2023

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How to Make Money From Events

Picatic by Eventbrite

In these belt-tightened times, savvy event organizers are looking for new ways to boost their revenue. Here are 5 proven ways to bring in additional income from your event.

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What Event Excellence Looks Like in 2023

EventMB

Skift Take: The latest Skift Meetings virtual summit took the audience behind the scenes of some of the most innovative and inspiring approaches to event experiences of the year.

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Creating Memorable Events with the Customer Journey Canvas: A Facilitator’s Guide

Velvet Chainsaw

This is a guest post by Diana Kander. Diane is a keynote speaker on curiosity and innovation and a New York Times Bestselling author. Her latest book, Go Big or Go Home , outlines five ways to create a memorable customer experience. The event planning industry is one of immense creativity, innovation, and personal touches. In the modern era, where experiences reign supreme, it’s essential to craft events that resonate deeply with attendees, leaving them with memories they’ll cherish forever.

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Satisfying wants and needs at conferences

Conferences that Work

I use the phrase “wants and needs” a lot when talking about participant-driven and participation-rich conferences. It even appears in the title of my third book ! Satisfying wants and what Abraham Maslow called growth needs are core goals of any event. But whose wants and needs are we talking about ? Whom is your event for? Conference organizers have, of course, every right to create an event that satisfies their wants and needs.

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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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Culinary Finance 101: Food Costs for Restaurant Owners

Planning Pod

Many restaurant owners today are struggling to avoid rising food costs eating into profits and hindering their overall growth. At Planning Pod, we’ve noticed an uptick in business owners asking for tips on lowering food costs while maximizing profits. Previous to writing for our blog, I worked with hundreds of restaurant owners to stay on top of their budgets and reduce food costs while increasing restaurant profits on our Customer Success Team.

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The Conference Buyer’s Guide 2023

Event Industry News

The Conference Buyer’s Guide returns for 2023, a packed edition with input from suppliers, associations, venues, and agencies alike. A must-read for conference and meeting organisers keen to learn more about the latest tech advances including a big focus on AI in events: how to boost efficiency and enhance customer experiences.

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Skiddle and the NTIA launch Promoter Fund to support emerging event organisers in Scotland

Skiddle

Continuing our unwavering commitment to nurturing the next generation of event organisers, we are delighted to unveil our second promoter fund scheme of the year, in collaboration with the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). The initiative, which follows our previous student-focused program in the summer, has this time been specially devised to aid emerging promoters looking to make their mark on the events scene in various cities and towns across Scotland.

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Lessons Learned from MPI WEC in Mexico

Smart Meetings

What to consider when planning an event at an all-inclusive resort Meeting Professionals International (MPI) CEO Paul VanDeventer likes to say that when planning the association’s World Education Congress (WEC), MPI takes chances so members don’t have to take on the risk. “Some things work better than others,” he said in a call, reflecting on lessons learned from last week’s gathering of 1,400 meeting professionals at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Why Meeting Planners Should—and Shouldn’t—Worry About Airline Strikes

MeetingsNet

Pilots are walking the picket line, but odds are that planes will keep flying. Here’s why. Recent news that pilots at American, Southwest, and United airlines are threatening to strike might be fraying the nerves of meeting professionals concerned about their upcoming events. Here’s a wrap-up of the latest news on airline pilot contracts, and some perspective on the possibility of a strike.

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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 “Other” New Normal: How Planners Have Adapted to Remote Working

Eventsforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has indelibly changed the ways in which we live and work. For those in the events sector, the advent and continued popularity of hybrid and remote is undeniably one of the era’s lasting legacies, one which has left a profound mark on the wider industry. Yet deeper still runs the impact of another new normal: remote working. As the results of our white paper have revealed, this practice is now firmly entrenched within the sector’s wider working culture.

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A Fundraiser With Soul — and New Soles

PCMA Convene

Artesha Moore (second from right), president and CEO of Association Forum, leaned in to her love of sneakers to make the groups annual Honors Gala a “sneaker ball.” This past June, Chicago-based Association Forum gave its annual Honors Gala a twist by joining a growing number of organizations that have turned their fundraisers into sneaker balls.

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Accessibility Advocates Oppose Disability Simulations

EventMB

Skift Take: After Skift Meetings published an article about a wheelchair venue tour, accessibility advocates strongly objected to disability simulation exercises. Now, we are revisiting the topic to provide a platform for the concerns that were raised.

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Two Tensions Keeping Senior Event Professionals Up at Night

Velvet Chainsaw

According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the business-to-business exhibition industry is still in recovery mode. The bad news is that full year performance for 2023 participation and revenues is expected to be 9.5% below 2019. The good news is that 2024 is expected to eclipse 2019 results by 3.6%. (One can only hope!) Whether your results are better or worse than the CEIR index, I think it is a helpful top-line metric for benchmarking and sharing with your organization’s

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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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Fake women event speakers? We need to think bigger!

Conferences that Work

For heaven’s sake! Fake women event speakers? Fake articles by fake writers in Sports Illustrated? Meeting professionals: this is a golden opportunity! We need to think bigger! Yes, friends, it’s now obvious that what our industry needs is… fake events! Think about it for a moment. Fake speakers Creating fake women speakers is just one tiny step in the right direction.

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How To Make a Program for an Event – A Guide with Examples and Templates

Event Smart

A well-planned and written program is necessary for the successful execution of an event and to give attendees a good experience. It’s like the blueprint for a house that determines what the final output will look like, and the order in which the event must happen.

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The 2023 IT List: Recognizing the Top 100 Event Agencies

Event Marketer

Your RFPs can now… go out. Our annual listing of the Top 100 agencies serving the event marketing industry has arrived Behind every powerhouse brand experience is an event marketing agency whose people live for “live.” And on this list, that distinction is key. Indeed, there are hundreds of creative and integrated marketing agencies across the landscape.

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Feeding the beast: engaging online delegates through live streaming

Event Industry News

By Rich Belcher, Director of First Sight Media Feeding the beast, it’s the idea that encourages engagement with your online audience by maintaining connection with them during the entirety of the event.

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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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Get Ready to swing for the Boundaries at Social Cricket at Sixes!

Prestige Events Magazine

At Sixes, we’re all about reimagining cricket and challenging its stereotypes. It’s not that outdated game played in whites that may end in a draw after 5 days play; it’s a whole new ball game! Here’s the lowdown: World-Class Fun: We’re here to serve you some world-class fun and hospitality. From the moment you step in, we’ve got your back with top-notch service.

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Top Event Technology Trends for 2024

Smart Meetings

How emerging AI and other technology will boost event humanity by putting attendee needs at the center of conference design Attendees expect more from events today and emerging technology is helping to deliver on those demands. We sat down with the Maritz team to ask what top event technology trends they see for 2024 and how they will fundamentally change the meeting professional’s job.

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10 Ways to Make Meetings and Events Neuro-Inclusive

MeetingsNet

April is Autism Awareness Month, the perfect time for meeting professionals to commit to learning more about how a few simple changes can improve the meeting experience for neurodiverse attendees. As the growing interest in workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion expands, meeting professionals are considering how events can be more inclusive for neurodiverse attendees, including those with autism.

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Introducing speaker & sponsor collaboration: simplifying content management for your event 

Socio Events

The world of event planning is fast-paced, and we know that every moment counts. Coordinating and managing content from speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors can be a tedious and time-consuming task. The current manual process of collecting and integrating this content into your event app can take up valuable resources. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce a game-changing feature that will revolutionize how you manage event content: speaker and sponsor collaboration.

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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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Events and Venues Face New Challenges to Safety, Security

PCMA Convene

(Illustrations by Liam Eisenberg) A man ran up on a riser and slapped a physician speaker several times across the face at a session during the 2023 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting in May, yelling profanities and accusing him of sexually assaulting his wife, while stunned audience members at the Baltimore Convention Center looked on.

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Florida Feels the Pinch as Conventions Pull Out

EventMB

Skift Take: Florida is going to lose out on major conventions because of its controversial new laws. Many associations are no longer considering meeting in the Sunshine State.

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Welcome To Skiddle: Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

Skiddle

It gives us enormous pleasure to welcome another fantastic festival experience to Skiddle, the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender. A vibrant 3-day extravaganza, celebrating rich African-Caribbean heritage, this immersive event promotes a diverse offering of entertainment. In between live performances from a list of incredible local talents and established international acts, guests are encouraged to embark on a mission of cultural exploration, with an array of artisan traders and craft stands on site

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My contract with myself

Conferences that Work

Long ago, I participated in and later staffed a series of workshops that profoundly affected my life. They led me to create a contract with myself that is still important to me. Creating a contract with oneself is a common way to motivate yourself toward achieving desired goals. There are plenty of resources available for writing such contracts. ( Here’s one that’s slanted toward event professionals. ) The workshop where I created my contract for myself took a deeper perspective.

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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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EMEC: 5 things to know about incentive travel in a post-pandemic world

MPI

Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer for SITE, will walk attendees through the latest trends in incentive travel and its “awesome, transformational power” at MPI’s EMEC Brighton, 26-28 March.

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The 2023 Fab 50: Recognizing the Event Industry’s Top Builders

Event Marketer

THE ONLY EDITORIAL ROSTER OF THE INDUSTRY’S BEST FABRICATION PARTNERS The budgets are tight. The timelines are all over the place. The faces on many client teams are new. But at the end of the day, the master craftspeople who stand up our event builds and exhibit booths know the power of creativity, strategy, measurement and, most importantly, service to succeed in the evolving world of face-to-face corporate event marketing today.

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JL Group expands technical production services to USA

Event Industry News

For the last 15 years the JL-Group’s (JLL) DNA has been synonymous with a commitment to client service, strong values and pushing boundaries in the ever-evolving world of technical production across the television and event industries.

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