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What's In Your Event Emergency Kit?

What's In Your Event Emergency Kit? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From handheld mics and backup flash drives to granola bars and comfortable shoes, planners share their must-bring items for the day of an event.“Knitting needles, pre-threaded needles, eyeglass cleaner, Evian face spray, tools, WD-40, snacks, and so much more.

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Top 10 must have skills of today’s event planner

Top 10 must have skills of today’s event planner | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Recently, I attended a wonderful Bridal Show in NYC hosted by a well-known celebrity.It made me really think about my profession and the skills and attributes necessary to be a successful event planner, corporate or social, in today’s market. Here’s my top ten list of must haves.

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5 Reasons Going Digital Can Help You Be More Green at Your Next Show

Printed materials have always been the hallmark of doing business when face-to-face at a show, but more times than not, companies print more than is needed. The result, it will be thrown out at the end of the day. The way to remedy this waste of paper would be to have your company starts to convert some of your physical promotions into digital ones. This change would not only allow you to increase your opportunities to be found, but also help the environment in the process.

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5 ways to grow your events business by giving back to your community

5 ways to grow your events business by giving back to your community | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As anyone who has been involved with event planning or event management for a long time knows, giving of yourself to your peers and your community is far and away better than any marketing tactic or sales pitch. When you freely give of your time and wisdom and sincerely want to make other people's lives better, people instinctually open themselves to you and want to see you succeed because they like you and because you have earned their respect and loyalty.

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Think, Feel, Do: The Trade Show Marketer’s Loop

Think, Feel, Do: The Trade Show Marketer’s Loop | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When you open up your body, you not only occupy more space, your confidence level gets a major boost. A recent study conducted by Amy Cuddy and her colleagues from Harvard Business School, shows that open postures reflect high power and closed postures reflect low power. 

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The Big List of The 61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business

The Big List of The 61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Banana Republic and Susan’s Neighborhood Shirt Shop could be using the same social networks—Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.—but their marketing plans and their marketing tools are likely quite different. Enterprise solutions are great for the big guys, but the rest of us are in the market for something more our size.

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Mary Poppins meets event sustainability

Mary Poppins meets event sustainability | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Fun theory”. Just saying the two words one after the other sucks any “good times” energy out of the idea, doesn’t it?

Contradictory terms, but a gem of an idea for event professionals wanting to influence event participants to make better, more sustainable choices.

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3 Ways to Improve Face-to-Face Interactions at Trade Shows

3 Ways to Improve Face-to-Face Interactions at Trade Shows | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Trade shows may be one of the only occasions in which a company is able to get quality face time with potential customers and brand champions.
The post 3 Ways to Improve Face-to-Face Interactions at Trade Shows appeared first on Bartizan's Blog .

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Going Green With Your Event

Going Green With Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At Freeman and FreemanXP, we are deeply committed to finding and utilizing green event solutions and ensuring that we are using sustainable practices whenever possible. In fact, Freeman was part of the team that helped develop the standards released a few years ago by the Convention Industry Council and Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) to provide a framework for sustainable meetings and events. 

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The Pros and Cons of Giving a Dues Break to Unemployed Association Members

The Pros and Cons of Giving a Dues Break to Unemployed Association Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No matter your association’s industry, layoffs have probably touched your membership somehow. If a member is faced with the reality of losing his or her job and must make tough choices regarding expenses often your association’s dues are one of the first items to be redlined.

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Study: Global Travel to Increase in 2014

Study: Global Travel to Increase in 2014 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Around the world, travelers are planning more international and domestic trips for 2014 compared to 2013, according to a new study released Wednesday.

In 2014, 77% of global travelers said they plan to travel internationally, a 12% increase from 2013. The percentage of global travelers planning domestic trips also increased from 87% in 2013 to 90% this yea

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The Top 5 Must-Follow Meeting Trends of 2014

Planning and pulling off a memorable meeting is no easy feat. The blowout budgets of yesterday are rapidly shrinking yet coordinators of corporate events are still expected to execute fresh, forward-thinking meeting events. To avoid boring your guests and to create high caliber, hassle-free experiences, meeting planners need to shake things up in 2014. 


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As I read more of the articles on this site which are helpful for #meetingplanners,  I found up-to-date content . I  enjoyed the tips for planning a successful #meeting and #event.

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12 Habits of Unsuccessful Event Planners

12 Habits of Unsuccessful Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attention to details, attendee engagement, expectations management. There is consensus about the anatomy of outstanding events. What about when things go wrong? Are there habits we can change to make our events successful?

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The Twitter Strategy Guide: 14 Twitter Tips to Take Your Tweeting to the Next Level

The Twitter Strategy Guide: 14 Twitter Tips to Take Your Tweeting to the Next Level | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Our list of Twitter tips for beginners contained a lot of basic information about how to engage, discover, and grow your Twitter profile. Some of the advice even has carryover potential beyond those of us just starting out. Here are a few tips that could be keepers.

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Conferences Suck At Measurement!

Conferences Suck At Measurement! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you trust your conference smile sheet evaluations as a barometer of how effective your conference education was, you are just being foolish says learning research psychologist Dr. Will Thalheimer.

Ouch! The truth hurts!


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9 Steps to Maximizing Social Media for Your Next Event

9 Steps to Maximizing Social Media for Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
How to integrate social media to encourage more engagement from your event's participants.
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Why Green Is Good

Why Green Is Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve heard the buzzwords: green, sustainable, eco-this, eco-that. Environmental conservation initiatives almost sound so pedestrian these days they can be easy to ignore, but the benefits shouldn’t be discounted.  There are a multitude of reasons why green is good and getting better including budget savings, marketing benefits, public goodwill and attendee engagement, and new sustainable practices are beginning to affect every aspect of the meetings industry.

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Using Trade Shows to Develop Brand Advocates

Using Trade Shows to Develop Brand Advocates | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brand advocacy is an important part of today's social marketing framework. A business cannot expect to be in every place at once, and smaller organizations often don't have the advertising or lead generation budgets to quickly build up their brand profile. They depend on brand advocates to stimulate interest and awareness through positive word of mouth. There are many ways to engage with potential advocates and turn interest into vocal loyalty, and the trade show is definitely one of the most important. 

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10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue

10 Tips for Choosing The Perfect Conference Venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From gathering speakers to securing sponsors, your to-do list seems to be never-ending. One important and challenging aspect in the planning process is choosing a venue. To make it a bit easier, here are 10 tips for choosing a great venue for your next corporate event, conference or a trade-show.

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Center for Exhibition Industry Research Releases Report on How Attendees Want to Interact on Showfloor

Center for Exhibition Industry Research Releases Report on How Attendees Want to Interact on Showfloor | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When attendees take the time, expense and energy to spend a few days on a show floor, they definitely want to make it worth their while.

It’s no surprise that the top two answers on the survey when attendees were asked how they wanted to interact on a show floor were through product demos (58.9 %) or by having hands-on interaction with the products (58 %).

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4 Easy Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Trade Show

4 Easy Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Trade Show | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s not hard to make mistakes with your trade show display, but it can be difficult to spot them before they happen. This can be because there are so many things to consider and so many decisions to be made. Here are some of the easiest mistakes to make, but also how to avoid them so you make sure that you have a successful experience with your trade show display.

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How to Handle Sponsors for your Association Event

How to Handle Sponsors for your Association Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At your association events, especially the bigger ones, sponsors can be both a blessing and a curse. The pros include physical and financial help with the event. The cons could include diverted attention from the real event and your members feeling like they’re being marketed to at an event they’ve already paid for. There is a way to put on an amazing event that everyone will love, from your members to your sponsors. Here’s how.

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Three Amen-Astonishing Ways To Improve Your Conference Networking

Three Amen-Astonishing Ways To Improve Your Conference Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Networking can be the most subjective and variable portion of your conference value proposition. For some, one or two meaningful interactions can more than justify the price of admission.

High-value networking experiences initiate or accelerate deals. They expedite problem solving and innovation. They grow referral channels and trust. They advance careers.

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Sustainable Meetings Make Good Sense

Sustainable Meetings Make Good Sense | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve heard that green meetings cost more, right?  In many cases, it’s just not true!  We’ve compiled a list of environmental AND cost savings realized as a result of sustainable meeting practices, driven by MeetGreen® and our clients to share with you.

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From broadcast to learning in 25 minutes

From broadcast to learning in 25 minutes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Last week’s Green Meetings Industry Council’s 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference opened with a one-hour keynote panel. Immediately after the presentation, my task was to help over two hundred participants, seated at tables of six, grapple with the ideas shared, surface the questions raised, and summarize the learning and themes for deeper discussion.Oh, and I had twenty-five minutes So here’s what I did.

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