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Event Professionals Basics: Event Attendees’ Needs First!

Event Professionals Basics: Event Attendees’ Needs First! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Leveraging the power of technology  to build strong relationships with your event attendees is more than just making a good first impression. It is delivering a great experience. And as today’s focus is on providing attendees with such as experience, driver to increased attendee retention, event professionals ought to continuously show they put their attendees’ needs and expectations at the forefront from the moment they display the first signs of interest, until they leave the venue.

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10 Ways to Negotiate a Better Deal With Venues

10 Ways to Negotiate a Better Deal With Venues | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Venue costs represent a sizeable chunk of your event budget… if only there was a way to cut them down without making sacrifices. There is! These 10 top tips will help you negotiate a better deal with venues. Learn how to get discounts and value-adds that will make your chosen venue both more affordable and better value for money. Negotiating like a pro could save you thousands of pounds so never book a venue again without deploying these canny tactics.

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2018 Food Trends: Shakshuka, Anyone?

2018 Food Trends: Shakshuka, Anyone? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s a tricky business picking top food and beverage trends for the New Year. What’s going to stick? What’s not? The team at hospitality consulting firm AF&Co., along with a panel of more than a dozen experts, annually cooks up a stew of predictions for what will be emerging on menus across the country. For 2017, they saw the rise of grain bowls, draft lattes, and wine in a can. From the just-released 2018 Trends Report, here are four food fads we’re looking forward to:

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Project Management Tactics Event Planners Should Never Use

Project Management Tactics Event Planners Should Never Use | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Traditional project management is a great way to stay organized but there are several tenets of PM work that should never find their way into event planning. Are you currently using any of these organizational tactics? If you are, you may be sacrificing your own efficiency and wasting valuable time.

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Creating Environmentally Sustainable Events

Creating Environmentally Sustainable Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether it’s your conscience or your wallet that’s motivating you to go green at your event, you’ll find you’re in good company. Many event planners are looking to create more environmentally sustainable events.

A Nielsen study discovered that 55% of global consumers said they are willing to pay more for products and services from sustainable companies. Making that switch to an environmentally-sustainable event may get you more attendees and make it possible to charge higher ticket prices.

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Event Professionals Basics: Timing in Event Planning

Event Professionals Basics: Timing in Event Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is “better late than ever” even an option in event planning? While opinions may vary, the truth is that timing is a key factor that contributes to an event’s success. In terms of choosing the right moment for employing the selected marketing & communication strategies, or when planning ahead to structure your tasks and activities more efficiently, timing can be an event planner’s both friend and foe.

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5 Easy Steps to Better Corporate Meetings

5 Easy Steps to Better Corporate Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings are necessary, and yet one can argue just how productive they actually are. But, productive or not, you can’t avoid them. You can, however, make them better. Here are five easy and smart ways to do just that.

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Getting to Yes: The Data-Driven Way to Maximize Attendance

Getting to Yes: The Data-Driven Way to Maximize Attendance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’re looking to up your attendance numbers, you now have a free toolkit that can help. The Experience Institute, working with the Professional Convention Management Association, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meeting Professionals International, the American Society of Association Executives, and Destinations International, has released the “Maximizing Attendance” initiative, an in-depth dive into the factors that drive people to attend meetings—and what turns them off. The toolkit, which includes a best practices checklist and a behavior profile template you can use to identify behaviors and target messaging, can be downloaded for free. Destinations International plans to follow up with a related Attendance Promotion Handbook that destination marketing organizations can use to better market the experience their destinations provide.

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An important question to ask yourself when planning an event: Why?

An important question to ask yourself when planning an event: Why? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When designing any special event, there is a very important question that I keep constantly in my mind: Why? Everything I do and all elements must answer ‘the why’. For example, I spend my client’s money as if it were mine. If I would not spend the funds on something myself, then why would I expect the client to spend the funds?

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The Trust Factor

The Trust Factor | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the era of Bernie Madoff and Enron, Shakespeare’s “Love all, trust a few” rings truer than ever. And yet trust also is the basis for a whole new economy. Uber and Airbnb turned into multimillion-dollar companies within three years of inception because both consumers and contractors were prepared to trust each other. And their interactions prove that the trust-based model works.  

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How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event 

How to Bounce Back From an Unsuccessful Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The seats were empty, there was tumbleweed in the aisles… we’ve all had that one disastrous event where no one turned up.

It’s an excruciating experience, especially if you have other stakeholders to answer to. You probably wished the ground would just open up and swallow you, but don’t let one bad experience put you off from organising events.

Here we look at 10 positive steps you can take to bounce back from an unsuccessful event, how you can recover both emotionally and financially, and get everyone back on side.

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Five Things Leading Venues Have in Common

Beautiful facilities, exceptional food and superior service probably come to mind when you think about what makes a great conference or meeting venue. These may seem like obvious considerations on a list of elements that leading venues have in common. Yet, there are other pragmatic concerns that determine which venues are the most successful and perhaps the most profitable.

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Are You Failing Your Exhibitors and Attendees?

Are You Failing Your Exhibitors and Attendees? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Be honest: When was the last time you surveyed your exhibitors and attendees to see how well your event technology is meeting their needs? Or asked them what tech improvements they want? According to an audience survey taken at a Transform USA session this summer, just over a quarter said they had asked that question of both exhibitors and attendees; 63 percent said they haven’t asked either exhibitors or attendees about their tech needs and wants.

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How to Find and Pick Amazing Event Vendors

How to Find and Pick Amazing Event Vendors | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to choosing show-stopping event vendors and suppliers, it can be difficult to know where to start. But it doesn’t have to be. Finding the right event vendor—like finding the right event sponsor—can be the difference between event success or failure. If a vendor makes a mistake, it can reflect poorly on you in the minds of your attendees. In brief, the stakes are high.

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Do Your Delegates Have the Meeting Planning Mindset?

Do Your Delegates Have the Meeting Planning Mindset? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I have been fortunate to study the outcomes of meetings for more than 1,300 participants in Europe and the U.S. Now with my doctorate completed and a new title to add to my name, I will be sharing more of this new knowledge with the meeting industry.

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What’s Trending for F&B?

What’s Trending for F&B? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Michele Polci, CPCE, CMP,  fields a lot of F&B requests from event organizers as director of citywide catering sales for eight Las Vegas properties for Caesars Entertainment. When I met with her during IMEX in Las Vegas in October, she shared some of her most — and least — favorite trends.

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10 Truths Our Event Clients Should Know

10 Truths Our Event Clients Should Know | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With new event businesses starting everyday, it’s no wonder that our clients really don’t know what to expect from vendor to vendor. Here are some of the major truths that we want our clients to understand when it comes to hiring an event professional.

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Event Trend Examined: Personalisation

Event Trend Examined: Personalisation | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Because of their belief in their own uniqueness, Millennials have come to be known as “Generation Snowflake”. The term is sometimes used derogatively, but for event organisers it represents a huge opportunity. Providing an individual experience, tailored to an attendee’s interests and preferences, can make events more effective and more engaging – and not just for the younger generation. Consequently, personalisation is one of the most important trends in the industry right now. Personalisation can be applied to all aspect of the event experience; from ticket sale through to take-home gift. Here are some examples of event personalisation and what tech can be used to achieve them.

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How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees 

How to Create an Interactive Workshop That Inspires Attendees  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know what participants will learn at your workshop. But to make your workshop most effective, you need to go beyond basic education and think about inspiration. Your workshop may be a part of a greater event like a business conference, or an independent class that’s open to the community. The subject matter could be academic, professional, personal, creative, or even parental.

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How You Can Master Your Small Meetings

How You Can Master Your Small Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This infographic, courtesy of our friends at CBTS, outlines some of the usual pitfalls that plague most workplace and other small meetings, from being ineffective time wasters to actually stressing people out—and how using the wrong technology can actually make matter worse. Fortunately, it also has some good ideas on how using the right tech, some of which you probably already have, can make these meetings much, much better.

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Top Tips: Crowd Management for Event Success

Top Tips: Crowd Management for Event Success | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Crowd management is critical for maximising your event’s impact, as this is shaped through the fostering of an inviting, pleasant and safe environment that encourages networking and entertains. But, what is the right number of event attendees that pushes the ‘need’ for crowd management? Of course, looking at crowd management only through the prism of event attendance will only give you a limited overview of your event’s needs. It is the combination of attendees, venue and location that will indicate the right actions to eliminate the risk of having overcrowded areas where people might feel uncomfortable, and even worse, less secure.

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What B2B Events Need to Know About Millennials 

What B2B Events Need to Know About Millennials  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Millennials are the generation that people love to over-analyze. But what might surprise you most about this generation is how beneficial they are to B2B events like yours. Ranging in age from 18 to 34, millennials now represent one-third of the national population. And as they increasingly become a part of the business world, B2B events like conferences and trade shows must begin catering to them.

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Get the speaker you want, even if you can’t afford them 

Get the speaker you want, even if you can’t afford them  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I’ve been there a few times before – you know of the best and most perfectly suited speaker for your event, but the event budget can’t afford them. Those situations can be disappointing and, sometimes, the quality of the event will suffer. But, over the years, I’ve learned that a lack of money doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get the speaker you want; you just have to be a little creative.

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With Smartphones Being So Popular, Do You Still Need a Professional Photographer at Your Event?

With Smartphones Being So Popular, Do You Still Need a Professional Photographer at Your Event? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event professional, you understand the value of keeping your costs low. It only makes sense to cut extraneous services and features that don’t provide an appropriate amount of value as this allows you greater financial stability. In today’s world, where practically everyone is carrying a smartphone with a camera, the idea that you might not need a professional photographer has likely crossed your mind. But cutting back in this area could be something you end up regretting.

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The Road to More Climate Friendly Events

The Road to More Climate Friendly Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Deploying green strategies is fundamental to maintain a sustainable environment, but also, event planners can enjoy heaps of benefits that are tightly related these strategies. From a wide perspective, climate friendly events do make good sense for the planet, as they contribute significantly to the reduction of harmful emissions that lead to climate change.

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