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Rebel Wanderer: Long Beach, California

As an old family home, I have many fond memories of Long Beach, California. I can’t think of any city with more beautiful street names – Bellflower, Cherry, Ximeno, Alamitos – it seems like every one is a gem. Having recently seen both “Gone in 60 Seconds” movies, I realized that the films were homages to this wonderful ocean-side city with one of the most bustling ports in the world. Downtown Long Beach Even when downtown Long Beach was considered an eyesore, the area had a certain special quality. It’s now defunct “Acres of Books” store was a popular haunt... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Improve Your Meeting Attendee’s ROI with Networking Technology

A report by Conventions 2020 on the future of meetings, events, exhibitions and conferences looked at the incentives for attending events and found that 76% of respondents cited the quality of networking as the single biggest factor that would encourage them to attend events. The networking factor beat out content, interaction and use of technology to take the number one motivating spot. In addition, the average person carries 2.9 electronic devices including smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Those are powerful tools that meeting planners should use to enhance networking events in order to achieve the greatest ROI for their attendees. 56%... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Tech Giveaways, Philly DNC ’16, Social Media Event Amplification, and Customer Complaints

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Tech Giveaways, DNC 2016 in Philadelphia, Social Media Amplification of Events, and Handling Customer Complaints!  Enjoy! Loews’ New OE Collection Aspires To Be the Thinking Man’s Lifestyle Hotel – Skift (@skift) 14 Gifts for Tech-Savvy Guests – BizBash (@bizbash) Philadelphia’s Bid For 2016 Convention “Unmatched” – PoliticsPA (@PoliticsPA) FreemanXP and Event Marketing Institute Study Highlights Social Media Amplification of Events – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) 5 Key Factors That Fuel PCMA’s Hybrid Success – PCMA (@pcmahq) 11 Steps for How to Handle a Customer Complaint at Your Event – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) See you next week with more interesting articles for the... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: Processing Credit Cards Using Your Smartphone’s Camera

Smartphones are now being used for everything. One area that is real hot is mobile payments. You are probably already familiar with Square, a device that literally turns your phone into a cash register. The primary way Square works is with a simple device attached to your phone that allows you to swipe credit cards, which the Square app then processes. Square takes a flat percentage (currently 2.75%) of each transaction and deposits money into your bank account a few days later. However, there are a number of other ways to process credit cards with your phone. One of the... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Charlotte’s Got A Lot

If you’ve never been to Charlotte before you don’t even know what you’re missing. I had the pleasure of learning more about this incredible destination from our friends at Visit Charlotte. I had no idea there was so much to do there. When they say “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” they aren’t kidding. This week we’re highlighting three unique venues we think you need to know about! NASCAR Hall of Fame The NASCAR Hall of Fame provides you with a venue where you can experience it all. Have a reception encircled by NASCAR memorabilia in the Great Hall, eat dinner beside a NASCAR Hall... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Slo-Mo Is The New Photo

We’ve all seen the party photo booths with tables full of props, crazy hats, and fake mustaches. In fact, you probably have a couple photo strips from your cousin’s wedding taped to your cubicle, right? Photo booths have been a popular party trend for a while now. But, there’s something new hitting the event circuit, the slo-mo video booth! More and more companies are popping up like The Slow Motion Booth and SloMo Lounge that offer this unique video experience. This innovative event entertainment activity offers broadcast quality, high definition slow motion playback by shooting video at 240 frames for per second using... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend, Catering, and Robot Hotel

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend Study, Catering, and Robot hotels!  Enjoy! Indonesia’s Hotel Industry Worries as the Government Bans Meetings – Skift (@skift) IAEE, PCMA and The Experience Institute Team Up on Comprehensive Study of the Behaviors Behind the Decision to Attend – PCMA (@pcmahq) 2015 International CES: An insider’s look with FreemanXP – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) Baltimore tourism officials say number of city conventions may have peaked – Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) Do-It-Yourself: A New Food and Beverage Offering for Groups – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) New Japanese hotel to be staffed by robots – CNN (@CNN) See you next week with... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: What Google Analytics Can Do For Your Event Apps

Odds are pretty high that your organization’s website uses Google Analytics to track the traffic to your site. Google Analytics is the most popular tool in the world for measuring website activity and figuring out what pages are getting attention and which ones are not. The reporting allows you to find out important data about your audience, how they are browsing your site, and whether they are doing what you want them to do. Marketers, in particular, love Google Analytics as it provides valuable insight into how best to improve your web presence. Did you know that you can also... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Washington, DC

Today we’re in Washington, DC at the PMPI MACE conference. We wanted to talk about a few of our favorite venues and activities in the Capital. Omni Shoreham Hotel Today’s conference is hosted, for the second year, by the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Built in 1930 by local construction company owner Harry Bralove, the building was designed by Waddy Butler Wood. The hotel has also been an entertainment venue, having been the home of Mark Russell and The Capitol Steps. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: Email versus Messaging and Your Mobile Event Apps

As you plow your way through your fat Email inbox, you might think that all the time you spend in Email is not so unusual. After all, Email is the main way we communicate these days, isn’t it? While Email is still the number one way of digital business communication, messaging is now the method of choice for 30-40 percent of the population, especially young people. When we talk about messaging, we usually think about text messages. However, communicating through social media (Facebook, Twitter…) or dedicated messaging apps like WhatsApp have also become very popular. So why is messaging on... Read more »