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What Event Planners Can Learn from the Burning Man Chaos

Guidebook

Planning a successful event is a massive job in itself. Getting the details right between vendors, logistics, timing, food, budgeting, etc. is always chaotic and stressful. So something that often gets forgotten is the safety of any event. Unanticipated safety concerns like the flooding at Burning Man or the huge crash at Tour de France 2023 caused by a fan on the sidelines getting a little too close, highlights the importance of emergency response planning.

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Six reasons why unconferences aren’t more popular

Conferences that Work

Why aren’t unconferences more popular? Events and media consultant Julius Solaris shared at the Unforgettable Experience Design Summit that he was initially very enthusiastic about unconference format events. He thought conferences would eventually adopt unconference models. But Julius didn’t see them catch on and now focuses on other aspects of the meeting industry.

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Better Because We Will Be There

Velvet Chainsaw

Many of our clients have had to navigate unchartered waters as venue contracts (that were secured years ago) are now being questioned and challenged by members in states that have adopted discriminatory and women’s health laws that go against the mission and values of the association. In response, we posted this article back in April to provide decision-making resources and examples of communication strategies for boards facing these very difficult decisions.

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How to Improve Your Organization’s Member Experience: 14 Tips for Events, Engagement & Beyond

Eventmobi

What do you hope your members feel when they think about your organization? Perhaps excited about an upcoming event, proud to contribute to your successes, or grateful to be part of your community. Excitement, pride, gratitude—all of these emotions can stem from a positive member experience! So how do you improve your member experience? In this post we’ll explore: Why member experience matters What makes a great membership experience How to improve member experience How event management software

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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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New Cybersecurity Reporting Requirement to Impact Meetings

EventMB

Skift Take: A new SEC disclosure ruling requires all U.S. public companies to disclose cyberattacks. This adds a new level of complexity to risk management for any planners working with or for these companies.

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Outdoor Retailer Teases New Trade Show Format and Events Coming in 2024

Event Marketer

“In this industry, everybody’s a participant. They’re not just fans or consumers, they’re actually enthusiasts, they live this lifestyle. With outdoor recreation, it’s all about touchpoints. You have to meet the consumer where they’re at and let them be part of that process.” –Sean Smith, Show Director, Outdoor Retailer OR’s 2024 format will include a Hosted Buyer program, Design + Innovation Show and Outdoor Adventure X festival. 2024 is set to be a year of growth for Outdoor Retail

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14 Must-Know Trade Show Booth Ideas That Will Help You Drive More Foot Traffic

Eventmobi

If you’re an exhibitor at an upcoming trade show, congratulations! Investing in an exhibitor booth is a fantastic way to help your company stand out from competitors. With the right mindset and creative ideas, you’ll be able to set up your booth for success–which means driving foot traffic, engaging potential customers, and leaving a lasting impression on attendees.

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Maui Loses $11 Million a Day as Visitors Stay Away

EventMB

Skift Take: Tourism officials told visitors and groups to stay home after last month's wildfire, but they overcorrected. Maui needs visitors and now it's struggling to get back group business.

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Brixton Academy hearing: Lambeth Council support venue reopening “in principle”

Event Industry News

Lambeth Council have said they support the reopening of Brixton Academy “in principle” if a series of conditions are met. The second and final day of a licensing hearing into the venue’s future was held at Lambeth Town Hall today (September 12).

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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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Why Coke Launched a Proprietary ‘Sips & Sounds’ Music Festival in Austin

Event Marketer

“We’re looking to use this investment and this event to help drive our business objectives. We’re really hoping to connect with consumers, locally, in this Texas market as a way to localize our national and global Coke music campaigns. We want to figure out how to make that more relevant to the fans and consumers, and while doing so, use this event as an asset, as a platform to engage other parts of the business like customers, retailers and our internal employees, as well.R

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11 Qualities to Look for When Partnering with a Team Building Company: CSR Research Part Three

Best Corporate Events

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives benefit businesses, their employees, and their local communities. CSR team building events are often one core component of broader programs. But to get the most value for everyone involved, it’s vital to choose the right CSR team building partner. An ideal partner will deliver programs that create fun, emotionally powerful, memorable shared experiences for employees.

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Nashville Booms with Music and Conventions

EventMB

Skift Take: When Nashville fully embraced its musical roots, it solidified its brand and distinguished itself from other destinations. Now, the city is reaping the tremendous benefits of that decision.

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Escaping the ordinary: Enter the 3D Renaissance

Event Industry News

The era of uninspiring virtual events is fading quickly, making way for a new approach that puts attendees at the centre of engaging experiences. No longer satisfied with passive digital content, participants seek more interactive and immersive virtual events that break away from the ordinary.

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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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Toronto’s Top Private Chefs for Small Events and At-home catering

EventSource

You’ve probably noticed or have heard over recent years, the increasing number of people hiring private chefs for their at-home gathering or intimate special event. Needless to say, there are quite a few reasons for this! Apart from providing hosts an opportunity to enjoy their own parties (a huge plus!), a private chef can also dramatically elevate your special occasion to new heights, all while providing that extra personal touch and attention to detail that many culinary enthusiasts are

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IBTM Americas: ‘Design what you want to design, and what you want to achieve’

MPI

During her IBTM Americas session on Sept. 13, Liz Whittaker, vice president of creative services for Encore, shared her vision on graphic design and the importance of organizing, prioritizing and promoting the retention of the messages we want to convey to our audience.

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Scott Beck Takes Top Job at San Francisco Travel

EventMB

Skift Take: The recovery of San Francisco’s tourism and hospitality industry continues to be underscored by a narrative of lawlessness and economic demise. The San Francisco Travel Association now looks to Scott Beck to reverse that negative perception.

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Platinum Choice 2023: Nominate Your Favorite Hotel Partner!

Smart Meetings

Give a shout out to your partners! The annual Platinum Choice Awards serves as the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for your favorite hotels and CVBs. All votes are entered to win one of three $100 Amazon Gift Cards. The deadline to get your votes in is Sept. 30. Winners will be announced in the December Smart Meetings Magazine. Vote Now! Take a look at last year’s Platinum Choice winners here.

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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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TicketCo promise calls for collaboration

Event Industry News

Ticketing in 2023 is far beyond the days of customers queueing at a box office to swap cash/cheques for a piece of paper with a perforated edge. Layers of technology, ambition and acumen have turned event access into a deep data trove.

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Meetings MBA: Trust Each Other

SmartMeetings

How to harmonize multiple teams for amazing results To elevate the attendee and presenter experience, you need to create a solid partnership between production, creative and program managers. Building that relationship is critical, even if it’s built in the pressure cooker of event planning. Picture it like a three-legged stool with the event experience as the key component.

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California Swaps Travel Ban for Outreach Funding

EventMB

Skift Take: California's travel ban is no more. State-sponsored events can once again take place in any of the 26 states previously banned. Instead, California will fund outreach to LGBTQ communities in those states.

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Cooking Up Culinary Excellence

Smart Meetings

Profiles on five woman chefs of color leading the culinary industry Chef Alice Seo, DM of Wolfgang Puck Catering in Seattle, was one of five incredible woman chefs of color in a leadership position who spoke to Smart Meetings about their careers. In her interview with Smart Meetings, she recalled watching an interview of Madeline Albright, the first female U.S.

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B2B Events in 2023 - What You Need to Know

Get ahead of the curve and stay informed with Zuddl's industry report on the future of B2B events in 2023. Stay up-to-date on the latest trends and insights from leading experts in the field. Make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition.

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Roundup: Your Favorite 2023 Industry Podcasts

Special Events

Podcast recommendations from industry expert Meghan Ely for learning and inspiration

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10x Your Next Conference: Why Now, More Than Ever, You Should Use Holistic Procurement Methodology

SmartMeetings

A thorough procurement process, though often unseen by the end consumer, plays a pivotal role in ensuring that organizations function optimally. It has been widely used by many industries to ensure they are working with quality suppliers. It can also be effectively used by meeting and event teams of all sized to deliver better end products. A properly implemented procurement process directly impacts the bottom line, operational efficiency and the quality of products or services.

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MGM Resorts Hit With Suspected Cyberattack

EventMB

Skift Take: MGM Resorts International was the apparent target of a far-reaching cyberattack on Monday that continues to disrupt hotel bookings, down gambling machines, and hobble guest services.

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Power of Partnership Stewardship Summit (POPS)

Smart Meetings

The need for change in travel and tourism The hospitality industry is continuing its efforts towards improving sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) with cross-sector discussions and in-person activities. The Power of Partnership Stewardship Summit (POPS) is taking place in Richmond, Virginia, on Oct. 15th through the 18th is a collaboration between Tourism Cares, Cultural Heritage Alliance, Inc., The Travel Foundation and the U.S.

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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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Evolution Dome US Chosen to Supply Structures for SOHO 2023

Exhibitor Magazine

Evolution Dome US is thrilled to announce that it is celebrating the successful deployment of two temporary event structures at the Society of Hematol.

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Registration for the 10th Anniversary edition of Event Tech Live London is open!

Event Industry News

Event Tech Live (ETL) returns to ExCeL London on the 15th and 16th of November 2023 with its usual mix of outstanding educational content and the very latest in event tech innovation. Exhibitors from all corners of the globe will showcase their technology with new launches and never before seen tech hitting the show floor.

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Should Groups Avoid Morocco After Deadly Earthquake?

EventMB

Skift Take: After Morocco was hit by a deadly earthquake, several groups make different decisions on whether to go on as planned.

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