Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

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Mobile Monday: Free QR Code Apps for Apple and Android

You may have heard that here are many ways you can improve you meetings with QR codes. However, you may think – “QR codes sound great, but how will my attendees scan them?” Fortunately, there are many great QR code scanning apps for Apple and Android devices. Here are the general features most of these apps have: Simple point and scan functionality Uses your camera to scan QR codes Opens up the corresponding the corresponding website inside the app History of scans FREE! Warning – a lot of these names are similar, so I added the company where necessary. Here... Read more »

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Design Rebel: Food Porn Comes of Age

WARNING: If you are under the age of 21, easily offended by forbidden culinary delights or counting calories, please stop reading this post. My next 351 words are dedicated to “food porn” and why savvy meeting planners may want to pay more attention to the visual appeal of their special event refreshments. Doubt the seductive power of foods prepared and arranged to please the eye? Print and electronic advertisers do not have access to our taste buds, or noses, yet they must entice us to want to buy their food. These companies rely solely on the seductive power of foods... 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 »

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Tech Tuesday: An Easy Way for Your Attendees to Ask Questions

It is common practice at conferences to mix presentations with questions from the audience. Despite the fact that most attendees have smart devices and phones, the questions from the audience are still mostly handled in an old fashioned way. These low-tech styles include: A “moderator” walking around with a microphone and finding the nearest person with a raised hand to ask a question. Not only is this slow and time consuming, but is rather arbitrary and not very democratic. Another way is for a group of people to hand out cards to the audience and then pick them up during... Read more »

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Rebel Wanderer: Los Angeles Museum Row on Miracle Mile

Whenever I am in Southern California there is one destination that is always at the top of my list – the Museum Row on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Los Angeles and near many of the great sites (Chinatown, Fashion District, Melrose, Downtown and even Hollywood), there is no better place to anchor your day in the great city. Museum Row consists of a number of museums including the Craft & Folk Art , Peterson Automotive and Architecture and Design museum. However, the real gems are the museum complexes in Hancock Park. While there are... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Online Event Staffing Solution – Werkly

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 »

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Meetings Monday: North American Meetings Industry Day 2015

Last Thursday, April 16, 2015, was a great day for the meetings industry. It marked for the first time that meeting professionals throughout the country and North America came together to rally and show support for one of the largest industries in the world – the travel and meetings industry. As was pointed out, everybody knows that travel is huge, but the average person does not understand that meetings are the greatest driver of travel. It was also made clear that the normal citizen does not understand actually what it is that meeting professionals and planners do. In an effort... 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 »

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Conventional Wisdom: The Importance of Welcoming Your Guests

It was turning out to be the business trip from hell, until the conference planners did one very special thing. My last minute decision to attend a conference in Chicago seemed like a sound idea. However, as a seasoned traveler I knew scheduling a business trip on short notice can be fraught with challenges. Nevertheless, the conference was the perfect opportunity to meet with colleagues working on a similar project in a non-competing market. It was one of those rare chances to speak freely with peers and exchange good advice. My traveling troubles began with securing air transportation (two plane... 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 »