After COVID-19 disrupted the events industry and forced numerous in-person meetings and events to go virtual, one event technology company decided to host its first-ever virtual event, on its platform, in November of 2020.
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Event Leadership Institute (ELI) – the long-time leader in professional development programs for event & meeting professionals – has developed a new online micro training course in partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide.
Every year, SERVPRO® holds an “Elite Retreat” to recognize 90 of the Top 100 Franchises from across the U.S. and Canada. It’s an incentive trip that franchisees look forward to every year. In 2020, the company decided to continue the tradition of honoring its top-performing franchises despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but with a modified in-person event in Miami, Nov. 5 – 8.
This article, and the ones that will follow, will provide insights on many inflection points likely to occur in 2021 and beyond.
KPMG Events & Meetings Manager Shannon Angelakis explained how the company re-imagined the annual in-person conference to a virtual event to deliver much-needed updates.
CloudBees originally planned DevOps World 2020 for September 21-25, 2020, in Las Vegas. But with a significant portion of the U.S. and international audience limited to travel combined with national and international guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, CloudBees realized it wasn’t going to be possible to hold DevOps World 2020 in-person.
Project Management Institute (PMI) quickly pulled together a team of event planners to pivot and create a series of virtual events for the global membership.
KPMG Events & Meetings Associate Director Carlee Warner shared how the firm successfully transitioned to a new, entirely virtual format.
Read on for 33 questions to evaluate when planning for the return of in-person events, curated from planners who recently completed our Pandemic Meeting & Event Design certificate course.
Suzanne Neve, CEO of FFEA, put the promotions she began in January 2020 on pause and set out to determine a new plan. And Suzanne knew her decision would have a more considerable impact.
Follow these tips to create a successful multi-channel promotion plan for your virtual event.
In the event and meeting environment, a digital credential generally serves as proof that a person has taken a professional development course and demonstrated understanding of a set of related skills or competencies.
Like many others, at the end of April 2020, Sharon Schenk, Director, Conventions and Event Management for CCA Global Partners, knew their in-person summer convention couldn’t proceed as planned. But canceling the convention wasn’t an option. Sharon and the entire convention team knew members still needed education, and now, critical pandemic-related information.
Our goal is to provide our community with the resources and timely insights to stay informed. Check out these resources to keep your skills sharp for the rest of 2020 and into 2021.
The Event Leadership Institute (ELI) – the long-time leader in professional development programs for event and meeting professionals – has announced a new Business Owner Mentorship Program for event agency owners and other event industry business professionals needing support during this time of crisis.
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.
According to new research conducted by the Event Leadership Institute (ELI), 96 percent of attendees expect organizers and planners to provide a clear statement and agreement for all participants to follow event rules.
This is just one of several key findings from the ELI research report released today, “Attendee Preferences for Live Events in the COVID-19 Era.”
As many begin planning for 2021 and are wondering what to expect for live events, the Event Leadership Institute (ELI) recently set out to provide planners with data and insights around how guests feel about attending on-site events – including the health protocols and procedures they expect to feel safe.
Whether you’re downloading something new on your Kindle to curl up with on your next staycation, or are embracing this time to invest in professional and personal development, here’s a fresh dose of new reads to keep you going strong.
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.
Whether you and your team’s goals are to find new ways to pivot this year’s meetings and events to virtual approaches or start the wheels turning for pandemic meeting and event design, here’s why embracing professional education now has a significant pay-off.
As meeting and event professionals continue to grapple with the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Event Leadership Institute (ELI) has developed a new online certificate course in partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide.
Here is an essential planning checklist to get started, which can be tailored for your specific virtual event to stay on track, on-time, and on-budget.
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.
Here are several tech tools to help pivot your event and meeting planning in the COVID-19 era. (This list isn’t comprehensive—just a small sampling of all the available event management and planning technology!)
To help you work with your clients during this difficult time and still pull off the wedding of their dreams, here are six budgeting tips considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional difficulties it presents.
Covering everything from planning and budgets to promotion and attendee engagement, use this round-up of 25 stats to develop your virtual strategy.
Group members report on how their firms are faring and offer coping strategies amid the massive disruption from COVID-19.
We’ve designed a glossary for many popular terms that come up when it comes to planning virtual events and meetings.
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.
When this is finally over, we will all look back and say, in the immortal words of George W. Bush, “Well, that was some weird sh*t.” But what exactly does ‘finally over’ look like and when will we get there?
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.
Knowing how some planners approach the process is the first step in learning how to negotiate well. Here are some negotiation styles you’re likely to come across.
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.
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