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Umbrellas That Toot Your Horn

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 25,2016
Your brand will be all wet, but not your attendees.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Creature Feature

This accessory makes luggage easy to spot.

Eye Pod

This travel accessory lets you snooze in peace.
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

Watch a Pattern Unfold

This eye-catching décor idea is on-trend.

Wild and Woodsy

This inventive décor idea adds a back-to-nature feel.
Entertainment

Your Own Private Paparazzi

This incentive add-on delivers lasting memories.

Audio Guest Book

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

Boozy Berries

This cocktail is summertime in a glass.

Go Stir Crazy!

This gift elevates any cocktail.
Gifts

Umbrellas That Toot Your Horn

Your brand will be all wet, but not your attendees.

Creature Feature

This accessory makes luggage easy to spot.
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

Tailored Incentive

This reward will "suit" your winners.

Cycle Camp

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

Toss Your Beans

This simple game can be enjoyed by everyone in your group.

Off-Course, On-Massage

Golf Week (5 of 5): This relaxing treat rejuvenates tired shoulders and toes.
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

Literal Team Building

This group activity leads to a "towering" achievement.

Cook Up Some Fun

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

Emergency Power - and Kindling

Go woodsy with this rugged power adapter.

Selfie Studio Kit

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

ON THE COVER: M&C's 50th Anniversary

Meetings & Conventions magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special section on how the meetings industry has evolved over the past half century.

Retooling Our Conferences

A number of major meetings-industry associations are starting new shows, adopting new technologies and refining their engagement techniques.

Fresh and Affordable Food and Beverage

Here are 16 deliciously creative ways to offer meals and snacks that won't break your F&B budget.

In Their Own Words: Industry Experts Reflect on Decades of Change

Complete comments from some of the industry's learned insiders.

Research

Stepping Up Event Security

Planners admit new worries due to recent terror events.

Planners Sound Off on Security at Events

Verbatim responses to our August research topic on event security. 

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.

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