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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
A virtual event is held solely online. What are the benefits of opting to host a virtual event over an in-person one?
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.
Fundraising galas create a valuable opportunity to bring together all different types of people from various industries to support an important cause.
Depending on where you live in the world, doing an event outdoors vs. indoors can seem like an easy call. Weather, cost, and time to build out an outdoor space can threaten the success of an event, however beautiful environments and the natural air can provide an incredible and unique experience for guests.
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.
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.
Caroline Kay is a conference and event planning mastermind with boundless creativity and more than 15 years of business and event management experience. She’s recognized for thoroughly understanding the business needs of her clients and producing events that meet those demands. Her globe-spanning events are meticulously managed and engineered with ingenuity, with a constant eye to ROI for her clients.
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.
While going into the field of events is a dream career for many, some top-notch event professionals just happen to fall into the role. That’s the case with Mia Monroe, CSEP, CGMP, CMP, Conference and Event Manager at All Points Logistics/ NASA-Johnson Space Center.
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.
When Marriott announced in November, 2015, that it was merging with Starwood to create the world’s largest hotel company, it met with mixed reaction from meeting planners. Some worried about diminished competition for their business, while others brushed it aside as having little impact on them.
Ok event holders (clients) and do-ers (planners) – it’s time to get real. Whether you’re internal to an organization, independent, or part of an event agency, you know the critical part of the event process is defining the “why” of the event on the front-end and the second is taking the time to do a thorough debrief on the back-end…
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