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100 Event Trends for 2019

100 Event Trends for 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there is one thing that event planners from all over the world love EventMB for it would be current trends in event planning. Since 2010, we have published some of the most successful research ever done on trends. Join over 60,000 subscribers that use EventMB to stay on top of How to's, Trends & Event Technology.

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The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events

The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how other successful meeting planners use the newest event tech? This series takes you behind the scenes to see how your peers use features like gamification, augmented reality, and facial recognition to take their events to the next level.

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Automation —the Next Big Step for Meetings Management?

Automation —the Next Big Step for Meetings Management? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting automation is potentially positioning itself as the next technology to shake up the planning game. While apps and meeting management systems have been grabbing headline and topping lists of “tech to watch,” more complete meeting automation could take those principles another step forward.

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Event Formats On the Corporate Horizon: 2019

Event Formats On the Corporate Horizon: 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What a year it’s been for the event industry. If we look back, we can see that there has been continuous movement forward towards bigger, better, and yet, more sustainable events. New destinations are joining the fray and experiences are becoming more holistic and robust. And that’s great! Event planners and managers know how important event experiences are. They ask themselves the questions:

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Record-Setting IMEX America Highlighted by Research, Partnerships

Record-Setting IMEX America Highlighted by Research, Partnerships | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

IMEX America concluded its eighth show in Las Vegas on Thursday (Oct. 18) with new records set for attendance, registered hosted buyers, number of appointments and the overall size of the show, which expanded to an additional hall in 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Putting More Experiential into the Meeting Experience

Putting More Experiential into the Meeting Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Think about a person who’s never walked on a beach barefoot. You can tell them about your experience doing it, have them read stories about it, show them pictures or videos, and even offer VR versions … but until they’ve actually kicked off their shoes and sunk their toes into the sand, they haven’t experienced it to the fullest.

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Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade

Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Having helped to plan and oversee thousands of meetings during my career, it has been interesting to see how the meeting and convention industry has changed and continues to evolve to this day. From today’s high-tech capabilities and mindfulness practices to more experiential and cultural influences, we are working in a really exciting time where we have more access than ever to technology, unique activities, and authentic experiences that can provide an unforgettable event for attendees.

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3 Major Challenges Facing Travel and Tourism

3 Major Challenges Facing Travel and Tourism | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Highlights of the IMEX Policy Forum 2018 — formerly known as the Politicians Forum — held May 15 in Frankfurt, Germany, have recently been published in a special report. The program for this year’s Policy Forum was comprised of four parts: a discussion group of national-level government representatives addressing policy issues relevant to the events industry; a discussion workshop for local and regional government representatives to explore the evolution of cities vis a vis the business events industry; an open forum featuring a panel of industry leaders who addressed current concerns, initiatives, and issues raised by government representatives; and an opening presentation by Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC).

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How to Keep Your Conference in Prime Position

How to Keep Your Conference in Prime Position | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With a growing desire to increase impact, exposure and strengthen the legacy, what does it take to create a showstopper conference?

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Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy

Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It has long been understood that most business or professional conferences and trade shows have been about the 3 C’s: content, commerce, and community. These three legs of the stool for big, national events made sense. First, we aggregate an array of education and programming known as content. Next, we host a football-field-sized trade show with booths and let attendees/“shoppers” wander, looking for the right company that has what they’re looking for. And last, we’ve seen it as our job to bring a community of like-minded people together in the hope that the right people would find each other and build or renew a professional relationship.

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Customization Creates a Personalized Event Experience

Customization Creates a Personalized Event Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’re seeing a 2018 event trend for creating a personalized event experience. That means understanding what the individual (or attendee profile) wants and tailoring aspects of the event to suit them, rather than the general crowd. Why this trend? Today, we have more choice than ever when it comes to finding products and services to satisfy our needs and wants. And having the ability to tailor products to our personal requirements, means people expect the event world to follow suit. But, this isn’t just about creating personalized invitations and marketing; instead, it’s about customizing the actual event experience so that attendees are more engaged and find your event memorable.

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Why Americans Prefer to Treat Themselves With Events

Why Americans Prefer to Treat Themselves With Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when a new handbag or fresh pair of sneakers feel like a meaningful indulgence. The average person spends $199 a month, or about 22% of their disposable income, on non-essentials for themselves. So what are people looking for when they want to treat themselves? Experiences. Find out why in this infographic.

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Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers.

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Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food

Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brian Stapleton is the vice president of food and beverage at Aramark and an International Association of Conference Centers board member, but he started his career as a sous chef back in 1985 and worked at various hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton. At Aramark, he oversees menu development and enhancing the customer dining experience, which for Stapleton starts at the beginning of the food procurement chain. Stapleton says, “I love going to farms, I grew up on one in Elk Grove, Calif, so I always go to the distributor’s warehouse and ask where the produce comes from so I can visit.”

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3 Key Conference and Corporate Event Promotion Trends

3 Key Conference and Corporate Event Promotion Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know as well as anyone, a solid event promotion strategy is vital to your conference or corporate event’s success. But increased competition, limited budgets, and constrained resources have caused event creators to rethink their promotion strategies.

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Why Adding Local Flavor to an Event is the Best Way to Wow Attendees

Why Adding Local Flavor to an Event is the Best Way to Wow Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event planner, the last thing you want your attendees to feel is that your event could have been held in any city in the world, and they wouldn’t have noticed any difference. After all, every city has quality hotels, so what else can you offer? Adding local flavor to an event helps to create an experience that sets it apart from any other your event goers have been to.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, June 27, 2:18 AM
Great ideas on how to keep events local to benefit both attendees and local businesses
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Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event

Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Now that the warm weather is here, event planners are gearing up for a season of outdoor concerts, weddings, and retreats. And surely, no matter what type of events are on your calendar, using the outdoors to your advantage can create a refreshing experience for attendees. Assuming it’s done right.

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Five Top Internet Trends for Business Events

Five Top Internet Trends for Business Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

 “We’re living in a period of unprecedented change and unprecedented opportunity,” said venture capitalist Mary Meeker, as she unveiled her annual Internet Trends report at the technology event 2018 Code Conference, held May 29–31 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The scope of change was evident in the Code Conference’s expanded focus this year, which for the first time was not strictly for people who run tech companies, but also for those who run companies grappling with technological change — and tech companies grappling with government, according to the Code Conference website.

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What Planners Like Most About Their Jobs

What Planners Like Most About Their Jobs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the annual Convene Salary Survey, we asked readers a number of opened-ended questions, including “What do you like least about your job?” One is six responses included some aspect of working with others. But here’s a nice twist — when we asked what readers like best about their jobs, the most popular response, by far, was the people they work with and meet. Readers also liked the constant challenges that arise on the job and the perks of travel. Here’s what you said you like most about your job.

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4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice and Amazon 

4 Key Insights on Travel Tech Advances, Personalization, Voice and Amazon  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Skift editors noticed a handful of ideas that percolated during the day’s talks, workshops, and networking breaks, including the growing digital divide, best practices in personalization, the promise of voice-powered search, and speculation about Amazon or another big tech player moving into travel.

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Let's Play! Top Tips for Event Gamification [INFOGRAPHIC]

Curious about event gamification? It's been proven that gamifying your event helps increase attendee engagement. Here are some top tips to keep in mind!
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The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design

The 8 Essential Elements of Beautiful Event Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The venue you choose and the decor you furnish it with have the power to bring your event or brand to life. Done right, beautiful event design can change the atmosphere of a venue and give your attendees something to talk about — or share on their social media. Without the elements of event design, however, attendees may feel uninspired — or worse, unsatisfied.

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Are You a Workaholic?

Are You a Workaholic? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to the results of this year’sConvene Salary Survey, respondents average a 46-hour workweek — and nearly one-quarter spend more than 50 hours a week on the job.

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How to put the WOW factor into corporate events

How to put the WOW factor into corporate events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Exclusively Corporate is a conference specifically designed for the needs of corporate event planners. It offers a full day of education and networking at IMEX Frankfurt and takes place as part of EduMonday. This year it took place on 14 May.

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100 Event Statistics (2018 edition)

100 Event Statistics (2018 edition) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you know all the key statistics that will affect the way you create events? Here is a comprehensive collection of 100 key statistics for the event industry in 2018. The event industry is living a second life. As more brands prefer live experiences as the best way to engage with audiences, here are some of the impressive and surprising statistics defining the industry in 2018.

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