different Canadian city every October. The event is three days long and focuses primarily on educational topics that equip attendees with the skills to be leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

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Stop networking at meetings

Conferences that Work

It’s time to stop networking at meetings. No, I’m not saying we should only listen to lectures at meetings. Rather, I’m going to explain why using the term “networking” for all occasions when attendees get to talk with one another subtly directs attention away from can be the most valuable outcome of well-designed meetings: connecting with others.

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Unlock the Secrets of Event Marketing Masters

The greats learn from the greats. Set yourself and your team up for success with tried and tested strategies and insights from event marketing geniuses at Vanta, Partnership Leaders, Quantum Metric, Rocketlane, and Explori.

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Mess Hall: The Medicine D.C. Makers Needed

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“Find the pain point, and create the aspirin.” It was at an entrepreneurial conference that Al Goldberg — a longtime Washington, D.C. catering pro trying to branch out on his own — heard these words. He’d spent two full years trying to find a commercial kitchen, and had come up short. Oddly, it seemed like […].

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25 Cocktail Party Ideas and Planning Tips

Social Tables

Cocktail parties are fantastic reasons to encourage friends, family members, and coworkers to get together. Typically taking place during after-work hours, cocktail parties are social events where guests are encouraged to socialize with one another, mingle, and converse over — you guessed it — cocktails. Although many professional party planners are skilled in planning private events, cocktail party hosts often choose to plan the event themselves; they design the menu, create the guest list, and

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Presenting at Webinars: What Speakers Should Know

Attendease

Being asked to present at a webinar can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. Whether it’s your first time presenting to an audience, or you’re a seasoned in-person speaker, presenting virtually can introduce challenges. However, with the right support system and knowledge, your presentation can go off without a hitch! There are many different types of skills required for effective public speaking.

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Creator Spotlight: Black History Walks

Eventbrite UK

Frustrated by the lack of diversity within London’s walking tours, Tony Warner launched his own. Fifteen years later, he oversees a packed calendar that also includes bus and boat trips, expert talks and film screenings. He tells us about the incredible power of events to educate and inspire attendees, and be a force for change. […]. The post Creator Spotlight: Black History Walks appeared first on Eventbrite UK.

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COVID, duty of care, and the meeting industry

Conferences that Work

Event professionals: it’s time to talk about COVID, duty of care, and the meeting industry. Actually, we should all have been talking about this for the last couple of years, but better late than never. We’ve known since mid-2019 that COVID-19 spreads by airborne aerosol transmission. (Which makes me wonder why the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation , with its emphasis on disinfection and cleaning surfaces and neglect of adequate ventilation, is still a thing.).

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How to Get Speakers, Exhibitors, and Attendees to Promote Your Event With Video

In this best practices guide, you’ll learn how to tap into the cost-efficiencies of advocacy and word-of-mouth marketing with video. Examples include speakers providing a preview of their upcoming sessions, exhibitors creating “please stop by” invitations and attendees creating “looking forward to seeing you” introduction videos. Learn about best practices and programs created by leading companies and associations including ASIS, AUVSI, SuperZoo, National Restaurant Association, World of Concret

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How to Book the Right Artists for Your Music Event

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Whether you’re organizing a concert or looking for performers to give your food fair or market some ambience, the right musicians can make all the difference. From picking the perfect genre — an indie band might be better at an event with a dance floor than a wine tasting, for example — to pinning down […].

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Mental Health Crisis Amongst Event Planners Is Real

EventMB

Skift Take: Event planning has always been stressful, but add the challenges of a pandemic, and a mental health crisis has erupted. Where can you turn for help? — Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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33 Wedding Planning Quotes For Planners and Couples

Social Tables

Wedding planning can be a stressful process , consisting of months of organizing, scheduling, and rescheduling. Whether you’re a professional planner or a soon-to-be newlywed, you may find yourself in need of a pick-me-up every now and then as the big day approaches. If you’re looking for inspiration, guidance, advice, or a hearty laugh, we have just the list of wedding planning quotes you may need.

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This is why you need onsite badge printing at your event. 

Expo Pass

Organizers have plenty to worry about when planning an event. There are speakers to wrangle, marketing to develop, and countless vendors to check in with every day. So why would organizers want to think about printing hundreds or even thousands of badges onsite? And how would that make their lives any easier? Answer – onsite badge printing simply creates a better event experience all around.

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Download Now: 2022 Virtual + Hybrid Event Platform RFP Template - Enterprise Edition

Download 200+ new RFP questions for hybrid and virtual event technology success. After 10,000 downloads, the SpotMe Virtual + Hybrid Event Platform RFP Template is the ultimate procurement tool for event technology. This template is ideal for companies looking for a vendor to fulfill their specific virtual + hybrid event platform needs and requirements!

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It’s Time to Re-Evaluate Your Event Tech Stack

Endless Events

Like the software industry, the event management industry has tech stacks. An e vent tech stack consists of all the technology that helps an event run efficiently. Event planners often forget to consider whether their tools are suitable for the job and their budget leading to overspending and inefficient processes. Re-evaluating your tech stack can help ensure your events improve and run optimally year after year. .

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Ghirardelli Packs a ‘Perfect Bite’ Message into Gooey S’mores on Tour

Event Marketer

Ghirardelli is elevating a summertime classic with its premium chocolate squares. Ghirardelli squares are known for their “luscious” bites of chocolate with fillings like caramel that kick a moment of indulgence up a notch. But this summer, Ghirardelli is inviting consumers to elevate everyday indulgences, like the summer classic, the s’more, with its squares that provide “the perfect bite.

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Exciting Event Technology You Can Use to Enrich Your Attraction

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While most attractions were closed during the pandemic, many technological advancements were made that have opened up exciting new opportunities for creators to explore. More and more people are using web-based tools as a way to interact and experience the world around them. And now that life is getting back to normal, creators are keen […].

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How Event Planners Can Get the Most Out of Online Communities

EventMB

Skift Take: Online groups and chat rooms for event planners are proliferating, resulting in much curiosity. Planners wonder if it’s better to post or chat? Are they worth paying to join, and if so, which ones? — Vincent Alonzo Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Lindsay Harrison, and Erin O'Brien

Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use local search and 88% use smartphones for those searches? With that in mind, I think it's safe to say your online presence is the silver bullet of your business. Think about the revenue you could be missing by not prioritizing local search optimization. Fortunately, there are a handful of steps you can take right now that will immediately impact your business's pace in local search, and we're happy to share them.

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Jack Hayes reveals how Covid-19 has shaped the keynote speaking industry

Event Industry News

Jack Hayes , a director at Champions Speakers , reveals in this exciting guest post how the Covid-19 pandemic has shaped the speaking industry into the booming business we see today. As the co-owner of an events and speaking business, the Covid-19 pandemic forced me and my team to rethink everything we knew about our industry. Many of our pre-booked events were unfortunately postponed or worse cancelled, and the speakers on our roster made the transition to virtual events.

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6 fantastic reasons to get into event planning.

Expo Pass

Event planning has not been the easiest profession in the last few years. There’s no way around that. And we’ll be the first to say it was a high-pressure job to begin with. But what’s the job like now? How have things changed for event organizers? And is it a good place to jump into career-wise? Truth – event planning might be the only job that can take you wherever you want to go in the world, literally, and help you reach your career goals at the same time.

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15 Years Of Endless Events: Let’s Celebrate!

Endless Events

Endless Events has recently celebrated its 15th birthday and we’ve decided to mark the occasion by hosting a very special #EventIcons episode in which our listeners could ask us any questions they want about Endless’ past, present, and future. The 15-year special was hosted by no other than the CEO and Founder of Endless Events, Will Curran.

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The Raw Story Behind Kate Patay’s Move to Join Terramar

Smart Meetings

Kate Patay, Smart Meetings Smart Style Ambassador and the woman behind the eponymous Patay Consulting for the last five years, recently announced that she is taking a role as director of engagement with Terramar US , a DMC Network Company. Here in her own words is the story behind the decision to shed the event boss mantle and join a team again. Talk about the decision to go back to working for a company.

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5 Things Businesses Need to Know to Thrive in a Post-COVID World

People are itching to get back into the world. 54% of consumers say they plan to dine out at a restaurant at least once a week this year. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, the competition for their business is stronger than ever. Download this eBook today to learn how your restaurant can be prepared!

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Creative Small Music Venue Ideas to Drive Your Bar Sales

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While beer, wine, and spirits will never go out of style, some creative bar drink menu ideas can help your bottom line and spark conversations amongst your fans. Expanding your venue’s offerings can be a great way to reinvigorate your revenue streams and increase foot traffic. New and unusual food and drink products are a […].

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Event Attendance Stalled at 65 Percent Post-Pandemic: As Good As It’ll Get?

EventMB

Skift Take: The floodgates have opened, and travel is back, but where have all the event attendees gone? A number of factors have grounded them and kept attendance well below pre-pandemic levels. — Andrea Doyle Read the Complete Story On Skift Meetings.

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Navigating Rising AV Costs for Events: ’It’s Not 2019 Anymore’

PCMA Convene

Event planners and providers are looking for ways to mitigate the ballooning costs go audiovisual services. (Jacob Slaton Photography). Inflation hit a four-decade high of 9.1 percent in June, putting continued pressure on consumer’s wallets nearly everywhere that people spend money. It is just one of many issues audiovisual suppliers — as well as event organizers working with tight budgets for their events — are facing right now, according to John Rissi, senior vice president, customer and indu

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Self-care and how event planners can beat burnout.

Expo Pass

It’s a busy time for event planners. Demand is high to get events back on the books and it almost feels like 2 years of get-togethers happening all at once. This is good news! . But with all this work ahead, what steps can organizers take to avoid burnout? Also, can self-care really ease our stress while planning events? Answer – it all comes down to a routine that you can stick to when you start to feel overwhelmed.

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A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

The last year and a half has been one of extreme stress and anxiety for the American Workforce. A 2021 New York University School of Global Public Health survey of 5,850 people who drink alcohol found that 29 percent have increased their drinking during the pandemic. Among people who have been experiencing depression (64% more likely) and anxiety (41% more likely), which have also become more prevalent over the last 18 months, the risk is even higher.

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Can We Rely On Event Platforms For Audience Engagement?

Endless Events

The Event Brew squad is tackling a complex topic today; a topic most event planners have contemplated in the last two years. It’s time to talk about audience engagement on event platforms! The topic was inspired by Encore’s article, titled ‘ Keep Attendees Engaged with an Interactive Event Platform ‘ The Event Tech Podcast has tackled this topic from multiple angles, but today, we can get an inside scoop from Dustin, Nick, and Thuy, as well.

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Toronto’s Top Patios for Private and Corporate Events

EventSource

The warm and sunny weather’s here which can only mean one thing – patio season is officially in full effect! Outdoor gatherings and special events are always a welcome option when it comes to event planning , but something tells us that we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of it this year! From beautiful lakefront views, to tucked away, private spaces, Toronto’s huge selection of patios means we’re spoiled for choice.

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7 Back-to-School Event Ideas to Thank Teachers

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When workers feel valued and appreciated, they tend to perform better. That’s why, with the new school year about to ramp up, school administrators and support staff might be searching for some back-to-school ideas for teachers that express exactly how much the teachers’ work is valued. With many educators spending their free time drawing up […].