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. They expect conferences that are authentic, connected, contextual, mobile, participatory, work-related and transparent. Savvy conference organizers meet these disruptions head-on. They know how to segment their target market with personalized messages that help them solve their problems.

2017 297

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. Use a social wall. Projecting a live-stream of your event’s hashtag on large screens throughout your venue will encourage attendees to share more.

2017 244
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30 #Eventtech Startups To Watch This Spring

EventMB

It’s that time of the year again when we bring you the freshest startups bringing innovation to the event industry. Check them out. Eventtech never sleeps. More and more startups are bringing incredible innovation to the event industry. AI is definitely the one to watch this spring and will definitely dominate autumn, hopefully with a […]. The post 30 #Eventtech Startups To Watch This Spring by Julius Solaris appeared first on [link].

2017 218

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.). Women and people of color’s frequent under-representation on stage. (‘Nuff said.). But our biggest dirty secret is so embarrassing, we don’t even talk about it in private.

2017 213

Dive Into Your Inventory Data (and Add Substantial Profits to Your Bottom Line)

Speaker: Ian Foster, Sculpture Hospitality Regional Director West Coast

In this seminar, Ian Foster will discuss the basics of inventory management, including tips on how to get inventory right and how to evaluate your food and pour costs. Ian will examine the best ordering practices from our clients. Finally, he’ll share some case studies showing how well designed inventory control can uncover hidden losses from over-pouring and lost sales that will result in several thousand dollars of extra profit every month.

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. Things that entertain us Millennials (think Starbucks, avocados, pumpkin patch photo shoots), may not interest Gen Xers — and that’s ok. Where the trouble lies in our varying interests is how to engage the two at the same time.

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2017 Preview: Emerging Event Tech You Should Know About

BizBash

2017 173

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. You can see the Practically Perfect PA Crowdfunder appeal – it is live until the 1st June. As with all of the PPPA events we provide event management and guidance, this time, our advice is to crowdfund the event! Crowdfunding an event.

2017 165

How To Measure The Value Of A Handshake

EventTechBrief

By Michelle Bruno. The most valuable and distinctive attribute of live events is the opportunity to meet with customers and prospects in person. If the buyer is standing in front of the seller, there’s no need for expensive market research or clever marketing campaigns to determine what the prospective customer wants and when he wants it. A salesperson can just ask him. But orchestrating and leveraging the face-to-face meeting has been a painful process to automate.

2017 141

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.”. Free things brighten anyone’s day, whether it’s the snacks stocked in the Capterra fridge or event management software. Finding the latter for free, when it works well and meets your event planning needs, can save you precious dollars and from using a few other four-letter words.

Maximize Your Profit Margins

Speaker: Shawn Imbeault and Geoff Loukes, Sculpture Hospitality

In the past year, we've learned that maximizing margins can determine whether your restaurant stays afloat when times get hard. Join Shawn Limbeault and Geoff Loukes, in this master class that will take you through the best practices of maximizing your margins, From FOH to BOH.

10 things successful planners do every day

Eventinterface

Take advice from these successful meeting and event planners. See how their daily routines and behaviors make them successful in their jobs. CAROLINE KAY. Event Director Extraordinaire with C.KAY International. I get up at 5:00 a.m. and get a head start on my day when it is quiet, especially when I am onsite, managing an event. I start my day by scanning my email, see if anything urgent has popped up.

2017 181

Designing 21st Century Conference Learning Experiences And Spaces

Velvet Chainsaw

Our conference learning spaces affect our audience. We must learn to think like designers. Then we can focus on changing our conference participants’ learning spaces with the right goal in mind—nurturing their learning. Be forewarned! We are not decorating learning spaces. We are designing them to foster, nurture and amplify our participants’ learning. Hat tips Rebecca Louise Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon authors of The Space: A Guide for Educators.).

2017 257

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. One of the biggest missed opportunities in the world of B2B events is not taking full advantage of field events as a platform for. generating customer advocacy.

2017 206

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 […]. The post 20 Life Hacks for Event Planners by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Lifestyle productivity Time Management hacks lifehacks life improvements self management happylife

2017 199

Restaurant Management Masterclass

Speaker: Harlan Scott, Founder of Harlan Scott Hospitality and Industry Restaurant

Due first to necessary staffing cuts, extreme safety protocols, and now the need to rehire against outsized government stimulus, unemployment benefits and wage requirements, managing and staffing have become the most urgent conversation in restaurants today. This, adding on to the lynch-pin management style restaurants often have, has made restaurant cultures more vulnerable and volatile than ever. If your restaurant is suffering from cut staff, low morale, or ineffective training, you've come to the right place. Join Harlan Scott of Harlan Scott Hospitality, learn how to get back in control of your restaurant and your operation back on autopilot.

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.

2017 198

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. Especially if you’re in the office for a while, it can be hard for a corporate event planner to step away from the desk and mentally reset.

2017 157

Join the Movement – Picatic for Good

Picatic by Eventbrite

Over the years of working with non-profit organizations, changemakers, and community builders we have learned that these selfless groups have big hearts with the sole purpose of raising money, not for themselves, but for the better needs of others. The post Join the Movement – Picatic for Good appeared first on Picatic Event Planning Blog. Helpful Event Tips

2017 240

3 New Ways to Incorporate Virtual Reality at Your Events

BizBash

2017 157

A Masterclass in Restaurant Digital Transformation

Speaker: Jay Coldren, Alex Barrow, and Greer Kimsey, Street Sense Team

Behaviorists say it takes 21 days to solidify a habit. 365 days of quarantine later, it's safe to say that our customers will be keeping some quarantine habits. At the center of these habits is the digital world: online ordering, advertising, booking, reviewing, etc. It will become essential for restaurants to create omni-channel experiences for customers, and to market them effectively. Join Jay Coldren and his team in this masterclass to learn the tactics for dominating the digital restaurant sphere.

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. We set up a crowdfunding page on the UK based Crowdfunded website and ran the campaign for six weeks. We attracted over 100 supporters and raised almost £7000.

2017 160

Don’t Overlook These 5 Things When Planning an Event on a Boat

Social Tables

Regardless of how many events you’ve put together, planning an event on a boat venue is an entirely different ball game. Here are 5 factors to consider when planning your marine occasion: Your guests want privacy and exclusivity. While sifting through potential boat venues, read the fine print as to what sections of the boat are available to you and your guests.

2017 124

13 Marketing Tactics to Boost Your Event ROI

Marketo Events

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. Then, despite nailing your booth or presentation, you’ve been disappointed in the results. The event did not produce the return on investment (ROI) you had anticipated. Leads trickled in and then wasted away. It’s an all too common problem.

2017 122

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. There are several hundred event technology providers competing to win your business. When you consider varying pricing structures, functionality, and built-for-purpose options, choosing the best solutions is no easy task.

Restrictions Into Opportunities: How to Make Your Restaurant Succeed

Speaker: Patrick Cottrell and Joe English

Whether your state allows outdoor dining, takeout only, or a little bit of both, we're here to help. Join Patrick Cottrell and Joe English from Sculpture Hospitality, for a webinar on Jan. 26th, and get your restaurant to thrive in face of pandemic restrictions

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. And that passive sedentary process actually controls and squelches most curious thinking. And forget play! Authentic curiosity does not come from an external force. It comes from within.

2017 251

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. As I outlined in the first post of this series , event marketers need to ensure that they have processes in place that will make them smarter today and simultaneously set them up for success in the future. The best way to do that is to collect data. As a marketer myself, I realize that the push to become data-driven is much easier said than done.

2017 194

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. Along with all of the advances in the event world comes a new series of career choices that […]. The post 17 New and Emerging Roles in the Event Industry by Kelli White appeared first on [link].

2017 190

Why experiential learning is superior to every other kind

Conferences that Work

Why is experiential learning superior to every other kind? In a word: feedback. Jerry Weinberg explains simply and concisely. “Why is reading or writing something different from doing something? First consider reading. Reading is (usually) a solitary activity, with no feedback. Without feedback, there’s no check on what you believe you’re learning. Now, writing.

2017 193

Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

5 Reasons Event Planners Should Use Real Time Response Technology

Quickmobile

This blog was originally published on January 8, 2014. It has been edited for updates and accuracy. The New Year often brings new goals and ambitions for many people, and event planners are no exception. New year, new event budget, right? This year, up the ante and make your events even better and more valuable than ever. A great way to do this is adding real time response technology to your events, which is an easy process because of QuickMobile and Lumi’s partnership.

2017 143

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. One way to achieve this end […]. The post Achieving Event Attendee Satisfaction through Gamification appeared first on Picatic Event Planning Blog.

2017 210

9 Essential Rules From WeWork's Vice President of Events

BizBash

2017 153