Savvy Planner

Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Well, Aren't You the VIP!

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 24,2017
This app helps you race through customs.
Budget

VIDEO: Smart Tip for Tech

How allowing for A/V wiggle room can save your meeting money.

Weight Watcher

This handy gadget prevents your bags from tipping the scales.
Career

Time-Management Trick

Get more done with this simple concentration technique.

Career Maker

Demonstrate your value to the company with this smart tip.
Charity

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.

Bag Tags for a Cause

These distinctive luggage tags help fight the war against sex-trafficking.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Life Savers

This app lets ordinary people fight human trafficking.

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.
Decor

Tomorrow's Podium - Today

Here's a unique way to give a speaker stage presence.

Stretch Your Table

Don't let unexpected banquet guests throw you off.
Entertainment

Entertainment Database

Use this website to find awesome acts in your destination.

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.
Food and Beverage

A GPS for Street Food

This digital portal helps you find local food trucks.

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.
Gifts

Get the Whole Picture

This phone accessory turns anyone into a big-shot photographer.

Woody Wordpecker

Last-minute gift guide (3 of 5): This wooden keyboard blends natural and high-tech.
Green Meetings

Nature's Charging Station

Let the sun do the work to keep attendee gadgets powered.

Ban the Bottle

This green practice can save planners money while preventing waste.
Incentives

Doing Time

If you plan resort meetings or incentives every year, this tip could save you thousands.

Good Timing

When the incentive travel budget drops, consider this.
Negotiation

VIDEO: Fewer Vendors, Better Bottom Line

Planners can leverage their buying power with this tip.

VIDEO: Use Your 'Yellow Pages'

When it comes to negotiation, try this tip before you head to the table.
Off Site Venues

Enchanted Gardens

Celebrate spring in a botanical setting.

Space Hack

This app is perfect for last-minute meetings.
Programming

Extreme Immersion

This presentation technique will blow away any crowd.

Plan Like No One Else Is Helping

This iOS platform lets attendees coordinate their own adventures.
Speakers

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

Reality Star Power

Hire a reality cast member for budget-friendly entertainment.
Special Events

Double-Duty Celebration

Add recognition elements to your holiday soiree.

Sit Where the Tree Tells You

This tip adds elegance to seating-card displays.
Sponsors

Splashy Sponsorship

Combine pool time and networking with this clever idea.

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.
Staffing

Well, Aren't You the VIP!

This app helps you race through customs.

Nature's Charging Station

Let the sun do the work to keep attendee gadgets powered.
Team Building

Activity Arranger

This app is like a Match.com for pairing groups with activities.

Turnkey Team Building

This service lets you select a preplanned team-building package.
Technology

Nature's Charging Station

Let the sun do the work to keep attendee gadgets powered.

Save Every Brilliant Scribble

This handy tool will preserve whiteboard inspirations.
Trade Shows

No More Trade-Show Shipping Headaches

This app gives you control over your equipment from afar.

Show, Don’t Tell

This tip will make your trade-show presentations more memorable.
Transportation

Hit the Ground Running

This app finds the best rail and bus options abroad.

Easy Riders

This car service keeps meeting planners and attendees in the loop.
Travel

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.

Packing App

This app serves as a consultant for your travel wardrobe.

Features

Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry

Our sixth annual survey includes a global hotel chain, a giant incentive house, a mid-size event management firm and more.

Making Med Pharma Friendlier for Attendees

Here are steps planners can take to make attendance at these heavily regulated events more fruitful.

The Day the Power Went Out

How one hotel rose to the occasion in an emergency and kept guests happy and a busy on-site expo up and running.

Confronting the Rise of Nationalism

In this special report, M&C examines the unique challenges faced by the meetings industry in the wake of the Trump administration’s attempts to ban visitors...

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Book Trump-Branded Properties? (Video)

We asked planners how the current political climate has affected their site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: How the Political Climate Is Affecting Site-Selection (Video)

We asked planners if the current political climate will influence their future site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: Trump's Travel Ban and Boycotted Conferences (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried about attendees boycotting their meetings.

30 Seconds to Smart: Has Trump's Travel Ban Affected Meetings? (Video)

We asked planners if their organizations have been affected by the president's executive order.