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5 reasons going digital can help you go green at your next event
Trace Cohen
In the spirit of Earth Day, I wanted to touch upon how digital/social media can be an effective way to lower your show's carbon footprint. Printed materials have always been the hallmark of doing business when face-to-face at a show, but more times than not, companies print more than is needed. The result? It will be thrown out at the end of the day. The way to remedy this waste of paper would be to have your company start to convert some of your physical promotions into digital ones. Here are some reasons and examples why going digital is good for the environment, your business and your show.
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Changing with the times: The need for hotel marketing and revenue management to converge
Hospitality Net
We are currently in a digital age. The proliferation of new technologies and the uptake of them by guests is changing the booking landscape so quickly that even technological adept hospitality managers can find it difficult to keep up. The biggest change in recent years has been the rise and heightening reliance on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as the social media apps offered on these devices, which are available at any time in any location.
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SGMP electronic silent auction OPEN NOW through May 8
SGMP
Anyone can bid now by clicking here or by sending a text to 52182 that says "sgmp14"! You need not be at the NEC to bid and you need not be a member to bid. Anyone can bid from anywhere! Please send this to your friends and family. All funds from this auction will be used to provide education scholarships by SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learning.
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Congress to feds: You're on the hook for spending transparency
Nextgov
Passing the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act was one thing. Implementing it will be a much bigger challenge. The success of the open government measure Congress passed, which the president has pledged to sign, depends on ensuring the executive branch implements the law's mandates on schedule, lawmakers said. Some White House officials remain concerned Congress' implementation plan for the DATA Act, which requires standardized coding for federal grant and contract spending, is too quick, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.
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Crowdfunding craze seeping into hospitality world
Suzanne Mason
Crowdfunding is not a new concept. Crowdfunding gives a company or an individual the chance to fund a project with small amounts of money by a large number of people via the Internet. Sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have sparked the interest in network fundraising. Now crowdfunding is finding is gaining popularity in real estate — specifically hotels. Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California, is looking to become the first hotel in the industry to raise money through crowdfunding.
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Green meetings for the win
Associations Now
According to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries did something to protect the environment on Earth Day this year. And it's a pretty safe bet that some of those individuals were meeting planners or tradeshow exhibitors. That's because whether it's choosing venues that grow produce and other foods onsite, using recycled signage and booth décor or ditching tote bags, hosting greener and more sustainable conferences is top of mind for the majority of meeting planners and exhibitors.
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Accor drops the hotel check-in desk for a mobile app
Skift
Accor, the hotel chain with brands ranging from Sofitel to Novotel and Ibis, revamped the check-in process based on a radical idea: It wants its staff to provide personalized service instead of being bogged down filling out paperwork to register guests.
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6 things you must do when weather threatens your event
Expo
Weather is the huge unknown when it comes to producing public events. The busiest consumer show season is the first and fourth quarters. In other words — winter. With shows held in the summer and early fall — depending on the part of the country — you run into hurricane season. It is critical to have a plan in place to communicate with your attendees and prospective attendees in case of a snowstorm or other unforeseen issues.
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Meetings Mean Business campaign launches mobile app
Successful Meetings
The Meetings Mean Business campaign — re-launched this year to promote the economic benefits of meetings and events — has launched a new industry-wide mobile app, it announced. Available in both the Apple iTunes Store and the Android Google Play Store, the app provides quick, on-the-go access to campaign materials — including collateral, data points and industry news — so that meeting professionals can access them when they need them.
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Register now for SGMP webinar on June 12 — 'Smart Meetings Management'
SGMP
Join James Brixius from Cvent and Amanda Yates, CGMP, from the U.S. Department of Education to learn different ways to maintain compliance with meeting policies and expectations, how to manage communication campaigns and facilitate registrations and effective ways to analyze events to demonstrate ROI for your event. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register now.
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All agencies have met their small biz contracting goals
Government Executive
For the first time in seven years, all federal agencies in fiscal 2013 met their goals of steering 23 percent of contracting to small businesses, according to panelists at an industry conference recently. The Small Business conference was staged by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council and is intended as an opportunity for small business contractors to interact with agency representatives on how to qualify and win more work.
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The RFP for the U-2 spy plane was just 2 pages long
Nextgov
That's quite a contrast to modern RFPs, which can run dozens or hundreds of pages for comparatively simple technology. The government initially picked three small firms to develop full proposals. There's another piece of the story, however, that will be all too familiar to contemporary government technologists.
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