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There’s No Business like Trade Show Business

There’s No Business like Trade Show Business | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Trade Shows and events are strikingly similar to shows performed on the stage. The similarities don't stop at thorough preparation and stage set up.
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A Survival Checklist for Organizers

A Survival Checklist for Organizers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every day I speak to event organizers about what they need to do to grow and evolve and how they can achieve measurable returns on their investments. So, I put together a white paper, How to Structure the Events Organizer of the Future. Essentially, it’s a survival checklist that I believe all organizers should follow. 

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5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference

5 Unique Networking Events To Try Out For Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Unique networking events that might surprise your event attendees at your next conference:
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Why Your Conference Should be Target-Audience Obsessed

Why Your Conference Should be Target-Audience Obsessed | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In order to design relevant education and networking experiences at our conferences, we need to be focused to the point of obsession with our target audience. Over the past 18 months, we’ve carefully scrubbed and analyzed the attendance of 20 major conferences. These projects had an aggregate attendance of 110,000-plus participants with registration revenue in excess of $30 million.

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Distractions are Everywhere- How to Get Your Visitors Full Attention

Distractions are Everywhere- How to Get Your Visitors Full Attention | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Studies show that we have 7 seconds to capture someone’s attention. That means your trade show booth must be designed with the correct intentionality. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few ways you can become a better “attention grabber.” What are the goals of your booth? Are you looking to distribute giveaway items, trying to get direct sales, or simply collect information of the visitors? No matter which it is, understanding what your goals at the trade show are will help you dictate the appropriate ways to grab an individual’s attention.

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5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings

5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As event professionals, we’re constantly hunting for new ideas that could help us design better meetings. With this in mind, we browsed through the TED archives and discovered a few amazing videos that will give you a dose of inspiration.

Give them a watch. We believe these ideas are worth adopting at your next event.

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A Digital Marketing Checklist for Events

A Digital Marketing Checklist for Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s a popular book within productivity circles that focuses on one simple tool that makes a world of difference when it comes to planning. It’s called “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande. In the book, Gawande discusses the value of using checklists in order to organize teams, increase efficiency, and cut down on mistakes and mishaps when dealing with complex operations (like flying a fighter jet or performing surgery).

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7 Event Ticketing Platforms for Your Next Conference

7 Event Ticketing Platforms for Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Ticketing can be a critical part of the event and conference planning process. Often, you have ideas regarding how you want to manage ticket sales and need a solution that can bring your vision to life. Luckily, there are numerous options available in the ticketing platform space. To help you find the one that is right for you, here are seven event ticketing platforms (and a bonus option) to consider for your next conference or event.

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Are Mobile Apps Taking People Away From Your Room Block?

Are Mobile Apps Taking People Away From Your Room Block? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attendees used to rely on one screen for all their housing needs: their desktop computer. But as the mobile revolution shrinks the size of their devices, they’re enjoying the anywhere-anytime ability to compare room rates from their smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. And their searches are taking them to many digital destinations outside the “Hotel & Travel” section of the typical conference website.

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This Is What Medical Meetings Will Look Like In The Future

This Is What Medical Meetings Will Look Like In The Future | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

S. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., attended his first medical conference more than 20 years ago, when he was a neurology resident at the University of California, San Francisco. It was organized by the American Neurological Association, and what Johnston most remembers is “the awkward feeling of everybody else knowing each other,” he said in a recent interview, “and me not knowing anyone and sitting in gigantic auditoriums trying to absorb the basic science of what was shown on the gels and all that.”

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How to Protect Your Venue’s Reputation in the Booking Process

How to Protect Your Venue’s Reputation in the Booking Process | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For live music venues, reputation is everything. According to a survey of nearly 50 live music venues, nearly a quarter consider the industry’s brand perception of their venue the single most important measure of success.

 
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10 Old Event Tactics It's Time to Ditch

10 Old Event Tactics It's Time to Ditch | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals need to stay on top of current trends. Not doing so can place their client list in jeopardy. Are you doing any of these 10 things? If so, it’s time to let them go. A former boss of mine came of age in the late 70s and early 80s. You know the years where banana curls were hot, hot, hot and Aqua Net hairspray could solve any bad hair day dilemma?

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Got Shrinking Room Blocks?

Got Shrinking Room Blocks? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Although the percentage of room pick-up has remained steady over the last decade, the numbers have dwindled while attendance has grown. Is it time to think differently?

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9 Ways to Save Money on Event AV

9 Ways to Save Money on Event AV | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Good AV is essential to your meeting success and a great way to bring the wow factor to your event, but it can also eat up a lot of budget too. Here are 9 tips to save big bucks on your audio visual expenditure. Having a solid AV set up at your event, provided by a tech team you can trust to deliver, is essential to keeping an event planner smiling.

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50 Pro Tips to Reduce Event Non Attendance

50 Pro Tips to Reduce Event Non Attendance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No shows and non-attendance are one of the biggest frustrations for event planners. This mega list of 50 tips will help to boost numbers and avoid wasted places at your events. You scan your event room proud of the job you did organizing and then what do you see? Empty chairs peppered in throughout the room.

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What to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue: 20+ Ideas to Help You Make the Best Choice

What to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue: 20+ Ideas to Help You Make the Best Choice | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most common questions I’m frequently asked is how to find the right venue. As with most things, striking a balance between experience, budget and emotion is a tricky business and requires a bit of a professional’s touch. (Ahem…cue the pro planners stage right.)

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How to Stop Repeating the Same Old Event Mistakes

How to Stop Repeating the Same Old Event Mistakes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every February 2nd the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil looks for his shadow, letting us know if spring will come early — or if we’re doomed to six more weeks of winter. But you may also associate Groundhog Day with the popular 1993 film. In it, Bill Murray’s character finds himself stuck repeating the same terrible day until he finally learns a life lesson.

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Successful Room Block Management Part 3: Cut-off Dates 

Successful Room Block Management Part 3: Cut-off Dates  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is the final installment in our series on room block management, where we’ve pulled back the curtain to reveal how hotels work to manage your room block and their occupancy. Here are the prior two posts about blind cuts and attrition.

When it comes down to negotiating your hotel contract, few clauses have as much impact to the overall success of your event than your reservations clause and cut-off date.

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Hidden Event Planning Fees - 20 Items that Planners Forget to Budget

Hidden Event Planning Fees - 20 Items that Planners Forget to Budget | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve been there before. Finalizing the budget for your program, and realizing that you are suddenly over your anticipated budget amount. How could this have happened? You budgeted everything you could, however the final numbers tell a different story. We all can relate to the anxiety that builds up as we realize that there are other hidden fees that were not accounted for in our budgets. 

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Successful Room Block Management Part 2: Attrition

Successful Room Block Management Part 2: Attrition | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attrition is the most scrambled, chewed-up term that the hotel industry has in its contracts. As a refresher, attrition is a term used describe when your actual room block pickup is less than what you contracted – if you don’t “make” your room block, then you’re “in attrition.” The term is also used to describe the amount of leeway a hotel offers you if you don’t pick up your block – as in, “You have 20% allowable attrition.”

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Successful Room Block Management: Part 1 

Successful Room Block Management: Part 1  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Successfully managing your event room block requires an understanding of how the hotel forecasts group occupancy. 

There are probably more factors that can affect your ability to reach your room block than you think: the economy, air travel, layoffs, mergers and acquisitions, budget cuts and so much more. Most are completely out of your control despite all your efforts to promote attendance. The good news is that hotels know and understand these factors and most are completely out of your and the hotel’s control. But knowing how hotels deal with the uncertainty will help you make better decisions in managing your room block.

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Important Clauses You Need To Know in Speaker Agreements

Important Clauses You Need To Know in Speaker Agreements | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With minutes until the curtain draw, you peer into the sold out stadium as the crowd roars in anticipation. This is the moment you’ve been dreaming of. You see, ten months prior, this moment was all but a dream. You knew you were ready to take your events to the next level but wasn’t sure how. Although you have access to the top presenters within your company, you knew it was time to book an outside speaker.

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10 Tactics to Beat Your Competitors

10 Tactics to Beat Your Competitors | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Competition is stiff for attendees and for clients. It’s hard to “get heard” in today’s world. You have to do something to stand out and beat the competition. Here are a few ideas.

When it comes to competition, event planners get it from two fronts. There’s the competition they have from other event planners in securing the best event clients and then there’s the competition for attendees’ time. Most people have budgets they have to live within, whether they’re employed by a large company, the government, or themselves. 

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Save Money on Your Meetings with Flexible RFPs

Save Money on Your Meetings with Flexible RFPs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“These dates are not flexible!”

We see that phrase in just about every meeting RFP, but here’s the problem with it: when you acknowledge up front that you aren’t willing to consider a shift in dates, you’re not only limiting your potential hotel options but also the opportunity to find some really big savings for your organization. Even if you’ve been told there’s no flexibility, you should still keep your options open.

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What to Do When You're Forced to Cancel an Event

What to Do When You're Forced to Cancel an Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s inevitable. If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably had to deal with an event you were forced to cancel. So, whether it’s hurricanes, insane traffic, or an alien invasion – here are 3 crucial steps to take to recover from an event cancellation.

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