Category - Event Planning

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The Gamification of Business Travel
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The Pickled Planner – The Cosmo-No
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Visualize the Visuals with Eventstagram
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Hemmingway on Events
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Hotel WiFi and the Meeting Planner

The Gamification of Business Travel

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Image: GraphicStock

As a meeting planner I am always amazed at how many of my client’s employees book business travel outside of their corporate system. There are many reasons why they don’t. They get better deals elsewhere, they want the miles, they want better times, they like thinking that they are better at travel than anyone else… the list goes on and on. Everyone has a story, everyone has an excuse.

When people color outside of the lines, the meeting and event planner is the one to feel the pain because now we are chasing data we need for our program to be successful, especially when that program requires the event be responsible for the attendee from end to end. We are now hunting for  airline info, arrival info, departure info, and in some extreme cases, even hotel stay info. Crazy? Yes. Happens often? More often than you would think.

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The Pickled Planner – The Cosmo-No

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Image – Deposit Photos

Welcome the weekend people.

The term “weekend” can be a joke for many of us meeting and event planner types. You might be setting up a conference in Columbus, a meeting in LA, or an incentive in Costa Rica but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a few hours on a Friday afternoon to chill out, throw on some tunes, and take a minute for yourself… really, you can… Unless of course you can’t. Then we totally get it… but you can still have a drink or two. Read More

Visualize the Visuals with Eventstagram

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Image: DepositPhotos

Visualize your visuals man… Sounds like something Jeff Lebowski and Tommy Chong would be talking about after a long night of hanging out together but this post isn’t about the amazing Maui Wowie we are slipping into our morning coffee. What we are talking about is taking social media from the internet to your real world event and turning something virtual into something that can have real impact on the attendee experience and how your attendees perceive their surroundings. Read More

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.

-Ernest Hemingway

Hotel WiFi and the Meeting Planner

 

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Hotel WiFi cost is something that meeting planners do not understand and for good reason. It does not make any freaking sense. I can find no logical rhyme or reason to the cost or how it is applied. You will find one hotel where WiFi is free, another where it is $9.95 in the guest room but free in the lobby, and yet another where idiots can pay $19.95 but if said idiot  rushes and signs up for the hotel loyalty rewards program the WiFi  is not only free, they will bring you a side a bacon to munch while you are surfing Facebook in your jammies. Read More

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