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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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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#ProjectSuccess fundraiser major prize winner announced!

Ultimate Conferences & Events | TheVenueShop ProjectSuccess Wear for Success fundraiser - prizewinner

TheVenueShop helps the unemployed: whilst calling for continued corporate & events industry support...

Amanda from Wesley College was presented with a package including accommodation, flights & even $1,000 spending money to enjoy at QT Sydney.

The inaugural #ProjectSuccess  raffle was launched at an Ultimate Conferences & TheVenueShop event where the team brought together a number of their corporate clients at premium Melbourne venue - The Waiting Room at Crown Towers on 29 September 2015.  

TheVenueShop hosted the fundraiser, organised a clothing drive & presented Wear for Success staff with a donation of newly purchased suits for their employment program - in addition to the raffle prize valued at $2,500 - as part of their commitment to their #ProjectSuccess fundraising goals for the coming year. 

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Conference & Event Styling Trends for 2015

Conference & Event Styling Trends 2015

Each year we see the effect of what’s "hot" in Hollywood washing up here on our own shores. So to most of us, it would be no surprise to see that the event themes of last year so dominated by the much loved Great Gatsby. Pop culture has influence over almost every facet of society, and of course, events are no exception. Wondering what may be in store for event themes in 2015? We suspect it will be more than "a few of shades of grey!" The stylists at Staging Connections have it all covered - from brilliant blues to florals and metallics - 2015 is certainly looking to be one exciting year on the event styling front!

Take a closer look with the talented Georgia Strachan - a Queensland based Event Stylist, reveals more on what we can expect to see on the event circuit throughout 2015...

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The art of SHOWcraft introducing the WOW at your events

StagingConnections Sydney Event Director, Chris Lewis, talks SHOWcraft for events. How you can introduce extra WOW factor through living environments, live screen interaction, impressive presentation content and more... 

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Lighting for Events: What is a Gobo?

As our friends @StagingConnections help us delve into the world of audio visual equipment and event services lingo, to reveal exactly what the techs are talking about - we take a look at the event lighting effect the 'gobo' and the many different shapes, patterns and logo’s they can replicate.

The possibilities are endless but what do you need to know before creating a customised gobo?

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12 Steps to Conference or Event Social Media Success

Social Media And Events Tips For Success

Your business has a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a LinkedIn presence. Depending on your market sector, you might also be on Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ or any of the other geographic, professional or language-specific social networks. Marketing on social media might be second-nature to your organisation, but integrating social into a living, breathing real-time event adds a dimension that takes a new level of thought and management to succeed.

Using social media as an integral part of your event is so much more than sending event invitations on Facebook or tweeting a URL to register. A vertically integrated social media strategy based around a live event can provide real R.O.I. before, during and a long time after the fact. What you need to be clear about is who your audience are, which networks they’re on, and what they’re prepared to do for you.

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8 Audiovisual Tips to Create a Successful Event

When you’re preparing an audio visual budget for your event, there’s a lot more to think about than simply how much money to allocate for theming, lights, sound and vision. To ensure you’re getting the most value for money from your event’s AV design, a solid knowledge of the capabilities of both technology and your audio visual company are essential.

And who better to ask that one of national key partners at TheVenueShop - Staging Connections! Here, they give you their top 8 audiovisual tips for creating a successful event...

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A day in the life of... an Event Project Manager

As event management is an area of the industry so many aspire to, or are at least intrigued by, we thought our clients may appreciate a glimpse into the world of events from the "other side". So in collaboration with one of our VenueShop national key partners, Staging Connections, we are pleased to share this "Day in the life of..."

Fiona Robinson is an event Project Manager at Staging Connections in Sydney. She has been part of the Staging team for over 12 years and has worked across numerous roles including Production Assistant and Crew Control. In this 'day in the life of’ blog, we get to grips with what being a Project Manager at Staging Connections involves, what a normal day looks like and get Fiona’s top audio visual event tips learnt from working on over 1,500 shows in her career.

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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!