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Meeting Ideas

The strategy and design of conferences and trade shows continues to evolve as hosts embrace new models for engagement, social media integration, pricing, and sustainability. Here's a look at new design, strategy, and technology ideas for conventions, expos, and other types of meetings.


Trends for 2014

2014 Event Inspiration: 19 Trends for Trade Show Booths

Check out the design concepts, technology strategies, and engagement techniques top exhibit producers expect to see more of this year.

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

Hot Issues for Incentive and Meeting Planners in 2014

Crucial topics for the coming year include the rising costs of hotels and air travel and the need for strategies to address future political controversies.

News Posted December 10, 2013, 7:30 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

The 15 Most Innovative Meetings 2013

The conferences, conventions, trade shows, and meetings in North America that are successfully experimenting with new models and formats.

Feature Posted September 9, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT


Meeting Strategies

Why Creating Intimacy Is Still Important to Large Shows

As the Premiere Orlando International Beauty Show continues to grow, find out how organizers are creating new "priceless" experiences for attendees.

Event Intelligence Posted June 3, 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

8 Unique Ways to Encourage Conversation at Meetings

More planners are providing networking and community-building opportunities for attendees to make the most of their face-to-face time.

Idea File Posted May 28, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Does Your Event Need a "Director of Vibe"?

Find out why Cisco Live created a new position for its largest annual training and education conference.

Event Intelligence Posted May 27, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How Cisco Live Is Tapping Into the Power of Social Influencers

Find out how the event is generating millions of online impressions through a new program to engage social media specialists.

Event Intelligence Posted May 22, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT


Meeting Technology

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

Custom News Feed Creates Year-Round Engagement for Trade Show Exhibitors and Organizers

ExpoBee’s “Industry Tracker” is meant to help event hosts establish themselves as a valuable source of information for their attendees.

Event Intelligence Posted October 24, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Use GPS Tracking at Your Next Conference

Location-based services can be useful for both attendees and hosts. Here’s how.

Event Intelligence Posted September 17, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT


Decor, Catering & Gift Ideas

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

How to Jazz Up a Corporate Panel Discussion

Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association recently hosted a panel discussion that was bright, engaging, and anything but dry.

Event Report Posted May 21, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

What Luxury Trade Show Booths Look Like in Switzerland

This year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, a trade show in Geneva for luxury watchmaking brands, saw brands carve out distinct and highly styled sections to show off their wares.

Event Report Posted January 29, 2014, 4:36 PM EST

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