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  • New Seat Selection Tool Makes Social Distancing Simple

    Seats.io has released an advanced social distancing seat selection tool to assist with the reopening of the events industry and help rebuild consumer confidence. Unlike static solutions that already exist, like blocking seats before showing the floor plan, the tool allows event organizers to apply social distancing rules in real-time when ticket buyers select their seats online. For instance, they can indicate how much social distancing is required for an event, depending on the location, or how many people in…

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  • What to Charge for a Virtual Event

    Typically, the costs associated with producing a virtual event are much lower than that of an in-person one. Organizers may save on the venue, food and beverage, decor, signage, travel, accommodations and more. Pivoting online means the entire event format will change and, subsequently, a new pricing strategy is required. While many virtual events are offered for free, this doesn’t mean yours has to be. But what should you charge? The best way to determine a suitable pricing structure is…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • The Key to Unlocking a Compelling Online Event Experience

    Over the past few months, there has been major growth in the percentage of meetings, conferences and other events hosted virtually. The increase in demand for digital experiences shows consumers are willing to adapt in their quest for human connection during the COVID-19 public health crisis. But this doesn’t mean switching an in-person event online will guarantee success. Organizers still need to give attendees what they want and that’s good content. “There is a misconception that virtual events are simple…

    Event Operations, Virtual Events

  • Longest Running Canadian Expo for Events Industry Cancelled

    Canada’s largest event for the meetings, incentive travel, special events and promotions industry has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event producer Newcom Media made the announcement about this year’s Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo) in a statement released June 3. “We were hoping the August show would be the first step toward reconnecting the industry in a personal and meaningful way (but) unfortunately we will not have the opportunity in 2020,” says director of events for…

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  • Survey Looks to Find Out Best Online Conference Platforms

    Online conferences and meetings have exploded amid the COVID-19 pandemic and so, too, has the number of platforms that support these virtual events. In an effort to determine which are the best, sponsorship expert Larry Weil has launched a survey. “Most users don’t get past the four or five best known platforms,” says Weil, founder of The Sponsorship Guy. “Because it is not reasonable to expect these platforms to tell you what they are not good at, we have taken…

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  • Steps to Protect Yourself if an Event is Cancelled

    Many events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in cancellations. Some vendors have returned deposits while others have agreed to hold them as a credit toward rescheduled events. Then there are those who have refused refunds or credits altogether. Why the difference? It often comes down to the terms included in your contract. With uncertainty around the outbreak and, consequently, when in-person events may take place, it’s important to review the cancellation policy to avoid a penalty. Also,…

    Meeting Community, The Business of Meetings

  • Will market disruption make room blocks the next casualty?

    By Anita Carlyle, CMP, CMM At a recent PCMA East Canada workshop in Ottawa, meeting professionals and business event suppliers came together to discuss room blocks. Consensus among the hotel sales representatives was that it is business as usual – if clients want the use of meeting space, they will be held to specific room blocks. These blocks will continue to be contracted with attrition clauses that mandate room and food & beverage revenue. Group business is the hotel’s base…

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  • The Events Industry Council recognizes new Certified Meeting Professionals

    Announcing the latest class of new CMP and CMP-HC designees The Events Industry Council recently announced 234 individuals passed the latest Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination. Furthermore, an additional professional succeeded in achieving the Certified Meeting Professional – Health Care (CMP-HC) designation by passing an additional examination. This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the events, meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, demonstrates an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management as well as a commitment to the profession.  View the full list of new…

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  • Meeting professionals’ salary survey results say planners got smaller pay raises than last year

    According to PCMA Convene’ s 2016 Annual Salary Survey, while nearly three-quarters of meeting professionals received a raise over the past 12 months, it was significantly smaller than the average increase they reported in last year’s survey. This month, PCMA published the results of its annual Salary Survey, which has served as an industry benchmark for several decades. The results of the 2016 survey – completed by more than 400 association, corporate, and independent meeting professionals in March – reveal…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • An ounce of prevention: Four strategies to prevent last-minute challenges

    By Roni Feldman Many meeting planners would describe themselves as type ‘A’ personalities and aim to control everything. However, there are times when the unexpected does happen. Here are some strategies to help you prevent a few of those last-minute challenges. 1) Use your resources Your vendor partners are your ‘lifeblood’ and if you are respectful when working with them, they will be there for you when you need them most. Over 34 years, I have been blessed with wonderful…

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