Planning an Event on a Budget? Help Yourself with These Tips by @dancarthy2


Are you planning an event? Do you need to attract more people to your business, make your company stand out and get noticed? If so, a good event goes without saying as a major prerequisite for that. Of course, it’s easy for big companies to host events. Well, it’s not that easy but it’s certainly better when you have loads of money at your disposal, right?

How to Win at Negotiating AV Prices for Events

Endless Events

Have AV quotes bamboozled you before? You’re not alone there. And if you don’t understand the quote, it can be tricky to know how to negotiate on the price , or if you hold any power to negotiate whatsoever! The good news is, you do have that power. And all you need to put it into action is a little knowledge, which we’re about to arm you with. Get started with negotiating AV prices by: Learning AV lingo. Asking for quote walkthroughs. Establishing payment terms ahead of time.

18 Event Trends Poised to Shake Up Hospitality & Group Business in 2018

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In the events world, you don’t have the luxury of living in yesteryear. Y ou need to see into the future and stay ahead of the event trends that will inevitably make or break your business. But don’t worry, you don’t need to rush out and buy a crystal ball to be on top of it. Using a combination of research and survey data, we’ve rounded up the 18 most important trends set to hit planners, hotels and venues in 2018. Better buckle up! The hospitality boom isn’t going anywhere. THE SCOOP.

Incentive Budget Design


Gaining budget approval for your incentive program can be a challenge. In our latest article , we detail the steps to take to achieve upper management buy-in. The post Incentive Budget Design appeared first on VIKTOR. Incentive Travel Corporate Budget incentive budget incentive travel travel design

Evolution of the DMC:Renewing Business Relationships with Deeper Trust, Transparency & Understanding

The evolution of the DMC industry requires that it embark upon a renewed relationship with clients that is built upon transparency, trust, and understanding.

5 Ways to Integrate Corporate Culture Into Your Next Event


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Philanthropy and CSR: Missing Ingredients to Profound Meetings

Smart Meetings

Providing meetings that change an entire team’s energy and mindset is never easy, but it helps to include discussions about philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR), when appropriate. The recent Smart Meetings webinar, “The Right Way to Give Back While Building Teams,” hosted by Lain Hensley, looked at not only CSR possibilities, but also how to implement them for the best results.

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10 Trends Poised to Disrupt the Meetings Industry


The role of the corporate event planner today is more important than ever?—?shifting shifting from a focus on procurement, planning, and logistics to becoming a key orchestrator of unique and memorable experiences. Brought to you by: The role of the corporate event planner today is more important than ever — shifting from a focus on procurement, planning, and logistics to becoming a key orchestrator of unique and memorable experiences.

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The Top 500 People in Events


Meet the Top 500 people in the meeting and event industry in North America. Actually, it’s likely you’ve met many

News Release: Keeping Your Event Secure


Tips for ensuring your event attendees’ safety and security For many, summertime means events season. Whether you’re into music, literature or cheese rolling, you’re sure to find an event or festival to match. Along with the more established events, more and more people are organising their own festivals, some of which have become hugely popular […]. Event Industry Events

Our New Home

Meeting Tomorrow

In just a few short months, Meeting Tomorrow will move into our new home, located directly on the Chicago River at 2901 West Lawrence Avenue. This new home is the only commercial property in Chicago with exclusive access to the Chicago River. For the last year, our team has been working tirelessly with architects and designers to ensure that our new home reflects the people, values, and culture that Meeting Tomorrow embodies.

COVID-19 Travel Consumer Sentiment Study

TravelBoom and sister agency, The Brandon Agency, release new consumer sentiment study on travel amidst the COVID-19 second wave

How You Can Make Your Events Awesome By Taking Advantage of Social Media by @dancarthy2


Events are there to let people hear about what you have to say. Events serve as a great way to reach out to your current customer/client base, they can be used to pitch a new idea to the world and of course, to close deals. And it’s safe to say that events can be quite useful. However, getting the desired number of attendees isn’t an easy job. Getting people hyped about your event requires a few tricks and at least one marketing maestro.

How To Live Stream Your Event – Whiteboard Wednesday

Endless Events

Welcome to the first Whiteboard Wednesday! In our inaugural episode we are teaching you how to live stream your event! Live streaming events is super popular and for good reason! You can expand your reach and capture new audiences. Almost any event can be live streamed but the quality varies quite a bit depending on the WAY you live stream. In today’s first very first episode of Whiteboard Wednesdays, our very own Will Curran is going to take you through how to live stream your event.

5 Corporate Event Themes for Unforgettable Company Parties

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When choosing a party theme for company get-togethers, corporate planners need to make sure that the theme is relevant and fun. But most importantly, they need to make sure it’s something that’s appropriate for the event, setting, and company culture. In the following, we’ll cover a list of some entertaining and versatile corporate event themes that are a safe fit for just about any company. Classic Summertime BBQ.

Mark Mazzone Joins VIKTOR’s Sales Team


VIKTOR extends a warm welcome to Mark Mazzone, who has joined the Sales & Marketing team as Sr. Director of Business Development.

How to Help People to Make an Impact at Networking Events [FREE DOWNLOAD]


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How to Transform Your Attendees into Networking Butterflies

Smart Meetings

Thanks to social media—and a whole host of event marketing platforms—it’s never been easier to set up a networking event. The challenge is ensuring that the event is a genuine success for those in attendance. Before starting, it’s worth asking the following questions: Will the event make it easy to facilitate introductions? Will there be enough engaging activities? Will there be a good balance between party and genuine networking opportunities?

2019 Women In Tech Conferences: Empowering Events


Last Updated November 29, 2019. Ready for the most authoritative list of 2019 women in tech events on the internet? The number of women in tech events have been increasing year over year, further highlighting the importance of a more inclusive culture in tech.

Event Planning Is One of the Most Stressful Jobs in the World. Let’s Change That.


For the sixth year running, event planning has been ranked as one of the most stressful jobs on Earth. Brought to you by: What would you guess are the five most stressful jobs in the world? I’d bet you can guess most of them: firefighter, military personnel, police officer, airline pilot. But the fifth most stressful job in the world might surprise you. That is, unless, you’re an event planner….

8 Event Practices to Leave Behind in 2018


Each year, the event industry sees a number of prominent practices that serve to elevate events—and an equal amount of

How to Keep Your Team Organized


As human beings, we’ve continued to learn how to properly divide tasks into more manageable bits and pieces and have learned to identify who to delegate these tasks to to bring out the best possible outcome. Because of outsourcing, companies are faced with the reality of dealing with a varied group of people and teams […

4 Keys to Maximizing Your Sponsorship Strategy

Meeting Tomorrow

Event planners are given budgets to stay within and highly skilled or seasoned professionals do a great job adhering to those financial parameters. But those budgets all roll up to a larger organization number that is established through proven historical analysis and by evaluating revenue expected to come in and cost expected to go out.

I’m thinking about … starting something new!


I always like to start new things, and fall is a great time to launch something I’ve been planning for a few weeks now. As my followers know, I’ve done podcasts before, but now I’m excited to announce an all-new format that will be quick, inspiring and fun to listen to. My new mantra – #KeepItSimple and #MakeItImpactful! Check out episode 1 to learn more about what I have in store. Under a 2 min. listen!). Event Planning Podcast

How To Audit Your AV Budget

Endless Events

Do you audit your AV budget? If not you might be overpaying, or not really getting the equipment best suited for your event. While auditing your AV budget sounds overwhelming, you need to do it! This will allow you to make sure you are getting exactly what you need and the most bang for your budget. In this episode of Whiteboard Wednesday, Will Curran will walk you through how to audit your AV budget. He will guide you through the key steps to take to make sure you leave nothing to question.

5 Tips for Planning Fundraising Events That Exceed Expectations

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Planning fundraising events successfully comes with it’s own unique strategy and plenty of moving parts. In this guest post, Accelevents co-founder and COO Zach Hagopian breaks down the five most crucial tips he’s learned from his own experience organizing an annual event in Boston. As a fundraising enthusiast, I’ve worked with thousands of fundraising events of all sizes to help create an incredible donor experience and raise more money.

Networking in the Midwest at GLES


Recently, our travels took us to Madison, Wisconsin for a few days to attend the Great Lakes Educational Summit (GLES).

What is the Most Efficient B2B Networking Format?


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New York Hotel Aims to Give Big Lift to Meetings Industry

Smart Meetings

Photo credit: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. A new world-class hotel that will enhance the conference and meetings industry in New York’s Southern Tier—home to a range of innovative industries and talent—recently opened in the village of Celoron on the southeastern shores of Chautauqua Lake, 74 miles southwest of Buffalo. Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will feature an arts and crafts-style facade that is highlighted by rustic stone accents, stunning grounds and large outdoor areas with patios and fire pits.

2018 Education Conferences: The #1 Education Events Guide


Last Updated May 4, 2018. One of the best ways to network and learn about the latest trends in education is to attend an educational conference. Here's a look at some of the top 2018 education events.

Top Event Moments of 2018 & Predictions for 2019

Maritz Global Events

As 2018 ends and 2019 begins, we thought it might be fun to share thoughts from the Experient team – as they look back at favorite event moments in 2018 and look ahead at predictions for 2019. Favorite Moment from 2018? The MGM 2018 event was amazing – the level of consideration, thoughtfulness and overall fun the planning team put into that event is something I’ll remember. They did everything they could to make their event guests feel special. I still wear my MGM jacket all the time!

2019 Catering, Food, and Cocktail Trends You Need to Know


According to industry experts and pros, the new year will see a continuation of current trends like sustainability and special

A Revolutionary Way to Manage On-Site Communications


As an event professional, you’ve likely coordinated a conference, meeting, or tradeshow that took place in either a remote location or one where mobile and WiFi services were lacking. Often, this means resorting to “old school” technology, like walkie-talkies, to keep activities flowing and ensure critical personnel are able to speak with one another while […]. Tech Communication Event Planning gotenna Mobile Technology

6 New Places to Use Social Photos and Videos in Your Destination Marketing


Social media is the perfect spot to showcase visual UGC ( user-generated content ) , but it’s not your only option!

CES 2019: what to expect this year

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: 3 minutes The CES is the biggest fair dedicated to tech and innovation. It is also the time when big groups and many startups from all around the world come together and reunite in innovation.

How to Get Creative with Conference Staging Ideas

Endless Events

As you know, conferences are the bread and butter of event planners. You plan so many conferences of a similar nature each year that it can be easy to get stale. But, just because conferences have a heavy business-focus, doesn’t mean they need to be (or should be) lifeless! Even on a small budget, there are simple ways to get the most out of conference staging ideas.

5 Ways the Meetings Industry is Changing the Face of Events

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Change is imminent — and in the meetings industry, it’s upon us. From more engaging, holistic experiences to the the bold new expectations of “bleisure,” event planners and suppliers are racing to adapt in an industry that’s as dynamic as it’s ever been. But where should industry professionals put their focus, and what are the forces driving this rapid evolution?