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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

3 Things that Befuddle Planners and What can be Done About Them

If you are a meeting planner, you know the stress associated with planning and executing a large, complex event. You can be the best project manager and communicator in the world, but when the... read more

10 Terrific Trade Show Tips for Show Managers and Exhibitors

As meeting planners, show managers and exhibitors work together toward a successful trade show experience, there are things they can do to make it better, as recently pointed out in the February 2014... read more

5 Fabulous Tools to Curate Meeting Content

Recently, Corbin Ball shared his expertise regarding meeting curation with Midwest Meetings magazine. He identified six apps that will help spread the word about your meeting, tell a story and/or... read more

4 Budget Blunders to Avoid When Planning Your Next Meeting

If you kick yourself every time you hold a meeting or conference because one budget item slipped through the cracks, you are not alone. Even though orchestrating the budget is part of your... read more

Survey Says: C-Suite Values F2F Meetings

Northstar Meeting's Group recently polled 145 senior executives regarding their position on the intrinsic value of off-site meetings. The results were refreshing and if used properly, should help in... read more

Planners Prepare for 6 Shifts in Mobile Solutions in 2014

With the number of active cell phones reaching 7.3 billion this year, according to Silicon India and Gartner predicting that tablet shipments will outstrip PCs by 72% in 2016, is it any wonder... read more

4 Fabulous Meeting Technology Predictions for 2014

GenieConnect, a mobile events app company, recently came out with their top 10 tech predictions for the New Year. Many of them validate what I have been writing about for the last 18 months. Here are... read more

8 PowerPoint Tricks and Tips that will Enhance Your Presenter's Talk

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), a recognized authority in the cold chain industry  where every product retains quality and safety, holds several conferences throughout the year for its members.... read more

If You Think it's Expensive to Hire a Professional Meeting Supplier, Just Hire an Amateur

    Meeting in a Box. Meeting Toolkit. Audio Visual included as part of the standard venue contract.  This is a meeting planner's dream, right? Easy-peasy. You will handle the AV by rolling in the... read more

Seth Godin Speaks About Ways to Make Your Meeting Worthwhile

Mitra Sorrells, Associate Editor at BizBash Media, recently interviewed marketing aficionado Seth Godin about the changes he thinks meeting and event planners must make in order to attract quality... read more

How Cloud Computing Can Enhance the Attendees' Meeting Experience

Due to advances in computing power, bandwidth and storage, cloud computing is becoming the name of the game in the business community. It used to be that you backed up all your information to an... read more

Exhibitors-Don't Battle the Battery! Become Charging Station Networking Gurus

As attendees travel hundreds or thousands of miles to attend conferences, most likely they are going to have one or more of the following things affect their ability to use their mobile device for... read more