Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!

Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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How IMEX Made a Point of Promoting Women in Events—And You Can, Too

Amid the rush of appointments at Sands Expo in Las Vegas during IMEX America, a group of more than 100 women—along with a contingent of supportive men—gathered to celebrate Women in Events. The oasis of community was the Event Tech Tribe booth. The hosts were Leonora Valvo, founder and CEO of Swoogo; and Marie-Claire Andrews,…

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day of the girl

What Meeting Planners Can Do to Support #DayoftheGirl

Today marks International Day of the Girl. The United Nations sanctioned this date in 2012 as an initiative to empower girls who have been victimized by a variety of circumstances, ranging from violence to natural disasters. UN Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women—issued a statement saying, “On the International Day…

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coworking spaces

6-Point Checklist: How To Use A Coworking Space For Your Next Meeting

Did you know you can rent out a meeting room at many of the world’s coworking spaces? These gathering places are a growing alternative for offsite sessions and offer many benefits to event organizers and participants. Coworking spaces are shared workspaces where you can rent a desk to work from on a daily, weekly or…

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new google headphones

Translating Headphones Highlight New Google Products

A set of premium wireless headphones that can support live language translations is among the new products announced by Google on Wednesday. The headphones, called Google Pixel Buds, can tap into Google Assistant—the company’s artificially intelligent, voice activated product—when paired with the new Google Pixel 2 handset. The Google Pixel Buds can give planners a…

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Crank Up Your QR Code Competency Score

Quick Response makes connecting beyond the conference floor easy Quick Response (QR) code technology has been around for quite some time, but users may not realize that tucked away deep inside the pixelated square bar codes is more power than meets the naked eye. For meeting professionals, this mobile tool can elevate business productivity levels…

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attracting new clients

Creative Ways Event Planners Can Find New Clients

Finding new clients is a never-ending part of event planning. You need to reach out to prospects while  juggling the work you’re doing on events that are already booked in your calendar. And you need to stand out from the competition. How can you attract potential clients in a creative way? Try these five tips….

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