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Membership Marketing: How Does Your Association Stack Up?

Membership Marketing: How Does Your Association Stack Up? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is the 9th year MGI has conducted this benchmarking survey, and it gives great insights into how associations (in the U.S. and around the world) are recruiting, engaging, and retaining members.

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How to Leverage Your Meeting Spend to Drive Bigger Savings

How to Leverage Your Meeting Spend to Drive Bigger Savings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Imagine you could save your company millions of dollars every year. That’s the savings large companies let fall through the cracks by under-leveraging their total meeting spend. How to stop all the waste you’re probably wondering? The key is to think differently about an often-overlooked part of your total meeting spend – small meetings.

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Will Hurricane Harvey Have Lasting Effects on the Hospitality Industry?

Will Hurricane Harvey Have Lasting Effects on the Hospitality Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Global data benchmarking and analytics firm STR (formerly Smith Travel Research) has taken what it learned from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy to forecast potential effects Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath may have on the U.S. hospitality industry. 

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Events: We Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change!

Events: We Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change! | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Post-event, if you did your job, everyone is high on love: Loved the program! The speakers rocked! You did great! It’s a Kudos Fest. But, let’s admit, it, not every single attendee is always completely happy. 

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14 Ways Exhibitors Can Get the Most Out of Your Show

14 Ways Exhibitors Can Get the Most Out of Your Show | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Exhibitions are valuable ways to connect with customers, but it can be tough to grab attendees’ limited time on the show floor, especially when they already have a game plan in mind.

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How do top performing companies handle incentives and recognition?

How do top performing companies handle incentives and recognition? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’re always on the lookout for the latest research on employee engagement and performance motivation. In fact, I’m honored to serve on the board and as the Research Committee chair for the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) so that we can be sure we’re guiding our clients with the most relevant and recent information available. Every once in a while, a real game-changer comes along and I think the IRF’s new research on top performing companies does just that.

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Major AV Terms You Need to Know 

Major AV Terms You Need to Know  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to planning an event choosing and understanding your AV can be overwhelming. Have no fear! I am going to walk you through everything you need to know in our 3 part series. First, we are going to tackle the basics, major AV terms you need to know. These AV terms will lay the foundation for your understanding of the rest of the series. For more information on how to make your AV at your event flawless see our guide to make your AV foolproof. 

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How to make the most of a unique venue

How to make the most of a unique venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are few things that annoy me more than boring venues. We have all been to – and no doubt hosted – events in boring venues. You know the ones; dark, dreary and devoid of atmosphere. But things are changing. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of event planners are looking to take their events to “unique venues”.

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How to write a perfect event proposal  

How to write a perfect event proposal   | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event proposal often evoke mixed feelings among event professionals. Some see them as an opportunity to shine and share their brightest ideas to win a new business, others take a more cautious approach due to risk of copying ideas, and see them rather as time consuming and tedious. One way or another, every event business needs them to grow and prosper.

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An Event Planner's Guide to Engaging Room Layouts

An Event Planner's Guide to Engaging Room Layouts | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The room layout can have a huge impact on the engagement and learning at your event. Find out which are the best seating layouts for different events and some ways to mix it up with more unusual layouts to increase engagement in meeting design.

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Cyber Security & the Event Industry (Part I)

Cyber Security & the Event Industry (Part I) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this fast-paced global business environment, the event industry has also been quite affected by the growing rate of Internet adoption and technological advancements, particularly in the areas of performance optimisation, product and service offering. Moreover, this is evident by the new roles that keep emerging within the event workplace.

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The Power of Personal Vision to Drive Organizational Change

The Power of Personal Vision to Drive Organizational Change | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Well-known author and political activist, Helen Keller, once noted that “the most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” Stricken by serious illness at age 2 that left her both deaf and blind, Keller’s dogged perseverance over seemingly insurmountable odds is a testament to her personal vision. Keller’s quote leads me to consider contemporary visionaries like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk who have radically transformed our realities regarding what is possible. But for every Steve Jobs and Elon Musk there are countless other brilliant individuals whose visions will never be realized simply because they cannot effectively communicate the organizational vision in their heads to the hearts and minds of their teams.

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How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events 

How to Maximize Networking at Your Meetings and Events  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the purpose of meetings and events is for knowledgeable speakers to share information with their audience, there’s another important reason why attendees go to events. Many of them are seeking to increase their network and meet valuable people to build connections with.

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Use Your Mobile Event App Data to Create a Sell-Out Event Agenda

Use Your Mobile Event App Data to Create a Sell-Out Event Agenda | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mobile event apps have turned attendees into active participants and opened up previously unimaginable opportunities for your event and its sponsors. The data speaks for itself, too. Frost & Sullivan recently found that event technology can increase your attendance by 20%, increase productivity by 27%, and decrease costs by 20-30%.

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How to be a great delegate

How to be a great delegate | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It is easy to assume that conference delegates know what to do when they attend your event. Of course some attendees do know how to make the most of their time, however, most of our attendees could do with some more support from the event planner. Even good delegates need support to be “great” delegates.

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Why Delegating = Success in Your Association

Why Delegating = Success in Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’re regularly feeling overwhelmed by your day-to-day duties, it may be time to check in with yourself and ask “What can I delegate to others?” Sometimes we can take too much upon ourselves and it can decrease our overall productivity. Unfortunately, there is a stigma sometimes attached to delegating in the work force as it can be perceived that you are just passing off your work to someone else.

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Embrace the Future! Smart Badges are Here

Embrace the Future! Smart Badges are Here | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Let’s face facts; anything that speeds up the processes, like check-ins, at your event is going to make attendees happy. And smart badges are making things easier than ever. The old way of managing the process, which typically required manually logging who has arrived, was a time-consuming venture that resulted in long lines and, inevitably, some level of frustration. Even scannable badges have shortcomings, leaving plenty of room for smart badges to improve the overall experience.

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9 Event Planners Share Their Biggest Frustrations 

9 Event Planners Share Their Biggest Frustrations  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Managing events has more than its fair share of frustrations and stressors. From last-minute changes to procrastinating clients, the profession isn’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, executing a successful event makes everything else (like the crazy long hours) worth it.If you’ve been feeling a little fed up lately with a certain aspect of the job, don’t worry — you’re not alone! Here are the biggest frustrations experienced by nine of your fellow event organizers.

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How Businesses Stay Afloat In the Face of Great Disruption

How Businesses Stay Afloat In the Face of Great Disruption | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Bonnie Canal is a managing partner of The Resiliency Institute, a New Orleans–based company that specializes in business continuity — how to keep a business operating in the face of disruptive events. As a New Orleans resident, Canal has witnessed more than her share. From the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the city “just seems,” she said, “to be in the epicenter of these terrible disasters.”

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Event Professionals Basics: Finding the Right Speakers

Speakers are fundamental to any conference or event’s success. They are the primary sources of motivation and inspiration, the actors whose role is to stimulate conversation and spark attendees’ attention not only during sessions but also when the curtain falls. Therefore, you must always treat your audience’s experience as a priority when deciding on the best candidate.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know IMEX America?

Quiz: How Well Do You Know IMEX America? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In just over five weeks, meeting professionals from around the world, including about 4,000 buyers, will head to Las Vegas for the bustling, educational, networking experience known as IMEX America. It’s a big event for the industry, but how much do you really know about it? Test your knowledge of IMEX America 2017 with these 9 questions.

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How to Use Sponsors to Fund an Upgraded Event Experience

How to Use Sponsors to Fund an Upgraded Event Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it — improving your event experience doesn’t come cheap. To offset the costs, you can use VIP packages to charge more for deluxe experiences. Or, you can use the enhancements to fuel your marketing and sell more tickets. But one of the best ways to fund a more advanced experience is through sponsors. Specifically, you can partner with your sponsors to create experiential marketing campaigns.

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3 Ways to Capture the Attention of Volunteers

3 Ways to Capture the Attention of Volunteers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you’ve found them or not, your association’s membership is filled with potential volunteers. The trick is just getting them to come forward. Where, oh where are they?! How can you entice them to get involved? Here are a few tricks.

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Innovation and the Future of Events: An Exploration 

Innovation and the Future of Events: An Exploration  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The future will see events break away from their current nature of a static point-in-time and transform them into engaging, shareable moments that occur throughout the exhibitor and attendee journey as they seek innovative knowledge and experiences.

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When the Boss is You

When the Boss is You | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How do you become an independent meeting planner? In many cases, if the five veteran independents who participated in a recent Convene virtual roundtable are any indication, it happens partway through your career and somewhat accidentally. Some of our participants went out on their own for personal reasons, while others were interested in the professional opportunities it presented. But all five agree that it was one of the best career choices they ever made.

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