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Covering everything from planning and budgets to promotion and attendee engagement, use this round-up of 25 stats to develop your virtual strategy.
With events and meetings canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, the need for live streams is amplified. Get a quick primer on planning an effective live stream.
Planners know the care and effort it takes to find the right vendors to support the design and execution of their face-to-face events and meetings .The process is no less critical when it comes to virtual events and meetings.
They say every challenge is an opportunity. Use these resources to gain the knowledge needed now to come out of this challenge ahead of the game.
While not exactly a consensus across event techn company owners, there are some bright spots associated with the pandemic’s impact on the event industry.
Clients are skittish about whether agencies are financially stable and operationally viable amidst layoffs and cancellations.
Business owners in the Situation Room report taking a number of measures to get and keep cash in house while revenues are greatly reduced or flat.
Business owners who have the “luxury” of keeping some employees find themselves having to choose which people to keep or let go. Speak with employees to determine what other skill sets they have with the hope the company can save some jobs.
Any time humans convene, there are risks. Labor strikes, political unrest, natural disasters, cyber attacks, and deadly viruses can threaten even the most well-planned events. The key to surviving the potential impact of these types of threats lies in having a framework for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in place.
Volunteers can make or break your event. A well-managed volunteer program helps them perform at the highest level and come back year after year.
It’s important for event and meeting planners to have a good grasp of basic insurance principles to ensure that they have the proper coverage for their events.
Check-in is your first opportunity to create a fantastic experience. It sets the tone for the rest of the event, and it can have a direct impact on your guests’ mood and attitude.
Whether you’re holding a fundraiser for the first time or the tenth time, you need to market it. Without overthinking all the clever tactics or paid marketing opportunities (your last option if you’re trying to raise money), try picking the low-hanging fruit.
To raise funds, many nonprofits and charities turn to silent and live auctions. But auctions are labor-intensive, and not all organizations are equipped to produce them.
More and more weddings involve technology beyond music and videography. When the bride and groom want spectacular, there is plenty of technical wizardry available to make that special day even more memorable.
Most meeting planners rely on AV partners to provide equipment and expertise they lack. Here is some guidance for making the best choice.
A Run of Show is invaluable for your audio visual and technical crew as well as to provide clear expectations for your presenters and clients—keeping everyone on the same page.
The goal of an elevator pitch is to elicit a referral or opportunity in a short time. The more you can hone in on the most attention grabbing and memorable qualities of your business, the more likely you will generate leads and business prospects.
Attendee acquisition is becoming more complex. In addition to traditional marketing channels, there are several event-centric, non-traditional digital marketing and advertising platforms now available. Find out more about the options.
Finding unique ways to get our attendees involved is the key to creating exceptional events and keep your clients coming back meeting after meeting.
Getting media exposure for your budding event planning business is one way to grab the attention of would-be customers. But there is a right way and a wrong way to approach publications.
Virtual events are events that are held entirely online. Usually these events are formatted as digital versions of their real-world counterparts.
The Event Leadership Institute’s Winter 2020 calendar is here! Make professional development your New Year’s resolution.
A college degree doesn’t keep up with the real world. On the job training can’t teach you everything you need to know. That’s why you need continuing education.
Deciding what to charge for your event planning services is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make.
In event and meeting management, it is critical that timelines are established for the planning team, clients, suppliers, venue and others involved with the planning and delivery of the event.
As an event professional, why not borrow some ideas from your day job to create holiday traditions at home?
Think about financial statements as gauges on your car’s dashboard. The speedometer is like your Income Statement (also called a Profit & Loss Statement). The gas gauge is like your Balance Sheet.
It’s the event organizer’s job to bring people to the event, but it’s the exhibitor’s job to get the right people into the booth.
Live streaming presents a unique opportunity to promote your event and reach attendees all over the world. There’s something out there for every event or meeting planner.
Here is some insight into the three core social media networks, so the next time you’re planning an event, you’ll be prepared to leverage social media to its fullest extent.
Research tells us why individual donors give. Aligning major event objectives with the reasons they give is one way to help make a fundraising event more profitable. Here’s how to develop messaging, programming and solicitation that leverage the whys.
Doing business in an unfamiliar destination comes with specific challenges. A Destination Management Company (DMC) brings local expertise, local knowledge and a set of local resources that can make or break
your destination-specific event.
This is one of the easiest problems to prevent, and one that most planners can avoid through simple advance
communication. It involves making sure your content and screen use the same aspect ratio.
Sponsors are a critical revenue stream for fundraising events. However, not every organization knows how to approach sponsors and or whom to task with the job. Members of your community who already know and support your mission are the best advocates for bringing in sponsorship revenue. Here’s how to help them help you.
Accrual or cash accounting, both methods have to do with how and when you recognize revenue and expenses for your company. But there are pros and cons to each, and once you choose one method, it can get complicated to switch.
If the audience can’t hear the presenters or are distracted by feedback, you’ll lose their attention very quickly. Good audio starts with having the appropriate mics.
Less structured than a typical breakout session, campfires
are designed to allow attendees to easily drop in or out as their schedule and interest level permit.
Watt are we talking about in today’s Smarticle? Learn the language of power so that your events don’t end up in the dark.
Logistical challenges, miscommunications and last-minute surprises at events can fluster or agitate performers. Communicating clearly with entertainers prior to an event is often overlooked.
Many event business owners hand their financials over to their accountant or bookkeeper, but a strong understanding of how to protect your company’s financials is crucial for success and futureproofing your business.
A virtual event is held solely online. What are the benefits of opting to host a virtual event over an in-person one?
Planners are so focused delivering ROI for their clients that they often forget to work on their own businesses – and of course, getting publicity isn’t always easy.
When talking about your rate with a client, how do you convey that even though you’re providing the same service as the planner down the road who is charging half as much, you’ll offer more value, less risk, and a better outcome?
The production booth can be a bit intimidating when you first walk inside, with a confusing maze of switches and buttons, and tons of unfamiliar gear.
While design is an art, understanding how colors interact is really more of a science and is something you can learn and master.
There are definite differences between leading and managing a team. People are often asked to do both in the course of their jobs. What’s the difference?
By dramatically lessening the distinction between audience members and speakers, a fishbowl setup helps participants feel more engaged. Unlike a traditional staged presentation where the audience watches the speakers, here everyone feels like equals.
Your client just handed you a bunch of swatches of her “favorite colors” to incorporate in an upcoming event, and they absolutely do not all go together. What are the best practices for using color in events?
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