Event Key Performance Indicators: Metrics To Measure Your Events – Episode 124

August 14, 2018

Today we are talking all about event key performance indicators (KPI).  Key performance indicators are the measurable outcomes that measure event success. This can be confusing, what exactly are we measuring? Why do I need to do this? Who is defining the metrics? How will you measure them? Today we will answer all this and more!

Today our iconic guest Daniil Shcherbakov of Radario Marketing Platform will be discussing everything you must know about measuring event key performance indicators. So if you are still wondering what sort of metrics you should be measuring? Do you need a data analyst on your team? What is the best way to collect feedback from attendees and so much more you are in the right place. Let’s jump in!

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The Role of A Creative In Events – Episode 123

August 7, 2018

Do you ever feel like your events are missing something but you aren’t sure what? Do you find yourself wishing that you had better content, interesting videos and more. If so you may be missing a creative role from your event team. They are visionaries who help tell your story, take your visions and make it a reality. On top of that, they make sure your overall concept is cohesive and all your details are covered. If you want to have an amazing event you need really look into adding the role of a creative in events.

Creatives can understand your overall vision and turn it into a reality. That all sounds great, but where do you find them? What should you look for when hiring a creative? If you have a million questions running through your head right now don’t fear! Our iconic guests Mark Joseph Howell of Mark Joseph Creative will walk you through everything you need to know creatives in the events industry. We will discuss hiring a creative, what to consider for content, jack of all trades vs specialists, projection mapping,  and so much more! This episode covers everything about the role of a creative in events. Let’s jump in!

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Trends in Incentive Programs – Episode 122

July 31, 2018

Incentive programs are a big piece of the events industry. The expectations for incentive programs continue to change. It’s no longer only salespeople that are getting rewarded. Companies are focusing on many other aspects and objectives to reward too such as customer retention.  As an event planner, you need to be ready and aware of these changes!

In this episode of #EventIcons our iconic guests Padraic Gilligan of SoolNua, and Megg Withinton of Intellective Group will cover everything you need to know about incentive programs. They will cover the differences between incentive organizations. Next, our guests will answer, how hospitality trends are being included in today’s incentive programs. What has changed in what companies are looking for in their incentive trip experiences and so much more. You don’t want to miss this episode if you are planning incentive programs! Speaking of planning, check out our corporate event planning checklist for more ideas!

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How To Succeed With Event Operations – Episode 121

July 24, 2018

What is event operations? Well, it depends on who you ask but to us, event operations are the people behind your event that you often don’t see and hear. They are the team at your event doing the actual execution. Operations do everything they can to keep your event running smoothly, from organizing execution to creating processes.

In today’s episode of #EventIcons our guests Chris Roberts of EventOps, Liz Lathan of Haute Dokimazo are here to talk about everything needed to succeed in event operations. From the skillsets needed for a career in event operations to measuring success in operations with metrics we have you covered! If you want to make sure your event is running smooth then you can’t afford to miss this episode!

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#MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Events – Episode 120

July 10, 2018

The #Metoo movement is an international movement against sexual harassment and assault. It has empowered people throughout the world and given a voice to the voiceless. As long as you haven’t been under a rock you have seen the movement gaining power in Hollywood and beyond. It is not a trend or a fad. It’s not new, it’s real and here to stay. It also doesn’t only affect women, men and women alike need to be apart of this and work together to end sexual harassment and assault. Like all industries, the event industry has been affected by these issues as well. Today we will be looking at the many nuances of this movement and what we can do in the meetings and events industry to support equality and communication about this issue.

In today’s episode of #EventIcons our guests Sarah Soliman of Soliman Productions and  Courtney Stanley of CS Consultingare going to take us through the difficult topics the #MeToo movement encompass. They will discuss what some common misconceptions people have about the movement are. When we plan meetings and events, what can we do to create safe zones and safe places at our events? What organizations can do, how to approach problems you see, as well as new resources. This is an incredibly powerful episode you do not want to miss regarding the important and powerful #MeToo Movement!

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Behind The Scenes with INBOUND – Episode – 119

July 3, 2018

INBOUND is arguably one of the most-watched, must-attend events in our current times. Everyone wants to go. The event continues to attract an incredible audience around brilliant programming and content. Content is at the heart of everything they do. The speaker line up is buzzworthy and has included in the past huge names such as Michelle Obama and John Cena. With the launch of the INBOUND Studio they now even have a year-round content, all focused on the business of growing business.

In today’s episode our iconic guests Kim Darling, Laura Moran, Elijah Clark-Ginsberg. and Meghan Kenney of INBOUND. They will be giving us insight into how they choose and curate content for the event. The team will share how they break up the types of sessions to make them exciting and effective.  They will explain how they bring in the right speakers, how they evaluate and improve their content, setting expectations and so much more. You really don’t want to miss this!

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Chatbots: Everything You Need To Know – Episode 118

June 26, 2018

What are chatbots? More or less a chatbot is a program which takes a process that is chat driven and makes it consistent for a user (they give the same answers each time unlike a human would) and a well-programmed bot allows easy interaction with a human. You typically see chatbots disguised as “live chats” on websites. It feels like a human speaking to you, but it’s a chatbot! It is a mix of AI and person-driven tech. So now that we know what chatbots are, what types of organizations use chatbots? How do they even get their information? As an event prof, you are probably also wondering how events can use chatbots. We are going to cover all this and more today.

In this episode of #EventIcons our guests Elizabeth Glau of EventBots by Sciensio and Paul Earnden of Prodo are going to answer the questions above. Our guests will also share their unique ideas on how to use chatbots. They will talk about what they like and dislike about chatbots. We will go over what types of events chatbots will be a good fit at and much more! This isn’t an episode you want to miss.

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Everything You Need To Know About CEMA – Episode 117

June 19, 2018

Cema (Corporate Event Marketer Association) is a booming community. With 800 members and growing, CEMA needs to be on your radar. CEMA focuses on relationships and conversations first. This is what allows the organization to continue to thrive and set themselves apart from other associations. If you are looking for an extremely valuable association to become a member of this could be for you!

In this weeks episode of #EventIcons our guests Kimberley Gishler of CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association), and Tom Spano of OpenX will be giving you the inside scoop on CEMA. They will talk about how you could become a member and why it is the best association. Our panel will also tackle event sponsorship, the current state of the event industry and so much more!

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Planning Sustainable Events: What You Must Know – Episode 116

June 12, 2018

Events can be super wasteful, from water and energy consumption to food waste there are a lot of areas we can improve upon in terms of planning sustainable events. What does planning sustainable events mean? What do you need to keep in mind when making your event more sustainable? Why should event planners really care? Can you really make a big impact on our world by planning sustainable events? If these questions are spinning through your mind you are in the right place!

In today’s episode our Iconic guests Chance Thompson of Salt Palace Convention Center and Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive! Meetings & Events will guide you through everything you need to know about sustainable thinking at events and how you can implement some simple tactics to create a more sustainable event. If you ever wanted to know more about how to limit food waste at events, shrink your carbon footprint,  or how to have conversations with your venue about sustainability you are in the right place! We will cover this and so much more about sustainable thinking at events below!

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Alternative Event Venues – Think Outside The Ballroom – Episode 115

June 5, 2018

Alternative Event Venues are a huge and growing trend this year. In fact, we listed it as one of our emerging event trends for 2018. Attendees and planners alike are growing tired of the standard meeting spaces and ballrooms. As an industry, we are pushing the boundaries and definition of where events can be held. But how do you find these alternative event venues? What do you have to keep in mind when planning at an alternative venue? Are there really major differences from planning an event at a standard ballroom?

In this episode of #EventIcons our iconic guests Cindy Y. Lo, DMCP of Red Velvet Events and Babs Nijdam of Sequoia Partnership will discuss everything you need to know about alternative event venues. They will discuss what you need to know to be prepared for an alternative event venue. Why venue walkthroughs are so important. What benefits they see from offering clients to step outside the ballroom. The challenges they face working with clients at alternative event venues and so much more! You do not want to miss this episode! Lets jump in.

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