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5 Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Fundraising Event

Attendease

If your organization is looking for a savvy way to engage more supporters and grow your audience, look no further than virtual events, which have become a staple in the nonprofit sector. In fact, event organizers rank virtual events as having increased registrations, greater ROI, and greater attendee engagement when compared to in-person events. We recommend hosting a few virtual events annually to leverage these benefits for your organization.

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Becoming a writer

Conferences that Work

This is not another success story about becoming a writer. Outwardly, I’ve succeeded. Since 2005, I’ve written three successful books on meeting design and facilitation and over 800 weekly blog posts on a wide range of topics. About half a million words so far. My books continue to sell, and this blog is the world’s most popular website on meeting design and facilitation.

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CEMA Gets a New Leader, Again 

EventMB

Skift Take: Brian Mason has been named CEMA’s new vice president of strategy and operations, replacing Sandra Marcus who left the association after only nine months.

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A Sustainability Pulse Check for Events

PCMA Convene

For a sense of how the business events industry is — or isn’t — embracing sustainability, let’s take a look at three different surveys. We’ll start with whether climate change is being incorporated in the program content. According to the “ 2024 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report ,” sustainability comes in tenth on a list of 17 relevant speaking topics — between technology and human rights — that organizers are planning their events around this year.

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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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Handbook #3: Master The Art Of Choosing The Right Event Management Platform

Attendease

A guide to shopping, evaluating, and onboarding the right software for your events and meetings business. There are four key factors to consider when looking for and implementing a new event management and meeting management tool to your software stack. This handbook will guide you through the four steps on how to find the right solution for your event needs, properly onboarding once you select the right tool, and finally, how to take full advantage of the platform so you get your money’s

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New Bureau Launches to Meet High Demand for AI Speakers

EventMB

Skift Take: Keynote speakers with expertise in artificial intelligence are in high demand as organizations embrace the new technology. One emerging speakers bureau is crafting bespoke sessions to meet client objectives.

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Can the Events Sector Truly Become a Zero-Waste Industry?

Event Industry News

Events have incredible power to positively impact the lives of their attendees, but their temporary nature and millions of visitors per year inherently drive wastefulness.

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How Nespresso Turned a New York City Elevator into a Mini Café

Event Marketer

“Ultimately, the idea here was we have this newish machine, and we know it’s small. We know there’s an opportunity for this to let people appreciate the size of it on their countertops. So let’s just dramatize that aspect of it, and start putting these machines in small spaces to demonstrate that functional attribute.” –Stephen Kill, Marketing Director, Nespresso USA Commuters were surprised and delighted to find an elevator cafe on their way up to the office.

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Sofia and Salvador Luxurious Crystal and Floral Wedding at The Venetian Banquet Hall

EventSource

Having met through a mutual friend, Salvador and Sofia hit it off from day one. “When locking eyes with Salvador for the first time I knew I was in trouble, I knew I was going to love this man wholeheartedly,” Sofia says. Shortly after dating, Salvador proposed to Sofia, and there began their wedding planning journey. Held at The Venetian and with décor from O.M.G.

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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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The Sphere’s First Corporate Keynote Is Set for June

EventMB

Skift Take: Las Vegas’ Sphere is now officially working on corporate keynote sessions. This type of events could offer a welcome additional revenue stream for this cutting edge venue.

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The Event-changing Magic of a Thoughtful Post-con

Smart Meetings

Meeting professionals spend months and sometimes years designing events that are engaging, inspiring and educational. But once the custom tablecloths have gone back to the rental company and the stage deck has been struck, we are often slackers when it comes to deconstructing how it all went so we can improve the next time. A recent visit to Sedona Mago Center for Well-being for a taste of Body & Brain Wellness experiences in Arizona was a reminder that as meeting professionals, we have to l

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Awards success for Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford

Prestige Events Magazine

The Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford picked up the much-coveted ‘Hotel Top Team of the Year’ award last week at the Manchester Hoteliers Association Annual Awards, whilst two members of the team were recognised individually. The Manchester Hoteliers Association Awards are a celebration of Manchester’s bustling hospitality scene, capitalising on the city’s growing international stature, and its increasing profile as a centre of excellence for meetings and events.

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Industry Night 2024 at The Globe and Mail Centre

EventSource

The glittering lights of the city’s skyline served as the perfect backdrop to an evening of sophistication and camaraderie as event planners from across the industry gathered for a black-tie affair at The Globe and Mail Centre. An “Evening at the Globe” proved to be a resounding success, leaving attendees inspired and invigorated with new ideas and connections.

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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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California Helps Make Meetings More Sustainable

EventMB

Skift Take: California, a leader in the United States regarding sustainability, offers a wide variety of initiatives and properties focused on sustainability.

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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Pilots Holistic Harmony Wellness Retreat

Smart Meetings

The non-gaming property further develops its wellness focus Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ director of sales and marketing is a “spa girly.” “When I’m on vacation, it’s a big priority for me,” says Ali Murray. “It’s something I’ve always loved and I think that it’s something our city is missing a little bit. You don’t think of Vegas as a health and wellness destination typically.

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Putting a price on waste

Event Industry News

15Hatfields’ General Manager, Warren Campbell, shares how taking a bold move and charging for unwanted items left by eventorganisers, is helping the venue to further reduce its waste. As venues we’re responsible for the waste we generate.

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6 Steps to finding the right digital ad platforms for your event business

Planning Pod

Navigating the complexities of paid advertising can be a daunting task for any events business. With all of the different platforms available for experimentation, getting started is often the hardest part. We wrote this article to help you get over that hump so you can use paid ads to effectively support your growing business. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to which ad platform is best for your organization, but determining the right places to effectively reach your audience is an ess

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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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Kinsey Fabrizio: The New Face of Consumer Technology

EventMB

Skift Take: Kinsey Fabrizio is leading CES into the future as the Consumer Technology Association’s new president.

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Smart Moves in Aspen, Islamorada and More

Smart Meetings

Inge Morascini and Krista Loercher Inge Morascini (left) and Krista Loercher (right), Embrace Whidbey and Camano Islands Embrace Whidbey and Camano Islands makes two appointments to its creative team. These professionals will lead the county’s approach to regenerative tourism, supporting the local community while providing meaningful experiences for visitors.

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IMG extends Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Contract through the 2032 season.

Event Industry News

IMG, a global sports, events and representation company, has been awarded the contract to continue producing London’s world-renowned Hyde Park Winter Wonderland event through the 2032 season.

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How to Design Efficient Badges for Your Event

eventplanner

Have you ever walked into someone's office and seen an event badge collection hanging on their wall? If not, know that lots of people save their event badges as a memory. So if you think that carefully designing a badge isn’t worth your time, think again.

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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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Industry Celebrates Its Purpose in April

EventMB

Skift Take: Between the PCMA-led Business Events Industry Week and the U.S.

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Planners Get Straight Talk from Hotel Owners

MeetingsNet

At a recent meetings-industry conference, hotel executives explained how their properties struggle to balance rising operational costs with competitive rates for meeting groups. With prices for virtually every element of corporate and association meetings alarmingly high, planners naturally want answers as to how the situation has reached this point, and whether prices will maintain the same upward trajectory.

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BMA House focuses on filming market after 900% increase in enquiry value

Prestige Events Magazine

Enquiries for filming and photography business at BMA House since Covid have grown dramatically, with confirmed business including its use as a location by Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, BBC and ITV. “Prior to 2020 we had occasional enquiries as a filming location, and we realised the potential we had with such a beautiful building and gardens. We saw an opportunity and the team wanted to go for it,” comments Kat Winfield, BMA House’s Venue Manager.

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Easter Catering in 2024: Festive Trends and Tips to Make Your Event a Hit

Caterease

Easter has always been a time of celebration, renewal, and gatherings filled with amazing food. But with the 2024 culinary landscape poised for evolution, how can caterers ensure their offerings epitomize the spirit of Easter while being on-trend and innovative?

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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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Wellness Experience in Arizona: Embrace the Challenges

Smart Meetings

What does a healthy experience mean to you? For attendees of Smart Meetings Wellness Experience this week at The Wigwam Resort just outside of Phoenix, the program addressed physical and mental health along with the deeper need for human connection. Healthy meeting strategies demonstrated included gifting, content, team building and F&B operations.

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Tasty Tactics: Sampling Ideas from the Exhibitors at Expo West 2024

Event Marketer

“People say that it looks like a wildlife preserve but it’s what our farms look like.” ­­–Niki Haugh, Promotions Marketing Program Manager, Organic Valley If there ever was a trade show that’s all about sampling, it’s arguably Natural Products Expo West that takes place at Anaheim Convention Center each spring. EM was on hand to see what’s cooking in health-conscious culinary marketing and, let’s admit it, try it.

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What is the Best Conference App of 2024?

Guidebook

Conference apps are smartphone apps that help people attending your event communicate, provide feedback, build schedules, and much more. To create the best conference app for 2024, you’ll need a platform with features that ensure your event attendees have the best possible experience. You’ll need a platform that makes developing your app simple and inexpensive.

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