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Innovation in Event & Program Design

Posted by Kim Harwood on Oct 25, 2017 9:15:00 AM

At last week’s Trend Camp, Keynote Michael Miserendino, President of GravityDrive, and the “TED talk” presentation team focused on innovation in member and user experience when designing events and educational programs. For those of you who missed the Trend Camp last week in Carmel, we have captured a few key takeaways from the camp in this post.

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Topics: Meetings, Event Planning, events, Association Executives, Association Management, Trends, Association trends, Innovation, Design, UX

Mobile Friendly Events

Posted by Kalyn Rose Griffin on Mar 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Mobile event applications for smart phones seem to be more prevalent than ever. Companies and organizations use them to communicate before, during and even after the event. It creates a space to share speaker bios, sponsor profiles, session topics and agendas without having to print all those documents. Instead of handing them something that will most likely get thrown away or lost, your entire event can ride around in their pocket.

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Topics: Meetings, Mobile, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events

Keep Your Stress in Check: 4 Audio Visual Prep Tips for Your Next Event

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

We all know hosting an annual meeting or event can be stressful. There are so many different details that need to considered and finalized. Has the food and beverage order been placed? Do we have enough table and chairs for the general meeting and breakout sessions? Have all the speakers confirmed and arrived?

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events, digital technology

Is My Committee Just Not That into Me?

Posted by Kalyn Rose Griffin on Mar 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s not you, committee, it’s me. I just need more space. All jokes aside, I’ve always struggled with keeping my board and volunteer committee engaged during the event planning process. I’ve gone from feeling like I’m reaching out too much, to wondering if my email isn’t working because I can literally hear crickets while I wait for responses.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Volunteers, Associations, events, Committees

Increase Your Event Footprint by Live Streaming: 3 Helpful Tips

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Have you ever asked or provided a survey to find out why your members are not attending your onsite education events or Annual Meeting? Some popular reasons might be budget and travel costs, concerns about being away from the office, or conflicting schedules. Why not use the event technology available today and offer your members the option to “attend” online, through live streaming? Your members will appreciate that you are listening to their concerns and have provided another method to receive the content they need and that you and your team are working so hard to provide.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events, digital technology

Tips to Engage Trade Show Booth Attendees

Posted by Dave Stevens on Sep 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If your association exhibits at trade shows, or offers its own trade show, you know how exhibiting can make for powerful marketing. You also know how expensive exhibiting can be in terms of cost and staff time. That's why it's so important for you as an exhibitor—or the trade show organizer—to maximize the attendee-booth engagement.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events, tradeshows

The Skinny on Meeting Contracts

Posted by Katie K. Riggs, CAE, CMP on Sep 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Contracting in the meeting industry can be a real pain point for associations and corporations alike, especially in a sellers’ market. Staying abreast of the current trends is the best way to arm you with the tools to keep the process as short and sweet as possible.

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Topics: Meetings, Event Planning, Associations, events

A Love Note to Event Planners: Think Smaller and Be Bigger When Considering Smaller Cities for Events

Posted by Marcy McKinley on Sep 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We know that planning conventions and events can be daunting, and that the perfect location for the event can often seem elusive. How do you manage the tension between providing a memorable event, complete with high-quality venues and engaging experiences, while at the same time staying within the constraints of a budget?

To the event planner who is frustrated by this task, made more difficult by the date and cost constraints of the typical destination cities, we, the smaller (and equally qualified) cities, write this letter to you. In our cities, you are special!

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events

Conference Swag Ideas Your Attendees Will Remember

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on May 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

How does your organization decide what this year’s conference swag item will be? Do you sit down with your conference committee and brainstorm ideas? Do you rotate through a list of the same items or order another bag, pen or padfolio? Swag is great advertising for your organization and your conference. Not thinking strategically about your giveaway items is equivalent to not having a marketing plan for your conference. Before you order your conference tchotchkes, read through these helpful tips and swag ideas to give your attendees an item that will represent your organization, event and goals.

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Topics: Conferences, Event Planning, events, giveaway items

Grow Your Events: Event Marketing Dos and Don’ts

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on May 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Do you have an event you would like to grow? You spend so much time getting a great location, awesome speakers and the perfect content; make sure your target audience knows why they should attend. Review this checklist of dos and don’ts before you send out your event marketing to ensure you have a solid value proposition to compel your members to attend.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events

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