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What Would Gen Z Change About Events?

What Would Gen Z Change About Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If Gen Zers — aged 25 and under — could change something about the business event(s) they’ve been to in the past, what would it be? If you said better entertainment or better speakers, you’re partially right. But the vast majority — 69%— of 560 survey participants to a recent PCMA survey, conducted by JUV Consulting and sponsored by the PCMA Foundation, would like to see more engaging activities. And that’s followed by more inclusive events, chosen by 39% of survey participants.

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A New North Star for the Meetings Industry

A New North Star for the Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A veteran planner sees six key themes for the future of meetings and events; purposeful, sustainable, digital, experience-based, data-driven and interactive.  

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Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansion opens

Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansion opens | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings, convention and trade show media heard from Las Vegas leaders of the industry and got their first look at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s $989 million, 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion on Global Meetings Industry Day.

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Positive Impact ignites 1,400 Ambassador community to support global event sustainability

Positive Impact ignites 1,400 Ambassador community to support global event sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Positive Impact Events is empowering its 1,400 strong community of Ambassadors to raise funds that will support the creation of a science-based carbon target and reduction framework, a requirement to ensure future generations can still attend events. Centered around Earth Day (22nd April ’21), the Ambassadors will be asking fellow event professionals, marketing their sustainability initiatives, to do so in a way that will make a difference for the future of the event sector.

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How to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2021 | Successful Meetings

How to Celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2021 | Successful Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On Thursday, April 8, meeting professionals as well as leaders in business, travel and government will gather — both virtually and in-person — to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day. More than a year since the Covid-19 pandemic set off unprecedented disruption and damage throughout the world, this year's celebration of the importance of business events will take on a greater significance. Organized by the Meetings Mean Business coalition, this international day of advocacy will be marked by a series of events held around the world — all aimed at showcasing the value of business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel and more.  

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What Is 365 Engagement and How Will It Impact Events?

What Is 365 Engagement and How Will It Impact Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The pandemic has significantly changed the way attendees engage with content, and while eventprofs are waiting with bated breath for the large-scale resumption of in-person events, there has been an undeniable shift in the industry that will continue to affect event programs moving forward.

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Widening accessibility with virtual networking events

Widening accessibility with virtual networking events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As restrictions ease over the summer, I’m certainly eager to get back into live events and networking. This past year, however, many events managers learned a valuable lesson: for some people virtual is the best - or only - option

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Las Vegas: What's Open and What's Coming 

Las Vegas: What's Open and What's Coming  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As Covid-19 vaccinations lay the groundwork for recovery, here’s what's happening now in Las Vegas and what's in store for the future.

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New Event Tech Awards gongs reflect tech’s pivot perfection

New Event Tech Awards gongs reflect tech’s pivot perfection | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With One World Rental as headline sponsor, the ninth edition of the Event Technology Awards opens for submissions on Thursday 1 April with five new categories. Best Hybrid Event Platform, Best Live Streaming and Video Production, Best Digital Event Production Company and Best Visual Event Platform highlight technology’s truly pivotal role over the last 12 months while the fifth, Event Tech’s Rising Star, recognises next generation initiative and acumen.

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Hybrid Design: Streaming Content to Homes and Hotel Rooms

Hybrid Design: Streaming Content to Homes and Hotel Rooms | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In October, Hilton tested its hybrid platform, dubbed EventReady, by hosting a meeting of its own. From event hubs in London, England, and McLean, Va., each with small in-person audiences, the hotel company’s executives broadcast to top customers gathered for “viewing parties” at 25 properties around the world as well as 4,200 virtual attendees.

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Las Vegas Restrictions on Large Gatherings Eased to 50 Percent Capacity

Las Vegas Restrictions on Large Gatherings Eased to 50 Percent Capacity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On Friday, Nev. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he is further loosening restrictions on large gatherings, including meetings and conventions, entertainment venues and large group gatherings by increasing capacity to 50 percent March 15.

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Trade Shows Will Evolve, But These 5 Things Will Remain the Same

Trade Shows Will Evolve, But These 5 Things Will Remain the Same | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The trade show industry has done everything it could to find its way back. While we can all expect new precautions, rules, and safety limits to create an unfamiliar aspect at trade shows compared to how we once knew them, there are numerous things that we can expect to remain the same. Here are 5 things that haven’t gone anywhere when it comes to trade shows as we know them!

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The New Era of Show-Floor Design

The New Era of Show-Floor Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting venues and show companies have been busy redesigning event spaces for the post-pandemic landscape ever since in-person meetings went on hiatus in March 2020.

 

Wider aisles, a mix of open and segmented booths, and video-augmented encounters are some of the elements that will be used throughout 2021 and possibly longer.

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Orlando trade show demonstrates ability for live events to return safely

Orlando trade show demonstrates ability for live events to return safely | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Following nearly a year of canceled trade shows, Go LIVE Together is working closely with major convention and exhibitions-oriented cities around the United States to help promote safe reopening plans and accelerate recovery for the business events industry’s nearly 7 million employees, as well as the markets they support.

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Corporate Event Buyers Survey reveals key trends for 2021

Corporate Event Buyers Survey reveals key trends for 2021 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Story and Venue Search London’s survey of over 150 corporate event buyers gives a real insight into the current thinking around the timing of returning to live, the ongoing use of virtual and hybrid events together with plans for the all-important 2021 Christmas party season.

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EIC Publishes Covid-Era Resources for Exhibition Managers

EIC Publishes Covid-Era Resources for Exhibition Managers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In May 2020, the Events Industry Council formed its APEX Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force to provide guidance to support the industry’s recovery. Since its first report last summer on designing safe events, working groups have delivered a series of accepted-practices guides focused on hotels, workforce issues, travel, destinations, and more. The latest report provides resources and best practices to b-to-b and b-to-c exhibition and trade-show organizers.

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How to Calm Anxieties About Returning to In-Person Events

How to Calm Anxieties About Returning to In-Person Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As planners prepare to return to live events, they will likely encounter some attendees or vendors who have reservations about the experience. This article identifies a few ways event professionals can assuage these fears.

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Learning From Your Speakers' Experiences to Improve Your Next Virtual Event

Learning From Your Speakers' Experiences to Improve Your Next Virtual Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Securing great speakers is a challenge for all planners. Be they professional speakers or subject matter experts, they all deserve to have a good speaker experience. But how many of us design the speakers’ journey at our virtual events?

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5 Tips for Designing Engaging Virtual Meetings

5 Tips for Designing Engaging Virtual Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Virtual meetings require careful design to keep attendees engaged and deliver value for the hosts. But how do you translate the energy and insights from a face-to-face meeting through a computer screen? Marteen Vannest, senior consultant at Meeting Design Institute, which produces a free masterclass and certified training on producing online meetings, suggests starting with the “why” of the meeting.

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8 Steps to Shift Everyday Meetings from Pointless to Productive

8 Steps to Shift Everyday Meetings from Pointless to Productive | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting professionals are behind the scenes at big conferences, but they’re front and center for the meetings with department colleagues, stakeholders, and suppliers that bring their events to life. Unfortunately, these everyday meetings can be time-wasters if they’re not well executed. In fact, Doodle’s 2019 State of Meetings Report calculates that professionals spend an average of three hours a week in meetings, and of those, two hours are unnecessary or ineffective, resulting in a cost to organizations of $541 billion per year in lost work.  

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15 corporate event engagement ideas 

15 corporate event engagement ideas  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to entertainment ideas for corporate events, things have pretty much been done a billion times over. There’s the photo booth, cooking classes, live bands, not to mention the escape room. Aimed at creating bonding opportunities for employees, sharing company culture initiatives and sparking collaborations, corporate events usually have strong mandates in mind, yet one of the biggest challenges is that people are pretty much dragged into going there, and end up either leaving early, leaving drunk and/or missing the point entirely. 

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5 Non-Work Events That Event Managers Get Stuck Planning

5 Non-Work Events That Event Managers Get Stuck Planning | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planning never seems to go away — even on your days off. You might shut off your work email, but somehow you always get roped into planning in your free time. The school bake sale, your friend’s baby shower, or the community walk-a-thon — you name it, you’ve (begrudgingly) planned it.  

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Five Ways to Match Your Event Strategy to Emerging Trends

Five Ways to Match Your Event Strategy to Emerging Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Today’s associations are at an inflection point. For many, event attendance is flat or declining, and there is no clear path to turn that around. The hard truth is that the world moves faster than the pace of most association events. With the introduction of so many new technologies and consumer experiences, attendee expectations rise every year. Our audience is thinking: If we can have these things in our daily lives, why can’t we have them at our events?

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PCMA Pulled Back Curtain on Attendee Behavior

PCMA Pulled Back Curtain on Attendee Behavior | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To really influence attendees, event professionals need to be intentional about the experiences they design. But how do you know what innovations will work? At PCMA EduCon 2019 this week at JW Marriott Downtown L.A. Live, PCMA Foundation and Steelcase Event Experiences released an in-depth study of the behavior of attendees from PCMA Convening Leaders 2019 at David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The report, “5,000 People, 5,000 Personal Journeys,” is a collection of reactions—positive and negative—to everything from multi-track sessions to creative networking ideas.

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5 Event Signage Ideas to Improve the Attendee Experience

5 Event Signage Ideas to Improve the Attendee Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event signage may seem like the most basic of all event details. But get it wrong, and your entire attendee experience is at risk. Without clear and concise signage directing your attendees and helping them find what they’re looking for, any event will quickly descend into chaos.

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