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WHY USE A MEETING PROFESSIONAL?

“Are Meeting Planners really worth the money? Wouldn’t it be easier to do by myself? How hard can it be?” These are just a few questions that can be posed when hit with the daunting task of planning a meeting. The truth is, whether your business is hosting a one-day meeting in your office or a…

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BIG CHANGES ARE COMING TO AVQUOTE.COM!

AVQuote.com is currently under going some construction to bring you a sleeker, more simplified site! It will now be easier than ever to get your audio visual quote without all of the guess work. Keep checking in to see what new exciting things are happening!   Our team has also been making our rounds in the…

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHARE!

Have you recently had an experience that you just had to share with others? Maybe the meeting you were working on for months finally came and went with better than expected results? Share! Meeting professionals better themselves through trial and error, some of that being that of others. Good or bad, every story can offer…

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USE THE SMARTPHONE OBSESSION TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!

Smartphones are everywhere and encouraging your audience to put them away can be challenging.  Why not leverage the direct line of communication to your advantage?  These days, most big shows and conventions have custom apps that include simple scheduling and appointment tracking features. DIY solutions like Eventmobi (eventmobi.com) make it easy enough for events of…

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WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN MEETING TECHNOLOGY?

When Smart Meetings asked an expert panel of meeting technology professionals what the most significant changes in the industry over the last five years were, Tara Thomas, VP of Global Marketing for Certain, Inc., chimed in; “Over the past five years, the technology space has changed drastically. With the emergence of social media channels, mobile…

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MEETING PLANNERS ARE EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO GO HYBRID!

This spring, MPI released a report that made the importance of today’s hybrid meetings apparent. In order to keep meeting attendance on the rise, planners are learning and embracing new technology that helps to blend traditional meetings with today’s virtual meetings. There is hardly a meeting today that doesn’t have some sort of hybrid element…

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MEET CHICAGO OFFERED EDUCATION, EXCITING NEW VENUES, EVENT TECHNOLOGY, AND MORE!

HSMAI MEET Chicago 2013 kicked off this week and there was plenty to attract meeting professionals from across the country! The trade show floor was alive with vendors offering information about the latest and greatest the Meetings Industry has to offer. Educational sessions were not something to be missed this year, either. Of Keynote speaker,…

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CREATIVE LIGHTING CAN TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE!

Technology moves fast, and the event and planning industry must be on the forefront of that.  Lighting can completely change the way planners look at empty, drab rooms.  Today, uplights have become commonplace in room décor. Pipe and drape along with strategically placed uplighting can transform your cold empty room into a warm, inviting space…

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HSMAI’S MEET MID-AMERICA IS COMING TO CHICAGO

“Education today needs to engage, inform, and excite the audience. The innovative program at HSMAI’s MEET will provide those aspects and introduce meeting and event planners to a new way of looking at educational programming for their own events.” -Vicky A. Betzig, CMP and President/Owner of Meetings Industry Consulting. Get engaged at this year’s HSMAI…

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