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Rebel Wanderer: San Antonio, Texas

Texas is an amazing state with many great cities. Certainly one of the finest towns is San Antonio, located in the heart of the south-central region of the state, also known as Texas Hill Country. Besides being home to the Spurs, one of the NBA’s finest franchises, the city hosts many memorable venues along or near the beautiful San Antonio River. The Alamo Originally a mission established by Franciscan priests in the 18th Century, the Alamo is best known for the last stand of 200 Texas defenders against the army General Santa Anna. Although the Alamo is surprisingly small, it... 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 »

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Mobile Monday: Free QR Code Apps for Apple and Android

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

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 »

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

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

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

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 »

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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 »

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A Better Way to Manage Conference Certifications

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

Have you seen this way of tracking CEUs at a conference before? The first step is to print out sign in sheets, possibly pre-populated with attendee names. The next step is throughout the conference placing the sheets in the appropriate rooms before the workshop and then picking them up after each session. After the show the show organizers get to back to the office and collate the signatures with the registration, membership, and CEU systems. This should only take a few days if you are lucky. Finally, you have to pull this data together and somehow get the certificates to... 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 »

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Rebel Wanderer: Springtime in the Park

The crown jewel of trade shows for the meetings industry occurs tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, 2015. It is ASAE’s Springtime in the Park, this year at the Washington D.C. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Springtime is over 30 years old, first launching in 1977 as Summer in the Park and taking place on an Astroturf floor. It became Springtime in 1980 and hasn’t looked back since. The Springtime Expo typically has more than 700 exhibitors and about 3,000 attendees. The attendees mainly draw on the rich association market that D.C. attracts. While the professionals mainly range from meeting planners to... 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 »

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Mobile Monday: ORI and EventRebels Announce Partnership to Provide New Seamless Event Analytics Solution

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

Herndon, Va. – April 9, 2015 – ORI, a market research and strategic business intelligence firm, and EventRebels, a leading provider of online registration, mobile and web software for conferences and trade shows, today announced a partnership that will enable them to offer meeting and event planners a new seamless event analytics solution to mine smarter and more actionable insights from attendee registration data and post-event evaluations. On the front end of this solution, EventRebels’ ER Online registration product for conferences and trade shows aggregates and breaks down demographics and other important data on attendees to help event organizers better... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Event App Trends, Trade Show Big Data, Event Tech Evolution

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Flight-Booking Hacks, Event Tech Evolution, Killer Presentations, Event Mobile App Trends, and Big Data for Trade Shows!  Enjoy! 12 Flight-Booking Hacks to Save You a Ton of Money On Airfare – Thrillist via Sophie-Claire Hoeller (@SoHoStyle) The Evolution of Event Technology: What Has Changed Since 2000? – BizBash (@BizBash) How To Give a Killer Presentation Your Audience Won’t Forget – Sli.do via Juraj Holub (@Juraj_Holub) Society of Government Meeting Professionals Moves to Virtual HQ – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 5 Trends in Event Mobile Apps [Infographic] – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) 3 Facts About Big Data That Every Trade Show Organizer Should Know – PCMA (@pcmahq) See... Read more »

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Design Rebel: Sweet 16 Hot, New Trade Show Colors

2015 Trade Show Colors

To paraphrase the timeless lyrics of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love”, birds do it, bees do it, even savvy trade show exhibitors do it. They all invite visitors to their nests, hives, and booths with color. Unlock nature’s not so secret, secret weapon: color. One of the most powerful lures, a hot, new color not only turns heads and catches the eye, it summons a closer look. As any new or experienced exhibitor knows, the competition to attract people your trade show booth can be fierce. What you may not be aware of is the effective use of color... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: The High Seas

In honor of the announcement that Dreamforce 2015 has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to provide hotel accommodations on a luxury cruise ship, the Dream Boat, as well as a little April Fool’s mischief, the Rebel Wanderer is presenting some aquatic venues to you today. The Dream Boat Of course we’ll start off with the Dream Boat itself. This year, Dreamforce has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to add accommodations right on the San Francisco Bay with a stunning cruise ship that will be docked at Pier 27 throughout the conference. Many of the spacious rooms feature views of the bay or the... Read more »

Improving Your Events with Technology and Nostalgia

Event Rebels Tech Tuesday

Marketers have been using nostalgia for generations, utilizing old commercials and logos to help connect multi-generational fans and buyers. As most people experience nostalgia at least once a week (and nearly half experience it at three to four times that amount), modern marketers have quickly learned to harness the power of social media to accelerate the impact of nostalgia to drive their event campaigns. One application of nostalgia in our daily lives is Throwback Thursday, a campaign which began on various social media platforms in 2006. To put this trend into perspective, as of May 2014, the hashtag #TBT had... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Amazon, Airbnb, AIPAC, American/US Airways Merger

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Amazon, AIPAC, Productivity Hacks, American/US Airways Merger, Airbnb, and Waste Audits!  Enjoy! Is Amazon About To Disrupt The Hotel Industry? – PCMA (@PCMAhq) How a Conference Used Innovative Design to Serve Delegates – BizBash (@BizBash) 7 Productivity Hacks for Event Planners – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) 9 things frequent fliers need to know about upcoming American/US Airways merger – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) 8 Steps to Improve Your Event With a Waste Audit – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) Airbnb’s Revenues Will Cross Half Billion Mark in 2015, Analysts Estimate – Skift via Rafat Ali (@rafat) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and... Read more »

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Mobile Monday: Google Will Rate Your Mobile Friendly Website Higher

Event Rebels Mobile Monday

In one of the biggest changes ever to happen to Google’s search ranking algorithm, the behemoth announced that websites that are “mobile friendly” will rate higher than those that are not designed for mobile devices. This change is sure to cause much consternation in organizations that have spent much time “optimizing” their web site for Google. The good news is this change only effects people who are searching via a mobile device, and certainly does not mean that the current ranking system is altogether obsolete. It’s more of a tweak to make sure mobile searchers will be lead to a... Read more »

Design Rebel: Spring Has Sprung!

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It may still be 40 degrees outside, but Spring has officially arrived, and with Spring comes new event design trends that’ll be popping up just like that grass you’ve been patiently waiting for. Floral If you think you can escape floral arrangements, you’re dead wrong. Floral arrangements can be very mundane, unoriginal and boring, but they also have the ability to transform into some pretty spectacular decor elements for your next event. Flower walls are a very cool way to make your logo stand out. Companies, like Dior, are known for this type of branding. They create an interesting backdrop and... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: DMAI Destinations Showcase

This week we’re doing something a little bit different with the Rebel Wanderer, because today is DMAI’s Destinations Showcase. Instead of getting to experience one city, the Rebel Wanderer is going to experience them all. For those of you unaware, DMAI’s Destinations Showcase Washington, DC is North America’s largest one-day event exclusively bringing conference, convention, and trade show professionals together with exhibiting meeting destinations from the United States and beyond. In addition to the expo, there are education breakout sessions in the morning and a keynote luncheon. This year’s keynote address is being delivered by Marshawn Evans Daniels. Marshawn is a... Read more »