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4 Best Practices for Creating Social Media Content For Your Conference

Last week I shared the importance of creating a social media listening model. Now that you’re listening to what is going on during your conference, it’s time to think about the best practices for creating content to share with your event’s attendees. Here are 4 best practices for creating social media content for your conference. Prepare some of your content BEFORE you ever arrive on site Tweets with photos average 35% higher retweet rate than text alone. As the organization in charge of the event, you should be setting an example, not playing catch up, when it comes to shareable content.... Read more »

The Decision to Attend Study: Phase 1

The Decision to Attend Study, created in partnership by The Experience Institute, IAEE, and PCMA, has begun it’s Phase 2. Yesterday, Mickey Schaefer of The Experience Institute shared some of the key findings in Phase 1. We’ve taken the liberty of compiling those findings for you. Take a look at the major takeaways. Propensity to Attend The Propensity to Attend is High Across All Generations. 92% are likely to attend, with younger generations trending strong. Younger Generations Are Replacing Older Generation Attendees. As the older generations attend fewer events, the younger Gen X and Gen Y generations are filling the void. The... Read more »

Do’s & Dont’s: Lessons From MPI’s WEC 2015

We’ve just returned from Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in San Francisco, CA. Here’s a few lessons we’d like to share with you. DO: Host your conference in San Francisco San Francisco was an incredible backdrop for this year’s WEC. From the sights and sounds, to the food and drinks, San Francisco didn’t hold back a thing! The conference took on a truly San Francisco feel as well. From it’s use of emerging technology, to incorporating iconic San Francisco brands, you knew exactly where you were. DON’T: Have clowns at your opening reception Although the decor of the opening reception... Read more »

Design Rebel: Summer Camp

There’s nothing that says summer time nostalgia quite like summer camp. The one time a year that we got to get away from our family, socialize with our friends who lived in different states, learn new skills, and party every night. Sounds a lot like a conference if you ask me. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more meetings are taking lessons from summer camp and applying them to their meetings. Here are just a few examples of how you can turn your conference into a nostalgic trip to summer camp for your attendees. Campfire Sessions Campfires... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: CES, Wi-Fi on planes, Attendee Subscriptions

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about social media engagement, CES, wi-fi on planes, the future of event design, attendee subscriptions, and Cvent!  Enjoy! Using Social Media To Extend Event Engagement: Ideas And Insights From Oracle – Greg Oates (@GregOates) The Consumer Electronics Show will limit next year’s ticket sales – The Verge (@Verge) The Beginning Of The End For Terrible Wi-Fi On Planes – Buzzfeed News (@BuzzfeedNews) The Future of Event Design: What Will Live Experiences Look Like in the Next Few Years? -BizBash (@Bizbash) Should You Be Selling Subscriptions To Your Attendees? – PCMA (@pcmahq) Cvent acquires meeting tool SignUp4 for $22 million – tnooz (@tnooz) See... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: The Future of Event Websites – No Coding Necessary

Your event website can make or break your event registration. As the first line of offense when attracting attendance, your website is necessary to provide up to date information on your event, answers to frequently asked questions, and all the minor details one needs to know when deciding to attend your event like hotel, transportation, and the schedule of events. One of the biggest issues I encountered when working for an association was creating and editing our website. We just didn’t have the level of coding skill necessary. Even making basic changes required sending a request to our IT department.... Read more »

Mobile Monday: 365 Day Event App Engagement

Engagement 365 days a year. That’s the ultimate goal of every association or corporation that spends money on their event apps. Nobody likes a one time only use app. It takes up space on your phone and ultimately gets buried in a folder of apps that you no longer use or gets deleted completely. Neither of those situations is ideal for the app that your association just paid thousands of dollars for. If you’re just looking to create an app that provides information about your specific event, then a basic throw-away app is probably what you should get. But, if... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: ORI and EventRebels Announce Partnership to Provide New Seamless Event Analytics Solution

Herndon, Va. – April 9, 2015 – ORI, a market research and strategic business intelligence firm, and EventRebels, a leading provider of online registration, mobile and web software for conferences and trade shows, today announced a partnership that will enable them to offer meeting and event planners a new seamless event analytics solution to mine smarter and more actionable insights from attendee registration data and post-event evaluations. On the front end of this solution, EventRebels’ ER Online registration product for conferences and trade shows aggregates and breaks down demographics and other important data on attendees to help event organizers better... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: The High Seas

In honor of the announcement that Dreamforce 2015 has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to provide hotel accommodations on a luxury cruise ship, the Dream Boat, as well as a little April Fool’s mischief, the Rebel Wanderer is presenting some aquatic venues to you today. The Dream Boat Of course we’ll start off with the Dream Boat itself. This year, Dreamforce has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to add accommodations right on the San Francisco Bay with a stunning cruise ship that will be docked at Pier 27 throughout the conference. Many of the spacious rooms feature views of the bay or the... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: DMAI Destinations Showcase

This week we’re doing something a little bit different with the Rebel Wanderer, because today is DMAI’s Destinations Showcase. Instead of getting to experience one city, the Rebel Wanderer is going to experience them all. For those of you unaware, DMAI’s Destinations Showcase Washington, DC is North America’s largest one-day event exclusively bringing conference, convention, and trade show professionals together with exhibiting meeting destinations from the United States and beyond. In addition to the expo, there are education breakout sessions in the morning and a keynote luncheon. This year’s keynote address is being delivered by Marshawn Evans Daniels. Marshawn is a... Read more »