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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

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

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

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

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

20 Conference Design Ideas From C2MTL

The Montreal conference, which merges creativity and commerce, was full of inventive concepts this year—all designed to engage attendees.

Event Report Posted June 4, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Measure the Social Success of Your Event in Real Time

By looking at social data, C2MTL planners could see the speakers and topics that resonated with attendees.

News Posted June 3, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

See a Company Meeting's Bakery-Inspired Decor

Planners used edible decor to bring the history of Weston Family Foods to life at its annual group meeting.

Event Report Posted May 28, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Grab-and-Go Golf: Ship Clubs to Local Meetings

An online service ships golf clubs to and from resorts, lightening the load for event attendees.

The Scout Posted May 8, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

17 Ways to Use Google Glass at Events

Event professionals currently testing Google’s wearable device suggest ways to incorporate it into events and meetings.

Event Intelligence Posted March 6, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

New App Turns Smartphones Into Microphones

See how a new app connects audience members’ smartphones to an event's or meeting’s sound system.

News Posted March 4, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

13 Lessons About Event Communications From the Boston Marathon Bombing

At P.C.M.A.'s Convening Leaders conference, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association discussed how it managed to conduct its annual meeting in Boston just two days after the bombing.

News Posted January 23, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

Tina Brown’s 12 Tips for an Engaging Event

The former editor has turned her attention to live events, which she says have the unique ability to create an emotional connection between guests. At her talk for P.C.M.A.'s Convening Leaders conference, she shared the crucial elements of a successful event.

Event Intelligence Posted January 21, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

Best of 2013: 9 Tech Tools You Should Know About

Check out our picks for some of the most useful apps and online systems that can be used for your next event.

News Posted December 12, 2013, 7:45 AM EST

Inside a Zappos Employee Meeting: 11 Things You Won’t See at Any Other Company

An executive in a loincloth, a dig at Kanye West, and a box of tarantulas were among the unusual touches at the Zappos quarterly meeting.

Event Report Posted December 9, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

How to Shake Up Your Meetings

At the 2013 Event Innovation Forum in New York, Bloomberg L.P.'s head of global events, Thom Casadonte, shared strategies for keeping meetings fresh.

News Posted November 27, 2013, 2:57 PM EST

5 Ways to Liven Up a Business Conference Agenda

Quartz experimented with different presentation formats to create a dynamic new conference.

Event Intelligence Posted November 26, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

Local, Diverse, and Happy: the 2014 Meeting Trends You Need to Know About

The IMEX Group offers trends for the coming year, developed with content from its conferences in Las Vegas and Frankfurt.

News Posted November 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EST

IMEX America 2013: What the Meeting Industry Is Talking About Right Now

From politics and industry advocacy to corporate social responsibility and sustainability, several themes echoed through the convention at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

News Posted October 17, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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