How Will Millennials Change Meetings?

How Will Millennials Change Meetings?

How Will Millennials Change Meetings?

Hint: It’s all about flexibility. Here are a few trends to look out for, according to research published in IACC’s Spring 2017 “Meeting Room of the Future” report, which pulled insights from global meeting planners, IACC members, and industry experts. EXPERIENTIAL “Looking forward,” according to the report, “venues should consider themselves curators of exceptional experiences.” Eighty percent of meeting planners surveyed reported that their role involves more “experience creation” compared to two to five years ago. Unsurprisingly, the trend toward experienced-based meetings also points toward an increase in new technology being used at conferences — including virtual and augmented reality. MPI’s Spring 2016 Meetings Outlook report found that 20 percent of meeting professionals said they will use or will likely use virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) technologies within the next year. The report quoted Carol Porter, chief of staff, Viawest, about what that might look like: “[AR/VR] will tie into the experiential design, whatever that may be – being at a health-care conference and feeling what it’s like to be a patient in surgery, travel conference showing you VR of a destination, etc.” NON-LINEAR The traditional format of lectures will decrease over time. Millennials aren’t content to have the same information broadcast to them as to everyone else. “Access [to information] has led youth to rely less on info they receive from teachers and parents,” according to MPI’s Future of Meetings research quoted in the report.” Consequently, they are less interested in lectures, and more interested in having their specific questions addressed. Indeed, helping delegates learn how to find answers will be much more valuable than what the...
The secret of successful Social Media for Event Planners

The secret of successful Social Media for Event Planners

Social media has fast become the smart way for event planning professionals to market, plan and implement their events. But, with the speed at which social media moves and updates, are you confident that you’re keeping up? If you’re unsure, try these tips for creating a successful strategy in social for your event planners.   Why Should Event Planners use Social Media?   Keeping an active social media presence should be an essential part of your marketing strategy, and even if it seems overwhelming at first, it’ll soon become second nature to you. I’ve talked before about creative ways to use social media specifically for events, but now I’m going to go into more detail about how your social media strategies can boost your event planning business as a whole.   6 Social Media Tips for Event Planners   Social media is a huge part of marketing for any business, with Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram being only a selection of the different platforms available to entrepreneurs. So how do you make the most of these tremendously valuable channels?   Take it One Step at a Time   If you’re completely new to the world of social media, or your event planning business is in the fledgling stages, concentrate on one social media platform at a time. If you’re trying to get a number of different social media pages going at once it can seem overwhelming, so start with one, master it and then move onto the next.   Make it Personal . . .   Even though it’s your business page, giving all of your social media for...
The guide to event Management

The guide to event Management

Start with a goal When you’re planning an event the first thing to determine is the final outcome. What goal are you trying to achieve? Once you know this, you’ll be able to direct all your planning and all the activities towards achieving the goal. This is the crucial thing that will make or break your event. Be adaptable While we hope not to jump through time, Event Organisers do need to be able to adapt to differing situations and circumstances to ensure their events are successful and memorable. From making changes due to differing client opinions, through to having to work with a new contact half-way through a project, these all need to be dealt with in a smooth way to ensure the final goal is achieved. Trust your leader This is an essential lesson: if you’re tasked with organising a large event you have to be able to find a tried and tested event planner who has an experienced team behind them. It’s not just about booking a venue and putting up decorations: its about new ideas just for your event, creating a plan so tight nothing gets forgotten and putting the right people in place for the right job at the right time. The stress of creating an event is huge, but this can be reduced or taken away altogether by bringing in a person you trust, with a team they trust, to do it for you. Keep going in the face of adversity While Event Managers aren’t working to stop the forces of evil (hopefully!) passion has to be a major driving force. When organising...
IBIZA Chic destination for events!

IBIZA Chic destination for events!

IBIZA, Find the difference in your next event! We have noticed in recent years that more and more companies are no longer interested in extensive seminars and team building exercises involving white board and flip charts while stuck in a hotel conference room. There has been a shift in people’s perception of what team spirit means and that one of the keys to building a successful team should involve an element of fun. Nowadays, corporate trips are more of a bonus where organizers are looking to entertain their employees as well as implementing the team’s identity. If you are looking for the difference in your next event your destination could be IBIZA. In the midst of the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is one of the world’s most famous destinations. IBIZA EVENTS: Mediterranean & Chic Still preserving its aesthetic of white village located in a beautifully savage landscape, has become in the last decades the well-deserved prestige of being one of the best spots to hold all kinds of corporate and incentive activities and events. With a lodge display of 1,200 hotels and resorts, Ibiza provides excellent venues for meetings and celebrations. Large spaces such as the island Conference Centre in Santa Eulàlia des Riu, just 25 kilometers from Ibiza airport, this venue is a modern auditorium with a capacity of 500 people. Other special venues include outdoor and indoor spaces which might be fully customizable or preserve the charm of their unique styles, going from the ultra-fashionable to the indigenous chic rusticity.   One of the best known attractions of the isle is the great number of amazing hotels, many of them arrayed near the...

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