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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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Socially Conscious Meetings Are a Growing Trend

Gatherings that include cultural, environmental, or charitable components are what corporate groups want now.

Event Intelligence Posted August 21, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

How to Get Young Professionals to Your Trade Show

A recent exhibition survey showed that young attendees prefer printed programs, weekday events, and email communication.

News Posted August 14, 2014, 7:15 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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