Conference Sites Go Social

Case Study

Getting your attendees to meet, network and share at events and conferences is one of a planner’s main goals when executing an event. What if you got the conversation started before the event took place, and continued it long after the event was over? Short of holding a conference before (and after) the conference, you…

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World Report: Going Global

Meeting Planning

IMEX Frankfurt, scheduled to take place May 19–21 at the new Kap Europa Congress Centre, is just one example of an event that is being fueled by meetings planners’ and their attendees’ international appetites. Regarded as one of the grandest meeting and event trade shows in the industry, the allure of IMEX Frankfurt stretches well…

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Government Shutdown Could Affect Meetings, Travel Industries

Trends

Unless Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill can strike a compromise by midnight tonight—which isn’t looking particularly likely—the federal government will basically run out of money. While Social Security checks and other benefits will continue to be sent out, many agencies will be forced to halt everything but those services deemed most essential and will…

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Amid More Conference Controversy, ASAE Helps Develop New Guidelines for Government

Trends

Controversy continues to swirl around federal agencies’ spending on travel and conferences. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department’s inspector general will release an audit that found the already beleaguered Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spent $50 million on conferences during a three-year period. The report, titled Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses, covers…

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Going Green Gets Easier

Meeting Planning

Sponsored by: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa As the nation weaves its way through a continuing saga of economic and political turmoil, the meetings industry remains a beacon of hope—a stable industry with strong growth potential for as long as people need to meet and do business. Even better, the meetings industry has continued to…

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Virtual Goes Mainstream

Meeting Planning

The old adage that says neither rain nor sleet nor snow can stop the U.S. Postal Service might be applied to the meetings industry today, as neither volcanoes nor earthquakes nor tsunamis resulted in mass cancellations in the past year. Instead, tight budgets were more likely to be the reason for cutbacks to meetings—especially in…

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Social-Media Legal Issues

Technology News

In the grand scheme of things, social media is still a neophyte, with vehicles such as Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare and blogs only recently becoming an integral thread in our social fabric. As a result, we’re only just beginning to understand their legal consequences.     Bradley S. Shear, a Bethesda, Md.-based attorney, has extensively researched these…

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White-Label Event Websites 101

Technology News

It’s a familiar situation: You’re at an event, confronted with a sea of nameless faces. Business cards at hand, you walk around aimlessly, trying to find people to talk to. But making introductions, and identifying who it will be valuable to interact with, can be both awkward and challenging. One way for planners to prevent…

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Working with Social Networks

Case Study

The emergence of social networking has changed the way we operate and effectively do business. One sector that has been affected by social media is associations and other membership-based organizations. We spoke with Jay Moonah, chief marketing officer for Wild Apricot, a membership-management software company, on how associations can work better with social networks. As…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Meeting Planning

Early one weekend morning, about 400 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and began construction on a playground at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in southeast San Diego. Among the volunteers were 175 attendees at a Deloitte, LLP conference who had traveled across town from their hotel to a neighborhood seldom visited by meeting attendees. Within…

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