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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.).

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.

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.

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2017 Preview: Emerging Event Tech You Should Know About

BizBash

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5 Things You Can Do to Ensure Corporate Events are Unforgettable

Picatic

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”.

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.

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.

The Rise of the Gig Economy and What It Means for Conferences

Velvet Chainsaw

Work and life are transforming at a rapid rate. When considering long-term conference or organizational strategy, it’s wise to future-cast the impact major workforce trends may have on your profession, particularly because conferences are about people first and content second.

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Effortlessly Interact with an Entire Audience from Any Location

1,000 Participants. 75 Locations. 1 Solution.

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.

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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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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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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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

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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My Presentation Is Fine—It’s The Audience That Doesn’t Get It!

Velvet Chainsaw

“My presentation is fine. It’s the audience’s fault if they don’t get it?”. Why do I need to change the way I present? My lecture has worked for years. I get great scores and reviews.”. I’m sure you’ve heard statements like this. Maybe you’ve even said something similar yourself.

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20 Ways to Modernize an Annual Meeting – Part 1

Velvet Chainsaw

Most annual meetings have used the same template agenda for decades. They just replace the filling each year. If you want to breathe new life into your conference, and increase relevance for next-generation attendees, start with this kill/change list.

Mediocrity Is Your Biggest Conference Competitor

Velvet Chainsaw

Your real conference competition is not that event held six months after yours. Nor is your competitor time, money and resources. Your real competitor is mediocrity to paraphrase authors Karin Hurt and David Dye. You’re In A Difficult Position: Look Backwards Or Forwards For Programming?

Configurable and Personalized Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

The mass-personalization wave that is dramatically changing what and how we buy as consumers has application to conferences.

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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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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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

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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.

Time to Retire Your Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsorship Levels

Velvet Chainsaw

The most effective sponsorships are all about the attendee — the fan, the sponsor’s target market. If they don’t win over the attendee, the sponsorship may not be sustainable. The same could be said for the naming of your sponsorship levels.

Why Your Conference Should be Target-Audience Obsessed

Velvet Chainsaw

In order to design relevant education and networking experiences at our conferences, we need to be focused to the point of obsession with our target audience. Over the past 18 months, we’ve carefully scrubbed and analyzed the attendance of 20 major conferences.

10 Ideas for Improving Your Pay-to-Play Conference Presentations

Velvet Chainsaw

There’s a place for sponsored content in conference programs, if you’re thoughtful in your approach.

The Conference Big Idea Road Less Traveled That Harvests Success

Velvet Chainsaw

Most conferences are stuck in a rut! The experience has not changed in three, five and even ten years. They are predictable and often commoditized. So how do you create a conference experience that is not like all the others? Start by considering one or more of these conference big ideas.

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The 21st Century Meeting Professional: Act Strategically, Think Both Functionally And Strategically

Velvet Chainsaw

What’s the role of the 21st Century meeting and conference professional? In the past, the answer was easy. Perform very straight forward, transactional, functional tasks related to the logistics of conferences, meetings and events. S/He fulfilled the same types of tasks on a daily basis.

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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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