Technology

Travel Planning: Getting the Most From Google Flights

If you’ve ever done a random search for flights on Google, you’ve probably come across Google Flights. It’s in that grid near the top of the results page, letting you directly search flights without going to Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak or one of the other

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Live Stream Your Next Event for Greater Engagement

If you’ve put on an event or conference recently, there’s a good chance someone live streamed it whether you knew or not. The technology has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with everyone from Facebook to Twitter getting in on the

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Helpful Travel Apps That Don’t Require Wi-Fi

Travel apps can be an indispensable tool for navigating smoothly through almost any situation you find yourself in life on the road, allowing you to avoid inconveniences or giving shortcuts and insights you might otherwise not have access to. And

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Taking the Virtual Plunge

In the world of digital hotel site tours, there’s virtual reality, and then there’s Virtual Reality! The former has been around for some time and is a fairly common feature on many hotel websites. The immersive experience of the latter is something

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Event Challenges & Opportunities: The Purple Paper

What is great about the events industry? What are the key challenges we should be worried about? What can the events industry do to realize the holy grail of the collaborative economy? These were just a few of the questions posed to 28 industry

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Hotels Boost Their Interactive Offerings for Groups

As part of their job, planners are always on the lookout for exciting new programs to capture the interest of their attendees. Inevitably these days, such ideas involve new technology. Given the entire culture’s embrace of mobile apps, streaming

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10 Creative Tech and Social Media Tips for Events

Are you looking to take your events to the next level? Wish you could inspire a little creativity at your next event? As event planners, we are really busy so in respect for your time, I’ve got a quick list of ideas you can implement at your next

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Think you know what tech attendees want? Think again!

A new report by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) reveals some striking differences between what tech tools you think attendees want and what they really want. CEIR surveyed 380 exhibition planners and 420 business pros who attend

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A 2016 Social Media Update

It seems like every time we turn around, there is a new social media tool to use and everything we knew about the current tools seems to change on a daily basis. So – this blog post is an attempt to catch you up on some of the big things you should

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6 Ways to Use GoPro at Your Events

GoPro helmet-mounted cameras have been around since by Nicholas Woodman invented them in 2004. They've made him a billionaire. Even though they are a perfect fit for the events industry, they are underutilized by event planners, who can use them to

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My Top 5 Apps and Gadgets to Stay Productive On The Go

As event planners, we are always on the go. We’re traveling from airport to airport, taking site visits at random locations and working in the closest Starbucks we can find. It’s easy to feel like we aren’t being as productive as we are when we are

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Adding Drone Photography to Your Next Event

Imagine capturing a soaring shot of a bustling trade-show floor, breathtaking pan of a poolside reception, or a scene skimming a lush vineyard leading to your event site—a sprawling Napa estate. Until recently scenes like these were only attainable

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A Novel Approach to Better Cocktail Banter

We've all been in this awkward situation: You're sharing a postprandial Mad Men aperitif with an unusually erudite group of influential sorts, perhaps parsing the pros and cons of your dinner selections, when someone drops a literary reference to an

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5 Tips to Better Tweeting

I tweet, therefore I am. While one might nitpick over the existential certainty of that statement, the fact remains that Twitter has become one of this young century's most exciting new channels for human expression, with 288 million monthly users

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4 TED Talks to Get You Back in Love with Planning

So you're out of love with the job you loved just last week? Is it the stress of waiting for the stakeholders to make a decision? The shrinking budget? The stampede of execs who can't make it to the next meeting? The constant calls from assistants

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Deals on Wheels: Mercedes’ Self-Driving “Boardroom”

It's event day. Go time. You've got three anxious passengers crammed into your rental car and a strange city to navigate. Everybody's stressed. Wouldn't it be great to beam out to a boardroom right now? And a latte? Mercedes-Benz feels your

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Wine App — titude

    Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a

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Apps Every Planner Will Love

I recently started with a new company, and as excited as I am to be at a new place, I am even more excited to learn cool new things. Of course it’s great to learn shortcuts and better planning practices, but here’s what really excites me: apps that

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10 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

As meeting planners, we have to be extremely organized and efficient—but, of course, you already knew that! When you add business travel to the mix, the task becomes even more difficult. While onsite recently with a client prior to the event kickoff,

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Going Social: 5 Things You Should Be Doing

We’re in a highly social, face-to-face season. That got me thinking a lot about other ways of being social—social media, for instance. Its influence is epic. With social media driving marketing, branding, and meetings and events, what is the best way

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