Posts Tagged: events

kchopson

Thoughts on MPI’s WEC 2017

The 2017 World Education Congress (WEC) , the annual conference of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) , was held recently at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. WEC’s primary value is education and is a quick way to earn credits for certifications such as the CMP. The conference includes over 70 education sessions and focuses on the best and leading edge practices of the meetings industry. The thousands of attendees include both corporate, non-profit, and association planners as well as suppliers of all kinds from destinations and venues to technology. The theme of this year’s WEC was “Stop Designing Meetings and... Read more »

kchopson

Organizations on Twitter that Meeting Professionals Need to Follow

Twitter has positioned itself as the social media place to go for meetings and events. Last time we looked at a number of the top meeting professionals you should follow. In addition, many of the industry’s top organizations and media companies have also latched on to Twitter as a great place to deliver their message. These companies have proven that if you follow them, they will keep you on top of the breaking trends. @BizBash BizBash is the place to go to get cool ideas for your events. @EventMB The Event Manager Blog is a standard of event industry news.... Read more »

kchopson

5+ Meeting Pros on Twitter You Need to Follow

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Twitter has positioned itself as the social media place to go for meetings and events. The industry’s thought leaders have latched on to Twitter as a great place to deliver their message. The Twitter accounts we describe here represent some of these leaders. You should follow these folks to stay on top of the breaking trends. @corbinball No one tops Corbin Ball when it comes to meetings technology. Look for his feed to find every which way technology can impact meetings. @jeffhurt Jeff Hurt is the leading blogger for Velvet Chainsaw’s popular site. Jeff writes about all things meetings, non-profits,... Read more »

kchopson

Great Resources for Event Professionals

One of the toughest tasks of an event professional is keeping up with the multitude of changes and trends that impact your job. Fortunately, there are a number of great resources that can keep you posted on the latest news and trends in the world of events, conferences and trade shows. The sites mentioned cover news ranging from new hotels to hot event technology. Most of these feature easy to access postings that you can read on your phone in the few moments when you have a break or are waiting for a plane. Event Manager Blog. This blog is... Read more »

kchopson

Will your meeting get hacked?

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The widespread release of sensitive information such as credit card and social security numbers has grabbed headlines, disrupting business for several major corporations. Over the past five years, well-respected companies including Sony, Target and Staples have been hacked. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated, the impact of these breaches has spread beyond the general public. Recently, in one of the biggest, most spectacular U.S. cyber attacks, the personal data of 18 million current, prospective or former federal employees was successfully compromised. While it may be comforting to think hackers only go after big-name companies and organizations, it would be a... Read more »

But did you plan for Cyber Security?

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The meeting, events, and conference industry is one that hinges on meticulous planning. The level of preparedness we have observed in our three years providing Cyber Security to events has been nothing short of impressive. There seems to be a formal or informal contingency for nearly everything, with an event staff agile enough to handle almost any hiccup. So, why isn’t the same level of attention being paid to cyber threats at these events? “Cyber” is certainly at the front of the headlines, and the public is probably more aware now than they were before major companies in every industry... Read more »

kchopson

Ten Ways to Use Facebook Live & Periscope Streaming Apps for Your Conference

Live streaming apps have quickly been recognized as a terrific way to extend your meeting’s brand beyond in-person attendees. Twitter’s Periscope was the first to show the possibilities of live streaming events. However, the arrival of Facebook Live offers a chance to expand your show’s reach to Facebook’s giant ecosystem of over a billion users. The good news is you do not need to pick just one of these apps – you can use both! Since these free apps are a particularly good way to reduce expensive A/V costs, they will be particularly attractive to smaller meetings. Here are some... Read more »

kchopson

Use FOMO to Promote Your Conference!

Have you ever experienced FOMO, aka the Fear of Missing Out? You may have gone through FOMO if your peers are about to have a great experience – and you may not be there. In fact, some studies have shown that millennials, in particular, are susceptible to FOMO. Largely as a result of social media, FOMO has become a widely discussed phenomenon. FOMO is not just about having fun. Fear of being left behind professionally by missing a great conference, for example, can have the same effect. The funny thing is that high quality face-to-face meetings, rather than being hurt... Read more »

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Design Rebel: Marquee Lights are HOT for Your Event

Nothing says excitement like Broadway and nothing say Broadway like Marquee Lights. The opening shot of the film classic All That Jazz sets the stage for what follows with a dazzling marquee light up. The eye cannot help but be drawn to the raw, pulsating and vibrant lighting that are typical of these displays. Marquee lights have an interesting history. Their appearance is very closely tied to the rise of the automobile. Before these fast moving vehicles arrived, pedestrians had plenty of time to look at signs as they strolled across. However, those signs were generally unable to draw the... Read more »

Design Rebel: Summer Is Here, Winter Is Yumming

The weather is beginning to warm up, which is why catering is just beginning to cool down. Check out some of these sweet treats that you might see at your next event. Frozen Macaroons No doubt, you’ve seen the non-frozen counterparts, but don’t be surprised the next time you bite into one with a little surprise. If the Cronut taught us anything, it’s that classic desserts can sometimes work even better when matched up with another equally classic dessert. Such is the case with these jewel-like macarons filled with semifreddo instead of buttercream in flavors like strawberry-chamomile, Mexican chocolate and juniper-lime.... Read more »