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Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night

Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals are not the type to sit still during a pandemic. Case in point: last month's slew of eye-catching “empty events,” which were held across the country to draw attention to the struggling live event industry and advocate for government support.

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What Virtual Attendees Want

What Virtual Attendees Want | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a recent survey of more than 1,000 people who have attended at least one in-person conference and one virtual conference, the preferences for how virtual events are scheduled, priced, and executed became clear—and revealed a few surprises. For instance, 85 percent of respondents under age 24 prefer in-person conferences to virtual ones, despite their technological acumen. On the other hand, only 67 percent of respondents aged 35-44 preferred in-person events, with family responsibilities being a likely factor driving that lower percentage.

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Event Venues Turned Hospitals: How the Industry Is Helping

Event Venues Turned Hospitals: How the Industry Is Helping | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Amid widespread coronavirus-related event cancellations, empty venues and hotels are stepping up to support health care efforts. Here's how the industry is pitching in.

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PCMACL Challenges #Meetingprofs to Reach Further

PCMACL Challenges #Meetingprofs to Reach Further | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The year started off with a powerful push as PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 gathered 5,300 people—4,450 of them at Moscone Center in San Francisco and the rest through a live feed—for education, inspiration, connection—and a concert.

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Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. There are many associations that tout their open and supportive cultures. But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings?

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Tips to Help Potential Attendees Justify Coming to Your Meeting

Tips to Help Potential Attendees Justify Coming to Your Meeting | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“The conference costs what?” That may be the first sentence a potential attendee hears from her boss when asking to attend a conference, training or networking event. So, despite all the hard work you’ve put in securing that famous keynote speaker, the terrific educational breakouts and the great networking opportunities, whether or not the attendee can actually attend may simply come down to dollars and cents.

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How do Millennials consume content at a conference?

How do Millennials consume content at a conference? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When you’re trying to decide if you should attend a specific conference or event (or asking your boss if you can attend), often you look at things like the venue, the speaker line up or the session titles. But the thing I think is most important, is the session format. A conference programme particularly appeals to me if I see the words “workshop”, “interactive” “collaborative session” or if I see an innovative/creative session design with lots of time allocated for Q&A.

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Is It Time for a Paperless Conference?

Is It Time for a Paperless Conference? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In terms of disseminating information onsite at your organization’s conference, how are you currently doing it? Do you give people printed handouts and booklets when they check in at registration? Do you have a conference app where those materials are housed, but also have printed versions onsite? Do you rely exclusively on a conference app, cutting out printed materials altogether?

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It Takes a Village: Conference Childcare Tips on Twitter

It Takes a Village: Conference Childcare Tips on Twitter | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Earlier this month I noticed a Twitter thread started by an Australian professor organizing a scientific conference and crowdsourcing ideas from conference attendees in the scientific community. His tweet, “What’s the most effective idea you’ve heard of or accessed at scientific conferences to support parents with kids attending?” resulted in a lengthy thread with some great suggestions.

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Conference Trends 2019: What You Need To Know

As the New Year starts, so does a wave of new conference trends. From kimchi and chatbots to delegate wellness and themed events, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for the conference industry. Creating memorable experiences and promoting attendee interaction will be at the top of planners’ wish lists. Due the advance of event technology, real-time data and wearable technology will soon become the norm. Delegates have high expectations and it’s now up to meeting planners and venues to provide innovative meeting experiences to wow their guests and streamline events.

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Should You Host a Virtual Conference in 2019? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

Should You Host a Virtual Conference in 2019? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Nowadays, it seems like everything is going digital - including events. More and more companies and organizations are hosting virtual events and more and more people seem to be attending those events. But does that mean your organization should move from a traditional in-person conference to a virtual one?

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5 Simple Ways to Differentiate Your Next Conference

5 Simple Ways to Differentiate Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Great conferences aren’t created overnight. Really successful events take a year or more to plan and decades to build their reputation. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t manageable steps you can take today to make your upcoming conference a remarkable experience. Keep on reading to discover five simple ways to deliver an iconic conference experience today.

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5 Simple Ways to Differentiate Your Next Conference

5 Simple Ways to Differentiate Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Great conferences aren’t created overnight. Wildly successful events like SXSW or Wisdom 2.0 take a year or more to plan their remarkable experiences — and decades to build their reputation. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t manageable steps you can take today to make your upcoming conference legendary. Keep on reading to discover five simple ways to deliver an iconic conference experience today.

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How to Reinvent the Conference Format for the Modern Era

How to Reinvent the Conference Format for the Modern Era | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no doubt that conferences are one of the most popular event types in the business world. But just because demand is high doesn’t mean success is guaranteed. Pulling off a wildly successful conference like Dreamforce, for example, takes a lot of hard work — and a total shift in mindset.

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3 Definitive Characteristics of a Stand-Out Conference

3 Definitive Characteristics of a Stand-Out Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Although 90% of conference creators express struggle to reach new attendees. At the same time, a number of out of this world conferences — like Salesforce’s Dreamforce — welcome hundreds of thousands of registrants each year and continue to see positive growth. If they can, so can you.

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Your Conference Speaker Outreach Checklist

Conference-goers are willing to travel far distances for the right speaker lineup. But finding and securing conference speakers isn’t always easy. In fact, a majority of conference creators (89%) say it’s their greatest challenge this year.

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How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas

How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As you know, conferences are the bread and butter of event planners. You plan so many conferences of a similar nature each year that it can be easy to get stale. But, just because conferences have a heavy business-focus, doesn’t mean they need to be (or should be) lifeless! Even on a small budget, there are simple ways to get the most out of conference staging ideas.

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Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out?

Too Many Conferences! Are You Sure Yours Stands Out? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What do delegates and conference participants mostly care about these days? A rather popular (and complex) theme is the quality of conferences. Just by monitoring the Web 2.0 world, tracking social media conversations and forum discussions, one can extract crucial insights on pressing association questions

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Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark

Can a Conference Be Fun? 3 Ways to Hit the Mark | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Can your next conference, corporate get-together, or annual meeting be fun? Yes—in fact, unless you are dealing with a truly serious matter, I would say it needs to be. Whether you’re building brand awareness, promoting a new product, or team bonding, kicking up the level of fun may be the difference between “It was the event of the year!” and your participants playing games on their phones.

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10 Conference Marketing Tips to Hone Efforts and Boost ROI

10 Conference Marketing Tips to Hone Efforts and Boost ROI | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Marketing a conference means being everywhere at once. You want the professional world abuzz with anticipation, your event’s name popping up everywhere they turn. That sort of cultural infiltration takes more than basic social and web presence. Especially if you’re still building your conference brand, you have to infuse your marketing with extra oomph.

Here are 10 conference marketing tips to help stand out from the slew of conferences all around you this year:

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Questions speakers should ask planners

Questions speakers should ask planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Over the years, from various sources I have collected questions that many meeting professionals would welcome hearing from speakers, either those whom they have booked or with whom they are considering booking.

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10 Icebreakers To Kick Off Your Conference

10 Icebreakers To Kick Off Your Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Icebreakers are one of the most effective ways to kick off a meeting or conference. These interactive sessions are widely used to help attendees to get to know each other, feel more comfortable in a group and have some fun before the official program starts.

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Is Your Conferencing Treating Its Customers As Tourists Or Explorers?

Is Your Conferencing Treating Its Customers As Tourists Or Explorers? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How does your conference treat its participants? How do you and your leadership team view them? Are your conference customers more like tourists? Seeking conference swag, amenity room drops, welcome bags and quick ideas? Or are they more like explorers? Craving authentic experiences, no matter the size, that enhance their lives and change their attitudes, behaviors and skills?

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IMEX Frankfurt to Launch “She Means Business” Event

IMEX Frankfurt to Launch “She Means Business” Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“It has long been noticeable that whilst women are in the majority in the meetings industry, they are in the minority in leadership positions,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. “We want to play our part in highlighting the challenges that women face, but more importantly helping to introduce solutions. The best way to do this is to bring people together for open conversation, collaboration and learning.”

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How You Can Master Your Small Meetings

How You Can Master Your Small Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This infographic, courtesy of our friends at CBTS, outlines some of the usual pitfalls that plague most workplace and other small meetings, from being ineffective time wasters to actually stressing people out—and how using the wrong technology can actually make matter worse. Fortunately, it also has some good ideas on how using the right tech, some of which you probably already have, can make these meetings much, much better.

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