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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Scope Out This App

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 20,2016
This free tool lets attendees share the live action with the folks back home.
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

Help Feed the Needy

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

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

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

Chargers With Fringe Benefits

You'll love these easy-find power cables.

Crank It Up

With this device, the power is in your hands.
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

Scope Out This App

This free tool lets attendees share the live action with the folks back home.

A GPS for Street Food

This digital portal helps you find local food trucks.
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

Scope Out This App

This free tool lets attendees share the live action with the folks back home.

Best of the Best

This app will lead you to the world’s top offerings.
Trade Shows

Show-Floor Segways

Navigate convention centers faster via a personal people mover.

Booth Builder

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

Guest-Room Boom

While rooms are scarce in many major meetings markets, these five second-tier cities are upping the inventor ante to lure business.

10 New Urban Resorts

A new breed of big-city hotel incorporates all the trappings of a typical destination resort, such as full-service spas and trendy dining, minus the resort...

ON THE COVER: Are You Covered?

This comprehensive guide to event insurance offers the facts on essential policies addressing general liability, communicable diseases, cancellation and more.

Planners' Pain Points in Hotel Negotiations

Planners share their biggest challenges in hammering out a contract in a seller's market, including new, questionable fees.

Research

To Boycott or Not?

Planners sound off on whether controversial laws should influence site selection.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel Mergers Will Affect Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners how they feel about industry consolidation.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel About New or Lesser-Known Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners if they would consider a new or lesser-known hotel brand for a meeting.

30 Seconds to Smart: Here's Why Planners Are Loyal to Certain Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners about the factors that influence their loyalty to a hotel brand.

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