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Why Would Hackers Attack Your Conference?

Hackers targeting big companies have become part of the regular news cycle. As of last year corporations such as Sony, Target and Staples have become victims of breaches involving personal information and credit cards. Even more recently, the data of 18 million current, prospective or former employees of the U.S. Government was successfully compromised in one of the biggest and most spectacular cyber attacks in history. While it might be comforting to think that hackers would only go after big name organizations, it would be wrong to think that conferences are exempt from cyber attacks. Just recently the Linux Australia... Read more »

Crowdsourcing Education Sessions

EventRebels are back from our week-long hiatus with some very exciting information and experiences to share with you. This past week, K.C. Hopson, EventRebels CEO, and I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2015 PCMA Education Conference. PCMA does a lot really well, but one thing I’ve noticed over the last three annual conferences I’ve attended is PCMA’s willingness to experiment with format, room set-up, and education so we don’t have to. One outstanding experiment PCMA tried at this conference was crowdsourcing peer-led education. Adrian Segar, author of “Conferences That Work,” walked us through the process. It began the... Read more »

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!

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Trade Show Swag: What’s Hot for 2015

Design Rebel: Trade Show Swag

An intriguing thought crossed my mind as I prepared this blog on the benefits of trade show giveaways. Given the nearly universal appeal of tchotchkes I wondered whether anyone has proposed a doctoral dissertation analyzing the irresistible allure of ball point pens, pocket-sized hand sanitizers, disposable water bottles and tote bags emblazoned with exhibitor’s logos. As a veteran of scores of trade shows, I’ve seen well-dressed, affluent –looking professionals saunter over to a booth and scoop up a key chain, pencil, highlighter or a tiny box of breath mints. Generally, these items retail for under three dollars. Perhaps there is... Read more »

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 »

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Make Your Call for Papers Easy to Use!

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Potential speakers for your conference are busy people. One thing they do not want is to received the Call for Papers as a PDF, print it, fill in the fields and then scan it and send it back. Not much better is getting a call for papers via survey software. Since call for papers are often long, the applicant may have to leave the desk for a while only to find that the site timed out and erased their work! Even if the form is filled out in one sitting, surveys cannot be updated – so if there is a... 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 »

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Rebel Wanderer: San Diego, CA

San Diego is known for having just about the finest climate in the continental United States. But the city is so much more than great weather. With California’s vastly improved train system, it is easy to visit San Diego for a day from all over the southern basin including Disneyland and Los Angeles. Gaslamp Quarter The Pacific Surfliner train gives you a beautiful view of the coastline and drops you off at the Santa Fe depot in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Loaded with dozens or restaurants and nightclubs, the quarter retains many of the elements of older San... 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 »

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Design Rebel: Marquee Lights are HOT for Your Event

Design Rebel: Marquee Lights

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 »

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 »

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Tech Tuesday: Put Your Contracts in the Cloud!

Nobody writes contracts like meeting planners. For any given conference, there can be dozen of contracts. These contracts are usually lengthy and quite detailed. Often these contracts are emailed or even faxed(!) to the signing party. This party then signs, copies and then scans or faxes back to the other party for countersigning – and the process repeats. This simple signing process consumes many hours for any given show. Given that meeting planners are usually strapped for time, doesn’t this seem like an easy area to improve? Fortunately, there is great software in the marketplace for making the contracts process... 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 »

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Design Rebel: Whisky Business

Design Rebel: Whisky Business

“Horse racing and whisky cocktails seem to go hand in hand, says liquor connoisseur, Lance Mayhew.   While the Mint Julep is closely associated with the Kentucky Derby, the official drinks of the other two jewels in racing’s Triple Crown are not as well known.  For the record, the Preakness Stakes’ Black Eyed Susan and the Belmont Breeze round out springtime’s annual cocktail trifecta. Each of these cocktails is made with blended whisky and are annual crowd pleasers. With the 2015 Kentucky Derby behind us, horse racing fans head north this weekend to Baltimore for the Preakness. Without question the Kentucky... 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 »

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How to Use Online Trade Show and Exhibitor Management Software

Trade Show & Exhibitor Management Software

Did you know there is an easy way to drive trade show revenue, dramatically cut labor and paper costs, while at the same time marketing your exhibitors to your attendees? This great technology uses an interactive trade show floor map to achieve all these amazing results. Here are some of the features of such software. For the Exhibitor The software produces a floor map of your show online with all the tables and booths. For booths that are available for purchase, exhibitors can simply click on the booth and buy on the spot. Anybody can see the list of current... 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 »