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    1. Meeting the Meetings Industry

      Meeting the Meetings Industry

      The best thing about working in the meetings industry, and probably any other industry, is meeting new people and traveling. So I was absolutely thrilled to join the staff of MeetingsNet as senior content producer in January. I was even more thrilled to start the new job with a trip to Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders 2017 in Austin, Texas, but truthfully there were certain aspects of going to the conference that I was not looking forward to.

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    2. 3 Ways to Make Meals More Experiential

      3 Ways to Make Meals More Experiential

      Your attendees know the routine of the usual dinner event. They connect with the people they know at their table while they wait for things to get started. Then they head to the buffet line to fill their plate before settling in for the dinner presentation. Once that’s finished, they enjoy a little lighthearted conversation before the evening comes to a close.

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    3. What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps

      What Really Drives Event Attendance? Don’t Fall into These Traps

      According to Meeting Professionals International, about 1.8 million meetings and events occur in the U.S. each year. Surprising? Not at all. Events are one of the few marketing tactics that provide both tangible and intangible benefits for your organization. But why are some events filled with “cult followers” while others struggle for attendance?

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    4. What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

      What Planners Need to Know About Meeting Logo Design

      In a world saturated with conferences, don’t just slap a logo on your event. Instead, make it strategic and thoughtful. “It’s always worth the effort,” says Kate Silva, design director at Freeman XP. A well-designed conference logo offers the first glimpse into what an attendee can expect from the live experience and helps maintain connections over time. It should be given the same consideration as every other touchpoint of your brand.

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    5. Could the Confusing New Device Travel Rule Mess with Your Meetings?

      Could the Confusing New Device Travel Rule Mess with Your Meetings?

      Color me confused.

      By now, you’ve likely heard that the Trump administration has instituted a rule requiring airlines from eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa to ban passengers to the U.S. traveling with anything bigger than a cellphone in their carry-on luggage. Now laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and other electronic devices must be packed in checked baggage.

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    6. What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events

      What You Need to Know About Language Professionals for Events

      Business people don't have to communicate with extraterrestrials (yet), but they can still learn a few things from the sci-fi thriller Arrival. The blockbuster film put a language professional in the leading role. Hollywood star Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor asked by U.S. Army Intelligence to help communicate with an alien species that has arrived on Earth.

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    7. Who Are You Really Working for?

      Who Are You Really Working for?

      Who’s your customer?

      That’s the one thing you need to know for sure. While meeting professionals may not think of themselves in terms of selling, we all provide some kind of product or service. Instead of customers, you may have clients, participants, attendees, or respondents. Understanding who they are, what they need, and how your product or service meets that need, is the key to being successful. Who are you working for?

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    8. Authentic Experiences Fuel Millennial Travel, and the Meetings Industry Must Adapt

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      In 2016, an important threshold was crossed in the American business-travel segment: The Millennial generation became the largest group of business travelers. One hallmark of this under-35 segment of the workforce is that they’re the first to be “digital natives” who grew up knowing only a world that’s connected by electronic devices and the Internet. However, what this generation’s tech-focused upbringing has instilled in them is a hunger for live experiences.

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    9. Historic Ames Boston Hotel Opens New Event Space

      Historic Ames Boston Hotel Opens New Event Space

      Boston’s event scene just got a new addition: two new meeting and event spaces in the 114-room Ames Boston Hotel. The rooms and prefunction space, designed for both elegance and functionality, add 1,700 square feet of modern meeting amenities to the hotel, which was constructed in 1893. Able to accommodate groups of up to 125, the Ames and Oliver & Oakes rooms can be configured for banquet, conference, lounge, classroom, and theater-style meetings, events, and presentation.

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    10. 3 Things You Need to Know to Determine Your Event’s Internet Needs

      3 Things You Need to Know to Determine Your Event’s Internet Needs

      Learning to negotiate Wi-Fi with an event venue requires planners to almost learn a new language so both sides can come to an understanding of how the technology can best help you meet your meeting’s goals. In a recent MeetingsNet webinar, Tim LaFleur, CMP, director, mobile strategy and solutions, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide; and Matt Harvey, vice president, client network services, PSAV, explained the three most important terms for things you need to know about how networks function.

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    11. 3 Absolutely Valid Reasons Planners Get Nervous Negotiating Event Wi-Fi

      3 Absolutely Valid Reasons Planners Get Nervous Negotiating Event Wi-Fi

      “Wi-Fi strikes fear into many planners’ hearts,” said Tim LaFleur, director, mobile strategy and solutions, with Meetings and Incentives Worldwide during a recent MeetingsNet webinar. Even the most seasoned professionals, those who have no problem with 5,000 people rushing into lunch after a general session, can break into a cold sweat when it comes time to negotiate Wi-Fi, he added.

      So what is it that makes connectivity such a fearsome topic to tackle? LaFleur identified three main reasons.

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    12. How to Elevate the e-RFP Process: 10 Best Practices

      How to Elevate the e-RFP Process: 10 Best Practices

      Given the current market conditions, it is essential that we elevate the electronic request for proposal process for group meetings on both the buyer and supplier side of the equation. This is a passion of mine that I’ve been presenting on for a few years, and during my sessions both planners and suppliers have shared great advice. Here are some of the key recommendations I hear consistently that can elevate the e-RFP process for everyone.

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    13. If You Plan It, Will They Come?

      If You Plan It, Will They Come?

      The CEO of Estée Lauder once suggested using a “lipstick index” as an economic indicator, in the belief that sales of lipstick go up in hard times because women can’t afford higher priced items like clothes or shoes. These days a better symbol may be a name tag, because there is no better metric of the health of the global economy than meetings.

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    14. Etouches Acquires Loopd Event Intelligence Platform

      Etouches Acquires Loopd Event Intelligence Platform

      Event management software company etouches LINK announced the acquisition of Loopd today, a move that increases the company’s array of data-driven event solutions.

      Loopd, winner of the annual #IMEXpitch startup competition in 2015, creates wearable smart badges for conference attendees that provide organizers with intelligence on event traffic and engagement.

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    15. 8 Need-to-Know Negotiating Gambits

      Meeting planners and their hospitality partners are like master chess players when they approach the negotiating table—sometimes, it makes sense to make a small sacrifice of a nice-to-have to ensure you’ll get that need-to-have when you come to it.

      Here are eight tactics you can use to move your negotiations in the right direction at each stage of the game.

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