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Concrete Questions for Checking Out an AV Provider
Jan 20, 2014 by
Whether you are planning a new meeting or considering changing your supplier for an existing one, it is important that you assess the overall capabilities of the AV provider. Without a doubt, it is easier to stay with what you know. However, you have not been totally satisfied with the level of customer service your existing company has provided you, and are left wondering if there may be a better choice.  Beyond pricing, location and interactive technology tool rentals, what should ...
As Expenses Increase and Budgets Stay the Same, Will Your Meetings Survive?
Jan 17, 2014 by
  Successful Meetings polled planners in late October of last year and found out a key nugget of information: Meeting net budgets are projected to get smaller this year as compared to last. The rationale is most budgets are expected to remain flat or slightly increase, but expenses such as hotels, airfare, F&B and renting audio visual equipment are projected to be on the rise. So what oh what is a meeting planner to do? Below is the raw data as reported by Successful Meetings, ...
4 Killer Insights Into Surveys, Speakers and Streaming
Jan 15, 2014 by
Tagoras, a marketing consulting firm, and Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, an annual meeting improvement, association and corporate meetings company, recently surveyed 175 meeting professionals about their expectations of speakers -- both in live context and resonating their message to a remote audience.  Here are the highlights from the research:  Killer Insight #1: Surveys are collected, but learning is still questionable.  According to their research, 94% of res...
4 Budget Blunders to Avoid When Planning Your Next Meeting
Jan 13, 2014 by
If you kick yourself every time you hold a meeting or conference because one budget item slipped through the cracks, you are not alone. Even though orchestrating the budget is part of your job description, the task can be overwhelming when considering all the items you need to track plus new ones that will be included in your 2014 budget.  Here are four budget items to give more attention to this year:  Budget Blunder #1: You don't receive line item costs because you are t...
3 Resolutions to Make Your Trade Show Booth the Best Ever
Jan 10, 2014 by
As you develop plans for an attractive and appealing booth this year, consider the following tips to bring more attendees to your space and ultimately more business to your company's bottom line.  Here are a subset of the 19 ideas provided by BizBash, plus a few of my own thoughts on ways interactive technology tool rentals can help as you initiate your 2014 plans.  Resolution #1: My Booth will be Interesting and Engaging and so will I.  Here are a few ideas ...
Survey Says: C-Suite Values F2F Meetings
Jan 08, 2014 by
Northstar Meeting's Group recently polled 145 senior executives regarding their position on the intrinsic value of off-site meetings. The results were refreshing and if used properly, should help in your efforts to justify the use of meeting planners within the organization. Here it goes:  VITAL MEETING TYPES Respondents said the following meetings are extremely or very important to the success of their organization:  Training (65%) Board (65%) Annual (59...
Planners Prepare for 6 Shifts in Mobile Solutions in 2014
Jan 06, 2014 by
With the number of active cell phones reaching 7.3 billion this year, according to Silicon India and Gartner predicting that tablet shipments will outstrip PCs by 72% in 2016, is it any wonder that organizations are looking at their mobile technology strategy as they embark on 2014?    According to Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi the Chairman and CEO at CyberFlow Analytics you have a recipe for growth or disaster depending on how how prepared you are for this technology within your enter...
4 Fabulous Meeting Technology Predictions for 2014
Jan 03, 2014 by
GenieConnect, a mobile events app company, recently came out with their top 10 tech predictions for the New Year. Many of them validate what I have been writing about for the last 18 months. Here are the four I believe you should pay attention to, in order of urgency, as you look at your meeting plans for the coming year.  Fit-for-Purpose Wi-Fi will become the norm.  What is fit-for-purpose Wi-Fi? It is providing the right amount of bandwidth needed at your event at the ...
Cheers to the New Year
Jan 01, 2014 by
A p p r o a c h t h e N e w Y e a r w i t h r e s o l v e t o f i n d t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s h i d d e n i n e a c h n e w d a y . ~ M i c h a e l J o s e p h s o n & n b s p ; C h e e r s t o t h e N e w Y e a r ! & n b s p ;
8 PowerPoint Tricks and Tips that will Enhance Your Presenter’s Talk
Dec 30, 2013 by
The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a recognized authority in the cold chain industry  where every product retains quality and safety, holds several conferences throughout the year for its members. Rather than having each presenter come up with their own PowerPoint that could be full of problems for attendees, they have become proactive and give their speakers a template to follow that is customized for every program.  They recently shared in PCMA's Convene the following ...
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