Special Events Blog http://specialevents.com/blog/3224/feed Here you'll find information, comments and advice from special event professionals around the world. en Why Fortune 500 companies are hosting holiday parties in summer http://specialevents.com/blog/why-fortune-500-companies-are-hosting-holiday-parties-summer <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="Nicole Lavin of Kapow Events" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2015/07/Lavin_Nicole_PORTRAIT.jpg" style="float: left;" />Corporate entertainment &ndash; the face of which is the annual company holiday party &ndash; has changed over the years. Once an occasion for employees to gather around the punch bowl to celebrate the winter holidays and a year of hard work, holiday parties have turned into dynamic, exciting (often off-site) events for not just employees, but families and clients, too.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/why-fortune-500-companies-are-hosting-holiday-parties-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/why-fortune-500-companies-are-hosting-holiday-parties-summer#comments Corporate Events corporate holiday parties corporate special events Special Events Blog Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:24:00 +0000 23801 at http://specialevents.com The misrepresented industry—special events http://specialevents.com/blog/misrepresented-industry-special-events <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Over the years I&rsquo;ve been amused by the reaction I get when I tell people that I&rsquo;m an event planner. It ranges from, &ldquo;Oh, I always wanted to do that!&rdquo; to &ldquo;Wow--that sounds like so much fun!&rdquo; to &ldquo;Oh, you do weddings?&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/misrepresented-industry-special-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/misrepresented-industry-special-events#comments News Forte Events special events Tami Forero Special Events Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:35:00 +0000 23751 at http://specialevents.com Tips for staging your event products for the best photos http://specialevents.com/blog/tips-staging-your-event-products-best-photos <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Product-based event businesses have just one chance to make a great first impression online. Consumers today are savvy, with extremely high expectations of their shopping experiences on the Internet. They can detect a professional effort over an amateur one in seconds. When developing your online presence, there are many best practices you must consider.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/tips-staging-your-event-products-best-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/tips-staging-your-event-products-best-photos#comments Event Tools 100candles.com special event product photography Special Events Blog Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:16:00 +0000 23541 at http://specialevents.com The most Instagram-worthy event spaces http://specialevents.com/blog/most-instagram-worthy-event-spaces <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Did you know that engagement rates on Instagram are 15 times higher than Facebook and 20 higher than Twitter?&nbsp;As social media usage continues to grow during meetings and events, we wanted to share the top 15 hotel properties with an Insta-worthy meetings space.&nbsp; </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/most-instagram-worthy-event-spaces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/most-instagram-worthy-event-spaces#comments Venues beautiful hotel event spaces Special Events Blog Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:36:00 +0000 23441 at http://specialevents.com Why our business is different--and better http://specialevents.com/blog/why-our-business-different-and-better <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Tami Forero of Forté Events shares why her business is more successful than others in the event industry--and yours can be, too.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/why-our-business-different-and-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/why-our-business-different-and-better#comments archive successful business management Special Events Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:48:00 +0000 23371 at http://specialevents.com Entertainment 2.0 – What does it look like? http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-20-what-does-it-look <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Eyal Simko, CEO of One Up Entertainment, shares strategies for creating great, interactive entertainment for special eve</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-20-what-does-it-look" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-20-what-does-it-look#comments Entertainment event entertainment Eyal Simko One Up Entertainment Special Events Blog Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:48:00 +0000 23311 at http://specialevents.com 7 smart ways to engage your audience 24-7 with social media http://specialevents.com/blog/7-smart-ways-engage-your-audience-24-7-social-media <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="Alena Van Dalen" src="/site-files/specialevents.com/files/uploads/2015/03/VanDalen_Alena_PORTRAIT.jpg" style="width: 192px; height: 239px; float: left;" />Tweet me! Like us! Follow us! Tag our clever hashtag! As marketers and event planners, we are populating our event promotions and collateral with various social media buttons and calls to action. But what value does this bring? How is it measured? Does it matter?</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/7-smart-ways-engage-your-audience-24-7-social-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/7-smart-ways-engage-your-audience-24-7-social-media#comments content social media tips Special Events Blog Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:46:00 +0000 23251 at http://specialevents.com When the crap has to go: Creative ways to dispose of rental inventory http://specialevents.com/blog/when-crap-has-go-creative-ways-dispose-rental-inventory <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Unique suggestions on disposing of party rental inventory</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/when-crap-has-go-creative-ways-dispose-rental-inventory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/when-crap-has-go-creative-ways-dispose-rental-inventory#comments Rental disposing of party and event rental inventory Special Events Blog Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:47:00 +0000 23211 at http://specialevents.com Passion = Purpose: Finding your path in life http://specialevents.com/blog/passion-purpose-finding-your-path-life <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Nancy Stoltz of Creative Coverings finds the driving force behind her life journey—a reminder that not all who wander are lost</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/passion-purpose-finding-your-path-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/passion-purpose-finding-your-path-life#comments archive finding one's path in life Special Events Blog Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:52:00 +0000 23071 at http://specialevents.com 2015 wedding trends: Midyear check-in http://specialevents.com/blog/2015-wedding-trends-midyear-check <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>As we quickly gain momentum heading into midyear, it&rsquo;s important to revisit and reflect on the wedding trends shaping this season.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/2015-wedding-trends-midyear-check" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/2015-wedding-trends-midyear-check#comments Weddings weddding trends 2015 Special Events Blog Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:11:00 +0000 23031 at http://specialevents.com