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In this blog, I talk about our views on what makes a venue a smart (event) venue. Many of us are familiar with the concept of a smart building. It is any structure that uses sensors and other technologies to automate a building’s functions and operations. The
Matthias Schultze, GCB
Guest blog from: Matthias Schultze, Managing Director GCB German Convention Bureau e. V.  In the digital age, everyone is talking about the user experience and the event industry makes no difference: The success of meetings and conferences crucially depends
  For brick and mortar companies, software purchases make up the second largest capital expenditure that the company will assume.  In today’s world, software applications run businesses.  As such, these decisions are critical to the success
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Let’s face it, there are countless entities involved in planning and executing an event. It all starts with a vision, on how you want the event to go, along with your goals and objectives. From here there will be discussions around budget and possible revenue,
It's that time of the year again (yes, holiday season, but no, we're not talking about the three-course-meal you are preparing for Christmas now), when bloggers around the globe sit down to write a blog to let the world know about their personal highlights
In part 1 of this blog series, Holger Friesz wrote about the impact of digitization on the venue and event industry. While attending the 11th AIPC Facility Operations Summit in Barcelona, it occurred to me that a lot of the challenges around venue operations
What does “staying ahead of future industry trends” mean? What kind of investments should venues envision to prepare for the future? What benefits do you expect from the investment in digitalization? These and many other questions were discussed at the 11th
Out with the Old People get stuck in the processes of using spreadsheets and Word docs to try to piece together projects, people, and data. Paper trails that have to be followed. Information gets lost in translation. Data has to be entered into multiple places.
  What are the main issues that University event planners deal with? Anyone can see that there are few organizations that have more departments and moving parts than colleges and Universities do. It takes a lot of people to work together and run all
When you’re an event coordinator for a higher education institution, you’ve got a host of unique issues that you face daily. Not only are you dealing with the common time constraints and last-minute changes familiar to event organizers abroad, there is
If you happen to be one of a handful of show organizers whose events sell-out with little or no effort year after year, congratulations! However, for the rest of us, achieving sales goals requires significant effort. There’s been much written about how to find
In 2016, we used data from the 2015 TSNN Top 250 to examine “[What Is Market Share and What Does this KPI Mean to Convention Centers?]” The following is a refreshed look at that post with new data from the 2017 TSNN Top 250. In a future post, we will examine

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