Getting the Inside Scoop on Events

insiderYou’ve viewed the event website and received an email or two about the event, but how do you know if the event you are thinking about signing up for is really worth your time? In a recent post, we talked about how to set goals to help zone in on the events that you should be attending. Once you’ve mapped events to your goals, you may still need to narrow down the list. How can you get past the marketing and find out what the event is really like? Here are five tips that will help you get the inside scoop on recurring events. Continue reading

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – A Look Ahead

CybersecurityOctober has been designated Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In 2009, President Obama recognized the need to increase education and dialogue about cybersecurity. As part of this policy review, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was asked to create an ongoing cybersecurity awareness campaign. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign that is highlighted in the month of October is a national public awareness effort challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safer online habits.

With this attention on the far-ranging topic of cybersecurity, a number of events are planned for the IT community to educate and collaborate. In this post we wanted to highlight the range of events professionals have to choose from this month.

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In tough times, contractors turn to creative marketing campaigns

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

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In the best of times, selling to the government is not an easy task. In the worst of times, it’s even harder.

As federal budgets shrink and competition intensifies, contractors are battling it out not only for dollars, but also for the attention of their government customers.

That’s sparked a slew of creative marketing campaigns over the past couple of years, featuring virtual conferences, 3-D animation, apps, e-books and the increased use of social media. These are not necessarily groundbreaking ideas in the Internet age, but for the world of government contracting, they mark a shift from the old way of doing business.

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3 Tips for Successfully Integrating Multiple Event Tech Products at Your Next Event

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

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1abcFor those event planners who have started to really embrace technology, we find that there are too many products we are using. There’s our mobile app company and the registration company. We have a badging vendor and an online networking vendor. Our heads are spinning because we are managing 10 different technology vendors in addition to all the people we are working with for our event. So, how do we address these and make sure we’re integrating all of these products successfully?

Here are 3 tips:

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It’s Time to Stretch Into Hybrid Government Meetings!

hybridExtending a meeting over the internet (“online” or “hybrid” conference/meeting extensions) means broadcasting meeting content in a way that remote attendees – in the U.S. and potentially worldwide – can securely access the presentations, interact with the presenters, discuss the topics online,  chat & network amongst themselves, and access archives of the conference/meeting sessions afterwards.

Here are the top “myths” I hear from government meeting planners:

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