Eventinterface http://blog.eventinterface.com Resource Blog & News en-US Copyright 2017, Eventinterface Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:40:14 -0700 60 Make your attendees part of the conversation http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Make-your-attendees-part-of-the-conversation <p>Eventinterface has partnered with Tap To Speak to provide conference attendees with the technology to easily communicate in real time with speakers straight from our platform&rsquo;s program and itinerary tool.</p> <p>In the past, attendees had to raise their hands and wait for a microphone to be passed. Now apps are coming on the market to turn mobile devices into microphones, connecting attendees with speakers. Eventinterface is taking this a step further by partnering with Tap To Speak and including this function into second-screen technology allowing attendees to use any device as a tool to connect with presenters directly, and participate in polls and surveys without the need to download a third party app.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Al Wynant Eventinterface event technology for meeting and event professionals" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484185378_Al_Wynant.png" style="width: 165px; height: 220px; float: left; margin: 10px;" />&ldquo;We want to make the process as easy as possible for planners and attendees. There is an overabundance of apps on the market, each with a distinct functionality. The need to implement multiple apps can become cumbersome, confusing and cost-prohibitive. Including this functionality into our already robust program and content distribution module of Eventinterface allows attendees to engage directly with speakers without having to download yet another app. We offer one click connection from within the session or program. The integration also offers an opportunity for planners to poll sessions and event attendees, and data can be projected in real time in the meeting room. The partnership with Tap To Speak aligns with our plan to continue developing Eventinterface into a tool that meets all the needs of the planner and the attendee, either by developing our own tools or partnering with stellar companies such as Tap to Speak.&rdquo; -- Al Wynant CEO and Co-Founder of Eventinterface.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Marek Wawrzyniak Tap to Speak" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484185427_Marek-Wawrzyniak.png" style="width: 165px; height: 220px; float: left; margin: 10px;" />&quot;We care about event planners. That is the reason why we partnered with Eventinterface, a world-class, conference planning and engagement platform. We recognize the heavy lifting that Eventinterface does for the event planners. Tap To Speak wants to help them maximize the value of events that their attendees receive. Our innovative technology not only has the &quot;cool factor&quot; of turning smartphones into microphones but the event planners who used Tap To Speak report a 400% boost in audience engagement during their live events. We seamlessly integrate into Eventinterface&#39;s event program and itinerary feature - turning the audience mobile devices into feedback machines. This way, Eventinterface and Tap To Speak provide real-time audio and text communication, polls &amp; surveys. This important partnership keeps the event planners in mind. The combination of our respective areas of expertise in combination with modern event technology gives even more power to event planners to make their events even better.&quot; -- Marek Wawrzyniak, CEO and Co-founder of Tap To Speak.</p> <p>For more information and to request your personal demo, visit Eventinterface <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>About Eventinterface</strong></span></span><br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/">Eventinterface</a>&nbsp;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.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">About Tap to Speak</span></span></strong><br /> Tap To Speak is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company based in&nbsp;Phoenix, Ariz., and Lodz,&nbsp;Poland&nbsp;that provides a web-based tool through which live event audiences can communicate with event leaders and speakers in real-time. We turn smartphones in the room into microphones, which enable live audio and text communication, and the ability to carry out surveys or polls, increasing audience engagement during events better than ever.</p> <p><em>Lead in photograph courtesy of Tap to Speak.</em></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Make-your-attendees-part-of-the-conversation Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Be Our Guest http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Be-Our-Guest <p>We are looking for experts to interview on trends, best practices and other hot topics in the event and meeting industry. Participation is free; all we ask is that you share the show via your social networks once published.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>HOW DOES IT WORK?</strong></span></span></p> <p>We seek experts with experience in the field, guests who have something meaningful to contribute to our listeners who are meeting and event professionals worldwide.</p> <p>Once you have been selected to participate, questions are drafted and sent to you for review. We ask that you provide a bio and headshot to be published with the show. The show is not aired live; it is recorded at a time mutually convenient for the guest and host. The show is generally published within a week of recording.</p> <p>For more information connect with us at Content@Eventinterface.com. Catch our previous shows <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/category/Event-TALK" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Info and apply to be a guest <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/meoKNfc7O5KUNZ0H2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Be-Our-Guest Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 International currencies now available http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/International-currencies-now-available <p>Eventinterface now featuring more international currencies to better serve the need of our global conference customers.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the beginning, most of our conference planner customers were based in North America. As we expand access to the platform globally we needed to include the option for conference planners to charge their participants in the currency of their country,&rdquo; said Rod Bridges, Eventinterface Co-Founder and Chief Platform Architect. &ldquo;It is our goal to make the planning and management process as easy and flexible as possible for all types of planners,&rdquo; Bridges said.</p> <p>Eventinterface allows planners to process transactions via Stripe, PayPal and Authorize.net.</p> <p>Interested in learning more? Schedule your demo <a href="https://calendly.com/eventinterface/demo" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT EVENTINTERFACE</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> is an end-to-end meeting and conference management and attendee engagement platform. It allows planners to promote conferences and events, manage attendees, create more revenue and engage participants in powerful communities.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/International-currencies-now-available Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0700 5 Tips for Selecting the Best Event Technology http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Tips-for-Selecting-the-Best-Event-Technology <p>Selecting event technology can be a daunting experience. There is much to consider. The wrong decision can cause a lot of headaches during the planning and execution process of your conference or event.&nbsp; In this post we are sharing our top 5 tips to keep in mind when researching and choosing your event technology platform.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. KNOW YOUR GOAL</strong></span></span><br /> Before researching event technology you should have a good idea of why and how you want to implement a tech platform for your conferences and events.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Some of the areas to consider:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li>Do you want to streamline your registration process?</li> <li>Increase efficiencies?</li> <li>Do you want to merge your event marketing with attendee registration?</li> <li>How about collecting and distributing content?</li> <li>Do you want to engage your attendees?</li> <li>How about lead generation?</li> </ul> <p>Think through all of these aspects and create a list of functions you want your eventtech platform to be capable of.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. UNDERSTAND YOUR ATTENDEES</strong></span></span><br /> It is key that you understand your attendee fully. Does your audience include a wide range of people, professions and backgrounds? In general, most audiences are now used to conducting transactions online and via mobile devices. Don&rsquo;t assume that a more mature audience will be reluctant to go online. 2016 research shows that in the US 99 percent of 18 to 29 year olds use the internet. 96 percent of 30 to 49 year olds and 87 percent of 50 to 64 year olds use the internet. The number drops to 64 percent for 65 and older. <sup>a &nbsp;&nbsp;</sup>In the EU, 71&nbsp;percent of all individuals used the internet every day or almost every day. <sup>b </sup>Globally and in the Asia Pacific Region <sup>c and d</sup>, the&nbsp;numbers are lower.</p> <p>It is assumed that most people in a professional capacity access the internet and use smartphones or tablets. Implementing an online or mobile solution is no longer a hindrance for your participants.</p> <p>If implementing mobile apps vs. responsive sites, understanding your participants is key. Not all audiences are able or allowed to download apps on their smartphones or tablets, but can access responsive sites.&nbsp; Before investing in a mobile app, reach out to your audience and learn of any restrictions they may have, especially on their corporate devices.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-to-select-event-technology-that-works-for-you" target="_blank">View our infographic with additional tips</a></span></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. UNDERSTAND YOUR EVENT</strong></span></span><br /> When researching technology vendors it is important that you know what you want to accomplish with your event and with the technology you seek to implement. This information will help the tech company understand if the platform is a good fit for you or not. Understand all of the aspects of your event and how eventtech may be able to help you. &nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t hold back when speaking with a sales person, be as open as possible. Don&rsquo;t assume that the sales person will read between the lines. You want to prevent signing up with a service that can&rsquo;t deliver on a specific function. Some functions can be very specific to your organization and if not shared during the discovery process you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle later on. A great sales person will either take you through the path on how you can reach the desired end result, or will let you know that the platform is not a good fit.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. HAVE A BUDGET</strong></span></span><br /> Be prepared to invest. The truth still holds, you get what you pay for. Free services will allow you to conduct basic events. Nothing however is truly free. What happens to your attendee data?</p> <p>Find out what you can invest and research platforms that fit into your budget. Some will charge a per transaction fee, others a monthly subscription fee. At Eventinterface for example, we charge a monthly subscription fee that includes unlimited registrations. Most of the time this will be a more cost-effective option, and you will be able to manage multiple events for the cost of your transaction fees for one event.</p> <p>Keep in mind that your electronic event invites and your event registration page will likely be the first impression your attendees have of your event.&nbsp; You are not only investing in an event technology, you are investing in a platform that can represent your brand.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. BE FLEXIBLE</strong></span></span><br /> We understand that planners are used to doing things a certain way. Event platforms however are designed to meet the need of a lot of planners. As a planner you will need to look at the end result and learn how you can reach that result. You will most likely have to be a little flexible and adapt to the functionalities of the platform you implement. Unless you purchase a white-label solution, custom tweaked for your company or organization, you will need to be a little flexible in how you get to the end result. Flexibility and a willingness to learn is key when implementing a new platform.</p> <p>Keep these tips in mind and you will be set-up for success when researching and implementing event technology for your conferences and events. &nbsp;The reality is that implementing a new platform can be intimidating. Find a platform that will make the transition process as easy as possible. That includes the easy of use, customer service and available training. At Eventinterface we offer the &ldquo;We Make The Move for You&rdquo; program which includes complimentary training and our success coaches work with you, setting up your first event so you can start out on the right foot.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Sources:</strong></span><br /> a: Statista: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/266587/percentage-of-internet-users-by-age-groups-in-the-us/" target="_blank">Percentage of Internet users by age groups in the US</a><br /> b:&nbsp;Eurostat:<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Internet_access_and_use_statistics_-_households_and_individuals" target="_blank"> Internet access and use statistics - households and individuals</a><br /> c:&nbsp;Statista: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/276044/age-distribution-of-internet-users-in-asia-pacific/" target="_blank">Age Distribution of Internet Users in Asia Pacific</a><br /> d:&nbsp;Statista: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/272365/age-distribution-of-internet-users-worldwide/" target="_blank">Age Distribution of Internet Users Worldwide</a></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Tips-for-Selecting-the-Best-Event-Technology Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Conference Connections http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Tips-to-Make-the-Most-of-Your-Conference-Connections <p>The truth still holds: meetings mean business. Participants attend conferences to learn, meet new people, sell and buy. Why then is it so hard to make the most of the connections made?</p> <p>At <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a> we talk to many planners using our software to manage their conferences and trade events. We&rsquo;ve taken lots of these experiences and extricated these top 5 tips on how attendees can make the most of the connections made at your event.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>TIP 1: WHO DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH?</strong></span></span><br /> Once back home, separate collected business cards or scanned contacts in two piles. The first pile is the contacts you want to establish a long-term relationship with, and you are willing to make an effort to build that relationship, aka the business cards you really wanted.<br /> <br /> The second pile is the random contacts. You may not want to make an effort on these connections. You collected their business card because it was the polite thing to do. Don&rsquo;t throw them away; you&rsquo;ll add them later to your CRM. You never know when you may need a certain vendor or consultant.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">TIP 2:&nbsp;</strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>MEMORIZE</strong></span></span><br /> Write down anything you can remember of the contacts you want to create a long-term relationship with. Do this at the conference or soon after returning home. What are their likes and dislikes? Do they have a family? Is there anything new about their company or product? Are they engaged on any boards, with nonprofit organization, politically? You get the idea. If you use a CRM platform, then this may be the place to collect this info.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">STEP 3: REACH OUT</strong><br /> Within a week, write a personal note or email to each of the contacts you want to build a relationship with. This is not the place to sell; this is a note of appreciation for meeting at the conference. And yes, indirectly you are selling yourself.<br /> <br /> Tell them it was a pleasure meeting them at the conference; reiterate something you learned in the conversation. Perhaps this provides an opportunity to send a link to an article or resource. Make the communication personal and valuable to the person you want to build a relationship with. It doesn&rsquo;t hurt to send a note to the conference organizers either.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">TIP 4: FOLLOW AND ENGAGE</strong><br /> Start following the social media and blogs of the people you want to build relationships with.<br /> <br /> If the conference organizers use a tool or app to continue the engagement, such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a>, then actively participate in the community. Instigate discussions and answer questions posted by other attendees. Make yourself a resource.<br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(144, 191, 92);">TIP 5: SIX MONTH CHECKUP</strong><br /> Put a reminder on your to do list for 6 months past the conference to write a personal follow-up note. If you haven&rsquo;t connected since, reach out and remind them how you met. Ask about their interest, latest news and let them know that you are a continued resource to them. Repeat this at least once a year after this.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Tips-to-Make-the-Most-of-Your-Conference-Connections Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Construction kicked off on $1.5 Billion Javits Convention Center Expansion http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Construction-kicked-off-on-15-Billion-Javits-Convention-Center-Expansion <p>New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presided this past week over the official groundbreaking of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion. The $1.5 billion project will increase the convention center space by 50 percent.</p> <p>Expected to be completed in 2021, the expanded convention center is estimated to generate $393 million in new annual economic activity, increase efficiency and allow for larger events. It is projected that, once completed, an additional 4,000 full-time, 2,000 part-time jobs will be created, and generate an additional 200,000 room nights. &nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Jacob Javits Center expansion. News for meeting planners at Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1488664856_javits-story-1.png" style="width: 848px; height: 484px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>The expansion includes the following:</strong><br /> - A four-level, on-site truck marshaling facility, including 27 new loading docks with the ability to hold a minimum of 229 trucks.<br /> - New prime exhibit space, to be combined with the existing exhibit space, to create an approximately 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall.<br /> - New state-of-the-art meeting room space and a 55,000 square foot ballroom.<br /> - Roof terrace and pavilion accommodating 1,500 people for outdoor events, including an expanded green room area.<br /> - New kitchen and food service areas.<br /> - Back-of-House and administrative space.<br /> - LEED Silver certification.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-align: center;"><iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0JtuTuZythU" width="560"></iframe></p> <p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Construction-kicked-off-on-15-Billion-Javits-Convention-Center-Expansion Mon, 06 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700 The Anatomy of the Perfect Name Badge http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Anatomy-of-the-Perfect-Name-Badge <p><img alt="The anatomy of the perfect conference name badge. Top Tips at Eventinterface infographic" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1488647426_Anatomy-of-a-namebadge-infographic.png" style="width: 848px; height: 4200px;" /></p> <p>For more tips, read <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-For-Great-Event-Name-Badges" target="_blank">Top Tips for Great Event Name Badges</a>.</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Anatomy-of-the-Perfect-Name-Badge Sat, 04 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0700 Bathroom Bills Are Upending the Meetings Industry Across the U.S. http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Bathroom-Bills-Are-Upending-the-Meetings-Industry-Across-the-US <p>Currently, North Carolina is the only state where a so-called Bathroom Bill has become law, but that may not be the case for long. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 12 states now have similar bills pending as of February 17.</p> <p>What will be the impact on the Meetings Industry? Read the complete article on <a href="https://skift.com/2017/02/22/bathroom-bills-are-upending-the-meetings-industry-across-the-u-s/" target="_blank">SKIFT</a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>SKIFT TAKE</strong></span></span></p> <p>Besides stripping away the fundamental rights of an already marginalized group, the stack of &ldquo;Bathroom Bills&rdquo; piling up in state legislatures around the country will only drive away meetings and conventions, and the valuable economic income they bring with them.</p> <p><em>Jennifer Dienst</em></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica; color: #5e5e5e; -webkit-text-stroke: #5e5e5e} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Helvetica; color: #5e5e5e; -webkit-text-stroke: #5e5e5e; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #ffffff} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} </style> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Bathroom-Bills-Are-Upending-the-Meetings-Industry-Across-the-US Tue, 28 Feb 2017 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 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Four New JW Hotels Open in Asia http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Four-New-JW-Hotels-Open-in-Asia <p>JW Marriott adds 1,504 guest rooms and 83,000 square feet of function space to its portfolio in Asia.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Singapore</span></span></strong><br /> The largest of the new resorts, the hotel features 634 guest rooms, occupying three heritage buildings and two new hotel blocks, including 47 suites.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach Grand Ballroom at Eventinterface destinations and venues" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487526510_Singapore-JW-Marriott.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Grand Ballroom</span></p> <p>There are 17 meeting rooms, a grand ballroom with Philippe Starck-design interiors, two sky gardens, two outdoor pools, the signature Spa by JW and nine unique food and beverage concept outlets, including a restaurant helmed by world renowned Chef, Akira Back, of Iron Chef America fame.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach Flow 18 Sky Garden at Eventinterface destinations and venues" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487526588_Singapore-skygarden.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Flow 18 and Sky Garden</span></p> <p>The resort is located in close proximity to Singapore&#39;s key tourist attractions, Shenton Way Central Business District (CBD) and the Marina Bay entertainment and business district, the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.<br /> <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sinjw-jw-marriott-hotel-singapore-south-beach/" target="_blank">Visit</a></p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort &amp; Spa, Vietnam</span></span></strong><br /> Located on the pristine island of Phu Quoc, a hidden lush paradise off the southern coast of Vietnam. Travel back to the bygone era of the early 20th century with Bill Bensley&#39;s whimsical design and exquisite detail in all 244 rooms, suites, and villas.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort &amp; Spa Deluxe Room at Eventinterface Destinations and Venues" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487526749_Phu-Quoc.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Deluxe Emerald Bay view guest room</span></p> <p>Experience culinary wonder at the resort&#39;s 3 restaurants and contemporary bars. Meetings are redefined in the impressive 11,980 square feet meeting space spread over 6 function spaces.<br /> <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pqcjw-jw-marriott-phu-quoc-emerald-bay-resort-and-spa/" target="_blank">Visit</a></p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata, India</strong></span></span><br /> Towering over JBS Haldane Avenue, the JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata stands almost halfway from the airport and the old business district. &nbsp;The hotel features 281 guest rooms and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space spread over 13 rooms, the largest measuring approximately 30,000 square feet.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata Deluxe Guest Room on Eventinterface destinations and venues" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487526958_kalkuta-deluxe-guest-room.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Deluxe Guest Room</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ccujw-jw-marriott-hotel-kolkata/" target="_blank">Visit</a></p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu, China</span></span></strong><br /> The symbol of Chengdu, Tianfu Square, is now home to a symbol of luxury. The JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu brings refined style, culturally inspired cuisine and holistic wellbeing to southwest China&rsquo;s largest city square. The 345 guest rooms and suites are approachably elegant with warm, modern decor and spacious bathrooms.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu Premier Studio Suite on Eventinterface Destinations and Venues" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487527049_China-Premier-studio-suite.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size: 10px;">Premier Studio Suite</span></p> <p>The resort features eight meeting rooms including the 10,398 square foot Grand Ballroom, featuring its own pre-function foyer, roof garden and space for up to 800 guests.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu Grand Ballroom on Eventinterface Destinations and Services" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1487527183_China-Grand-Ballroom.png" style="width: 848px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Grand Ballroom</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ctumj-jw-marriott-hotel-chengdu/" target="_blank">Visit</a></p> <p><em>Photographs courtesy of the Marriott International</em></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Four-New-JW-Hotels-Open-in-Asia Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Using Eventinterface to Maximize Your Event Sponsorships http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Using-Eventinterface-to-Maximize-Your-Event-Sponsorships <p>Join us for a virtual workshop and learn how you can use Eventinterface to maximize the sponsorship potential of your conferences, meetings and events.&nbsp;Join us and learn how you will be able to increase revenue using the Eventinterface included tools and features.</p> <p>During this 45-minute workshop, we will look at all of the areas within Eventinterface and how you can use them to recognize sponsors, add value for your sponsors and increase sponsorship revenue for your meetings, conferences and events.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Thursday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration/hlsu2df" target="_blank">SIGN UP TODAY</a></span></strong></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Using-Eventinterface-to-Maximize-Your-Event-Sponsorships Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:48:00 -0700 5 Reasons To Use a Coworking Venue for Your Event http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Reasons-To-Use-a-Coworking-Venue-for-Your-Event <p>The coworking bug has spread to the events arena with many spaces opening their doors as potential event venues.</p> <p>It is an increasingly popular option for the flexible worker generation. These open plan spaces let freelancers and businesses rent a desk or dedicated office on a casual basis. In return, the coworkers get a professional work environment, without the cost of a fixed rental agreement.</p> <p>These flexible spaces don&rsquo;t just offer an aesthetically pleasing venue for your event, you&rsquo;ll also get access to their community and amenities.</p> <p><span style="color:#005480;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Here are five reasons to consider using such a space as a venue for your next event:</strong></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">1. You&rsquo;ll get access to a ready-made community</span></span></strong><br /> The communities housed in coworking spaces bring an instant audience to your event that you may otherwise not get access to. These people can present many different opportunities to your event, and your business.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to speak with the space&rsquo;s management team, but they will usually reach out to their community on your behalf. For example, some spaces will put up flyers to advertise directly to its in-house community and some will use their website, social media channels, newsletters or blogs to tell people about your event. It&rsquo;s a great way to market your event without even trying.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">2. It&rsquo;s easy to find your fit</span></span></strong><br /> Every space has been carefully curated to create the right atmosphere. Some are highly professional in their look and feel; others offer a more bohemian vibe. It depends on what image you want to portray for your event and business, but there are plenty to choose from.<br /> <br /> Some spaces also specialize in specific sectors. For example, <a href="http://eventvenuenyc.thefarmsoho.com/" target="_blank">The Farm</a> is a unique event space in New York City that is also co-branded as Blueprint Health, which is a startup accelerator supporting companies working in the health and technology sectors. Sancar Ayalp, head of partnerships and business development, at The Farm, said: &ldquo;We host a huge range of events but our community of tech and healthcare-focused companies really bring a new level of interaction into events focused on this sector.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">3. The spaces look incredible...</span></span></strong><br /> Most spaces are housed in unusual locations, be that an airy loft in the center of the city or a renovated warehouse on its outskirts. The result is a visually stunning space to give your event the &ldquo;wow&rdquo; factor.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="NYC-based The Farm coworking space for events featured on Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1485892048_coworking picture.png" style="width: 848px; height: 564px;" /><br /> <em>NYC-based The Farm&rsquo;s main space, featuring 1,500 square feet of beautifully designed rustic event space, complete with elevated DJ booth and much more.</em></p> <p>Such stunning surroundings can inspire your attendees to produce a more dynamic event, as Julian Jost, co-founder and CEO of <a href="https://www.spacebase.com/en/" target="_blank">Spacebase</a>, said: &ldquo;Coworking spaces are the perfect surrounding for corporate meetings. I hear from many clients that the creative and dynamic vibe inspires their employees to be more open and contributive during meetings.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">4. ...and the spaces are highly practical</span></span></strong><br /> It&rsquo;s not just about looking good, a space will also offer a range of amenities for your event. From projection kits to lighting and state-of-the-art sound systems, it&rsquo;s all there and usually set up prior to your arrival.</p> <p>They are also a highly versatile options. You can choose from a range of spaces, whether you want an intimate meeting room or a grander conference location, and there is usually plenty of space for breakout areas. Such spaces will adapt to the needs of your event.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="color:#90bf5c;">5. It could open your eyes to a different way of working</span></span></strong><br /> Scoping out different spaces for an event could also open your eyes to the concept of coworking. Sancar said: &ldquo;Many people come to us looking for an event venue and end up working here, which is great!&nbsp; Others use our event space regularly to conduct meetings in a different environment and just get out of the office.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is the true beauty of coworking spaces. Whether you choose to work there or run an event, the lifeblood of these spaces is their flexibility and versatility. They are used to adapting to the needs of their community and, therefore, can respond to the exact needs of your event.</p> <p>If you fancy giving one a go, speak to a space&rsquo;s community manager and organize an on-site visit. The coworking bug could hit you before you know it.</p> <p><em>Article by freelance writer Gemma Church.<br /> <a href="http://www.geditorial.com" target="_blank">Website</a><br /> <a href="http://www.twitter.com/geditorial_uk" target="_blank">Twitter</a><br /> <a href="https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/gemma-church/9/933/149" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Reasons-To-Use-a-Coworking-Venue-for-Your-Event Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0700 5 free resources and tools every meeting planner needs http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-free-resources-and-tools-every-meeting-planner-needs <p>Meeting planners are in general an organized bunch. A few years back we used thick binders holding all of our planning notes. Now, with the advent of incredibly smart mobile devices and powerful applications, our binders can be replaced with tools that enhance our planning experience, streamline processes and make collaboration easier. Tools to keep us organized more easily and effectively, oh&hellip;.and no more paper cuts from flipping through our event binders. We wanted to share some of our favorite tools with you. Tools that have helped us at become more organized and productive.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>ASANA</strong></span></span><br /> A fantastic productivity tool able to help manage simple to complicated tasks. You can develop projects and tasks, and assign tasks to team members and follow-progress.<br /> <br /> Asana offers a web-based version and decent smartphone app. The free version is pretty comprehensive. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but once set up and in use it will be hard to find a downside to the platform.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="http://https://asana.com/" target="_blank">Asana</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>ASSISTANT.TO</strong></span></span><br /> Integrates with Gmail for free, and eliminates the back &amp; forth emailing when needing to schedule a meeting. Assistant.to continually monitors your availability and will work with your recipient to find a commonly available time for a meeting, then when booked add the meeting to your calendar.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="https://www.assistant.to/" target="_blank">Assistant.to</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>GOOGLE DRIVE</strong></span></span><br /> 15GB of free cloud-based storage space for any type of file you need to store, with the ability to purchase additional storage space. Your planning files are private, until you decide to share them. You can invite others to view, comment, and edit any file or folder you choose. Google Drive can be viewed as a meeting planner collaboration tool. Google Drive features over 100 apps to help you do more with your content.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="https://www.google.com/drive/" target="_blank">Google Drive</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>SLACK</strong></span></span><br /> Slack is billed as a communication tool for the 21<sup>st</sup> century.&nbsp; The company claims that customers see an average&nbsp;48.6% reduction in internal email, helping meeting planners enjoy a simpler, more pleasant, and more productive work life. The basic plan is free to use for teams of all sizes. Paid plans are available that include additional features.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="https://slack.com" target="_blank">Slack</a>.</p> <p><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>UNSPLASH</strong></span></span><br /> A fantastic resource for high-resolution photos that are free to do with what you want. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.<br /> <br /> Subscribe for a <a href="https://unsplash.com/join?subscribe=1" target="_blank">weekly email update</a> with new photographs to download or visit <a href="https://unsplash.com" target="_blank">Unsplash</a> here to explore collections.<br /> <br /> What is your favorite tool, add it in the comment section below.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-free-resources-and-tools-every-meeting-planner-needs Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Turning passive attendees into active participants http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Turning-passive-attendees-into-active-participants <p>Nearly every conference attendee carries around a mobile device. Meeting planners face the challenge of disconnecting attendees from their devices and engaging them fully into the conference experience. However, rather than fighting this, why not use this to your benefit? Why not turn the distraction into an opportunity to engage? Why not transform an attendee into an engaged participant?</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">WHAT IS SECOND SCREEN TECHNOLOGY?</span></span></strong><br /> Second screen is the use of a smart device, usually a smartphone or tablet to provide attendees an enhanced engagement experience alongside a live session. It means giving attendees access to additional content, the possibility to engage with the speaker and have online or social conversations around the topic being presented. This is accomplished by the implementation of apps and meeting management platforms such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">HOW TO USE SECOND SCREEN TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR CONFERENCES?</span></span></strong><br /> Planners collect an immense amount of content from conference speakers, including PowerPoint presentations, handouts and worksheets.&nbsp; Traditionally these have been shared with attendees on disc or USB storage device for later viewing. Now, with platforms such as <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">Eventinterface</a>, meeting planners can create a detailed conference program; include session details, speaker bios and all session content. Attendees can create their itinerary and once in the session view all content alongside the presentation. Attendees can take meeting notes, interact with other attendees in the session and even engage in real-time with the speaker by asking questions, or participate in polls and surveys via their mobile device. &nbsp;Attendees become active participants.<br /> <br /> Another benefit for planners and marketers is the ability to view detailed engagement metrics. You will be able to see how attendees interact with content. Which subjects and speakers have higher engagement? You will be able to analyze this data and have a much better understanding of the success of your conference.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN IMPLEMENTING SECOND SCREEN TECHNOLOGY.</span></span></strong><br /> There are many apps and platforms available to engage attendees and manage your conferences and events. Will you use one solution to manage registration? Another app to distribute content and engage attendees? Multiple tools and apps to reach your event goal, or will you use <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com" target="_blank">one comprehensive platform</a> that can meet all your planning and engagement needs from one dashboard?</p> <p>It is key to understand your audience and the devices they use. Do the tools require an app download, or are they accessible via a responsive website? Keep in mind that not all attendees may be able to download an app on their mobile device based on company policy, therefore a web-based responsive solution may be more suitable.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#90bf5c;"><span style="font-size:16px;">TOP TIPS</span></span></strong><br /> 1. Second screen technology transforms attendees into engaged participants.<br /> 2. Review engagement data to get a better understanding of your attendees&rsquo; behaviors, likes and dislikes. Use this data to improve the overall conference experience.<br /> 3. Understand the mobile solutions your attendees use and the limitations of these devices. Then implement a solution that works well for all attendees, i.e. app based vs. a responsive web-based solution.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Turning-passive-attendees-into-active-participants Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Planning The Audience Experience And PR For Your Events http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Planning-The-Audience-Experience-And-PR-For-Your-Events <p>Andy Perez, a Los Angeles based marketing and public relations consultant who has created more than 1,000 events in his career joins EPN and Event TALK. Andy will be discussing the importance of public relations in preparing for an event.</p> <p><strong>Listen to Eric Dye &amp; Andy Perez discuss the following:</strong></p> <p>- Why is public relations an important piece of the planning puzzle as you prepare for an event?</p> <p>- Preparing for an event, what are the key items or areas you want to review to insure a first-class attendee experience?</p> <p>- What can a public relations professional bring to the planning process of an event a volunteer or event planner doesn&rsquo;t necessarily have an ability to do?</p> <p>- Lets say an organization does not have a budget to bring on board a public relations professional; what are some of the things planners or volunteers can do to insure a successful execution of event PR?</p> <p>- What is one of the most successful PR activities you have planned for an event?</p> <p>- Sometimes PR means damage control. What do you suggest event planners think about to minimize the possibility of negative public relations related to an event, and in the event damage control is needed, what are some tips you can share to manage this process?</p> <p>- What are your top three PR tips for anyone planning an event?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/EventTalk_4.mp3" type="audio/mpeg" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><strong>About our guest:</strong></p> <p>Andy Perez is a Los Angeles based marketing and public relations consultant who has created more than 1,000 events in his career. Live entertainment: Cavalia, Ringling Bros. and Barnum &amp; Bailey, Disney On Ice, The Radio City Rockettes, Monster Jam and dozes of touring Broadway and family shows. Film/TV: composers Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), Dan Licht (Dexter) and John Debney (Iron Man 2, The Passion of the Christ). Tourism: Travel Michigan, Greater State Street Council (Chicago). Retail: Taubman Shopping Centers. He began his career as an entertainment producer at WGN Radio Chicago.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Andy can be reached at <a href="mailto:aperez@zerepa.com">aperez@zerepa.com</a>.</span></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Planning-The-Audience-Experience-And-PR-For-Your-Events Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0700 Hotel Indigo Opens in Downtown Denver http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Hotel-Indigo-Opens-in-Downtown-Denver <p>Locally inspired boutique hotel Indigo opened its newest hotel in Denver&rsquo;s booming Union Station neighborhood this week. The hotel offers 180 guestrooms and 1,388 square feet of meeting and event space.</p> <p>The LEED-Certified building features a multi-faceted fa&ccedil;ade of stacked elements, including inviting transparent glass on the ground floor, perforated metal screening and floor-to-ceiling glazing. The artwork is to evoke memories of the Colorado gold rush. The hotel&rsquo;s location offers easy access to the best Downtown Denver has to offer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hotel Indigo Denver Union Station at Eventinterface, resources for meeting planners" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1485018470_Hotel-indigo-room.png" style="width: 848px; height: 424px;" />Guestroom</p> <p>Well-appointed guestrooms feature hardwood floors; polished concrete ceilings; interior sliding barn doors; oversized beds with throw pillows and plush duvets and oversized desk space. Bathrooms are spa-inspired with complimentary Aveda products. A complimentary, 24-hour fitness studio will feature Lifestyle cardiovascular equipment, free weights, televisions, showers and locker rooms.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hotel Indigo Union Station Denver at Eventinterface, resources for meeting planners" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1485018535_Hotel-indigo-lobby.png" style="width: 848px; height: 424px;" />Hotel lobby</p> <p>The hotel has 3 meeting rooms with the largest at 816 square feet capable of holding events for 50 guests, making it ideal for small meetings.</p> <p>More information <a href="https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/denver/denws/hoteldetail" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <em>Pictures courtesy of the hotel.</em></p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Hotel-Indigo-Opens-in-Downtown-Denver Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Top 10 new terminologies every meeting planner needs to know. http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-10-new-terminologies-every-meeting-planner-needs-to-know <p>A while back we addressed the <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/100-Top-Terms-Every-Meeting-Planner-Needs-To-Know" target="_blank">top terminologies</a> every meeting planners needs to know. Not much time has passed and a handful of new words have snuck into our professional vernacular. Today we are adding 10 new terminologies every planner needs to add to their arsenal.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">1. Engagement</span></strong><br /> Surely perhaps one of the most used new words amongst meeting planners. Engagement means connecting attendees with each other, a cause, brand or organization using a variety of technologies or apps. It is building meaningful connections that outlive the event. Engagement is about adding value for your participants.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">2. Gamification</span></strong><br /> Is the use of elements of game playing to encourage attendees to interact with each other, with a product, sponsor, exhibitor or destination. Games are used to motivate attendees to achieve a goal.</p> <p><img alt="Second Screen Event Technology Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484969643_10-new-words-story2.png" style="width: 848px; height: 364px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">3. Second-Screen Technology</span></strong><br /> Second-screen technology involves the use of a mobile device, tablet, even a laptop computer to enhance the participation experience at a conference or meeting, allowing the attendee to interact with content, view materials and participate in discussions alongside a speaker&rsquo;s presentation. Eventinterface invites attendees to engage with content and speakers using this technology.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">4. RFID</span></strong><br /> Stands for Radio-Frequency IDentification. It refers to a small chip carrying limited data, such as attendee name, registration type and contact details. This technology can be used on name badges to track attendee participation is sessions, allow scanners to allow or not allow access to sessions.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">5. iBeacon</span></strong><br /> Created by Apple, iBeacon is a technology that allows mobile apps running iOS and Android to listen for signals from beacons placed around a tradeshow or conference. Attendees using an app can be sent content based on location. This technology also allows meeting planners to track attendee movement and participation providing valuable behavioral data for sponsors, exhibitors and venue.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">6. Intelligent Flooring/Smart Flooring</span></strong><br /> The intelligent or smart floor is designed to identify and track attendees around a space. It can also be used to track arrivals and departures out of sessions, exhibit halls and workshops again providing valuable behavioral data.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">7. Apps</span></strong><br /> An app, short for application, is downloaded onto the mobile device of the attendee. &nbsp;There are hundreds of event related apps on the market. There are gamification apps, registration, engagement and content apps.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">8. Augmented Reality</span></strong><br /> Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes computer-generated content on what the attendee sees in person. For example, an attendee can be looking at a car in an exhibit. Using his or her mobile device, scan a QR Code and additional information; sound, video and details appear on the device, enhancing the overall experience. Augmented reality used in combination with iBeacons can provide a truly immersive experience for attendees.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">9. Virtual Reality or VR</span></strong><br /> Virtual reality is a fully computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment the attendee can interact with. Virtual reality requires special equipment such as a VR headset and possible gloves or other accessories outfitted with sensors to enhance the overall VR experience.</p> <p><img alt="Wearable Event Tech Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1484969742_10-new-words-story1.png" style="width: 848px; height: 364px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">10. Wearable Tech</span></strong><br /> Wearable technologies are the devices to be worn by the attendee and often include tracking information related to health and fitness. Wearable tech is generally linked to your mobile device and can assist with reminders, content sharing and gamification.</p> <p>Did we miss something? Share your words and their meaning in the comment section below.&nbsp;</p> http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-10-new-terminologies-every-meeting-planner-needs-to-know Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0700 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