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Incorporate Social Media Into Your Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Incorporate Social Media into Your Next Meeting

 

Meetings & Conventions Magazine has named Social Media as one of the top meeting trends of 2014. Here are some ways to incorporate social media into your next event.

  • Create A Hashtag: Hashtags are an easy way to keep track of what people are talking about in regards to your meeting or convention. This can be used for attendees to communicate with each other during the meeting, for organizers to see what topics are resonating with the attendees and to keep the conversation going after the event is over. Hashtags can be used on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Set Up An Event Blog: Blogs are another way to draw traffic to your website. Create a blog for your meeting or event. It can be as simple or as in depth as you want it to be. It is a good way to get people talking about the conference and to keep attendees informed. If you don’t have time to write all of the blogs, use it as an incentive for those attending the event. If they write a certain number of blogs for you, they will receive a % off their registration (or free registration!).
  • Take Lots Of Photos:  Take photos during the event and post them on your company’s Facebook page. Direct participants to your company’s page and invite them to tag themselves in the photos. Display the photos on the screen in the event space during breaks so people can see themselves on the big screen! You can also post the photos to Instagram and use a hashtag for the event to create more buzz.
  • Create A YouTube Channel: Record part of your meetings…even if it is just little snippets to give future meeting-goers a taste of what your meetings are like. This can be used for promotional purposes at a later date. You can ask attendees to take short videos from the cell phones and have them emailed to you. This is a good way to get many different types of videos for you to upload. The more, the merrier! YouTube videos can be used on your website, blog, Twitter and Facebook page.

There are many ways to integrate a social media plan into your meeting or event. No matter what approach you take, remember to update your social media platform often for optimal results.  Need more ideas? Take a look at our Social Buzz page to see how we are incorporating social media into our business!

4 Meeting Planning Trends for 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

We predict that meetings will center around the audience’s experience more than ever in 2014. How can you engage your audience? Here are four trends to watch for in meetings and conferences in 2014:

Speaker responsibility shift.  Corporate meeting trends are moving away from the speaker performing as the entertainment but rather serving as a facilitator. Audiences are increasingly demanding  an interactive role versus the passive spectator. Jeff Hurt, a corporate meeting pundit, states that “…audiences are demanding that speakers shift from being great orators and entertainers to facilitators of the learning experience.” (jeffhurtblog.com)

Live animals. Yes, you read that right! Meeting planners that want to push the envelope has been setting a new trend with live animals. Ross Monnich reports in “Intern Insights” that bobcats, owls, eagles and alligators have cropped up in EliteMeetings.com over the past four months. This will guarantee a meeting that your attendees won’t forget!

Regional culinary and cultural themes. Authentic local cuisine is making a comeback at meeting venues. Resorts and hotel properties are featuring regional cuisines to satisfy the foodie in every meeting guest. The King and Prince Resort presents meeting planners a host of southern themed dinner options, such as an ‘all-American cookout’, a southern barbecue, or a low country boil.

Hybrid Meetings. We’ve blogged about this before and will continue to do so, as live streaming, live blogging, and social media sharing continues to grow. Incorporating this into your meetings will be a must in 2014.

 

Whether it’s boarding a dolphin tour boat at Morningstar Marina or turtle watching at the Sea Turtle Center, The King and Prince Resort is already on trend with the live animal  and regional culinary inspirations! Fill out an RFP to learn more about hosting a corporate meeting at The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Share your meeting planning trend predictions for 2014!