Meeting Planning

Additional Thoughts: Facebook’s Challenging Year

Protecting customer data from external attacks:  Last September, Facebook announced that a weakness in the platform’s code allowed hackers to gain access to the personal information of 50 million Facebook users.  While this is a fractionally small number of Facebook users worldwide, public awareness of data protection is amplified in a climate where large-scale hacks and security […]

A Planner’s Review of a Challenging Year for Facebook

Like other large, successful social media networks, Facebook continues to enhance its existing services and to offer new features.  Last year, however, the company found itself mired in a number of very public scandals.  Facebook’s stock price (Symbol:  FB) hit an all-time high last summer, and yet the world’s largest social media platform continued to be haunted by […]

Social Media Trends for 2019

Today’s competitive social media landscape will continue to drive technological innovation.  Many recent social media trends will gain even greater traction in 2019.  Here’s a short roundup of what to anticipate: Greater scrutiny into how social networks collect, use and share dataData breaches and other privacy lapses will drive governments and consumers to demand greater transparency from […]

Additional Tips: Going Viral

Chime in on a trending and timely topic!  Trends typically have short lifespans, so speed and creativity are crucial to success.  The trend itself need not be of your organization’s making, but you can incorporate a trending topic that aligns with your message in your posts.  Many of us recall the recent online debate surrounding the “The Dress.” The […]

More Mobile Event App Adoption and Engagement Best Practices

Here are some additional tips for boosting app adoption and engagement rates among attendees: Demo your mobile masterpiece: Attendees who are reluctant to utilize your fabulous app will appreciate some free technical support, especially if they struggle with or are intimidated by technology.  Present a short, complimentary webinar that focuses on the basic user process, […]

Mobile App Adoption & Engagement Best Practices

You and your team have created and launched a comprehensive mobile app for your upcoming event.  The data has been updated, the navigation has been evaluated, and seemingly endless rounds of testing have ensured that the app downloads easily and runs on major operating systems without a hitch.  Bugs and kinks have been identified and […]

Social Gone Stale: Refresh Tips

If your messaging feels stale and you’re ready to breathe some fresh air into your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn pages, here are some strategies and approaches to consider: Tell a story: Content remains king, and an easy and effective way to attract and retain attention is to tell a story.  Make the story personal and […]

Irma and the Eye of the Storm: Lessons Learned From a Force Majeure Event

I’ve planned meetings for nearly twenty years.  In a previous job, I rescheduled a meeting because of an approaching hurricane.  The meeting wasn’t in the hurricane belt, but the storm would have disrupted enough flights to limit attendance.  The following year, I helped another group move a meeting that was scheduled to take place just […]

My Top Ten Meeting Planner List

Recently I was asked for a list of tips/tricks that help me every day as a meeting planner:  both personally and professionally.  Putting this list together was fun, but it was also a challenge, and not in a way that one might think.  Finding ten things that I do daily – and are suitable for […]

Mobile Event App Engagement Best Practices

Here are some strategies to maximize your attendees’ mobile app engagement: Message early and often: Most event professionals would not rely on one advertisement or one email or social media post to promote their upcoming event.  Your company likely employs a variety of communication vehicles – email, direct mail, digital and print advertisements, and social […]