Crises happen to the best of us – that’s life. In the events industry, there are many small details that go into the perfect event, so it should come as no surprise that things could possibly go awry here and there. Despite the fear of something going wrong, the best way to address a crisis is to prepare for it in advance. In some cases, that means avoiding the issue entirely while, in other cases, it means having a crisis response plan ready should something happen.
These 10 practical, easy-to-implement suggestions from U.K.-based not-for-profit Positive Impact can help your organization reduce the carbon footprint of its events and inspire attendees to take the message to their organizations.
The primary shift in the meetings and events industry in 2017 is going to revolve around delivering business events that engage attendees in more multidisciplinary ways. For the last five years, the industry has been focused on two trends impacting meeting design strategy above all else: the rise of event technology and the emergence of the Millennial generation. There was growing consensus in 2016, however, that it’s time for the meetings industry to move beyond its preoccupation with those themes.
Smartphones have become a natural extension of our hands. Taking photos of anything and everything around us is like breathing: you do it without even thinking about is. Sharing is now something we expect from people and companies. Looking at your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn channels, your visitors want to experience your product, “live” your services, appreciate your company.
Whether you’re planning an internal sales meeting, a distributor conference for channel partners, a multi-event anniversary campaign, or a high-profile product launch, you can apply the same basic principles of event design to make sure that you’re...
UBM continues to expand its portfolio in the U.S. with the acquisition of Content Marketing Institute, which produces the annual Cleveland, Ohio-based event – Content Marketing World. In addition, CMI holds the annual Intelligent Content Conference, as well as has media channels and marketing services that support and inform the content marketing community.
Meeting Professionals International and host city partners Meet AC and Caesars Entertainment have unveiled several unique and exciting networking opportunities at this year’s World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City. MPI is offering a new registration option – the WEC Networking Package – that grants exclusive entry to all four evening events, including the MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous, which will be headlined by the Grammy® Award-winning band Train.
Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 review The city of San Jose was the center of the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con on March 18th-20th. The event, hosted by Steve Wozniak, saw a huge turnout for the first year. The con promised to be different from other comic cons that you may attend. Did they live up to that promise? Yes and no, to be honest. Like most comic cons, SVCC had a wide variety of venders selling comics, collectibles, replicas and more. The artist alley showed hugely talented artists selling prints of their original art and promoting their own books. There were also a lot of big names there, like a lot of the bigger cons. SVCC had Stan Lee, Jeremy Renner, Peter Mayhew, Nathan Fillion, and much more. Of course, most of them did panels, like Stan Lee, for example, who talked about his favorite cameos and why he doesn’t like the Doctor Doom movie costumes since they have never done it right. Jeremy Renner also did a panel and tried to help a 12-year-old kid understand why Hawkeye liked Black Widow in The Avengers, but had a wife and kids in Avengers: Age of Ultron.In that sense, there really wasn’t a huge difference between any other comic con. Really though, that is ok. I mean how different can those be and it wouldn’t be comic con without them and it provided some great classic comic con moments. In that sense, there really wasn’t a huge difference between any other comic con. Really though, that is okay. I mean how different can those be? It wouldn’t be a comic con without them, and it provided some great classic comic con moments. There were some differences, though. SVCC brought “together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology.” One thing that was there a lot more than other comic cons was technology. Starting at the entrance to the main hall, attendees were requited to scan their wristband on a digital pad to track data of some sort. It seems as though the wristbands were equipped with NFC technology and used to track attendees entering and leaving the hall. The wristbands were given at random so no personal info could have been on them. It seems as though The Woz wants to be sure about traffic numbers in preparation for next year. And of course, the data was being tracked on iPads. Aside from the wristband tracking, there were VR demonstrations, 3D printing vendors and a section called App Alley where developers can showcase their new projects. Never before have I seen that much tech at a comic con and that was awesome. Overall, Silicon Valley Comic Con seemed to be a major success. It had a classic comic con feel but had just enough extras to make it a little unique. Even though there were some experiences that can be had at other comic cons, this one was fun and I can see it becoming another staple in the comic con roster. I can’t wait until next year and see what they have up their sleeves for year two.
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Painful as long-haul flights can be, it’s their aftermath — jet lag — that you should really be dreading. That might soon change, though. The medical community has taken the next step toward finding a jet-lag cure, thanks to a Salk Institute study published last year in Cell. According to Dr. Ronald Evans, the lead author of the study, a protein called Rev-ErbA (pronounced ree-verb-AY) may be the key to unlocking a regular, healthy circadian rhythm no matter where (or when) in the world you are.
Often during conferences, event organisers worry that they might face challenges in keeping the delegates’ interest during the live general sessions. Similarly, attendees feel that they have been exposed to the same proceedings again and again, particularly if they are participating to an annual conference that follows the same build-up every year.
We often think of the event lifecycle in three stages: pre-, during and post-event. But what’s an event planner to do during that long, several month stretch after your attendees have gone home and before registration opens for the following year?
The United Fresh Produce Association had a busy time during its show, United Fresh 2016, which was held June 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. First, the association made another substantial donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and second, it launched the Global Cold Chain Expo in partnership with the Global Cold Chain Alliance. Besides the launch event, United Fresh is collocated with several other shows, including the International Floriculture Expo and FMI Connect.
Driven by strong industry sectors including building, construction, food and transportation, as well as overall growth in trade show industry revenues, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Index report indicated that the industry continued its growth streak in Q1 this year, with a 2.6-percent increase, compared with the same quarter last year. The results were positive, despite a sluggish macroeconomy, and marked the 23rd consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth.
It is an unfortunate fact that tradeshows are places of extreme excess. Multiple resources, hundreds of man hours and millions of dollars are wasted on show floors across the country every day. You are paying for plenty of it. Maybe…Read more ›
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