Monday Buzz: Why Boston Doesn’t Have Cheap Rooms

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An array of economic and geographic pressures have boosted Boston’s hotel rooms to extremely high rates. Case in point: the current situation in the Boston metro area. What’s causing the extreme price hikes?

Why These Four “P’s” Add Up to Successful Event Marketing

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It’s funny to see how many lessons from his 4 P’s—product, price, promotion and place—still apply in the I nternet and social media age. Price: The pricing strategy on events is one that requires careful consideration , as it will often be a key consideration in people’s ability to attend.

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Thursday Buzz: Ice Bucket Challenge Will Return #EveryAugustUntilACure

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Plus: How to correctly price that membership deal. Quinn joined partner Pete Frates launching this year’s campaign in Boston last week. ” Pricing As Science. Pricing is a science of data and research.

Success Breeds Pressure for Event Planners, Study Finds

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Continuing industry consolidation means fewer options for buyers, and that will push prices up.”. Other top cities were New York, Orlando, and Boston.

Report: What Lies Ahead for Meetings in 2017

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The 2017 Meetings and Events Forecast notes that food and beverage prices are expected to rise globally due to a variety of factors, including attendee preferences. Promoters boast up to 40 percent savings, while critics suggest foot-for-foot equal pricing,” the report states.

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The Latest Battleground for Uber and Lyft? The Airport

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While Virginia is likely to permanently allow the services to operate in the state, associations in Seattle , Boston , and San Francisco have filed lawsuits over the ongoing operation of the services—sometimes against the companies, other times against the cities themselves.

Open Music Initiative Hopes to Solve the Music Industry’s Money Problems

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The Berklee College of Music in Boston is taking the lead with a new group that aims to fix the complexities around artist payments in the age of music streaming.

INBOUND Conference: A Sample Agenda for Customer Marketers


HubSpot’s 2016 INBOUND conference is coming up fast and next week most of us will be hopping on a flight to Boston to attend. Gary Vaynerchuk. Anna Kendrick. Alec Baldwin. 4 days, a dozen high-profile headliners, and so many sessions it will make your head spin.

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Protecting Critical Association Revenue Streams: Managing the Risks of Event Cancellation Insurance

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To manage costs, associations with multiple events often can obtain better pricing by packaging the events of one, two or three years together under a single insurance policy. Previously, Brian was a vice president with Boston Insurance Brokerage, Inc. In many cases, annual conventions and trade shows represent the most significant revenue-generating opportunities of the year for associations.

Study: Why Business Travel Costs Vary Significantly by City

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What’s more, Runzheimer expects each of these costs to grow in 2020: airfare by up to 1 percent, ground transportation by 2 percent, and hotel prices by 2 to 3 percent. Boston has above-average costs for car rental, meals, and hotels.“.

Study Reveals U.S. Cities With Best and Worst Travel Taxes

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Meanwhile, Portland, Oregon ($22.86), Boston ($19.34), and Indianapolis ($18.10) had the highest discriminatory travel taxes. Congress Taxes Travel, Too It’s not just the local municipalities that the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is worried about when it comes to travel taxes.

Serve Versus Sell: How to Negotiate Associations’ Dual Roles

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Consider, for instance, a common question any association must face when developing a new product or service: Will it carry a price tag or will it be free to members (or even nonmembers as well)?

Blue Sky eLearn: 2017 Year in Review

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We hired Ryan Graham as our new Senior Sales Director – providing us with 12+ years of experience in the SaaS learning technology space with companies such as Boston Conferencing, Peach New Media, and Abila. 2017 was another great year for Blue Sky!