Miscellaneous

I’ve been involved in designing, marketing and managing events — mostly conferences in the management, technology, design and creative sectors — for more than ten years now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that conferences need to have an expiration date, like food. A sort of “best before dd/mm/yyy”. What Does It Mean This means that when you decide to […]

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Lanyrd is one of the few services in the event space (granted, with a strong focus on tech conferences but not only) that keeps innovating and launching new features for event organizers, speakers and attendees alike. They recently introduced two new features: Speaker Directory, helps find speakers via several filters Enhanced Speaker Profile, allows speakers […]

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A couple of weeks ago I took part of the launch of a new [paper] notebook in Tokyo, a collaboration between Evernote – the digital application that helps you to “remember everything” – and the legendary stationery producer Moleskine. The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine allows to bridge the gap between physical creation of content (writing or […]

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There seems to be a problem –and thus an opportunity for someone to solve it– regarding fundraising for charities by selling tickets using existing ticketing tools like JustGiving or Eventbrite. It all started with a rant on Twitter  by Eze Vidra (Google+, Twitter, Linkedin), Head of the Google Campus in London, whogets to organize several of […]

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Just noticed this through my Twitter timeline: Tickets for the WWW.WWW Conference, the new brainchild from TED founder Richard Saul Wurman are selling for 16,000 USD. Who needs sponsors when you can milk so much money from each individual ticket? (Don’t get me wrong, I admire RSW and I wish my event’s tickets went sold […]

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Last Tuesday I was watching the live streaming of the first TED 2012 session when Chris Anderson introduced a TED Talk from 2023. The 3 minute movie is actually a well crafted promo of Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Prometheus. The TED Talk is given by fictional character, Peter Weyland, and what was interesting about this video, […]

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Lovely video shot at Burning Man 2011 based on famous writer of children books Dr. Seuss‘s final book before his death. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! deals with life and its challenges, ups and downs and how to get over them. The video-story acts also as a presentation of at least one of the sides of […]

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Rarely have I seen such a clear and useful way to represent the event strategy of a company. Michelle Thorne (blog, twitter) of the Mozilla Foundation (the guys behind the web browser Firefox among other things) has recently published the Mozilla Event Menu, and overview of different event formats they will be acting throughout the year […]

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Creating “interactive experiences” is essential for live events, be them face-to-face (f2f), virtual) or hybrid (a mix of f2f and virtual). Interactive experiences are one of the reasons that justifies being present,  a way to connect attendees with each other, with the content and with the speakers. Creating interactive experiences is also an over-hyped expression […]

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a rather abused concept and often it means using tricks and not real value to make your content more findable on search engines, but there are a few things that are smart to increase discoverability (the possibility of your event being found). The main search engines, including Bing, Google, Yahoo!, have […]

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