M&C Hot Ideas

Daily Hot Idea

Suds Server

by Barbara Peterson | July 29,2016
This double-barreled glass is perfect for beer tastings.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Pack Heat

Travel Savvy (4 of 4): Road warriors will appreciate this travel-sized oven.

Skin Savers

Travel Savvy (3 of 4): These TSA-friendly toiletries slip easily into your carry-on luggage.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.
Decor

Take the Squint Out of Signage

This tip will make sure your message is visible.

Things Are Looking Up

Create a buzz at events with these unique flying displays.
Entertainment

Audio Guest Book

Let attendees "phone it in" with this fun party prop.

Be a Postcard Picasso

Delegates get in touch with their inner artist with this fun activity.
Food and Beverage

Fishy Donut

This sushi “donut” will surprise and delight reception guests.

Painted House Margarita

Try this delicious twist on a classic libation.
Gifts

Suds Server

This double-barreled glass is perfect for beer tastings.

Selfie Studio Kit

This 4-in-1 phone accessory case makes taking selfies effortless.
Green Meetings

P.C. Picnics

Sustainable party supplies are a smart alternative for catering needs.

Trays From Trees

Celebrating spring (4 of 5): This tableware puts eco-friendliness on a platter.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

Cycle Camp

Consider this sporty gift for your organization's top "climbers."

Chatty Caddies

Here's a new way to motivate or reward your golf-loving group.
Negotiation

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

Drink and Toss

This wine-themed ice breaker will get the juices flowing.

Your Prints Will Come

This activity lets attendees leave their imprint.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Cook Up Some Fun

Give groups a lively, delicious activity via hands-on culinary lessons.

The Art of Team Building

This activity can unleash your group's creativity.
Technology

Selfie Studio Kit

This 4-in-1 phone accessory case makes taking selfies effortless.

A Higher Power

This battery pack brings your electronic devices back to life.
Theme

Pop-Up French Market

Transport your attendees with this chic continental theme.

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

Sustainable Drinking

Trade Show Giveaways (4 of 4): These eco-friendly coasters are stylish and practical.

A Selfie Stick That Promotes You

Trade Show Giveaways (3 of 4): Attach your logo to attendees' self-indulgence.
Transportation

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.
Travel

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Features

Coping With Controversy

Once again planners are caught in the crossfire of laws passed by various states in the name of religious freedom, but which some claim are discriminatory...

New Rules for Incentives

Experts explain how to work with -- or around -- new Department of Labor laws affecting financial and insurance firms that provide incentives for top...

Five Top Tech Trends

Here are the latest developments in the fast-changing world of meetings technology, including a new generation of collaborative tools and the growing role of...

ON THE COVER: Are You Covered?

This comprehensive guide to event insurance offers the facts on essential policies addressing general liability, communicable diseases, cancellation and more.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners Talk LGBT Rights, Site Selection (Video)

We asked planners about legislation recently passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Take Our Confidential Salary Survey!

Your (anonymous) input helps us provide a snapshot of meeting planners' responsibilities, compensation and more.

30 Seconds to Smart: Controversial Laws and Meetings Cancellations (Video)

We asked planners about their organizations’ stance on meeting in states with such laws.

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Avoid States With Perceived Anti-LGBT Laws? (Video)

We asked planners if they will avoid meeting in states with laws that some believe are discriminatory.

Latest News

China Fines Several Beijing Ritz-Carlton and Crowne Plaza Hotels Over Rate Hikes

The hotels are accused of raising rates following the rollout of a new value-added tax system.

Vista's Cvent Acquisition Could Hit Snag

Competition concerns may be a factor in a Department of Justice investigation.  

Hilton, Marriott and Starwood Release Q2 2016 Results

Income held steady, but other metrics were mixed.

AccorHotels Reports a 23 Percent Drop in Profits in First Half of 2016

The company blames results on terrorist attacks in France.
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