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A Perfect Storm: National Travel & Tourism Week, the GSA Scandal, and Congress’ Reaction
May 11, 2012 by
National Travel and Tourism Week kicked off on Saturday, May 5th and will run until Sunday, May 13th. This annual salute to all organizations affiliated with the travel industry (including meetings, events, and suppliers, such as conference equipment rental companies) is meant to celebrate and champion the power of travel. But unfortunately, it sits under a huge cloud called the General Services Administration (GSA) scandal which has hit the industry hard by the cancelation of at least 1 ass...
 
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Thinking about Renting Audio Visual Equipment? Here are 3 Key Benefits Why Rentals Make Sense
May 09, 2012 by
For generations we have been an ownership society from our homes, cars, computers, and everything in between. Today, in part due to the financial meltdown of 2009, we are becoming more of a renter society from renting homes, cars and everything in between. What is the reason for becoming more of  a rental society? The main reasons are because it is no longer considered a stigma to rent and the equity argument seems to be less and less relevant as home values continue to drop and are ...
 
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Dede Mulligan Bio
May 07, 2012 by
De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM has been an experienced meeting professional since 1993. She has planned, coordinated and executed over 1,500 meetings for groups from 10 to 10,000 individuals.    She has been an active blogger in the meetings industry since 2009, and writes meeting and event related pieces for AV Event Solutions, an audiovisual rentals and interactive technology tool rental company specializing in corporate and business meetings and events.    Mulligan ...
 
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3 Great Tips to Being a Better Negotiator
May 07, 2012 by
Every event requires some negotiation by meeting planners whether it is making a simple request, persuading organizations to sponsor the event, or taking a hard line on pricing with suppliers. Often times planners think they need to be like lawyers or used car salespersons; trying to take, take, take and be totally adversarial. But it doesn't have to be that way -- there can be a different route to success.  Here are 3 tips to effectively get what you want and develop a win-win p...
 
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What Event Planners can Learn from Yogi Berra
May 04, 2012 by
Ah..spring! The daffodils are out, the days are longer, and baseball season is in full swing. When I think of baseball, my mind often gravitates to great players such as Sandy Alamar, Johnny Bench, and Cal Ripkin, Jr.. But one player that probably is quoted the most often is Yogi Berra. Believe it or not, the funny sayings below can provide useful event meeting services insights. Here are 7 of his best quotes and how they relate to the industry. "You can observe a lot by just watc...
 
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The Debate Over In-House vs. Outside Vendors When Renting Audio Visual Equipment
Apr 30, 2012 by
When event planners book a hotel or conference center, they are often told that they are required or encouraged to use their in-house AV company for the meeting. The pitch goes something like this: "We would like you to use XYZ Company for your event because they have all their equipment onsite, their pricing is available to you right now, and they are very familiar with our venue."  Sounds good, right? Maybe yes and maybe no. Here are 6 things to consider when engaging w...
 
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Looking for New Event Apps? Here are 8 that will Make Your Event Great!
Apr 25, 2012 by
Feeling overwhelmed by your technology options when planning a meeting or event? You are not alone! With the ever-changing pace of technological choices and applications, it can leave the most experienced planner perplexed about their options. Below are a few apps that Julius Solaris, Editor of Event Manager Blog, feels are good ones to help organize, promote, and allow for maximum interaction with your attendees. EVENT COLLABORATION Gantto Create an online Gantt Chart in just a few ...
 
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Want Your Trade Show Booth to Stand Out? Rent iPads for These 4 Reasons
Apr 23, 2012 by
After much consideration, you have made the decision to purchase booth space at an upcoming trade show in a few months. It is a costly proposition, both in time and money, and your decision was not made without thorough analysis. Now, as the date of the show becomes more of a reality, you are wrestling with the idea of how to get attendees to your booth and gain qualified leads. Utilizing an iPad is a creative and stimulating way to do just that.  Here are 4 reasons how iPads can help m...
 
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5 Tips to Make Your Meetings, Trade Shows, and Events More Effective
Apr 20, 2012 by
What is the purpose of a meeting or event, anyway? Well that depends on your point of view, but most  people agree it is to disseminate information about a product, service, policy, or provide some level of professional education. In addition, it could be to reinforce your brand, set sales objectives, team-build, or get your group of members together for the annual meeting.  Some meetings and events are terrific while others are..well...lackluster. Most event meeting services in...
 
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When Renting Audio Visual Equipment, These 6 Negotiating Tips Will Help
Apr 18, 2012 by
As a meeting professional, we are often overwhelmed with all the to-do's associated with our meeting or conference, so the last thing we want to do is focus on all the technology advancements associated with AV. But let's get real for a moment, audio visual equipment can "make or break" our meeting, and we know it. From sound and lighting rentals to the Wi-Fi array to working with a reputable AV company and negotiating a "win-win" contract, it all boils...
 
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