Meetings & Events

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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

1 week ago

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Kansas City’s New Convention Infrastructure Proves Its Commitment to Meetings and Events

Kansas City’s New Convention Infrastructure Proves Its Commitment to Meetings and Events

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Kansas City has developed into a prime meeting destination through its smartly connected infrastructure, innovative, yet accessible amenities, and a downtown that doubles as an urban playground.

1 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago