Posts Tagged: event

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How New Twitter Changes Can Help Your Event Marketing

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Of all the social media channels, Twitter is one that is best suited for reporting live happenings and news-worthy items. In fact, breaking television newscasts often consist of journalists reading the Twitter feed on their phone. Because of this ability of Twitter to function as a news feed, the social media product has become a channel of choice for events. Many meetings now feature live social media posts, often tied to the event’s mobile app and social wall. Besides being a key part of the onsite portion of an event, Twitter is now a major part of the pre-marketing of... Read more »

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Video: Using QR Codes to Improve Your Meeting

Earlier this week, EventRebels President K.C. Hopson spoke to the award-winning Georgia Peach Chapter of SGMP on how to improve your meeting with QR codes. Here is a recording of the popular presentation. Learn about the basics of QR codes, how to create great ones, and the many ways you can use them for your event.  

lbradford

Room Block Piracy Affects More than the Bottom Line

An Update on Room Block Piracy and Poaching in the Meetings Industry Photo credit: Online Trading Academy via flickr.com. Earlier this year, the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Initiative organized a workgroup to focus on the issue of room block piracy and poaching. The APEX Room Block Poaching Workgroup conducted an initial survey of meeting professionals in April to gauge the scope of this issue. Meeting professionals from a wide variety of industries responded to the survey, providing insight on how this issue has affected their events. In a presentation at the IMEX Exhibition in Frankfurt in... Read more »

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Don’t Let Suitcasing Trolls Rob Your Sponsors and Exhibitors!

To the average person, the word “suitcasing” may conjure up images of travel or adventure. But for many people in the event industry, it simply means trouble. What is suitcasing? Suitcasing is an unethical business practice that is frowned upon at events. It occurs when someone who has not purchased a sponsorship or exhibit space distributes promotional materials or solicits business at an event. For example, a company representative may register as an attendee and then work the exhibit floor, passing out promotional items and information in the aisles. Or, a company may rent a conference room at the event... Read more »

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QR Codes, Not Just For Your Website!

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As you probably know, QR Codes are a great way to promote your event. The most common use of these codes is to have a smartphone scan the code which redirects the user to a web page. For a meeting, this might be a link to the meeting web site or your organization. Lost in the standard use of QR codes are a couple of other novel ways to use QR codes to promote your organization or event. A great use of QR codes is for SMS marketing – i.e. text messaging. Your QR code can be setup so when... Read more »

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How to Promote your Meeting with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is now the premier social media web site for business. If your conference is targeting professionals in business, education and government, LinkedIn is not to be ignored, although they have discontinued the app for creating events. There are still many great ways for your meeting to be promoted on LinkedIn. Post updates on your personal and organization page that link to your online registration form. Use headline terminology, such as registration for your conference “is now open!” Post status updates about meeting news such as speaker updates, the venue, and so forth. Have a LinkedIn icon on your online... Read more »

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Product Review: Zoomph, Social Media Hub for Events

Zoomph

EventRebels had the pleasure recently of spending some time with the people at Zoomph and viewing their cutting-edge Influencer Engagement Platform. In many ways we found Zoomph’s product like our software – an attractive, flexible and powerful interface for the attendees, but also a very strong back-end management side for the event planners. Zoomph is most well-known as a platform that ties together all social media content from today’s most popular social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), collects and ranks social media content and then streams it to an integrated interface where event attendees can absorb topics, trends, and real-time conversations.... Read more »

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How to Plan an Email Marketing Campaign for Your Event

The average email subscriber receives 416 commercial emails per month. While open rates vary by industry and organization type, it is safe to assume that not all of these emails are read. What happens to the emails deemed not worth reading? According to research by ExactTarget, when subscribers receive emails that don’t meet their interests, 67% will unsubscribe, 17% will delete the email, 8% will mark the email as spam, 6% will ignore the email, and 2% will set up a filter for future emails. If you do not want the messages about your event to get lost in the... Read more »

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Twitter Lists—An Underused Tool in the Event Planner’s Belt

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Twitter gets a lot of love in the event management world and it’s not hard to see why. With hashtags and live tweet streams, Twitter is the perfect platform for quick and powerful communication. But not enough attention is being paid to a Twitter tool with the potential to make a great impact at events—lists. Twitter lists allow you to organize groups of people so that you can follow all of them at once. This is especially useful because you do not need to follow each member of the list individually. Also, list activity will not take up space in... Read more »

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Protecting Privacy at Events

Events no longer exist solely in the physical realm. With event registration forms, websites, apps, and social media accounts, a fair amount of information is being collected and shared online. How will your attendees know that you are taking the appropriate steps towards protecting their privacy? Consider writing a clear and comprehensive privacy policy. Include information about how you plan to collect, use, and disclose your registrants’ personally identifiable information. This article will examine everything you need to consider as you develop your event’s privacy plans. What is personally identifiable information? The first step to protecting personally identifiable information is... Read more »

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What is the Deal with All These Codes on My Badge?

There has been a lot of talk in the last few years about using various codes on attendee badges to expedite the exchange of information between attendees, exhibitors, or both. These “codes” take the form of some image that has no meaning to a person but are meant to be read by a device (“machine readable.”) These codes not only differ visually, but they also function in quite different ways. Here is a break-down of the most popular codes used on badges at meetings and events. A 1D Bar Code (i.e. One Dimensional) is a simple code typically representing a... Read more »

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Three Reasons You Should Start Text Messaging Your Attendees

1.Text messages have a high open rate Text messages are simply read more often than e-mail messages. According to a Nielsen study, 97% of text messages are read within 15 minutes of being sent. Even the most successful e-mail marketing campaigns fall far short of this number. A Silverpop study reports that the top email marketing campaigns have an open rate of around 35.7%. For the average email campaign, the open rate is only 19.7%. If you have an important message to deliver to your attendees, send it through a text message. It’s much more likely to be read. 2.Text... Read more »

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Use Twitter After Your Conference To Keep It Alive

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In a previous article Use Twitter at Your Conference we discussed how to use Twitter to increase attendee engagement. Assuming you have created a great hashtag, the general idea is to use this Twitter hashtag to create the “go to” place to get information about the conference. Continuing this idea, the conference does not need to stop being an important resource once the show is over. In fact, you can continue your attendee engagement long after everyone has gone home. Following the principles set forth in our previous articles, here are some simple things you can do with Twitter to... Read more »

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Which Social Media Platforms are Right for Your Event?

Take a look at six popular social media networks and see which are the most effective for your event’s message. Social media platforms are a powerful resource for any event planner. From marketing your event to communicating in real time with attendees, social media provides endless opportunities for interaction.  However, with hundreds of social media platforms on the internet, how do you know which to choose? Each social network comes with different capabilities and a unique set of users. It’s crucial to focus your time and effort only on the social media platforms that will work best for your event.... Read more »

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Providing Real-Time Reports

Many times as a meeting planner, your time is divided between planning the event and reporting back to your clients on the status of the event. Generating and disseminating reports can be time consuming. Having the ability to create custom reports with filtered results is useful, but can still require that you physically run and email these reports to your clients on a regular basis. To help resolve this, EventRebels has designed each custom report with a unique link that can be used to access the report without an EventRebels login. This link is perfect for sharing with those who... Read more »

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Simplify the Assembly of Your Conference Schedule

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One of the most arduous and time-consuming tasks a planner faces is putting together the conference schedule. Vast amounts of data have to be collected and processed. The data ranges from session information, speaker information and bios, travel needs, A/V needs and so forth. Ultimately, all this information needs to be organized into the conference schedule and then made available to the attendee. Traditional methods of managing speakers and the schedule have focused on dozens of huge spreadsheets and uncountable amounts of data copying. Call for Papers and Speaker Management software slashes the amount of time spent in this process... Read more »

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Create Your Own Web Pages

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Did you know that you can create custom web pages from your meeting’s Control Center? Use custom pages to share extra information about your event with your attendees. For example, create pages for hotel and travel information, schedules and agendas, or presenter bios. No HTML or CSS coding knowledge is necessary; all you will need to do is enter the content. Custom pages automatically have the same layout and style as your form. To get started, go to the Meeting Wizard “Web Site Menu” page. Here you will see a list of all of the pages currently associated with your... Read more »

kchopson

Using Twitter at Your Conference

In a previous article Use Twitter to Promote Your Conference we discussed how to use Twitter for generating buzz about your conference. Because Twitter posts (called a “Tweet”) are restricted to text messages of 140 characters or less, the tool is perfect for generating headlines and small news stories. While this is tremendous to promote your conference, Tweets can be used with great effectiveness to increase attendee engagement and enthusiasm at the conference itself. This, in turn, will make the meeting more memorable and help build your brand. Before reviewing techniques you can use, a couple of general issues should... Read more »

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Create QR Codes That Work

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QR codes have become one of the hottest marketing tools around. Because of the emergence of the smartphone and free, easy to use scanning apps, QR codes can now be found everywhere from online sites to stickers to tattoos(!) to lampposts. Popular smartphone readers such as Red Laser, ScanLife and ShopSavvy make it easy to scan the codes with your phone camera. For the vast majority of cases, scanning a QR code with a smartphone will result in a website appearing in your default mobile browser. However, QR codes can be created to serve other purposes. For example, scanning the... Read more »

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Attracting Event Sponsorships as a Salesperson: Getting Qualified Leads

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In this economy it is tougher than ever to get sponsorships for your event. Every corporation has many more sponsorship opportunities than it can support.  Landing a sponsor now demands new levels of planning, diligence, and perseverance.  Unfortunately, those selling sponsorships often miss some basic, but critical, steps that are needed to reach their goals.  Perhaps the key step lies in the understanding that the process is a “selling” one. Because the sale is for a non-profit, the seller does not like to think of him or herself as a salesperson, but that is precisely what the job is.  If... Read more »

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How to Use Technology to Green Your Meetings Before It Even Starts!

In case you didn’t already know, the meetings industry is considered the second most wasteful. Because of this, the industry has made a great deal of effort in the last few years to become more environmentally sustainable. A meeting that implements sustainable practices is called a “green meeting.” This phrase leaves some room for interpretation, but the upshot is clear – consider the environmental impacts through all stages of a meeting and seek to reduce negative consequences. Greening your meeting can be very complicated and difficult to understand especially in regards to things like travel, building usage, food and beverage,... Read more »

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Why Meeting Planners Should Use Software in the Cloud

One of the hottest words being thrown around these days is the “Cloud.”  Though Cloud seems new and trendy, it actually refers to something almost as old as the Internet. Cloud-based software is very simple to define – rather than software you install on your computer, Cloud-based software runs on the Internet and generally requires little or no installation.  If you are using GMail, HotMail, or AOL you are already “in the Cloud.” Benefits Here are some of the benefits that immediately accrue to you if you move to Cloud-based software.  First of all you avoid the pain of installing... Read more »

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Use Twitter to Promote Your Conference

In the past few years, Twitter has become one of the most useful and popular tools for promoting events and conferences. Because Twitter posts (called a “tweet”) are restricted to text messages of 140 characters or less, the tool is perfect for generating headline and small news stories. Combined with links to websites, you can make powerful information about your show available to real and potential attendees in an easy-to-read steady stream. This stream is a great vehicle for generating buzz about your conference. The first step in making Twitter work effectively for your conference is to choose a great... Read more »