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    How Does Online Event Registration Credit Card Processing Work?

    For newcomers, setting up credit card processing for your online event registration forms can be a daunting and confusing task. You will need to go through a number of steps, some of which are complicated in their own right and loaded with paperwork. There are also a bewildering series of terms, some of which even have the same meaning. Hopefully, a systematic look at the process can shed light on how online credit card processing works. Merchant Accounts It all starts with your bank checking account. When you have that in place you will need a Merchant Account. The Merchant... Read more »


  • Dreamforce: The Dreamboat Experience

    Event Rebels Dreamforce

    “The Love Boat promises something for everyone.” The Dreamboat may not have been the Love Boat, but Dreamforce definitely tried to have something for everyone! For the first time in Dreamforce’s 13 year existence, the 170,000 person conference chartered a Celebrity Cruises ship to provide lodging to 1,100 conference attendees. This is not the first time a conference has chartered a ship as a “floating hotel”, but it is probably the most mainstream example of lodging alternatives, even being featured on Forbes.com. In a time where conference attendees are searching for alternatives to the traditional room block, such as airbnb, Dreamforce’s... Read more »


  • Rebel Roundup: Shuttles, IAEE Awards, Smart Meetings Destinations

    This week’s rebel round-up includes Shuttles, IAEE Awards, Smart Meetings Destinations, PCMA Convening Leaders 2016!  Enjoy! How To Break Up With Shuttles And Enhance the Attendee Experience – PCMA(@pcmahq) IAEE Unveils 2015 Individual Award Winners – TSNN (@tsnn_com_US) 3 Signs Your Event Planner is a Problem – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) Intellectual Capital Is the New Draw for Smart Meetings Destinations – Skift (@skift) 5 Skills Today’s Event Pros Need to Know to Keep Their Jobs – BizBash (@bizbash) Cultivating Creative Moments at Convening Leaders 2016 – 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... Read more »


  • kchopson

    Why and How to Create a Great Conference Blog

    Talk to a marketing expert about your event, conference or trade show and almost certainly you will be told that social media needs to be a key component of your promotion. However, what is often missing is the advice on how to do have a great social media campaign. What do you tweet about? What should you post on Facebook? How do you get started? To answer these questions, it is important to reconsider a core principal of social media marketing. This concept involves the idea of a “spoke” – as in a bicycle tire. At the center of this... Read more »


  • IMEX America 2015 “What’s New?”

    Introduction IMEX is deeply rooted in the Meetings Industry and every edition of IMEX America or IMEX in Frankfurt presents us with a challenge and an opportunity for innovation. For each show we seek to refresh and renew partnerships also with the goal of providing an ideal setting for business opportunities between our exhibitors and planners who join us as hosted buyers and visitors. This is not an easy challenge but it is one that we embrace with the help of our strong industry partnerships. IMEX America provides attendees with the opportunity to meet with a range of global suppliers... Read more »