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    1. Blogs and Meeting Planners

      Blogs and Meeting Planners
      Blogs Blogs are being used for promoting and building community around meetings and events (73 percent), followed by positioning oneself as a meetings industry expert (55 percent). Ninety percent of blogging respondents blog professionally (only 10 percent blog for personal reasons and not professionally). More than one-third of respondents (37 percent) follow industry blogs written by others. Back to Start: Exclusive Social Media Survey
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    2. YouTube and Meeting Planners

      YouTube and Meeting Planners
      YouTube YouTube has made its way into professional use as well, with four in 10 respondents having a professional YouTube account (46 percent use it for personal purposes only). Those who use YouTube post event videos (54 percent) or use it to promote their special events, incentives, and meetings. Blogs and Meeting Planners Back to Start: Exclusive Social Media Survey
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    3. Twitter and Meeting Planners

      Twitter About one in four respondents (26 percent) log onto Twitter daily for personal use. Many people separate their Twitter accounts between professional and personal: 40 percent have an account for professional use only, 17 percent for personal use only, and 26 percent keep two separate accounts. Twitter helps 65 percent of respondents keep up with industry news and events, and 64 percent of respondents who use Twitter say they tweet during their events. You might hear about people who have
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    4. Facebook and Meeting Planners

      Facebook Facebook clearly crosses the line between personal and professional, according to our survey. In fact, 68 percent of respondents said they use it to stay in touch with industry friends—people who are not just professional connections. It’s also becoming widely used to promote special events (54 percent) and meetings (50 percent). People still log onto Facebook more frequently for personal use (54 percent do so daily) than for professional use (32 percent)—so much so that it captures an
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    5. New Conference Center Opens at Hilton Tucson

      The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador will open a new 11,000-square-foot conference center this spring. The Executive Conference Center at Hilton El Conquistador features eight meeting rooms including one permanent boardroom with a built-in 70 inch LED television for presentations. It will be the only conference center in Tucson. “With a number of pharmaceutical, financial, and high-tech, industry-leading companies based in Tucson we saw a demand in the area for a full-service conference center,” sa
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    6. FICP Profile Interview: Karin Pontelandolfo of Liberty Mutual Insurance

      FICP Profile Interview: Karin Pontelandolfo of Liberty Mutual Insurance
      Karin Pontelandolfo, CMP Senior Meeting Planner, Meeting Management & Event Strategy Liberty Mutual Insurance, Boston FICP Northeast Region Vice Chair What has been the biggest benefit of FICP membership for you? The education I receive from FICP conferences has had a major impact on me and my career. Not only are the sessions informative, but I also learn from face-to-face conversations with hospitality partners and other planners. Some of my most beneficial takeaways have come from conversatio
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    7. FICP Profile Interview: Wayne Robinson of Guardian Life

      FICP Profile Interview: Wayne Robinson of Guardian Life
      Wayne Robinson, CMP, Director of Conferences & Events Guardian Life Insurance Co., New York FICP Board Member What do you wish you had more time for in your job? To spend more time with people I’ve worked with for years. They have become friends but we’re too busy to just catch up sometimes other than to discuss day-to-day work-related things. What’s your best tip for keeping up your energy on site at a meeting? Get as much rest as you can, take vitamins, drink plenty of water, and try to get so
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