Virtual Meeting Design: How to Run Your First Online Festival


On Wednesday, October 21st Spitche, MeltinLab, and Eventtia will be joining forces to host Get Together , a summit for marketers seeking new ways to connect, build communities, and create powerful experiences, all online. Event Marketing

3 Tips for Shifting to an Architectural Model for Meeting Design

Smart Meetings

Just as an architect designs a house after asking the owners a series of questions about how they will use it and then leaves it to the contractor to take care of the important, but separate logistics of actually building it, Eric de Groot, managing partner of Mind Meeting , suggests that meeting designers craft experiences after asking attendees probing questions and leave it to others to manage the execution. Real meetings are all about content,” he says.

What Meeting Profs Can Learn from Pop-Up Immersive Art Experiences

Smart Meetings

What can meeting professionals learn from this popular pop-up social media craze? Why not transform the welcome reception into a jungle or beach to fit your meeting theme and put everyone in a fresh frame of mind?

5 Meeting Industry Trends That Are Changing the Face of Events

Social Tables

Meetings don’t look how they used to. But when it comes to trends, where should meeting industry professionals put their focus? While the shifts are plentiful, there are five that stand out from the fold when it comes to modern event design. Here are five meeting industry trends that are changing the game. Because of that, they’re also now the largest pool of potential meeting attendees. Attendees want more control over the meeting agenda.

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5 Ways the Meetings Industry is Changing the Face of Events

Social Tables

Change is imminent — and in the meetings industry, it’s upon us. While the shifts are plentiful, there are five that stand out from the fold when it comes to modern event design. Here’s how the meetings industry is changing the game. With that, they’re also now the largest pool of potential meeting attendees. Control over the meeting agenda is moving to attendees. In short, today’s attendees want meetings to have purpose.

Applying a Global Lens to Enhance Meeting Experiences

Maritz Global Events

With attendees from all over the world, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) uses a variety of strategies to create new and valuable meeting experiences. Katherine Dutrow, CMP, the Director of Meeting Services at AAO, has had a lot on her plate with many of the global changes that affect meeting professionals, like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Applying a Global Lens to Enhance Meeting Experiences.

Try New Event Ideas For 2018: Create a Roadshow, Book Underrated Venues, Create a Unique Event Experience

Endless Events

Get Ready for the Top Meeting Trends in 2018. Meetings have always been more intimate affairs compared to events. But with recent trends focusing more towards personalization and customization, meetings are definitely getting a big tech upgrade this year. Meetings are definitely getting a big tech upgrade this year. As we kick off 2018, we’re excited to discover a lot of new event ideas for 2018 to energize our event planning.

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Go Beyond Event Sponsorship Packages: Forge Long-Term Event Partnerships

Endless Events

Embracing the Weirdness of Meetings. The word “meeting” carries a connotation of being serious, and mostly boring to be honest. Meetings may cover the simplest of topics, but mixing things up to break the mold can go a long way. From uncommon games and giveaways to choose-your-own-adventures and unique conference breakout sessions , it’s possible to make any meeting interesting. Just utilize the right stand design and you can make much more of an impact.

Quick F&B Wins for Improved Social and Environmental Impact

Convene by PCMA

Take steps to scale and model F&B solutions for immediate inclusion in your meeting design roadmap. Food and beverage concepts provide a powerful opportunity to drive change in the key areas of sustainability and social responsibility.

Participant experience design — moving from the old to new event world

The MICE Blog

One of the presentations that highly inspired me to think differently about event design took place in 2019 at the MICE Forum at ITB Berlin (Organised by VDVO ). The conference programme was designed to highlight the importance of the individual who is the centre of every live event.

New Service for Sourcing Emcees


A company has launched to make it easier to find one no matter where you’re holding your meeting. A professional conference moderator can be the glue that brings an online or in-person event together.

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Prescribing a Hub-and-Spoke Approach

Convene by PCMA

In a post on his Conferences that Work blog , conference designer Adrian Segar writes: “If you want maximum learning, interaction, and connection at a meeting, small meetings are better than large meetings. Meeting Management Event Strategy & Design News & Trends

People on the Move

Convene by PCMA

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has named Silvia Zamora as its new vice president of meeting design and experience. In this position, she will lead and accelerate the company’s vision for meetings and events alongside its member hotels and partners.

Moving from Virtual to Hybrid Events: 37 Tips to Maximize Your Success


Hybrids will likely see widespread adoption as F2F meetings reemerge from the pandemic for a number of reasons: Some attendees may not wish to travel to the event for fear of contagion or other health and safety concerns.

How to Plan Better Medical Meetings by the Numbers

Smart Meetings

Now that events are going back to in person, how can meeting professionals deliver the same level of detailed success metrics to the executive team about the range of value delivered on the investment? Two veteran meeting designers joined Smart Chat Live! Meet the Experts.

Venue Ventilation: Reasons for Planners to Pay Attention


A meeting designer used a carbon-dioxide meter in all the spaces he moved through while attending a recent conference. In late May, Adrian Segar attended a meeting-industry leadership summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

[Webinar] Get Them Engaged! Three Lessons for Increasing Retention at Meetings


Deepen engagement and increase retention at your meetings by embracing three fundamental shifts in the attendee experience. This fundamental shift changes the way we think about everything from our meeting spaces to our speaker content. Moving from static to active meetings. Time to rethink meeting environments, using spaces and room sets where people are best able to learn and network. Webinar live date: April 23, 2019 at 2pm ET / 11am PT.

Winning at Maximizing Virtual Audience Engagement: 10 Fun Ideas from Dahlia El Gazzar

Smart Meetings

” Read More : Virtual and Hybrid Meeting Tech Updates You Need Now. Designed by an event planner, this company curates fun virtual experiences in addition to their signature gift boxes. Read More : Virtual Meetings Are Missing These Two Things, Meta Is Working on a Fix.

#RotterdamExperiment 2 – The best gamification is gamification that is unnoticed

The MICE Blog

According to Teresa, there are four dimensions of game theory that can help us think about gamification from a broader perspective: Game design, interface and pattern: This involves the gamification basics that are applied to leader boards, points and badges.

‘A Larger Voice’: How the Pandemic Is Changing Global Meetings Industry Day

Convene by PCMA

Travel Association provides graphics like the one above to promote Global Meetings Industry Day, April 7. Travel Association (USTA), which merged with the Meetings Mean Business coalition in 2021, reflecting USTA’s heightened focus on reviving business travel. The U.S.

MCs For Events: How They Can Make It Or Break It

Endless Events

Meeting Design Toolbox for Meeting Architects. Welcome to today’s exciting conversation about MCs for events! And more precisely, how they can make or break your event. Before you join us on this wild ride, make sure you check out one of our previous episodes.

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Elevating Virtual Events: Transforming In-Person Meetings to Digital

Brightspot Incentive Events

Transforming an In-Person Sales Kickoff into a Virtual Meeting. Face-to-face events, conferences, and meetings were postponed or cancelled for the near future. Is Converting a Meeting into a Virtual Event Worth it? Another Successful Virtual Meeting. Meeting Planning

Acquisition to Enhance Breakout Rooms Could be First Step Toward Zoomiverse

Smart Meetings

Software company twine’s announcement today that it is acquiring the relationship-building technology company Glimpse is a sign of the evolution of virtual meetings and possibly the first step toward a more tangible virtual event world.

Vietnam Roars in with VinFast: Smart and Affordable EVs

Business Traveler USA

There are still plenty of bugs left to work out but the vehicles meet design needs with a five-seater family transportation with leather or synthetic covers and sleek high-tech interiors. But design aside, it’s what’s under the hood that counts.

What is Incentive Travel?


Incentive travel is an important subset of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Although there is not a single standard for how incentive travel programs work, the basic structure involves employees meeting a pre-defined goal to qualify for a group trip.

The Power of Multi-Hub Meetings: Maarten Vanneste

Endless Events

Care to join us for some stimulating conversation about multi-hub meetings? Everyone who works in the event industry knows the power of meetings. And who says we have to stop at single-hub meetings? An entrepreneur since he was only 18 years old, Maarten has over 35 years of experience in meeting design. Ready to hear all about the ground-breaking magic of multi-hub meetings? The Path To Multi-Hub Meetings. Meeting Design Institute.

Event Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

Meeting Tomorrow

Tracking event industry trends is a favorite activity here at Meeting Tomorrow. There are a number of meeting design elements that need to be accounted for, but the cost savings and expanded participation seem well worth it. As a bonus, this format also seems to encourage much higher usage of digital engagement tools as a unifying platform which means as a planner, there is more data to help you improve the next meeting.

Event Statistics: 17 Current Planning Stats that Could Change Your Business Today

Social Tables

56% of event professionals believe health and wellness programs impact the overall success of meetings. Sure, wellness programs don’t dictate the success of meetings, but they certainly enhance results. Venues such as Wyndham Hotels are hearing the call and putting wellness front and center as they promote their groups and meetings product. of event professionals believe venues need to invest more in event technology for groups and meetings.

3 Ways to Engage Your Audience at Your Event

Social Tables

Posts can range from takeaways from keynotes, photos of the event, or a heads up to your location in order to meet other event attendees. Attendees can create their own opportunities to network at any event they attend, whether or not there is a designated networking session. Schawbel encourages network event goers to meet no more than five people in order to truly make a connection and build a meaningful relationship with these new contacts. Room Design.

Event Tech: What’s Good & What’s New

Endless Events

This time around, we’re talking about event tech alongside some very special icons our team had the pleasure to meet during IMEX Frankfurt 2019. This time around, we welcomed Maarten Vanneste of the Meeting Design Institute to go over a topic we’re all too familiar with – internet connectivity. Let’s all take and seat and explore the world of event tech. We just did an awesome podcast on event tech and whether or not the industry is falling behind.

How to Foster Inclusion At Events

Endless Events

To kick things off, Melissa begins by giving us some interesting facts: “With meeting planners, it’s predominantly… there are a lot more women than men in the industry. For an interesting chat about mentorship and sexual harassment, we welcomed Rhonda Brewer from BCD Meetings & Events. But on the matter of inclusion at events, our host Tahira Endean sat down with Maarten Vannest e of the Meeting Design Institute.

40 Social Media Influencers Every Hospitality Professional Should Follow

Social Tables

Meetings & Events. Tahira Endean tweets about the intersection of experiential, immersive meeting design and technology. meetingsnet If you’re looking for thought-provoking articles and news related to all things meetings and events, look no further than MeetingsNet’s Twitter. BizBash For the meeting and event planner who is never satisfied with the status quo, there is BizBash. Ciara Feely is a hotel meeting and event space sales expert. No time?

Renaissance Pattaya: what can you expect from a “beyond-the-ordinary hotel”?

Travel Daily Media

With spaces that can accommodate meetings and events for up to 500 people, Renaissance Pattaya is well- suited for meetings and incentives in the region, offering something beyond the unexpected, R.E.N.

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A Meeting Format that Unleashes Attendee Brainpower


We're all quite familiar with the Q&A portion of a meeting session: The final few minutes where the audience has its chance to drill down a bit with the presenter. It is likely to improve the perceived quality of your event's presentations, and you will see that in attendees' post-meeting evaluations. Maarten Vanneste is President of the Meeting Design Institute in Belgium

MPI Report: Meetings Becoming Shorter, More Frequent

Smart Meetings

The meetings industry is changing, and this is good news. The Fall 2018 Meetings Outlook by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) confirms that the industry is alive, well and thriving. When MPI surveyed 2,200 attendees of an annual meeting for a global Fortune 500 company, two key trends emerged: an uptick in meeting innovation/engagement and a greater focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Hybrid Board Meeting ‘Was Like a Zoom Extravaganza’

Convene by PCMA

For the first fully hybrid National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors meeting on May 14, the leadership met together in Chicago, while around 800 directors were remote. They’d get recognized by the president who was presiding over the meeting.

19 Event Trends That Will Shake Up Meetings & Group Business in 2019

Social Tables

Meetings are growing and evolving rapidly, and each is an experiment in applying new methods to find a perfect formula. Industry Performance Trends Attendee Experience Trends Meeting Destination Trends Event Technology Trends Meeting Design Trends. The unprecedented rise in demand for meetings and events will continue this year, with CWT Meetings & Travel predicting a robust 5-10% growth in demand. Source: IACC 2018 Meeting Room of the Future Report.

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Marina Bay Sands unveils industry’s first hybrid event broadcast studio

Travel Daily Media

Marina Bay Sands has launched a state-of-the-art hybrid event broadcast studio at Sands Expo and Convention Centre in a first for the industry, as the award-winning venue paves the way to redefine the future of meetings. Hybrid meetings will help enable the return of large-scale events in a virtual manner amid the Covid-19 situation and we want to set the stage for these shows by providing planners with a suite of useful and innovative solutions which are relevant for the times.

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40 Outstanding Event Industry Blogs to Follow

Endless Events

Connect are dedicated to providing content that helps you reimagine today’s meetings and look into the future. There are plenty of insights into venues and how to improve meetings, but we want to give a shout-out to Connect for their continued insights into the ever-important topic of event safety. The Meeting Pool. The Meeting Pool is the place to be for event professionals who love to discuss technology. MPI (Meeting Professionals International).