2020

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.

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How to start online meetings on time

Conferences that Work

Is it possible to routinely start online meetings on time? 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?

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How have you adjusted your business to be ready when events begin to open back up?

Eventmobi

As different regions begin to relax “stay at home” policies, businesses have begun the process of reopening. We asked event professionals from all over the map how they have modified their businesses to accommodate the new considerations brought on by the pandemic.

2020 329

COVID-19, in-person meetings, and wishful thinking

Conferences that Work

This is not an easy post to write. The pandemic’s impact on lives and businesses has been devastating. COVID-19 has virtually eliminated in-person meetings: our industry’s bread and butter.

2020 306

A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

Our 2020 Inside Look Report

Picatic by Eventbrite

In 2020, virtual events took off in a big way. As the world went into quarantine and our ability to gather in person stalled, event creators and attendees found new ways to connect on Eventbrite.

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Stop treating adults like children at your conferences

Conferences that Work

Please stop treating adults like children at your conferences. For an exception, see the end of this post.). With children there’s an argument for broadcast-style learning. Schools originally developed as establishments for improving the efficiency of oral communication of information.

2020 277

Anthropologie Is Finding Success With Online and In-Person Events — Here’s How

Picatic by Eventbrite

Throughout the pandemic, event creators have worked hard to adapt to changing circumstances and develop unique content that engages people while keeping them safe. Brands have leveraged Eventbrite to organize and communicate their events while experimenting with new strategies.

2020 311

5 Tips to Guarantee Engagement at Your Virtual Event

Velvet Chainsaw

To design a virtual event with the participants in mind, you need to create an engaging, interactive experience that provides relevant content and promotes knowledge sharing and networking value—often the missing link in our new virtual reality.

2020 287

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.

2020 321

Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

How To Find The Perfect Speaker for Your Event

Attendease

Speakers can easily make or break an event. If you have a presenter who doesn’t understand who they’re talking to, or who can’t keep the audience’s attention, you’re wasting everyone’s time (and possibly their money).

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.

2020 275

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

2020 207

Why EventMobi + Zoom is the Winning Combination for Virtual Conferences

Eventmobi

Zoom has seen a huge rise in popularity during 2020, to the point where its name has become synonymous with video conferencing. So for many event planners looking for the right tool to host a virtual conference, Zoom is the first thing that comes to mind.

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SpotMe Trial

SpotMe Trial

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.

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Reimagining Signing Ceremonies With GEVME Live

GEVME

Signing ceremonies have been momentous occasions for the participants involved. Traditionally, these events kick off with formal speeches from dignitaries, leading on to the signing on paper to the final photo session to mark the milestone event followed by a networking session with the participants.

2020 249

10 Reasons Marketers Are Loving Virtual Events and 6 Solutions They Use

Marketo Events

Remember when “events” was synonymous with “in-person events”? Us too. Marketing has changed a great deal in a short period of time. Now, virtual events are number one on event marketers’ radar.

2020 166

9 Proven Steps for Planning Successful Events

Planning Pod

Want to know the secret to planning a successful event? It really boils down to four simple words, with the first three being focus , preparation and diligence. Yes, money and resources always help, as do connections and experience.

2020 162

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.

Introducing Our New and Improved Online Events Tools

Picatic by Eventbrite

Online events aren’t just a temporary way to gather — our research shows they’re here to stay. In a survey, 71% of participants said they would continue to attend online events, even when COVID-19-related restrictions are lifted.

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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.

2020 380

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.

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Top 10 Resources Every Meeting & Event Planner Needs in 2021

Attendease

2020 has been a challenging year, but it was also a time to learn and experiment. As we approach the new year, what are the learnings we will apply to improve the way we manage events during a time of uncertainty?

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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.

Taking your first event online – what you need to consider

Gallus Events

Many organisations are scrambling to get their next event online. For some their ‘next’ event will also be there first online event. So what do you need to consider if you are taking your event online for the first time?

2020 209

6 Stage Design Tips for Livestreamed Events

BizBash

Production pros discuss what color schemes work best on camera, tips for spacing presenters apart in a natural way, why proper lighting is crucial, and much more

2020 191

How do you find speakers that are a great match for your virtual event?

Eventmobi

There’s nothing like being in someone’s physical presence to ask questions and feel their vibe. Contessa Walker-Jackson, Exclusively By Tess. Virtual speakers totally differ from in-person speakers.

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.

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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.

Interview of a Digital Event Manager (DEM)

GEVME

COVID-19 has already changed the face of everything concerning social events and gatherings. While many companies resort to software like zoom to have virtual conferences or meetings, how can one take an entire social group of thousands of people virtual, and how do you manage such an event?

2020 251

PPC for Events. Questions Asked and Answered.

EventTechBrief

By Michelle Bruno. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a key digital marketing tactic for many exhibition and event marketers. It is transparent, attributable, and very effective. With the appropriate attention, PPC can help organizers increase attendance and secure leads, sponsors and more. PPC also allows organizers to understand their potential prospects better by gathering essential online behavioral and demographic metrics.

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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.

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