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Mar. 12, 2015

SGMP partners with GSA for 2 webinars FREE for SGMP members
Ever wonder how GSA sets the annual locality per diem rates? Join Jill Denning, GSA's per diem program manager, to find out and to engage in Q&A directly with GSA. These webinars are sponsored by SGMP and iCohere and are complimentary to SGMP members. Register now for "What You Don't Know About GSA's Per Diem Methodology" (March 19 for planners or March 26 for suppliers) or click on READ MORE for additional details.More

Going viral: Meetings Mean Business joins BuzzFeed Community
Associations Now
When it comes to creating viral content, one name stands out: BuzzFeed. Rather than try to mimic the social media site, the Meetings Mean Business campaign decided to go a different route. It joined BuzzFeed Community.More

Bill rolls back deep cuts to Defense travel per diems
Federal Times
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are attempting to undo deep cuts the Defense Department made to travel per diems in 2014, according to a new bill introduced March 2. Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Walter Jones, R-N.C., introduced legislation to halt the approximately $22 million in per diem cuts.More

5 ways to create a memorable impression in a meeting
Smart Meetings
Think about it: How many times have you gone to a meeting and come out of it wondering what it was about? All too often, people attend meetings and end up squandering an opportunity to get discovered, showcase potential, earn respect and share momentum. Meetings should be considered innovation labs. Unfortunately, most don't take meetings seriously enough.More

2015 NEC Highlights: Register NOW
The 2015 NEC & Expo is just around the corner in Minneapolis April 28-30, and we are looking forward to seeing you there! SGMP is featuring five options for Pre-Conference Programming: CGMP Course & Exam, Protocol, Supplier Strategies Boot Camp, Building Blocks of Meetings Management and Risk Management. Our Northern Lights chapter newsletter provides an excellent preview of our host city and state. Take a look!More

More feds are 'thriving' financially than average workers, survey finds
Government Executive
Most federal employee groups say their members are weary, suffering from repeated sacrifices and low morale. According to one survey, however, federal workers are "thriving." Gallup recently found 44 percent of the federal workforce maintains a financial well-being that is "strong and consistent," 10 percentage points higher than the rest of the U.S. workforce.More

Taking charge of negotiating begins with knowledge
Meetings Focus
The meek may be set for a pretty sweet inheritance, but they won't get very far with hotel negotiations. While a seller's market might make cutting an amazing deal tough in today's landscape of low supply and high demand, planners can still embolden their leverage and raise their ambition through one key factor: Knowledge.More

The meetings industry turns to content marketing to get ahead
The new Visit California website amply illustrates the shift among destination marketing organizations (DMOs) toward sophisticated content marketing on the leisure side. DMOs are expanding their traditional roles of sales and marketing into destination development and brand management for both leisure and group markets. So they're engaging more with a wider range of destination partners, and they're crafting brand messaging toward meeting planners to encompass a broader, more holistic destination experience beyond rates, dates and space.More

Forecast: Air travel will reach 7-year high this spring
Successful Meetings
U.S. airlines achieved their fifth consecutive year of profitability last year, and are poised to experience another strong year this year as passenger volumes reach their highest level in seven years, according to industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A), which recently published its 2015 spring air travel forecast and 2014 results for U.S. passenger airlines.More

Millennials make ideal public servants
The Washington Post
A recent IBM study found that many of the stereotypes regarding millennials are simply wrong. While there are social and cultural differences between different generations, we too often rely on oversimplified ideas about younger workers — and as a result, focus on trying to solve the wrong problems.More

Selfie sticks are the latest amenity at Instagram-friendly hotels
More hotels are beginning to offer selfie sticks to guests like they're umbrellas. The next hottest thing may fizzle out just as quickly as it sizzled, but hotels are still making moves to add it to their hospitality arsenal. Their commitment to the extendable fad varies in distribution, some provide them to all guests at all properties, some just to VIPs, and some use it as part of discount packages, or a perk for hotel app downloads.More