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New Board Members and Best Ideas Recognized During 2016 DMA West Education Summit


Best Idea Program Achievement Award winners at the 2016 DMA West Education Summit Destination management organizations celebrated their best ideas of the year during the annual Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) Education Summit, held Sept. 21-23 in Mesa, Arizona. Out of more than 145 destinations in the western United States and western…

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Smart Meetings Wins Big at 2016 Digital Nichee Awards

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We’ve done it again! Coming off of two wins for Best eNewsletter and Best Trade Publication (for our October 2015 issue) at the Western Publishers Association’s 2016 Maggie Awards in June, Smart Meetings has racked up two more trophies at the 2016 Digital Nichee Awards, which were announced during the Niche Digital Conference 2016, held…

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8 Hot Tips to Effectively Manage Emails

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Emails continue to be a primary form of communication among meeting and event professionals, but many don’t realize how much time they spend writing and reading them. Here are eight tips for effective email management, adapted from a list compiled by Endless Entertainment, a nationwide event production company. 1. Process your email only once each…

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Mastering the Art of Communication

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Meetology Lab’s psychological insights boost planners’ social skills Early in their career, planners learn the importance of effective interpersonal communication, but even industry veterans sometimes don’t realize how their interactions are making and breaking deals—and relationships. Enter the Meetology Lab, a team of specialists that uses cutting-edge psychological insights to empower planners and other professionals…

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Salt Lake City Named Most Pampered in U.S.

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Apparently, it’s Spring Beauty Week, and the subscriber-based activity discount website Groupon is celebrating by recognizing the most pampered city based on most purchased deals for personal grooming and care, including massages, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, teeth whitening and tanning sessions. If you don’t think spa oasis when you think Salt Lake City, Utah, then…

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Bottom Line: Engage All Senses

Bottom Line: Engage All the Senses

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Attendees retain more through multisensory stimulation In a survey of more than 600 event professionals conducted by CWT Meetings & Events and London & Partners, a majority of respondents said that multisensory experiences at in-person meetings need to be better incorporated into events to deliver increased attendee engagement and long-term impact. Just 27 percent of…

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#NetflixOnboard Takes Flight with Virgin America


Caught up in the latest season of “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards” but have to jump on a plane to go to a convention or trade show? If you’re flying on Virgin America, you can get right back to your addiction at 35,000 feet. Wi-Fi on airplanes is becoming the norm,…

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Uber Introduces Bus-Like Service


In yet another move to broaden its scope, Uber is testing a new service in San Francisco that in some ways is akin to bus service, in which passengers are picked up at spots along a predetermined route. Uber has implemented the service, “Smart Routes,” along two routes—on Fillmore Street between Haight and Bay streets,…

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7 Tips for Managing Interns

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Many firms welcome interns to the work place, but in a blog posting on hotelsmag.com Larry Mogelonsky points out that they are more than just temporary recruits brought in to handle menial tasks. The Toronto-based marketing expert offers the following 7 tips for effectively managing interns. Create a plan for the intern, defining in general terms what…

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14 Great Low-Cost Tech Tools for Planners

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Planners: do you want to know which low-cost tech tool can instantly transform company data into a professional quality infographic, or what free app can help schedule a virtual meeting time convenient for workers scattered across the globe? Beth Ziesenis, a technology guru and self-described “nerdy BFF,” can tell you. Informative and humorous, Ziesenis is…

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