Posts By: eventreb

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend, Catering, and Robot Hotel

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend Study, Catering, and Robot hotels!  Enjoy! Indonesia’s Hotel Industry Worries as the Government Bans Meetings – Skift (@skift) IAEE, PCMA and The Experience Institute Team Up on Comprehensive Study of the Behaviors Behind the Decision to Attend – PCMA (@pcmahq) 2015 International CES: An insider’s look with FreemanXP – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) Baltimore tourism officials say number of city conventions may have peaked – Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) Do-It-Yourself: A New Food and Beverage Offering for Groups – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) New Japanese hotel to be staffed by robots – CNN (@CNN) See you next week with... Read more »

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 »

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

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

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 »

Mobile Monday: Photosharing, The New Disposable Camera

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

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 »

Tech Tuesday: Are Drones Ready To Take Off?

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

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 »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Hotels, Travel Megatrends, Non-profits

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about travel, non-profits, meeting hotels, and innovation!  Enjoy! CES 2015: Has the tech show lost its focus? – BBC News (@BBCTech) Cvent’s Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – Cvent (@Cvent) Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015 – Skift Magazine by Rafat Ali (@rafat) The Serious Problem That’s Getting In The Way Of Non-Profits – PCMA via Dan Pallotta (@danpallotta) 6 Principles of “Frugal Innovation” – BizBash (@bizbash) Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports – CNN.com (@CNN) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 2

We’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few days at PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Last week we gave you a sneak peek at the venues that were hosting us in the windy city. This week we’re sharing our experiences. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere played host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. The event was split up into different areas showcasing Chicago neighborhoods with entertainment and food. There were stilt walkers, bands, Chinese dragon dancers, latin dancers, and more! The venue was simply transformed by the decor and lighting. What made this... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How Hooke 3D Audio Will Disrupt Hybrid Events

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

Hooke are wireless headphones with built-in binaural microphones that capture mobile 3D audio. It is sound captured identically to the way our ears hear it, so that when a recording is played back, it feels and sounds like you’re there. Conventional recording techniques leave sound flat and degraded. Hooke is able to record sound with its full depth and dynamic. Listen to an example of 3D audio below. Make sure you wear headphones (any kind will work). Now, what does this have to do with events? Although hooke has only just began producing it’s headphones (check out their succesful kickstarter campaign that raised... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airline Fees, Better Travel Tech, Embracing Second Screen

This week’s Rebel Round-Up comes straight to you from the convention floor of PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Enjoy! 16 Fees We’d Like To Charge The Airlines – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why Chef’s Tables Are Growing In Popularity – BizBash (@bizbash) 11 Cool Things From the Consumer Electronics Show That Will Make Travel Better – Yahoo  by Chris Morris (@MorrisatLarge) The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015 – CareerCast (@careercast) Three Reasons Smart Event Marketers are Embracing Second Screen – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 1

In honor of our upcoming trip to PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight some of awesome things we’re looking forward to experiencing in the windy city. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is playing host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition, the museum opened its doors in 1933. The museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. I’m particularly... Read more »

Mobile Monday: The Battle For Wearables Begins and What That Means For Events

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

In a battle over who can make consumers keep their phones in their pockets and wear their phones on their face and wrists instead, there seems to be only one true winner, the consumer. As producers of face-to-face human interaction, event planners have a unique opportunity to utilize wearables in a way that may not be used daily. We have a responsibility of being ahead of the trends and looking for ways to incorporate new tech into our events. Google glass has found more of a home in business than the consumer sector, but you shouldn’t expect the same results... Read more »

Rebel Round-Up: Free Wi-Fi, 2015 Tech Trends, Future of Digital Media

Welcome to EventRebels first ever Rebel Round-Up! This is where we’ll be sharing with you what’s happening in the events industry and the technology industry all in one place each week. We hope you can find these articles as useful and interesting as we did. 2015 Preview: 9 Event Tech Predictions [BizBash] Google fights Marriott’s plan to block Wi-Fi hotspots [CNN Money @DavidGoldmanCNN] More hotels offer free Wi-Fi – but speed costs extra [USA Today] The Future of Digital Media in 2015 [TechCrunch] CES 2015: What the Biggest Tech Trends Will Be [ABC News] Uber Is Going to Eat Your... Read more »

Mobile Apps: Attendees Looking Down = Attendee Engagement Going Up

You stood in line 6 hours for tickets. You’ve waited months for this day to come. You’re finally seeing that band you love live! You get to your seat, the music starts, and a cloud of smoke erupts from the stage. The band starts to play and you are instantly disappointed. Not because the band isn’t everything you dreamed of and more, but because you’re watching their performance through the thousands of tiny mobile devices being held up in front of you. Nobody can deny that technology has changed the way we experience live events, and not always for the... Read more »

What is Hosted Buyer and Reverse Trade Show?

Reverse Trade Show Discussion

They are some of the hottest phrases in the trade show world – “Hosted Buyer” and “Reverse Trade Show.” These new ways of engaging buyers and suppliers promise to give new vigor to the world of trade shows. These types of events are relatively new in North America, but have been around for years in Europe. So, what are these events and what is the difference between the two? Here are some basic working definitions. The main difference between these and the traditional trade show is how the attendee (the “buyer”) engages with the exhibitor (the “supplier”). Rather than the... Read more »

January Webinar – Delivering Value to Your Exhibitors and Attendees

January 24th, 10 AM Click Here to Register! This webinar will highlight two popular features that we currently offer, as well as introduce our newest product. ERShow allows purchase and management of exhibitor booths and sponsorships. ERMatch allows appointment scheduling between attendees or with exhibitors. Our newest product, ERConnect, uses QR codes on the attendee badge so that they can directly connect with other attendees, and share their contact information and Social media connections, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Join us for this informative review of some of our most exciting features!

August Webinar: E-Marketing and Communicating with Your Attendees

Thursday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. EDT Click here to register now! EventRebels has recently expanded our Communication tools to include Newsletters and Text Messaging functionalities! Join us for an informative webinar, presented by K.C. Hopson, to explore everything that these new features have to offer and to learn more about our existing e-marketing tools. Conveniently located in the same control center you use to manage your meetings, our communication tools are sure to save you time. No need to jump from website to website just to get in touch with your attendees. Learn how to take control of your... Read more »

Our Latest Software Upgrade: Text Message Your Attendees!

Use EventRebels Text Messaging software to stay in touch with your conference attendees before, during and after the meeting! Before the event you can use messaging to generate excitement and disseminate information about your show. During the conference texts can be used to keep attendees up to date with last minute changes such as room assignments, speakers, transportation, and start times. Early users of our new software will have the setup fee waived. Contact us to find out more!

Table Tents

EventRebels now has Table Tents! In just a couple clicks, you can produce table tents already to be printed in landscape, folded over, and placed on tables. Besides the name, you can also add company/organization. You can also filter the output in the ways EventRebels users have come to expect. Hopefully this will save you a bunch of time!