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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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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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Why Face-to-Face Events Are Critical In Today’s Complex and Changing World

Why Face-to-Face Events Are Critical In Today’s Complex and Changing World | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Last month, we had the opportunity to come together as a meetings and business-events industry to promote the value of face-to-face meetings. On April 6, more than 100 events were held in nearly 25 countries across six continents as part of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day, a Meetings Mean Business Coalition initiative.

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7 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Efficient

7 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Efficient | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
An infographic outlining some of the things that can breathe new life—and enhanced productivity—into your next event.
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Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is

Why Event Gamification Is Not What You Think It Is | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Along with live video and chatbots, gamification is one of the most talked about event trends at the moment. Even though the term has spread like wildfire throughout the events industry, there is misunderstanding about what gamification is and how it can be use to enhance an in-person 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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7 Secrets of Game-Changing Event Networking

7 Secrets of Game-Changing Event Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event organizer, one of the biggest game-changers you can offer at your event is the ability to connect your attendees, exhibitors and delegates in new and meaningful ways.

Plenty of event apps out there now say they offer ‘event networking’, or even ‘event matchmaking’, as part of their deal. But what do these actually mean? Here are 7 insights you can use to get ahead with the business networking you can offer.

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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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Mastering the Art of Online Education

Mastering the Art of Online Education | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The program at the American Distance Education Consortium 2016 EdFuture Conference, held at the University of California, Los Angeles in September, revolved around the challenges of online education—from the opening keynote presentation, “The Increasing Importance of Knowing How to Learn—On-Line and Off-Line,” to the closing keynote, “Re-Setting the Fulcrum—Access, Personalization, and Success in the Age of Educational Technology.” 

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All You Can’t Eat

All You Can’t Eat | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Usually when you serve attendees a nice seated lunch and post a menu proclaiming what you’re serving, you highlight all the amazing ingredients that have gone into the meal. But for the two three-course lunches that PCMA plated up during Convening Leaders 2017 at the Austin Convention Center last month, the menus called out everything that wasn’t there—namely, the “big eight” food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

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3 Tips to Jump-Start Your Meeting’s Next Redesign

3 Tips to Jump-Start Your Meeting’s Next Redesign | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s easy to fall into a rut when doing the same thing over and over — especially when it comes to the design of a meeting or event you’ve organized for years. When it’s time to hit the “refresh” button, the redesign process can loom like a giant, dark forest.

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Do You Need to Reformat Your Conference?

Do You Need to Reformat Your Conference? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

These days speaking at a conference can seem like a cross between speed dating and performing at a poetry slam, there are so many different formats and approaches. Which one will work for your conference? Well, that depends. Here is some advice from the pros.

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Why Sociology Matters to Events

Why Sociology Matters to Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Simply turn on the news, watch a live stream or read a social media feed, and you’ll quickly see people’s perceptions of today’s society. One trend getting a lot of traction is our general distrust of traditional institutions. Organizations—whether they are associations, businesses or charities, or deal with education, faith or government—as well as conferences, meetings and leaders, are feeling the effects of this distrust.

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Food Allergy Awareness: Don’t Serve This, Serve That

Food Allergy Awareness: Don’t Serve This, Serve That | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Accommodating your meeting attendees’ food allergies and food preferences can seem daunting. Here are some quick switches that you and the executive chef can make to create easy meals and snack breaks that avoid common food allergens.

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Eventprofs Share: 3 Overarching Trends in Venues

Eventprofs Share: 3 Overarching Trends in Venues | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Venues have long set the tone for the event and while that’s still the case, these industry professionals believe we’re in for a lot more excitement in 2017. Here’s what they see for the year ahead.

The Eventprofs Share series of articles captures the trends affecting the event industry as reported in our 10 Event Trends for 2017. Over 1,000 event profs were surveyed and they shared their predictions for the upcoming year on important topics like meeting design, social media marketing, and event venues.

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3 Trends That Will Disrupt the Meetings and Events Industry in 2017

3 Trends That Will Disrupt the Meetings and Events Industry in 2017 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The primary shift in the meetings and events industry in 2017 is going to revolve around delivering business events that engage attendees in more multidisciplinary ways. For the last five years, the industry has been focused on two trends impacting meeting design strategy above all else: the rise of event technology and the emergence of the Millennial generation. There was growing consensus in 2016, however, that it’s time for the meetings industry to move beyond its preoccupation with those themes.

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Designing Events That Activate Emotion

Designing Events That Activate Emotion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Much has been written about experiential events, those that strive to bond attendees with the corporate brand or event organization by immersing them in fun, engaging experiences. But, there is more to experience creation than delivering fun. To truly connect with an audience, the event has to plumb the depths of human emotion by addressing four key drives: acquiring, bonding, learning, and defending. It may require some new thinking about what attendees really need and how to give it to them.

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How to Plan an Event in the Top 10 Must Visit Cities

How to Plan an Event in the Top 10 Must Visit Cities | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Here are some insider tips on how to plan an event in the top 10 travel cities of 2016.
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Three Exceptional Panels That Sparkled with Interaction

Three Exceptional Panels That Sparkled with Interaction | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Pulling off an engaging panel discussion is not easy. As an event planner, you need to tick a number of boxes in order to achieve a great result. It starts with a trending topic that will attract a critical mass of delegates. Then, it continues with getting together a group of smart panelists, ideally with diverse opinions to create some tension. And most importantly, you need to invite a great moderator who will be able to facilitate a discussion on behalf of the audience.

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How to Fuse Talks, Polls and Q&A In the Ultimate Interactive Session

How to Fuse Talks, Polls and Q&A In the Ultimate Interactive Session | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
For so long, presentations, panels and Q&A have been fixed and standard items on the average conference menu.
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6 Life-Changing Event Marketing Tools for Event Planners

6 Life-Changing Event Marketing Tools for Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Your first big step towards an even better event promotion strategy. See how these 6 event marketing tools could change your events life.
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Why More Event Attendees Are Asking For Locally Sourced F&B

Why More Event Attendees Are Asking For Locally Sourced F&B | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
We want to feel invested in our communities — but that's just one of the many reasons event attendees are looking for locally sourced meals.
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