4 Content Design Tips for Virtual Events and Meetings

4 Content Design Tips for Virtual Events and Meetings

Now that events and meetings of all kinds have moved to virtual formats, planners face additional considerations around content design. Paying careful attention to content delivery is necessary to meet online learners’ expectations and achieve overall event goals and objectives. Here are four tips for effective content design.

Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

What will on-site events look like when they do resume? What shifts do planners need to make in their strategies and plans? And how can we convince all involved it’s safe to participate?That’s a tall order to answer, which is why we sat down with Kevin White, head of the Boston-based, award-winning experiential event agency XPL.

How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

To understand how to successfully and strategically plan a virtual non-profit fundraising event, we talked to Lindsay Landman, founder of Beyond the Benefit and a widely respected event designer who has helped non-profits in every sector raise millions of dollars to support their missions.

Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

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.

Managing Event Production Timelines

Managing Event Production Timelines

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.

How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

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.

Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

Diversity and Accessibility – the Coefficients of Inclusion

As Event Leaders it is on us to ensure that any person attending an event will have the same experience and this means as event designers we must think deeply about the symbiotic relationship between diversity, accessibility and inclusivity in order for all attendees to feel valued, respected and most of all…

Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

Golden Nuggets – The Hidden Value of Professional Development

So much like mining for precious stones and mineral, conference experiences are defined by the golden nuggets we forage. It might be that one connection made unexpectedly during a coffee-break, a speaker that inspires one golden idea, or even an event set up we experience in a session that will make a difference in the work we do.

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life serves you up a lemon we don’t need to pucker up and take the sour! In the world of event management, anticipating the unexpected and being prepared is crucial to our success.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): What It Is & Why It Matters

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): What It Is & Why It Matters

One of the latest technologies that you’ll start to see more of over the next few years is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). You may have even heard of this type of tech before, but maybe you’re not quite sure what to do with it. To help you decide if RFID technology is right for your next event, we’re going to dive into what exactly Radio Frequency Identification is, what problems it solve, and additional benefits it can provide.

10 Ways to Measure Audience Engagement at Your Event

10 Ways to Measure Audience Engagement at Your Event

Planning an event requires more than ordering supplies and securing a guest list. Beyond the basics, you need to ensure that your message is not only reaching the right audience, but also eliciting the right feedback. Event audience engagement can reflect how effective your methods are and influence future events in positive ways. Here’s how to measure (and increase) audience engagement at your event.

5 Benefits of Untraditional Event Venues

5 Benefits of Untraditional Event Venues

Untraditional venues break the mold and can help you deliver an unparalleled attendee experience. Untraditional venues are spaces that were typically not created for events as their main purpose. Airplane hangars, warehouse spaces, breweries, wineries, bowling allies, art galleries, zoos, museums, aquariums, or even parking lots could all make great untraditional venues for conferences, workshops, fundraisers, galas, or other business-related events.

A Quick Guide to Key Social Media Channels for Event Profs

A Quick Guide to Key Social Media Channels for Event Profs

Event marketing is an essential step in pulling off a fantastic event. Not only can it help spread awareness about the event, but it can also help you engage attendees before arrival, disseminate important information, and more! And yet, many event planners leave social media as an afterthought when it should really be at the forefront of an event management and marketing strategy. 

Part 2 of 2: Four Tech Tips for Increasing Your Event ROI

Part 2 of 2: Four Tech Tips for Increasing Your Event ROI

Communication is key to establishing a life-long donor. For fundraising events, it is so much more than generating one-night revenue (although that is important). The data we can collect before and during an event can translate into a much larger campaign that drives greater value.

Part 1 of 2: Four Tech Tips for Increasing Your Event ROI

Part 1 of 2: Four Tech Tips for Increasing Your Event ROI

Today’s event marketers are tech savvy and data driven. They understand the importance of engaging attendees long before and after the event itself. Delivering personalized experiences isn’t a “nice to have” anymore. Customers expect seamless experiences, interactions and personalization.

How to Pitch Your Favorite Speakers for your Next Event

How to Pitch Your Favorite Speakers for your Next Event

So your client (or company) is in the middle of planning their signature event or company meeting, and they’re turning to you to come up with ideas on who the speaker should be that will inspire the crowd, while also not costing a fortune. If you’re anything like me, you know that speaker vetting can be, at best, a time-consuming process and, at worst, a frantic, soul-crushing search for someone who is going to both deliver AND make your client or boss happy. While I can’t help you meet your next best speaker, below is the tried and true process I use with all my clients, that often yield them better results than pricy search firms and mass press releases.

Leveraging Social Media for Event Marketing

Leveraging Social Media for Event Marketing

You’ve sent out invitations. You’ve secured sponsors. Months of planning. Endless phone calls, meetings and details. So what are you missing? It might just be capitalizing on social media to take your event to the next level. But event planners often find social media marketing near the bottom of their to-do list.

10 Tips for Limiting Event Attrition

10 Tips for Limiting Event Attrition

One of the greatest challenges event planners face is how to minimize attrition while maximizing attendance and engagement. Making sure guests attend the event and have an amazing time is vital—but how do you ensure that everyone who RSVPs will actually show?

An Event Producer’s Guide to Putting Out Fires (Literally)

An Event Producer’s Guide to Putting Out Fires (Literally)

Event planners are notorious for their attention to detail, perfected timelines, relationships with vendors, venues and clients, and overall not-messing-around standards of excellence. They’re also known for their ability to adapt and flawlessly execute their Plan B, C or even D as naturally as if it were Plan A.

How to Moderate a Panel

How to Moderate a Panel

Moderating a panel discussion is a lot like being a TV talk show host. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and is an exercise in ‘planned spontaneity’ (think about that). A good panel discussion can…

When Should Venues Disclose Pricing?

When Should Venues Disclose Pricing?

Today’s planners are used to getting information quickly, and that includes pricing and availability. If you withhold pricing until the client comes to your space, there’s a pretty good chance…

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