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How To Save Money On Event AV - #EventIcons Episode 44

How To Save Money On Event AV – #EventIcons Episode 44

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How To Save Money On Event AV – This is it! When planning an event, AV is always responsible for a large chunk of the budget. We hear you! So this week we are starting a two-part series titled How To Save Money On Event AV. Today, our featured panelists are the iconic Jon Trask from Strategic Meeting Tech and our very own events planning guru, Brandt Krueger! Jon and Brandt, along with host, Will Curran, will be answering your questions and sharing all of the tips and tricks they have learned over the years when it comes to budgeting AV. They’ll be explaining why AV carries such a high cost, some of the best ways to save on AV, and how to get the most bang for your buck!

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Best Event Industry Publications To Follow - #EventIcons Episode 43

Best Event Industry Publications To Follow – #EventIcons Episode 43

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Ever wonder what the best event industry publications are? Which ones are the “not to miss” shows? What are the #EventIcons watching and following? This week we have Adam Parry of Event Industry News and David Adler of Bizbash joining us on our panel and they are going to share their personal favorites with all of you! There are so many podcasts and blogs out there that it is difficult to navigate through and find the ones most suited to our industry. These iconic leaders are sharing their personal favorites with us and will explain why these are not to be missed. From industry news to just all-around great podcasts, we have their personal picks and we’re sharing them with you today! Tune in and stay up-to-date on the latest and Best Event Industry Publications!

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What is PCMA & Convening Leaders? - #EventIcons Episode 42

What is PCMA & Convening Leaders? – #EventIcons Episode 42

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What is PCMA & Convening Leaders? Our special guest host this week, Brandt Krueger, will be interviewing our Iconic Panelists and talking about PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)! Our Iconic Guests include Carrie Johnson, Senior Program Manager at PCMA and Shannon DeSousa, Director of Sales & Industry Relations at Attendease, and PCMA’s 20 in their 20’s award recipient. These amazing ladies will be discussing the benefits of membership in PCMA, such as networking and expanding your education, and how to get involved/volunteer and make connections! We’re also going to be getting the scoop on PCMA Catalyst, Convening Leaders (Coming Up: January 8-11, 2017 in Austin, TX and in Nashville, TN 2018), Brain Dates, Tech Central, the Learning Lab, and SO MUCH MORE! This is an episode you don’t want to miss! We’re discussing everything you ever wanted to know about PCMA and Convening Leaders!

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Quote of the Day:
“Don’t be afraid of your vendors. They are your partners in success and if you treat them as such, not only will they have your back, but they’ll also be able to give you really good tips and tricks and ensure you’re successful because they have a stake in your gain.” ~Shannon DeSousa
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How To Increase Social Engagement At Events - #EventIcons Episode 41

How To Increase Social Engagement At Events – #EventIcons Episode 41

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Want to know How to Increase Social Engagement at Events?! Alex Plaxen of LittleBird Told Media is joining us to discuss how he got started in the industry and share his knowledge and expertise with us. Social Media is everything in this day and age! Alex is a true Icon in this area and he is joining us to answer our questions. We’ll discuss how social media allows us to connect with people we might never meet in person, from all over the world, and how this can impact the events industry in so many ways. We’ll also discuss how to properly manage both your in-person audience and your online audience simultaneously, as well as sharing how we can get attendees to use social media at events. These topics and more are on our agenda for today and you will want this information!

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Quote of the Day:
“If you want your attendees engaging on social media at your event, they need to know HOW and WHY. It’s our job to tell them!” ~Alex Plaxen
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2017 Event Trends - #EventIcons Episode 40

2017 Event Trends – #EventIcons Episode 40

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Our topic this week – 2017 Event Trends! We have some amazing #EventIcons joining us to talk about their predictions for the coming new year. We have Corbin Ball, James Spellos, and Nick Borelli joining us today. They are bringing all of their event knowledge, and their crystal balls, and we’ll be discussing the top events and trends of 2016, as well as what we are expecting in events next year! This episode is not to be missed!

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One Year Of Interviewing The Event Industry Icons - #EventIcons Episode 39

One Year Of Interviewing Event Industry Icons – #EventIcons Episode 39

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We are officially celebrating ONE YEAR of Interviewing Event Industry Icons! It’s our anniversary! This is a very special episode of #EventIcons. Our hosts – Will, Laura, and Sean – will be recapping the past year of interviews, guests, and topics. We’re talking industry news and trends, favorite episodes, guests, and resources that have been shared, and who we’d like to have on the show in 2017! We are so excited for you to join us for this episode and lend your input. This show is for YOU – and we want to hear what you, our viewers and subscribers, think.

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2017 Event Trends

2017 Event Trends That Will Grant Your Events An Edge Next Year

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When creating an event experience, you want it to be a memorable, unique and amazingly awesome. That’s where this year’s 2017 Event Trends roundup comes in. Add these new technologies, strategies and activities into your planning as early as now to stay ahead of the curve. Don’t forget to use our free event planning checklist and make your life 10x easier when encorporating these trends. So you might be wondering what are the top trends? Well, here they are:

  1. Share Event Experiences With Anyone, Anywhere Through Mixed Reality
  2. Make The Physical Feel Digital Via On-Demand Services, Touch Tech, and More
  3. Increase Engagement Via Artificial Intelligence
  4. Deliver Exemplary Event Experiences
  5. Make Better Decisions Through Real-Time Data
  6. Let Participants Run The Show
  7. Hold Events In Non-Traditional Locations
  8. Leave A Positive Message
  9. Create Personalized Experiences

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#EventIcons 38: Michael Mazzocco

Get The Best Event Catering Ever – #EventIcons Episode 38

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Want to get the BEST event catering ever? Michael Mazzocco of Herb Box Catering is with us and we couldn’t be more excited to get his expert advice! What are we eating? Event Catering is an important aspect of functions and Michael is joining us today to answer your questions and tell you everything you need to know to have a successfully catered event. We’ll talk things your caterer wishes you knew, food allergies today and how to handle them, and upcoming trends in catering. Everyone wants to be memorable! If you want them buzzing about your events, you need to see this episode!

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“If you see the bandwagon, it’s too late!” ~Michael Mazzocco Read More

School of Event Planning & Management - #EventIcons Episode 37

School of Event Planning & Management – #EventIcons Episode 37

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Welcome, students, to the School of Event Planning & Management! Class is now in session and we hope you are taking notes! This week we are featuring some AWESOME #EventIcons: Howard Givner (Event Leadership Institute), James Morgan (University of Westminster), Wendy Hultsman (Arizona State University), and Vern Baiett (High Point University). This episode is specifically geared toward students who want to get into the events industry. We’ll be discussing concerns that students have, advice for getting that first industry job, and we’ll also be clearing up some common misconceptions. On the other side of that coin, we’ll also be talking about ways for event industry veterans to stay current on trends, and teaching options for industry leaders. We have something for everyone! As always, don’t forget to check out the tips and Epic Resources that our guests shared with us (below)! Read More

Free Subscription To Bizzabo

Win A 3-Month Free Subscription To Bizzabo

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Endless has been having a super successful 2016, and we wanted to give back to you, the community for supporting us! So we’re giving away 3 months of the award-winning, Bizzabo event software for free! So we’re giving our readers and fans a chance to add one of our favorite tools to their arsenal when it comes to planning and managing their events. So if you’re planning events for yourself or clients, this is a great way to make your planning process easier, more effective and more organized. So what are you waiting for? Sign up and get entered to win! Read More

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