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Thumbs Up: A Positive Meetings Forecast Predicted for 2015

June 29, 2017

thumbs up predictions, Mulligan Management Group, predictions for 2015, American Express Meetings & EventsAmerican Express Meetings & Events recently completed their worldwide 2015 forecast and found that most meeting indicators were positive even in light of increased compliance, global expansion and innovative virtual meeting options.

Today’s blog post will focus on the key indicators from this rep…

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8 Great Items to Have on Your Peer Review Checklist

June 29, 2017

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Many times even planners have very short notice to plan a peer review. This is where a lot of details can be lost and budgets can experience cost overruns.

In order to avoid this problem, I have put together a peer review checklist to ensure your event goes off without a hitch while keeping y…

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10 Terrific Tips to Plan Better Association Meetings

June 27, 2017

Unlike corporations where meeting attendance is mandatory, association planners need to entice and pull attendees into their conference. Due to regional limitations, budget constraints and members trying to deal with more work in less time, selling your conference may not be a walk in the pa…

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The Highs and Lows of FAM Trips

June 26, 2017

Every meeting planner, whether they are an association, corporate or independent one, are offered a FAM sometime during the course of their career. Some have been on just a few, while others have been around the world. There are many advantages to taking a FAM, but destination organizations …

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3 Killer Ways to Help Attendees Get the Most Out of a Networking Event

June 21, 2017

Every large meeting and conference has a networking element to it in which attendees either love it or hate it. Most extroverted participants look forward to the networking element, especially if they have come to this event multiple times. However, what about the first-time or introverted attendee?…

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Tips to Make the Planet Greener

June 21, 2017

 

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans came together to demonstrate for more environmental action from the government, which we now refer to as Earth Day. Out of their movement, such legislation as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed by Congress. Today, mor…

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The Real Reasons People "Like" Your Facebook Page

June 20, 2017

Now that you have hundreds or thousands of fans for your page, what's next? Have you often wondered how to get them to be more active and engaged? 

This seems to be the main struggle with any business, whether they obtained their fans through a paid or organic search method. How do you keep …

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What Every Event Planner Can Learn from Thanksgiving

June 20, 2017

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Have you ever considered what you might learn from this gathering when planning your next meeting or conference?

Here are 5 simple things we can all garner from this day of food, rest, and relaxation!

#1: You always know the day. 

Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November. Alw…

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5 Tips to Increase Your Google Ranking

June 20, 2017

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Are you looking to drive more visibility and traffic to your business? Duh! Of course, you are! Google recently announced changes to their ranking algorithm that will provide more relevant results to the user, based on the criteria of their search. This new search system will bring fresher conte…

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Is Your Hotel DIY Ready?

June 19, 2017

Your hotel marketing staff probably works very hard with interior designers, furniture reps and audio visual and IT technicians to provide the best design with state-of-the-art technology, money can buy. When you provide site tours and FAM trips, your staff is quick to point out all the enhancements…

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Are You Addressing the Black Bears in Your Business?

May 28, 2017

Two days ago, a friend and I were finishing the last leg of a 40-mile, moderately difficult piece of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Even though we knew there were black bears in the Shenandoah National Park, I thought the odds of coming face-to-face with one was very remote and quite frankly...…

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The Secret Sauce That Gets Attendees Returning Every Year

May 8, 2017

These 4 Ingredients Will Hook Them

 

Let’s face these facts: Without attendees, you have no meeting. And without a key group of attendees that return year-after-year, your marketing time and effort to secure new ones goes up, up, up.

So, what is the value of a repeat attendee? It is …

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6 Ways to Save on Event Rentals

April 12, 2017

  If you are like me when planning a meeting or event, the rentals portion of the budget can consume your time and energy. But it doesn’t have to; if you just have the courage to ask the right questions to your boss, stake holders and most importantly, your rental vendor.

Here are some tips I …

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Is the “Luck of the Irish” With Your Business Today?

March 17, 2017

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and it will certainly be a day filled with good tidings, green clothing and beer. Your town may even be blessed with a parade to celebrate the hard-working Irish men and women who were, and continue to be, the fabric of our country.

But what does the “Luck of the Iris…

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3D Printers Change the Way We Think and Create

March 16, 2017

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Imagine this: You access a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, create some gizmo, store your file on the cloud and make it accessible to anyone with a 3D printer. Seems farfetched right? Not really.

3D printers, for the first time ever, are allowing individuals to customize and print product…

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Suicide Prevention: Do you know the signs?

March 9, 2017

As we wrap up Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect, remember and talk more in depth about awareness and prevention. While keeping a loved one from committing suicide is not 100% preventable, there are detectable signs for which you can start and keep t…

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Alcoholism is a Family Disease

March 2, 2017

 

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Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is characterized by uncontrollable drinking or the obsession with alcohol. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is estimated there are up to 3 million new cases of alcoholism per year.

Unlike heart disease and cancer, this disease is self-diagnosable. …

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3 Tips to Limit No-Shows at Your Event

February 12, 2017

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No-shows and last minute cancelations are one of the biggest worries event planners have because they can have a significant impact on the food and beverage budget, as well as, the overall profitability of the conference.

The average no-show rate for paid events is 10%, while free events …

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Meeting Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them

February 10, 2017

 

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Halloween is just around the corner and in the spirit of the season, it seems only fitting to share meeting and event planning horror stories that attendees have experienced throughout the year. None of these incidents are particularly problematic and most can be avoided with good communic…

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Meetings Mean Business: 4 Key Indicators of Their Overall Value

December 29, 2016

meetings mean business, Mulligan Management GroupMeetings Mean Business recently launched the above video and updated their findings about the number of meetings, GDP effect and taxes generated from meetings. In fact, the meeting industry's contribution to the GDP was greater than the motion picture, performing arts and spectator sports industries…

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