2017

What Participants Expect From 21st Century Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

Everything we take for granted about conferences, and planning them, faces disruption. Participants from all generations and cultures increasingly expect conferences to mirror their work and personal lives.

10 Tips for Attendee Engagement, Part Two: During Your Event

Event Farm

This is the second part of a three-part blog series with tips for engaging attendees before, during and after events. If you missed the first post with 10 tips for engaging attendees before events, you can read it here. Otherwise, keep reading to check out our list of tips for in-event engagement.

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The meeting industry’s biggest dirty secret

Conferences that Work

There are some things that the meeting industry doesn’t like to talk about in public. For example: Revenue models. Who actually paid for all that sybaritic F&B? You’ll never know.). Clients from hell. They might figure out it’s them I was talking about and I need the business.).

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5 Ways to Engage Millennials at Your Next Event

Quickmobile

If I had a dollar for every time a Gen Xer heckled me for wearing ripped jeans, I’d have enough money to buy a house and enjoy avocado toast. All jokes aside, it’s no secret that Millennials are inherently different from their Generation X counterparts.

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A Practical Guide to Measuring Event Success

Can you measure event ROI? 3 in 5 marketers can't. Learn how with this free ROI model.

Crowdfunding an event a great option for any event planner

Gallus Events

A couple of weeks ago we started crowdfunding an event for the first ever time. The event will be (should it reach its funding level of course) a Virtual Summit for Europe’s largest blog for PAs: Practically Perfect PA.

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5 Things You Can Do to Ensure Corporate Events are Unforgettable

Picatic by Eventbrite

Employees today lead busier lives than ever before. They are striving to advance at work. Juggling work-life balance at home is harder than ever. Today’s workforce is often finding themselves falling into the rut of “going and coming”.

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The Top 11 Free Event Management Software

Capterra Event Management

Update 5/22/2017: This piece has been updated to reflect comments and new software options discovered since the article first went live. We all have our favorite four-letter words. Mine is “free.”.

13 Marketing Tactics to Boost Your Event ROI

Marketo

Have you ever spent months designing and building your booth to showcase your incredible products and wow the trade show crowds? Perhaps you’ve devoted days to perfecting every word and graphic for your presentation at a conference.

2017 Preview: Emerging Event Tech You Should Know About

BizBash

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Event Crisis Management: 5 Tips to Help Event Planners Bounce Back

Social Tables

Crises happen to the best of us – that’s life. In the events industry, there are many small details that go into the perfect event, so it should come as no surprise that things could possibly go awry here and there.

Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

Conferences Can Serve As Friendly Frontiers For The Insatiably Curious To Play

Velvet Chainsaw

Your conference could be a place for your customers to experience unrestricted curiosity and play. But most of the time it’s not. Curiosity becomes codified into bureaucratic traditional expert-centric instructional models—lectures and panel discussions.

4 Ways to Leverage Customer Advocacy at Events

Event Farm

This post was originally published on Attend by Event Farm 's blog and was written by Garrett Huddy. How can you make the most effective marketing tactic more effective? In-person events are already hugely successful for B2B marketers , but they have the potential to become even better.

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22 great iPhone/iPad apps for event professionals

Conferences that Work

Two years have passed since the last update of my favorite iPad/iPhone apps for event professionals. Apps continue to be born, evolve, and, sometimes, die—so it’s time for my latest list of event professionals’ great apps! Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

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Stress Relief at Work for Office-Bound Event Planners

Quickmobile

Event planners are basically busy—and stressed out— all year round. And although we would love to go to the spa or spend a weekend with a good TV show, it’s not always possible to devote a lot of time to de-stressing.

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crowdfunding an event – a case study

Gallus Events

In June 2017 we managed to successfully crowdfund a business to business event. In this post I want to cover, the reasons we recommended this approach to our client and why crowdfunding an event may not be for everyone. I also want to look at in detail, exactly how to crowdfund an event.

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Achieving Event Attendee Satisfaction through Gamification

Picatic by Eventbrite

The best event hosts add a unique and memorable touch to their events. Here are a few tips on gamification from guest blogger Dan McCarthy. Events these days should go beyond a presentation and a few workshops. Remember, an event is about captivating an audience to build your brand.

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20 Life Hacks for Event Planners

EventMB

There is no need to rely on anyone else, take charge of your event planner life with these self-management hacks and reclaim your day. Productivity is the key to managing your life but this can be hard to find and while we can’t control the amount of hours in the day, we can make a […].

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How to Measure the Success of Your Conference

Eventinterface

Traditionally, measuring the success of a conference was pretty simple. How many people attended and how much revenue did you generate. In order to get a more global assessment, truly reflecting the impact of a conference on all stakeholders, other quantitative measures should be included.

3 Strategies to Maximize the ROI of Your Next Event

Marketo

Did you know that 24% of global marketing budgets were spent on events in 2017? That’s almost a quarter of your budget going to events such as: Breakfast/Lunch & Learn Series. User Group Meetings. Executive Networking Dinners. Roadshows or 1 Day Seminars. Customer Advisory Boards. Tradeshows.

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9 Festive, Budget-Friendly Games for In-Office Holiday Parties

BizBash

From lyric challenges to an upscale version of beer pong, here are some fun activities for a guaranteed good time

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15 Must-Have Items Every Planner Should Bring to an Event

Social Tables

When you’re on site for an event, you never know what might happen, because despite months and months of meetings, plans and timelines, some unknown thing will inevitably pop up that you didn’t even dream you needed to prepare for. But could you have? . Trust us.

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Are We Creating The Wrong Type Of Conference Experiences?

Velvet Chainsaw

Everyone’s talking about the need to create customer experiences. Yes, including us, the Velvet Chainsaw team.). It’s as if Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore’s Experience Economy is just now hitting its stride—for conferences at least.

Building a Data-Driven Event Marketing Strategy? Start Here.

Event Farm

Technology is shaping the way we do business, and smart tech relies on good data—the more the better.

Charles, Lawrence, David Bowie, and me

Conferences that Work

My first public gig as a musician was at David Bowie’s Beckenham Arts Lab. Read the full article at Conferences That Work.

6 Habits of Successful Event Profs

Quickmobile

It’s no secret event profs have a tough job. It takes a lot of patience, organization and perseverance to be successful in this role. Beyond that, however, are 6 essentials habits event profs pick up to be successful. Plan and set goals.

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networking at conferences structuring connections

Gallus Events

Networking at conferences is always one of the top three reasons that attendees give for attending a conference. So, if it’s so important for our attendees, I think that we event planners should do a wee bit more to structure that networking; to make sure that good connections happen.

Plan A Well Attended (And Well Liked) Corporate Event

Picatic by Eventbrite

Planning a corporate event is no small task. We know, we’ve been there. There is so much to take into consideration such as goals, theme, location, ticketing, transportation, entertainment, equipment, food, dietary restrictions, drinks and so much more.

17 New and Emerging Roles in the Event Industry

EventMB

A role in the event industry doesn’t just mean planning events. Here are 17 different career paths related to events. As technology continues to evolve we are presented with a very exciting time in the event industry.

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Planning The Audience Experience And PR For Your Events

Eventinterface

Andy Perez, a Los Angeles based marketing and public relations consultant who has created more than 1,000 events in his career joins EPN and Event TALK. Andy will be discussing the importance of public relations in preparing for an event.

3 Ways Automation Can Accelerate Event Growth

Marketo

Hosting events is like growing a small business. You start with a shoestring staff and limited tools, but as your event gets bigger, so do your needs.

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What You Need to Know About Attracting Influencers to Events

BizBash

Influencer marketing is a concept that has been around a long time—think back to athletes on cereal boxes or celebrities

2017 208

15+ Event Ideas to Help You Wow Attendees on a Budget

Social Tables

Events serve an important business purpose. They help establish a brand, market products, gain clientele, raise funds, and increase employee morale. Luckily, as important as events are, they don’t have to break the bank.

Ten Criteria for Vetting Event Technology Solution Providers (Updated)

Velvet Chainsaw

Over the past decade, there have been significant upgrades and newcomers in the event technology space. These solutions claim to increase revenue, streamline processes, drive attendance, improve the attendee experience, provide data/insight and/or deliver ROI.

How to Build an Event Marketing Channel—And Why Marketers Need Events

Event Farm

As a marketer, if you’re asked to develop an email marketing campaign to help your company achieve a specific goal (more leads, MQLs, and/or pipeline, for example) and show how that campaign performed, you’d probably feel comfortable doing so.

The architecture of assembly

Conferences that Work

“Architecture sets the stage for our lives; it creates the world we inhabit and shapes how we relate to one another. In a time in which democracy is under increasing pressure in different parts of the world, it is time to rethink the architecture of assembly.”

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