2020

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Normal is Over(rated) – For Now

Velvet Chainsaw

This is a guest post by Joy S. Davis, CAE, based on an email she sent to me after reading Lisa Block’s recent post, “I Am Sorry, But We Are Not All Fine.” Joy is Managing Director, Member Products, for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Not too long ago, I gently asked my Executive Director to stop opening her weekly columns to members with a depressing reminder of COVID-19 and how weird things are right now.

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How to start online meetings on time

Conferences that Work

Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? Yes! But first…. Think about the last three meetings you attended. Raise your hand if all of them started on time. Anyone? Anyone? Why don’t scheduled meetings start on time? The reason that almost no scheduled meetings (in-person or online ) start on time is that we provide one single time for meetings to both open and start.

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The meeting industry new normal

Conferences that Work

Many event professionals are hoping and waiting for a meeting industry new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our businesses. We want to believe that, at some point, in-person meetings like the ones we’ve held for decades will return. Yes, there are a few world regions where cases of infection are currently very low. Such areas are already holding local in-person events, but safe inter-regional meetings are not possible.

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New Vaccine Optimism Boosts the Event Industry

EventMB

The massacred event industry has been in need of some good news for a while. The news came this morning with the announcement of a 90% effective vaccine. Eventprofs are convinced that only a vaccine can bring them back to business. Recent research from EventMB sees 40 percent of planners ranking a vaccine as the […]. The post New Vaccine Optimism Boosts the Event Industry by Julius Solaris appeared first on [link].

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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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Summer Party Ideas: 7 Safe and Festive Ways to Host a Small, Outdoor Gathering

BizBash

Want to host a small gathering this summer? Follow these best practices to keep your guests safe and socially distanced.

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How to work remotely from home during COVID-19 – for event professionals

Planning Pod

Here at Planning Pod , we know firsthand how hard COVID-19 has hit the events industry, including millions of event professionals, event planners and event venues. In addition to businesses furloughing / laying off employees, eliminating jobs and closing their doors, millions of people have found themselves in totally uncharted territory – facilitating e-learning for their children, adjusting business practices and working from home.

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10 Well-Executed Virtual Events From Tech Companies

Bizzabo

From Microsoft to HPE, Gainsight, and more, leading tech brands are going virtual. COVID-19 and events have been challenging to navigate. Luckily, nearly every industry has embraced virtual events , including tech companies. From showcasing their products to making major announcements and connecting with developers, technologists, and B2B customers, it’s clear that virtual events are high value across the board.

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Events Of The Future: How To Plan A Virtual Event

Endless Events

This week we’re diving into the dozy topic of how to plan a virtual event. And we’re not strangers to futuristic events here at Endless! We’ve covered topics such as how to plan an event without visiting the venue , how Virtual Reality can impact the events industry , and much more. So today, we’re diving deeper. Because we figured it’s high time to actually get into tactical tips related to events that don’t adhere to the in-person model.

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How Virtual Platform Second Life Kept This Small Baltimore Museum Going

Skift

The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, which originally opened in 1814, has been rebuilt in virtual world Second Life. The Peale Skift Take: Plenty of takeaways for businesses from this ambitious project, including the risks when you embrace the digital lifestyle a little too much. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift.

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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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#WeMakeEvents joins with #ExcludedUK and Crisis for ‘Silent Nights, left out, in the cold’

Event Industry News

#WeMakeEvents announces an important collaboration with #ExcludedUK for an urgent action to raise awareness, and much needed funds, for the 3 million people who remain excluded from meaningful government support. ‘Silent Nights’ will start at 7pm on Friday 18th December and end at 7am on Saturday 19th December. Organisers are inviting those whose livelihoods have been affected to participate by sleeping out at their place of work that has been affected by Covid-19.

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Expos Don’t Work Well in a Virtual Environment

Velvet Chainsaw

Virtual Expo Truths. Nearly every conference and trade show professional is searching for that perfect virtual platform or pricing model for replacing lost expo revenue. I’ve got bad news for you. Virtual expos will never be able to come close to replacing the revenue generated from your face-to-face expo. Here’s some of our learnings: 1. Corporate Booth.

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Marketing Your Event During COVID-19

PCMA Convene

During the COVID-19 crisis, event marketers should avoid discussing content that might fuel concerns, like food sampling. Many event organizers are wondering how their communication strategies should evolve at a time when the appetite for travel and live events has decreased over COVID-19 concerns. Although we’re all still learning as we go, here are a few recommendations that could help guide your approach to public relations and marketing.

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Please don’t call them virtual meetings

Conferences that Work

I’ve been noticing a strange trend, ever since COVID-19 caused just about all bread and butter meetings to vanish. Suddenly, people are calling the meetings we’re holding these days virtual meetings. In the immortal words of Bob Newhart. Stop it! Virtual. I’m sorry, but when I think of a virtual meeting, this comes to mind…. …together with content like this….

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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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Virtual Events Are Not the Enemy — Superspreader Events Are

EventMB

The event industry is facing an existential crisis that may continue for several years. While many insiders bicker online about the value of face-to-face versus virtual, the task of going back to live events becomes more challenging. The culprit? Superspreader events. Let’s be honest. If you work in the event industry, it is not a […]. The post Virtual Events Are Not the Enemy — Superspreader Events Are by Julius Solaris appeared first on [link].

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6 Ways to Work with Remote Speakers for Virtual Event Success

Eventsforce

Want tips on running successful virtual events? In your inbox, every week. . The sudden shift to virtual events has created many challenges for planners – especially when it comes to managing remote speakers. In fact, the virtual event environment has made the whole process of speaker presentation and management more difficult, both in terms of providing value to attendees and meeting speaker expectations.

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4 Things Event Marketers Need to Know When Planning Hybrid Events for 2021 and Beyond

SmartMeetings

There’s no question that the world of events has been dramatically changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing concerns about large groups of in-person gatherings. Event marketers have been challenged with how to pivot quickly and keep business going and pipeline numbers up with virtual events for now, and hybrid events in the future, as the pandemic will have a rolling impact on logistics, location, sponsorships and attendance.

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The New World of Events After COVID-19

MeetingsNet

The events industry will bounce back once COVID-19 has been defeated, but it will look very different. Brought to you by: The coronavirus stopped meetings and events in their tracks. It’s an unprecedented time for the industry—but it will undoubtedly recover. “I am very strongly convinced that the physical event business will bounce back,” said David Meerman Scott , best-selling author and frequent public speaker who studies how neuroscience affects behavior.

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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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We’re Investing $138M in the (Hybrid) Future of Events

Bizzabo

We're humbled to announce our latest round of funding for the hybrid future of events. Here's the official announcement from Bizzabo CEO and Co-Founder Eran Ben-Shushan. First and foremost, I’m extremely grateful for the trust and partnership of our customers during this unique and challenging year. We at Bizzabo are so excited for what comes next and I’d like to take a moment to provide you with more visibility into what makes us so excited!

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Presenter Tips and Tricks for Your Best Virtual Event

Stova

Do you want to learn how to be a successful presenter at a virtual event? Or, maybe, you are an event planner and you’d like to know how to train your virtual presenters to create the best virtual experience? If your answer to either of these questions is a resounding yes , you’re reading the right blog. We’ve done our homework and found the best of the best practices for presenting at your next virtual event. ( We’ve also included bonus training tips to help out all you event planners. ).

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The Event Industry Is Being Confronted By Its Napster Moment

Skift

Photo by Darth Liu on Unsplash Skift Take: All types of business events are in danger of their revenue streams of tickets, sponsorships, memberships, and other types of fees being eroded. This is happening as the world gets used to digital formats and alternatives emerge to physical networking, matchmaking, and other tasks we get out of these events.

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#WeMakeEvents campaign moves to next phase – Stand as One

Event Industry News

Initially launched by PLASA in response to calls from its membership, the #WeMakeEvents campaign aims to raise awareness around the current plight of the live events sector and how it urgently needs financial support in order to survive the Covid-19 crisis. The initial response has been fantastic, including a collective Day of Action on 11th August with creative expressions across the country, including over 700 buildings lit up in red and other activities that culminated with 4,000 socially dis

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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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How to Get More People into Your Venue

Special Events

Marketing a venue is a whole different ball game than promoting a product or service; venues serve as the backdrop of an event and clients seek out a space they can envision in their memories for years to come.

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Taking a Multi-Platform Approach to a Virtual Event

PCMA Convene

Andrea Faflíková, director of PR, communications and events/REEMEA for the LEGO Group, stands in a custom-made 3D virtual studio during a LEGO digital event. In April, Andrea Faflíková found herself in a position all-too familiar to many event organizers in the wake of the pandemic: She had to move a face-to-face event online in a matter of weeks. But unlike many other organizers, Faflíková — the Prague, Czech Republic–based director of PR, communications and events/REEMEA for the LEGO Group — d

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Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay

Gallus Events

Something exceptional is happening in Edinburgh and the whole events industry is on trial. Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay events have put the industry under the spot light, and the light has reached some very dark places. There is an old tradition in Scotland called first footing. My dad was the perfect “first footer”, tall, dark and handsome, the neighbours would say.

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Breaking: Las Vegas Can Now Host Conventions with Up to 1,000 Attendees

EventMB

Nevada’s Governor Sisolak just announced that gatherings of up to 1,000 attendees can happen in Las Vegas. In a press conference, Governor Sisolak outlined that gatherings of up to 250 are now allowed. If a venue has the capacity to keep cohorts of 250 attendees, the limit goes up to 1,000 for a total of […]. The post Breaking: Las Vegas Can Now Host Conventions with Up to 1,000 Attendees by Julius Solaris appeared first on [link].

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A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

The last year and a half has been one of extreme stress and anxiety for the American Workforce. A 2021 New York University School of Global Public Health survey of 5,850 people who drink alcohol found that 29 percent have increased their drinking during the pandemic. Among people who have been experiencing depression (64% more likely) and anxiety (41% more likely), which have also become more prevalent over the last 18 months, the risk is even higher.

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7 Ways Events Will Change in a Post COVID-19 World

Eventsforce

No one really knows what events will look like in a post COVID-19 world. With government guidelines changing all the time – and the looming risk of a second wave – it’s difficult to see how things will actually pan out over the coming year. Even when in-person events resume, the reality is likely to be that for a significant amount of time, attendees will be split between those willing and able to attend physically and those who will not.

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The Importance of Site Visits for Meeting and Incentive Planners

SmartMeetings

Most planners travel a lot. They are productive people, making it happen from California to Paris and everywhere in between. Traditionally, sourcing venues starts when a meeting or event is presented (or assigned), we seek out the right venue and then book the perfect space. One secret for finding that just right venue is maintaining a practice of continually seeking out other spaces to site while traveling.

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Moderating Online Panels — Ideas and Resources

Conferences that Work

Last week I immensely enjoyed participating in a two-hour Zoom brain trust on moderating online panels. So good, it should be shared with a wider audience. So here’s a treasury of good ideas and resources we uncovered. Huge thanks to the conveners and leaders: my friend, team performance and facilitation expert Kristin Arnold , and corporate innovation leader Scott Kirsner.