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Ideas to Personalise Your Meetings & Events

Ideas to Personalise Your Meetings & Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Ever wondered why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t quite work as well anymore? Well, the best way to connect to your audience and engage them is to personalise to their specific needs. Customer-centric focus and event personalisation is not entirely new, but it’s growing and becoming more sophisticated with the addition of refined data tools and increased social engagement; to help create the most memorable event experiences.

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9 Reasons Meeting Planners Should Be Thanked and Thankful

9 Reasons Meeting Planners Should Be Thanked and Thankful | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for friends and family and all the good in our lives. For meetings and events professionals, MeetingsNet would like to add a few other things to the list, such as the people who work to keep travel safe and comfortable for our attendees, and the tech geniuses who help us do our jobs better. We also appreciate that our industry is often the driving force behind progressive ideas and technologies.

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Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias

Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

 Tahira Endean, CMP CED, author of Intentional Event Design, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director of industry advancement, Events Industry Council, recently hosted a session on welcoming events at IMEX America.  

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9 Tips to Avoid Complete Burnout Before Your Event

9 Tips to Avoid Complete Burnout Before Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The week leading up to your event will be hectic and challenging. There are vendors to meet, last-minute agenda changes, and it’s only going to get more chaotic as your event day approaches.

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CEO Interview: How AccorHotels Is Rethinking Its Food and Beverage Strategy

CEO Interview: How AccorHotels Is Rethinking Its Food and Beverage Strategy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this day and age, any hotel worth its salt has to provide food and beverage options. In recent years, food and beverage has become an integral part of the hospitality business, thanks to growing consumer interest. Moreover, hotel restaurants and bars are broadening their appeal to attract locals and guests alike.

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Poaching: How Planners Can Prevent It

Poaching: How Planners Can Prevent It | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event planning industry has a poaching problem. Although in recent years incidents of hoteliers luring event participants outside the room block have decreased, a majority of event professionals still say they have been victimized. Fortunately, some preventative methods can be taken. But first, let’s define the challenge as explained by Events Industry Council.

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Site Selection & Emergency Preparedness

Site Selection & Emergency Preparedness | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Emergency preparedness comes into play when planning for your event and the safety of your attendees, speakers, and event staff. It is an important piece of the puzzle. During the site selection process you will need to keep in mind the different aspects of planning for an emergency.

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How to Make Your Event’s Social Media Photos Stand Out

How to Make Your Event’s Social Media Photos Stand Out | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sub-par social media photos are no longer an option in today’s saturated social feeds. Quality visual storytelling is essential, and everyone from your local synagogue to your favorite music festival has an Instagram.

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5 team-building activities to evoke extreme enthusiasm

5 team-building activities to evoke extreme enthusiasm | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Team-building activities have gotten a bad rep in recent years. Even the mention of the term can quickly result in snarky comments or at least eye-rolling from employees. And honestly, who can blame them—team-building activities are often dull, awkward and, in the end, useless.

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How You Can Make Your Events Awesome By Taking Advantage of Social Media 

How You Can Make Your Events Awesome By Taking Advantage of Social Media  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Events are there to let people hear about what you have to say. Events serve as a great way to reach out to your current customer/client base, they can be used to pitch a new idea to the world and of course, to close deals. And it’s safe to say that events can be quite useful. However, getting the desired number of attendees isn’t an easy job. Getting people hyped about your event requires a few tricks and at least one marketing maestro. Fortunately, with the help of social media, things can be a bit easier. Let’s see how you can take that to your advantage.

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7 Ways to Make Your Next Event More Eco-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Next Event More Eco-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When it comes to environmental impact, there is no getting around the rather large footprint the meetings industry has left behind in the past. Add to that the fact that we have been talking about how to throw green events for years, and you’d be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed with the ever-growing sustainability checklist. But making your events eco-friendlier is easier now than ever before.

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Salt Palace Sustainability Initiatives Create Art, Earn Awards

Salt Palace Sustainability Initiatives Create Art, Earn Awards | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This fall, Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center installed a stunning 20-foot-tall mosaic depicting Martha “Mattie” Hughes Cannon, the first female State Senator elected in the U.S. in 1896. While Cannon’s tale is truly remarkable—she was a physician, a suffragist, and defeated her own husband to win the state senate seat—the origin of the artwork is a story in itself.

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Welcoming Event Design: Rethink Your Biases

Welcoming Event Design: Rethink Your Biases | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An event design seminar at October's IMEX America in Las Vegas began with a slide showing a photo of a group of happy couples on a beach eating seafood and drinking Champagne. The invitation to the event read, “Join us for a beachfront crab boil featuring live bands and fireworks.” It looked like a lot of fun.

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MPI Report: Meetings Becoming Shorter, More Frequent

MPI Report: Meetings Becoming Shorter, More Frequent | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The meetings industry is changing, and this is good news. The Fall 2018 Meetings Outlook by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) confirms that the industry is alive, well and thriving. The report described the results of an MPI survey that underscored that these changes could result in events being more impactful for their attendees.

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Event-Qualified Leads: Your Best Leads are in the Ballroom

Event-Qualified Leads: Your Best Leads are in the Ballroom | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sales and marketing teams are hungry for leads and the more data attached to these leads, the better. Yet some of the best, most promising leads often come to sales teams with few details about interests and behaviors attached. We’re talking about the attendees of your company’s in-person events. We call these prospects Event-Qualified Leads (EQLs) and they are the first step in linking events to sales.

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Preparation is the Key to Risk Management

Preparation is the Key to Risk Management | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Risk management is a dedicated preparedness rather than simply a mental exercise, according to Lisa Sommer Devlin, the most recent Smart Meetings webinar host. In her talk, “Risk Management 101,” she outlined strategies for dealing with the risks of the industry, as well as how to actively avoid them.

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You have put in the years doing site visits, balancing event budgets, negotiating contracts and you have spent so much time carrying your CMP International Standards Handbook around that one arm is noticeably stronger than the other. But are you really ready to sit for the exam? In advance of the annual Events Industry Council CMP Conclave in Birmingham, Alabama next week, we have put together a quiz so you can test your prep skills and brag to your friends. Or, better yet, take the next step and sign up to begin the journey to CMP status.

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15 Painless Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Next Conference

15 Painless Cost-Saving Ideas for Your Next Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting professionals aren’t a shy bunch—but if you really want to get them talking, bring up the topic of cost savings. Everyone’s in the same doing-more-with-less situation and eager for new ideas to stretch the budget. At the Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals Annual Conference in Orlando this week, a packed educational session provided attendees a chance to share their cost-saving strategies. Here are 15 of our favorites:

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Study highlights business travel’s impact on mental health – and risk-taking

Study highlights business travel’s impact on mental health – and risk-taking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Though several recent studies indicate that workers are keen to undertake business trips, a new survey shows an increase in people’s levels of stress, burnout and anxiety while travelling for work.

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6 Types of Corporate Events (and How to Make Them Fun)

6 Types of Corporate Events (and How to Make Them Fun) | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Business-related events can often feel stale and predictable. But that doesn’t mean they have to be. To avoid awkward speeches, bland catering, and a conventional setting, all it takes is a bit of imagination. Check out these six common corporate event types and learn how to make yours more memorable.

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8 Apps That Help Event Planners Find Their Happy Place

8 Apps That Help Event Planners Find Their Happy Place | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It can be difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance when so much is at stake. But — surprisingly — your phone can be a source of relief (instead of endless notifications). Here are apps that will help you find your happy place, take a moment to breathe, and (finally) get a good night’s sleep.

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rising prices for meetings

rising prices for meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As if meeting and event planners aren't dealing with enough negotiating and budgeting difficulty thanks to a multi-year sellers’ market, new data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that wages are rising at the fastest clip in 10 years. The growth in wages between October 2017 and October 2018 was 3.1 percent, the strongest one-year rate of growth since 2009. This development will probably raise the cost of many elements not yet contracted for 2019 meetings and events. 

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Your Guide to Breaking Into the Event Planning Business

Your Guide to Breaking Into the Event Planning Business | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You love meeting new people, are calm under pressure and brilliant at prioritising tasks. But is the event planning business right for you? Whether you’re a student looking for advice on how to break into the event planning business or an experienced professional wanting to change tracks, this guide can help guide your way.

Discover the skills, tools, and tactics you need to know before becoming an event planner.

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Top 6 meeting planner mistakes and how to avoid them

Top 6 meeting planner mistakes and how to avoid them | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Planning a meeting, conference or company event can often be full of starts and stops and not always moving in the same direction. The focus, size or even location of the event can change, and the meeting planner may not have insight into the overall goals of the client or group for whom the training or conference is being planned. Yet, nailing down as many of these details as far in advance as possible can be the key to a successful meeting.

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9 Engaging Interactive Event Ideas Worth Trying

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

Americans are attending more live events than ever before. But while four out of five people in the U.S. attended an event last year, the demand for live experiences also means more competition. So if you want your event to stand out, you need to offer attendees an engaging, interactive experience. Get started — and inspired — with these 9 interactive event ideas worth trying.

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Anisha Robinson Keeys's curator insight, November 5, 7:23 AM

I'm not a big fan of fundraising events. There...I said it. The overhead is high and the net is typically low. That said...this is work the read.

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Online Communities Help Associations Stay Relevant

Online Communities Help Associations Stay Relevant | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Association members, especially next-gen members, are exponentially growing in numbers. Increasingly, however, they are not passionately engaged with association membership. That is because the competitive association landscape has changed the rules of engagement. Associations who fail to act on those changes are the ones who struggle to remain relevant amongst their members. In come online communities.

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