Meetings & Events

Would You Buy Your Next Event Tickets on Instagram?

Would You Buy Your Next Event Tickets on Instagram?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Engagement with social media for planners and marketers is moving beyond hashtags and sponsored posts into a competitive marketplace for digital ticket distribution. This won't really affect associations and B2B conferences immediately, but make sure to track the trend as consumer events experiment with distribution over social networks.

10 hours ago

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How CES is Rethinking Las Vegas as a Global Innovation Distribution Channel

How CES is Rethinking Las Vegas as a Global Innovation Distribution Channel

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority + Skift

Conference organizers are starting to tap into local innovators in their host cities to create more value for event attendees. The relationship between CES and Las Vegas paints an optimistic picture for the future of meetings and destinations, one that shows how communities can collaborate to drive industry and society forward.

4 days ago

Event Dining Costs and Complexity Rise in the Instagram Age

Event Dining Costs and Complexity Rise in the Instagram Age

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Dining has become an integral part of the travel experience in recent years while remaining somewhat secondary for many meetings and events. Events are now working to leverage quality food and beverage options without breaking the bank.

4 days ago

Planners and Hotels Wrestle With Rising Costs as Event Dining Evolves

Planners and Hotels Wrestle With Rising Costs as Event Dining Evolves

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

As social media shines a spotlight on dining experiences, delegate expectations are placing pressure on food and beverage budgets. Meeting organizers don’t just have to deal with allergies and intolerances; they also have to wow attendees while keeping costs under control.

5 days ago

Small Events Try to Avoid the Cookie-Cutter Approach

Small Events Try to Avoid the Cookie-Cutter Approach

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Meeting venues are finding the value in flexibility, especially for smaller events that don't want to be stuck with one boring option. Designing a creative experience is easier when the site embraces variety.

2 weeks ago

Flexible Meeting Spaces Become Common as Small Events Evolve

Flexible Meeting Spaces Become Common as Small Events Evolve

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Venues are getting smarter about designing space in a more flexible way to enable more creative events. This is a welcome change as companies and groups gravitate away from the tired old meeting concepts and toward more memorable, experiential events.

2 weeks ago

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New Skift Report: Leveraging Local Innovation in the Las Vegas Meetings Industry

New Skift Report: Leveraging Local Innovation in the Las Vegas Meetings Industry

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority + Skift

Las Vegas is becoming a world leader in autonomous systems, drone tech, esports, and other emerging industries. Those clusters of local expertise offer a growing value proposition for conference organizers who want to tap into the future of innovation.

3 weeks ago

C2 Refines Formula as Global Growth Beckons

C2 Refines Formula as Global Growth Beckons

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Designing a conference like a festival leads to some edges and messy experiences that challenge and confuse attendees. It will be fascinating to see how the concept fares as it is exported to a diverse range of global destinations.

3 weeks ago

CEO Interview: C2 Montreal Evolves With Global Aspirations

CEO Interview: C2 Montreal Evolves With Global Aspirations

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

C2 may be past the point of reinventing itself as it looks to export its brand of experiential business conferences around the world. Yet, the tweaks it has made to its hallmark event demonstrate the work to scale its interactive festival as its popularity surges.

3 weeks ago

How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

How Much Technology Is Too Much For Events?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Event planners know technology can enhance the attendee experience if deployed appropriately. How much technology is too much, though, remains an open question.

4 weeks ago

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Planners Conflicted Over Mobile Technology as Tool or Distraction

Robin Amster, Skift

The growth of mobile meeting apps presents planners with a dilemma filled with irony. Are the apps — aimed at facilitating and enhancing the meeting experience — actually diminishing the kind of face-to-face interactions that are the very purpose of on-site events?

4 weeks ago

Moving Toward an Augmented Future

Moving Toward an Augmented Future

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Mobile platforms are making it easier to develop augmented reality experiences. The opportunity is emerging for conferences and events to make a big impact on the event experience through new and intuitive digital tools.

1 month ago