Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

Rebel Roundup: DMOs, Comic-Con, and Robot Hotels

This week’s rebel round-up includes a lot of special recognitions and awards! Articles include DMO partners, Comic-Con, robot hotels, and streaming apps!  Enjoy! Why Your Meeting Needs Your DMO Partner More Than Ever Before – PCMA (@pcmahq) New DMAI Ebook Defines Evolving Role Of The Modern DMO – Greg Oates (@gregoates) Comic-Con: Game of Brands – FreemanXP (@FreemanXP) Robots run Japan’s Weird Hotel – Mashable (@Mashable) How Microsoft Created a Fun and Functional Conference Lounge – BizBash (@bizbash) Legal Issues & Streaming Apps: 8 Great Takeaways –PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted every... Read more »

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How to Use Apps to Simplify Onsite Registration

Mobile apps for attendees are hot, but did you know that apps can help you, the planner, with onsite registration? While a great web-based onsite registration system can take care of most of your check-in issues, mobile onsite apps can address even more needs, including some unusual situations. These apps should work well on both Apple and Android devices, from smartphones to tablets. Here are some features a first-rate mobile app for onsite registration should have: List of attendees with at least basic contact information. Even better, you should be able to easily view what each attendee purchased as well... Read more »

Live Streaming: Shark Week

The Discovery Channel will work with Meerkat to add a live-stream component to its popular “Shark Week” programming and embed the content on its website. Variety: “The Discovery Channel is still finalizing its Meerkat streaming lineup, but Byrne said that the network plans to host two to three live streams every day during the week, including a live shark feeding at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as well as Meerkats from shark experts and filmmakers to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at their work for the event. And with a little bit of luck, there will also be a live stream... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hall of Leaders, Most Influential, Event Innovators, Top Women

This week’s rebel round-up includes a lot of special recognitions and awards! Articles include CIC Hall of Leaders, Successful Meetings’ Most Influential, Bizbash’s Event Innovators, and M&C’s Top Women in the Meetings Industry!  Enjoy! Free Online Access Pass – National Speakers Association – Influence 2015 – National Speakers Association (@NSASpeaker) The Empty Suitcase Campaign – Empty Suitcase Campaign (#emptysuitcasecampaign) CIC Announces 2015 Hall of Leaders Ceremony : Reception Honors Industry’s Outstanding Leaders and Innovators – CIC (@ConvIndustry) The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2015 – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) Event Innovators 2015: Most Innovative People in Events and Meetings – BizBash (@bizbash) Top 25 Women in the... Read more »

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5 Steps to Collect Intelligent Annual Meeting Data

By: Kathy Benson and K.C. Hopson For many associations, the annual meeting is the organization’s top revenue source. For this bottom-line reason, planners and evaluators of this event need to be able to mine smarter and more actionable insights from attendee registration data and post-event evaluations. Evaluation of the annual meeting is an opportunity to engage with members and prospects and learn more about them and their needs. Planners and evaluators need to look at it from a strategic standpoint to gain more insight and inform their organizational strategy. By asking the right questions, there is an invaluable opportunity to... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products for Event Pros!  Enjoy! Signs Your Conference May Be In Jeopardy – MeetingsNet (@meetingsnet) For Onboard Wi-Fi, Not All Airlines are Equal – NBC News (@NBCNewsBusiness) The Must-Add City To Your Consideration Set – PCMA (@pcmahq) White Paper: How to Improve eRFPs for Meetings and Events – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 7 Cool Products for Event Pros From InfoComm – BizBash (@bizbash) These are the world’s 20 largest hotels – USA Today Travel (@usatodaytravel) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted every... Read more »

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Craft Hotel Contracts to Reduce Attrition

Perhaps the heart of good meeting planning is the ability to write contracts that cover all potential outcomes of an event. Of all these outcomes, perhaps none is more important than avoiding being hit with attrition fees by the host hotel. As all planners know, these fees can be very costly and, in many cases, can be avoided with a tight contract. Recently I had the pleasure of attending an exciting (!) lecture on Hotel Contracts lead by attorney John S. Foster from Atlanta. The event was put on by the PCMA Chesapeake Chapter and was hosted at the brand... Read more »

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Why Would Hackers Attack Your Conference?

Hackers targeting big companies have become part of the regular news cycle. As of last year corporations such as Sony, Target and Staples have become victims of breaches involving personal information and credit cards. Even more recently, the data of 18 million current, prospective or former employees of the U.S. Government was successfully compromised in one of the biggest and most spectacular cyber attacks in history. While it might be comforting to think that hackers would only go after big name organizations, it would be wrong to think that conferences are exempt from cyber attacks. Just recently the Linux Australia... Read more »

Crowdsourcing Education Sessions

EventRebels are back from our week-long hiatus with some very exciting information and experiences to share with you. This past week, K.C. Hopson, EventRebels CEO, and I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2015 PCMA Education Conference. PCMA does a lot really well, but one thing I’ve noticed over the last three annual conferences I’ve attended is PCMA’s willingness to experiment with format, room set-up, and education so we don’t have to. One outstanding experiment PCMA tried at this conference was crowdsourcing peer-led education. Adrian Segar, author of “Conferences That Work,” walked us through the process. It began the... Read more »