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Beware: Third-party procurement can cost you your commission

Beware: Third-party procurement can cost you your commission | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Caution: Always have the person who contacts you on behalf of a company check to see if the organization uses a third-party procurement company or agency. I have posted before about third-party procurement models coming to North America. They have been popular in Europe for some time. I have just had the most horrendous experience so I am sharing it so you can avoid similar drama.

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Event Signage Ideas: Neon Light, Digital Badges, 3D Video Mapping

Event Signage Ideas: Neon Light, Digital Badges, 3D Video Mapping | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Want to have a flashy and memorable event? We have some event signage ideas to share with you to bring out the dazzle and razzle of your event.

Start by wowing attendees with 3D video mapping on the venue’s outer wall as they arrive. Inside, litter your location with classic neon signs to give it a homey diner atmosphere. And to increase engagement and participation, give out digital badges to the best attendees. Btw, attend our webinar for more tips and tricks to increasing event engagement.

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Event Technology & Different Age Groups: Attracting Millennials

Event Technology & Different Age Groups: Attracting Millennials | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Millennials, generation X, baby boomers...A lot has been said and written about the generational breakdown and how certain age groups are influencing different industries more than others. As technically these terms refer to people of the same age, there is a lively discussion on whether labeling an entire generation as one homogeneous group identifies the main differences, especially in regards to technology.

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5 Essential Ingredients to Facilitating a Killer Brainstorm 

Some of the most innovative and influential ideas for brand experiences come when people with diverse perspectives come together. We believe in “intersectional design thinking” – the power of bringing together diverse viewpoints to solve a challenge or think creatively about an opportunity.

But the act of bringing people together doesn’t always result in breakthrough thinking. The difference between a great brainstorm and a KILLER brainstorm is not leaving it to chance. 

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Earth Day 2017: Tips for Designing Sustainable Events 

Earth Day 2017: Tips for Designing Sustainable Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you’re trying to attract younger guests or simply just want to “do your part,” designing sustainable events is worthy a challenge for any organization.

As our society evolves into a more environmentally conscious mindset (including the increasing popularity of Earth Day), it only makes sense that our industry would follow suit.  If our goal is to create experiences that stick with attendees, aligning with the same philanthropic principles is a no-brainer.

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Do You Have an Emergency Plan?

Do You Have an Emergency Plan? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” This quote comes from Mike Tyson who probably meant it literally, but it applies just as well to situations outside the boxing ring where your plan can be derailed by any number of surprises, leaving you struggling to come up with a new one. You may think you have the perfect event response plan in place for your meetings, but until you test it you won’t find the holes.

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Are Mailed-Out New Member Welcome Packets ‘Outdated?’

Are Mailed-Out New Member Welcome Packets ‘Outdated?’ | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most common ways to engage and onboard your new members is by sending a new member welcome packet - usually by mail. But with everything going digital these days, are traditional, mailed-out welcome packets ‘outdated?’ Are your new members expecting more - or just something different - from your association?

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4 Reasons Your Sponsorship Prospectus Fails 

4 Reasons Your Sponsorship Prospectus Fails  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your team spent countless hours putting together tiered sponsorship packages. But then you send your proposal to prospective sponsors — just to get no response.Event sponsorships are won (or lost) by how well you can demonstrate the value of sponsoring your event. If your sponsorship prospectus isn’t making a splash, it’s time to revisit the what you’re including — and how you’re presenting it.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Hosting a Successful Virtual Event

The Dos and Don’ts of Hosting a Successful Virtual Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As consumers and attendees increasingly rely on smartphones and digital tools, marketers look to bridge the online and physical worlds to maximize engagement and create unique moments. Virtual and hybrid events offer the perfect solution by combining the best of brand experience with the digital engagement people crave. According to Market Research Media, virtual events will grow from $14 billion in 2018 to $18 billion in 2023, with a steady increase of five percent annually. Beyond effective marketing, going virtual is an excellent way to further monetize an event and efficiently reach a global audience. 

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Join in the Conversation with these Twitter Chats for Event Organizers

Join in the Conversation with these Twitter Chats for Event Organizers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the place for public meetings, legal proceedings, political debates, and open air markets. With so much happening, the Forum was essentially the center of daily Roman life. Flash forward to modern day where the internet has become the new center of daily life – a forum where global communities no matter how niche can meet, conduct business, and discuss any topic.

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How to Tell Your Brand Story to Get Media Attention 

How to Tell Your Brand Story to Get Media Attention  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you want to take your business to the next level and become a household name in the events industry, you will need some help from the media. But how to get the media to pay attention to you? The answer is this: take your business, experience and knowledge and turn them all into stories that the media won’

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How Your Next Event Can Help Saving Mother Earth

How Your Next Event Can Help Saving Mother Earth | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I’m only one person, so what difference will this make?” is, unfortunately, something we hear a lot when discussing the world’s environmental challenges. Similarly, when organising events many planners will echo similar sentiments with claims that “one event isn’t going to make a difference” or that “it’s not worth the effort”. After all, what’s one more plastic bottle or one more tree cut?

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It’s Time to Work Out Your Time-Management Muscles

It’s Time to Work Out Your Time-Management Muscles | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax. Others play first and work later. Which type are you, and is your style allowing you to have the life you really want?

Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally someone who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.

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Forget the Impossible Dream of Achieving Work/Life Balance

Forget the Impossible Dream of Achieving Work/Life Balance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While I’d be the first to say that I love technology and have quite the crush on my iPhone, our constant connectedness has changed the pace at which we work. And it is making the whole work/life balance thing even more of an unachievable dream, especially for meeting professionals.

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Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless 

Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With Earth Day just around the corner, consider this: 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for eco-friendly offerings. And your event is no exception. 

Savvy organizers know that positioning an event as “eco-friendly” is not just the right thing to do. It’s a smart way to align your brand with your audience’s values and protect your bottom line.

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4 Reasons to Send More Targeted Event Emails 

4 Reasons to Send More Targeted Event Emails  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Two thirds of consumers have bought something because of an email. But a recent study also found that marketers can improve conversion by 355% — and increase revenues by 781% — by sending more targeted emails.  

Why? Because targeted emails specifically address your recipient’s needs and interests, while mass emails get deleted or marked as SPAM.

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Eight new rules for career success 

Eight new rules for career success  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Ever feel like the corporate ladder is broken? That’s because you’re making the mistake of trying to climb it. As we discovered through our research, an increasingly uncertain business world requires all-new methods of thinking and strategies to navigate. Following are eight new rules needed for career success in increasingly unpredictable professional environments – and how to use them to vault yourself straight into the executive suite.

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How To Decide on the Best Event Technology for You

How To Decide on the Best Event Technology for You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It seems like every day there is a shiny new piece of event technology touted as “the next best thing” for managing event details, increasing productivity, collecting registrations and RSVPs, connecting attendees, and so on.

But with more and more event tech solutions available, the anxiety over which option to choose increases. And when you do make a decision, sometimes you are left with the feeling that there was probably a better solution than the one you ended up choosing.

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Suzanne Axt's curator insight, April 19, 9:36 AM
Many forget their objectives and go for "the shiny"...put some thought into your "strategy WHY".
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What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps

What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to Meeting Professionals International, about 1.8 million meetings and events occur in the U.S. each year. Surprising? Not at all. Events are one of the few marketing tactics that provide both tangible and intangible benefits for your organization. But why are some events filled with “cult followers” while others struggle for attendance?

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33 tips for #EventProfs Wanting to Grow Their Career

33 tips for #EventProfs Wanting to Grow Their Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals around the globe begin their ascent into the industry in a plethora of different ways. From 'always knowing' to 'being thrown in' - how an event professional becomes part of the industry is not as important as how determined and how successful one is in the industry. After all - events are depending on the professionals behind them, to ensure success! 

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8 Tips for Corporate Event Photography That Isn’t Boring

8 Tips for Corporate Event Photography That Isn’t Boring | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it: capturing a compelling picture of a corporate or business event can be a challenge. After all, shots of people in suits networking at a conference can start to blend together. But boring corporate event photography doesn’t just reflect poorly on your brand — it can also hurt registrations. In fact, consumers use imagery as a primary way to determine the value of an event before they register.

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3 Big AV Trends That Will Excite and Engage Your Attendees

3 Big AV Trends That Will Excite and Engage Your Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

AV is a unique element of events. Most people, upon hearing the term, think of monitors and microphones and leave it at that. But thanks to the exponential growth of technology, it’s pretty much everywhere at every event. It can be used for everything from providing big visuals that excite attendees to providing helpful and clear instructions to help attendees find their way around your event.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Elevate Human Interaction

How Artificial Intelligence Will Elevate Human Interaction | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The PCMA European Influencers Summit will gather approximately 40 European business events leaders in Monte Carlo, Monaco, June 25–27, to address the future of the events industry. Although the event is invitation-only — intended to be a discussion by Europeans for Europeans — Convene will be covering the summit and passing along key insights and takeaways.

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5 Benefits of Pre-Registration for Events

5 Benefits of Pre-Registration for Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every event professional has experienced it - whether as an attendee or as a part of the conference or event team. Everything before the event seems to be running smoothly - all affairs are in order  There's backup for backups, and extra of extras - this conference is bound to be a massive success. The day of the event comes. Ample staff has been hired, and directions are recited and memorized. 

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Stop Wasting Your Valuable Small-Meeting Spend Data

Stop Wasting Your Valuable Small-Meeting Spend Data | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Marketing, sales, and team culture are still driven by human contact, perhaps now more than ever—the main difference is that meetings are getting smaller as the need to connect face-to-face to offset digital fatigue and isolated working conditions grows.

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