Special D Events

Special D Events

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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Our Newest Employee Shares her Event Planning “Nuggets” of Knowledge

February 1, 2013

Time management is EVERYTHING There is no handbook for how to manage your time.  Timelines missed, meetings forgotten – this does not reflect well on your professional image.  Email is my biggest struggle and I’ve finally found a system that works for me.  I only check my inbox a few times a day. Scan for…

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5 Tips on using social media outlets to promote your next event

August 3, 2011

750 million people can’t be wrong.  That’s how many active users Facebook brings to your event table.  Used properly, the Facebook social media website can increase attendance and enhance your event’s brand.  Here are a few tips to get you started. Tip #1: Create a group for your event Instead of just promoting the event…

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Beer Dinner Basics

February 9, 2011

Restaurants and breweries have long since worked together but over the past couple years they have found a way to maximize the perfect marriage of each industry… beer dinners. Looking in your local newspaper odds are you will find a host of options for beer dinners occurring in your town on a weekly basis. These…

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Green Venue Selection Guide Debuts

December 2, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council has released a new Green Venue Selection Guide: Integrating LEED into Travel & Event Management. If you are looking to host an environmentally friendly meeting or event, you should take a look. http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/Archive/General/Docs6275.pdf

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