Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

Do’s & Dont’s: Lessons From MPI’s WEC 2015

We’ve just returned from Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in San Francisco, CA. Here’s a few lessons we’d like to share with you. DO: Host your conference in San Francisco San Francisco was an incredible backdrop for this year’s WEC. From the sights and sounds, to the food and drinks, San Francisco didn’t hold back a thing! The conference took on a truly San Francisco feel as well. From it’s use of emerging technology, to incorporating iconic San Francisco brands, you knew exactly where you were. DON’T: Have clowns at your opening reception Although the decor of the opening reception... Read more »

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Mobile App Lead Retrieval is Better for Your Show

You have probably heard frequent complaints from your exhibitors about how expensive it is to rent lead retrieval units for your show. The old fashioned way of doing lead retrieval is cumbersome for many reasons: The lead retrieval units are expensive! Some of the reasons for these high costs are described below. Buying the old-fashioned units is typically done in an old-fashioned way, such as faxing or emailing a form with a credit card. By the way, this is also a violation of good credit card security practices. The hardware is proprietary, so it is difficult to explain what the... Read more »

Best Practices: Networking Before Your Conference

Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress 2015 begins in a few short days. What have you done to begin networking? Now you may be asking yourself, “Alex, the conference hasn’t even begun yet. How can I start networking if the conference hasn’t even started?” Great question! The answer is, A LOT! 75% of good networking is great preparation. Here’s 5 simple tasks you can do before you even arrive in San Francisco: 1. Business Cards – Make sure you are well stocked. There’s nothing like scrambling at the last minute looking for your business cards and realizing you have none! Now, if... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Global Travel Prices, Wi-Fi Demands, and Global Meetings Industry Day 2016

This week’s rebel round-up includes Global Travel Prices, Wi-Fi Demands, and Global Meetings Industry Day!  Enjoy! 2016 Global Travel Price Outlook Reveals Six Global Hot Spots  – Global Business Travel Association (@globalBTA) How Are Hotels Keeping Up With Rising Wi-Fi Demands? – Travel Pulse (@TravelPulse) First-Ever ‘Global Meetings Industry Day’ to Take Place in 2016 – Sucessful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) Some airlines, hotels pulling the plug on discount websites – CBS News (@CBSnews) How Activity Venues Are Catering to Corporate Clients – BizBash (@bizbash) The Simple Way To Make Your Registration Fee More Appealing – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: DMOs, Comic-Con, and Robot Hotels

This week’s rebel round-up includes a lot of special recognitions and awards! Articles include DMO partners, Comic-Con, robot hotels, and streaming apps!  Enjoy! Why Your Meeting Needs Your DMO Partner More Than Ever Before – PCMA (@pcmahq) New DMAI Ebook Defines Evolving Role Of The Modern DMO – Greg Oates (@gregoates) Comic-Con: Game of Brands – FreemanXP (@FreemanXP) Robots run Japan’s Weird Hotel – Mashable (@Mashable) How Microsoft Created a Fun and Functional Conference Lounge – BizBash (@bizbash) Legal Issues & Streaming Apps: 8 Great Takeaways –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 posted every... Read more »

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How to Use Apps to Simplify Onsite Registration

Mobile apps for attendees are hot, but did you know that apps can help you, the planner, with onsite registration? While a great web-based onsite registration system can take care of most of your check-in issues, mobile onsite apps can address even more needs, including some unusual situations. These apps should work well on both Apple and Android devices, from smartphones to tablets. Here are some features a first-rate mobile app for onsite registration should have: List of attendees with at least basic contact information. Even better, you should be able to easily view what each attendee purchased as well... Read more »

Live Streaming: Shark Week

The Discovery Channel will work with Meerkat to add a live-stream component to its popular “Shark Week” programming and embed the content on its website. Variety: “The Discovery Channel is still finalizing its Meerkat streaming lineup, but Byrne said that the network plans to host two to three live streams every day during the week, including a live shark feeding at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as well as Meerkats from shark experts and filmmakers to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at their work for the event. And with a little bit of luck, there will also be a live stream... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hall of Leaders, Most Influential, Event Innovators, Top Women

This week’s rebel round-up includes a lot of special recognitions and awards! Articles include CIC Hall of Leaders, Successful Meetings’ Most Influential, Bizbash’s Event Innovators, and M&C’s Top Women in the Meetings Industry!  Enjoy! Free Online Access Pass – National Speakers Association – Influence 2015 – National Speakers Association (@NSASpeaker) The Empty Suitcase Campaign – Empty Suitcase Campaign (#emptysuitcasecampaign) CIC Announces 2015 Hall of Leaders Ceremony : Reception Honors Industry’s Outstanding Leaders and Innovators – CIC (@ConvIndustry) The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for 2015 – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) Event Innovators 2015: Most Innovative People in Events and Meetings – BizBash (@bizbash) Top 25 Women in the... Read more »

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5 Steps to Collect Intelligent Annual Meeting Data

By: Kathy Benson and K.C. Hopson For many associations, the annual meeting is the organization’s top revenue source. For this bottom-line reason, planners and evaluators of this event need to be able to mine smarter and more actionable insights from attendee registration data and post-event evaluations. Evaluation of the annual meeting is an opportunity to engage with members and prospects and learn more about them and their needs. Planners and evaluators need to look at it from a strategic standpoint to gain more insight and inform their organizational strategy. By asking the right questions, there is an invaluable opportunity to... Read more »