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  • DON’T BE A CYBER CRIME STATISTIC

    24 Jul 0 Comments

    As a meeting professional your life is constantly on-the-go: meeting clients all day at different locations, traveling in your car, attending meetings and conferences, and sitting at local coffee shops or restaurants. As someone who is always traveling, the Internet is what keeps us in sync with everything that is

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  • HARNESS THE POWER OF YOUR ATTENDEES

    13 Jul 0 Comments

    How would you like a way to provide free promotion for not only your event, but your exhibitors as well? Most phones today have cameras (even older flip phones!) and today people are using those cameras with social media to broadcast more and more of their lives to the world.

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  • NO POWER CORDS NEEDED

    24 Jun 0 Comments

    What if you did not have to think about the annoyance of power at an event? It is a small detail, but can sometimes be the most tedious and difficult conversation. Sennheiser has come out with a wireless loudspeaker system, LSP 500 PRO, that can support indoor and outdoor events

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  • INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR EVENT SPACE

    18 Jun 0 Comments

    As an event planner there are always those occasions when there was simply not enough space. Not enough space to accommodate guest seating or interaction and/or not enough space to set up the technology for the event. Now, your prayers have been answered and your problems have been solved thanks

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  • YOUR AV CHEAT SHEET

    27 Apr 0 Comments

    The AV aspect in event planning is very essential! The most basic meetings and elaborate celebrations require AV in order to create a well-executed event. AV technology applies to all aspects of an event beginning with the venue type all the way down to the smallest piece of décor. It

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  • VALUE OR COST? WHICH WILL DETERMINE YOUR NEXT EVENT?

    14 Apr 0 Comments

    Events that turn out to be complete disasters never fade from the memory of the attendees. Who is to blame? The AV company or the venue? With the rate at which technology is advancing and the desire to ‘wow’ guests, there is no reason for any event to be less

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  • ARE YOUR GUESTS ENGAGED?

    02 Apr 0 Comments

    By now almost everyone has been to a conference or event that in some way included your mobile device. (We have touched on a number of innovative platforms here before). These days we want our guests to be on their phones. Recently, MPI held their TECHON conference here in Chicago.

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  • STAYING ON TOP!

    17 Mar 0 Comments

    Next week we have our annual Director’s Conference in Tampa, Florida (great idea since our corporate offices are in Chicago where it’s currently about 17 degrees!).  Once a year, we gather the Directors of all of our properties across the country to reflect on the past year and discuss what the

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  • HOW EFFECTIVE ARE HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMS?

    05 Mar 0 Comments

    Up until a couple of years ago, you may not hav heard the term “Hosted Buyer.” Presently, Hosted Buyer Programs are becoming much more prevelant in the meetings industry but are they really effective? The answer seems to be “Yes!” Ever since the very first programs in the late 1980′s,

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  • ARE YOU STREAMING YET?

    20 Feb 0 Comments

    Streaming is a great way to trim costs for organizations while expanding the reach of your message. There are numerous services that offer simple, turnkey streaming packages without breaking your budget. These companies will come out with all the equipment, personnel, and internet infrastructure needed to record all of your

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  • DO YOUR MEETINGS MAKE SENSE?

    24 Jan 0 Comments

    Not everyone may appreciate the importance of sensory experiences in meetings, and I’m here to change their minds. When searching for a vacation destination, relaxation and tranquility are often kept in mind. We want some time to decompress and really take in our surroundings. Why not apply that when planning

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  • WHY USE A MEETING PROFESSIONAL?

    12 Jan 0 Comments

    “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

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  • BIG CHANGES ARE COMING TO AVQUOTE.COM!

    17 Dec 0 Comments

    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

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  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHARE!

    05 Dec 0 Comments

    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

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  • USE THE SMARTPHONE OBSESSION TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!

    24 Nov 0 Comments

    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

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  • WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN MEETING TECHNOLOGY?

    02 Nov 0 Comments

    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

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  • MEETING PLANNERS ARE EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO GO HYBRID!

    08 Oct 0 Comments

    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

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

    04 Oct 0 Comments

    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

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  • CREATIVE LIGHTING CAN TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE!

    29 Sep 0 Comments

    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

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  • HSMAI’S MEET MID-AMERICA IS COMING TO CHICAGO

    25 Sep 0 Comments

    “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

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  • AVQUOTE.COM VISITS HSMAI’S MEET IN SAN DIEGO!

    05 Sep 0 Comments

    AVQuote.com had a great time in San Diego for HSMAI’s MEET! We had the chance to meet so many hard-working meeting and event planners. Next stop, Washington DC for the National show! Register now and make sure to visit us September 3rd-4th! http://www.meetconference.com/national/meet-national/why-meet

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  • HOW CAN I USE MY IPAD FOR BUSINESS AND PRESENTATIONS?

    20 Aug 0 Comments

    With the introduction of the iPad, technology made a drastic change. It only makes sense that the iPad be integrated into presentations. There are now many different apps available that will not only make your life easier as a planner, but also help create professional, creative presentations sure to wow

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  • NEWS FROM MPI WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS 2012

    13 Aug 0 Comments

    On Sunday,  MPI announced a revolutionary strategic partnership Hospitality Sales and Marketing International (HSMAI) that leverages both organizations’ knowledge, training, professional development and marketplace opportunities to enhance their respective members’ experience, value and industry relevance. In this new partnership, MPI will provide its industry leading education for meeting planners at

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  • MEETING PLANNERS EXPECTING SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRY GROWTH

    11 Aug 0 Comments

    In a recent article in Successful Meetings,  Matt Alderton summarized the findings of the IMEX America Index of Optimism, released recently by The IMEX Group. It shows that Meeting Planners are looking forward to increases in budget and total meetings. As much as 58% of planners saw a slight increase in

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  • GET RESULTS!

    25 Jul 0 Comments

    It used to be that event organizers handled all the planning, execution and logistics of a meeting and left the rest of the coordination to the executives and the sales team. But in today’s competitive and digital environment, this is no longer the case. Sales reps want qualified leads and

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  • GET TO KNOW MPI’S NEWEST CEO

    06 Jun 0 Comments

    In April, MPI named Paul Van Deventer as the association’s new CEO and president. Did you know that Mr. Van Deventer is involved in many “extra-curricular activities” such as his children’s school board, an educational facility for inner city children in Detroit, and a homless shelter? He may be a

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