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What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a world saturated with conferences, don’t just slap a logo on your event. Instead, make it strategic and thoughtful. “It’s always worth the effort,” says Kate Silva, design director at Freeman XP. A well-designed conference logo offers the first glimpse into what an attendee can expect from the live experience and helps maintain connections over time. It should be given the same consideration as every other touchpoint of your brand.

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Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros

Making Big Events Feel Small Again: 3 Tips for Association Pros | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If your annual meeting or event keeps growing, first of all, that’s AMAZING news! You put so much time and energy into planning that event, and the fact that people not only want to attend but are attending is huge.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Conference Panel Discussion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Panel discussions are a popular part of many conferences but there are lots of things to consider to ensure a successful session. Break away from the norm and shake up your panel using these pro tips and by taking inspiration for interesting layouts and furniture options from pictures of real life events.

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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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9 Ways to Save Money on Event AV

9 Ways to Save Money on Event AV | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Good AV is essential to your meeting success and a great way to bring the wow factor to your event, but it can also eat up a lot of budget too. Here are 9 tips to save big bucks on your audio visual expenditure. Having a solid AV set up at your event, provided by a tech team you can trust to deliver, is essential to keeping an event planner smiling.

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50 Pro Tips to Reduce Event Non Attendance

50 Pro Tips to Reduce Event Non Attendance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

No shows and non-attendance are one of the biggest frustrations for event planners. This mega list of 50 tips will help to boost numbers and avoid wasted places at your events. You scan your event room proud of the job you did organizing and then what do you see? Empty chairs peppered in throughout the room.

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Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Think about the last conference you attended and try to recall: was there an all-male panel? And what about the conference before that? In fact, have the majority of panel discussions you’ve attended, organised or - if like me, you identify as male – participated in been all-male? Sadly, for most the answer is “yes”…

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3 Ideas to Make Sessions a Little More Interactive and Engaging

3 Ideas to Make Sessions a Little More Interactive and Engaging | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It never hurts to go back to basics and dig in to see where you can improve your events. One thing many planners always seem to be on the hunt for are more opportunities, techniques, and ideas for injecting a little more interactivity into their events in order to coax a little more engagement from their attendees.

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What to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue: 20+ Ideas to Help You Make the Best Choice

What to Consider When Choosing an Event Venue: 20+ Ideas to Help You Make the Best Choice | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most common questions I’m frequently asked is how to find the right venue. As with most things, striking a balance between experience, budget and emotion is a tricky business and requires a bit of a professional’s touch. (Ahem…cue the pro planners stage right.)

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Getting Attendees Involved in the Content Mix

Getting Attendees Involved in the Content Mix | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Creating a great brand experience and creating great content are not distinctly different activities. A successful brand experience maximizes all the ways you can engage attendees, setting the stage for them to interact, network, and share information. And as they say, content is king.

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How Do You Find Great Speakers for Your Event? 

How Do You Find Great Speakers for Your Event?  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Each speaker you select for your event can make a massive difference to its attractiveness to attendees. However, this doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of pounds for a high profile celebrity.

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Indoor Lighting Best Practices and Inspiration for Your Next Event

Indoor Lighting Best Practices and Inspiration for Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to indoor venues, the possibilities are endless for event lighting. From corporate parties and fundraisers to weddings and other social get-togethers, an indoor space can act like a blank canvas that is just waiting to be transformed.

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Your Guide to Breaking Down Badges

Your Guide to Breaking Down Badges | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Few things in the event space are more symbolic of networking than badges. They invite personal introductions, legitimize events as professional, and they are a great outlet for extra corporate branding. But while badges for conferences, summits, and the like are a staple, they can also become quite a task to secure. 

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How to Win Back the "Dones" and Increase Attendance - Connect Corporate

How to Win Back the "Dones" and Increase Attendance - Connect Corporate | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you met the “dones”? Businesses are feeling the effects of a general shift toward distrust of institutions, and with that comes a struggle to grow attendance at conferences and events. Sociologist Dr. Josh Packard identifies four areas conference planners should focus on to win back the “dones”—those who have become disillusioned with organizations—as they shift to new models.

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Fresh Picks: 18 Speakers Who Belong at Your Podium in 2017

Fresh Picks: 18 Speakers Who Belong at Your Podium in 2017 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Who is apropos for your podium this year? To protect, update, and motivate your organization, the in-demand speakers for 2017 will be those who can shed light on the new administration, the changing workforce, and growing risks both online and globally.

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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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How to Stop Repeating the Same Old Event Mistakes

How to Stop Repeating the Same Old Event Mistakes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every February 2nd the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil looks for his shadow, letting us know if spring will come early — or if we’re doomed to six more weeks of winter. But you may also associate Groundhog Day with the popular 1993 film. In it, Bill Murray’s character finds himself stuck repeating the same terrible day until he finally learns a life lesson.

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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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Improving the Flow of Your Conference’s General Sessions

Improving the Flow of Your Conference’s General Sessions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Often during conferences, event organisers worry that they might face challenges in keeping the delegates’ interest during the live general sessions. Similarly, attendees feel that they have been exposed to the same proceedings again and again, particularly if they are participating to an annual conference that follows the same build-up every year.
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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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7 Ideas to Steal from PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin 

7 Ideas to Steal from PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

EventMobi was onsite in Austin, Texas, for the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) annual conference Convening Leaders January 8-11th, along with more than 4,000 event professionals. 

This annual conference is a mainstay for most industry professionals, earning a reputation for offering some of the best education, most interesting and inspiring keynote speakers, and heralded each year for the risks they take with their space and programming design.

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Successful Room Block Management Part 3: Cut-off Dates 

Successful Room Block Management Part 3: Cut-off Dates  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is the final installment in our series on room block management, where we’ve pulled back the curtain to reveal how hotels work to manage your room block and their occupancy. Here are the prior two posts about blind cuts and attrition.

When it comes down to negotiating your hotel contract, few clauses have as much impact to the overall success of your event than your reservations clause and cut-off date.

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