Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

Planning for the Return of Modified In-Person Events

“Until we meet again.” Sure, that’s the catchphrase found in many movies and songs. But event and meetings pros have been saying this since the pandemic began – longing for the days to be back together, doing what they love. And it isn’t just event and meeting pros...
How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

How to Plan a Virtual Non-Profit Fundraising Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to calendars. Birthday celebrations have been replaced with drive-by parades, social gatherings now take place via Zoom happy hours, and many community-based events – including fundraisers – have been canceled...
14 Tech Tools to Help Pivot Your Event Planning

14 Tech Tools to Help Pivot Your Event Planning

For many event and meeting peeps, tech tools are an essential part of their planning toolkit. Now with events going virtual or incorporating hybrid components and new guidelines requiring socially-distanced layouts, comprehensive guest list records, contactless or...
Wedding Budget Tips for Clients in the Time of COVID-19

Wedding Budget Tips for Clients in the Time of COVID-19

Event planners working on weddings often encounter the same concern: Couples want to have their ideal wedding, but struggle with the budget necessary to fulfill their vision. And now, these ordinary concerns are compounded by questions about how to hold any wedding in...
Virtual Event Planning: A Round-Up of 25 Need-to-Know Stats

Virtual Event Planning: A Round-Up of 25 Need-to-Know Stats

When should I start promoting my virtual event? What is the best time to hold a webinar? Should I charge for my virtual event? We’ve sifted through recent reports and new research that’s been pouring in to find the answers to these and many other pressing questions...
Virtual Event Lingo: 23 Terms to Know

Virtual Event Lingo: 23 Terms to Know

Event and meeting planners joke – for a good reason — about the unique lingo that’s second nature for our industry. A/V✓ BEO✓ CMP✓ F&B✓ RFP✓ But the rise in virtual events and meetings has brought about a whole new vocab. Whether you’re new to the industry...
Creating a High-Performance Volunteer Team

Creating a High-Performance Volunteer Team

Smarticle Volunteers can make or break your event. For non-profit organizations, they are critical to keeping labor costs low, amplifying the productivity of paid staff, accomplishing event objectives, and representing the brand. A well-managed volunteer program helps...
An Introduction to Event Insurance Essentials

An Introduction to Event Insurance Essentials

Smarticle Ask any seasoned event planner, and they will tell you to expect the unexpected on the day of the event. While certain occurrences can be handled by quick thinking and taking preventative measures, other things that could go wrong may require insurance. As a...
8 Tips for an Efficient Check-In Process

8 Tips for an Efficient Check-In Process

Smarticle Why is a smooth check-in experience important? Unless there is valet service, check-in is the first interaction guests have with your event. As a result, it sets the tone for the rest of the event, and it can have a direct impact on your guests’ mood and...
Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

Effective, Low-Cost Ways to Market Your Fundraiser

Smarticle 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...
Tackling the Rigors of a Fundraising Auction

Tackling the Rigors of a Fundraising Auction

Smarticle There are two auction formats, and both require considerable effort and planning. To determine whether an auction of either type is feasible for your organization, carefully review the requirements and make sure you have someone with experience running a...
Ideas for Increasing Engagement at Meetings

Ideas for Increasing Engagement at Meetings

Smarticle READ TIME: 2 minutes It’s no secret that attendees who are engaged at meetings retain information more effectively than those who aren’t. In addition, engaged attendees are much more likely to walk away from a meeting or event feeling like they gained...
Managing Event Production Timelines

Managing Event Production Timelines

Smarticle READ TIME: 3 minutes 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. An event production timeline is a tool that...
Leveraging the Whys for a More Profitable Fundraiser

Leveraging the Whys for a More Profitable Fundraiser

Smarticle READ TIME: 6 minutes We know from studies on philanthropy that 72% of charitable donations comes from individuals and the balance from bequests, foundations, and corporate sponsors. We also know why donors give: Know someone who has been helped or served See...
5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Destination Management Company

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Destination Management Company

Smarticle READ TIME: 3 minutes 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...
How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

How to Leverage Insiders to Obtain Fundraiser Sponsors

Smarticle READ TIME: 5 minutes Sponsors are a critical revenue stream for fundraising events. But how does your organization approach sponsors? Who do you task with the job? Members of your community who already know and support your mission are the best advocates for...
What Is a Campfire Setup & When Should You Use It?

What Is a Campfire Setup & When Should You Use It?

Smarticle READ TIME: 2.7 minutes I’ve been reading a lot about Campfire sessions at conferences, and am looking to do something different. What are some best practices in using Campfire setups? What Is a Campfire Setup? This is one of those formats that perfectly...
Important Communication With Entertainers Prior to an Event

Important Communication With Entertainers Prior to an Event

Smarticle READ TIME: 4 minutes Although communicating clearly with entertainers prior to an event seems obvious, it is often overlooked. This results in unnecessary frustration and anxiety on event day. Logistical challenges, miscommunications, and last minute...