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Survey Results Can Shape a Better Conference Experience
Jun 11, 2014 by
SAP recently held their Sapphire Now in Orlando for 20,000 attendees. Based on feedback from meeting participants who attended last year's conference, the event planning team at SAP really stepped up to make this user conference everything the attendee wanted. Michael Trovalli, Vice President of Global Events at SAP, recently shared with BizBash, "The top two things (attendees) want is to hear the thought leadership and future vision of the company from our senior executives, which we've alwa...
 
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How MiFi Screws Up Your Meeting in So Many Ways
Jun 09, 2014 by
Everyone has heard or used them: MiFi. HotSpot. Personal WiFi. But what you don't know is with everyone setting up their individual WiFi system in the meeting room or on the trade show floor, it can wreak havoc on your event WiFi solutions. Here is a definition of MiFi and what four event planners have say about it from an up close and personal point of view.  MiFi Defined A MiFi device can be connected to a cellular network and provide Internet access for up to ten devices. The MiF...
 
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How Engaging Event Ideas Transition to Super Social Posts
Jun 05, 2014 by
I remember when I started blogging and posting on social, my biggest conundrum of the day was to figure out what to post. I didn't want it to be too commercial, yet it couldn't be too simple either.  Now multiply my dilemma by 100 or 1,000 meeting participants just dying to share their thoughts on social. Or not. They may be faced with the same bubble over their head, "What is appropriate to post?"  Why don't you give them some guidelines? We know not all social...
 
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Why Your Meeting Feedback is Missing the Mark Everytime
Jun 03, 2014 by
Gathering timely feedback is one of the cornerstone responsibilities of every meeting planner, and often it is a requirement of the job. However, we all know the saying "Garbage In = Garbage Out" so the question I pose in today's blog is: Are you getting the type of feedback that can improve and enhance your conference?  According to Paul O. Radde, Ph.D., Founder of The Thrival Institute there are four types of feedback, as he conveyed in Successful Meetings Magazine. The first two ar...
 
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3 Active Steps to Make Certain You Have the Right Event WiFi Solution
May 30, 2014 by
With the plethora of technological choices available today, as well as, the constant churning of new offerings, is it any wonder that attendees and exhibitors alike yearn for the "shiny new penny"? While renting technology for technology's sake is not a good idea, the important thing is to understand what your meeting participants want to use and how they will use said technology. Once the technology needs are established, if you don't have enough bandwidth to support the ap...
 
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Check This Out! Planners Weigh-In on the 3 C’s: Challenges, Changes and Cautions
May 28, 2014 by
About 600 meeting planners took part in a Meetings Focus Trends survey that concentrated on what planners anticipated to be some of the forthcoming issues in 2014 and beyond.  Below is a 40,000 foot view of the survey results and a few thoughts and ideas of ways to overcome some of these real-life event planning challenges. Here are the questions and answers:  What will be your biggest challenge when planning meetings in the coming year?   41% said Increasing Costs 27%...
 
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How Event Planners are Evolving to be Great Content Managers
May 22, 2014 by
Let's face it: Whether you like it or not, attendees are creating content about your meeting or event. The good, the bad and the ugly. But rather than trying to hold your attendees down or back -- why not let their commentaries, along with your own, add to the value of your meeting? Julius Solaris, Editor of the Event Manager Blog, recently wrote a post about ways event planning is changing. Below are a few of his thoughts, along with mine, on how audio visual equipment can assist in your ...
 
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Tech Trends and Advice for the Future, Meeting U Style
May 20, 2014 by
Jim Spellos,Owner of Meeting U., recently spoke to Michael Pinchera, Editor of The Meeting Professional about future technology trends and challenges for both meetings and their planners. Below is a synopsis of the article, along with a few definitions and my own thoughts about what Jim had to say.  3 Tech Trends That Are Evolving Spellos believes,when event planning, you should be on the lookout for the following technologies:  Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indi...
 
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8 Great Ways Google Glass can Rock Your Next Meeting
May 16, 2014 by
What is Google Glass and how is it applicable in the meetings industry? Glass is a wearable technology that goes over a user's right eye and allows them to do pretty much everything they would on a computer or smartphone including web searches, answer phone calls, and complete video recordings. It is integrated with Google+, GMail and other apps.  Here is a brief video of what Glass looks like:  Below are 8 great uses of Glass by meeting professionals that are using this techno...
 
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5 Key Trends that Will Transform Your Next Meeting
May 14, 2014 by
At the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit last February, Compliant Venues Ltd., outlined 10 global trends they see that will affect healthcare meetings and events. What I find interesting about these trends is they are not going to just resonate in the healthcare field; but in the entire industry as a whole.  I have plucked out 5 of the 10 for today's blog post and how they apply in event planning efforts for future meetings.  Global Trend #1: Hybrid me...
 
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