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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.

5 Ways to Help Attendees Navigate a Large Trade Show

From self-guided audio tours at the National Association of Broadcasters show to custom artwork at the SEMA Show, here are ways to make a large trade show more user-friendly.

Event Intelligence Posted March 11, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How a Three-Person Staff Produces an Event for 60,000 People

Here's the story behind the largest comic book event in the southeastern United States.

News Posted March 18, 2014, 7:15 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

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

How Shipping Crates Help Attendees Stay Productive

Social Media Week is offering several networking and meeting spaces, including some made out of shipping crates.

Event Intelligence Posted February 11, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

I.B.M. Uses Gamification to Encourage Offline and Online Connections

Find out how the tech giant used a game to drive engagement at its conference.

Event Intelligence Posted February 4, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

How One Simple Change Upped Attendance at This Trade Show

The P.G.A. Show created a new pricing plan and offered single-session tickets to address the needs of busy attendees.

Event Intelligence Posted January 28, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

How to Avoid Michael Bay's C.E.S. Flub at Your Next Event

Event professionals share tips on how they work with speakers to avoid potential embarrassments—and recover from them when all else fails.

Readers' Forum Posted January 14, 2014, 7:30 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

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

When Size Does Matter—for Meetings, That Is

How meeting professionals choose when to host large conventions and when to hold smaller, more intimate conferences.

Event Intelligence Posted October 11, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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

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

16 Ways to Help Your Exhibitors Get the Most Out of Trade Shows

Consider these ideas to help your exhibitors keep costs down, generate publicity, and drive traffic to their booths.

Event Intelligence Posted November 14, 2013, 7:30 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

Why Big City Mayors See a "Buyer's Market" for Meetings and Conventions

At the Center for Exhibition Industry Research's Predict conference, mayors shared how far they're willing to go to attract the top conventions.

News Posted October 7, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Are Value-Added V.I.P. Packages for Trade Shows Better Than Early Bird Pricing?

Microsoft’s new events chief, Scott Schenker, is challenging the assumption that discounts are the best way to entice people to register.

Event Intelligence Posted September 19, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Don't Make These Mistakes at Your Next Hybrid Event

Learn from these 14 mistakes shared by event professionals with first-hand experience in hybrid events.

Event Intelligence Posted September 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Lessons From Linux: How to Foster Collaboration at Meetings and Conferences

Here's a look at how the Linux Foundation helps developers work together on the leading open-source system in the world.

Event Intelligence Posted September 4, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

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