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Join Us for a Hangout about Moderating Twitter Chats

 
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UPDATE: The time for our "Hangout about Moderating Twitter Chats" is now scheduled for 12 pm est, July 24, NOT 3 pm pst. 

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Why #Eventprofs Should Connect with Industry Orgs on Social Media

 
BizBash TweetThe following is a guest blog article by Susan Lynn Cope of Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. If you are interested in guest blogging for Sound n' Sight, please read my guest blogging guidelines. And if you have any thoughts, please comment. Susan and I both would love to hear what you have to say!


1) They are a great source of content for your pages


Organizations such as ISES, NACE, MPI, GMIC, and WIPA and publications like BizBash, Special Events, and Meetings and Conventions post industry related article and blogs. They streamline your search for interesting and relevant content for you social media accounts. In a nutshell they are offering up free content for you.

2) There is an increased likelihood of having your events and business being noticed and recognized



If the organization or publication is paying attention to their social media accounts and engaging with their fans and followers, they are more likely to notice all the amazing work you do. The process is reciprocal. You also need to be a conversationalist. You need to share content. You need to show people what you do, and maybe they will show you off. You need to be a willing participant when they offer free ways you to be noticed.


3) They hold a level of authority in the event professionals community



If an industry organization is willing to flaunt your work, you better be darn proud. And here is the key to all of this; You need to shout your accomplishments from the rooftops.


4) They have bigger and more diverse following of event professionals than you do



You work has the potential to be shared with event professionals all over the world. Instantly the volume of businesses and individuals who are exposed to you is almost limitless. Following other businesses from that larger more diverse fan base is something else you need to be doing. You need to encourage your colleagues’ goals. You need to celebrate their accomplishments.

5) They provide inspiration for your events



By following other event professionals achievements and work. You could potentially find an amazing idea from an event someone else designed and produced. You will be exposed to new ideas and event planners. You never know when an idea may be sparked or connection made.

6) They are an educational resource



Event professionals work with trends. And as everyone knows, trends tend to come and go. Industry organizations and publications stay on top of the latest and greatest events and decor. Constant education is required and staying stagnant is not what your business needs. You need to continue to learn. You need to be willing to take risks.

Also, remember that industry organizations are more likely to promote their members than they are about non-members. Understand that this is a value of your organization that, members need to be taking advantage.

I am the Catering Sales Manager at Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. I feast on locally produced and unprocessed cuisine.  Writing saved my life. Sarcasm keeps me sane. Puppy snuggles are my happy place. And I live my life out loud!

Connect with Susan:

http://www.twitter.com/susanlynncope
http://www.facebook.com/FabulousFood
http://www.twitter.com/FabulousFoodAZ
http://fabulousfood.net/
http://www.facebook.com/isesaz
http://www.twiter.com/ISESArizona
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=80454&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

Connect with Industry Organizations:

http://www.meetings-conventions.com/
http://www.bizbash.com/
http://specialevents.com/

http://www.isesarizona.com/
http://www.ises.com/
http://www.nace.net/
http://www.mpiweb.org/Home
http://www.wipausa.org/
http://www.gmicglobal.org/

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A Google Hangout Brainstorm: Is This the Future of Hybrid Events?

 

 How can you engage the senses and make the experience of the remote attendee more enjoyable and productive using Google Hangouts? 

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Why You Should Be Teaching Your Attendees About Social Media

 
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Many event professionals understand how powerful social media can be for the marketing of events.

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Event Industry Progressives: The Influencers of the 21st Century

 
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A small storm was unleashed last week when Successful Meetings published a list of top meetings/events industry influencers for the year 2012 including 12 men, 1 bug and 0 women. It was later revealed that the list was not complete and that the remaining names yet to be announced on SM's list of 25 most influential people in our industry, belong mostly to women.

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Tell, Don't Sell & Share, Don't Stare: 2 Keys to Tradeshow Success

 
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The following is a guest blog article by Bob James. If you are interested in guest blogging for Sound n' Sight, please read my guest blogging guidelines . And if you have any thoughts, please comment below. Bob and I both would love to hear what you have to say!

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Bl!nk Presentations Give Colleagues a Chance to Share Stories

 
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What happens when two event professionals get to talking in an airport as they're waiting to go home from a conference? In the case of Judy Kucharuk of Footprint Management Sytstems and Elizabeth Henderson of Meeting Change, a whole new presentation format! 

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Four Skills Meeting Planners Will Need as a Result of Virtual Events

 
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It's a good thing event planners are flexible, quick thinkers who love to learn because the growing demand for virtual meetings and events will require them to add new skills to their portfolio.

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Getting Your Meeting RFP Top Priority Attention - FREE Cvent Webinar

 
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RFPs are a crucial part of any meeting and event professionals planning process. Strategically sourcing for venues helps meeting professionals get the best value for their client and realize the highest cost savings.

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5 Good Reasons for Organizing a Virtual Meeting

 
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For many in the event industry, the debate over virtual meetings has evolved from a question of "Bad idea or not?", to "When do virtual meetings make the most sense?"

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