Eventinterface http://blog.eventinterface.com Resource Blog & News en-US Copyright 2017, Eventinterface Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0700 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:19:51 -0700 60 The Westin Nashville Hotel Opens http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Westin-Nashville-Hotel-Opens <p>January 6, 2017 marked the opening of the new Westin Hotels and Resorts, The Westin Nashville. Conveniently located next to the Music City Center, the 453-room hotel features 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Westin Nashville Executive Suite at Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484426230_Westin-room.png" style="width: 848px; height: 477px;" /><br /> <em>Executive Suite</em></p> <p>Designed by David Mexico Design Group and Bullock Smith and Partners, the guest rooms feature custom artwork and design details inspired by the lively energy of the city. The hotel has six entertainment and hospitality suites and twelve executive suites. Club-level rooms offer access to an Executive Club lounge, featuring stunning views and daily continental breakfast, evening hors d&#39;oeuvres, and complimentary Wi-Fi.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>MEETINGS</strong></span></span><br /> The Westin Nashville offers 20,000 square feet of adaptable function space that can be divided into 12 separate meeting spaces. The Vanderbilt Ballroom offers reception seating for up to 500 guests.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Vanderbilt Ballroom at the Westin Nashville on Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484426333_westin-ballroom.png" style="width: 848px; height: 477px;" /><br /> <em>The Vanderbilt Ballroom offers reception seating for up to 500 guests</em></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>AMENITIES</strong></span></span><br /> The <strong>Decker and Dyer</strong> lobby bar and restaurant is the social hangout spot at the hotel serving breakfast, lunch and dinner service along with craft cocktails and live entertainment. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown Nashville at <strong>L27 Rooftop Bar</strong>. Opening soon will be the <strong>Oak Steakhouse Nashville, </strong>adjacent to the hotel.<strong> Rhapsody Spa</strong> promises to be the leading resort spa in Nashville<strong>.</strong> The spa features nine treatment rooms and three manicure pedicure stations.</p> <p><strong>More information <a href="http://www.westinnashville.com" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Pictures courtesy of the hotel. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Westin-Nashville-Hotel-Opens Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0700 Five Top Meeting Planning Trends for 2017 http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Five-Top-Meeting-Planning-Trends-for-2017 <p>The new year has landed and its time again to explore the top meeting planning trends and considerations.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;">1. Food and Beverage Trends</span></strong><br /> It is now easier than ever to brand beverages at events. We are not talking about a signature cocktail. From custom coasters to straws and logos embedded in ice cubes, beverages can now play an even more important role in experiential marketing at events. We see this trend further developing in 2017.</p> <p>The movement to offer healthier catering choices is not slowing down either. We see this trend further developing with the inclusion of more plant-based dishes, raw and vegan options.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>2. D&eacute;cor</strong></span></span><br /> Table d&eacute;cor and floral design trends seem to lean to more muted colors with the inclusion of vegetables, organics and locally sourced materials.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>3. Content</strong></span></span><br /> User generated content is growing in popularity, especially with the availability of tools such as Facebook Live and event platforms such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a>. Attendees can now easily generate video and make it available live for the world to consume. We see this trend further developing alongside a possible issue of control by marketing departments and event planners wanting to manage the image of an event, brand or product.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>4. Event Technology</strong></span></span><br /> Virtual and augmented reality implementation at conferences and exhibits will continue to grow. Even though many experts continue to advocate for these technologies, there are still significant issues to overcome. From implementation cost to clunky software, to a high level of involvement needed from organizers, virtual and augmented reality is not yet at a level attainable for the masses. It does however show great promise.</p> <p>Continued proliferation of fully integrated <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">attendee management and engagement platforms</a> allowing planners and participants to use one platform versus a fragmented set of tools and apps will continue to trend in 2017. This coupled with meaningful data collection and the tools to calculate meeting ROI easily and effectively will drive the trend for planners to look for simplicity and cost-effective, fully integrated meeting management platforms.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>5. Housing and Transportation</strong></span></span><br /> Home and car sharing services will continue to increase their market share. We see more and more attendees seeking out other housing and transportation options rather than fully embracing the selections put forward by the planners. This trend will continue and planners will have to adapt their housing and transportation strategies.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank">Request your personal Eventinterface demo today&nbsp;</a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Five-Top-Meeting-Planning-Trends-for-2017 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:54:00 -0700 Eventinterface launching partnership in Asia http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-launching-partnership-in-Asia <p>Eventinterface has launched a partnership with Singapore-based engagement marketing agency Triple V In order to better serve the burgeoning Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibits&nbsp;(MICE) industry in Asia.</p> <p><img alt="Al Wynant, co-founder and CEO of Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1483508162_Al-Wynant.png" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />&ldquo;The MICE industry has been growing steadily over the past couple of years, with the Asia Pacific markets seeing rapid growth,&rdquo; said Al Wynant, Co-Founder and CEO of Eventinterface. &ldquo;In order to meet the increasing demand in the region, it is key to have a team in the area able to readily respond to inquiries and service Asian meeting and event professionals,&rdquo; said Wynant.</p> <p><img alt="Vivien Hoe, Triple V representing Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1483508215_Vivien.png" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 6px; float: right;" /></p> <p>Eventinterface is partnering with Triple V, to bring more than 50 years of combined regional sales and marketing experience to the team.&nbsp; &ldquo;It is a great pleasure for Triple V to partner with Eventinterface. Both our companies share the vision of supporting MICE organizers and marketers to transform how they plan and organize events, freeing up time and resources to build new revenue streams and create powerful communities in Asia,&rdquo; said Vivien Hoe, Director at Triple V.</p> <p>Triple V will assist with sales, marketing, client onboaring and success coaching in the market. This partnership will help expand Eventinterface&rsquo;s presence while increasing opportunities of enhanced revenues and employment in the United States and Asia.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>ABOUT EVENTINTERFACE</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> is a full-featured and cost-effective platform to manage and engage attendees while providing measurable ROI for all stakeholders. Eventinterface was founded on the belief that event technology should be affordable for all planners, provide a comprehensive and easy to use toolset, and help facilitate exceptional human connections.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>ABOUT TRIPLE V</strong></span><br /> Singapore-based Triple V is an engagement marketing company that helps clients attract, engage and thrill audiences with experiences that drive business results and build lasting relationships. We contribute to clients&#39; successes by providing consultancy, marketing, speaker management and technology services.</p> <p>Sign up for a demo of Eventinterface <a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface_asia/demo" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></span><br /> <a href="mailto:Vivien.Hoe@Eventinterface.com">Vivien Hoe</a>, Triple V representing Eventinterface<br /> <a href="mailto:MemberServices@Eventinterface.com">Al Wynant</a>, Eventinterface</p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Lead in photograph courtesy of Your Singapore.</em></span></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-launching-partnership-in-Asia Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0700 Solving the attendee engagement puzzle http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Solving-the-attendee-engagement-puzzle <p>The success of an engagement campaign, whether a basic or comprehensive one, is about the attendee experience and engaging all event stakeholders. Join us for a free webinar on January 11 and learn how to engage your attendees from the moment the signup happens. This worskshop takes place at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time/1:00 p.m. Central European Time/8:00 p.m. Singapore Time on January 11, 2017.</p> <p>In today&rsquo;s experience-driven world, engaging and motivating your meeting and incentive guests is essential. However, marketers as well as meeting planners struggle with developing and managing engagement strategies that provide positive guest experiences; align with brands and meet business objectives. In this complimentary webinar you will learn how to achieve success and delight your attendees.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">By attending this webinar you will learn how to:</span></span></strong></span><br /> 1. Apply simple methodology of engaging your attendees.<br /> 2. Use the right social media platforms to market and engage your attendees.<br /> 3. Implement mobile and responsive tools and engagement platforms.<br /> 4. Use content and gamification to engage your attendee.<br /> 5. Evaluate your engagement success.</p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size:20px;"><strong><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration?eventid=engage_attendees&amp;t=rd" target="_blank">REGISTER TODAY</a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><em><strong>HOSTED BY:</strong></em></span><br /> <strong>Vivien Hoe</strong><br /> Director of Happiness<br /> Triple V Pte Ltd</p> <p><img alt="Vivien Hoe, Director of Happiness, Triple V Pte Ltd" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1483496245_Vivien.png" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />Vivien Hoe started her career in the MICE Industry 30 years ago. Throughout her career, she has been in the sales and marketing role, and has helped her clients in designing effective marketing solutions. In recent years, she has moved on to consultancy role where she helps her clients in relooking at their marketing campaigns and helped them save more than 100% in cost and in the course generate more than 300% sales funnel revenue. As an advocate for life long learning, she believes in surrounding herself with the latest trends and technologies to keep herself abreast in an ever changing economy. A strong believer in empowerment, Vivien Hoe is often invited to industry forums and talks to share her insights and knowledge, as well as corporations.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><em><strong>GUEST:</strong></em></span><br /> <strong>AI Wynant</strong><br /> Co-Founder and CEO<br /> Eventinterface</p> <p><img alt="Al Wynant, Co-Founder Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1483496284_Al-Wynant.png" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />Al Wynant brings 28 years of meeting management expertise to the table. He has planned and managed meetings and events from 50 to 125,000 attendees in six countries on two continents. He intimately understands the many aspects of meeting management, and how technology can make the complicated process of managing events easier. Al is the co-founder and CEO of event technology platform Eventinterface a full-featured and cost-effective SaaS platform to manage and engage attendees while providing measurable ROI for all stakeholders. Eventinterface was founded on the belief that event technology should be affordable for all planners, provide a comprehensive and easy to use toolset, and help facilitate exceptional human connections.</p> <p align="center"><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration?eventid=engage_attendees&amp;t=rd" target="_blank"><strong><span style="font-size:20px;">REGISTER TODAY</span></strong></a></p> <p align="center"><strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration?eventid=engage_attendees&amp;t=rd" target="_blank"><img alt="Engaging Attendees. From Simple to Complex Campaigns" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1483496585_Engagement-workshop-banner.png" style="width: 848px; height: 226px;" /></a></span></strong></p> <p align="center"><em><span style="font-size:11px;">This worskshop takes place at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time/1:00 p.m. Central European Time/8:00 p.m. Singapore Time on January 11, 2017.</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Solving-the-attendee-engagement-puzzle Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Happy New Year 2017 http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-New-Year-2017 <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Best wishes for the New Year. Lets make 2017 one of the best ones yet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Happy New Year from team Eventinterface.</span></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-New-Year-2017 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:37:00 -0700 Happy Holidays http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-Holidays <p><span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Team Eventinterface wishes you a fantastic holiday weekend! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa. Enjoy the celebrations.</span></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-Holidays Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0700 Attendee engagement, from basic to complete campaigns http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Attendee-engagement-from-basic-to-complete-campaigns <p>Not a day goes by without the importance of attendee engagement being hammered into our consciousness. The reality of conference planning is that there are only 24-hours in a day. How can we as meeting and conference planners participate in the latest trends, event technology and production while still getting our job done? It is not easy, and perhaps you cannot do it all. One thing is sure; engagement is becoming one of the key metrics whereby the success of conferences and events are judged. In this post we are sharing our top tips to insure engagement success even if you have little time or resources available.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>ENGAGEMENT DEFINED</strong></span></span></p> <p>Lets first address the meaning of engagement. In our interpretation we don&rsquo;t look at this topic as attendee engagement, we call it stakeholder or participant engagement. Conferences, conventions and events involve much more than your traditional attendees. It includes your staff, vendors, volunteers, attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and the community you are hosting your event in. These are all participants who hold a stake in the success of your conference or event.</p> <p>&ldquo;At <a href="https://www.Eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> we are strong believers that the engagement process kicks off when a meeting or conference is announced, and a deeper involvement starts when the participants signs up to join the event,&rdquo; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/alwynant" target="_blank">Al Wynant</a>, Eventinterface Co-Founder and CEO. &ldquo;It is no longer about what happens at the conference, it starts when the participant signs up and is truly never ending. At Eventinterface we believe in the creation of long-term communities around a brand, cause, product, company or organization through engagement pre-, during and post-event.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>WHERE TO START?</strong></span></span></p> <p>Engaging your participants requires a great deal of talent. You will need social media experts, content specialists, marketing and PR professionals to run an engagement campaign. The reality however is that many conferences are planned by volunteer committees, and if a professional planner is hired, their job will mostly focus on the logistics, leaving little time to focus on engaging participants. So where do you start? What will be your participant engagement strategy?</p> <p>Right from the start, find out what you and your participants are comfortable with. There are no do overs in engagement land. You can start small, and as you become better at this, expand your engagement opportunities. Can you implement social media? Are you ready for apps? Are you aggregating content worth engaging with? How about gamification? What are your long-term goals and do you have the budget, people power and knowledge to accomplish all of this?</p> <p>Lets take a look at all of the engagement opportunities and what you will need to do to successfully execute them. From there, involve the people on your team or committee who will commit to the execution of the plan.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA</strong></span></span></p> <p>A large percentage of people use social media privately, professionally or both, so it stands to reasons that social media will play a significant role in engaging your participants. As of the writing of this post, Facebook has over 1.7 billion monthly active users <sup>a</sup>. Twitter has about 313 million active monthly users <sup>b</sup> and LinkedIn has over 450 million registered users <sup>c</sup>.&nbsp; These numbers are staggering and social media can help your event from the ground up. You may get your participants to start talking about your event in their virtual circles, promote your project and engage their connections, driving attendance for your conference or event. It is however not as easy as it sounds. There are some key items you will need to know before starting your social engagement campaign.</p> <p>Is your event a professional or social event? Your type of event may indicate the social channels you will need to use. Facebook is great for social events; LinkedIn may be more suited for professional events.</p> <p>What social media outlets do your prospect participants actively use? Are they using the familiar ones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn? Are they using more obscure platforms geared towards a specific industry or cause? There are more than 200 active social media sites out there <sup>d</sup>. Utilizing a platform around a cause may provide for increased engagement since all users are interested in the cause versus a more general social media platform where you will have to find a voice amongst many users and causes.<br /> <br /> Will you use social media to promote your conference, or ask for feedback to help create the program or theme of the conference?</p> <p>It is key to have a good understanding of what you want to accomplish prior to starting your campaign. Define your end goal, then start creating the messaging that gets you to your goal. Assign the day-to-day management of your social engagement campaign to a committee or team member, or professional equipped to do the job. Plan on starting your campaign as soon as you start talking about your conference or event publicly.</p> <p>A hashtag can be important to a project, so create one early and encourage your participants to use it. Social media may seem easy, it isn&rsquo;t. This is not the place to do a mediocre job.&nbsp; This is your place to capture the attention of your prospect participants. You have a handful of seconds for the social media user to notice you and engage with your post.</p> <p>Last but not least, you will need to assign someone to manage onsite social media engagement during your event.&nbsp; You will need to post, monitor and respond to participant posts throughout your event.</p> <p>Looking for best times to post on the most popular social media sites? Take a peek at <a href="http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-times-post-pin-tweet-social-media-infographic" target="_blank">this infographic</a> by Lindsay Kolowich on Hubspot&rsquo;s blog. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>MOBILE AND RESPONSIVE TOOLS</strong></span></span></p> <p>The next level of tools to engage your participants is mobile technology and responsive websites. Mobile technology and responsive sites are transforming how people use the Internet at a rapid pace. The abovementioned social media sites have mobile apps and most modern websites now feature a responsive version for access on mobile devices without having to download an app.</p> <p>As you go by evaluating mobile apps for your conference or event it will be key to understand how you will want to use the app to engage your participants and accomplish other goals of your project.</p> <p>The engagement aspects of apps or responsive sites can include a wide variety of options. Participants can scan QR-coded name badges, view programs with content and create itineraries. Chat or text with other participants, schedule appointments, ask questions of speakers, participate in surveys or polling for instantaneous access to results.</p> <p>It is key as you review your options, that you understand your attendees and the rules around their mobile devices. If your audience is made up of individuals with corporate phones, many may not be allowed to download an external app on their phone. A responsive solution will be key for this group.</p> <p>At the same time, understanding the app or platform you want to implement is key. Is it a self-serve tool, or will you receive support from the vendor in setting up the app or responsive site for your conference? What will you have to invest in time, resources and money to implement the app or site?</p> <p>In a recent study conducted by Eventinterface we learned that slightly over 60 percent of participants download a mobile app created for an event with less than 20 percent of those actively using the app during the conference, and dropping to under 2 percent for long-term use <sup>e</sup>. We found that responsive website use via browsers on mobile devices had a use during conferences of over 70 percent of participants with long-term use at 40 percent <sup>e</sup>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>GAMES</strong></span></span></p> <p>You have probably heard the word gamification, and yes technically it is all about games and play, but not without a purpose. Gamification is an engagement tool that allows planners to guide participants to a particular area, session, sponsor or exhibitor at a conference. It can also be used as a learning tool, allowing participants to soak up valuable content in a more playful atmosphere.</p> <p>Gamification can be part of your mobile app or responsive tool. It is also utilized as a hands-on play tool encouraging movement and learning. Implementing this engagement tool is not as easy as it sounds. It is not as simple as creating a scavenger hunt. Each game must be designed around a goal and within the activity ample opportunities must be created for participants to connect with each other, work with one another. That way, the engagement becomes very valuable to the participant and provides long-term relationship benefits. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>CONTENT</strong></span></span></p> <p>&ldquo;Content truly rules,&rdquo; Wynant says. &ldquo;Conferences and events curate remarkable content, planners however do not always use access to this content to engage participants. It is rather stunning that so much effort is put into the selection of presenters and the materials they share, but little effort is put into engaging attendees with this content pre-, during and post-conference.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tools such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> offer an opportunity for planners to aggregate content, then share that content and build engaged communities around this content that is never ending. Access to content can be made available to participants who could not make your conference, often for a fee, increasing conference revenue and at the same time increasing engagement and long-term participation growth.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE</strong></span></span></p> <p>Multi-screen usage, where attendees use smartphones, tablets and computers to consume different aspects of your conference simultaneously to the use of Google Hangouts, Virtual Reality, iBeacons and more, the ever growing list of engagement options and tools will make your head spin. Become aware of the options and implement what you can realistically manage well.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>EVALUATING ENGAGEMENT </strong></span></span></p> <p>As you can see from this article, engaging your participants can be quite an undertaking. This can be time-consuming and expensive. With engagement becoming one of the key metrics whereby the success of conferences and events are judged you will need to find ways to justify the investment and provide measurable results.</p> <p>As you develop your engagement strategy discover what is important to your organization or company. Find out what you can measure and report on, then set goals you can track.</p> <p>If you are starting the process, and your first step will be the use of social media, then your goals could be the number of unique posts. A total of desired interactions such as likes, reposts, comments. The number of registrations you have been able to generate from your social channels. Most social media tools feature excellent analytical tools for your to use. Use those in combination with your registration platform and Google Analytics to get a great overall picture of your successes and where you can improve.</p> <p>Once you start using apps or responsive sites, you can track downloads and usage. How many connections are made, what content is being consumed. Analyze survey or poll data. How many discussions are generated, review pre-, during and post-event engagement. Drill into deal-flow generated and much more. Each solution has its own tools and items you can track and plan for.&nbsp; Here too, set measurable goals you can report on.</p> <p>Each aspect of your engagement strategy should have a set of measurable goals you can review, will help you adjust strategy when needed and report on the successes.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">TOP 5 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT</span></strong></span></p> <p>1. Understand your attendee and the social platforms they use.<br /> 2. Define the goals of your engagement strategy.<br /> 3. Develop a plan to execute your strategy including platforms, messaging and content, tools and activities to use to engage your participants.<br /> 4. Assign talented and committed individuals to execute your strategy pre-, during and post-event. Remember, engagement starts as soon as you start talking about your event and never ends!<br /> 5. Track, evaluate and adjust strategies when and where needed.</p> <p><em><strong>Resources:</strong></em></p> <p>a.<a href="http://http://newsroom.fb.com/company-info/" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/company-info/" target="_blank">http://newsroom.fb.com/company-info/</a><br /> b. <a href="https://about.twitter.com/company" target="_blank">https://about.twitter.com/company</a><br /> c. <a href="https://press.linkedin.com/about-linkedin" target="_blank">https://press.linkedin.com/about-linkedin</a><br /> d. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites</a><br /> e. Long-term use in this study was defined by average monthly use of registered attendees up to six months post-conference.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Attendee-engagement-from-basic-to-complete-campaigns Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0700 5 Important Steps To Follow When Planning a Conference http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Important-Steps-To-Follow-When-Planning-a-Conference <p><img alt="5 Important Steps To Follow When Planning a Conference an Eventinterface infographic for Meeting Planners" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1471150366_5-steps-to-plan-a-conference-infographic-Eventinterface.png" style="width: 848px; height: 3000px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Important-Steps-To-Follow-When-Planning-a-Conference Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0700 Arnold Schwarzenegger to Grace Cayman Investment Conference Next Year http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Arnold-Schwarzenegger-to-Grace-Cayman-Investment-Conference-Next-Year <p>Former California governor and Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be part of the <a href="https://www.caymansummit.com" target="_blank">Cayman Alternative Investment Summit</a> (CAIS) on February 27, 2017. He will be a keynote speaker at the event.</p> <p>Schwarzenegger may have left politics back in 2011 but he&#39;s still very much active in the world of sustainable energy. He remains a vocal advocate of clean energy, and was a <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/environment/un-climate-conference/paris-un-climate-conference-2015-climate-activists-take-tender-approach-on-meat-20151208-gliu6s.html" target="_blank">leading figure at the Paris Climate Conference</a> last year.</p> <p>The economy of any country is complicated as it involves many different factors, businesses, and activities with complex relationships. <a href="https://www.fxcm.com/insights/top-economic-indicators-for-the-us-economy/" target="_blank">According to FXCM</a>, people must use economic indicators to gauge a country&#39;s economic state. With Conferences like CAIS, all economic sectors will be able to familiarize themselves with alternative businesses that have great potential to help the U.S. economy recover. Without these alternative businesses, the economy would be stagnant, and the U.S. would be left behind by other nations who acknowledge the potential of upstarts.</p> <p>When Schwarzenegger arrives in the Cayman Islands, he will be joined by a star-studded lineup.</p> <p>CEO of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, will be gracing the event, as well as the twin astronauts who are helping NASA study the impact of long space flights, Mark and Scott Kelly, <a href="http://www.space.com/32071-year-in-space-scott-kelly-7-milestones.html" target="_blank">according to Space.com</a>. CAIS will also be attended by the former Navy general Mike Abrashoff who made a name for himself by developing the best Navy Pacific Fleet. Renowned Irish journalist and writer, David McWilliams will also be speaking at the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to have such a diverse lineup of speakers at our upcoming event,&rdquo; said the Director of CAIS and Vice President of the Community Development for event sponsor, Chris Duggan. &ldquo;We believe it&rsquo;s important to hear viewpoints from outside the alternative investment industry, and this collection of influential voices provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about everything, from the commercial space race to military tactics to entrepreneurship.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the latest Presidential elections, Schwarzenegger denounced Donald Trump&#39;s candidacy but says he would be taking the old job of the new POTUS. Schwarzenegger will also star as the new host for the new &quot;Celebrity Apprentice&quot; on the NBC Channel.</p> <p>Registration for CAIS 2017 is now available via the event&#39;s official website. There will be special discounts for people registering before November 30. Ticket prices to the event range from $1,500 for a keynote-only pass, and $2,625 for full VIP privileges. The event, however, is free for all investors and media.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>About the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit</strong></span></p> <p>The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS) is an annual global conference that aims to guide, shape, and sustain an exciting marketplace for the alternative investment industry. It provides a platform for upstarts to share their ideas, insights, and for everyone to increase their network of contacts.</p> <p>CAIS is a non-profit event that is dedicated to the advancement of philanthropic efforts within the Cayman Islands. The event is hosted by Dart Enterprises.</p> <p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Leadin photograph courtesy of entertainment weekly.</em></span></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Arnold-Schwarzenegger-to-Grace-Cayman-Investment-Conference-Next-Year Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:00:00 -0700 Giving Thanks http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Giving-Thanks <p>Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, we so appreciate being connected with you, and we wish you a wonderful, safe and joy-filled holiday weekend.</p> <p>Should you be working this holiday weekend &ndash;but we hope you get to spend it with family and friends instead- note that we are here to help. Feel free to submit a chat request or connect via email and we will get back with you shortly.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Giving-Thanks Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 Black Friday Event Tech Specials http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Black-Friday-Event-Tech-Specials <p>As you prepare&nbsp;for your 2017 conferences and events, and perhaps evaluating budgets and tools to assist you, Eventinterface is offering a truly special Black Friday opportunity: <strong><u>save 30%</u></strong> on all subscriptions now through November 30, 2016.</p> <p>Eventinterface is the end-to-end meeting and conference management platform that lets you easily promote your conferences and events, manage your attendees, create more revenue and engage your participants in powerful communities.</p> <p>As you can imagine, a 30% discount on our platform is a very special deal and our way to show our appreciation to our meeting and event planning colleagues. This offer is available to new customers from now through, November 30, 2016. &nbsp;To qualify, you must execute&nbsp;your agreement by November 30, 2016; you may however push the actual start date of service up to&nbsp;March 31, 2017.</p> <p>Request your personal demo <a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo/11-17-2016" target="_blank">here</a> to get started.</p> <p>Questions? Send us a note <a href="mailto:MemberServices@Eventinterface.com">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Black-Friday-Event-Tech-Specials Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 5 Top Tips For Successful Participant Engagement http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Top-Tips-For-Successful-Participant-Engagement <p><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Attendee-engagement-from-basic-to-complete-campaigns" target="_blank"><img alt="Attendee Engagement Conference Engagement Participant Engagement with Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1479073927_5-steps-to-engagement-success.png" style="width: 848px; height: 3000px;" /></a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Top-Tips-For-Successful-Participant-Engagement Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 Meeting Professionals International Announces 2017 Boards http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-Professionals-International-Announces-2017-Boards <p>MPI has announced the newly elected Board of Directors for the organization and the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees.&nbsp; Brian Stevens, CEO of ConferenceDirect will be the chair of the MPI Board of Directors. Jim Russell, Executive Vice President of Sales at Freeman is the incoming chair of the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees.</p> <p>The new volunteer board members will start their term on January 1, 2017.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2017 MPI Board of Directors &ndash; Officers</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Chair: Brian Stevens, CEO, ConferenceDirect, CA</li> <li>Chair-Elect: Amanda Armstrong, CMP, corporate travel and meetings manager, Enterprise Holdings Inc., St. Louis, MO</li> <li>Vice Chair of Finance: Gerrit Jessen, CMP, CMM, regional managing director Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, MCI Deutschland GmbH, Berlin, Germany</li> <li>Immediate Past Chair: Fiona Pelham, managing director, Sustainable Events Ltd and Positive Impact, Manchester, United Kingdom</li> </ul> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2017 MPI Board of Directors &ndash; Members</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Bonnie Carlson, CDME, president &amp; CEO, Bloomington Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau, Bloomington, MN</li> <li>Jason Carroll, CMP, Regional Account Executive, Visit Tampa Bay, Washington, DC</li> <li>Angie Duncan, CMP, CMM, US client account specialist, Touch Associates, Indianapolis, IN</li> <li>Annette Gregg, CMP, CMM, MBA, vice president &ndash; Corporate West, AlliedPRA, San Diego, CA</li> <li>Anne Hamilton, vice president, Global Travel, The Walt Disney Company, Lake Buena Vista, FL</li> <li>Michael Massari, chief sales officer, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV</li> <li>Kevin Olsen, president, Founding Partner, Keyway, LLC, Aurora, IL</li> <li>Steve O&rsquo;Malley, division president, Maritz Travel, St. Louis, MO</li> <li>Ken Sanders, president, Freeman Audio Visual Solutions, Dallas, TX</li> <li>Courtney Stanley, marketing strategist, Courtney Stanley Consulting, Grand Haven, MI</li> <li>Helle Svaneborg, exhibition and conference director, Danish Pharmaceutical Information, Copenhagen, Denmark</li> <li>Marti Winer, MBA, chief of staff, Drew University, Madison, NJ</li> </ul> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2017 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees &ndash; Officers</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Chair: Jim Russell, executive vice president, Sales, Freeman, Dallas, TX</li> <li>Chair-Elect: Jordan Clark, vice president of sales, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV</li> <li>Vice Chair of Development: Carole McKellar, MA, CMM, managing director, Northern Europe, HelmsBriscoe, Macclesfield, United Kingdom [EMEA Council Chair]</li> <li>Vice Chair of Finance &ndash; Gregg Hopkins, president, Gregg Hopkins and Associates, Orlando, FL</li> <li>Vice Chair of Programs &ndash; Chandra Allison, vice president sales, The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotels, Las Vegas, NV</li> <li>Immediate Past Chair: Stephen Revetria, senior vice president, Giants Enterprises, San Franciso, CA</li> </ul> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2017 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees &ndash; Members</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Carol Bullock, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Wyndham Hotel Group, Parsippany, NJ</li> <li>Doreen Burse, vice president, global sales, corporate accounts, Marriott International, Chicago, IL</li> <li>D. Bradley Kent, chief sales and services officer, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dallas, TX</li> <li>Kevin Kirby, vice president business development of North America, PicSolve, Orlando, FL</li> <li>Laurie Knapp, vice president &ndash; global sales, PSAV, Mokena, IIL</li> <li>Trevor Lui, director of operations and sustainability, The International Centre, Toronto, Canada (Canada Council Chair)</li> <li>Anthony Miller, chief marketing officer, Lanyon, Dallas, TX</li> <li>Rob Scypinski, senior vice president, Hotel Sales-The Americas, Hilton Worldwide, San Francisco, CA</li> <li>Junior Tauvaa, senior vice president, sales and services, Visit Anaheim, Anaheim, CA</li> <li>Alison Taylor, senior vice president, American Airlines, Dallas, TX</li> <li>Diana Voto, national sales director, Disney Destinations, Orlando, FL (US Council Chair)</li> <li>Angela Xavier, CSP, vice president, Americas Sales, InterContinental Hotel Group, Atlanta, GA</li> </ul> <p><em>Picture: Brian Stevens, CEO ConferenceDirect.</em></p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.mpiweb.org/home" target="_blank">Meeting Professionals International</a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-Professionals-International-Announces-2017-Boards Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 TSA Halting PreCheck Expansion http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/TSA-Halting-PreCheck-Expansion <p>Cybersecurity concerns have resulted in the abandoning of the TSA PreCheck expansion program. According to Politico.com TSA officials have been working over the last year to partner with private companies to expand the PreCheck application network, but the increase in cybersecurity risks has forced the agency to call off its search.</p> <p>Read the article at <a href="http://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/tsa-abandons-precheck-expansion-search-due-to-cybersecurity-concerns.html" target="_blank">TravelPulse</a>.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/TSA-Halting-PreCheck-Expansion Sat, 12 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 Security Threats and Your Conference http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Security-Threats-and-Your-Conference <p>Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook 2016 Fall Edition in partnership with MGM Resorts International. The report highlights a greater awareness of security threats amongst meeting and conference planners, and increased spending on security measures.</p> <p>Meeting and conference planners are keenly aware of the threats their events face. It is no longer enough to just think about simple safety issues. Planners must now consider terrorism, contagious viruses, political unrest and protests when sourcing and planning their conferences and meetings. This edition of Meetings Outlook highlights that meeting professionals are giving safety and security top priority in their spending. The report also continues to highlight favorable growth.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Report highlights:</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>15 percent of meeting professionals have increased threat awareness and response preparedness.</li> <li>14 percent of meeting professionals stated security concerns influence destination selection.</li> <li>Good news too is a 4 percent increase in the belief that business conditions are favorable compared to the last quarter. 67 percent of respondents predict favorable business conditions compared to 63 percent in the previous quarter.</li> <li>60 percent of respondents predict attendance growth with live event attendance to grow by 1.9 percent and virtual attendance by 2.4 percent.</li> <li>Only 8 percent of respondents believe that meeting planners are making the most of event technology.</li> </ul> <p>View the full report <a href="http://www.mpiweb.org/docs/default-source/meetings-outlook/meetings-outlook-fall-2016-lr.pdf?Status=Temp&amp;sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Security-Threats-and-Your-Conference Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:56:00 -0700 Top News for Conference and Meeting Planners http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-News-for-Conference-and-Meeting-Planners <p>IMEX 2016 breaks attendee records, Event Pro Update launches and Bermudian returns to lead BTA in 2016. This and more in our latest news update for Meeting and Conference Planners.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>IMEX 2016 America Breaking Records Once Again</strong></span></span><br /> The latest statistics released for IMEX America, which took place 18 &ndash; 20 October, confirm that 12,227 meetings, events and incentive travel industry professionals were at the show in Las Vegas, a 14 percent increase over the previous year.&nbsp; A record number of 3,216 hosted buyers from 60 counties attended the show, a six percent increase over the previous year.<br /> <a href="http://www.imexamerica.com/press/news-releases/imex-news-releases/2016/11/showstats2016/" target="_blank">More details</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Analyzing the Conference Behaviors of Fortune 1000 Executives</strong></span></span><br /> A recent study analyzes and predicts the behaviors of executives and why they attend, sponsor or exhibit at conferences and conventions.<br /> See the studie&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Analyzing-The-Conference-Behaviors-of-Fortune-1000-Executives" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Event Pro Update Launches</strong></span></span><br /> Event Pro Update aggregates top stories meeting and event planners are reading around the web and displays them in an easy-to-consume format. Eventinterface is thrilled to be a content partner of Event Pro Update.<br /> <a href="http://www.eventproupdate.com" target="_blank">Visit the site</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Bermudian Returns Home to Lead BTA in 2017</strong></span></span><br /> David Dodwell, Chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), confirmed the appointment of Bermudian, Kevin Dallas to the post of Chief Executive Officer for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Mr. Dallas is set to officially occupy the post in January 2017 once current CEO, Bill Hanbury completes his contract on December 31, 2016.<br /> Details <a href="http://www.gotobermuda.com/bta/press-release/bermudian-returns-home-to-lead-bta-2017" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Should Meeting and Conference Planners Care About Event Technology?</strong></span></span><br /> A recent study by Meeting Professionals International for IMEX America showed that 92 percent of meeting planners are not making the most of the technology solutions they implement. The study also showed that only about 21 percent of planners start the purchasing process with confidence.<br /> Details <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Should-meeting-planners-care-about-event-technology" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-News-for-Conference-and-Meeting-Planners Tue, 08 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 Analyzing The Conference Behaviors of Fortune 1000 Executives http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Analyzing-The-Conference-Behaviors-of-Fortune-1000-Executives <p>Market Research Company <a href="https://www.goodmanlantern.com" target="_blank">Goodman Lantern</a> recently published a study featuring research on the behaviors of executives and why they attend, sponsor or exhibit at conferences and conventions.</p> <p>It was the company&rsquo;s goal to discover why corporate executives elect to attend certain business events, how they gather information and what influences their decision to either participating as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor. 191 top executives participated in this study.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">BY THE NUMBERS</span></strong></span></p> <ul> <li>The study revealed that 68.9% of executives primarily attend conferences to network.</li> <li>53.5% of respondents shared that the conference website and blog is the main method used to learn about a conference or event.</li> <li>42.1% of executives register more than 1 year in advance, followed by 27.9% who sign up between 6 months to 1 year prior to the conference.</li> <li>51.3% of respondents wanted the conference be a thought leader before considering sponsoring or exhibiting.</li> <li>79.2% of execs prefer communications and distribution of materials and follow up reports via email.</li> </ul> <p>The complete report details fantastic information, helpful to conference planners and marketers in attracting top executives to their conferences and events. Get the complete report <a href="https://www.goodmanlantern.com/blog/2016/10/6/survey-on-why-top-level-executives-attend-conferences" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.goodmanlantern.com" target="_blank">Goodman Lantern</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Read our post on why audiences at large attend conferences <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Analyzing-The-Conference-Behaviors-of-Fortune-1000-Executives Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 How to save 60 hours planning your conference http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-save-60-hours-planning-your-conference <p>Meeting and conference planners spend on average 60 hours per conference sourcing, reviewing, negotiating and finalizing venue contracts. On this episode of Event TALK we share how you can get that time back. We are speaking with Jasmine Eldeen, Director of Global Accounts with HelmsBriscoe, we chat about best practices for meeting planners in working with a hotel sourcing company.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Jasmine Eldeen discuss the following:</strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li>How is HelmsBriscoe different from a Convention and Visitors Bureau? Is there a distinct difference between what your organization offers vs. a Convention and Visitor Bureau or Destination Marketing Organization?</li> <li>How does a planner typically initiate a relationship with a hotel sourcing company, and what do you need in order to develop a successful partnership with the planner? In essence, what are the key pieces of information you need to provide a planner with a great proposal?</li> <li>When planners evaluate hotels, what are the key pieces of information they should research to insure the venue they select can provide the service needed, and how does a company like HelmsBriscoe help with that evaluation?&nbsp;</li> <li>What are the benefits for a meeting or conference planner to be working with a hotel sourcing company?</li> <li>Looking towards the future, what are some of the trends that you see that will change how meeting and conference planners work with a hotel sourcing company?</li> <li>Top 3 tips for meeting planners in working with a company like HelmsBriscoe.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src=" https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/HelmsBriscoe.mp3 " type="audio/mpeg" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>ABOUT OUR GUEST</strong></span></span><br /> Jasmine Eldeen joined HelmsBriscoe as Director, Global Accounts in 2015, and is based in Minneapolis, MN. Jasmine has tallied more than 15 years working with leading brands in hospitality, including Hilton Hotels &amp; Resorts, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts. This experience means she intimately understands the inner workings of the hotel, meeting and event industry. From sourcing to mitigation, and everything in between, she is here to assist.<br /> <br /> Jasmine brings passion, energy and dedication to every project. Her high level of commitment gives you the results and solutions you seek in a partner. Jasmine is committed to delivering efficient, exceptional and expert services, so her Clients are 100% satisfied. When Jasmine is not helping her Clients secure hotels for their meetings, she can be found networking at a local or global hospitality industry event through her involvement with Meeting Professional International (MPI), Global Travel Association (GBTA), Meet Minneapolis, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and Edina Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>CONTACT JASMINE ELDEEN</strong></span></span><br /> Jasmine Eldeen,&nbsp;Director, Global Accounts<br /> HelmsBriscoe<br /> Phone:&nbsp;952.334.9271<br /> <a href="mailto:jeldeen@helmsbriscoe.com">jeldeen@helmsbriscoe.com</a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-save-60-hours-planning-your-conference Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700 Top 5 Reasons Why People Attend Conferences http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences <p>Wondering why people register for your conference or convention? Knowing these top reasons will help your meetings stand out and attract attendees by creating value for all stakeholders.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px">TO LEARN</span></strong></span><br /> Most attendees come to your conference to learn about a topic, product or cause. It is in the planner&rsquo;s best interest to present a program worth attending. As part of the speaker selection process planners should make sure speakers present new information, not the same rehashed findings. Content is king!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px"><strong>TO NETWORK AND MEET PEOPLE</strong></span></span><br /> Attendees want to network. Planners need to provide ample time and space for individuals to engage with each other during the meeting. Technologies such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/ourtools" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> allow for planners to offer networking opportunities pre-, during and post-event. Planners should offer time and space for attendees to network. Networking and conversations are especially important to the <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-for-Meeting-Planners-on-Engaging-With-Millennials" target="_blank">millennial</a> generation.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px">TO BE INSPIRED</span></strong></span><br /> Conferences should be inspirational. They should inspire attendees to implement what they have learned. Attendees should return home invigorated and motivated. Planners should find new ways to excite and engage attendees at the event, and keep engaged with participants post-event. Planners need to find ways to collect data on how attendees implemented what they learned and what the long-term return on investment is for the attendee and or company he or she represented at the conference.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px"><strong>TO SOLICIT BUSINESS</strong></span></span><br /> Many attendees come to a conference to build a network and solicit new business. Planners should offer opportunities and technology to facilitate connections during the conference. Allow for on-site lead generation, attendee matching and appointment scheduling.&nbsp;Shameless plug, <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/ourtools" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> allows this.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:14px"><strong>LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION</strong></span></span><br /> At times location is perhaps your biggest draw. It can be hard to say &ldquo;no&rdquo; to a conference hosted in a fabulous destination. Don&rsquo;t underestimate the value of a destination. Planners should promote the destination and attractions in the area to encourage registration.</p> <p>What is important to you? Share with us in the comment section below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Updated, October 26, 2016</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700 New luxury boutique hotel coming to South Beach http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-luxury-boutique-hotel-coming-to-South-Beach <p>Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced it will expand its presence in Florida with the addition of Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach, slated to open in 2018. The new luxury boutique hotel will be located in the heart of South Beach, a popular international and local leisure destination on Miami Beach.</p> <p>Hotel Palomar South Beach will feature a striking design, a rooftop pool and amenities, and a new signature restaurant overlooking Collins Canal. The property will be Kimpton&rsquo;s eighth hotel in the Sunshine State, complementing its existing hotels in South Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Vero Beach, as well a Tampa property also set to open in 2018.</p> <p>The hotel will span five stories featuring 96 rooms surrounding a central atrium. It will feature spacious suites and luxurious amenities. The new luxury lifestyle hotel is anticipated to become an iconic South Beach landmark with its cutting edge architecture and design. In true Kimpton fashion, a company known for regionally inspired and innovative design, Hotel Palomar South Beach will embrace Karp&rsquo;s signature sleek, modern, glass- and light-filled approach.</p> <p>More information <a href="https://www.kimptonhotels.com/press/releases/kimpton-hotels-restaurants-reveals-plans-for-new-south-beach-hotel" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-luxury-boutique-hotel-coming-to-South-Beach Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700