Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bring Summer Vacation to Your Event

Now that we are heading in to summer, attendees are yearning for a summer vacation. What better way to give them a vacation than through your event. Here are four ideas on how to bring summer to your event:

  1. Host an outdoor cocktail party with a fun in the sun theme.
  2. Have a workshop or meeting during a picnic in a park.
  3. Fireworks always scream summer so include it in the entertainment.
  4. Snow cone bars can bring out your guests’ inner kid on summer vacation.
MEET Las Vegas has been host to a slew of outdoor events to bring a little summer vacation to your attendees’ experience. Have you had a summer themed event? Share your event in the comments below.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Make Your Event Attendees Stars of the Event

How many attendees would love to feel like the star of a music event by headlining as a DJ or musician? Bud Light recently made that dream a reality for attendees at the 2016 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Attendees had the opportunity to visit the ‘Bud Light Factory’. Once inside the company featured an interactive wall where individuals could become their own DJ or musician. The area also featured a cool beer bottle organ and guitar.

See how attendees took advantage of and enjoyed this innovative feature:

For more interesting and innovating event ideas, check out this great list from BizBash. MEETLasVegas was built to help companies and meeting planners just like you execute innovative events without the obstacles faced in a traditional meeting space. Have you tried to incorporate new technology for attendee involvement? Share your successes in the comments section below and find out how we can help you turn your next big idea into a reality.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Intel takes onstage performances to new heights

Lady Gaga’s tribute performance to David Bowe at the 2016 Grammys was spectacular with all the unique features, but did you know the creators behind the unique features were Intel? Intel and Lady Gaga pushed the boundaries of performance to create a jaw-dropping performance filled with art, technology and innovation.

Highlights from the unique performance include:

  • Visual effects created onstage through a ring worn by Lady Gaga
  • A piano that can dance along with the background dancers
  • Facial projection to a singing and moving Lady Gaga

Find out more about the Lady Gaga and Intel experience:

For more interesting and innovating event ideas, check out BizBash's list of 2016 Event Innovators. MEETLasVegas was built to help companies and meeting planners just like you execute innovative events without the obstacles faced in a traditional meeting space. Have you tried to incorporate new technology with onstage performance/entertainment? Share your successes in the comments section below.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Your Guide to a Fool-Proof Contingency Plan

No matter how much an event planner prepares, it’s a fact of life that things don’t always go as planned. To ensure your events goes off without a hitch, it’s important to have a contingency plan in place. To help you build the perfect contingency plan, here are three tips:

  1. Think of every possibility – Think outside your typical weather and technology issues. You have to make sure you cover all your event bases.
  2. Layout the plan for anyone to implement – You may not be the one that needs to take action, so make the contingency plan easy to follow for anyone.
  3. Communication is critical – In order to implement the contingency plan, communication among your team is essential. Everyone on your team needs a clear understanding of what is happening and how they can pitch in to help.
To further assist you with your contingency planning, CFO has compiled a list of 11 Contingency-Planning Tips. How has an effective contingency plan saved you from an event emergency? Share your experience in the comments section below. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Make Event Attendees Stars of the Show with Social Media

Event planners and companies alike are looking to make their events bigger, better and more innovative.  This year Black Egg’s “Social Galaxy” in New York, is taking event social media walls to new heights.
Guests to this experiential design studio are invited to walk through a mirror-filled tunnel that will display images from their own personal Instagram account. Through the use of Samsung 837 technology and 96 55” LDC displays, visitors are treated to a narrated and personalized walk down social media memory lane. How surreal would it be to walk through your personal Instagram account and relive all those snapshot worthy moments? Your event attendees can become the true stars of the evening with this highly personal and innovative touch.

For more interesting and innovating event ideas, check out this great list from BizBash. MEETLasVegas was built to help companies and meeting planners just like you execute innovative events without the obstacles faced in a traditional meeting space. Have you tried to incorporate social media and technology in a new and different way at your event? Share your successes in the comments section below and find out how we can help you turn your next big idea into a reality.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Get Them Talking

Networking is a huge reason why people attend events. Rather than have your attendees participate in the same ole networking activities, you should try spicing it up with these ideas:

  • Have a picnic where attendees can meet and mingle in a comfortable, casual environment.
  • Give attendees an activity to do with their tablemates – some sort of game or craft.
  • Host a ‘Dinner With Strangers’ area for those attendees that are flying solo.
BizBash has a list of 8 Unique Ways to Encourage Conversation at Meetings to give you some more ideas on networking. How do you get people networking at your events? Share in the comments section below.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Getting Inside Your Attendees’ Mind

Event planners have started using the word “experience” rather than event to engage attendees on an emotional level. Some event planners have even gone as far as taking psychology courses to better understand the way we think in order to get a more captive audience. If you don’t have time for a class, we have a crash course in event psychology for you:

  • Use priming techniques to get attendees buy-in.
  • Social Proof all of your blog sites and social media accounts.
  • Supply and demand is real, but use it properly to maximize effectiveness.
  • You only have 15 seconds of attendees’ attention, get it while you can.
  • Increase memory retention by clustering event information.
HubSpot has a list of 10 principles of human behavior that can give you more insight into your attendees’ mind. Do you have any event psychology tips? Share them in the comments below.