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Entitled, selfish and lazy? This blog is our voice

Entitled, selfish and lazy – three words I commonly hear when describing Millennials. As a millennial in the Meetings and Events industry, however, what I see and feel is worlds’ apart from the words above.

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India’s free SIM cards: a win-win for destinations and visitors

India’s free SIM cards: a win-win for destinations and visitors | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
India's Ministry of Tourism will provide e-Visa holders with SIM cards upon arrival in an effort to make travel and communication easier.
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How One Sponsor Used Pajamas and Moms to Stand Out During SXSW

How One Sponsor Used Pajamas and Moms to Stand Out During SXSW | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to awaken your sponsors’ sense of creativity? Share this experiential example from SXSW.
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The CX Manifesto: Are You Designing Event Experiences with a Blindfold On?

The CX Manifesto: Are You Designing Event Experiences with a Blindfold On? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
When you design your event, are you creating a customer experience that you think they want or are you using behavioral data to know what they want.
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Event Invitations: A Modern Day Guide

Event Invitations: A Modern Day Guide | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event invitations offer so many options nowadays. From traditional paper invitations, to digital evites, it is hard to know which is right for your event. We get the lowdown on modern day invitations and etiquette.

While the format may have changed, invitations themselves are still just as relevant today as they were.

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Back Corner Booth? No Problem! Maximizing Your Exhibit Location

Back Corner Booth? No Problem! Maximizing Your Exhibit Location | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Don’t let a less than desirable booth location get you discouraged. Sure, certain booth locations are better for high foot traffic and visibility, but booth location is only one of the many factors that can determine the effectiveness of your display. By using creative booth design, having the right employees present, and implementing a holistic marketing strategy, you can more than make up for a corner booth.

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14 Things Venue Staff Expect from Event Planners

14 Things Venue Staff Expect from Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you working with a new venue and want to ensure everything flows as smoothly as possible? Then you should know what they are expecting from you. Here are 14 things venues want and need from event planners. Ideally, an event planner and the venue staff will work flawlessly together like a well-choreographed ballet.

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How to Make the Most of Content Production Opportunities at Events

How to Make the Most of Content Production Opportunities at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When people think of events, they often focus on the opportunities of the day. This can include the ability to attend sessions, network with other professionals, and generate sales leads. But an event can offer much more than what you can see in a day.

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3 Experiential Events That Challenged Audience Thinking

3 Experiential Events That Challenged Audience Thinking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Where traditional marketing plays on the wants and needs of potential consumers, the face-to-face nature of experiential marketing gives brands an opportunity to switch things up and challenge the thinking of an audience.

The days of simply selling product based on its benefits are over. In an age where we’re bombarded by advertising, consumers have learned to self-filter. To break through the noise, you’ve either got to be very loud or very different.

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Tips to Get More Sponsorships for Your Next Corporate Event

Tips to Get More Sponsorships for Your Next Corporate Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Getting corporate sponsors to contribute to your event is not just about securing additional financial support. When executed properly, such sponsorships can turn into valuable partnerships and culminate into long-term business relationships with mutually beneficial results.

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10 Times You Failed Your Attendees

10 Times You Failed Your Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Steve Jobs and many other entrepreneurs have endorsed the benefits of failure. Failure when innovating spurs ideas. Failure in doing these things as an event planner… not so much. If you have ever watched reruns of American family shows like Leave it to Beaver, the Brady Bunch, or Eight is Enough, you probably caught an episode where one of the kids did something that disappointed the parent.

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Stretch goals: Why your special event should have an exercise program 

Stretch goals: Why your special event should have an exercise program  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Any presenter will tell you that one of the worst times to make a presentation or give a speech is immediately after lunch. The end of the day also ranks high in the least favourite times to speak.

There is a long held adage, “What the bottom cannot endure, the mind cannot absorb.” The reality is that the more people remain sedentary at a special event, working in an office or indeed throughout the whole day, the less well they function.

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5 Elements Your Association Homepage NEEDS

5 Elements Your Association Homepage NEEDS | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We talk about membership websites a lot - how to make them engaging, how to attract people to them, how to get those same people to return, etc. But while all of those “how-tos” are important, they can sometimes require a bit of work. That’s why today, we’re focusing solely on the homepage. Your homepage is what determines whether or not people explore your site - which boils down to whether or not people join your association and whether or not members engage with you.

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Planners and Suppliers Pledge to Resolve Each Other's Top Pet Peeves

Planners and Suppliers Pledge to Resolve Each Other's Top Pet Peeves | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Planners share too little information and expect too many concessions. Suppliers are inundated with requests for proposal and unrealistic turnaround times. These and other common pain points are hurting the meetings industry. Finding solutions was the objective of an interactive session, "Pet Peeves Exposed: What Really Irks Planners and Suppliers," presented by Shawna Suckow, CMP, during Northstar Travel Group's Independent Planner Education Conference.

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How to Seamlessly Migrate to the Right Event Software 

How to Seamlessly Migrate to the Right Event Software  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners on the hunt for a new software provider may find that there are more options to choose from these days than in previous years. That’s because our industry is growing and fast, with research showing that the global event management software market will increase 8.24% by 2020.

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4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good

4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are probably a number of reasons people join your association - for professional development, to network with other industry-professionals, to have easier access to job opportunities, etc. But regardless of all those reasons, there’s one thing all of your members would love to have from your association - and that’s for you to make them look good.

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What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a world saturated with conferences, don’t just slap a logo on your event. Instead, make it strategic and thoughtful. “It’s always worth the effort,” says Kate Silva, design director at Freeman XP. A well-designed conference logo offers the first glimpse into what an attendee can expect from the live experience and helps maintain connections over time. It should be given the same consideration as every other touchpoint of your brand.

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Selecting the right mobile event app

Selecting the right mobile event app | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The growth of mobile app usage for meetings and events continues to climb rapidly, and the tipping point might be occurring right now. The 2016 Event App Bible revealed that while 30 per cent of event professionals already incorporate mobile event apps, an additional 37 per cent said they planned to use event apps within the next year.

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Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros

Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If your annual meeting or event keeps growing, first of all, that’s AMAZING news! You put so much time and energy into planning that event, and the fact that people not only want to attend but are attending is huge.

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What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events

What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Business people don't have to communicate with extraterrestrials (yet), but they can still learn a few things from the sci-fi thriller Arrival. The blockbuster film put a language professional in the leading role. Hollywood star Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor asked by U.S. Army Intelligence to help communicate with an alien species that has arrived on Earth.
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4 Hotel Negotiation Tactics Every Event Planner Should Know

4 Hotel Negotiation Tactics Every Event Planner Should Know | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
For many event planners, negotiating with venues is just slightly more enjoyable than a root canal. But to make these events happen – especially in a…
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4 Hotel Negotiation Tactics Every Event Planner Should Know
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The Anatomy of a Volunteer Strategy That Works

The Anatomy of a Volunteer Strategy That Works | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Here are the 7 key elements of a volunteer strategy for your organization or event that will save time, effort, and trouble.
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How to Design an Event Registration Website That Converts

How to Design an Event Registration Website That Converts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
In today’s world of events, your event website matters more than ever. Here are eight effective event website design best practices you need to follow.
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Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal

Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Going it alone can be hard, especially when you’re one of a few thousand conference-goers. Here’s how some groups are helping their attendees find a buddy.
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