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Blog posts April 2015

Guide to Connectivity: How to be RFP and Contract Smart

April 30, 2015


Now that you understand Wi-Fi better and have completed your capacity checklist, it is abundantly clear to you the venue does not have enough bandwidth capacity to meet your meeting needs. Whether you are a novice or a highly experienced planner, sending out a RFP and subsequently negotiat…

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A Meeting Planner’s Guide to Connectivity: Evaluating Wi-Fi Systems

April 29, 2015

Let’s face it – for the first time in our lives, technology is changing faster than our ability to adapt to it. And with these changes, come the demand for more connectivity at every level, all the time. As tech offerings explode on the scene, how do you know if the meeting venue can handle your…

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A Meeting Planner's Guide to Connectivity: Terminology

April 28, 2015

Bring out Wi-Fi, bandwidth and access points. Add in video streaming and hybrid events. Stir gently with attendees, speakers and exhibitors. And voilà you have a recipe for too much, too little or the just the right amount of bandwidth for your meeting.

Why is connectivity so complicated? It…

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Leverage Facebook to Your Business Advantage

April 27, 2015

You are Invited to

An Hour of Power

“Leverage Facebook to
Your Business Advantage”


This program is FREE
but seating is limited to 12 individuals.

Coffee is included and networking encouraged.


Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 8-9 am    


Here ar…

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3 Knockout Ways to Make Your Next Event a True Winner

April 26, 2015

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and Co-Founder of Vayner Media, recently released a book titled: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World where he shares the many mistakes marketers make on social media every day. 

In today's blog I am going to highlight his talking po…

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7 Things That Can Sour Your Exhibitors' Experience

April 25, 2015


BizBash recently interviewed four seasoned event planners and exhibitors about their trade show complaints -- from rising costs to unsupportive staff – in an article titled, “23 Things that Drive Exhibitors Crazy”.

This article will focus on seven of these complaints and how Smart…

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10-Point Checklist to Take a Holiday from Your Party Planning Efforts

April 24, 2015

Do you feel overwhelmed in planning your company's holiday get together? Believe it or not, December is just 3 short weeks away and the parties will be here before you know it. Hopefully, you have figured out where to hold the event and have a rough idea of what is going to happen. However, ther…

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Technology Trend: 4 Audio Innovations

April 23, 2015

Are you missing out on the importance of a quality sound system for your meeting or event? Believe it or not, sound trumps everything else in your meeting, including a great speaker, video or presentation. If a video loses sound or a presenter’s mic cuts in and out, your audience will soon tune …

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Technology Trend: 4K 3D Glasses Free Displays

April 22, 2015


As an event organizer, one of your goals is to provide better visuals to "wow" your attendees. 


3D can definitely do the trick but you have probably been reticent to use this technology because of the need to put on those annoying, dorky glasses to realize the total effect. Thank…

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Unleash the Potential of LinkedIn

April 20, 2015

You are Invited to

An Hour of Power

“Unleash the Potential of LinkedIn”


This program is FREE but
seating is limited to 12 individuals.

Coffee is included and networking encouraged.


Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 8-9 am    


Here are the 3 takeaways…

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Technology Trend: Google Glass

April 19, 2015


Everyone's talking about, yet no one really understands how it will be used.  You know it as Google Glass. If this technology takes off, it will definitely have a place in the meeting and event industry.


This article will define what Glass is, prepare event organizers for this in…

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Technology Trend: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

April 18, 2015


In a recent study by Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), they polled 2,415 users from six countries and found many employees were very interested in BYOD and even willing to pay for them.


Here is a highlight of the study: 

  • With a strong BYOD policy, orga…

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Hoteliers: Give Your Groups a Good Night’s Sleep

April 17, 2015

This summer I stayed in a name-brand hotel in mid-town Manhattan for business. It was a relatively new venue and I wanted to give it a try. Plus it had great online customer reviews. Everything went well and I was prepared to give this hotel a big thumbs up until my last night of stay. This is h…

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The Dos and Donts of Hosting A Successful Holiday Party

April 16, 2015

Your corporate holiday gathering is just around the corner—and this year, you want it to be extra special for employees.

The team has gone above and beyond, and it’s time to celebrate hard-earned success. Rather than holding a boilerplate luncheon, you want to host a motivational and…

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10 Reasons Why Charging Stations are a “Must Have” for Trade Show Booths

April 15, 2015

If you did not know this already, conference attendees are addicted to their mobile devices. Since 86% of the world’s population owns a cellphone, according the United Nations Telecom Agency, is it any wonder that we are constantly trying to remain connected to each other?

Just take a look…

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Does Your Presentation Have Legs? 10 Killer Ways to Get It Going

April 14, 2015

One of the things most speakers and event organizers desire is for their presentation or meeting to live on and on in the digital stratosphere. If the proper planning takes place not only can this happen, but it can build brand awareness about your organization, products and events.

An "optim…

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TRADE SHOWS 101: The Reason, the Value and the Future of the Industry

April 13, 2015



Trade shows have been around for years and are intended to showcase and demonstrate each exhibitor's latest products and services.

In the past, booth personnel used to give tchotchkes away in an attempt to lure attendees to their booth. Many would walk off the floor with a…

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A Staff Appreciation Event That Has Success Written All Over It

April 12, 2015

Keeping your staff members loyal and motivated to perform for your organization’s success requires ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement. A staff appreciation program can provide the goodwill needed to motivate your staff to go the extra mile. In addition to enhancing your bottom line…

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AV Decisions Made Easy: 10 Reasons You Want to Outsource

April 11, 2015


Even though your organization owns some audio visual equipment, it is becoming increasingly apparent that your aged equipment and bare-bones staff is not in a position to keep up with the technological demands most speakers, attendees, and exhibitors desire. 

So now you are faced with …

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US Secretary of Transportation LaHood and US Congressman Ryan Visit Kent’s Multi-Modal Center

April 10, 2015

The Hon. Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Tim Ryan, U.S.Representative for the 13th District of Ohio, today joined John Drew, General Manager of PARTA and Jerry Fiala, Mayor of Kent, for a tour of the Kent Central Gateway in downtown Kent. This $26 million joint transit/city pro…

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