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    1. Commentary: A Price Tag on Knowledge—When Does It Defeat the Purpose?

      The decision by Meeting Professionals International to attach a non-member fee to the sustainability report on its 2011 World Education Congress has received pushback that points to a dilemma facing many associations: how and whether to charge for strategic knowledge that might deliver better results if it circulated free. “Who would have thought that sustainability reports would become a new revenue stream?” asked consultant Elaine Cohen in a May 5 post on Sustainable Business Forum. Cohen chal
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    2. 8 Things You Need to Know About iPads and Meetings

      Tablets drive about one-third of all mobile traffic today. And as of last August, the iPad accounted for 97 percent of all the tablet traffic in the U.S. It’s time to start considering where the iPad fits at meetings and events. Here are eight things to know. 1. The first-generation iPad works as a presentation machine. If you or your presenters are using a first-generation iPad, you will need a presentation app to push your content to a projection screen or other external display. Some of these
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    3. Pennsylvania Convention Center Eliminates Labor Management Fee

      The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and its labor supplier, Elliott Lewis Corp., have agreed to eliminate the 8 percent labor management fee that has been charged to customers and exhibitors for supplying unionized labor services at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The change is effective July 1, 2012. The elimination of the 8 percent fee is an initial step in the transition to a new business model that will assist in lowering labor costs and attract new business to t
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    4. MPI’s WEC Announces Keynoters

      Apr 4, 2012 2:13 PM, By Dave Kovaleski “Meeting professionals are architects of human connections,” says Bruce MacMillan, president and chief executive officer at Meeting Professionals International. So, MPI’s 2012 World Education Conference, July 28–31 in St. Louis, will be all about providing opportunities for attendees to create the connections that will propel their organzations to success. Two keynote speakers will deliver distinct perspectives on designing hum
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    5. Creative Menu Planning on a Budget

      Slashed food and beverage budgets have been a fact of life for meeting planners in recent years, but just because you need to save money on meals doesn’t necessarily mean you have to skimp on menus. In a session called “Menu Planning on a Tight Budget” at the 40th Annual Religious Conference Management Association’s World Conference and Exposition, presenter Chris Freeman, convention sales manager at Kansas City Catering, offered some money-saving tips. (Kansas City Catering is the food and beve
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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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