Savvy Planner

Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

The Rise and Fall of Your Logo

by Barbara Peterson | September 19,2016
Turn elevators into billboards with this clever idea.
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

Delightful Décor

These playful props liven up any meeting space.

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.
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

This Charger Is Mini But Mighty

Pint-size power brings your devices back to life.

Chargers With Fringe Benefits

You'll love these easy-find power cables.
Green Meetings

Ban the Bottle

This green practice can save planners money while preventing waste.

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

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

Get the Kinks Out

Add this 60-second exercise to a heavy agenda.

Activity Arranger

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

The Rise and Fall of Your Logo

Turn elevators into billboards with this clever idea.

Communication Lifeline

This smartphone accessory keeps you connected.
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

Communication Lifeline

This smartphone accessory keeps you connected.

Toss and Talk

This handy device makes it easier for guests to speak up.
Trade Shows

Show, Don’t Tell

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

Career-Counseling Lounge

This trade-show perk helps delegates climb the corporate ladder.
Transportation

Easy Riders

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

Transportation Checker

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

2016 Salary Survey

M&C's biennial look at salaries and job satisfaction for association, corporate and independent/third-party meeting planners.

The Direct Booking Dilemma

Hotels are appealing to guests to book through their own channels; should planners worry about room blocks?

Taking Airbnb to Task

How the home-lodging provider and other shared-economy services are facing pushback -- or forging alliances -- with key meetings destinations.

Planners' Favorite Cost-Cutting Tips

M&C readers offer their best budget-saving strategies on A/V, F&B, venues and more.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: The Places Planners Worry About Safety (Video)

We asked planners about their concern for their own personal safety.

30 Seconds to Smart: Security at Convention Centers, Airports (Video)

We asked planners what types of security they would like to see at convention centers and airports.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Concerned Are Planners About Security? (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried in light of recent events.

Cost-Containment Is a Top Priority

Survey shows keeping meeting spend in check is a top priority.

Latest News

Hard Rock Malaysia 2017 Opening

The 365-room hotel will be part of Desaru Coast, a resort development in the southeastern part of the country.

With $13 Billion Starwood Deal Done, Marriott Begins Integration of Loyalty Programs

New microsite educates loyalty members on how to link accounts.

The Westin Buffalo Opens in Upstate New York

The 116-room property has 7,300 square feet of meeting and event space and an outdoor courtyard.  

Moxy Berlin Debuts in the German Capital

The 210-room property is part of Marriott’s Millennial-focused brand.

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