Mobile Elements All Exhibitors Can Use

The right mobile strategy can be great, and even exhibitors can get in on the attendee engagement. With over 6.8 billion mobile phone subscribers, it is an intuitive way...

Meeting Technology at Cvent

Networking 22nd Century Style: Is that Really You?

For most of us, it’s difficult to imagine what the future will look like 10 years, even one year from now. Yet there are futurist thinkers who are trying to envision what the Internet will look like in the 22nd century. Curious about what the Internet of the future could look like? One of the projections


Creative Hotel Coffee Breaks

5 Easy Steps to Encourage Meeting Attendees to Use New Apps

If an association’s or company’s demographics fit a tech savvy profile, there it likely isn’t too hard to encourage meeting attendees to use new apps. What if attendees aren’t yet comfortable using mobile apps? I have worked with companies that run the gamut from a high level of comfort to nervousness to go anywhere near


Catering Terms: What do they mean?

Every industry has its jargon. Catering is no different. To make your job as a meeting planner easier, here are some terms you should know: A la Carte – each menu item is priced individually as opposed to an entire menu for one fixed price. A la Minute – food that is prepared to order,


Banquet Service Ratios

Do you negotiate service levels? Do you ask hotels what their service ratios are? Understaffed meal service is not compatible with successful events; regardless of the quality of a catered function’s food and beverage, room setup, and overall ambience, poor service reduces significantly the attendees’ appreciation and enjoyment of the event. The cost of labor


Business Meetings 411: Building Better Breakouts

Breakouts are one of the most powerful vehicles for engaging participants at business meetings and conferences. A common pitfall is turn them into mini-keynotes and miss out on the opportunity to provide targeted and truly interactive attendee content. Today, we’ll explore strategies for designing effective and interactive breakouts. Two popular formats are: Breakout Sessions: Generally


10 Tips for Designing Gala Events That Sparkle

Tuxedos, lace, the swish of taffeta, and the clink of champagne glasses. ‘Tis the height of the season for galas and glamorous balls. The next time you need to pull out all the stops and design an unforgettable gala, keep these tips in mind. Even with budget constraints, you can still blow your guests away


Creating Classy Christmas Centerpieces

Whether budgets are high, moderate or low, a great centerpiece is an easy way to reinforce an event theme at any time of the year. The following examples illustrate the use of snowglobes, ornaments, decorative elements from nature (e.g. branches, berries) and, of course, candles. Candles Candles elevate just about any centerpiece. Surround them with tinsel,


Food for Thought: Room Drops

A knock at the door, and an amenity is delivered right to your hotel room. That’s just one form of room drop. There are many, both inside and outside the room. Inside room drops include items placed in the room before the guest arrives and checks in as well as those placed in the rooms


Special Meals Should Be No Surprise

There is more demand for special meals now than ever before. Attendees come with all types of allergies, preferences, religious mandates, doctor’s orders…. You should develop a procedure for dealing with special meal requests in advance. Last-minute requests can throw off the kitchen. Because they haven’t planned in advance, they have to pull someone off