Part 1: Understanding Planners’ Needs

In a three-part series, we’ll dive deep into how venues can prepare themselves for their biggest events and exceed the expectations of the industry’s top planners. Understanding planners’ needs...

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What Hoteliers Can Learn from Planner Wish Lists

On June 26-30, close to 3,000 event and hospitality professionals, partners, and employees will come together at this year’s Cvent CONNECT. As our largest event, Cvent CONNECT 2016 will encourage the best in the business to share ideas, build stronger relationships, and deepen their knowledge of the industry. On Tuesday, June 28, event and hospitality


Going Live: 5 Things Planners Need to Know about Periscope

The Periscope app has been leading the way for live streaming, and 2016 is the time to get on board. Periscope allows users to instantly broadcast and view livestreams via smartphones and mobile devices. The Twitter-owned company has already had a huge impact on the event industry, and has given a whole new dimension to


Top 10 Best Planner Tips: What You Shouldn’t Leave to Luck

We could all use a little luck on St. Patrick’s Day. And as event planners, we could use a little extra luck every day. Though we would love to plant you a garden of four-leaf clovers, luck happens when you’re prepared. It’s the only way to create your own luck. We’ve spoken to our top


12 Strategies to Increase Attendee Engagement

Long before I was involved in event planning, I designed and facilitated training development for major corporations as an employee and an independent consultant. Through this experience, I learned that event and conference planners can greatly boost attendee engagement by borrowing strategies from the professional facilitator’s bag of tricks. Participant engagement strategies consist of steps that can be taken


10 Terrific Themes for Corporate Events

Whether you’re planning business meetings, brainstorming sessions, galas, or team building, the right theme will set the tone for corporate events. Themes can also be instrumental in conveying complex information during presentations, conferences and training and development programs. Use your theme to drive decisions about venues, menu selections, messaging, graphics, music, and entertainment. Here are


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How iBeacons Can Improve Your Event

Meetings tech expert Corbin Ball recently described iBeacons as having a major impact on events. But, why? (And what are iBeacons again?) iBeacons are another way for you to use mobile technology to engage your smartphone-attached attendees. This is especially important as global smartphone ownership continues to increase. Beacons are small transmitters that broadcast Bluetooth


Choose the Best Service Style for Your Next Event

Often the style of service will influence the types and varieties of foods the caterer can offer. For instance, foods that will be passed on trays by servers during an afternoon reception must be easy to handle. They also must be able to hold up well. Sauced items, which could drip, should not be served,


2016 Hot Event Industry Trends

At the threshold of a new year, event and meeting planners are able to take a breather. It’s important to keep events fresh, unique and alive, year after year. Devoting quality time to spotting trends can be helpful in shaping future events. Cvent Blog has been discussing a number of them throughout the year. Once


Set Up a Twitter Live Stream at Your Next Conference

Many of us are always plugged in, and research from marketing agency Tecmark even suggests that the average smartphone user looks at their phone over 200 times a day. That’s a staggering number. And what is a ton of that usage focused on? You guessed it: social media. A Social World Over 500 million tweets