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How to use different social networks at your next show
By Trace Cohen
There is no question that conferences, expos and trade shows are effective for multiple reasons, as they gather various industries together in one location, for a number of days. What if you could make those few days even more effective by starting months before the event starts, and never really have it end? Shows are all about community, and social media provides a great way to keep in touch before, during and even after the show. Between the show, exhibitors, attendees and their community networks, and people who cannot attend but are still interested, the number of contacts is huge.
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Study: For news, business leaders still prefer email
Associations Now
A new survey of almost 1,000 executives found that most are plucking their news out of their email inboxes every day, rather than using online news sites or apps. The study also revealed when business leaders are consuming news and how they're sharing it.
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Defying convention: 7 ways convention centers are changing to stay relevant
Successful Meetings
It used to be simple. You attended a show at a convention center, and there was the exhibit floor, perhaps a stage for speakers, and maybe a dedicated area for seminars. And that was it. Today's conventions are social and stimulating and, in turn, the centers in which they are held are becoming more resourceful and flexible. Every area within a convention facility is beginning to be viewed as a potential learning space that can encourage connection and community.
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Rival airfare bills battle on what to tell ticket-buyers
The Seattle Times
Will the real airfare transparency bill please stand up? Passengers may be forgiven for asking that question after Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., recently introduced the Real Transparency in Airfares Act — not to be confused with an earlier congressional bill called the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. Both claim to bring "transparency" to airline tickets. But only one actually does, at least for air travelers. The question is, which one?
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Federal employees have lost all furlough appeals so far
Government Executive
All the adjudicated appeals from federal employees who were furloughed because of sequestration and are seeking back pay so far have been denied, according to a new report. The Merit Systems Protection Board, tasked with processing 32,400 initial furlough appeals filed in fiscal 2013, has processed about 2,000 of those cases so far; of the 1,200 cases "adjudicated on the merits," the judges in each instance upheld the agency's decision.
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2014 is a great time to earn your CGMP designation
SGMP
There are currently three upcoming courses scheduled for the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals. You can register now for the July or September courses in Alexandria, Virginia, or for the August course in Atlanta. To find out how a course can be scheduled near you, contact garland.preddy@sgmp.org.
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LinkedIn gives premium users premium placement with new updates
Associations Now
Premium users on LinkedIn are about to stand out even more than usual. The business-focused social network recently revealed that it would give the profiles of paid users an additional visual punch that regular users won't have: a cover photo. On top of that feature, the company will make it easier for premium users to optimize their profiles, give them a little extra mojo in searches on the site and improve their ability to see the people who have viewed their profiles.
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Association meetings rise, government meetings fall
Successful Meetings
With one exception — government meetings — the number of meetings managed by its members rose in 2013, the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) reported. According to the annual member survey, its members handled 2,826 association meetings in 2013, up from 2,607 in 2012. Likewise, they handled 3,329 corporate meetings last year, up from 3,280 the year before. Finally, the number of government meetings its members managed fell, from a high of 707 in 2011 to 609 in 2013.
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Bill Marriott, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch and the age of the everlasting executive
The Washington Post
He's 82 now, but Bill Marriott can't bring himself to completely walk away from the company that bears his name. Though Marriott no longer runs the company he transformed into a global lodging chain, he remains its executive chairman, still working 50 hours a week and visiting more than 200 hotels a year.
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Here is how a rare unified front in Congress is addressing VA
Government Executive
More than a month after the scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department broke, the House and Senate seem to be moving in different directions to solve it. But those differences are small and will be resolved without much delay, both sides say, hinting at the potential for a quick, bipartisan solution to a major national problem—something rarely seen in recent Congresses. So far, no legislation has been sent to President Obama to sign into law. But here is one chart that shows a brief summary and the current status of the major VA bills Congress has considered in recent weeks and months.
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Father's Day: The holiday that gets no respect?
Associations Now
If he's lucky, Dad will get a greeting card to honor him this Father's Day. But that's no sure thing, according to the National Retail Federation. Even though the holiday will drive an estimated $12.5 billion in spending this year, NRF says, that's a far cry from the estimated $19.9 billion that consumers spent on Mother's Day last month.
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