IMEX Frankfurt: What's Ahead #IMEX15

For all of the event planners, exhibitors and speakers enroute to Frankfurt, IMEX 2015, opening on Tuesday, May 19th, promises to be bigger and better than ever. There will be 55 news stands and over 4,000 hosted buyers this year. Exhibits from emerging destinations that you will want to check out...read more

Spice Up Your Summer BBQ With Tech

Summer barbecue time is fast approaching and, with the nicer weather here in New York, the grills are finally being put to use and the party invites are going out for summer bashes across the city. You've thrown your summer barbecue a thousand times, but today I'm going to help you add that extra...read more

Meetings 411: 9 Places to Discover Great Conference Speakers and Facilitators

Finding speakers that are a good fit for meetings and corporate events can be a challenge. Speakers Bureaus represent really prominent speakers including business leaders, athletes, and celebrities. Often they have showcases for some of the emerging talent on their rosters. There are also a number...read more

Best of 2014: Top 6 Event Planning Articles by Anne Thornley-Brown

As a blogger who writes well over 250 posts each and every year, I'm often asked, "Where does inspiration come from?" Inspiration for blog posts or event ideas is everywhere: on TV and YouTube, at tradeshows, restaurants, movies. If you're open to it, new ideas and innovative approaches will pop out...read more

The Event Effect: It’s the ROI Businesses Should Care About

We’ve all been to tradeshows, attended in-person events and even participated in webinars or virtual conferences. Some of us are looking for that competitive edge that helps us in our careers or our business while others are looking to experience something new.   Millions of businesses invest in...read more

12 Ways for Event Planners to Communicate DMC Value

For some conferences, tradeshows, and meetings, clients or sponsoring organizations take care of certain expenses while attendees pay for others. Perhaps a hospitality desk is provided but attendees book their own tours and offsite excursions. Attendees who extend their time at a destination may be...read more

Event Tech at #IMEX14 #techsytalk

I'm here in Vegas this week for IMEX14 - a HUGE tradeshow filled with event professionals from around the world. This is my third IMEX event and I'm struck by how technology in the meetings industry has grown. Its footprint is larger at each event and the impact tech is making on our industry is...read more

Event Horror Stories: Uninvited Guests

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events!  The more unregistered guests, the larger the headache.  Inaccurate attendee numbers can be caused by a lot of variables, starting with people forgetting to register or deciding to bring...read more

Social Media Marketing Author Neal Schaffer on Using LinkedIn to Market Events

  "The people that are attending your conference are primarily going to be on LinkedIn." Before Neal Schaffer was a minor social media industry, he authored a blog called "Windmill Networking: Maximizing LinkedIn," that I read religiously. Much of what I know about LinkedIn comes from reading that...read more

How to Shop for Sustainable Sites and Vendors

T'is the season to shop for holiday venues. As you prepare those requests for proposals, think about what message you'd like to send to your celebrants. If it's that your company or client cares about people and planet as well as profit, then you probably want to add the following questions to your...read more
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