Ask the Experts: Event Planning Pro Tips

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Regardless of how long you’ve been doing it, event planning never seems to come without its own unique twists and turns. There are a LOT of event planners out there who’ve dodged those curveballs before, and who are willing to share their experience - and pro tips - with you.

Event Planning - A New Normal

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Technology and social media are changing events and creating a "new normal" in terms of how we "market, consume and measure events." Here are some thoughts and tips to help small organizations update their events. technology events social media

Win your independence over event planning chaos

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What can the American Revolution teach us about event planning? Let's discuss how to take control over your events and ensure their success Plenty!

7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook

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But what details, in regards to event planning, tend to trip association professionals up the most? We’ve got seven: event planning member engagement membership management Association ViewsThe devil is in the details. We’ve all heard it, and most of us have lived it.

Event Planning Is a Team Sport

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Ask any event planner and they’ll tell you that planning any event, big or small, can be a stressful ordeal. While the majority of the responsibility falls on the event planner, make no mistake, event planning is a team sport.

Left brain vs. right brain: Which wins the event planning game?

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And so, I encourage you to take the aforementioned into account after reading this sentence: New research by London and Partners, the official convention bureau of London, and MICEBOOK.com indicates that event planners aren’t as creative as they thought. So event ROI is important.

4 Event Planning Ideas to Kick-start the New Year

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If you're planning events for the new year, here are 4 ideas and a round-up of resources that might help. events

Event-Planning Reminders From “Christmas Vacation”

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Event- and conference-related takeaways from the holiday comedy classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and its lead character, Clark Griswold. So, as you’re designing your upcoming events , keep in mind that a little can go a long way.

Association Event Planning: The Complete Guide

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Event planning is tough, especially if you’re a small-staff association professional with limited time and resources. We understand the process can be overwhelming, so to help you out, we’ve put together a list of best practices to take before, during, and after your event.

Need Help With Event Planning?

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If you are new to events and need some help with next year's planning, here are some resources to help you get started. events event management

Up in Flames: Event Planning Lessons from the (Disastrous) Fyre Festival

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I mean, how does a heavily promoted event just NOT happen.with attendees being kept in the dark the whole time?). Small Staff Chatter event planningEven though the failed Fyre Festival took place (or rather, didn’t ) in 2017, it’s still very much the talk of the town.

Lessons in Event Planning From Hollywood

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And while the show’s main attractions are the fashion and celebrities, it also provides plenty of food for thought for meeting planners as they go about executing their next events. After all, everyone should want to avoid a Michael Bay moment at a meeting or event.

Event Planning Is a Team Sport

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Read about these few tips from MemberSuite customers to make event planning less stressful for your entire team

Thursday Buzz: Put Event-Planning Goals Before Tech Ones

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There are many tech options for events, but what’s really necessary from a planning standpoint? All the decisions required when putting together an important event, conference, or convention—including deciding what event-focused technology to use—can be overwhelming.

Lessons in Event Planning From a Rock Concert

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Steal these five ideas from a recent concert to make your next event a sellout. Here are five things that I took away from this particular show that I think planners should think about as they go about executing their upcoming conferences and events. Pay homage to your event’s location.

Meetings 411: Event Planning Tips for Generation Z - Part 2

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I recently discussed the implications of what we already know about Generation Z for designing meetings and event planners. Here 5 specific tips for designing meetings and events that are effective and engaging for Generation Z participants.

A Royal Affair: Event Planning Lessons from the 2018 Royal Wedding

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News , you’re likely at least semi-familiar with dare I say THE event of the year: the 2018 royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Scheduled to take place on May 19, this seems to be all people are talking about, which got me thinking.what can association professionals and event planners learn from all this? Take a look: association management event planning membership management Small Staff Chatter

Keep the Light: How to Avoid Event Planning Burnout

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Event season is a pivotal point in the association world. If your association does it right, your members will think that your event came into fruition without a hitch: Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Your staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a successful event.

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

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Take a look at the tremendous effort it takes to produce a world-famous event. How do you begin to plan an event that 1 million people will attend? “Sure, there are some slower times, but there is never a time that you are not planning,” he says.

Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

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Partying in a cemetery sounds weird, but it’s not the strangest place that event planners have taken over lately. Also: Is now the time to plan an event in an emerging country? The Craziest Venues We've Seen Events Take Over [link] #eventprofs.

Social Media Roundup: A New Tool For Event Planning

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The event-planning site Splash challenges ticket-service sites with its full-fledged event-planning platform. What are some of the key details that go into planning events? Splash = Facebook of event websites ow.ly/k6YM2

Trade Association CEO Support: Event Planning Checklist

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Consider these major responsibilities: Membership Development, Membership Benefits, Membership Administration, Governance, Volunteer Development, Meeting/Event Management, Government Affairs, Market Development, Education, Operations, Communications and Cheerleader. Event Planning Checklist. My volunteer leaders were struggling with the complexities of planning a small event for our trade association so I prepared this checklist to help guide them.

What Hollywood’s Award Season Can Teach Us About Association Event Planning

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Which got me thinking: How do these networks get people (like me) so excited about events that they’re not even attending? And more importantly, how can associations incorporate those tactics to get their members (and potential members) excited about events?

Social Media Roundup: Add Google+ To Your Event-Planning Strategy

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How Google+ can widen your connectivity in promoting your next event. It has plenty of tricks for event planners, such as SEO and segmented notifications. This means that when someone goes to Google and searches ‘Event Planner’ they are first seeing the accounts which rate highest on Google—many of those rating higher because they are posting on their Google+ pages,” Nicolette Anderson explains on BusyEvent.

Social Media Roundup: Starting an Event Planning Company? Read This First

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Before taking your event planning solo, keep in mind the business factors that come with the territory. If you’ve been doing this event-planning thing for a while, you might be wondering to yourself what it’s like to strike out on your own.

And the Winner is … Your Organization

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Whether we’re motivated by the appreciation of excellence or the wagers and debates these events often generate, we do pay attention to awards, as the 32.9 Association Management Event Planning Experience ManagementThe Oscars. The Nobel Prize. The Palme d’Or.

Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

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I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. How to Create an Effective Event Culture.

Leveraging Your Own Event for Membership Sales: 4 Steps

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Your own events are a great place to recruit new members! Planning this event is time consuming enough, how do I add in recruitment efforts and stay sane? Check it out: event planning Small Staff Chatter

Amplify Attendance: 4 Ways to Drive Conference Registrations

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Event season is here, and a big part of planning is promoting. To drive interest AND actions (AKA members and prospects actually registering), check out these four promo tactics: event planning Association ViewsIt’s all about those registrations!

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly

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Here are a few ideas: event planning Small Staff ChatterSometimes, introverts get a bad wrap. They don’t like being around people.” They just want to be alone.”. Not true! Introverts do enjoy socializing. They just tend to prefer doing so in smaller groups or one-on-one.

The Four Secrets to Making a Big Impression at Your Member Event

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Does the meeting room make someone feel like they’ve arrived at a real “event.” Pillar number three is the first reception of the event. People come to events to network. Meetings Conference Planning Event Planning

Post-Event Engagement: How to Keep the Hype Going Once Your Event Is Over

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So much of the event planning process comes before and during the actual event - and understandably so! But to keep the experience alive, it’s important to have a post-event engagement plan as well.

3 Unique Silent Auction Items

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Here are three: event planning Small Staff Chatter non-dues revenueSilent auctions are a GREAT way to generate non-dues revenue for your association or chamber of commerce. But the success of a silent auction all depends on the interest and demand for the items you have available.

When Your Annual Conference Conflicts with Summer Vacations: 2 Workarounds

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So when your event is designed to engage your members and provide them with much of the value they’re paying annual dues for (and not to mention, generate non-dues revenu e), but they won’t be in town to attend.what do you do? event planning Association Views

Partners in Preparation: 3 Materials to Give Your Event Speakers

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From webinars to conferences, educational events tend to draw a crowd. big part of that has to do with your event speakers. Because so much of your event’s success depends on how well your speakers do, it’s worth taking some time to prep them effectively.

Level Up Your Learning Initiatives: Dividing Your Educational Sessions by Learning Style

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event planning Small Staff ChatterIf your organization hosts educational conferences, how do you currently “divvy up” your educational sessions? Do you have tracks based on topics? Do you split them up by length (half-hour sessions, hour sessions, two-hour sessions, etc.)?

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Selecting Event Speakers

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Event speakers are often just as important as the event itself. In fact, for some events, such as conferences, the speakers can make (or break) the event. Here are three questions worth asking yourself: event planning Association Views

Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

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Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual. At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. This might mean planning conferences and member meetings. We run events in 35 countries for participants including the U.S.

An Online Event Registration Checklist for Driving Attendance

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When it comes to planning an event, driving attendance is often the most difficult part. If only you could show your members all the cool things you have planned! Use our checklist to ensure that yours are always set up for success: event planning Small Staff Chatter

2 Things to Try at Your Organization's Next Luncheon

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To leverage your luncheons even more, consider trying out the following two tactics: event planning Small Staff ChatterDoes your association or chamber of commerce hold regular luncheons (or breakfasts)?