1. MEDIA CREATING MORE EVENTS TO BOOST REVENUES, BRANDING: Media companies such as Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and The Wall Street Journal increasingly see conferences and events as key to their bottom lines and are creating new gatherings despite concerns over conflicts of interest. New York Times: “For the media companies, the benefits go beyond revenue. Live events promote their brand. They help companies give more prominence to valuable employees whom they want to reward. And interviews and panel discussions supply entertaining and cheap video content that can be used for other purposes and sold. In addition, conferences could generate news that would be covered by other organizations.” http://nyti.ms/190FLax
2. PETITION CALLS FOR END OF JAY Z AND BARNEYS PARTNERSHIP: After the department store was accused of racially profiling two shoppers, people are pressuring Jay Z to cancel his holiday sales partnership with Barneys and have criticized him for not speaking out. In a response on his Web site, though, the rap mogul said he was waiting for more information and defended the deal as providing proceeds for his foundation. Hollywood Reporter: “I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn't harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.” http://bit.ly/1c7VyE3
3. BRANDS TAKE NOTE: NEW RULES FOR PINTEREST CONTESTS: Planning a contest on Pinterest? The social media site is enforcing new rules to make it more difficult to launch certain types of promotions. AdWeek: “These updates come (probably not coincidentally) as Pinterest staffers have been in a lengthy email exchange with influential mom blogger Amy Lupold Bair, who had registered the trademark for the term “pinning party.” When she attempted to enforce the trademark on other virtual party hosts, Pinterest's legal team told her to stop—and that her pinning parties for brand clients were in violation of their promotion guidelines anyway. But when Lupold Bair asked for specifics on how a Pinterest promotion could or should be run, it soon became clear that the guidelines are complicated, poorly communicated (by Pinterest's own admission) and currently being observed by almost no one.” http://bit.ly/1ajdTwS
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
Event professionals may not know as much as they think, according to an online quiz of audiovisual, lighting, staging, and slide presentation questions from the Event Leadership Institute. The average score on its online self-assessment test in technical meeting and event production S]skills was 49 out of 100. The institute will conduct a four-week online course on the subject starting November 5.
* LOCAL NEWS *
ATLANTA: Four organizations—Meeting Professionals International Georgia chapter, Georgia Society of Association Executives, International Special Events Society greater Atlanta chapter, and National Speakers Association Georgia chapter are sponsoring Industry Week 2013, six events for industry professionals, that begin November 9.
CHICAGO: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo will he held at McCormick Place April 25-27.
LONDON: Event management software firm Eventsforce announced a partnership with Austin, Texas-based event marketing analytics provider Alliance Tech to collaborate on new products.
LOS ANGELES: The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, which benefits Amfar, is December 12 at Milk Studios. Josh Wood Productions is producing the event, which will be hosted by Chelsea Handler and feature a performance by Grace Jones.
The nonprofit organization Back on My Feet is launching a Los Angeles chapter today to help the homeless through running. Activities include running shoe fittings and giveaways, a one-mile run, and a breakfast in which guests are invited to wear business dress with a favorite pair of sneakers.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Construction of the 403-room Palm Beach County Convention Center Hilton Hotel will start following a ground-breaking ceremony December 6.
Fashion for Charity’s “A Night In Havana” contemporary art and fashion exhibition event is November 14 at the Coral Gables Museum. The event plans to evoke Cuba in the 1950s through music, cocktails and food, cigar rolling, silent auction, dancing and entertainment.
NEW YORK: Ballet Hispanico will perform at the Apollo Theater November 23. The event is sponsored by Goya Foods.
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner November 6 at the Waldorf Astoria ballroom.
Monarch rooftop lounge is launching “Jazz Under the Stars,” which will feature live music from Lush Life every Monday beginning November 4.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
TORONTO: The 25th Anniversary CIBC Celebration of Hope took place on Sunday at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa.
An event to preview the new collection from Vawk and eBay will take place at eBay Inc. on November 6. It will offer snacks, cocktails, and a chance to meet Vawk creative director Sunny Fong.
WASHINGTON: Washington Business Journal: “The owners of the Regal Cinemas theater opening next year at Dulles Town Center appear to be interested in possibly letting the establishment serve beer and wine.” http://bit.ly/Hm10sF
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