A Host with the Most: How to Pick an Enthusiastic Event Emcee

Posted by Jon Young on Nov 15, 2018 1:04:51 PM

Whether you want an emcee that tugs at heartstrings, cracks jokes, poses for a selfie that later goes viral or all of the above, it's important to pick the right person for your type of event. After all, your event emcee can quickly engage or disengage your attendees. So, choose someone who is appropriately enthusiastic, friendly, and quick-witted.

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Topics: Event Production

Fine Tuning: 8 Considerations for Live Music at Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Nov 13, 2018 12:37:11 PM

Nothing sets the tempo like live music. It can liven any event, especially if it's a carefully selected band that caters to the target audience and the mood of the event itself. Live music can provide a backdrop to activities, or take center stage. So, how do you find a band that keeps your guests entertained all night? Here are eight considerations when choosing live music for your event.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Production

#EventOfTheYear: How to Create a Socially Shareable Event

Posted by Jon Young on Nov 8, 2018 9:32:42 AM

You want to attract the largest possible audience to your event. After all, you plan to deliver some truly impressive event experiences. But not everyone can attend. So, how can you take those experiences to non-attendees? Through social media, of course! By creating shareable moments throughout your event, you can reach a larger crowd than is physically possible and inspire even greater participation next time.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is one of the strongest motivators ever. A socially shareable event plays on that worrisome FOMO, by building pre-function anticipation. Your event is all the buzz — clearly, it is a must-attend. Sharing also eases FOMO by enabling non-attendees to benefit vicariously.

A socially shareable event allows you to take the experience to those who cannot attend, and to bring them in as participants. And if you’re thinking social sharing is only for millennials, think again. No matter your type of content or target audience, you can bet your people are using social media.

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Topics: Event Planning, Trends

Large-Scale Event Trends That Will Wow Guests in 2019

Posted by Jon Young on Nov 6, 2018 1:54:02 PM

No one wants to attend an event that feels like it should have been called “Been There, Done That.” Yawn. Who cares about the same old stuff? If you expect to wow your guests in 2019, you need to connect with the future, not the past. Technology, styles, and entertainment are constantly changing, so let’s take a look at event trends you might want to exploit to wow your guests in 2019.

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Topics: Trends, Event Planning

Captivating Your Audience: How to Find Engaging Conference Keynote Speakers

Posted by Jon Young on Nov 1, 2018 10:47:16 AM

You can plan fun breaks, great food, and live-wire after-hours entertainment, but if your conference keynote speakers aren’t absolutely terrific, your attendees will leave feeling short-changed. Speakers should be informative, of course. But they should also be so captivating and engaging, your audience won’t believe the time went so fast. More! More!

How can you find stand-out speakers like that for your next gathering? Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Topics: Event Planning

Event Staff: Hiring Tips to Ensure Your Event Runs Smoothly

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 30, 2018 9:38:30 AM

Creating an extraordinary experience for attendees is your goal for any event, and event staff plays a big part in that. So, once you've planned your event, you need to hire the right people to run it. Sometimes, a hotel or conference center will have their own personnel for coat check, food and beverage, etc., leaving you to fill only a few jobs. Other events, however, require an entire staff. And not just anyone — you want experienced professionals who understand your goal and how to bring it to life.

No matter what positions you're hiring, here are five tips to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.

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Topics: Event Planning

How to Create an Event That Appeals to All 5 Senses

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 25, 2018 1:41:36 PM

Imagine an event without music, visuals, or food and drink. It doesn't sound very captivating, does it? That's because events are better — not only more captivating but more memorable — when they appeal to all your senses.

Skip a sense, and you’ve omitted 20% of the way attendees experience your event. That won’t do these days when attendees expect an immersive experience. But fear not. There are ways to turn virtually any event into a multi-sensory wonderland. No deprivation, no overload. Everything just right.

Sight and sound are no-brainers. Every event includes things for people to see and hear. (And we’ll assume you plan to work closely with your AV pros to ensure every audiovisual aspect of your event is flawlessly presented.) But why stop with the obvious? Here are some ways to create an event that appeals to the senses.

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Topics: Event Planning

How to Use Interactive Touchscreens to Enhance Your Event

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 23, 2018 12:31:18 PM

Interactive touchscreens are gaining traction in the event world, and for good reason. They are versatile, functional, and just plain fun. You can use them to enhance your event and inspire audience engagement, to provide a more sensory, immersive experience. How? That depends on the type and size of your event.

Here are some examples of ways to use interactive touchscreens at your next event.

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Topics: Event Technology

Front vs. Rear Projection: Which is Best for My Event?

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 18, 2018 12:22:05 PM

Video is key for any event whether you're enticing attendees with an introduction video or live streaming to remote locations. But if you plan to use video at your next event, you must decide whether to use front or rear projection.

Simply put, front projection reflects light off of a screen whereas rear projection diffuses light through the screen. They cost about the same and take similar time and effort to load in and load out. So, what makes one better for an event than another? Here are several factors to consider.

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Topics: Event Technology

How to Format an Event Video for a Large LED Screen

Posted by Jon Young on Oct 16, 2018 12:48:43 PM

Video has become a common feature in many successful and engaging events, and most of these videos are displayed on an LED screen. But, if your formatting is off, your display may fail to fill the screen, or it will look squished, stretched, or worse. No one wants that! To ensure your event video has maximum impact, here are some tips on formatting for a large LED screen.

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Topics: Event Production, Event Technology