Meetings and Events Coverage

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Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Two event tech startups, Bizzabo and Gather, have raised millions in funding to help businesses and restaurants manage and grow events. The companies are benefiting from a 2019 Megatrend that Skift summarized as "real-world experiences gain value in an era of tech burnout."

1 month ago

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

How Event Planners Deal With Digital Distraction

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

You can’t really fight the contemporary addiction to smartphones. Instead, come up with creative ways to inject events with IRL engagement accompanied by digital tools that enhance the event experience.

1 month ago

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

How to Keep Meeting Attendees Off Their Smartphones

Rayna Katz, Skift

In the era of smartphones, the traditional meeting format of a presenter with a slide deck is no longer acceptable. Meeting organizers are deploying various strategies to keep attendees focused.

1 month ago

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

The Psychology Behind Room-Block Bookings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event organizers need to do a better job educating attendees on the perks of booking a hotel stay in their room block. Otherwise, more people will simply book through the channels they prefer.

2 months ago

Room-Block Perks for Conference Guests Need More Promotion

Room-Block Perks for Conference Guests Need More Promotion

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It turns out loyalty status and the power of the corporate card are a couple of reasons conference attendees don’t book inside a hotel block. Event organizers should do a better job informing attendees of the perks that come from booking with the group.

2 months ago

Flexible Meetings Remain Popular Even as Costs Increase

Flexible Meetings Remain Popular Even as Costs Increase

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Meetings designed around flexible spaces are a great idea, but they increase both cost and complexity for planners who may not have the proper resources to make the most of them.

2 months ago

Demand for Flexible Meeting Spaces Increases, But Who Can Pay for Them?

Demand for Flexible Meeting Spaces Increases, But Who Can Pay for Them?

Chris Ryall, Skift

Venues are enticing meeting planners with innovative and technology-driven flexible meeting spaces. Meeting planners have embraced these creative spaces but a major challenge remains: budget.

2 months ago

Is Co-Working More Than a Gimmick?

Is Co-Working More Than a Gimmick?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As co-working companies push further into the traditional meetings and events space, some in the hotel business say there's no replacement for the quality that traditional hospitality companies provide.

2 months ago

Forget Gimmicks, Relationships Matter to Event Planners

Forget Gimmicks, Relationships Matter to Event Planners

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It may be old-fashioned, but all the technology and marketing in the world can't beat a strong personal relationship between a destination and meeting planners.

2 months ago

Destinations Still Rely on Relationships to Attract Events

Destinations Still Rely on Relationships to Attract Events

Chris Ryall, Skift

Some convention and visitor bureaus have turned to technology gimmicks and other new methods to highlight their destination’s finest attributes but personal relationships and experience remain vital. Relationships really do matter.

2 months ago

Eventbrite’s International Growth Hits Major Snag

Eventbrite’s International Growth Hits Major Snag

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Going global in the events sector is tough. Eventbrite has the added pressure of being a public company, and investors have soured on the company's potential despite its ambitious plans for a global event technology platform.

2 months ago

Eventbrite Off to Fragile Start as Public Company With Revenue Concerns

Eventbrite Off to Fragile Start as Public Company With Revenue Concerns

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Is the bottom falling out for Eventbrite? Not really, but it needs to turn a corner soon to make investors more confident in its future. It takes time and money to build a global platform, and it looks like Eventbrite could be running out of time.

3 months ago