Demographic Meeting Trends

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Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out to our readership asking them about which business trends they think will have the most effect on meetings in 2016. Of the respondents 16 percent were Millennials, 35 percent were Gen Xers, and 47 percent were Boomers. Of those numbers, 80 percent of Millennials reported the biggest challenge would be creating compelling meeting experiences for attendees. Providing quality meetings on a budget was number one on the minds of Gen Xers (79%) and 81 percent of Boomers are concerned about getting enough W-iFi to meet the needs of their attendees.  Here's what else they had to say.

Trends Millennials think will be important to plan effective meetings in 2016

Proving ROI for meetings: 80%
Creating compelling meeting experience for attendees: 80%
Providing quality meetings on limited budgets: 73%
Developing effective social media strategies for meetings: 67%
Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to deliver the meetings content: 60%
Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to meet attendee needs: 53%
Finding affordable airfares for attendees: 47%
Negotiating with hoteliers in a sellers market: 47%
Developing virtual meeting offerings for your attendees: 40%
Incorporating sustainable practices into meetings: 33%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 27%
Emergence of room block disrupters such as Airbnb: 20%

Trends  Gen Xers think will be important to plan effective meetings in 2016

Providing quality meetings on limited budgets: 79%
Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to meet attendee needs: 76%
Negotiating with hoteliers in a sellers market: 76%
Creating compelling meeting experience for attendees: 58%
Proving ROI for meetings: 51%
Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to deliver the meetings content: 33%
Developing effective social media strategies for meetings: 30%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 18%
Finding affordable airfares for attendees: 18%
Incorporating sustainable practices into meetings:  15%
Developing virtual meeting offerings for your attendees: 12%
Emergence of room block disrupters such as Airbnb: 9%


Trends Boomers think will be important to plan effective meetings in 2016

Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to meet attendee needs: 81%
Providing quality meetings on limited budgets: 70%
Negotiating with hoteliers in a sellers market: 65%
Creating compelling meeting experience for attendees: 62%
Finding affordable airfares for attendees: 55%
Getting enough Wi-Fi bandwidth to deliver the meetings content: 55%
Developing effective social media strategies for meetings: 38%
Proving ROI for meetings: 38%
Incorporating sustainable practices into meetings:  26%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 21%
Emergence of room block disrupters such as Airbnb: 17%
Developing virtual meeting offerings for your attendees: 15%