Posts By: eventreb

Rebel Roundup: DMC relevance, LA Conv Center redesign, Wearable Tech

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about DMC relevance, LA Convention Center redesign, Wearable Tech, and Free Live Streaming!  Enjoy! Are DMCs Still Relevant? – MeetingsNet (@meetingsnet) City Picks Winner of Convention Center Redesign Competition – LA Downtown News via Eddie Kim (@eddiekimx) Finally, A Wearable Technology That Can Change Your General Session Experience – PCMA (@pcmahq) 6 Quotes That Speak To The Power And Potential Of The Meetings Industry – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) Why an Invitation-Only Conference Decided to Offer a Free Live Stream – BizBash (@bizbash) 10 foods you should never eat overseas – USA Today Travel (@usatodaytravel) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Conf. Predictions, Periscope, Airbnb, and Crowd Control

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Conference predictions, Periscope, Airbnb, and Crowd Control!  Enjoy! 15 Predictions About Future Conferences And Shifting Attendance Part 1 – Velvet Chainsaw (@velchain) SmithBucklin Acquires The Townsend Group – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) 4 Tips For Meeting Planners Who Want To Use Periscope – PCMA (@pcmahq) Airbnb Wants to Host Your Next Meeting – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 3 Ways to Control Crowds at Events – BizBash (@bizbash) Score hotel upgrades with these 8 tips – 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 week!

Rebel Wanderer: Pittsburgh, PA

A city of 90 neighborhoods, three rivers and year-round fun! Spend time in Pittsburgh and see why everyone, from the Travel Channel to National Geographic Traveler, is raving. Conde Nast Traveler named Pittsburgh one of the “Top 15 Places to Go in 2015!” They’ve got it all – great food, outdoor adventure, history at every corner, tax-limited shopping, a thriving cultural district, and their familiarity with Stanley and Lombardi makes them a sports lover’s dream. Check out some of the venues that make Pittsburgh such an amazing city for your next event. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is... Read more »

Designing Emotional Sensory Experiences

What is Experience Design? Experience Design is about interacting your brand (event, company, product) with your consumer, allowing your brand to come alive for them. This creates a fresh connection between brand and consumer, in their personal world. These connections should be formed by experiences that are personally relevant to the consumer. It should be memorable for them, it should be interactive, and it should invoke emotion. The 3 Stages of an Experience Experience/Encoding – This is the stage where your consumer interacts with the brand message. During this stage your memory begins to encode the information it is receiving.... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hotel CEOs, 2015 Exhibition & Convention Exec Forum, Salary Survey

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Hotel CEOs, 2015 Exhibition & Convention Exec Forum, Convene’s Annual Salary Survey, and preparing for Gen Z!  Enjoy! What’s Top-of-Mind for Hotel CEOs of Hilton, Hyatt, Accor and Wyndham – Skift (@skift) 200-plus Trade Show Professionals Gather at 2015 Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum in D.C. – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) Convene’s 2015 Annual Salary Survey Results – PCMA (@pcmahq) Trade Show Industry Grows Impressive 4.6 Percent in Q1 2015 -TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) 8 Reasons Why Luggage Still Gets Lost – Thrillist (@thrillist) Preparing for Generation Z: What Marketers Should Know — Now – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the... Read more »

Design Rebel: Summer Camp

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 »

Tech Tuesday: Create a Custom Social Network for Your Event

Events are communal by nature. In this digital age, attendees value the face to face connections they make once or twice a year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the digital technology that’s available to assist in building your community. Creating an online social network can be mutually beneficial for your organization and your attendees, and pay off big time over the long term. Studies have shown that customers who engage with a brand online report spending 20% to 40% more on that brand, or on that company’s products. The most successful events are strategic in nature and focus on... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Destinations, Free Wi-Fi, and Employee Experiences

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! Meeting Destinations: Expect The Unexpected – Associations Now (@AssociationsNow) DMAI announces their selections for its fifth annual “30 Under 30” list – DMAI (@meetDMAI) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tier Cities: What do the Designations Really Mean? – empowerMINT.com (@empowermintcom) The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi -Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) Americas 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why The Future Of Work Is All About The Employee Experience – Forbes (@forbes) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City has had quite an impressive campaign to rally tourism to this beautiful boardwalk town. Check out some of these cool venues worth visiting. One Atlantic One Atlantic has opened its doors as the premier social event and wedding space in Atlantic City . Located on the top floor of The Pier Shops at Caesars, extending 100 yards out over the Atlantic Ocean, One Atlantic produces extraordinary events with unparalleled views of the sea, sand, and boardwalk through floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering world class gourmet catering, an in-house staff of expert event planners, and the highest quality partners, One Atlantic delivers... Read more »

Design Rebel: Summer Is Here, Winter Is Yumming

Design Rebel: 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 »

Rebel Wanderer: Richmond, VA

This past weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Richmond, VA. We got amazing hospitality and we can’t wait to return. Here are a few highlights from our trip. Omni Richmond Hotel Ideally located in the heart of everything that makes Richmond the truly special destination city that it is, Omni Richmond Hotel allowed us to experience refined Southern hospitality in an elegant contemporary yet refined and relaxing setting. We were traveling for business, but it was nothing but pleasure. Nestled within the historic and vibrant Shockoe Slip district, we enjoyed the timeless architecture and gas lamp-lined brick streets beckoning from... Read more »

Please Disrupt: Part 1

The events and meeting industry is begging to be disrupted. There are too many antiquated processes and too little tech solutions out there. Sure we’ve got event apps to replace paper programs, but the skeleton of a conference remains the same. Attendees register. Attendees book travel arrangements. Attendees arrive. Attendees attend education sessions. Attendees attend receptions. Attendees go home. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Although attendance appears to be on the rise as companies begin to understand the benefits of face to face meetings, the experience is stale. With that in mind, here’s a list of tech and processes that could use... 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 »

Rebel Wanderer: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Here at EventRebels we’re gearing up for our trip next month to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the PCMA Education Conference 2015. So, in honor of our upcoming trip we thought it would fun to highlight some of the cool venues in the area! Wherehouse 2016 Just outside of Ft. Lauderdale in North Miami, WhereHouse 2016 is the most creative venue for private parties and special events in South Florida. If you’re looking for an original and unique location for your next event, WHEREHOUSE 2016 is it.The 3,600 square foot space features floor-to-ceiling wall murals, dozens of handmade light sculptures, custom-painted tables, chairs and... Read more »

Best Practices: Live Tweeting at a Conference

Have you ever sat in an education session listening contently to the speaker, but you watch out of the corner of your eye a colleague with his face in his phone? Chances are he’s either responding to a work email or he’s live tweeting. Live tweeting education sessions at a conference has steadily increased with the availability of smartphone’s and free conference wi-fi. Live tweeting can be a great way to keep notes during a session, share information with your peers and colleagues, favorite other live-tweeters for information you may have missed, and network with other live tweeters at the conference.... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Millenial Travel, Government Conferences, CIC Hall of Leaders

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Millenial travelers, Government conferences, James Beard winner,and CIC Hall of Leaders Inductees!  Enjoy! The Rise of the Millennial All-Inclusive Traveler – Greg Oates for Skift (@GregOates) Feds Ease Up on Conference Restrictions for Government Employees – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 2015 James Beard Award Winners: New York’s Bâtard Named Best New Restaurant – Forbes Life (@ForbesLife) Convention Industry Council Names 2015 Hall of Leaders Inductees, Pacesetter Award Winners – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) How to Track the Mood of Your Meeting – PCMA (@pcmahq) Study says event planners downplay the destination – Travel Weekly (@TravelWeekly) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

Design Rebel: Invisible Furniture

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Sometimes, it’s what you don’t see that can have the greatest impact at an event. Adding transparent glass and acrylic pieces as accents can really do wonders for a space. The best part is that these clear furnishings can be incorporated in any room because they don’t dictate or change a color palette or style. They can also make a room feel bigger because they take up practically no visual space. Not to mention, it’s super cool when your decor and catering look like they’re floating in air! The popular transparent furniture, made of polycarbonate, is one of the latest trends in rental options... Read more »

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

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

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 »

Rebel Wanderer: Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD, also known as Charm City really lives up to the name. Your attendees will find exactly what they are looking for in this city by the bay. Let’s look at some of the wonderful venues in the city EventRebels calls home. The National Aquarium The National Aquarium, with its breathtaking views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and five levels of award-winning exhibits, provides a magical and memorable backdrop for your special occasion. Whether outside or in, spacious locations are available for as few as five guests to as many as 3,000, making the Aquarium the ideal place for... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Online Event Staffing Solution – Werkly

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

Why isn’t there an easy way to staff your events using your network of friends, family, and peers? Well, it turns out, there is. Werkly was launched in December 2014 in New Orleans and is currently utilizing partnerships with event and catering companies to hire workers. Werkly operates completely online as a marketplace to hire local workers. As a worker you can sign up for the site and post your specific set of skills, focusing on events, concerts, and hospitality. You can post your availability and accept jobs as they come. “I have been a freelancer working in production since I... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hotel Brand Boom, Skype for Business, Cyber Security Threats

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about CEIR and SISO research, new hotel brand boom, Skype for business, and cyber security threats!  Enjoy! Behind the Boom of New Hotel Brands From Major Chains -Scott Mayerowitz for Skift (@Skift) Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly – Sarah Perez for TechCrunch (@sarahintampa) Travel gadgets of the past that could have revolutionized travel, but didn’t – Mashable (@Mashable) CEIR, SISO Unveil 2015 Young Professional Exhibitor Needs and Preferences Study – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) Finally, the business meeting gets some respect – Bill McDermott for CNBC (@BillRMcDermott) The Serious Cyber Security Threat That Could Hurt Hotels – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN was just named the host city for PCMA Convening Leaders 2018, following Vancouver in 2016 and Austin 2017. Let’s take a look at some of the great venues in the Music City! Let’s hope we get to see some in person in 2018. Acme Feed & Seed The Hatchery on the 3rd Floor of the Acme is the largest one-level event and music venue on Lower Broadway, with a capacity of 250 seated and 350 for a standing reception. Inspired by the long held moniker of the building, Acme Feed & Hatchery, the 7,000 square foot venue provides unparalleled character,... Read more »

Mobile Monday: 365 Day Event App Engagement

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

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 »

Rebel Roundup: DMAI DestinationNEXT, TSA Pre-Check, RNC

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about DMAI’s DestinationNEXT research, customizing the event experience, TSA Pre-Check, Delta Airlines, RNC, and F&B Trends!  Enjoy! The Impact of DMAI’s DestinationNEXT Research on the Meetings Industry – Greg Oates (@GregOates) 4 Ways to Customize the Event Experience – BizBash (@BizBash) TSA tightens Pre-Check rules. Here’s how to stay on the list – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) Delta Makes Its ‘20 Minutes or Less’ Luggage Guarantee Permanent – Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) RNC to leave Cleveland better Internet and wi-fi links – Tom Beres for WKYC-TV (@TomBeres) Will These F&B Trends Take Over Conferences In 2015? – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Is your event ready for Primetime?

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

Blue Jeans Primetime is a new interactive online events service that connects thousands of participants through large-scale broadcasting and video collaboration. Blue Jeans Primetime is the only large event platform that gives multiple presenters the power to engage with thousands of viewers, and promote any of these viewers to active participants in real time. “The way online events and broadcasts are done today, you have a massive barrier separating viewers and presenters, making the thousands of people who aren’t part of the conversation essentially invisible,” said Stu Aaron, CCO at Blue Jeans Network. “When we met with our customers, we... Read more »