Posts Categorized: Event Rebels Blog

Rebel Roundup: Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Onboard Wi-Fi, Improving eRFPs, and InfoComm Products for Event Pros!  Enjoy! Signs Your Conference May Be In Jeopardy – MeetingsNet (@meetingsnet) For Onboard Wi-Fi, Not All Airlines are Equal – NBC News (@NBCNewsBusiness) The Must-Add City To Your Consideration Set – PCMA (@pcmahq) White Paper: How to Improve eRFPs for Meetings and Events – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 7 Cool Products for Event Pros From InfoComm – BizBash (@bizbash) These are the world’s 20 largest hotels – 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... Read more »

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Craft Hotel Contracts to Reduce Attrition

Perhaps the heart of good meeting planning is the ability to write contracts that cover all potential outcomes of an event. Of all these outcomes, perhaps none is more important than avoiding being hit with attrition fees by the host hotel. As all planners know, these fees can be very costly and, in many cases, can be avoided with a tight contract. Recently I had the pleasure of attending an exciting (!) lecture on Hotel Contracts lead by attorney John S. Foster from Atlanta. The event was put on by the PCMA Chesapeake Chapter and was hosted at the brand... Read more »

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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

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!

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 »