Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

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 »

Mobile Monday: What can event marketers learn from the Super Bowl?

Everybody knows that the Super Bowl is the… umm, Super Bowl (for lack of a better term) of marketing. At $4.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime, marketers are becoming more inventive every year with the way they deliver messages. So, what can we learn from these marketers, in order to deliver a better message about our events, or products? Social isn’t easy  Social media, a key digital marketing strategy, is becoming more and more complex. There is an upward trend of video and link posts in order to combat the ever-changing social media algorithms. Marketers are becoming less dependent... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Strategists, Airbnb, Sponsorship, and Wi-Fi

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about meeting strategists, Airbnb, sponsorship, and wifi!  Enjoy! The Rise of ‘Meeting Strategists’ & How Hotels Should Approach Them – Greg Oates (@gregoates) How Much of a Threat Does Airbnb Pose to the Hotel Industry? – PerformanceIN (@PerformanceIN) CIC Releases White Paper and Best Practices Resources on Room Block Piracy and Poaching – Convention Industry Council (@ConvIndustry) 5 Tips To Strengthen Your Sponsorship Program – PCMA (@pcmahq) FCC to Marriott: Never try to block Wi-Fi again – CNN Money (@CNNMoney) Hotel Forecaster: Expect Hotel Rates to Rise ‘Significantly’ in 2015 – TravelPulse (@travelpulse) See you next week with more interesting articles... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Boston

Boston may be covered in snow right now, but after being named the US Olympic Committee’s 2024 Summer Olympic Bid choice nobody can deny that Boston is a hot destination. I had the pleasure of visiting Boston for the first time a year ago for PCMA’s 2014 Convening Leaders and discovered that this historic city has a lot to offer. Boston Common The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Fittingly, many historic memorials fill the park including the Plaque to the Great Elm... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: Four Types of Information that Make Up Your Organization’s Big Data

There is a lot of talk these days about using “Big Data” for the purpose of analyzing and solving your organization’s challenges. While your organization should have a large set of data that is relatively easy to access, much data is a lot less obvious in its usefulness and more difficult to compile. Before you begin the process of analyzing your data to improve your organization and events, it might be good to understand the four types of data you should consider. We will start with the “low hanging fruit” and then look at the other possibilities. Internal Structured Data... Read more »

Mobile Monday: Photosharing, The New Disposable Camera

Have you ever been to a wedding where the bride and groom put a disposable camera on each table, hoping that they’ll end up with 240 amazing photos taken by their guests? While, I have yet to see this concept done on a larger scale like a conference, it’s hard to deny that our attendees like to share photos. On twitter, a tweet with a photo has 5x the amount of engagement as a text only tweet. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. What if I told you there was an app that acted like a... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airbnb, Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, Meetings Mean Business

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Airbnb, Hotel Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, and Meetings Mean Business!  Enjoy! Airbnb will soon be booking more rooms than the world’s largest hotel chains – Quartz by Zainab Mudallal (@Zainab_Mudallal) New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels – USA Today (@USATodayNews) The 10 Worst US Cities For Hotel Wi-Fi – Thrillist (@Thrillist) 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Trip – Yahoo! Travel (@YahooTravel) Optimizing the Value of your Sponsorship – GES (@GESGlobal) Meetings Mean Business Coalition Co-Chairs Provide Industry Update for 2015 – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

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Rebel Wanderer: Louisville

I recently worked a conference in Louisville and I have to say – I love this town! I stayed in a hotel near the convention center and I found that everything from business to eating to entertainment to beautiful vistas were in walking range. The streets were kept clean and the beautiful architecture made me feel like I was in a turn off the nineteenth century movie. Hence my conclusion that Louisville is one of the finest walking towns in the country. Here are some of the great spots that were on my walking trail. Galt House Hotel and Rivue... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Are Drones Ready To Take Off?

The past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of predictions in event technology for 2015 and one consistent technology mentioned is drones. For those unfamiliar, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (more commonly called UAV) or flying robot. Drones differ from radio-controlled aircraft, in that they are typically guided by GPS. They can also carry things like a camera or a sensor and have the ability to transmit the data wirelessly back to a base. The real questions on everybody’s mind are how are drones being used at events and can we expect them to become mainstream in the... Read more »