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Hashtag Checker

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 31,2015
Check out this website before giving your event a hashtag.
Budget

VIDEO: Yard-Sale Tactics

VIDEO: Buff up your negotiation skills by bargaining in your neighborhood.

VIDEO: Build Tipping Into Your Budget

VIDEO: Spelling out gratuities helps you cultivate relationships — and it's good for business.
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

Bag Tags for a Cause

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

Charity Checker

Check out this site before making a donation.
Corporate Social Responsibility

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.

Paper Saver

Click here to find out how outsourcing locally can make cents.
Decor

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.

Take Power and Light Anywhere

These two problem-solvers should be part of your on-site kit.
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

VIDEO: Grab & Go

When your group is on the run, use this lunch option to be sustainable and cut costs.

Going Off-Menu

Planners don't need to stick to the food-and-beverage list they're handed.
Gifts

Squeaky Clean Headphones

These listening tools can be thrown in the laundry.

Portable Power

Stash these multi-functional chargers in your travel bag.
Green Meetings

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

VIDEO: Be green and save green with this hotel request.

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.
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: Finessing the Hotel Deal

When heading into negotiations, bring this mentality.

VIDEO: Will You Be Prepared?

The benefits of a selfie pre-con (VIDEO)
Off Site Venues

Bar Bargain

Score a big-name venue without the big price tag.

Ballpark vs. Ballroom

This event idea can cut costs by as much as 50 percent.
Programming

VIDEO: Backstage Pass

This low-cost experience will have sponsors and attendees feeling like VIPs.

VIDEO: Strategic Scheduling

In a seller’s market, having this conversation could save you big bucks.
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

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

VIDEO: Double Up

VIDEO: This request can help cut hotel service costs.
Staffing

Hashtag Checker

Check out this website before giving your event a hashtag.

Tiny Scanner

This handy gadget makes off-site scanning easy.
Team Building

DIY Team Building

Try these low-cost activity kits.

Game, Set, Match

Check out these team-building ideas that are simple, low-cost and fun.
Technology

Hashtag Checker

Check out this website before giving your event a hashtag.

Handy Sharing Stick

This battery-powered flash drive is a multitasker.
Trade Shows

Booth Builder

No budget to hire a professional exhibit or event designer? Try this free online tool.

Rooms for Rent

With this idea, your group won't lose money on excess space.
Transportation

Transportation Checker

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

Cab Share

Try this tip to cut down on ground transportation costs.
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

Cornering the Market

Behind the scenes with meetings-tech juggernaut Cvent, on target to source a staggering $10 billion in group business this year alone.

Building a Better eRFP

How RFP overload affects meetings planners and hoteliers alike, and what both sides can do to help ease the problem.

Unforgettable Incentives

These six trips offer winners experiences that foster personal growth and engagement with other peoples.

Top 25 Cost-Cutting Tips

These smart moves cover the entire spectrum of meetings and events.

Research

Smaller Cities Edge Up List of Top 50 Meeting Cities

Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago top the list, but some surprises follow.

How Do You Choose Speakers?

Planners weigh in on how they choose speakers.

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.
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