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Can Your Aura Say Cheese?

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 02,2015
This service gives event photographs a new dimension.

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Better Passport Holder

International travelers will appreciate this elegant organizer.

Suitcase Pouches

These whimsical bags make great gifts for travelers.

Web University

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

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Central

Stumped on how to give back? Check out this clearinghouse for volunteer activities.

Savvy Skill Set

This unique fund-raising model is ideal for miniscule budgets.

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.

Caribbean-Blue Table Runner

Summery Décor (3 of 3): This affordable table accessory mimics ocean hues.

Food Truck Rodeo

Highlight local eats with a street-food themed event.

Entertainment in the Wet Zone

These graceful swimmers add pizzazz to pool parties.
Food and Beverage

VIDEO: They All Scream for You Know What

Let attendees cool off with do-it-yourself ice-cream treats.

Popsicles for Grownups

Cool down the crowd with these spiked sorbet treats.

Chocolate-Covered Figs

These irresistible sweets combine two Spanish delicacies.

Heavenly Aromatic Gift

You’ll want to keep this stress-relieving item for yourself.
Green Meetings

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

Use this free tool to estimate an event’s carbon impact.

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  

Into the Wood

This incentive gift card isn't made of plastic.

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.

Savvy Scanner

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

Can Your Aura Say Cheese?

This service gives event photographs a new dimension.

Golf Connection

This new social network combines networking and a favorite sport.
Social Networking

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.

Virtual Graffiti Wall

This interactive screen is a great ice-breaker.

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.

Hop to It

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

VIDEO: This Contest Runs Hot and Cold

Attendees vie to make s'mores in a fire pit.

Canned Challenge

Here's how one company turned food donations into a team-building event.

Virtual Graffiti Wall

This interactive screen is a great ice-breaker.

VIDEO: A Real Charge Card

VIDEO: It fits in a wallet for power on the go.

Hunger Games for Groups

This popular movie theme elevates the traditional obstacle-course experience.

VIDEO: What's the Password?

Check out the detailed décor on this Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed event.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

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

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Travel-Friendly Cocktail Kit

Here's a new-fangled take on old-fashioneds.


M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry

This select group of high achievers have provided bold new ideas, passionate advocacy and a commitment to bettering the world.

The Truth About Hotel Wi-Fi Pricing

How and why hotels charge for bandwidth and access, and what planners can do to negotiate for this indispensable service.

Homegrown Conventions

To fill in the blanks in their calendars and increase revenue, a number of destination marketers and convention-center managers are creating wholly original...

M&C's Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry: In Their Own Words

The women on our inaugural list tell of their proudest moments and hopes for the future.


What Work/Life Balance?

M&C's latest poll covers the work/life balance (hint: It's out of whack).

Planners Confirm: Downtime Is a Myth

Planners' verbatim answers to M&C's June 2015 Research.

Where Do Hotels Go Wrong?

Planners sound off about how satisfied they are with their host hotels.

Planners to Hoteliers: Here's What You Could Do Better

Verbatim comments from Meetings & Conventions' hotels survey.
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