How to Engage Your Live Stream Audience – Episode 80

October 3, 2017

It is now an expectation that events have an online aspect. Anyone can add an online element, but how do you make that element valuable and engage your live stream audience?  Strategic thinking is required to organize and provide a positive remote experience. There is no point to be live if you are not going to engage actively with your remote viewers. Need more ideas on how to improve engagement with your audiences? Check this out! 

In this episode of #EventIcons our guests Martin Shepherdly of Be There Global (UK) Ltd and Paul Cook of Planet Planit guide us through how to create a fantastic remote experience, and the best tips for remote engagement. Watch below to ensure your remote audience feels engaged and part of your next event!

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Everything You Need To Know About Phoenix Comicon – Episode 79

September 26, 2017

Phoenix Comicon creates a community where people passionate about pop culture come together. As a result, they bond over their passions and celebrate their inner geek through celebrity panels, interactive events and much more. In this week’s episode, we cover everything you need to know about Phoenix Comicon.

Phoenix Comicon stands out from the many other events in this niche. In this episode, two iconic event professionals, Matt Solberg (Director of Phoenix Comicon) and Joe Boudrie (Director of Programming for Phoenix Comicon) are laying it all out on the table. They will be sharing how they leveraged their knowledge and experiences and used them to scale Phoenix Comic so rapidly into an iconic event, and the challenges they face. They’ll also be discussing how they attract celebrities, and fans in this soul-bearing episode. There so much insight to be gained from these event pros and we are giving you direct access!

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How to Write Content for Event Planners – Episode 78

September 19, 2017

What content gets the attention of event planners? Why is content so important in the events industry? Why should planners read content? This week we are tackling these questions and more as we address the topic of How to Write Content for Event Planners.

We are joined by the iconic David Budimir (Author at Social Tables) to discuss these questions and get some in depth insight into how event planners can find and follow the latest and most informative content. We’ll also talk a bit about what topics are hot right now, and how writers measure success and continue to give their followers the content they want and need. Tune in and discover everything you need to know about how to write content for event planners! Make sure to subscribe to our blogfor epic content straight to your inbox.

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Sh!t Event Planners Say, Part II – Episode 77

September 12, 2017

This week marks a special anniversary for #EventIcons – one of our most popular annual shows – Sh!t Event Planners Say! We’ve got the icon, the man himself, Aaron Kaufman. He is back to tackle this awesome topic again. Live and uncensored! You don’t want to miss this!

You can always count on Aaron to tell it like he sees it. His honest and insightful commentary is refreshing and to the point. We’ll discuss things event planners say that they shouldn’t, things they don’t say that they should, and the things they say that just make veterans of the industry shake their heads.

Tune in and find out why COLLABORATION is KEY!

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The Waste Management Open, The Greatest Show on Grass – Episode 76

September 5, 2017

We have a special show this week! We are joined by two of the key powerhouses that help pull off the Waste Management Open (WM Open), also known as The Greatest Show on Grass. Our iconic guest panelists are Brady Castro of PRO EM and Heather Holland, a freelance associate producer who has worked with PRO EM for several years.

The WM Open is not your average golf tournament; Brady and Heather explain how they help to make it such an amazing event and keep those huge crowds growing and coming back year after year. This amazing event has multiple special features that make it stand out from the rest and we will be discussing those in today’s episode. Things like the 16th Hole (a megastructure they construct) and the famous Bird’s Nest. Intrigued? You should be! Join us as we delve into the behind-the-scenes happenings of this awesome event – The Waste Management Open.

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How to Choose Your First Event App – Episode 75

August 29, 2017

When it’s time to choose your first event app, it can feel like an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. In this week’s episode, we talk to Jared Bodnar of Attendify, and Tony Calvis of Nextiva to tackle the topic.

We discuss how to find and choose your first event app; Event app features that will be game changers at your events such as flexibility, polling, and sponsorships; and How to use analytics from your app to create even better events in the future. Jump into the video below and watch to learn how using an event app will benefit you! 

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Safety at Events – What Every Event Planner Needs to Know – Episode 74

August 22, 2017

Safety at events should always be a top priority when creating your event. Today we bring in Pierre-Luc Rompré of Stageline Mobile Stage, Inc. to discuss event safety. In this episode, we cover stage safety basics for both indoor and outdoor events when it comes to rigging, weather and more. Finally, we discuss what you need to ask your vendors, and red flags to look out for when booking them. It is crucial to make safety a priority at your event so be sure to watch and learn below!

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Time-Saving Tech Tools For Event Planning – Episode 73

August 15, 2017

Event planners have a lot going on. Often, you find yourself feeling like you are running against the clock. But fear not! Time-saving tech tools can help you improve your business processes, market more efficiently, and avoid time sinks! But how do you choose what tech you need? Jump into the episode below featuring Allie Magyar of The Hubb and Leonora Valvo of Swoogo to find out how time-saving tech tools can help you succeed, cut through the mundane tasks and allow you more time to focus on what you love.

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Event Apps – The Good, The Bad, And The Future! – Episode 72

August 8, 2017

Event apps are a fantastic piece of tech with a remarkable purpose – but some might say they can make for a challenging user experience. Whether you’re curious to know more about this technology or are interested to find out what lies in store for event apps, you won’t want to miss this exciting exchange!

In this week’s episode, we are joined by Scott Lockey and Kerry Plowman of Quickmobile, and a Professional Master of Ceremonies, Glenn Thayer. They’ll be sharing their insights and expertise on the benefits of event apps, the tricky aspects of using them, and the trends they coming that will make event apps better for everyone. Stay tuned to for an interesting discussion and find out how you can utilize event apps to their fullest potential!

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The Future is Here! Managing Event Tech, WTF Moments, and Robots – Episode 71

August 1, 2017

Do you struggle with managing event tech? Would you like to incorporate apps or robots into your event? Then listen up! In this week’s episode, our co-hosts Laura Lopez of Social Tables, and Brandt Krueger of Event Technology Consulting, along with our special guest Alex Plaxen of Little Bird Told Media talk about the recent events, “WTF” moments that relate to the events industry, managing event tech and avoid being overwhelmed by it, and the role of robots in the future of the events industry. A really fun and interesting potpourri episode that you don’t want to miss!

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