IMEX Group Director of Knowledge and Events Dale Hudson talks about Educational portion of IMEX America. Dale touches Smart Monday, deep dives, and the inspiration center and much more….
Jon Trask and Elizabeth Glau catch up with Kyle Hillman at Meetings Professional International (MPI) at the World Education Congress (WEC)
They touch on advocacy in the meetings industry, competition with other associations, and the future of MPI and the fuzzy differences between the planner/supplier relationship.
Todays show we talk about two blog posts one from the Velvet Chainsaw Consulting written from speaker Jeff Hurt at Midcourse Corrections. Check it out here: Improving conference attendee experiences. The other blog post from Jon from his registration experience “The Box” for Coachella Music Festival. Both stress that less logistics and more designing experiences are the way to go.
- The Conference Compression Factor (socialmediatoday.com)
- Reese and Jake Blend Right In With the Coachella Crowds (popsugar.com)
- The box… (grassshackroad.com)
- Radiohead, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg and more at Coachella music festival (thezigzagger.com)
- 2012 Coachella Music Festival Lineup Revealed! (justjared.buzznet.com)
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Jon Trask and Elizabeth Glau meet the following afternoon to wrap up their comments on the first iMEX America show at the Venetian Resort and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. This time we’re in the MPI booth and there’s no band to interrupt us before we’re done!
Every so often when Mike and I are chatting we’ll touch on a subject and he’ll exclaim…”That should be a blog post!”
We were having one of those talks this week about a basic little revival of an invitation idea that I saw and thought was very clever to get people intrigued about an event.
The item I saw was a brick, with the invitation printed directly on it to a “Building Party”. Basically the infamous Phil Spector was building a new studio in Hollywood and invited people to a party to each come and add brick to one of the new walls. How cool is that?
What a great way to engage folks in advance (we can all visualize the construction site immediately.) And, then once they get there you have a fun activity of them actually placing the brick into the wall.
Granted the shipping costs would play into deciding to use an idea like this. But, you can riff off of the basic idea into different sorts of materials. The key concept being that the guest is involved in a basic way in the construction of this new structure. Maybe each person simply gets a bolt to add?
You could also make it a part of a service project for a group, it would fit great with a habitat or renovation type service project to engage the attendees before they ever get there.
I love the idea, so many creative directions to take it.
Has anyone else done any really cool invitations they’d like to share?
This mornings show we talk about Event Camp Twin Cities and the Google Moderator answers from the face to face attendees, Pod attendees and the virtual attendees. Great way to collect everyone’s ideas and feel the pulse of the session. The audio on BlogtalkRadio seems to be pretty bad….. So we may rethink using the service. So much distortion.
Joan Eisenstodt Tweeted this link which we found pretty interesting- Meeting and event jobs down under in New Zealand.
Jon Trask brings us a couple of great links:
MPI has a great job board for members.
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- 37 Dynamite Ways to Keep The Conversation Going After Your Event (eventcoup.com)
- BlogWorld & New Media Expo is going to be HOT! Where I’ll be. (offonatangent.blogspot.com)
Today’s show Mike and Jon talk about the recession ending and the ramifications to the meetings and events industry.
Show notes :
Mike McAllen: Welcome back to the Meetings Podcast. This is Mike McAllen with Grass Shack Events and Media and back again is my partner in crime Jon Trask from Alliant Event Services.