Set Fantastic Goals in 2018 - And Actually Meet Them

Have you ever set a goal, perhaps a New Year’s resolution, and been disappointed to realize later that you didn’t meet it? Of course, we all have. (Anyone who says they haven’t is either lying, or they just don’t set goals.) In fact, 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent actually meet them. Yikes. Set yourself up for success in 2018 by following these guidelines to create and keep fantastic goals.

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Stronger Together: Event Organization Partnerships

Regardless of your role in the event world, you know the industry is defined by the relationships you create and nurture. If you have a goal that would benefit from (or even necessitates) a partnership there are many facets to consider.

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New Features for Our Event App Customers

Today we're launching an update to the navigation manager for our mobile app platform.  It's full of features but built with a focus on quick adoption and easy-to-use tools.

 

 

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Event Contingency Plans

You've heard the age old adage of “hope for the best and plan for the worst.” But are you truly prepared for "the worst” to occur at your event? Many of us consider “the worst” to be the AV going down during a presentation or other procedural hiccups - not enough refreshments, running out of programs, etcetera. But what about true, life and death emergency scenarios - severe weather, heart attacks, allergic reactions, fire?

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New! Automated Profile Checking

Today we're launching a new feature called the "Profile Completeness Check" that allows show managers to see at a glance which exhibitors have incomplete profiles and then simplify the process of collecting that information.  This gives show managers a simple way to request missing pieces from all exhibitors at once, or fill in the missing pieces themselves, quickly.

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4 Critical Relationships for Event Services Professionals

Event services professionals is an umbrella under which many jobs can fall, and one individual can wear a variety of hats on any given day. Communication and partnership are often the keys you need to find success. Make your job easier and events run smoother by fostering relationships with these four critical groups.

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6 Trends Impacting Consumer & Festival Events

If you are an event director or promoter, you’ve got to stay on top of current trends to make sure you’re planning smarter, operating efficiently, and developing new revenue sources. Here are 6 trends you should be aware of and consider incorporating into your event(s).

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10 Necessary Elements for a Successful Association Website

There is no denying that websites are essential or that associations are unique models. Your websites are used to gain and keep members, plan events, educate, advertise, and serve as outreach. What elements are required to maintain a successful website for associations? We’ve addressed the 10 elements we think are most impactful.

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Stories from the "Front Lines": Events from a Volunteer's Perspective

Almost every event has volunteers of some kind, but how do you make the most of them when you’ve got hundreds of volunteers and 60,000+ attendees? Sam Cook tells us what he’s learned from working on the “front lines” of such a large event.

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It's All About the Experience

Conferences and workshops are typically packed full of content. But now that the internet is a universally available and accepted tool, most content information can be acquired in a few moments without leaving your desk. It's time for conferences to shift the focus from the content to the experience!

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Exhibit Hall Refresh

It's not 1995, or even 2005 - your event exhibit hall shouldn't feel like it does! Picture a typical exhibit hall: endless rows of vendors, each with a table, two chairs, and some kind of backdrop. It’s a bit daunting. And a bit boring.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Social Media: Become a Trusted Resource

Social media is an undeniable need for any business or organization today, but it can become a tricky asset to manage. What content is most important to share? How do you continue to gain and retain followers? How much is too much when it comes to talking about your own organization or product?

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Providing Real Value: Success isn't all About "Hacks" and "Tips"

There are so many professional conferences and events to choose from today that the best way to attract participants is to make sure that you are providing them the “best bang for their buck.” How? Allow your event to provide real value by focusing on problem solving core concepts versus a list of life/career hacks.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly From a Trade Show Newbie

When I started with Map Dynamics a little over a year ago, I hadn't been to a single trade show. Now that I've got a few under my belt, I'm starting to lose my newbie status, but before I do, I wanted to take some time to share my thoughts on attending shows with little to no previous experience.

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Best Practices for Using an Interactive Map

Interactive Trade Show Maps are growing in popularity throughout the Expo Industry. Though they have been around for at least a decade, the increase in demand for information at the fingertips of exhibitors and attendees means that the ability to display an exhibit hall in an easy to use digital way is in higher demand than ever before. 

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Budgeting Tips for Event Managers

In the quest to fulfill the vision, a little thing called budget is often overlooked when making the plans and arrangements for a show. If you go over the set budget, you will be cutting into your profit margin. So what’s the best way to make your team and supervisors happy without overspending? These tips will help keep you on track as you plan for your upcoming trade show.

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Trade Show Managers: Keep Exhibitors Happy with These 10 Tips

A successful trade show means show management and exhibitors need to be on the same page and able to work together. How can both parties collaborate without fighting over their ideas for the event? Follow these tips and everyone will be happier and more relaxed when the time for the event has come.

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How Infographics Can be a Powerful Trade Show Exhibit Promotional Tool

When it comes to promoting your trade show exhibit event, innovation is where it’s at. Right now, the hot trend is infographics. Long form content and blog posts are still alive and well, and you should definitely use them. However, failing to latch on to powerful new promotional tools could keep you from getting as many trade show exhibit booths at your next event as you otherwise could have.

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Tips for Promoting Your Trade Show Exhibit Event

Preparing for a trade show exhibit event brings with it a long list of important things to remember to do. On the top of that list is promotion of your event—and if promotion isn't high on your priority list, it should be! Check out these five tips for promoting your trade show exhibit event that will allow you to check "promotion" off your list!

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3 Reasons to Add Digital Billboards to Your Trade Show Technology Arsenal

When you have something to say and you want the whole world to know about it, what do you do? You put it on a billboard, of course!

Today, one of the hottest commodities in the trade show technology world is digital billboards. Here are three reasons why you should use these brightly lit advertising tools to help you prepare for and promote your trade show events.

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