I learned a lot about some of the technologies available for meetings and events working on the big tech feature for our upcoming fall issue. I learned apps are happs, for sure. And social media just keeps getting better and better, and more and more integrated.
Anyone using Google+ yet? Our latest e-newsletter from July 28 has a link to a Google+ guide from Mashable; if you didn’t receive it, drop me an email and I’ll forward it. >>
It seems like for every step forward the Michigan economy takes, something else sets us back on our heels. I stopped at Borders Books & Music yesterday, and as I was paying for my purchase, held up my Borders Rewards card. “Guess I don’t need this anymore,” I commented. “No,” the clerk replied wryly, one of approximately 10,000 people that will be out of a job when Borders closes. >>
“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard.” —Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
While there are occasions to hold a meeting and event at the same venue, planners are also frequently looking for the new and different (thus, so are we). Sometimes, that place is closer than you think—as I discovered last week when I toured the MGM Grand Detroit.
Yes, it took me fours years to get there. The reason? I’m not into casino gambling. >>
In light of the recent devastation caused by tornadoes and floods across the country, it seemed like a good time to reflect upon the fact that our industry isn’t just about business meetings, parties, tradeshows and product launches. >>
When it comes to Michigan's economy and the meeting and event industry, last year's theme was "cautious optimism." Halfway into 2011, if my inbox is any indication, we're finally transitioning to confirmed optimism. >>
Another Readers’ Choice Best of Awards gala signed, sealed and delivered. This is where I should reflect on what we could have done better, but honestly, I can’t think of a thing. But why take my word for it? Here’s what Tiger Oak’s star event planner, Dahlia Brue (who plans these events for all of our meeting + event titles around the country) had to say: >>
This week I have the honor of presenting our 2011-2013 editorial advisory board. Our boards are an invaluable resource for the magazine, sharing their guidance, knowledge and expertise on everything from industry topics and trends to nominating individuals for our Hall of Fame. >>