Meeting & Event Intelligence

Event Design: When to Reinvent the Wheel

Does the prospect of change frighten you? When you’re asked to do something new with your event design, do you freeze up, uncertain where to begin? One of my friends is a talented graphic artist. In his previous job, he designed several magazines simultaneously, never missed a deadline and was known...read more

More Metrics for Measuring Meeting R.O.I.

Measuring the ROI. of meetings and events and pinpointing their impact on corporate performance is an important yet challenging area of focus for meeting and event planners. It's one of the keys to ensuring the longevity and success of the industry in the corporate sector. The CMO Council of the...read more

15 Tips for Welcoming Unexpected Meeting and Corporate Event Guests

Unexpected arrivals usually fall into 2 categories: Guests arriving at an unexpected time (early or late arrivals). Flights get delayed, major thunderstorms of blizzards can wreak havoc with traffic, and at times there are even unexpected delays on subway systems. Attendees who did not RSVP...read more

Top 100 Exclusivity Play: Is It a Fit for Your Conference?

Back in the day, Steve Jobs would hold a Top 100 meeting offsite for Apple MVPs. Getting an invite to this think tank was highly coveted, as it meant your thought leadership and hard work had been noticed. You were now on Jobs' rising star radar screen and would be treated to a glimpse of where...read more

9 Tips for Using Dedicated Meeting Concierges

Last week we discussed the benefits of dedicated meeting concierges for event planners, the hotel, and clients. To ensure that you integrate integrate dedicated concierges into your event effectively, here are 9 tips. Tips for Using Dedicated Concierges Stress the need for flexibility. It's pretty...read more

Optimizing User Adoption Rates for Your Event Mobile App

So many event organizers invest in a great mobile app for their event. They spend time updating the agenda, speaker list, introducing gamification and refining many other details so that their attendees can engage. However, many events organizers still have trouble earning adoption from their...read more

Meeting Generously: Create a VIP Giving Experience

by Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Competitors pose for a quick picture before teeing off in the MSP Love Josh Williams Golf Tournament. This VIP event raises funds for the Midwest Sports Production’s Love Fund’s Scholarships. Associating your organization with a cause is more...read more

Meeting Generously: Make It Personal

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Attendees at an event held at the Culinary Center of Kansas City wrote personal notes of encouragement to include with food packages that went to three local charities – Mattie Rhodes Center, Lazarus Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. The...read more

Negotiating 2015 Rates: 7 Things You Need to Know

Labor Day next week marks the start of the fall group travel season. And the fall travel season means the start of the request for proposal (RFP) process for event planners that will end up determining 2015 rates. According to hotel managers, group demand was slow to rebound in the aftermath of the...read more

Why You Need to Treat Your Staff as Well as Your Attendees

There's a triple bottomline to sustainability: people, planet, profits. The last two are pretty clear, but how are you supposed to treat people sustainably? The answer is simple: Like human beings. How often have you served a three-course banquet to your event attendees while serving your staff...read more
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