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Find Out If You Are Good At Multitasking

Posted by on 08:31 in Blog | 0 comments

It‘s more fun to do this test with a colleague but you can do this on your own. Take a piece of paper and draw 3 columns. In the first column you write „Even numbers 2-24“. In the second „Months of the year“ and the third is titled „Odd numbers 1-23“.  Person A starts filling out the columns horizontally as in column 1,2,3 then the next line. Person B fills out the columns vertically as in column 1 first then column 2 then 3. See who‘s done first. If you‘re on your own do both versions separately. Let me know who won by commenting down...

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Ramadan and the Event Planner

Posted by on 11:36 in Blog | 0 comments

We are now in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. For more than a billion Muslims around the world, including some 8 million in North America, this is a time for fasting, being thankful and generally a quieter time at least here in Dubai. There isn‘t as much traffic and the partying is toned down a notch or two. I like it. So how does Ramadan effect the Event Planner doing events during this time? Be prepared If you are not fasting yourself then be sure to take food with you. Restaurants in predominately Muslim countries don‘t open till...

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How a Piece of String Gets You Your Money

Posted by on 07:27 in Blog | 0 comments

Today, I‘ve got something special for you. It‘s a sure fire way to get your customers that have outstanding debt, to pay up. It‘s from one of the top direct marketing experts. A guy called Joe Polish. This letter has successfully brought in in the millions of dollars of people in the professional cleaning and restoration industry, and other service businesses like event planners that have done corporate jobs. People that have owed them money and they were not getting paid on-time, so they needed a way to get people to pay them, but not come...

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How Event Planners Find the Right Meeting Room Size Fast

Posted by on 09:53 in Blog | 0 comments

How Event Planners Find the Right Meeting Room Size Fast

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting room with the venues capacity chart in hand thinking “no way can I fit 230 people theatre style into this room“.  Well come closer and listen carefully.  Capacity charts can be very confusing. There is no consistency in the way capacity is quoted from one venue to the other. For instance one venue might say 2.000 attendees, theatre style in an area of 16.000 square feet and another will have the same 2.000 attendees in an area of 20.000 square feet. Which one is the right one for your event? Looking...

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How Useful Are Floor Plans and Capacity Charts?

Posted by on 11:41 in Blog | 0 comments

How Useful Are Floor Plans and Capacity Charts?

I was on the internet the other day looking at different event venues. What interested me is the usefulness of floor plans and capacity charts to an event planner. And I was shocked. Who can make sense of these things? Most of them are just crap! Capacity charts and floor plans that show maxed out seating with no stage. Floor plans that have no dimensions whatsoever on them.  Unusable PDF‘s that only show nice pictures but give no information. Conflicting specifications where one states a different capacity than the other.  How is an Event...

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Why Is Great Conference WiFi So Expensive?

Posted by on 10:52 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Is Great Conference WiFi So Expensive?

One of the nightmares you can experience as an event planner is crappy WiFi in a venue. Your attendees can‘t log on or the connection breaks down every few minutes. And you can‘t even complain because the venue is offering it for free! I could go and on about why supplying WiFi is so tricky and expensive but let‘s save that for another time. So to make your client happy and create a great conference WiFi experience follow these simple rules: To determine whether a venue will meet your conference‘s WiFi needs, make a list of all the uses for...

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Why iBeacons isn‘t the indoor GPS solution for event venues

Posted by on 14:45 in Venue Technology | 0 comments

In one of my last posts about generating revenue with indoor GPS, I mentioned the different technologies already in use. The main ones are iBeacons from Apple and WiFi. What are the main differences and why is this important for your venue? The main differences between iBeacons and WiFi are: You need more iBeacons to cover the same area. They only cover a small range of up to 10 meters reliably. WiFi goes up to 50 meters. The user must switch on bluetooth in their smartphones. If they have older smartphones without Bluetooth 4.0, it won‘t...

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What Are Your “Broken Windows“?

Posted by on 08:48 in Blog | 0 comments

Back in 1994 Mayor Rudi Guiliani of New York City implemented the theory of fixing „broken windows“ The theory says that if you don‘t fix a broken window in a building, many more will follow, graffiti will be sprayed and squatters will inhabit the building. In an event venue, „broken windows“ can be anything like worn out carpeting, misplaced furniture and non-functioning lights. All these are noticed not only by your clients but also by your personnel, which is even worse. Why? Because that is when your personnel starts to care less which...

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Revenue Generating Ideas for Indoor GPS in Event Venues

Posted by on 11:07 in Venue Technology | 0 comments

You have probably heard of the latest event technology trend: indoor GPS. This allows your attendee to navigate inside your venue using their own smartphone. Other than offering the attendees a discount at your restaurant, what else can you use it for? Automatic ticketing and registration You can reduce registration personnel by fast tracking those who have already registered. The registration process is greatly simplified by allowing access to the venue or a specific area, as soon as the carrier of a smartphone is identified. ...

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Corporate Events Are Better Than Weddings

Posted by on 08:59 in Blog | 0 comments

There aren‘t enough weekends in the calendar to accommodate all the weddings that you could have at your venue. But what do you do during the week?  Here are the most important reasons why corporate events are so important for sales revenue at your venue: corporate events, in contrast to wedding events are a recurring business. Newlyweds normally don‘t get married very 6 months so you only get their business once, but corporate events will keep coming back to your venue if their last event was successful and they liked your services....

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