Savvy Planner

Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Precision Mapping

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 17,2017
With this feature, your event app can guide you around the show floor.
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

Stretch Your Table

Don't let unexpected banquet guests throw you off.

This Orange Is the New Orange

Enliven your décor with the hottest hues for 2017.
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

Woody Wordpecker

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

This Charger Is Mini But Mighty

Pint-size power brings your devices back to life.
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

Splashy Sponsorship

Combine pool time and networking with this clever idea.

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.
Staffing

Precision Mapping

With this feature, your event app can guide you around the show floor.

Stretch Your Table

Don't let unexpected banquet guests throw you off.
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

Precision Mapping

With this feature, your event app can guide you around the show floor.

Digital Design, Your Way

Create an app without a high-tech background.
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

Top 10 Meetings Innovations

Our third annual edition of this special report finds a fresh crop of significant concepts and tools beginning to make waves in the meetings industry.

New Hotels Opening in 2017

Here are the details of exciting new hotels opening this year from Seattle, Wash., to Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Meeting Contracts in a Time of Flux

M&C’s panel of legal experts discusses today’s hot-button issues, including the potential impact of the incoming Trump administration.

Say Hello to These Nightmare Attendees

M&C readers recount temper tantrums, annoying requests, lewd behavior and more.  

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Do Planners Document Cost Savings? (Video)

We asked planners how often they report savings for meetings.

30 Seconds to Smart: The Importance of Cost-Containment to Planners (Video)

We asked planners how they prioritize cost-cutting when it comes to meeting planning.

30 Seconds to Smart: 2017 vs. 2016 Meeting Budgets (Video)

We asked planners how they expect their overall meeting budgets to change year-over-year.

Will Trump Hinder Meetings?

Many respondents to M&C's latest poll worry that the new administration will deter visitors to the U.S.