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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

QR-azy

I have talked about QR Codes in the past and I dare say that at this point QR codes are more popular than ever! The potential for their application is ever more diversified, offering a greater range of possibilities. A recent feature from M&C highlighted that the team at VisitPittsburgh wear custom lapel pins which[...]

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I remember when the online and internet activity first started to take hold. Email had become a standard form of communication, it also became the new way to send out chain letters (do this or die!), jokes, and angel pictures made from carefully placed keyboard characters, and creepy videos of computerized dancing babies, anyone remember[...]

Pin It!

“Pin it and they will come.” I think this may have been what Pinterest had in mind when they started their on line digital pin board site. By the way, they did come! Pinterest ranks #3 among the social media sites and it does not look as if things will be slowing down anytime soon.[...]

Must Have Technologies for Meeting Planners (and the next must have step to take)

There are many technologies that will make your meeting planning life so much easier. If you are not up on these technologies, then here is a soft nudge to get you moving in the right direction.  Don’t get left behind! Smartphones: If you are not packing a smartphone in your tote, then what are you[...]

The Meeting Planner Technology Report

I have written about the important technologies available to today’s meeting planner. It is astounding the amount of information that can be found right at our fingertips. Here is a nice checklist for you on what you need to be aware of, working on and considering.  Social Media. Are you on it and active? If[...]

New Fun Meeting Ideas

Keeping your meetings fresh with interesting ideas is always a good idea. It is a way to set you apart and add that extra bit of something. Here are a few ideas for you to include in your next event: Have some inexpensive t-shirts made up for the staff. The t-shirts can have the name[...]

Speaking of Speakers

guest speakers

When you are choosing a speaker for your event, you are setting a tone, conveying a goal and sharing a timely message. And all of this is to be done in an entertaining, professional and inspiring manner. It is no small task. So before you hire your next speaker, here are a few items for[...]

Who to Follow

Last week I talked about the Tweetable Meetable and how to use Twitter to enhance your attendee’s meeting experience. So, are you on Twitter, yet? By all means, do sign up! Not only is it a great way to gather meeting information, but you can also connect with other meeting planners to learn and share.[...]

Tweetable Meetable

Though still considered the pound sign, and found in plenty on automatic voice mail systems everywhere, the #, or hashtag, has garnered a new reputation amongst planners as a cool way to enhance their meeting attendees’ experience.  By incorporating the humble hashtag (#) into your next event, you can create a big impact; one that[...]