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Pain in the brain of the meeting planner?

The pain was almost palpable at IMEX in Frankfurt. I talked to a few people clearly worried or expressing concern about the challenges to innovate and to move forward in the meeting industry. Some individual planners as well as some leaders from big organisations literally expressed their frustration with this challenge. They felt it was difficult and clients or staff didn't seem able to make the necessary innovation happen despite a few years of trying. But they couldn't put their finger on what is causing it...

Members at IMEX14 - see who is there?


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IMEX 14




Members at IMEX14 - see who is there?

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The Beginner's Guide to Why You Should Use Unique Hashtags for Event Social Media Success

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Hashtags can be found everywhere on the internet these days. The trend that first started on Twitter as a way to help users find other members with similar interests has now expanded to Facebook, Google+ and more.

The perfect world

Perfectionists takes so much time that in a perfect world, a day would last a week. Maarten Vanneste - If people would have tried to make the middle ages perfect, we would still live in the middle ages. Maarten Vanneste

Why you must be hand in glove with your potential participants

Attracting participants to conferences is one of the main challenges for all event organizers. What can help is making your event client-oriented and “exclusive”. Interesting topics, discussions of vital issues, famous speakers and thought-leaders, unusual event format... Right. But I'd like to focus on one of the best motivators for people to attend an event, that is personal engagement in preparation of this event. Conferences are organized for attendees, so that they get answers to their professional questions, share ideas and opinions, meet peers.

ABCDEF: are people tools?


Are people tools in the hands meeting architects, to influence participants? It sounds a bit weird but on the other side, it is about time we see professionals (and volunteers or staff) of all sorts as a category of tools in designing better meetings. Our participants are people and consciously deploying ‘non participant’ people to assist, facilitate, inspire, motivate and even drive meeting objectives is probably the most logic and maybe even the most effective thing we can do.

Meeting Design THE POWER OF THE CROWD

Meeting Design THE POWER OF THE CROWD How do you use the wisdom of the crowds? Participants attend conferences to gain more knowledge, but as a group they also bring with them a wealth of experience and brainpower. Those who exploit the full potential of the interaction contribute immense added value to their conference. The time is ripe for this, argue four specialists in the field of conferences and crowdsourcing.

It's a technological world

(IMEX ShowDaily3) An interviewed with Maarten Vanneste published on IMEX ShowDaily3, published on Thrusday, 23rd May 2013

It’s a technological world


The role of technology in the meetings business has evolved hugely in the past ten years and shows no sign of let up. Where once the Telex was cutting edge, organisers must now manage in an age of hybrid events, multi-screening and streamed live content. Technology is making today’s events more engaging than ever.
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