Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are Drones the Future of Major Events?


When most people think of drones their first thoughts probably go to military tactics and surveillance but that image could be changing. Fashion house Fendi made news this year when it teamed with Parrot, YouTube, and Google to livestream their Fendi F/W 2014-15 Runway Show via a A.R. Drone 2.0.
High-definition cameras attached to three drones captured an aerial view of the runway show in February and broadcasted the action live to a global audience via Fendi.com. The event was touted as the world’s first flying catwalk. Those not lucky enough to score a front-row seat to the fashion show were able to watch the livestream on Google+, YouTube, and Fendi’s website. The event garnered an astounding 50 million impressions on social media from those watching at home.
 
Fendi’s event marked the first time drone technology has been used to broadcast a live major event. With the overwhelming success it seems only a matter of time before other events begin utilizing this technology in creative and innovative ways. How do you think drones would fare at your events? Share in the comments section below and weigh in on this new use of tech!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enhance Attendee Engagement with Hands-On Activities

Engaging event attendees is an issue planners sometimes struggle with.  Planners have thought of various ways to address the problems, such as integrating technology and gamification. But what about actively engaging attendees with hands-on activities like drawing?

Meetingsimagined.com shared some helpful tips on how to use doodling to have a successful meeting. A few of their tips include:
  • Allow your attendees to draw during lessons and presentations. Guide them to integrate key words into their drawing.
  • Encourage your attendees to draw freely and spontaneously. The drawings don’t have to be perfect because the attendees will know the meaning behind their individual creations.


Encouraging attendees to draw during a meeting or event is a great way to spark their creative centers. How do you enhance attendee engagement?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make Your Halloween Party a Thriller This Year


With Halloween just around the corner there is no better city to celebrate spooky fun than Las Vegas. Planning to skip the trick or treating and throw your own frightening party this year? We have some fun tips for throwing the spookiest bash to keep monsters and ghouls talking all year long.
1-Create an atmosphere:  Depending on how effective you want your d├ęcor to be this can range from just a few strategically placed decorations to an over the top production that will leave your space undistinguishable from a real haunted house. (We favor the latter!)
2-Have a theme: Know what you want your attendees to experience and stick with it. Classic Halloween party themes include: a graveyard, haunted house, chop shop, and famous monsters. With Halloween themes the sky is the limit!
3-It’s all about the details: Little details like creepy themed food and cocktails can take your party over the edge and gives a whole new meaning to “finger food”. Check out some fabulously frightening hors d'oeuvres and cocktail ideas from Southern Living.

October 31st will be here before you know it and as luck would have it Halloween falls on a Friday this year. Combine this with our helpful tips and the options are boundless for your Halloween event. Share your party ideas with us in the comment section below.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catering Trends for 2015

This year has provided us with some great ideas for events, such as LED carpeting. With 2015 around the corner, it’s time to look at some early trends for next year.


We’ve previously talked about how to deal with food and beverage, so let’s take a look at a few of the catering trends PlanYourMeetings.com has laid out for next year. They include:

  • An uptick in local sourcing. People are more aware of where their food is sourced, and local sourcing of foods reduces the carbon footprint at events.
  • Gourmet ice cream combos. It’s a lot easier to experiment with flavors when you can use liquid nitrogen on whatever your attendees’ desire.
  • Biscuits will become the new comfort food.


Those are just a few of the trends outlined by PlanYourMeetings.com. What other catering trends for 2015 do you see happening?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Proven Strategies for Picking a Venue


A great event planner knows that the venue you choose can make or break the success of you event. Choosing a venue can be one of the biggest and most difficult parts of the planning process. Never fear though! The folks at Planning Pod recently compiled an awesome list of tips to navigate planners through this process. Our favorites included:
1.)    Be Realistic with Head Count: Overestimating the amount of attendees leads to higher food and beverage costs and wasted resources
2.)    Get Multiple Quotes from Several Venues: Rule of thumb for this and nearly everything else in life! Always shop around to get the most bang for your buck.
3.)    Have 2-3 Date Options: Being somewhat flexible in your date can potentially encourage a venue to negotiate a better price for you if they have a specific date they want booked ASAP.

Check out the rest of the list for more great insider tips from event planners. Do you have a specific technique you always follow when selecting your venue? Share with us in the comment section below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Tech Could Turn Any Surface Into a Touch Screen



Exciting things are happening in the event tech arena if you’re an event planner. A new project on Indiegogo called TouchPico is a tiny handheld projector that turns any surface into a giant 80" interactive touch screen. Excited yet?
The device works by combining an Android device with a small projector. It is an interactive Android PC with projected touch interface and wireless streaming that enables a variety of options for the user. The coolest being:

-Projection: Users can project an 80 inch screen to any flat surface
-Interaction: The built-in infrared stylus allows users to touch the wall and have it respond as your Android’s touch screen normally would
-Apps: Any app available in the Android Google store is compatible with the TouchPico. Imagine playing Angry Birds on an 80 inch screen! The pigs won’t stand a chance.


The project is still in the early funding stages but this tool could completely revolutionize the way people interact at events and meetings. What would you do if you got your hands on a TouchPico? Comment and let us know!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Create the Perfect Outdoor Event This Summer


With temperatures rising and days growing longer now is the perfect time to throw an outdoor event. Planning an outdoor event creates a brand new set of challenges that event planners must deal with it. If handled properly your outdoor event can be the talk of the town this summer.  Uniiverse has some great tips that can get you started with your planning process. Our favorites are:
Plan in advance for Mother Nature: Weather can be unpredictable so always ensure you have a back-up plan in case a surprise rain storm crashes your party.
Stay plugged in: Ensuring there is an adequate amount of electrical outlets on site available to attendees is a must. People can’t talk about how awesome your event is on social media with a dead cell phone or tablet.
Keep uninvited guests at bay: The ultimate party crasher at your outdoor event will undoubtedly be pesky summer-time insects. Combat mosquitoes and gnats by using specially designed insect repellant devices such as candles, torches, and spray.
Summer only lasts for a few short months. Take advantage of this awesome time of year by moving your party outdoor. If handled properly your outdoor event can be the talk of the town this summer! Have your own tips for throwing an outdoor event? Share them with us in the comment section.