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Choosing an Events Venue in China

I have been very lucky to work extensively in China, running conferences in a number of industries, like travel and aviation, and as my friends and colleagues in the Peoples’ Republic and across Asia celebrate Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Monkey, I thought it would be timely to post…

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Talking Social Media at the #eventprofs Meetup

A brilliant turn-out for this month’s Event Managers’ Meetup, which took place at CodeNode on South Place, London on Thursday evening. More than 30 #eventprofs turned out to see guest speaker Sade Laja, head of digital engagement  at the Digital Catapult gave a fantastic talk about how to build a delegate base for events using social media…

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The #eventprofs guide to #LDNTechWeek

The engine is starting to rev up for this year’s edition of London Technology Week (20-26 June) but if you don’t sign up quickly, you’ll miss out. It can be exhausting to wade through the list of hundreds of #eventtech events taking place across the thriving technology hub that is the city of London, so here’s…

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A New Dawn for DoubleDutch

“What was previously a dark channel reachable only by microphone and post event email, has become illuminated as physical world event attendees engage and connect with technology.” – @lawrencecoburn, CEO @doubledutch The CEO of event app provider DoubleDutch has boldly declared the end of the legacy event tech era and unveiled his plan for a future the company calls Live Engagement…

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Event Industry Weighs in on #Brexit

The umbrella body for the UK events industry, the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has surveyed members of its partner organisations to determine their thoughts on how ‘Brexit’ might affect events in the UK. The Guide to Events weighed in on this issue a few weeks ago, but the overall results show the industry…

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Is #eventtech in a bubble?

India-based ReportsNReports has published a new commercial analysis paper suggesting that the global event management software (EMS) industry is set to continue growing, but only by 8.42% year on year, between now and 2020. This figure seems small and is in direct contrast to the same analyst’s earlier report (‘Global Event Management as a Service Market…

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Understanding Blockchain

The geeks shall inherit the earth… they’ve hidden the Will in a blockchain To date, everything written about blockchain seems to be by geeks, for geeks. I mean no offence (The Guide to Events ♥ geeks), but these descriptions are clearly crafted in English (and other languages) by people whose first language is HTML, so they…

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Social media self-destruction (and how to avoid it)

Social media is, by its very nature, chatty and colloquial. It lends itself to irreverent comments, pithy one-liners and catty bon mots that make people laugh. When deciding on a ‘voice’ for your event’s social activity, it is important to work out early on where you should draw the line, and decide what kind of things you…

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Blockchain: conferencing the zeitgeist

I work in tech. Or rather, I work around tech, being an #eventprof. Over the years, I have produced conferences and events on everything from special needs education to satellite technology and luxury retail to corporate governance. I love this diversity – it exercises the brain and means that no two days are ever the…

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Yesterday The Guide to Events was asked by the British Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) to weigh in on what I thought the impact of Brexit would be for the UK events industry. A simple enough question in theory and we’re always ready with an opinion on most things, but… we didn’t know. So we gave it some…

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