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The Four Technology-Powered Event Trends to Know for 2020

After an exciting year, it’s that time again to consider trends we can expect to see moving forward. Advances in our industry move as quickly as the technology that powers it, and vigilance is important. We polled our experts and these are four technology-powered trends you need to follow for 2020. 1. Audience Engagement Audience … Read More

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Infrastructure: The Building Block of Event Internet

In the first post of our series on meeting Wi-Fi, we broke down bandwidth and the myths around how much you actually need for your meetings. But without a quality infrastructure, bandwidth would never reach the devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones – that we all use. In this second part of our series, we’re looking ... Read More

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Last Minute Ideas to Make Your Holiday Party Stand Out

It happens to everyone. The holiday season creeps up on us and before you know it, it’s November! For us event planners, that usually comes with the annual task of planning a corporate holiday party. We always want to keep both our stakeholders and attendees happy. So here comes the million-dollar question: how can I ... Read More

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Imagination: Our Human Superpower

Ask “What If…?” And You Will Change the World In a world where technological capacity is only increasing, it’s time to take a step back and look at what makes us distinctively human. What are the elements that we bring and what power do they hold? For this year’s talking point, the IMEX Group explores ... Read More

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Think Outside the Ballroom

Grand ballrooms, exhibit halls, breakout rooms one, two, and three. Been there, done that? If you feel that way, that means your customers do, too. These days, customers want options! An atypical location brings something new and exciting to the table, and venues can’t just be reactive to requests for creative space anymore. They need ... Read More

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It’s Okay to Be Basic: The 5 AV Terms Every Planner Needs to Know

When we first become meeting planners, we quickly realize that there’s a whole new world of terminology to familiarize ourselves with. From contract language and event orders to taxes and food and beverage minimums, the knowledge we have to accumulate – at a fast pace, and on the job – is simply overwhelming. Today, I’m ... Read More

Are You Covered? Determining Wi-Fi Needs for Your Meeting

This post is the first in a series on event internet from Matt Harvey, VP of Internet Services at PSAV Internet is cited as one of the most challenging items in event planning and often leads to apprehension over using Wi-Fi dependent tech like polling, streaming, and audience engagement tools. Without the confidence that these ... Read More

Plan Your Meetings with a Purpose

As a meeting planner, do you ask yourself if attendees leave your events happier and more productive than when they arrived?  All too often, the business-side of a meeting becomes so focused on cost-savings and ROI that the human element is forgotten. Attendee engagement, problem-solving, and behavior-changing goals get pushed aside for these “results-based” aspects.    It’s time to reignite that conversation and think about creating meaningful, lasting experiences for attendees. We ... Read More

Driving Industry Collaboration for the Greater Good

As the pandemic spread throughout the world, it became clear that the events industry was about to turn upside down. While no one expected it to last this long, leaders in our industry have been hard at work to ensure that when events return, planners and their organizations have tools to make decisions, and attendees ... Read More

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How to Leverage In-House AV

As a meeting planner, we’re faced with tough choices every day. From selecting venues to coordinating stakeholder travel, the details are endless. Selecting an AV provider might be one of the biggest – and toughest – choices to make. The decision to stay in-house or to go with an outside vendor is a constant conundrum. With such fierce ... Read More