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    1. Experience Design: How New Furniture Trends are Helping Brands Increase Dwell Time

      Experience Design: How New Furniture Trends are Helping Brands Increase Dwell Time

      When you think of the key elements that contribute to an effective event, chances are furniture isn’t top of mind. But as younger generations make up a larger portion of attendee bases and their networking opportunities continue to be a top request, and the line between business and pleasure continues to blur, event marketers are placing greater importance on the role that furnishings play in the overall success of their events. Want to increase attendee dwell time?

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    2. How to Optimize Event Footprints for Instagram

      How to Optimize Event Footprints for Instagram

      Fujifilm’s analog frame engagement at its Wonder Photo Shop puts consumers on display.

      Social media is ubiquitous in experiential marketing, with social media impressions a key metric for marketers. But with the rise of this attendee-driven amplification channel has come hard lessons in letting go—that, unlike photo activation booths, brands can’t always control the visuals or the messages shared.

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    3. American Express Offers Eight Tips for Success in Live Events

      American Express Offers Eight Tips for Success in Live Events

      Deb Curtis, vp-global experiential marketing at American Express

      This year’s Experiential Marketing Summit featured four killer keynote speakers, including Deb Curtis, vp-global experiential marketing at American Express, who delivered a perceptive morning keynote to kick off day two of the conference. Curtis offered an overview of the financial services giant’s 167-year history, along with insights on what it means to be a part of the experiential marketing industry now, and in the future.

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    4. Best Places to Work: Our Q&A with Facebook’s Head of Events

      Best Places to Work: Our Q&A with Facebook’s Head of Events

      Julie Hogan, Facebook Head of Events

      Our special report on the Best Places to Work in Events offered an inside look at the top office environments and cultures in the industry, including a rare peek at the internal strategies driving Facebook’s events team. To get more insight on how the crew gets down to business, we tapped Julie Hogan, the brand’s head of global event and industry marketing. Following is an excerpt from our conversation.

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    5. What You Missed at EMS 2017: Day Three

      What You Missed at EMS 2017: Day Three

      American Greetings’ mailbox and card-writing station was a popular stop for EMS attendees.

      There would be no slowing down on the final day of the Experiential Marketing Summit (May 3-5) as another packed day kicked off at McCormick Place in Chicago. With 25 sessions including two master classes on the agenda, the spread of breakfast treats and fruit outside the general session ballroom helped fuel the morning.

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    6. What You Missed at EMS 2017: Day One

      What You Missed at EMS 2017: Day One

      Ben Grossman of Jack Morton Worldwide presents Data University in one of the opening day workshops at EMS 2017.

      Happy Birthday to the Experiential Marketing Summit. What began 15 years ago as the experiential community’s first official gathering has ballooned into the industry’s ultimate training conference and networking event. And in honor of this special year, we’re back in the city where it all began… Chicago, baby! It’s good to be home.

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    7. Toyota Hosts Adventure Influencers at Hotel Tacoma

      Toyota Hosts Adventure Influencers at Hotel Tacoma

      Hotel Tacoma tapped into the essential “human truth” that as we age, many of us forget to play.

      More than 80 dirt-sport athletes, outdoor adventurers and social media influencers headed to the desert hills of Hualapai, AZ, for Hotel Tacoma, a three-day experience that gave a whole new meaning to the term “hotel,” and brought to life Toyota’s Play Now ad campaign for the Toyota Tacoma.

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    8. 2017 Dream Team: Five Ways to Keep Your Team on Track

      2017 Dream Team: Five Ways to Keep Your Team on Track

      Motivating your team is key to the success of any event marketing endeavor. Your team puts in long hours, spends countless nights away from home and plays a major role in ensuring the event goes off without a hitch.

      The best managers know how to keep their team going when the going gets tough, when the end seems nowhere in sight and energy starts to wane. They spark their creativity, encourage bravery and reward their efforts. They make it all worthwhile.

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    9. Going Solo: What Drives Brands to Take the Leap into Proprietary Events

      CLIF Bar’s quirky CykelScramble last year drew 8,500 spectators and 75 teams of costume-clad competitors.

      Most event marketers have enjoyed the benefits of sponsoring a vibrant event. Maybe a music festival that attracts the millennial audience they’re trying to reach, or a sporting event that draws thousands into a stadium—and their on-site activation.

      But at some point they’ve no doubt wondered—what would happen if we took all that experience and financial investment and created our own event?

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    10. Cover Story: How Live Events and Sponsorships are Elevating the Booming Esports Industry

      Cover Story: How Live Events and Sponsorships are Elevating the Booming Esports Industry

      Activision’s second Call of Duty XP convention gave fans physical experiences with digital games, on top of a live tournament and hands-on play.

      It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about gamers. That they’re solitary creatures who prefer communicating via headsets and through screens rather than in person or as a community. That they’re too young to have an impact on the market. And then there’s that pesky little over-arching belief: that gaming is, quite simply, a hobby.

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    11. Venue Inspiration: Inside Five Unique Activation Settings

      Venue Inspiration: Inside Five Unique Activation Settings

      Most of the industry’s events take place within a handful of venue settings—places like convention centers, sports arenas and pop-up stores. But every now and then a brand throws its attendees for a loop by selecting an offbeat location that turns the standard activation on its head. If you’re looking for fresh ways to energize your experiences, a change of scenery might be just the ticket. Here’s a look at five brands that leveraged unique (and relevant) locations to engage attendees.

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    12. Disorder in the House: Meeting Trends for 2017

      Disorder in the House: Meeting Trends for 2017

      Fasten your seatbelts, friends. This year will be full of disruptions for the event marketing industry. At least that’s the message Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer at MGM Resorts International, delivered to attendees in his keynote address at the 5th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit, which took place Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Philadelphia.

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    13. Q&A: Infiniti Discusses the Benefits and Challenges of Using Biometrics at Events

      Q&A: Infiniti Discusses the Benefits and Challenges of Using Biometrics at Events

      Building emotional connections with event attendees has always been at the heart of experiential marketing, but until recently, finding a way to quantify those feelings has been a challenge. Now, as the fields of biometrics and wearable technology continue to advance, event marketers are equipped with the tools they need to gain insight on how attendees respond to their products and experiences.

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    14. Marketing in Motion: Inside Audi’s Experiential Evolution

      Marketing in Motion: Inside Audi’s Experiential Evolution

      Erin Keating, Head of Events

      Like the gleaming metal exhibit on the floor at CES that wowed attendees with its sleek ribbed exterior and sleeker space-age interior. Or the launch events for the A3 targeting young urban consumers with night test-drives. Or the dealer events in unexpected places spanning Alcatraz and Miami’s Wynwood district. Or—well, you get the point. From the auto shows to ski mountains to the new Major League Soccer sponsorship, few brands have as much action… as Audi.

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    15. Event Safety: Three Tips for Securing a Safe Structure

      Event Safety: Three Tips for Securing a Safe Structure

      Live events have a lot of moving parts, making it easy to get caught up in planning logistics and experience building without prioritizing one of the most critical components of any event: safety.

      Enter: the Event Safety Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting “life safety first” in event production and execution. The Alliance’s third annual Event Safety Summit, held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Lititz, PA, was brimming with insights on best practices.

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