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Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #11 Clinton Global Initiative

A high-tech, interactive map delivered a succinct, visual view of a decade’s worth of efforts initiated by the nonprofit around the world.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 6:45 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #10 P.G.A. Merchandise Show

New single-session education options were designed to address the needs of busy attendees.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 6:30 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #9 Microsoft Convergence

The tech giant is focusing on increasing satisfaction for attendees by giving them the opportunity to purchase exclusive perks that upgrade their experiences.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 6:15 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #8 Social Media Marketing World

Still in its infancy, the conference is attracting attention for providing opportunities for both formal and informal education among attendees and a notable roster of speakers.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #7 PTTOW Summit

The invite-only conclave for entrepreneurs and experts deployed networking ambassadors and “speed dating” to give attendees the chance to connect in a meaningful way.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 5:45 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #6 TED/TEDActive

On the occasion of the signature event’s 30th anniversary, organizers breathed new life into the buzzy conferences by moving them north to Canada and creating new opportunities for engagement.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 5:30 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #5 Cisco Live

The tech company put a strategic focus on ambience and cohesiveness for the 2014 conference in its hometown of San Francisco.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 5:15 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #4 Summit Outside

The Summit Group turned its newly acquired ski resort into an unplugged mountainside mecca for meeting and networking.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 5:00 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #3 Sapphire Now

A dramatic redesign of the show floor and program gave guests more time and space for networking, plus drew high praise in post-event surveys.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 4:46 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #2 Dreamforce

The world’s largest software conference, hosted by the global cloud computing company Salesforce, is also setting new, lofty standards for corporate social responsibility.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 4:30 AM EST

Most Innovative Meetings 2014: #1 C2 Montréal

In just its third year, the unconventional conference has established a name for itself with a creative design, inventive networking strategies, and marquee speakers.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 4:15 AM EST

The 15 Most Innovative Meetings 2014

The conferences, conventions, trade shows, and meetings in North America proving the value—and advantage of—face-to-face gatherings in a digitally driven world.

Feature Posted December 9, 2014, 4:00 AM EST

What to Know Before Hosting a Virtual Trade Show

Successful online trade shows offer the content, networking, and product information of a traditional expo with the added convenience of access from any device, anywhere in the world.

Event Intelligence Posted November 25, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

Meeting Reboot: 20 Ideas to Freshen Up Company Gatherings

Here are some ideas, tricks, and apps to break the mold of the typical small or in-office meeting.

Event Intelligence Posted November 24, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

How the Attractions Expo Helped Exhibitors Get More Publicity

Find out about the variety of ways the organizers are helping exhibitors boost their media exposure.

Event Intelligence Posted November 20, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

How the Pool and Spa Expo Expanded On-Floor Education

Find out how organizers are addressing attendees’ desire for more knowledge and networking.

Event Report Posted November 6, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

Hello Kitty Marks 40 Years With First Fan Convention

With 25,000 enthusiasts in attendance, Sanrio's celebration for its iconic character brought retailers like Target and Sephora to Los Angeles to offer exclusive merchandise and on-site activities.

Event Report Posted November 6, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

8 Cost-Saving Strategies for Meetings

Learn how to minimize conference and meeting expenses with these budgeting tips from event professionals.

Event Intelligence Posted November 3, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

When and How to Host a Fully Virtual Event

Consider these tips to determine if it makes sense to eliminate the in-person option for your next meeting or event.

Event Intelligence Posted October 30, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Is Concern About Ebola Having an Impact on Events?

Event professionals share how the health issue is affecting their work and what they are hearing from attendees.

Readers' Forum Posted October 23, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Aviation Conference Adds Last-Minute Session on Ebola

Organizers of the National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition adapted the schedule to address interest in the subject.

News Posted October 21, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Report From IMEX 2014: 5 Trends Shaping Meetings Right Now and In the Future

At the fourth and largest installment of the incentive travel, meetings, and event show, the buzz was about the industry’s evolution.

Event Intelligence Posted October 16, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

Innovation Forum Speaker Preview: 5 Ways Your Meeting Is Boring

Ryan Begelman, C.E.O. of Bisnow Media, shares his tips for creating events that are anything but ordinary.

Event Intelligence Posted October 14, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Ebola Scare Prompts Health Screenings at Boston Conference

A medical expert recommends planners consider proactive measures to keep guests safe.

News Posted September 30, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

6 Events Using R.F.I.D. Technology to Improve the Guest Experience

From access control to attendee tracking, find out how planners are incorporating wireless technology into events.

Event Intelligence Posted September 4, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

5 Tips to Create Successful Incentive Travel Programs

Motivate employees and deliver a measurable return on investment by following these guidelines.

Event Intelligence Posted August 28, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How a Convention Surprised Fans With "Pop-Up Programming"

Find out why LeakyCon mixed clever, unscheduled moments into its five-day program.

Event Report Posted August 7, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Meet and Eat: 5 Recent Trends in Hotel Catering

Get inspired by the latest trends for your next corporate gathering.

The Scout Posted July 29, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

"StubHub for Hotels" Helps Planners Avoid Attrition Penalties

Roomer offers meeting planners help selling extra hotel inventory.

Event Intelligence Posted July 17, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

7 Creative Ideas to Attract New Attendees to Your Event

Check out these strategies focused on getting first-timers to your trade show or conference.

Event Intelligence Posted June 26, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

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