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13 Touching Technology Tips to Enhance Your Event

Whether your event is a gala, product launch or tradeshow, touch screen devices and monitors can help increase fundraising, interactivity and brand awareness. Today's blog will focus on four types of... read more

The Future of Mobile Meeting Apps is Geofencing

At InfluencerCon 2012, a yearly conference that supports artists, entrepreneurs and innovators, the event planning staff wanted to connect attendees across the globe, as well as, attendees seated near... read more

4 Trade Show Trends that are Worth Noting

Without a doubt, trade shows are becoming more innovative and engaging. And let's face it, they need to be in order to keep attendees coming back. PCMA Convene Magazine recently highlighted four shows... read more

5 Stellar Ways to Take Event Risks that Pay Off

Can you believe it? The Risk Management Society (RIMS), an organization of more than 11,000 risk management professionals, took some...(gulp)....risks at their annual conference last April.... read more

The Overarching Benefits of Mobile Event Technology

While more and more attendees, exhibitors and speakers are moving to mobile apps, there still seems to be some hesitancy on the part of those responsible for event planning to do so. If you are... read more

4 Ways to Turn Off Trade Show Attendees

You worked so hard with your organization, event planning staff and the show manager to obtain the right position on the floor. You spent hours combing the best marketing materials and tchotchkes... read more

How MiFi Screws Up Your Meeting in So Many Ways

Everyone has heard or used them: MiFi. HotSpot. Personal WiFi. But what you don't know is with everyone setting up their individual WiFi system in the meeting room or on the trade show floor, it... read more

3 Active Steps to Make Certain You Have the Right Event WiFi Solution

With the plethora of technological choices available today, as well as, the constant churning of new offerings, is it any wonder that attendees and exhibitors alike yearn for the "shiny new... read more

Check This Out! Planners Weigh-In on the 3 C's: Challenges, Changes and Cautions

About 600 meeting planners took part in a Meetings Focus Trends survey that concentrated on what planners anticipated to be some of the forthcoming issues in 2014 and beyond.  Below is a 40,000 foot... read more

3 Secrets to Effective Event Networking: Research, Reciprocate and Resolve

Every attendee, exhibitor, speaker and sponsor has a secret goal when they come to your meeting or conference: They want to meet the client of their dreams. The million dollar prospect that signs the... read more

Two Companies Converge on What Mobile Apps Mean to Meetings

Two organizations, Cvent and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU) recently spoke to PCMA about their experiences with mobile apps and how they are improving the user experience over... read more

Is it Time to Ctrl+Alt+Delete Your Conference or Meeting?

If you are as old as I am, you may recall those early days of Personal Computers. I was in sales with IBM at the time, and PCs were all the rage...until that dreaded point when the system... read more

What does it Mean to be Green? 7 Simple Sustainable Conference Ideas

Earlier this month, several of my peers gathered in San Francisco for the Sustainable Meetings Conference hosted by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). The focus of this conference was: ... read more

The 6S' to a Successful Operation at SmartSource Rentals

SmartSource Rentals (SSR) has taken a bold step to improve efficiencies among its 21 national branch locations through the implementation of  a program to streamline operations and improve workplace... read more

Survey Says: 7 Key Findings for Association Meeting Planners

In the March 2014 edition of Convene magazine, PCMA released their annual survey on the state of the meeting industry. Although this was a very comprehensive survey comparing trends over... read more

6 Specific Steps that can Land Your Meeting a 5-Star Rating

Every hotel owner dreams of it; but very few receive it.  The coveted 5-Star Rating from Forbes Travel Guide or 5-Diamond Rating from AAA. In fact, of the thousands of US hotel properties, only 58 and... read more

7 Super Time Saving Tools to Stay Connected with Your Attendees

One thing event planners all have in common is a shortage of time and money. While there isn't a whole I can do about the latter, I am happy to report there are digital tools available for promoting... read more

What is Your Event's Publicity Plan? Here are 6 Tips from PR Pros

What makes one event garner more photographers, media and bloggers than another?  A well thought out publicity plan.  BizBash's Alesandra Dubin set out to determine what the difference makers are when... read more

What Lies Ahead for Event Planning? Challenges, Shifts and Growth

Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future Research led the effort in two recent future trend studies: Convention 2020 and Power of 10. Below is a synopsis of those studies and what meeting planners everywhere... read more

How Green can Your Meetings Go? You Might Just be Surprised

Although the industry has been talking about this for a long time, there isn't one place to go to see the standards and certifications for going green. This blog brings the event information to... read more