Event Horror Stories: Night of the Zombie Attendees

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events! Human beings are social creatures. They yearn for engagement—in...

Event Horror Stories: The Quest for the Acceptable Venue

Did this episode sound familiar? Read below, and see how you can avoid a similarly gruesome fate at your events! The hunt for a venue can be a long and exhausting process. As an event planner, you have to come to the table ready to battle and prepared to make sacrifices in the name of


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 a spouse after they’ve registered as


3 Ways CrowdCompass Has Prepared for iOS 8 and iPhone 6

Every year, you can count on Apple to make a major announcement about the new, exciting products it’s releasing. The big reveal is typically in September, but CrowdCompass had been preparing for the launch of Apple’s new operating system and hardware since June. While developers of individual apps must also stay current to support new


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 to connect with your attendees. So, where should you start? Using mobile for lead retrieval Mobile is a great way to increase attendee engagement through lead


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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


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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