5 essentials for delivering spectacular events

Delivering spectacular events blog post by TheVenueShop.com and Ultimate Conferences and EventsExplore new ways of making your events more engaging, more exciting & with greater ROI than ever before. But with so many ‘must-have’ products & technologies available, where to start? To help navigate the many options out there, here are five tips for delivering events to leave a lasting impression...

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How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events

How to engage the body and mind for unforgettable events - TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences and Events Blog PostScientists at Yale University say 'deliberately engaging all five senses at events has the ability to grasp attention, increase recall, and inspire conversation thus creating a truly memorable experience.' Here are some ways smart event planners are tapping into sensory experiences to deliver effective events.

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How to create an effective media wall

Ultimate Conferences | TheVenueShop.com blog post - how to create an effective media wallFrom glamorous 'red carpet' photo opportunities to bold, eye-catching backdrops, media walls are an essential element of any sponsored event. When well designed, they are a great marketing tool: allowing for event branding, enhancing event themeing, encouraging photo opportunities & most importantly, promoting sponsors with ease. All this without detracting from the event & guests. Sounds simple right? hmmm... wrong! 

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"Next level" events with dynamic digital signage

Take your event to the next level with dynamic digital signage - blog post by TheVenueShop.comSignage has been a show essential since Day 1. Attendees would be lost, confused & frustrated without it, but luckily, digital signage is the way of the future: a versatile system to support multiple media types & rapidly distributing information throughout your chosen venue. Choose to have key messages displayed, with strategically curated messaging. Signs now have the ability to illustrate so much more than simple directions...

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5 tips on keeping your attendees engaged

Five tips on keeping attendees engaged blog post by Ultimate Conferences and Events and TheVenueShop.comWe’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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5 tips for keeping your attendees engaged

We’ve booked thousands of conferences, meetings and events over the years, and there’s nothing worse than watching attendees check out early as a result of utter boredom. These 5 tips will help ensure your next conference, meeting or event is an engaging and memorable experience for all your attendees.

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Event planners target geographically dispersed audiences

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conferences blog - how event planners are targeting geographically dispersed audiencesAs we live in global workforce, companies & event planners alike have to account for their audiences being geographically dispersed across various regions, countries & time zones.
 
With this rise in globalisation & business expansion we're witnessing more & more event organisers looking to innovative ways to engage their audiences in the most cost-effective way... 
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Calculating bandwidth for meeting and event planners made easy!

Calculating bandwith and Wi-Fi at your next eventEvery conference, meeting or event that you attend these days will include some sort of digital event technology. Whether it be online registration, an event app, webcasting, live polling, social media integration or even just having access to Wi-Fi. Event planners are always on the lookout for new ways to collect invaluable data whilst providing attendees with a more dynamic, personalised experience, this inclusion of event technology is only going to increase. With this increase in event technology adoption comes the added pressure of venues to supply enough bandwidth to facilitate the mass usage. 

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Simple ways for on trend event styling this Spring

Staging Connections Blog Post - Tuesday 22 March 2016

Thanks to Pantone...

As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute commented, “colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” We recently discussed how colours are an immensely powerful tool that can influence our event attendees’ moods. Taking the lead by the colour experts, Staging Connections shows you how easy it is to style your next event this Spring to ensure it is on trend!

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4 rules to an effective event hashtag

TheVenueShop Blog - 2 February 2016 - four rules to effective event hasgtagsMost of the conferences and networking events you go to will have their own hashtag. You'll see event planners and marketers alike splashing the hashtag on all event communications leading up the event and on the event day itself. The hashtag has become so ubiquitous that it has now become odd not to have one.

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The new seating style of 2016: The Lounge Zone

New seating style for event planners - TheVenueShop BlogShake things up in 2016! Conferences, gala dinners & sales incentives of yesteryear typically seated guests in a formal style. Banquet rounds, cabaret, theatre, U-shape... usually only one seating type for the event duration. To encourage networking & a refreshed vibe, planners have a new arrangement in the mix: introducing the "Lounge Zone'

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How stage design can transform your next event

1300TheVenueShop - Stage DesignThe difference between an ordinary event and an extraordinary event always comes down to the details. That’s what a Staging Connections event is all about. For a memorable event experience, they believe a great stage design is essential and is key in inspiring the people who attend. Staging Connections has years of experience and have come to know the right formula for a great stage design. Read on for the elements they are always thinking about...

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4 lighting ideas for events

TheVenueShop - lighting ideas for events - gobo lightingLighting can really make or break your event! It is so much more than just putting a spotlight on your guest speaker or performer or adding a few stage lights here and there. Keep in mind though, if the lights are too bright your event may seem stark and cold. If your lights are too dark guests may miss important elements of your event and design.

Creating ambience, displays video content and can also be used to highlight architectural elements or styling pieces to build a visual experience that will leave your guests in awe. Lighting can also be used to direct your guests attention to events going on within your event, or to grab their attention... 

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6 Conference Trends You Need To Know

1300TheVenueShop - Staging Connections 6 conferences trends you need to knowIf you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, then you are in for a big surprise. These once stiff, white-collared, corporate events are changing, and have seriously raised the bar on everything from styling to attendee engagement.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 4: Northern Lights

1300TheVeneuShop - Northern Lights Event ThemeThe final part of the Staging Connections four-part blog series on this year's event theme trends for end of years parties, this week it is all about embracing sleek and sophisticated Scandinavian design.

As you would have read from the previous weeks' predictions, this year, immersive events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and importantly, to end the year with a bang! Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture.

This year though, Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are all about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that will transform your venue. We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and what the top tips are for really bringing your theme to life!

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 3: Hollywood Awards

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Welcome to part three of the four blog series from Staging Connections.

This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang!

Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that completely transform your chosen venue.

We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 2: 12 Days of Christmas

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Welcome to part two of the four blog series from Staging Connections.

This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair.  Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that completely transform your chosen venue.

We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 1: Vintage Circus & Carnival

Welcome to part one of the four blog series from Staging Connections. Providing you with a sneak peek into what event themes you can expect on the festive circuit. This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

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How do you display multiple content on screen?

Each week, Staging Connections aims to demystify the world of AV equipment and event services lingo to reveal exactly what those techs are talking about! In this weeks #TechieTuesday it is explained what on earth 'PIP' means - a feature that allows you to display multiple video feeds into one screen!

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How to plan the perfect outdoor event, safely: Part 2

There’s no setting for an event that can compete with nature itself!

In the spirit of welcoming the Winter chills, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the glorious outdoor events that the long and sun-filled days that Summer allows us. To honour this, we have compiled a quick list of outdoor event essentials to help you plan properly for next season. Last month we shared part one of this blog post - which concentrated on having the right people for the job, styling for outdoor events, and ensuring your equipment is weather-proof.

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."

VictorsFood

An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."

Dockside

The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!