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A Time for Thanks

November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here and we are all excited about having family and friends together for the celebration. Besides the amazing food, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® here in Detroit, and the four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to reflect on 2014. It has been a banner year for the team at Special D Events, taking…

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Best List of Hotel Contract Concessions

October 24, 2014

Navigating hotel contracts can be a confusing and scary process for planners.  Here at Special D Events we have a wide range of client types; so over the years we have compiled a go-to list of concessions we can negotiate on behalf of our clients.  The concessions which we are successful in negotiating into the contract will…

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Special D Events Wish List

May 8, 2014

We as event planners spend our time listening to our clients and creating events that are exactly what they envisioned.  From simple requests to over the top production, it’s our job to make their ideas come to life. If you could have one wish for your dream event, what would it be? “I would like…

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Need Internet for Your Meeting? Here Is What You Need to Know

April 9, 2014

Avoid surprise invoices after the event and difficult conversations by arming yourself with some of the latest tips from industry experts on buying WiFi or wired internet for your meeting. Meeting planners may rely a little too much on their technology partners to guide them down the right path. You could be overpaying the hotel…

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No Room at the Inn: A Meeting Logistics Lesson for All

December 5, 2013

Our solution Three to four pallets were shrink wrapped for shipping instead of the 30-40 boxes we had originally anticipated sending separately. We partnered with a logistics company that would pick up the boxes, take them back to their secure warehouse, palletize them and deliver them to the hotel for us.  The best part of…

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Charging Stations Can Enhance Conference & Tradeshow ROI

April 9, 2012

Cell phone charging stations are popping up everywhere; large crowds gather providing users with a quick power up and giving sponsors a new avenue for visibility. These convenient kiosks offer a spa experience of sorts for your personal technology. They are particularly effective at trade shows and conferences because of the great brand exposure they…

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Nickel and Dimed

April 8, 2010

Feeling nickel and dimed nowadays? Join the club. The recent announcement of Spirit Airlines to charge passengers as much as $45 for each piece of carry-on luggage has left some people to wonder what’s next? Sad but true, even the meetings and events industry cannot buck this trend. I recently was speaking with the catering…

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Environmentally Conscious Meeting Planning Tips for Earth Day

April 21, 2014

At this point, every planner should be doing at least one thing they can say has made their events more sustainable.  Here we review some of the common applied ideas and some not so obvious actions you can take to be more environmentally conscious while planning your next corporate meeting. Find something on this list…

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Taking Care of the Customer – Making Sure All Attendees Feel Welcome

October 15, 2013

First Time Attendees Host a pre-conference session to review what makes your meeting unique / best in the industry Design a welcome booth or mini-lounge for them near the entrance / registration Include a special thank you gift in their registration packet Organize an ambassador program with volunteers who have attended before Offer contests, prizes…

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Mobile Apps – What You Need to Know About Going Mobile

August 26, 2013

What They Offer Attendee Engagement – networking, photos, push notifications, social media integrations Sponsors and Exhibitors – sponsorship opportunity, interactive exhibit hall map, company profiles Program/Content – speaker profiles, downloadable session documents, personalized attendee agendas For Planners – surveys, audience polling, analytics Choosing a Provider Components to Consider Price/Cost – apps are available at all…

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How To Make Events Interactive

December 9, 2011

Looking for a creative way to make your special event more interactive? Consider an art contest. We recently managed an open house for a Monroe, Michigan welding company and staged a unique contest that featured welding masks. We contacted a local art college — the College for Creative Studies — and invited students to express…

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