Monday, October 17, 2016

Is this the end of Event Apps?

In the last year overall app downloads have fallen by 20%, and many event planners have stated they are struggling with usage and engagement levels with their mobile downloads for events. At first it was cool to have an app specifically for an event, but now attendees no longer see the value.
The question for event planners to answer now is ‘how do we add value to our already established app?'. EventMB compiled a list of five steps event planners need to take to get ahead of the game.

  • Allow your event content to be accessed and seen in an easy way.
  • Add in Q&A polls and feedback tools for the audience to engage with in real time.
  • Personalization within the app is key since all attendees are different.
  • Ensure networking is built-in to the app through social media or games.
  • Since you invest so much in the app, make sure that it generates some income for you through sponsor ads.
Have you made any of these updates to your event app? Share the results in the comments below.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Virtual Reality is Taking over the Event Industry

Virtual Reality is taking the world by storm, but what does that mean for the event industry? Only good and innovative things, of course. Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation of a 3D object, environment or area that allows a person to interact with it in a seemingly real way. Businesses and brands alike are using this new tool in a variety of ways to bring their products to life when they may not physically have it at the event.

Virtual Reality opens a world of doors and possibilities for events. Here are a few ways companies have used the new technology:

  1. For individuals that want to relive the suspense of the 2016 N.B.A Finals, the NBA created a way people can completely immerse themselves in to the middle of a game. 
  2. United Airlines got customers excited about their new Polaris business class to debut in December 2016 by giving them a taste of what to expect.
  3. Foundry 45 couldn’t bring a construction site to the Intex Expo to model their product so they used a Virtual Reality headset to compensate for the missing feature.

BizBash has a nice list of other companies who have used Virtual Reality recently. What do you think of this growing trend? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Downfall of the Professional Wedding Photographer

Recently, The New York Times explored why brides and grooms are foregoing hiring a professional photographer for their own guests. To keep in trend with the more casual and budget conscience ceremony and reception, couples are now asking their friends to track their wedding on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter with the use of a unique hashtag. Some are even going as far as asking their guests to bring GoPro cameras and Mini iPads to capture the special day and share with newlyweds after the occasion.

To combat this new fad, photographers are offering packages to incentivize newly engaged couples to hire them. Some packages may include one free engagement photo shoot, thank you cards, a free printed photo album and more depending on what the photographer is offering.

Have you seen this trend at weddings you’ve planned? What were the results like? Share your experiences in the comments below.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Exciting Things Happening at MEET Las Vegas

Meet Las Vegas is delighted to announce our new partnership with national A/V Vendor, Production Resource Group (PRG). PRG is a leader in entertainment and event production specializing in wide-ranging solutions that help bring the world’s greatest creative visions to life, and now, those A/V dreams will come to fruition at MEET Las Vegas.

We are very excited to start this new adventure with PRG as they are committed to providing high-end production, promising to provide personalized, one-on-one service supported by a dedicated team of highly skilled technicians, engineers, and innovators. We believe that MEET clients will be more than satisfied with this new partnership, and we can’t wait to hear your reviews.

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Catering Trends

On August 15 – 17, 500 catering chefs attended Catersource’s fifth annual Art of Catering Food Conference in Washington, DC. During the conference, chefs discussed new and different trends they are seeing in the industry. In case you weren’t able to take part in the conference and are curious about the food movement, we have put together the top three trends recognized by the chefs. 
  1. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets are on the rise. Offering only one alternative item for those with special dietary needs will no longer suffice.
  2. Food stations should be thought of as another attendee interaction moment. Caterers should engage with the attendees to give knowledge on the food.
  3. The clod heart cut of beef is a great way to have a nice steak meal while being budget conscience.
BizBash has highlighted a few more trends discussed at the conference. Have you noticed any new food ideas in the last year? Share them in the comments below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Election Year Events

As the presidential election draws near, you may be wondering how you can incorporate this significant moment in American history in one of your events. With the help of BizBash, we have come up with four great ways to channel the patriotic spirit into your election season parties:
  1. Hire a Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump impersonator to add some comic relief and make for fun photo opportunities. Check out Gigslad for some great entertainers.
  2. Personal profile silhouette photos in red, white and blue will make a nice presidential giveaway. Minted offers a service where attendees can upload any side-profile photo  to create a custom artwork.
  3. Incorporate star, donkey and elephant shapes and strawberries and blueberries to add in that patriotic flare.
  4. Place life-size cutouts of past presidents througout the venue for attendees to interact with. Historical Cutouts has a variety of presidents for you to choose.
Are you planning an election season party this fall? Share some of your ideas and inspiration in the comments below – We would love to hear about them.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Combine Multiple Audiences for a Unique Event Experience

On June 10-12, Edible Manhattan brought foodies and tech enthusiasts together for the Food Loves Tech expo at the Waterfront in New York City. The expo was created to highlight the intersection of food and technology using large-scale exhibits, immersive installations, leadership panels and multi-sensory dining experiences.

This year’s event featured advanced farming demos, 3-D food printing displays, “alt-protein” tasting stations, food-focused virtual reality and more.

The unique aspect of this event is that it brought together two separate audiences. Foodies and tech enthusiasts were able to meet, network and geek out over new innovations within their industries. The event served as a perfect example that industries can overlap and an event will still be a huge success.  

Have you had success combining two audiences into one event? Share your experiences in the comments below.