Organizing Yourself in a Not-So-Organized World: Corporate Meeting Planning Tips & Tricks

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by Shawna Reid

We’ve all been there – it’s 8:00 am and you sit down at your desk to start your day (after 2 cups of coffee of course) – you have 37 new unread emails from the day before, 8 flagged emails to follow up on, 12 junk emails, 85 emails in your inbox and you have no idea what to tackle first because your email is a cluttered mess.  Our lives are busy and at times chaotic – we’re juggling work, husbands, and children – we don’t need to have our email to be a part of this chaos, so let me help you organize yourself!

Your Email

First and foremost, clear out that inbox!

  • Having...

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SITE Classic ’17 Recap: Videos and Incentive Industry News

Posted on September 27th, 2017 by Michael Butler

Check out the StoryTeller video page from the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (or SITE) Classic event last week at Hilton Los Cabos where ~260 SITE executives gathered for the annual education and fundraising conference to benefit the SITE Foundation—the research arm of SITE Global (which has ~2,000 SITE members in ~80 countries.) This group and IRF are the leaders in the incentives industry research globally. SITE focuses on incentive travel, while the IRF takes a broader approach towards incentives research.

We raised about $200,000 last week for future industry SITE...

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Incentive Travel Among the All-Stars in Miami

Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Karolyn Hemmig

Back in July, the Mid-Summer Classic took over Miami for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. Hosted by the Miami Marlins, guests were greeted with Miami-flare at every turn. I had the amazing opportunity to plan a luxury, domestic incentive trip for a group of 45 to partake in the festivities.

Our home for the weekend was EAST, Miami hotel located on top of Brickell City Centre in the heart of Downtown Miami. A quick 15-minute drive from Miami International Airport and 30 minutes from Marlins Park made this the perfect location for our All-Star weekend. Designed by Miami-based architects East,...

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Meeting Planner Tips: eRFP Pain Points and Remedies

Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Michael Pisterzi

There is no industry that exemplifies the virtue of empathy like the hospitality industry. So, to improve upon the shortcomings of the eRFP process, one must recognize the source of grief for their counterparts on the other side of the proposal.

Meeting planners depend on the accuracy and speed of information from vendors to properly relay project milestones and progress to their clients. This is no different than a hotel asking for the exact requirements in the eRFP to properly assess the availability and the possibility of accommodating their event. The eRFP process does not have...

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Incentive Travel Review: Lowcountry, South Carolina’s Coastal Best

Posted on September 7th, 2017 by Michael Butler

The Lowcountry is a great surprise for events and incentives within a burgeoning geographic and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast, below the Fall Line, or the Sandhills which run the width of the state. These Sandhills were the ancient sea coast providing a different and warmly unique sense of the area’s plantation origins where rice, cotton, and coastal fishing launched a great economy adding tourism in the last century, which now dominates the area south of Charleston along the Lowcountry coast.

Familiar Classics from North to South

Kiawah is a barrier island, located 25...

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Road Shows 101: Essential Questions to Ask When Planning a Corporate Road Show

Posted on August 30th, 2017 by Luci Robinson

Road shows are a great tool for a company to reach a large audience of potential clients and business partners across the country. As the planner, it’s our job to ensure each show is executed efficiently and professionally. By asking the right questions early-on in the planning process you can prevent hold-ups and potential disasters that could be unavoidable come showtime.

While each road show is unique, there are three recommended questions you’ll most likely need to ask your client and venue when beginning the planning process:

Questions to ask the client

1. How much time is needed...

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How to Effectively Source Incentive Trips and Corporate Meetings

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 by Genny Castleberry

In this era of constant e-communication and immediate gratification, the right approach to e-sourcing hotels and venues for our clients is critical.   With technology constantly evolving and being our main research tool, it is imperative to keep the big picture in mind before getting started.

For a quick refresher on the topic, feel free to read this blog post by my colleague, Brie Richards, as it relates to the eRFP tools: “5 Tips for Meeting Planners to Create the Most Effective eRFP”


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We Now Interrupt This Incentive Program… Reducing Risk in Global Sales Incentive Programs

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by Kara Hoover

In the wide world of global incentive programs, disruptive incidents are happening with increasing frequency over the past couple years. What could possibly disrupt the process of a participant redeeming for a specific reward and receiving it in an expected timeframe? Though the world sits on a consistent axis that never fails, the happenings on this planet don’t follow suit. Incentive program disruptions may include weather-related phenomena, wars, terrorism, political moves, developing country infrastructure, corruption in vendor services or customs agencies, etc.

Studies now show...

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Top 5 Incentive Research Metrics

Posted on August 9th, 2017 by Mike May

Here’s my Skimm (for Millennials) or CNN Headline News (for Boomers) of the Top 5 Incentive Research Metrics of 2017 summarized visually in an ever-so-popular infographic!  Plus, a little extra commentary.

IRF Net Optimism Score = 26

Incentive Research Foundation invented a new, simplified metric to track the economic outlook for the incentives industry.  This one-number metric uses the same logic as the popular NPS (Net Promoter Score). The “NOS” (Net Optimism Score) is the % of respondents providing a positive outlook for the incentive industry minus % with a negative...

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Incentive Travel Review: Baha Mar

Posted on August 1st, 2017 by Elizabeth Petersen

Located on the historically famous Cable Beach in The Bahamas, you will find Baha Mar, a gorgeous new resort over ten years in the making. As your mother once told you, good things come to those that wait. The waiting is now over. I visited Baha Mar in May 2017 and wanted to share my experience at the hottest new resort in The Caribbean. This grandiose resort offers natural beauty, state-of-the-art luxury, and enough activities to easily fill a week’s stay. The stats are nothing but impressive:

  • 2,200 Hotel Rooms and Residences
  • 3 Luxury Hotels: Grand Hyatt (open now), SLS (Fall 2017),...

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