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    1. Whitepaper: Level Up Your Attendee Engagement - Use a Mobile App to Achieve Your Event Goals

      Whitepaper: Level Up Your Attendee Engagement - Use a Mobile App to Achieve Your Event Goals

      BUILDING ENGAGEMENT CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALSThe fun doesn’t stop when someone buys the game; you want them to play it, obsess over it, live it. And just like video games, your event’s continued success relies heavily on attendee engagement. Getting people to attend your event is just half the battle. Getting them to engage at your event—with each other, exhibitors, and speakers—is where the fun really begins.

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    2. 5 Reasons Why It May Be Time to Find a New Event Production Company

      As a meeting planner, you oversee lots of events for your association or company. The partner that you’ve been using for event production has been doing a perfectly fine job for several years. Deadlines are met, reasonably good work is produced, and most of your requests are fulfilled. You have no complaints from your event clients, partners, or attendees, and prices seem competitive.

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    3. 15 Ways to Power Up Your Meeting Breaks

      15 Ways to Power Up Your Meeting Breaks

      Breaks tend to be a time when attendees scour their email, return calls, and hit the restroom before running back into the next session. They are on information overload, feeling fatigued, and probably craving a sweet treat or caffeine to keep them going. What if you could allow your attendees space to process the information they just learned and feel refreshed going into their next session? With a little structure and creativity, it’s possible!

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    4. How to Design Meetings All Age Groups Will Love

      How to Design Meetings All Age Groups Will Love

      The tech-savvy, experience-hungry, and social media-sharing generation now coming into the workforce is not ready to settle for the same old meeting model. In a recent MeetingsNet webinar, Play With a Purpose’s Chief Idea Sparker Sharon Fisher outlined nine characteristics that drive this latest addition to the conference scene, and some ideas on how to get them involved and keep them engaged. (For more, see 9 Effective Ways to Engage Millennials at Your Events.)

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    5. Diving Deep into EIC’s 5 Top Trends for the Meeting Industry

      Diving Deep into EIC’s 5 Top Trends for the Meeting Industry

      As an umbrella organization representing more than 30 associations focused on meetings and conventions, the Events Industry Council, formerly the Convention Industry Council, has its ear to the ground. At a recent EIC meeting, members discussed changes in the industry, new tech trends, and the current political scene, emerging with five top trends that event professionals should watch closely in the year ahead.

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    6. Harnessing Intangible SMM Outcomes

      Harnessing Intangible SMM Outcomes

      When strategic meetings management first came on the scene almost 20 years ago, the main focus was controlling spend and mitigating contractual risk, which produce very tangible and very important results. Over the past few years, I have observed that the drivers of SMM have be transforming and that organizations are also now focusing their SMM approach on intangible outcomes, such as consistency in branding, a centralized corporate calendar, and an improved user experience, among others.

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    7. Pharma Meeting Planners: Show Me the Data

      Pharma Meeting Planners: Show Me the Data

      Get a bunch of meeting planners in a room, and the conversation quickly gets down to the nitty-gritty details. Get a bunch of life sciences meeting professionals in a room, and that conversation goes to a whole new level of granularity.

      While the minutiae may be mind boggling to the uninitiated—does it really matter how you split up the cost among riders on that airport shuttle, or whether you include a bartender fee in the cost of a meal?—it’s essential that planners who live in the pharma and life sciences world have a process for collecting, tracking ...

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    8. The Value of Experiential Event Design

      The Value of Experiential Event Design

      It seems that over the last couple of years, our industry’s trends and buzzwords have frequently reflected the popularity of incorporating interactive elements into event design. Long before our industry’s trade shows, educational events, and news publications started focusing on this, many of us were already racking up success stories driven by effective experiential event design.

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    9. Adventures in Conferencing: Why You Should Let Loose Your Inner Themer

      Adventures in Conferencing: Why You Should Let Loose Your Inner Themer

      Over the last 12 years, I’ve spoken at somewhere north of 500 conferences. With that many under my belt, it’s natural that some are more memorable than others. For example, I remember the one that was cancelled due to riots—but mostly because I promised my wife a long time ago that I would stop participating in riots. I also remember the time I arrived to the Austin airport at 4 a.m. after six hours of plane delays and managed to catch 45 minutes of sleep before my morning keynote.

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    10. PCMA Honors 2017 Visionary Award Winners

      Martin Balogh, Carol Krugman, and Barry Smith were in the spotlight at the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation’s red-carpet event at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. this week. More than 1,000 people gathered to see Balogh, associate executive director, meetings and travel group, American Bar Association; Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM, chair of the department of hospitality, tourism, and events, Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Smith, president and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Center, receive the organization’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Meeting Professional, Educator, and Supplier awards at the black-tie event.

      Also celebrated at the ...

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    11. 5 Habits of Highly Successful Event Managers

      5 Habits of Highly Successful Event Managers

      Event managers have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, from new bookings and last-minute requests to preparing staff. It takes a lot of coordination to keep all those balls in the air—and having the right habits helps to get the job done.

      From using the right tools to following best practices, here are some most valuable habits of today’s most successful event planners:

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    12. Music: The Unsung Hero of an Event

      Music: The Unsung Hero of an Event

      As the producer of countless general sessions for large-scale conventions, annual meetings, and events for corporate and association clients for more than 25 years, I’ve had many opportunities to observe what show elements make the most difference. Music tops that list, yet it’s often treated as an afterthought—an unsung hero, if you will—which can lead to unexpected, preventable miscues and missteps.

      Here’s what to consider when planning the music for your next event:

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