Posts Tagged ‘design’

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REFLECTIONS ON A RECENT ISES MEETING

February 23, 2010

Despite much of the meeting and event industry’s certification focus being placed on the logistics and accoutrements of our business, I assess an event or, for that matter, a member of the event industry, based on the three broader competencies of our business – design, evaluation, and support elements.

Thought-leaders in the industry are concentrating on the expanded definition of design-that essential first step in the process. Others have directed efforts to portions of the cost/worth/risk evaluation, and most of us are familiar to some degree with support elements from technology to décor, entertainment to floral, and that always illusive “WOW”-factor. But mostly overlooked is that primary obligation to our clients – assessing the risk of the event and of our plan.

So I was looking forward to a recent ISES chapter meeting with a program that advertised a panel discussion on logistics and security issues. It dove-tailed well into the recent State of Industry keynote by Eisenstodt and her positioning of future trends and the core competencies we will need to be successful in that changing environment (see blog posted 02/05/10). Unfortunately, I left very disappointed-despite the excellent efforts of the panel moderator and the input of police and fire panel members.

The report on the local state of the event industry while professionally done, was the first indication that as a chapter, we may still be “living on the surface”. The impact of the economy dominated the study, of course, but I was disconcerted to hear little about marketing, message, needs and outcomes, and a whole lot about difficulties of tight budgets and pleas for don’t cut the food; don’t cut the décor; don’t cut the linens. That coupled with an emerging planner vs. vendor mentality raised a red flag that perhaps we are not quite as “collaborative” as we would like to think we are! It also signaled that it may have been beneficial for more ISES members to hear the Eisenstodt message that understanding the economy-driven pressure on both sides helps maintain ethical negotiations and provides a formula for a win-win solution. (see blog posted 02/04/10).

Nevertheless, as the panel discussion commenced, I was engaged and ready to participate and learn. And I was disappointed- not by the preparation or presentation done by the moderator – but by the responses from ISES members sitting on the panel.

We blew it. This was an opportunity to learn more about one of the most important thing we do as members of the broader event community. This was an opportunity to engage the many, many new faces of corporate event planners that were drawn to the meeting looking to increase (or perhaps share) their knowledge. And we did not get the job done.

We are better than this. ISES Boards and members have worked hard to gain recognition for our chapter in the ISES world using ISES-based measurements. Now it is time to earn recognition in the real world as strategic players delivering low-risk, meaningful results- arm in arm with our client partners.

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A REAL GOOD Company

December 16, 2009

Thanks to the Strib, I started the day with a smile when they included a brief article in the Variety Section about bludot’s “ A REAL GOOD experiment” .

If you don’t know this company, check them out at http://www.bludot.com. They are quirky, fun and REAL GOOD.

My infatuation with them began when I first noticed their furniture in European design magazines a few years ago and realized they were home town peeps. At the time, they had done little in marketing in the Twin Cities and were not a familiar name. From a visit to their website, to a visit to their headquarters, to their annual sales events, to exploring a collaborative partnership for a bludot lounge for the press during the RNC, to frequent visits to their retail outlet, Roam, to see what’s new, I am a REAL GOOD fan! Trust me, learn who they are, and you may become one too.

And today? Today I learned that one of my favorites, the REAL GOOD chair (I want two for my office in red) was the focus of a “REAL GOOD experiment” in NYC. Twenty-five chairs, some armed with GPS, were dropped at locations through-out New York City. As they were “curb-mined”, bludot followed their travels through out the city. Check out the results on their web – it will make you smile too, as you witness this innovative example of experiential marketing!