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6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan

6 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Crisis Plan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As your attendees are headed to your meeting, they see a post on social media about a threat made against the venue. Are you ready to respond? How will you keep your attendees informed about events that affect them, especially when they are onsite at your event?

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Coming to Grips With GDPR

Coming to Grips With GDPR | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The EU General Data Protection Regulation focuses on the rights of individuals over their personal information and how companies use it. It will have a huge impact on the industry, affecting event professionals, agencies, technology providers, and associations across the globe and not just in Europe. It applies to the collection and processing of data of European citizens, which means compliance is required by any organization hosting events attended by EU citizens anywhere in the world.

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New EU Data Privacy Rules Are Coming

New EU Data Privacy Rules Are Coming | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’re not up on the General Data Protection Regulation, a new, stricter European Union data privacy law that goes into effect May 25, 2018, the time to pay attention is now. 

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Event Data Security: The 2018 Guide for Event Marketers

Event Data Security: The 2018 Guide for Event Marketers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In today’s world, information is everywhere. The data revolution has forever changed the way consumers interact with companies and vice versa. And though there’s no denying the benefits of rich datasets, such as improved buying experiences and more targeted marketing campaigns, the cost of all of this accessible data is weighing heavy on businesses who collect it and customers who give it.

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The Crisis Experience

The Crisis Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are a variety of crises that can occur at a meeting — something as serious as an active shooter situation or as silly as a skunk wandering into a convention center floor. Bob Mellinger, founder and CEO of Attainium, encountered the latter during his time working with clients on crisis preparedness. But regardless of the scale or gravity of the crisis, “a lot of people don’t think about it when they should,” Mellinger says in the latest video for The Intersection, presented by PCMA and PSAV.

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Taking your contingency plans to the next step

Taking your contingency plans to the next step | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Imagine you’re planning an annual event. Everything has been ordered and confirmed. The event is only a few days away. Then, Hurricane Matthew hits and your supplier can’t deliver as various components of your order were in a building that now has six feet of water in it. Or you are a supplier and I-95 is shut down in key areas forcing traffic into long detours thereby causing your perishables that were ordered to arrive too late. Or perhaps a two-week-long riot (Baltimore 2015) prevents your supplier from meeting a key deadline. Or something as simple as a power outage that lasts for more than eight hours forces the venue to close just a few hours before the event.

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Legal Aid for Digital Events

Legal Aid for Digital Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Professional Convention Management Association’s Digital Experience Institute hosted a primer on the top legal considerations for digital events. Matthew G Miller, principal, MG Miller Intellectual Property Law, led the discussion, giving tips on protecting you, your audience, and your presenters during your digital events.

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5 Top Trends Shaping the Meetings Industry Today

5 Top Trends Shaping the Meetings Industry Today | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Some troubling trends bubbled up at a recent gathering of meetings industry leaders at Events Industry Council meeting. Representatives of EIC’s 30-plus meetings industry organizations attended the meeting. Here are the top five that EIC suggests planners should be paying attention to.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About GDPR But Were Afraid to Ask 

Everything You Wanted to Know About GDPR But Were Afraid to Ask  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced in May 2018. From an event planner standpoint, the time to comply is tomorrow as you may already be prepping for events occurring June 2018 and beyond. Throughout our own research, we came to a few conclusions:

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What You Need to Know About GDRP

What You Need to Know About GDRP | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. According to the EU’s GDPR website, the new law is “designed to harmonize data-privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.” The impact on any organization that collects information from EU citizens — including associations that hold meetings in Europe or host attendees from Europe — will be sweeping. In an article written for EU-based Boardroom magazine, which has a content-sharing agreement with Convene, attorney Benjamin Docquir — head of the information-technology and intellectual-property law department at Osborne Clarke in Brussels — explains what you need to know.

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3 Things to Do if a Meteor Destroys Your Venue

3 Things to Do if a Meteor Destroys Your Venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

All right, so a meteor probably won’t destroy your meeting’s host city. However, recently I was scheduled to speak at a conference that just so happened to begin the same day that hundreds of people decided to take to the streets in protest. After several agonizing hours, the conference organizers decided to cancel their event.

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Tackling data security on the go

Tackling data security on the go | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Business travellers are prime targets for cyber-attacks. Here are the data security threats to be aware of and the ways to protect your data while on the go. Since the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks which took place in May of this year, there has been a further increase in cybersecurity awareness. These global attacks caused online records and files of multiple organisations to become corrupt and totally unusable, notably within the UK’s National Health Service. The issue of cybersecurity can no longer be ignored, particularly when you are a business traveller, often tapping into unsecure or public Wi-Fi sources and sending/receiving work emails while doing so. In this way, business critical files can be made vulnerable.

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Cyber Security & the Events Industry (Part II)

Cyber Security & the Events Industry (Part II) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most of the news we hear about cyber-attacks these days are concerning large business entities and organisations. However, the threat is also very real for smaller business that could be financially devastated by the fallout and losses inflicted by a cyber-attack. Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods in this digital world and what is more concerning, is that institutions with top-notch security systems, such as banks, have been repeatedly victimised by these type of security breaches.

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Houston After Harvey

Houston After Harvey | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A little more than two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm. Over the course of four days, Harvey dropped 30 to 50 inches of rain on Houston, creating widespread flooding, displacing tens of thousands of people from their homes, temporarily disrupting energy and agricultural production, and causing up to $50 billion in property damage. Nearly 10,000 people ended up sheltering in place at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

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When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The people of Texas and Florida are on my mind in the wake of Harvey and Irma. These storms and their aftermath are causing me to feel somewhat helpless. We can (and should) donate to the extent we are able, but what else can we as meetings professionals offer? I’ve lived through a handful of disasters myself, and while these storms’ wrath may be unprecedented, the lessons for our business and personal lives, as well as our role as event professionals, remain consistent

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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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4 Ways Airports Are Doing Good

4 Ways Airports Are Doing Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Bad behavior at airports has been making headlines: Last month, an airport worker punched a passenger — who was holding a baby — at the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport in France. And earlier this year, after a brawl broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport over flight cancellations, three people were arrested with charges including inciting a riot.Now for the good news: We found four ways that airlines and airport administrators are rising above the fray and working behind the scenes to create positive change — and these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. 

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How a Lack of Data Security Can Ruin Your Attendee Experience 

How a Lack of Data Security Can Ruin Your Attendee Experience  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Headlines about big-name data breaches are becoming more and more frequent. In 2016, a record 4.2 billion records were exposed, with more than half of these caused by hackers. If data security isn’t top of mind for your events team — it should be.

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Increasing security concerns present challenges and opportunities for travel managers - Corporate Meetings Network

With global travel facing an ever-growing number of security threats, corporate travel buyers are dealing with a growing number of traveller concerns, and struggling to adopt the tools necessary to address them. But according to new research from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), underwritten by American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), travel managers increasingly recognize they have a central role to play in fulfilling their company’s duty of care obligations to travelling employees. ACTE and American Express GBT collaborated to identify research questions and key themes, seeking to take a comprehensive look at the most pressing issues facing the corporate travel industry.

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Share Your Location?

Last year, there were approximately 4 million beacons deployed around the world, and by 2020 that number is expected to grow to 400 million, according to ABI Research, a technology research firm. Although the potential for the technology to help organizers personalize events, streamline the exchange of information, and to better understand attendee behavior is enormous, it also raises privacy issues. We reached out to Julie O’Neill, a partner in the Privacy & Data Security practice of Morrison & Foerster LLP, in Washington, D.C., to help us understand the responsibilities of meeting professionals when using RFID and beacon technology. 

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Looking for an Event App Provider? Here’s What You Need to Know

Looking for an Event App Provider? Here’s What You Need to Know | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Smartphones and tablets have become a staple in homes and businesses nationwide. The high level of convenience is hard to ignore, making an event app an ideal way to connect with attendees. Additionally, most participants don’t just want a mobile app to help them navigate conferences and meetings; they expect one. This means that simply choosing not to offer one isn’t typically a viable option.

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Female Travelers Finding Creative Solutions in Homesharing Economy

Female Travelers Finding Creative Solutions in Homesharing Economy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Many hotels already cater to the solo female traveler with women-friendly rooms, usually with extra safety measures like double-locking doors and finishing touches like flowers and chocolates. Homesharing, however, is a bit behind that curve.

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Turning Temporary Tattoos Into Allergy Warnings

Turning Temporary Tattoos Into Allergy Warnings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Who knew a tattoo could save your life?

At least, it can in Japan, where life-threatening allergic reactions to the country’s popular soba noodles, which are made from buckweat, have caught some tourists, and even locals, off guard.

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Event Security 2.0: 10 Questions Event Planners Need To Ask Their Venues

Event Security 2.0: 10 Questions Event Planners Need To Ask Their Venues | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The world is on high alert and security and safety of our attendees is a major concern. Here are 10 key topics every event planner should be discussing with their venues.

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