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Neuroscience Secrets for Adapting to COVID-19 Meetings

Neuroscience Secrets for Adapting to COVID-19 Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Society as a whole–including meeting planners–failed to prepare effectively for the COVID-19 pandemic. You probably experienced extreme stressors ranging from sudden event cancellations to uncertainty about how to protect future meetings. As a neuroscientist whose expertise is in disaster avoidance, decision making, strategic planning and risk management, I have some strategic suggestions for how meeting planners can best adapt to and plan for the long-term impact of the pandemic.

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Independent Events Company Pivots to Pandemic Work

Independent Events Company Pivots to Pandemic Work | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Platinum Events Facebook page has testimonials from people who were thrilled by the company’s production for weddings and fundraising events. Alongside those are more recent recommendations for Platinum’s work sanitizing restaurants and grocery stores—the company’s new line of work.

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5 Ways The Event Venue Landscape Is Changing

5 Ways The Event Venue Landscape Is Changing | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about how to organise and market a great event, but where you hold it also has a huge impact on its success. Our latest Event Trends Report revealed the UK and Ireland’s events industry is experiencing a period of stability. However, 58% of respondents plan to hold more events, 37% think their event budget will increase and 27% believe their events team will grow in 2020 – these indicators of growth push event creators to think about how they might evolve their approach going forward, particularly when finding a venue for an event.

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The Ubercool Approach to Planning Events

The Ubercool Approach to Planning Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a meetings world that is changing faster than the table set-ups from business lunch to gala dinner, event professionals have to be able to spot trends and leverage them quickly to meet the needs of evolving audiences. That is why serial entrepreneur, author and futurist Michael Tschong kicked off the first Smart Meetings Experience of 2020 at Hyatt Regency Renaissance at SFO.

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Trends, By Default, Shaping Our Future

Trends, By Default, Shaping Our Future | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Harris Poll’s John Gerzema, who is the CEO of Harris Insights and Analytics, spoke at last year’s CEIR Predict Conference. His session, Trends Shaping Our Future, was the highest-rated session of the conference. Monitoring trends and being proactive in questioning how emerging trends might impact exhibitions are helpful in developing proactive strategies.

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How to Manage an Industry of Change

How to Manage an Industry of Change | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“We have a lot of uncertainty out there,” Mike Dominguez, chief executive officer and president of Associated Luxury Hotels International, started off by stating in the first Smart Meetings’ Accelerator “2020 Hospitality Marketplace: Everything You Need to Know.”

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5 Tech Trends from CES that Will Impact Events

5 Tech Trends from CES that Will Impact Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

CES just happened. 100,000 attendees ventured to the Las Vegas jungle to find out what’s new in technology. Event planners shouldn’t care about 95% of what is presented at CES. That remaining 5%, though, may have quite a big impact. 

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4 Findings from 2020 Global Meetings and Events Forecast

4 Findings from 2020 Global Meetings and Events Forecast | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals of all types—corporations, associations, vendors and agencies—around the world are “very optimistic” about the outlook for the events industry in the coming year. That’s one of the key findings from the just-released 2020 Global Meetings and Events Forecast from American Express. Following are four of the most important takeaways from the survey.

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The Meetings and Events Industry 2020 Wishlist

The Meetings and Events Industry 2020 Wishlist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The pace of innovation and growth in the meetings and events industry accelerated rapidly in 2019. It’s exciting to think about what could happen in 2020! After attending over a dozen industry conferences last year and speaking with so many corporate planners, travel managers, hospitality suppliers, technology companies, and many others, I’ve put together a master wishlist of changes that could deliver a more effective, efficient industry. Here are the top five innovations and advances meeting professionals would like to see:

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How to Incorporate Experiential Trends in Your 2020 Events

How to Incorporate Experiential Trends in Your 2020 Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you ready to enter the age of experience? A new study from the global agency George P. Johnson Experience Marketing singled out the effective emerging practices smart planners used in the last year to produce transformational messaging. David Rich, senior vice president of client services for the company, drilled down on the trends that are motivating employees and consumers.

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2020 Event Trends - How Will the Industry Evolve?

2020 Event Trends - How Will the Industry Evolve? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Just like that, we blinked and it’s time to talk about the 2020 event trends. You might be asking yourself, what will be shaking up the industry this year?  How will the industry evolve? We have some predictions! This year we stepped it up and surveyed hundreds of #Eventprofs to weigh in on the hottest trends for 2020. We could list out hundreds of trends but at that point is it even a trend? We don’t think so. Instead, we’re bringing you a curated list of the top event trends for 2020. Buckle up it’s going to be an exciting ride! 

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2020 Outlook for Meeting and Events

2020 Outlook for Meeting and Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In its 2020 Future Trends Report for Meetings & Events released during this week’s IMEX America show in Las Vegas, CWT Meetings & Events revealed the destinations that are landing the most meeting and event bookings for the next two to three years, as well as regions that are seeing fewer bookings due to issues larger than their hospitality and tourism industries. The report also provides insight on technology trends affecting attendees’ meeting experiences.

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A Year of Inspiration in one Free Report

A Year of Inspiration in one Free Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We are very excited to once again release research that will inspire event professionals for the next year.

 

Just for you: 50+ actionable tips from a 350-event research report on sustainability, collaboration, transformation, and inclusion.

What if you could change your event forever?

 

This is the burning question that fuelled this report. We will showcase how some event professionals innovate by thinking differently.

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The 30 Best Event Survey Questions to Steal Now

The 30 Best Event Survey Questions to Steal Now | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

54% of event planners cited surveys as a tool they use to gauge attendee satisfaction and overall event success, but how do you know what questions to ask and when? Achieving a good response rate and obtaining useful survey data is a matter of asking the right questions at the right times. The first struggle with event survey questions is knowing what to ask to get the most actionable insights. The second is getting attendees to engage with the surveys so you have a good enough response rate to accurately reflect the thoughts and feelings of your audience.

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Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist

Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s one thing to take away from data research, it’s that nothing is ever as black and white as it appears. Causes may vary, adding layers upon layers of meaning to its effects. Sifting through it all and finding something meaningful can be time-consuming and requires loads of brain power. That’s where Eric Tyree comes in. Smart Meetings sat down with Eric, vice president and chief technical officer of data & analytics, chief data scientist at CWT, to talk about business travel, millennials, seeking hotels for function or for experience, and overtourism. What a ride.

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What Do 200 C-level Convention Execs Know that You Don’t?

What Do 200 C-level Convention Execs Know that You Don’t? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the annual Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum, Sam Lippman, president of Lippman Connects and producer of the event, has a tradition of starting off the conference with a five-minute summary of the top-level takeaways from the annual ECEF Pulse Survey. This year’s event on May 28 at the JW Marriott Washington, D.C., was no exception, and Lippman’s quick delivery of the survey results—five business trends for convention executives—was a fitting blast-off to the fast-paced educational day.

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Tight Budgets and Growing Tech Top Challenges for Planners 

Tight Budgets and Growing Tech Top Challenges for Planners  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is just one of the top problems Teneo Hospitality Group found in its recent 2019 survey, comprised of responses from 150 meeting planners and hoteliers. The results continue to follow the trends; keeping up with technology is still crucial for successful events, while creativity cannot be lacking if you hope to have an interesting and engaging meeting.

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Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019

Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Privacy has become the top necessity for event planners, according to a new report from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. The global hospitality company released its “Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2019” report based on insights gleaned from interactions with event professionals all over the world. “We learn a lot from our guests, often by observation in addition to their direct feedback,” says Ted Davis, Benchmark’s chief sales and marketing officer. What they have found, according to the report is that from high-tech to down-time, groups are now demanding that organizers plan based on how they live their lives. Here are some of the insights the synch with the observations Smart Meetingseditors have discovered on their global travels.

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How to Stay Relevant in the Event Industry

How to Stay Relevant in the Event Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Years can pass by without you looking up to see what has changed. Without you coming up for a breath. Without you seeing that the world outside your office or cubical is changing drastically. Staying relevant in the industry is a necessary obligation that we can find ourselves seeking out when we come up for air.

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Planning for the Future: What Are the Hot Trends in 2019?

Planning for the Future: What Are the Hot Trends in 2019? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The events industry is primed for innovation. With increasing access to attendee and exhibitor data, new engagement technology, and different ways of delivering content your constituents crave, 2019 is expected to introduce new ways to maximize your event’s value. We can expect this year’s trends to reflect this year’s challenges. Whether those challenges are attendee/exhibitor retention or increasing attendee engagement with on-site activities, this year’s solutions will focus on solving universal challenges for event professionals and show organizers.

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The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap

The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most contentious debates in technology is around the question of automation and jobs. At issue is whether advances in automation, specifically with regards to artificial intelligence and robotics, will spell trouble for today’s workers. This debate is played out in the media daily, and passions run deep on both sides of the issue. In the past, however, automation has created jobs and increased real wages.

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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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Qantas passengers want VR, exercise spaces and cafes on ultra long-haul flights 

Qantas passengers want VR, exercise spaces and cafes on ultra long-haul flights  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Qantas passengers would like to see virtual reality experiences, exercise spaces and cafés on board the airline’s future ultra long-haul flights, research conducted by the airline shows.

 

The Australian carrier in 2017 announced its goal to start non-stop services between the east coast of Australia and New York and London by 2022. Named “Project Sunrise”, these ultra long-haul services follow the launch of Qantas’s non-stop service between Perth and London in March last year.

 

In conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre, Qantas surveyed passengers on board its Perth-London service, along with separate focus groups, late last year to determine the features they would most like to see on the carrier’s future 20-hour flights.

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10 Takeaways from the IRF Trends Study

10 Takeaways from the IRF Trends Study | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Incentive Research Foundation has released its 2019 Trends Study, highlighting 10 key issues affecting organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2019. “The IRF 2019 Trends Study reports very positive trends for incentive travel, merchandise, and gift cards—and also highlights areas of concern,” said IRF President Melissa Van Dyke. “As economic and technological changes continue to accelerate, the IRF is tracking shifts in the industry and providing insights into how to anticipate and respond to these changes to gain a competitive edge.” 

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The Future is Multimodal, According to a New Study

The Future is Multimodal, According to a New Study | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a meetings world where attendee expectations are changing faster than the event app technology, anticipating the needs of groups is essential. PCMA and Marriott International joined forces to commission innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212 to look into their analytical crystal ball and determine what trends would result in long-lasting shifts—and more importantly, what business event strategists can do to meet those evolving needs.

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