Event Operations

  • Seven hot decor ideas for your next event

    By Marla Brown In the event world, you are considered only as good as your last event. Staying fresh and current with your design ideas is a must to wow your clients time and time again. Whether you are faced with a large, medium or small decor budget, you can use the “30 second wow factor” to blow your clients away. We call it “the 30 second wow factor” because if your clients haven’t commented how great the space looks…

  • How graphic design can create that wow factor for your next event

    By Annie Ratcliffe, and Jenny Faucher As a reader of Corporate Meetings Network, you know how to run an event and make it fabulous — a welcoming atmosphere, stunning audio/visual, delicious catering, and technology that work together to ensure happy attendees. However, there are components to an event that too often are overlooked – for example, eye-catching, informative, branded design materials. From the start to finish of your event, whether it is a three-hour cocktail networking event or a three-day…

  • Top 10 ways to attract Millennials to association events

    Why is there such a stigma around events hosted by associations? Why do association events somehow get classified as less glamourous than corporate events? Many young professionals may not yet know all of the benefits of joining a professional association in their field (networking opportunities, professional development, industry recognition, just to name a few), so hosting an amazing event is a great way to get their foot in the door. Look at the Millennial stereotype – they’re tech-savvy, trendy, action-oriented,…

  • Unconventional event venues: 31 considerations for finding the perfect fit

    Finding the perfect job…finding the perfect size…finding the perfect mate…finding the perfect home… In almost every avenue of life, we are in search of finding the perfect fit. This too is true in the events industry. As event planners, one of our primary responsibilities is to find the perfect venue. Event venues come in all shapes and sizes, and range from conventional – such as a hotel or conference centre – to unconventional. The opportunities for unconventional event venues are…

  • First report from IACC Meeting Room of The Future initiative highlights attendee desire for experience creation

    As part of a dynamic new initiative from IACC, a first set of research has been conducted and reported following the survey of global meeting planners. The IACC Meeting Room of the Future aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management. The project and initial global survey results were unveiled at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference in New York City this week. The project combines innovation…

  • Event technology checklist: 18 items to consider when planning your next event

    We’ve covered a lot of ground with this four-part series on technology, and this illustrates the depth and breadth of the topic and the important role it plays. Most meeting planners have learned as they go, and this is certainly how it worked for me. To help you feel comfortable talking about event technology and, more importantly, negotiating pricing on Internet service, here is a list of things to know that will help you in the process. First and foremost,…

  • How Evernote can make event professionals more efficient

    While we all know technology has changed the way we do business, one thing that it has not changed is the amount of information that we deal with on a daily basis. In fact, the proliferation of technology has increased the different types of information we can create and that we need to file, record, keep track of, and act on. I would like to introduce you to an app that has vastly improved how I access, store, edit and…

  • GBTA poll shows vast majority of companies have effective risk management plans

    Business travel is resilient despite attacks in Brussels More than 72 per cent of global travel buyers report that their company has a risk management plan in place, according to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and its European partner associations. In addition 81 per cent found their company’s risk management plan to be effective directly following the terror attacks in Brussels. “Risk is a part of doing business and in the past year we have…

  • How to increase pre-conference engagement with social media and games

    Engaging your attendees prior to the event is the best way to ensure participants will be excited during the show and even afterward. Encouraging participation before the event sets the stage for high levels of engagement because your audience will already be invested in your content, competitions, and the conference in general. The key to using social media and event games for pre-conference engagement is having a plan or strategy in place that includes a timeline, tactics and an understanding…

  • How to re-think education and training to boost interest and attendance

    By Ben Moorsom I received some great feedback and many questions from the last article I wrote on high-energy events. One of the questions that caught my attention was around how to ensure you’re bringing the right energy to the education and training components of an event. We know that if the education and training components of your event are stale, you’ll start to see a drop-off in event attendance. In fact, according to The Decision to Attend Study (January…

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