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Everything You Need to Know About Event Gamification

Everything You Need to Know About Event Gamification | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Gamification is an exploding trend as more planners and organisers recognise how guest engagement factors into a lively and well-received event. Statistics also reveal more attendees actually prefer some sort of gamification experience. Furthermore, 40% of corporations indicated they would employ some form of gamification for improving business operations.

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Four Tipping Points for the Modern Meetings Industry

Four Tipping Points for the Modern Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Looking back at the last decade, there were four huge tipping points for the international meetings industry. Now, on the other side of these changes they’ve become normalized, but when the industry was living through them, they caused a lot of fear and uncertainty. With hindsight, it’s easy to see how these periods of intense disruption have ultimately led to positive transformation for many parts of the meetings and events industry.

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6 Spring Food and Beverage Trends to Jump On

6 Spring Food and Beverage Trends to Jump On | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Spring is officially here, and with it come food and beverage trends for meeting breaks that will be popping up all over. Here are our best bets on trends you’ll be seeing at a grand ballroom near you this season.
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How to Revive a Congress Format Steeped In Tradition

How to Revive a Congress Format Steeped In Tradition | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is there a way to balance tradition with refreshing twists and draw a congress away from its stale or old-fashioned status? As stagnation is a fast train to declining attendee numbers, it is paramount to freshen things up occasionally, not only to revive your congress format but also to restore engagement. Having access to comprehensive reporting is a prerequisite, and once you put your hands on congress data, it becomes much easier to uncover your delegates’ desires and identify patterns in behaviour that will drive greater engagement.

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5 Sustainability Trends to Look Out For in 2018

Over the past decade, the term sustainability has caught on in event venues, meeting rooms and office environments. A growing number of associations and corporations are integrating sustainability into their operations including their events, and although some might argue that the concept has reached the mainstream, there are plenty of opportunities abound for implementation.

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Meetings Market Survey Challenges

Meetings Market Survey Challenges | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Each year, along with the numbers we collect for the annual Meetings Market Survey, we ask respondents open-ended questions, including this one: What’s the biggest challenge facing the meetings industry?” The responses are illuminating, showing us not only the most common pain points, but spotlighting new challenges. Amid with the perennial concerns with coping with rising costs, we spotted a new worry in the responses. A number of people mentioned competition and a saturated events calendar as the biggest challenge, a response that we’ve seldom seen before.

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5 Ways Neuroscience Drives Engagement at Events

5 Ways Neuroscience Drives Engagement at Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Managing an event may not require rocket science, but successfully engaging with attendees does require manipulating the properties of neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, particularly the brain. In the last 10-15 years we have learned more about our thinking brain than in all of human history combined. Many of these discoveries have a huge impact on best practices for holding meetings and conferences, and, in turn, how we think about what it means to be engaged in a meeting setting.

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The Burnout Epidemic

The Burnout Epidemic | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Burnout is on the rise in the U.K., where it's been called an 'Insidious epidemic.' How can meeting professionals respond to mounting pressure? The fact that burnout is on the rise was not surprising — we saw the same thing ourselves last year when dozens of people responding to our annual Salary Survey mentioned that long hours and stress were the least favorite aspects of their jobs. Our story also noted that although Americans tend to work longer hours than their European counterparts, work pressure is mounting in Europe. 

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Industry Roundup: What’s Next for Events?

Industry Roundup: What’s Next for Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

January is a month for looking to the future — far-off trends, five-year predictions, and long-term roadmaps. February is a month for action. That’s why, in this month’s content roundup, you’ll glimpse the near future of events. Find out how venues are owning their brands, machine learning is becoming mainstream, and experiential marketing is taking over. Read how trade shows are adapting into the future. And learn the latest trends in event decor. This is the future that you can put into action today.

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The New Economic Significance Study: Making Sense of the Numbers

The New Economic Significance Study: Making Sense of the Numbers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The newest study from Oxford Economics on the economic significance of the meetings industry is out, illustrating the size and impact of meetings, conferences, incentive travel programs, and trade shows.

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Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry 

Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting planners are looking toward midsize cities to host their programs, meaning that for some destinations, being a midsize city is no longer necessarily a negative for attracting events. Download our latest report to learn more.

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New Meetings Mean Business Study Shows Industry Contributes $446 Billion to GDP

New Meetings Mean Business Study Shows Industry Contributes $446 Billion to GDP | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What industry creates more jobs in the United States than auto manufacturing, chemical manufacturing (including pharmaceuticals), and oil and gas? As an event professional, you know intuitively that it is the event industry. A new study by Tourism Economics (a division of Oxford Economics) for the Events Industry Council and Meetings Mean Business Coalitionshowed that bringing people together for face-to-face meetings has massive impacts on everything from direct spending at venues to indirect spending through the supply chain and spending by people working in the industry.

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How is Digitization Shaping the Way We Experience Events?

How is Digitization Shaping the Way We Experience Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Delivering memorable and outstanding experiences is an event professional’s overarching goal. What may challenge this goal is the rise of personal devices and continuous connectivity especially for many traditional companies which may find themselves at odds with the modern digital era. However the booming wave of digitization is a great opportunity in the hands of event professionals who strive for interaction, engagement and participation.

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Five Tips To Help You Organise A Healthy Event

Five Tips To Help You Organise A Healthy Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Conferences and meetings are usually thought of as sedentary events, as they require attendees to spend hours sitting down in enclosed spaces. Professionals in the events industry make significant efforts to create memorable events, but the health and well-being perspective often gets overlooked. In this post, we suggest five ways to ensure your next event promotes wellness and has a valuable impact on participants.

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The Events Industry in 2018

The Events Industry in 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The events industry is booming — so how can you stay ahead in a saturated market? Find out in this infographic, using new data from more than 1,000 event creators in the United States and Canada. You’ll discover new insights to help you benchmark against your competition.

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Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies 

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Traditionally in cities, tourism boards have strived to attract higher numbers of visitors, while economic development agencies focused on strengthening the local business community and infrastructure. Different government departments worked with each side, but in the big scheme of things, there often wasn’t a lot of collaboration between the people stewarding the growth of their visitor economy and local economy.

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Who Goes to Events?

Who Goes to Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I just took an interesting 41-question survey that aims to figure out what event participants value by asking respondents about what types of events they’ve attended recently, what they found most and least useful about the learning formats and technology used, and several other factors about the event experience. It got me thinking. 

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5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment

5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Make 2018 the year of memorable meeting experiences. Attendees are demanding it. They want to move beyond lectures to more personal experiences, more networking, and more creativity. But how do you do that? What does this mean for the meeting environment? Here’s my take on what’s happening—and what needs to happen—in your meeting environment in the year ahead.

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Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands

Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we head deeper into 2018, the web is abuzz with event trends. One area of event marketing that’s getting a lot of airplay is experiential marketing. There are countless anecdotal tales of experiential success, and the actual metrics to back them up.

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An Events Pro Finds the Future at CES

An Events Pro Finds the Future at CES | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It's a bit ironic that the largest collection of digital technology is displayed in a traditional trade show setup at CES each year. Even as technology advances, robots become more human, and the most talked-about innovation is AI that can't be seen, it still takes a human touch to put together the right display to market these products.

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Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event

Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership - industry research, case studies and exhibitor storytelling define ‘unprecedented journey’. We are very glad to announce a partnership with IMEX Group. We have been following the evolution of IMEX and participated in some of it with #IMEXpitch, one of the first event technology pitch competitions.

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Women and Events

Women and Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oprah may have dropped the mic at the Golden Globes, but it was Melinda Gates who in an op-ed to Time Magazine shined a spotlight on the next chapter in the women’s movement: women and leadership. In her piece, Gates called for more funding for women-led organizations pointing to the success rate of women’s movements, many of which run on a “median budget.” “Simply put, women get things done,” she wrote.

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Enlist Now in the #AttentionRevolution

Enlist Now in the #AttentionRevolution | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you’re walking down the street or through an airport, at a restaurant, or in meetings and events, there’s one sight you’re guaranteed to see: people staring at their phones. And you may just be one of them.

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Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings?

Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Loyalty. Education. Content. Attendee experience. According to a report in association management company SmithBucklin’s 15th annual Circuit publication, these will be among the key issues affecting associations this year. 

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MICE destinations - When authenticity becomes mainstream

MICE destinations - When authenticity becomes mainstream | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the key trends predicted for 2018 is that delegates are looking for more authentic and local experiences and for “off the beaten path” destinations. As a result, destinations are adjusting their offer to follow this trend, with further DMCs and event agencies designing experiences around the "unknown“.

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