Planner's Portfolio

How to strike up a more engaging conversation at events

by Michelle Lupo | November 08, 2019
NEW YORK – As travel industry professionals, we have all been here before: Standing in the buffet line at a conference, you catch the eye of a friendly stranger. They glance at your name badge and prompt you with a question you’ve already answered half a dozen times that day: “So, where are you based?” You smile politely while gripping your plate and repeat, “New Jersey, how about you?”

Offering event goodies your meeting attendees won’t throw away

by Jessi Minneci | November 05, 2019
NEW YORK – They may come for the networking and education, but conference and trade show attendees do enjoy walking away with free goodies. From clothing and key chains to branded mugs, the armloads of gifts from trade show sponsors and exhibitors nicely complement the stack of business cards and inspirational ideas participants carry back home.

How to avoid burnout in the events industry

by Elise Schoening | November 01, 2019
NEW YORK – Event coordinator is regularly listed as one of the most stressful careers in America – recently landing at number six on CareerCast’s 2019 roundup. While stress can sometimes be a positive motivator, too much of it left unchecked can lead to burnout, resulting in low energy and reduced professional productivity.

How to plan healthier buffets

by Matt Alderton | October 14, 2019
The humble buffet is becoming ever more appetising to meeting professionals. While plated dinners can provide superb service, gorgeous presentations and delicious food, they also can feel stuffy or overly formal.

Adding Gamification - And Excitement - To Your Next Event

by Alex Nuttall | October 09, 2019
Gamification is the process of using games to reward attendees for accomplishments and/or completing specific calls to action. Executed correctly, it’s a strategy that can elevate the productivity of your entire event by adding a layer of interaction that will cultivate engagement, providing more value for both you and your attendees.

Choosing Employee Incentive Rewards

by Jessi Minneci | October 09, 2019
When it comes to designing a successful incentive programme, what type of rewards will truly motivate employees? Do sole rewards work? Where do you even begin?

Steps for making the most of your meeting attendees’ time

by Jessi Minnec | October 04, 2019
These days, a full schedule of compelling education might not be enough to get prospective participants to register, especially if your event is one that will take multiple hours or days. Guests are mapping out the overall benefit when making their decision to attend your meeting, but that includes being able to keep up at home.

Negotiating hotel contracts: 4 tips for meeting planners

by Jessi Minneci | October 02, 2019
Hotel contract negotiations: sales managers live by them, and meeting planners use them to secure bottom-line budgets on venue spaces. But despite best efforts, many planners fail to see their anticipated results on the final draft of the contract.

Using Social Media to drive event awareness

by Jessi Minneci | June 21, 2019
Use your social media channels to create buzz before, during and after your event.

4 Tips for modernising meetings in 2019

by J. Elise Keith | June 12, 2019
A new year is a good opportunity to change up the routine of your events.

Smart strategies for site selection

by Andrea Doyle | April 03, 2019
Here are factors to research and questions to ask before signing a contract.

How to control A/V costs

by Eric Bracht | April 03, 2019
Tips for managing expenses in every phase of the planning process

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Case Studies

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