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Four Tipping Points for the Modern Meetings Industry

Four Tipping Points for the Modern Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Looking back at the last decade, there were four huge tipping points for the international meetings industry. Now, on the other side of these changes they’ve become normalized, but when the industry was living through them, they caused a lot of fear and uncertainty. With hindsight, it’s easy to see how these periods of intense disruption have ultimately led to positive transformation for many parts of the meetings and events industry.

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Instagram Follower Bots: Social Automation Dos and Don'ts for Trade Show Marketers

Instagram Follower Bots: Social Automation Dos and Don'ts for Trade Show Marketers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you use Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that when you post to your account and use a popular hashtag, you will often attract at least one new like, follower or comment. Sometimes, a quick check of these mysterious Instagram profiles will make you feel as if you’ve struck gold: They have tens of thousands of followers! They appear to be minor celebrities—potential influencers! More impressively, they are only following a few hundred accounts, and yours is one of them! Naturally, you show your appreciation by following them back.

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10 Hotel Technology Trends for 2019 That Will Help Your Event

10 Hotel Technology Trends for 2019 That Will Help Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

RFP, security breaches, in-house AV. I know your head is already hurting. Yet, making the right choice for the hotel that will host your guests has many crucial implications. Events are not enough anymore. Attendees want experiences and your event venue will significantly impact the delivery of a memorable and transformational experience.

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Freeman Study: Event Data is Driving Increase Revenue

Freeman Study: Event Data is Driving Increase Revenue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A new study by Freeman illustrates the dramatic role event data is playing in helping event professionals deliver bigger and better meetings. “Data Benchmark Study,” which was produced in partnership with Chief Marketer, showed that collecting and analyzing everything from attendance to leads and sales has the potential to positively influence decision-making and help event marketers and planners significantly improve the attendee experience.

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10 Cost Saving Tips for Planners

10 Cost Saving Tips for Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

On the heels of multiple studies showing that event professionals are increasingly being asked to do more with less, Smart Meetings asked a veteran planner for tips on how to create “wow” on a budget. Doug McPhee, Experient senior global account manager, recently spoke at CMP Conclave in Birmingham, Alabama, on this very topic and shared the 10 things that can trim the bottom line without sacrificing the end-product.

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Event Marketing: The 2019 Guide

Event Marketing: The 2019 Guide | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

2019 brings the promise of even more virtual event technology, tighter marketing budgets, and droves of content competing for your audience’s attention. Never before have event marketers had more obstacles to overcome in order to drive attendance, secure exhibitors and sponsors, and meet event objectives.

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Infographic: Why People Flake on Events & How to Get Them to Commit

Infographic: Why People Flake on Events & How to Get Them to Commit | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Four out of five people will consider flaking on an event they’ve already bought tickets to. In fact, 47% of people flaked on an event in the last month, according to new research from Eventbrite and OnePoll. What’s going on here? Are people just jerks?

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8 Engaging Interactive Event Ideas Worth Trying

8 Engaging Interactive Event Ideas Worth Trying | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to our Eventbrite Survey, Millennials will account for 75% of the UK workforce in a decade and spend over £419,556,233 each month on attending live events. But while this is good news for event creators, the demand for live experiences also means more competition.

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To Get the Best Hotel Internet, Ask the Right Questions

To Get the Best Hotel Internet, Ask the Right Questions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Smart phones are smarter than ever, streaming has never been easier or more common, and the constantly connected technology of modern society is pushing events to jaw-dropping heights. That is, if your internet connection doesn’t crash.

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Extended Reality for Events: The Next Frontier in Event Technology

Extended Reality for Events: The Next Frontier in Event Technology | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Extended reality ('XR) is a term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables. It includes representative forms such as augmented reality (AR), augmented virtuality (AV) and virtual reality (VR) and the areas interpolated among them. The levels of virtuality range from partially sensory inputs to immersive virtuality also called VR.

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Sustainable Menu Planning 

Sustainable Menu Planning  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The choice of food and beverage can have a big impact on an event’s environmental footprint. Sustainable menu planning reflects the decisions that organizers make regarding the selection of food and beverage served at conferences and events.

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Speaker and Entertainer Contracts: 6 Tips for Better Gigs

Speaker and Entertainer Contracts: 6 Tips for Better Gigs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To the uninitiated, booking speakers or headline entertainment for a meeting or incentive program might seem like the least of a planner’s worries. But the reality of bridging the corporate world and the entertainment world can be tricky, with the possibility of lengthy riders, big egos, and unexpected cancellations all adding complexity to the relationship.

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8 Ideas for Making Your Meeting Introvert-Friendly

8 Ideas for Making Your Meeting Introvert-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings are made for extroverts. They’ll talk to anyone about anything. They’re gregarious, and they get their energy from interacting with other people. But extroverts only make up about half your attendees, says Sharon Fisher, president of experiential communications company Play with a Purpose. The other half, she says, are the introverts whose personal style is almost the opposite, and those attendees need to be considered in your meeting design.

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The 9 Best Affordable Holiday Gifts for Event Planners

The 9 Best Affordable Holiday Gifts for Event Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s a special event professional in your life, you know they already had your holiday present picked out months ago. (Their penchant for preparedness extends far beyond events.) You, on the other hand, are a little more last-minute in your gift selection.

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Research Brief: 5 Takeaways from the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry

Research Brief: 5 Takeaways from the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this short video, Padraic Gilligan, managing director at SoolNua, and the chief marketing officer at the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, explains the top five takeaways from this year’s Incentive Travel Industry Index research.

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How Not to Be That Person Who Wastes Attendee Time

How Not to Be That Person Who Wastes Attendee Time | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

According to a Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resorts survey of 2,000 employees, some people will go to great lengths to avoid attending unproductive meetings. The most common excuse used for opting out was a heavy workload, which nearly a third of respondents (30 percent) have admitted to blaming for their absence. Heavy traffic came in second (15 percent), and six percent of respondents even admitted to calling in sick.

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MCI Think: Building the Better Breakout Session

MCI Think: Building the Better Breakout Session | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For the longest time, the ”breakout session“ felt like the forgotten stepchild of event marketing. Throw in a stage and a projector, invite a category expert and hope for the best. Because all the killer keynotes were on the plenary stage, a decent breakout was considered a bonus.

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9 Ideas for a More Fun and Fulfilling 2019

9 Ideas for a More Fun and Fulfilling 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

December 31 seems to creep up faster and faster every year. While resolutions aren’t for everyone, I think we can all agree that a new year is the perfect time to start fresh with something, whether that’s a new initiative at the office or working on something a little more personal.

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How to Make the Most of your Smartphone

How to Make the Most of your Smartphone | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Smartphones have technically been in existence since 1992, but in the last decade they have become an indispensable part of the planner’s on-the-go life. That is why optimizing use of all the helpful apps popping up every week is essential for event professionals today. Speaker and productivity expert Audrey Thomas, CSP, recently shared tips with attendees at FICP for making the most out of those powerful pocket computers. Here are her top tips for getting phone smart.

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8 Hacks to Organize and Declutter Your Email Inbox for Good

8 Hacks to Organize and Declutter Your Email Inbox for Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event planners are notorious for being hyper-organized. But there is one unspoken chaos in your life that few people know about — the overflowing state of your email inbox. You know the feeling — with every notification, you see the giant pile of unread messages getting bigger. Some persistent emails clog every event manager’s inbox, languishing unresponded (or, worse, unread) for days then weeks at a time.

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Planning a Great Citywide is More Within Reach Than You Think

Planning a Great Citywide is More Within Reach Than You Think | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most daring and complex high-wire acts is organizing a citywide event. Spanning multiple hotels, thousands of rooms and millions of square feet of event space, a citywide requires a planner to manage a long list of responsibilities to make it successful. According to recent Smart Meetings webinar hosts Elaine Williams and Sallee Pavlovich, however, the answers are right at planners’ fingertips.

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100 Event Trends for 2019

100 Event Trends for 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there is one thing that event planners from all over the world love EventMB for it would be current trends in event planning. Since 2010, we have published some of the most successful research ever done on trends. Join over 60,000 subscribers that use EventMB to stay on top of How to's, Trends & Event Technology.

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3 Email Strategies You Need to Use to Drive Attendance in 2019

3 Email Strategies You Need to Use to Drive Attendance in 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A whopping 91% of people check their email every day, but that doesn’t mean using email to promote your event is a sure thing. Hundreds of messages vie alongside yours for potential attendees’ attention. That means your standard newsletter in a busy inbox may languish unopened — or, worse, be marked as spam. 

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Are Participants Expecting More From Event Design? Yes...

Are Participants Expecting More From Event Design? Yes... | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event Design is constantly evolving, and participants are starting to expect a lot more from the design of an event. There needs to be a synergy between all event design elements. Coming directly from MCI Germany’s finest, Dr. Christina Buttler and Thomas Wüthrich, here are some insights into what participants are expecting:

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Engaging Your Young Professional Members: 4 Tips (Plus Ideas!)

Engaging Your Young Professional Members: 4 Tips (Plus Ideas!) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Engaging your members is one thing. Engaging your young professional members is another, entirely. They’re at a different point in their lives and careers, and thus, should be approached differently. So how should you approach YP engagement? Below are a few tips - plus a few concrete ideas!

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The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events

The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how other successful meeting planners use the newest event tech? This series takes you behind the scenes to see how your peers use features like gamification, augmented reality, and facial recognition to take their events to the next level.

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