2024

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How to Choose the Right Event Technology Provider for Your Association: 16 Essential Questions for Vendors

Eventmobi

Selecting the best event technology for your association is crucial for creating engaging events and meetings for your members. But with so many different vendors on the market, trying to make sense of all your options is often overwhelming. That’s why asking the right questions upfront is essential to finding a provider that aligns with the goals and objectives of your events program.

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Concerns about using facial analysis at events: part three

Conferences that Work

In early 2024, I wrote two long, detailed posts ( 1 , 2 ) that explained why using “facial analysis” technology at events is ethically and legally dubious. Now I’ve learned of strong evidence that the core claim of such technology — that it can reliably measure attendee emotions at events — is seriously flawed. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and the Northe astern University Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

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Does Remote Work Make Less of an Impact on the Environment?

EventMB

Skift Take: Many meeting and event professionals work from home. Climate benefits are associated with not commuting to an office, but home setups aren’t the most environmentally friendly.

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A Planner’s Guide to Event Vendors 

Social Tables

Planning a successful event involves working with a large team of reliable, capable professionals. Planners work with venues, specialized staff, and vendors to ensure everything runs smoothly. A lot of tiny pieces must fall into place for an event to succeed, and the wrong event vendors could lead to lots of trouble later in the planning process. In this guide, we’re walking you through everything you should know about event vendors.

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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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How to Boost Engagement at Your Conference

Event Age by Swapcard

Attendee engagement is critical for building meaningful relationships, boosting brand visibility, and driving business results at your trade show, exhibition, or conference. High engagement levels translate to more leads for your exhibitors, increased ROI, and a memorable event experience for all participants.

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The Power of Participation: Your Local IAEE and PCMA Chapters Await 

ePly

For event professionals seeking to thrive in a dynamic and competitive industry, association participation can unlock many opportunities. Beyond the national and international horizons, our local IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) chapters serve as bustling hubs for networking, professional development, and community strengthening.

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We are hiring: Marketing Manager

Event Industry News

Event Industry News | Event Tech Live | Event Sustainability Live Role Overview: We are looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our team. The successful candidate will create and execute comprehensive marketing strategies aimed at maximising event visibility, visitor acquisition, sponsorship, and partnership engagement.

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Venues of Excellence consortium welcomes three outstanding new venues

Prestige Events Magazine

The UK’s leading sales and marketing consortium has seen three new venues join the membership over the past few weeks, continuing the trend for unique, independent and diverse venues who see the consortium as a natural partner to support their business. With quality and excellence key factors for Venues of Excellence (VOE) when auditing potential new members, not surprisingly there is a stellar line up in membership of the UK’s conference and event venues at the top end, and the newcomers underp

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Moving Your Meeting Amid Rising Reproductive Rights Concerns

PCMA Convene

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) held its 43rd Annual Pregnancy Meeting, Feb. 6-11, at Moscone West. In March, urologist Ashley Winter took to X (formerly Twitter) to share that she wouldn’t be attending the American Urological Association’s 2024 annual meeting, May 3 – 6, 2024 in San Antonio, Texas. “My husband & I are trying for our 2nd child.

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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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A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Marin Bright

Smart Meetings

Marin Bright often told the story of how she launched the meetings and events industry’s first lifestyle magazine in 2002, a few months after the devastating attacks on 9/11 and the downturn in the travel industry. Over 22 years, through economic recessions, a global pandemic and personal health issues, as CEO of Bright Business Media, LLC and Smart Meetings , she continued to exemplify the resiliency and grit required to build the Smart Meetings community into the most engaged in the in

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Conference Management: What Event Organizers Need to Know

Eventmobi

A well-planned and executed conference will do wonders for your organization. Want to establish authority in your field? Generate quality leads for your sales team? Drive legitimate revenue? A conference can help you achieve these things—if you host it correctly. To ensure your conference is a smashing success, invest in conference management. Doing so will lead to greater attendance, better experiences, and happier sponsors.

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Concerns about using facial analysis at events: part two

Conferences that Work

My January 15, 2024 article “ Concerns about using facial analysis at events ” generated much discussion. (See, e.g., this thread on LinkedIn which has, at the time of writing, four thousand impressions.) Five days later, Panos Moutafis , co-founder & CEO of Zenus , the “ethical facial analysis” company, responded. I find his response inadequate, and this post explains why.

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New Events Venture Group Launched

EventMB

Skift Take: A Shark Tank for the events industry has been unveiled to connect event entrepreneurs with investors. When a deal is struck, capital and mentorship will help their idea become a reality.

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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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Hard Event Choices: Affordability vs. Sustainability

MeetingsNet

A major survey of planners finds that as meeting costs keep rising, sustainability slides down the list of priorities. With rising prices squeezing business-event budgets in many areas, planners are increasingly basing their venue and service-vendor choices on “value for money” while focusing less on sustainability factors. This is according to the International Planner Sentiment Report from The Power of Events, a U.K.

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Transform Your Catering Business with Influencer Marketing

Caterease

Word-of-mouth has evolved into a powerful online phenomenon in today’s digital world. Collaborating with food influencers can be a game-changer for caterers looking to expand their reach and credibility.

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How e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Indy 500 Sponsorship Placed Women in the Driver’s Seat

Event Marketer

“This was more than just an event; this was a movement.” –Patrick O’Keefe, VP-Integrated Marketing Communications, e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. sponsored Indy 500 driver Katherine Legge, the only woman who competed in this year’s race. When e.l.f. Cosmetics cruised into this year’s Indianapolis 500 as the first-ever beauty brand to serve as a primary sponsor of a driver, it didn’t just offer a “Lip Oil Change.

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AV-CANADA

Canadian Special Events

AV-CANADA: Partnering in Corporate Event Excellence AV-CANADA, with over 30 years of experience in live events, is a leader in the industry by delivering innovative, customized solutions that consistently exceed client expectations. Their dedication to providing top-tier audiovisual and production services makes them the go-to choice for corporate event planners aiming to create memorable and impactful events.

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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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Music industry giants unite behind youth vote campaign Just Vote

Event Industry News

Just Vote’s partnership with the summer festivals, ‘Crash the Party’, features: As festival season kicks off, music festival industry heavyweights are uniting to get 18-34 year olds to the polls.

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Case study: The London Card Show at Sandown Park

Prestige Events Magazine

The event On 11 and 12 May 2024, card enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe gathered at Sandown Park Racecourse for Europe’s biggest card show. The London Card Show, which brings card collectors of all genres together, has flourished from ten tables and 40 people when it began in 2021, to 260 tables a day and 4,000 people only three years later.

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Earth Day 2024: Ending Single-Use Plastic

PCMA Convene

r.World, a company that provides reusable service ware, estimates 4 billion single-use plastic cups are used annually at live events in North America. The official theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastic,” a call to arms issued by Earthday.org to reduce all plastic production by 60 percent by 2040 and to rapidly phase out all single-use plastics by 2030.

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What Planners Can Learn from the CrowdStrike IT Blackout

Smart Meetings

Travel and meeting risk trainer offers insights for the future The news Friday morning that an update from the software protection company CrowdStrike crashed travel, emergency, hospital and banking systems all over the globe, was a reminder of the risks of planning events in a highly networked world. Read More: How to Build a Risk-assessment Checklist Smart Meetings reached out to Kevin Coffey , travel security and meeting risk advisor and trainer, to get some insights on what planners can lear

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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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Embracing and caring at Caesars Entertainment’s Global Wellness Summit

MPI

The goal of the Global Wellness Summit was for 115 meeting professionals and members of the meetings media to experience “an unparalleled preview of Caesars’ new wellness offerings through a blend of luxury, relaxation and self-discovery.

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Lessons from Anguilla on returning after four years away

Conferences that Work

After a four-year gap due to the COVID pandemic, we eagerly returned to Anguilla for a two-week vacation. We love this tiny Caribbean island and have taken a welcome break from Vermont winter for fifteen years. I have written many posts about lessons from Anguilla gleaned during our visits, and this trip uncovered more. The trip For the first time in many years, Celia and I stayed in Anguilla without company.

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Thomas Reiser: The Evolution of Association Management

EventMB

Skift Take: Associations are at a critical crossroads in redefining their value to members. Thomas Reiser shares his blueprint for revitalizing the relevance of medical societies in the post-pandemic era.

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First Business Event in Las Vegas Sphere

MeetingsNet

The keynote address for HPE Discover 2024 will use the venue’s 160,000-square-foot wraparound screen as the band U2 did a few months back. When Hewlett Packard Enterprise brings its HPE Discover 2024 conference to the Venetian Convention and Expo Center in mid-June, attendees will have to walk a bit farther than usual to take in the keynote presentation from HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri—but it’s unlikely that many of them will mind the inconvenience.

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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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Will You Help Shape the New Book for the Event Industry?

eventplanner

Are you ready to help shape the future of event planning? We are proud to announce that the fourth, completely updated edition of the best-selling book for organisers, EVENT PLANNER by Kevin Van der Straeten, is in the making.

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Eight Tips for Tackling AI and the Future of Events from the 2024 B-to-B Dream Team

Event Marketer

Among standout topics that came up in hours of conversations with our B-to-B Dream Team honorees this year was the evolving workforce, AI adoption and sustainability that’s actually actionable. Indeed, what we’ve learned over the years is that cultural waves of change and market forces are often felt first by b-to-b event and trade show marketers. (Fun fact: In 2016, our honorees talked about the increased demand for live streaming.

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If you care about one thing this month, make it data management (yes, really)

Eventsforce

With the buzz of December already a distant memory, the arrival of January comes as an anticlimax. It’s back to work, back to normality and for many event planners, a time that can seem challenging and even a little overwhelming. While it can be difficult to muster enthusiasm for anything right now, data management (yep, that’s right) is something that’s always worthy of your consideration and — as this blog sets out — a concept that’s never more relevant than at the very start of the year, when