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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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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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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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Bien Venue's curator insight, November 10, 3:03 AM
Interesting research on delegate types & how best to manage them
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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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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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Experiential Events: How to execute an experiential campaign

Experiential Events: How to execute an experiential campaign | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a climate where marketing is having to become increasingly adaptable and innovated in order to create an impact, we are seeing a turn toward experiential events to stand out from the crowd.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, October 25, 5:01 AM
Great tips here on experiential events and why they might be just what your business needs 
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Improve Your Tradeshow Navigation with These Inspired Examples

Improve Your Tradeshow Navigation with These Inspired Examples | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Here are examples from five events that will give you ideas on how you can improve your wayfinding.
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Events: We Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change!

Events: We Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Post-event, if you did your job, everyone is high on love: Loved the program! The speakers rocked! You did great! It’s a Kudos Fest. But, let’s admit, it, not every single attendee is always completely happy. 

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Create Attendee Loyalty Without Breaking the Bank

Create Attendee Loyalty Without Breaking the Bank | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Superfans are the people who come back to your event year after year, upgrade their tickets at every opportunity, and bring as many friends as they can to your festival. They sing your praises simply because they like your event. No doubt you want more of them. Who wouldn’t?

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Mocktails Are Having a Moment

Mocktails Are Having a Moment | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Highly rated restaurants and bars like John Dory Oyster Bar in New York’s Ace Hotel and A.O.C. in Los Angeles are receiving rave reviews for their nonalcoholic offerings. Some have cute spin-off names like “Nojito,” “Cuddles on the Beach” and “Mockmosa.” Jump in on the F&B trend now and refresh your attendees with signature, themed or just plain delicious nonalcoholic drinks at your next gathering.

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Event Entertainment - How to Choose and Book Entertainment For Your Event 

Event Entertainment - How to Choose and Book Entertainment For Your Event  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Putting together an event is a challenging and often complicated process. Your goal is to put on the best possible event while remaining on a budget. There are a variety of details both big and small that can dramatically impact the quality of your event. In this article, I will focus on choosing and booking the best event entertainment.

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Why Your F&B Needs to Think Beyond the Kale

Why Your F&B Needs to Think Beyond the Kale | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Executive Chef and Culinary Trendologist Christine Couvelier, president of Culinary Concierge, scours the food-and-beverage scene every year to create her Trend Watch Report on what’s emerging, what’s moving into the mainstream, and what has become familiar in F&B (think, wrapping every conceivable food item in bacon). 

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5 Wild, Wonderful F&B Ideas You Have to Try

5 Wild, Wonderful F&B Ideas You Have to Try | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While 30 acts, products, and services, ranging from singers to sandals, made the 2017 edition of event mastermind Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List, here are our five favorite F&B ideas from the showcase.

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What Fans Want at Fandom Conventions and Comic Cons

What Fans Want at Fandom Conventions and Comic Cons | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
With fandom conventions setting attendance records all over the country, it's no secret that gaming, anime, and pop culture cons are big business. Check out what we uncovered about fans who are attending these cons.
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EntreCulturas's curator insight, November 5, 11:30 AM
Hay un incremento en el numero de gente que forma parte de fandoms. Lo cual ha generado un beneficio para los creadores de convenciones para los fandoms. Este articulo se enfoca en aspectos de estos fans y lo que buscan cuando van a estas convenciones. 
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Protected: We’re Stepping into an Area of Conversational Presenting

Protected: We’re Stepping into an Area of Conversational Presenting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As the audience expectations shift, speakers incorporate energizing elements and conversational activities into their presentations. Our meeting designer Juraj Holub shared his thoughts on conversational presenting and the trends in the event design.

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The production line approach to meeting design

The production line approach to meeting design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
You may be surprised. But the production line approach to meeting design has a lot to offer the modern event planner. We can learn a lot from this approach.
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Is the Events Industry Disruption-Resistant?

Is the Events Industry Disruption-Resistant? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The shopping center industry is the latest disrupted business model that events can learn from. According to a research report from Credit Suisse, 25 percent of today’s malls will close by 2020.

What makes us think 25 percent of our shows won’t exist in their present form in three years?

The fall of the traditional shopping center is pushed along by the demise of brick-and-mortar retailing. The same Credit Suisse report tells us that, by 2030, 35 percent of all apparel in the US will be purchased online, up from 17 percent today.

What makes us think our attendees won’t be finding twice as many of the products and services they need somewhere besides our exhibit halls in 15 years?

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See How YouTube Created Five Distinct Events at One Convention

See How YouTube Created Five Distinct Events at One Convention | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
The online-video service dominated the conversation at this year's VidCon, creating five different events and activations inspired by its new original programming. The eighth annual VidCon—a online-video convention held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center—ran from June 22 to 24, drawing roughly 26,000 fans and industry leaders from across the country.
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The Revolution Will Be Texted

The Revolution Will Be Texted | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

During an American Farm Bureau Federation conference, farmers and ranchers used their cellphones to tell Congress what they thought about a pending bill critical to their future.

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4 Science-based Ways to Boost Productivity in Staff Meetings

4 Science-based Ways to Boost Productivity in Staff Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
With some attention to these basics, you can transform workplace meetings from boring to better.
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5 Strategies for Uncovering Event Participant Preferences - EventMobi

5 Strategies for Uncovering Event Participant Preferences - EventMobi | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know in the world of mobile event technology. Follow us for valuable resources, big feature releases, and the latest gossip in event tech!
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Evolving to Personalized Conference Experiences

Evolving to Personalized Conference Experiences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the hottest topics in our industry is mass personalization. As consumers, we receive smart recommendations in near real time based on our behaviors, preferences, and past actions. Machine learning, flexible manufacturing systems (small-batch production), and improved interfaces are all evolving to meet the needs of tomorrow’s consumer.

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Event Tech Crash Test: Augmented vs Virtual Reality

Event Tech Crash Test: Augmented vs Virtual Reality | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event tech can make a real difference.Get a better idea on the difference between augmented & virtual reality & when to use them within the events industry

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“Green" Lighting Can Make Your Show Shine

“Green" Lighting Can Make Your Show Shine | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been around for a while now. You’ve probably been using them on your Christmas tree for years, and most new automobile headlights are LED. Though they aren’t new, they are still affecting the theatrical lighting world in a big way—but their usefulness doesn’t stop there. If you have a stage to light up, a ballroom desperate for pretty colors on the walls, or you want to have different looks for different parts of your show, LEDs are the answer.

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7 Music Festival Tech Trends From Glastonbury

7 Music Festival Tech Trends From Glastonbury | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
As Glastonbury Festival closes its doors on another year, we take a look at the music festival tech being used out in the real world right now.
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