Julia Berman

Julia is the Digital Content Editor for Smart Meetings.

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The Planner’s Guide to Steering Clear of the Junk FolderTechnology

When you’ve devoted hours of time, creative energy and strategic thinking to developing an event marketing email, you intend for it to be seen. So it’s pretty infuriating that your masterpiece will most likely be tossed in the spam folder. Not to mention, this isn’t what recipients want. According to a ReturnPath study, 79 percent…

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8 Pieces of Remarkable Hotel ArtDestinations

What do you think of when you hear the term “hotel art”? Imitation watercolors, lifeless nature and mass-produced splatter likely come to mind. Hotel art has long been synonymous with subpar displays—but that’s beginning to change. Across the country, hotels are recognizing that quality art is a worth-while investment.


5 Things Planners are Thankful forMeeting PlanningQuiz

Colorful turkey cut-outs and pumpkin-spiced everything should clue you in—Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Meaning, the pressure is on to be thankful. Although being a professional planner comes with a great deal of stress, travel and lack of sleep, there are a lot of good reasons people eagerly enter the field each year. Need…


9 Culture Sandwiches for Your Meeting or EventFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

National Sandwich Day on Friday, November 3, is a great day to celebrate the grab-and-go lunch staple that appears at many event mid-day meals. The convenient treat dates back to 18th century England when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, enjoyed putting beef between a few slices of bread while playing cards with his…

Positive Connections, West Coast StyleEventsSmart Events

Smart Meeting West National fostered new ties, fond memories What do you call three days of fresh food concepts, team spirit, cardio drumming and the most productive one-on-one appointments on the planet? Smart Meeting West National, that’s what. The last event of the series for 2017 landed Sept. 10 at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort…

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Which Airlines and Airports are Most Punctual?Tips & Tools

Meeting and event planners are well-aware that time is money, and that arriving late can completely throw off an otherwise successful function. Alas, when travel is involved, even more factors are at play. You might hustle to the airport early, only to catch your breath and discover your flight’s been delayed. It’s not only an…

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7 Secrets to Tasteful Holiday DecorMeeting PlanningStyle

The appeal of holiday themes is that they can be silly and playful, but event professionals walk a fine line between embracing a festive spirit and entering childish territory (or worse, cheesy). Here are some guidelines from design experts around the web for maintaining this balance. Set the Tone with a Festive Invite A post…