Planner Guides

The Guide to Outdoor Meetings

by | August 18,2017
By encouraging attendees to get out of the traditional boardroom, meeting planners can find easy and fun ways to engage their group and create a setting that builds lasting connections among your attendees.

Best Practices for Experiential Meetings

by | June 08,2017
Meeting planners who focus on experiential events and travel will reap big benefits: Experiential meetings help build lasting bonds, boost attendee engagement, inspire loyalty, and leave a powerful lasting impression.

How to Create High-Impact Team Experiences

by | June 07,2017
Northstar Meetings Group presents a practical guide that will help you set up the most common forms of modern team building, and empower your team members to form the positive work relationships they need to accomplish great things.

Site Selection Guide for Med/Pharma Meetings

by | June 06,2017
Successful Meetings presents a comprehensive look at how to find the perfect destinations and venues for successful med/pharma meetings, while remaining in compliance with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Guide to Time Management

by | June 05,2017
Northstar Meetings Group presents a practical guide to time management, featuring insightful tips on how to manage time wisely and strategically, along with timelines, checklists, calendars, and time logs, interspersed with top meeting planners' biggest time management "pain points."


Best Practices for Managing RFPs: A Supplier/Planner Dialogue

NOVEMBER 8, 2017, 2pm ET:In this webcast, supplier Chris Riccardi, executive vice president, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and planner Kristen Allan, manager, operations & account management for BCD Meetings & Events, will have a robust discussion that analyzes the key issues and challenges of integrating electronic RFPs into the site selection process and offer best practices for how each side can manage their end of it. (Sponsored by etouches) 


Site Selection Dos and Don’ts

by | May 02,2017

ON DEMAND:In this webcast, Kendra Murray, Vice President, Meetings & Incentives at Bishop-McCann, and Dahlton Bennington, Director of Meetings and Incentives at PROfound Planning, site selection specialists will detail a comprehensive strategy guide for how to conduct a successful site inspection. They will reveal best practices for gauging the ability of destinations and hotels to meet the general requirements of a meeting (such as what type of destination or property meets the event's objective) as well as specific requirements such as room accommodations, F&B, technology, function space, and other important considerations.(Sponsored by Kalahari) 


How to Stretch an F&B Budget

by | May 01,2017

ON DEMANDBudget issues are always a stumbling block to producing great F&B for meetings. In this webcast, experienced, planners and top convention service managers will share best practices for saving money and how to find places to trim a budget without affecting the quality of the dining experience.


January 2017: Navigating the Merger Landscape

by | July 10,2016

January 19 

Navigating the Merger Landscape

As airlines and hotel brands consolidate, meeting planners are adapting to a new reality where hotels have even more negotiating power and airlines are reducing the number flight options. This session will feature tips and best practices from planners and suppliers on how being strategic, flexible, and informed can give planners the tools to survive and even thrive.      

CMP: Domain I, Strategic Planning

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February 2017: Top Meeting Tech Trends

by | July 09,2016

February 22

Top Meeting Tech Trends

Discover what technology you should be considering to use now and new tools that are on the horizon. This webcast will cover the important tech trends that every planner should know, especially in the areas of: mobile technology, social media, location-based technology, wearable computing and more. Expert presenters will detail steps to prepare for these changes and offer links, tips, apps and ideas that can attendees can use immediately.

Speakers: Wilson Tang, Vice President, Digital Experience, Freeman and Matt Bendett, Head of Central Operations, Peerspace
Sponsor: Meet Atlantic City
CMP: Domain G, Meeting or Event Design

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Continuing Education

Meetings Masterclass Series

by | June 02,2017
The Meetings Masterclass Series offers free professional development courses for business meeting planners and incentive professionals on a range of industry topics, presented by industry experts and thought leaders via self-paced video programming. Northstar Meetings Group — the team behind Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Incentive, and Meeting News — is a CMP Preferred Provider, and each Masterclass Series course offers CMP credits.

Omni University

by | February 10,2017
Omni University's Travel Advisor and Meeting Specialist Courses. Explore two education tracks, one for travel advisors and one for meeting planners. You may choose to take one or both courses, depending on your business requirements. Welcome and enjoy your learning experience. Earn a free night stay upon completion of courses.


Study: Exhibitors Seek Continuous Improvement in Attendee Engagement

by Matt Alderton | November 09,2017
The newest study from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research highlights how trade show organizers are evaluating and improving attendee engagement efforts.

Study: Event Professionals Value Data but Don't Know How to Use It

by Matt Alderton | October 31,2017
A new survey by Cvent shows that meeting professionals realize the importance of gathering attendee data, but don't know how to use it.

30 Seconds to Smart: Common Social Media Strategies Used by Planners (Video)

Some planners have a strategy and others don’t.

Group Travel Sees Fourth-Quarter Boost, TravelClick Reports

by Matt Alderton | October 27,2017
North American hoteliers are closing 2017 with "healthy gains" across all travel segments, but especially group travel, according to TravelClick.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Is Social Media Used at Events? (Video)

Social media platforms are used at events, but it’s not how you might think.