Category: Best Practices

4 Must-Follow Rules for Planning Events in the Trump Era

4 Rules for Planning Events in the Trump Era

To say that emotions have been running high in the U.S. over the last month since the election of Donald Trump is possibly the understatement of the new century. Whatever side you ended up on, whatever your political affiliation, you are probably exhausted and ready for a break from the election’s divisiveness as well as

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9 Unshakable Tips for Choosing Conference and Event Speakers

Event Keynote Speaker Selection Tips

When most people think back on an event and the things that left the strongest impression on them – both positive and negative – the first things that come to mind are… The food The venue/setting The speakers, content and/or entertainment As an event professional, it’s usually pretty straightforward to get an idea of the

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7 Big Drawbacks of Event Planning Spreadsheet Templates

Event Planning Templates - Drawbacks

If you have been using a computer for any length of time, it seems that spreadsheets have been around as long as computers and are as familiar as word processing programs and email. The story of spreadsheets really starts with academics back in the 60s and 70s who needed an easier, faster way to make

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6 Reasons Why the Event Binder Is Dead

Event Binders Are Dead

Before laptop computers were commonplace, before tablets were even a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ eye, event planners and managers carried around massive event binders full of printed documents and spreadsheets as well as tons of notes regarding each and every event. These event planning binders were the event “bible” for each event and contained all

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10 Insider Tips for Choosing the Right Caterer

Tips for Choosing a Caterer

When it comes to the things that can make or break an event, few are as important as the quality, flavor and appearance of the food and beverages you serve. (Just ask your guests and they will probably not remember as much about the decor or entertainment, but they will definitely remember whether or not

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5 Lessons Event Professionals Can Learn From Startups

Lessons for Event Planners from Startups

Since launching Planning Pod as a beta version in 2012, we have had the pleasure to speak with thousands of event professionals and learn about their challenges in managing events and – for event planners, venues and caterers in particular – in growing their businesses. Over that time, as we have grown from dozens to

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8 Ways To Supercharge Your Attendee Engagement

As if our attention spans weren’t short enough already pre-smart phones, now event professionals have to contend with a whole technologized universe of distractions – including social media apps, gaming apps, wearable technology, media walls, etc. – on top of fighting off good-old-fashioned boredom and daydreaming. Getting and keeping the attention of our guests has

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5 Old-School Tactics for Marketing Your Events Offline (That Still Work)

Offline Event Marketing Strategies

I will be the first to say that it’s easy to get carried away with all the great ways to promote your events and/or your events business on the Internet. Tactics like marketing via search engines, email, social media and blogging have become so popular that we often forget that there are proven offline marketing

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4 Ways to Make “Event Management by Committee” Work

No event plans itself. And very few successful events are due to the efforts of just one person. In fact, great events are practically always the result of the combined time, passion and abilities of many dedicated managers, planners and vendors … not to mention the impact of guests and attendees. So we have established

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17 Kick-Ass Event Planning Blogs (That You Should Be Reading)

Best Event Planning Blogs

We love providing great, useful content for event professionals here at the Convene @ Planning Pod (as well as creating useful event management applications and tools), but we also love reading what other insightful industry gurus have to say. A great thing about our industry is how open people are and how willing they are

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