The Three Steps To Finding, Pitching And Keeping Event Sponsors

Three Steps To Finding, Pitching And Keeping Event Sponsors

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For many event organizers, event sponsors are a major source of revenue that can be the difference between a profitable event and one that is a true money pit. But regardless of your event planning experience, finding, winning and keeping great event sponsors is a poorly understood and time-consuming undertaking.

To help organizers maximize their revenue, we’ve distilled three principles from our eBook, Catching The Big Fish: The Event Sponsorship Guide, that will make securing the right sponsors easier. You can download the whole eBook here. Read More

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#EventIcons Episode 7 with Mike McAllen & Jon Trask

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It’s another week and another edition of #EventIcons where we interview and give you a chance to ask your questions to the icons of the event industry. This week, we have legends Mike McAllen & Jon Trask! I met Mike & Jon at the Event Technology of the Year awards at IMEX in Vegas. Mike & Jon are the AV gurus & lover of production and hosts of MeetingsPodcast.com. They both created an awesome platform called AVForPlanners which helps demystify AV for anyone who plans events. Mike is the one who actually introduced me to Blab, so I guess in a way you guys can thank him for inspiring #EventIcons. I was just on MeetingsPodcast, so you’ll have to head over there to listen to that! So let’s jump into the interview! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can watch our interviews and ask questions for yourself live on Blab. Just head over to Blab and subscribe! Read More

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#EventIcons Episode 6 with David Adler

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It’s time for another edition of #EventIcons! This week, we have guest, David Adler! David is the founder and CEO of BizBash. If you have never heard of BizBash, BizBash has become the largest media property in the B-to-B event industry with nearly 2.2 million annual user sessions. David got his start in media early where at age 21 he started his own magazine, Washington Dossier, a magazine that covered power, society, politics, and entertaining in the nation’s capital. Well regarded as the leading name in event media, BizBash not only has the physical site, but also hosts major events and even now has it’s own podcast, GatherGeeks. Be sure to tune in live so you can ask questions of your icons of the events industry each week. Tune in on Blab at 5pm EST on Wednesdays! Read More

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#EventIcons Episode 5 with Al Wynant & Corbin Ball

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At the end of each year, we look forward to the next year to ponder on what changes we need to make (resolutions) but as an event industry, we seem to be fascinated by event trends and what will be “the next big thing” next year. So I assembled two of the leaders in event trends, Al Wynant and Corbin Ball. We have an hour long conversation about what we think are the biggest trends and how the industry will react to them. Start formulating your list of event trends for 2016, and then compare them to what our experts have to say! Read More

11.5 Things You Need To Clarify On Your Next AV Quotes

11.5 Things You Need To Clarify On Your Next AV Quotes

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My hope is that one day, AV quotes will not need to be clarified and you have a flawless AV experience every time, but until then I wanted to share some small details that can make a BIG difference, especially from a cost and headache perspective. You might say to yourself, “Why am I asking these questions, isn’t it the AV company’s job to worry about this?” – you are right but not all AV companies will be there to clarify and sometimes it’s easy to forget the details. We recommend taking the extra few minutes to ask these questions to have a flawless event. Read More

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#EventIcons Episode 4 with Dahlia El Gazzar & Sarah Soliman

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Starting your own company. It’s the dream of so many of us! Well this week, we talk with Dahlia El Gazzar and Sarah Soliman about what it takes to make creating your own company possible! This week is full of inspiration thinking and awesome tools to start your own company and you do not want to miss it! You can watch the replay below but as always, we definitely recommend tuning in live on Wednesdays at 5pm EST on Blab so you can ask questions live and talks directly with the icons of the events industry. Next week, we have Al Wynant and Corbin Ball who will be discussing 2016 event trends! Tune in live at 5pm EST on Wednesday to share your predictions! Read More

When Choosing A Hotel For Events, Go Beyond The Rate

When Choosing A Hotel For Events, Go Beyond The Rate

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We get it.  The economy has improved and is looking better than it has for the past several years, yet planners/travel managers/organizers are still charged with getting more for less.  However, the hotel/hospitality industry is not manufacturing.  We don’t sell parts by the millions we service individual guests each needing something completely different in order for the outcome to be successful.  The overall value in a proposal/experience especially at a hotel contains multiple layers of numbers, not just the rate.  Let’s get beyond the rate conversation and delve into what generates the value of choosing a hotel for events.

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#EventIcons Episode 3 with Liz King, Sean Holladay & Laura Lopez

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Event technology, event technology, event technology! It’s on the tips of everyone’s tongues in the industry so I wanted to assemble the top names in the event industry who know event technology and of course, I had to invite Liz King of techsytalk, Sean Holladay of Crowd Mics and Laura Lopez of Social Tables to chat trends, cool new technologies and most importantly to answer your questions! It’s another episode of #EventIcons and this one does not disappoint! Be sure to tune in every Wednesday at 5pm LIVE on Blab to ask questions of the icons of the event industry. Watch the recording of Episode 3 below. Read More

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#EventIcons Episode 2 with Brandt Krueger, Andrew Latimer & Midori Connolly

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The second episode of #EventIcons is here and I wanted to start the show off with a topic that I am very familiar with but I know a lot of planners find confusing and that is event AV. So I brought together the three people I know are putting our a huge effort to educate planners and make AV much easier. I hope you enjoy this weeks episode, and be sure to tune in live so you can ask questions as well! Read More

2016 Meeting and Event Trends for Event Planners

2016 Meeting and Event Trends for Event Planners

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The events and meeting planning industry is constantly changing. As planners it is our job to know what are the newest trends so we can provide the most ideal attendee and client experience possible. Each year, we cover the top trends that are affecting the events industry and share our predictions for the next year. Want to see what our predictions were for 2015? Read our blog post from last year which we cover the top meeting and event trends. You didn’t come here for last year’s predictions though, so without any delay, here are our top predictions for 2016. Read More