8 Biggest Event Trends for 2017

As the new year approaches, not only is it time to reflect on the past year and all the wonderful new people we met and experiences we had, but it’s also time to look to the new year and take a look at what it has in store for the events industry. Our list of ...

4 Rules for Planning Events in the Trump Era

4 Must-Follow 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 ...

Event Keynote Speaker Selection Tips

9 Unshakable Tips for Choosing Conference and Event Speakers

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 ...

Event Planning Templates - Drawbacks

7 Big Drawbacks of Event Planning Spreadsheet Templates

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 ...

Event Binders Are Dead

6 Reasons Why the Event Binder Is 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 ...

Tips for Choosing a Caterer

10 Insider Tips for Choosing the Right 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. A lot is riding on your decision of which caterer to hire, and if you think this decision really isn’t that important, look at it ...

Lessons for Event Planners from Startups

5 Lessons Event Professionals Can Learn 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 ...