Most people understand and even appreciate the need for event security. People are less likely to get annoyed if your process moves rapidly and makes sense. Asking for credentials, having attendees pre-register and sign in, and sending guests through a quick security screening allows you to keep everyone safe without annoying your attendees.
For the novice or seasoned event planner, a green experience that is more substantial than the color theme may seem daunting. However, with a few tips and proven protocols, you can plan a successful company event that's also environmentally friendly.
Conferences, trade shows, and company parties generate an enormous amount of waste, which is why "green" events have gained popularity in the last decade as a way to combat the excessive drain of natural resources.
Think Green at Every Stage
Planning a green event means thinking eco-friendly at each stage. The best place to begin is with a list of questions. These may include but are not limited to:
To successfully plan and execute a green or eco-friendly event, it's essential to focus on the "3 R's" or the environmental concepts known as: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Following these important resource-saving concepts doesn't mean an event won't have the wow factor needed to impress attendees. In our more environmentally conscious society, any event that works toward sustainability and saving resources is impressive and impactful for attendees as well as the local community.
The advancement of today's technology has made it easier than any other time in history to integrate eco-friendly efforts into event planning. One of the most impactful ways to go green at your next company meeting, conference, tradeshow, or other event is to reduce paper and print waste by embracing electronic technology.
Companies across the globe are opting to go green and plan meetings, conferences, and other events in an eco-friendly manner. In Germany, the Green Meetings & Events Conference welcomed 340 participants for a special, fully carbon neutral event, while in the United States, the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly meeting of 2015 reduced their waste per participant to less than one pound (0.26 kilograms) per day.
Even when you love your job, things still pop up to make life difficult — or at the very least, super-annoying. Event planners have a special list of pet peeves that can turn a good day into a terrible one pretty quickly. Sure, stress is part of the job, but there are certain things that can really grind your gears. In no particular order, here are the seven things event planners hate more than anything:
The results are in! According to B2B Marketing’s 2015 Content Marketing Benchmarking Report, case studies are the most effective content format. Case studies can play a critical role in attracting customers and prospects to your business. They can be used to provide education, engage prospects, start a dialogue, and present industry information which supports the use of your product or service. Here are a few tips you can use if you are thinking of using case studies to win new clients:
As an event planner, it's your job to come up with event ideas that will keep your participants engaged and your clients coming back for more. That means you have to be different and bring unique ideas to the table, ones that haven't already been done hundreds of times before. But exactly how do you go about coming up with unique ideas that will create a buzz and make your event a memorable one? Well, you have to think outside the box versus copying what everyone else is doing. You have to brainstorm, come up with your own unique twists, and beta test them with your team before rolling them out.
Event planners tend to be very goal-oriented people, which is why they spend a lot of time focusing on the things that need to go right to make an event a sparkling success, but what about all the things that can go wrong? If you’re looking to tank your next event, here are 6 ways you can ruin things beyond repair.
Location, location, location. It’s a mantra frequently uttered in the real estate niche but it holds true for event planners as well. From birthday parties, to charity galas, to weddings large and small, where you hold your event really does matter. Avoid celebrating your big moment in a less-than-stellar spot by adhering to this essential checklist for choosing a venue: