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Welcome to the MPI New Jersey Chapter Online Blog, which has replaced the traditional OnSite newsletter.


Here you'll find relevant industry articles written by our members and by external industry experts on a variety of topics. Check back often as we'll be adding new articles weekly.
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  1. Generating Momentum from Events with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology
    20 Mar, 2017
    Generating Momentum from Events with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology
    You know you had a great conference or meeting when the relationships and ideas are hot long after the event is over. But at any event, you only have a short time to make your story “stick.” To maximize your return on investment and keep the momentum going, you have to be memorable. Powerful storytelling tools like virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearable technology can help you create a memorable experience for attendees. At Pixel Light Digital Media, we produce custom brand content
  2. Ireland: A Picturesque Destination for Meetings & Incentives
    12 Mar, 2017
    Ireland: A Picturesque Destination for Meetings & Incentives
    A national holiday that’s celebrated in more countries than any other, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was originally a day of religious feast. The celebratory day falls during Lent, which often meant abstaining from personal indulgences, but St. Patrick’s Day allowed for a break, and its since evolved to include a host of activities and events from live music to colourful parades in celebration of the nation’s patron saint. Ireland is steeped in a rich cultural heritage – it’s a land of saints
  3. Nature Inspired Meeting Experiences
    08 Mar, 2017
    Nature Inspired Meeting Experiences
    The Benefits of Holding your Meeting at a “Green” Hotel Holding a meeting at a “green” hotel can provide a unique experience for your attendees.  You can actually bring the beauty of nature inside. 1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand, cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. There are many benefits and opportunities to holding a meeting at a sustainability venue…   Organizations
  4. The Future of Event Sponsorship
    27 Feb, 2017
    The Future of Event Sponsorship
    How Technology Can Increase Your Event Sponsorship The event sponsorship game is changing and with technology at the top of every event prof’s agenda it’s essential to not only look at what event technology can do for us and our attendees, but what it can do for our sponsors too. Sponsors are looking for a clearer, more measurable ROI and in today’s high-distraction, digitalized world, attendees demand more immersive, experiential and innovative events, forcing us to look at audience engagement
  5. Deciding on your Next Meeting Venue?
    20 Feb, 2017
    Deciding on your Next Meeting Venue?
    Deciding on your Next Meeting Venue? Consider the Overall Offering of the City -  Subvention is only a Small Part of the Equation The saying goes that ‘money talks’ but in our industry, I don’t believe this should ring true.  With many cities now having access to similar subvention offerings, the overall offering of the city as a complete business events destination should be the key area of focus for meeting planners when deciding where to host their next meeting. The capability of the CVB and
  6. How to Create an Emotional Connection with your attendees through Décor and Atmospherics
    16 Feb, 2017
    How to Create an Emotional Connection with your attendees through Décor and Atmospherics
    The proven value of including décor elements and decorative displays at your meetings is that it creates a positive impact on the attendees’ overall experience.  Design elements ensure a meaningful connection and enhances relationships – just the kind of brand-building loyalty every planner and their client desires. We all know how much modern technology has changed our lives, so of course its effect on meeting and event décor is the same. And, it’s also allowed some visually complex,
  7. A Hands-On Guide to Driving Technology Adoption at your Event
    13 Feb, 2017
    A Hands-On Guide to Driving Technology Adoption at your Event
    A key challenge for event organizers is motivating the participants to invest their energy into the experience you have in store for them; to buy the ticket and take the ride. I was recently involved in organising ibtm world, and thought I’d share some tips on what I found to be most effective. If your aim is driving technology adoption at your events, try these 5 methods. 1.  Align event tech with the objectives of attendees and stakeholders The success of technology adoption depends upon
  8. MGM GRAND DETROIT: The Midwest’s Premier Destination
    30 Jan, 2017
    MGM GRAND DETROIT: The Midwest’s Premier Destination
    MGM GRAND DETROIT The Midwest’s Premier Destination Detroit, Michigan Plush accommodations, business facilities, lounges and restaurants create the Midwest’s premier meeting destination. Located in the heart of the Detroit entertainment district, MGM Grand Detroit is just 18 miles from Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport. MEETINGS BLUEPRINT: A multi-year recipient of the Pinnacle and Gold Key Award, MGM Grand Detroit specializes in everything from large events and trade shows to intimate black tie
  9. Celebrate in the Garden State: Corporate Events by Bowlmor & Bowlero
    30 Jan, 2017
    Celebrate in the Garden State: Corporate Events by Bowlmor & Bowlero
    When you want to plan an event that will leave everyone in awe, turn to the party professionals at Bowlmor and Bowlero, New Jersey’s leading venues for inventive corporate fun. Bowlmor Green Brook and Bowlero North Brunswick offer guests a modern spin on the traditional bowling experience, combining classic competition with modern luxuries, exceptional menus, and world-class laneside service. Conveniently located off Route 22 in Green Brook, Bowlmor’s immense setting raises the bar on every
  10. Combine Meetings + Beach + Circus = CREACTIVE!
    30 Jan, 2017
    Combine Meetings + Beach + Circus = CREACTIVE!
    As Event Professionals, we are always looking for creative concepts and new ideas for our attendees.  Have your attendees ever performed with the circus? Club Med, the brand that pioneered the all-inclusive concept over 60 years ago, and Cirque du Soleil, which reinvented circus arts and reshaped it into a groundbreaking entertainment company, partnered to create a unique concept in experiential travel with Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. Attendees have the opportunity to learn many of
  11. What is Brexit and how is it affecting the Meetings and Events Industry?
    23 Jan, 2017
    What is Brexit and how is it affecting the Meetings and Events Industry?
    What is Brexit and how is it affecting the Meetings and Events Industry? The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a nationwide referendum in June 2016. Now the negotiations begin; will the Government adopt a ‘hard Brexit’ in which Prime Minister Theresa May takes the tougher route and asks for trade privileges but no freedom of movement? Or will the UK politicians negotiate a ‘soft Brexit’ in which they accept that with free trade comes free movement. Certainly the EU member
  12. Meeting Engage Explore Canada
    23 Jan, 2017
    Meeting Engage Explore Canada
    In a recent study, the global value of business travel was estimated at having almost doubled in size since 2009, according to a Tourism Economics study.  Canada’s share of this lucrative sector is estimated at approximately $2.6 billion USD.  The global meetings marketplace continues to evolve. Each year new destinations that offer sophisticated new product for planner consideration join the already competitive landscape. Fortunately, Canada is well-regarded and well-positioned as a safe and
  13. 10 Tips for Setting Your Greatest Goals
    07 Jan, 2017
    10 Tips for Setting Your Greatest Goals
    1. Your most important goals must be yours.   Not your spouse’s. Not your child’s. Not your employer’s. Yours. When you let other people determine your definition of success, you’re sabotaging your own future.   2. Your goals must mean something to you.   When you write down your goals, you must ask yourself, what’s really important to me? What am I prepared to give up to make this happen? Your reasons for charting a new course of action give you the drive and energy to get up every morning.
  14. Event Innovation in 2017
    05 Jan, 2017
    Event Innovation in 2017
    As an experiential marketer, nothing excites me more than innovation. Perhaps the buzzword of 2016, and sure to have staying power in 2017, innovation is what allows event professionals to continually up the ante on their productions. And in our industry that’s paramount – because just like the experiences we create, which are living entities, so too are the demands our clients face year after year.  Innovation allows us to reinvent tried and true event formats to best deliver on evolving client
  15. How To Take The Upper Hand On Event Technology
    27 Dec, 2016
    How To Take The Upper Hand On Event Technology
    As an event planner, you are so busy!  Juggling strategy with execution is a game of timing that requires focus and organization. Between defining a theme and keynote speakers, managing your budget, booking hotels, creating registration forms, crafting a schedule, and finalizing the mobile event app, you may be looking at a best case scenario of organized chaos. The reality is, you need help to stay organized and effectively execute all those assignments that have landed in your lap. You need
  16. TIPS FOR CLEANING UP YOUR DIGITAL LIFE
    19 Dec, 2016
    TIPS FOR CLEANING UP YOUR DIGITAL LIFE
    This is the perfect time to clean up your digital life and get ready for 2017! We have all been down the rabbit hole with Alice, getting unwanted emails, Facebook pages/groups/events and unwanted tweets that we get sucked into. Before we know it, our digital lives are crowded and crazy.  Here’s a few tips to declutter your digital footprint. Email: Let’s face it — your email address is sold for marketing purposes.  Sign up for one mailing list and get added to 10 others without your
  17. Creative Ways Hoteliers Can Partner with Planners to Help Their Communities
    12 Dec, 2016
    Creative Ways Hoteliers Can Partner with Planners to Help Their Communities
    With the 2016 Holiday Season upon us, the thought of giving is on the forefront of our minds. There is an opportunity for Suppliers and Planners alike to work in conjunction with their local community to give back and be sustainable with almost every event or meeting.              At Sands Bethlehem, we take pride in not only providing our clients with a unique and excellent experience on property, but also assist in the ease of planning all aspects of their event. With Corporate Responsibility
  18. Experiential Wine Events in Napa Valley
    06 Dec, 2016
    Experiential Wine Events in Napa Valley
    We serve wine at networking events, receptions and dinners, but wine can be the main focus to make events interactive and fun.    While one of the most well known wine regions in the world, California’s Napa Valley is also one of the smallest. The valley floor is just 30 miles long and five miles across at its widest point, with more than 400 wineries in between, providing meeting planners with endless possibilities to incorporate wine-related activities to create innovative, distinctive and
  19. GO GREEN or GO HOME
    29 Nov, 2016
    GO GREEN or GO HOME
    About 10 years ago the limo industry saw a big interest from customers wanting to go GREEN. Yes, you got it, everybody wanted to know about hybrid vehicles. Many fortune 500 companies were interested in reducing their company’s carbon footprint and one area they looked at was their chauffeured car service provider. As many of these companies spend upwards of $1 million dollars annually in car service, this surely has to be an area that can make a huge impact on their footprint. So, in an
  20. Coming Together By Giving Back Building Relationships Through Corporate Giving
    18 Nov, 2016
    Coming Together By Giving Back Building Relationships Through Corporate Giving
    Deck the halls, trim the tree, organize a company party and make sure that the plans for next year’s conferences are as carefully laid as the holiday banquet table. ‘Tis the season for meeting planners to be busy with celebrations, and a time when companies make their most generous charitable donations to national and local charities.  At Teneo Hospitality Group, we believe that giving back in the spirit of the holidays is certainly appropriate and can greatly benefit the company who is giving,
  21. Redefining meetings: A single point of entry can make all the difference
    16 Nov, 2016
    Redefining meetings: A single point of entry can make all the difference
    When you think about a meeting, what comes to mind? Perhaps you picture a conference room of thought leaders, laptops, or the words “next slide, please.” Or, perhaps you envision a large convention like World Pharma Congress, with exhibits, educational sessions and appointments with prospects. Or, maybe you’re at a site visit, a tour, walking through a facility to learn and plan and ask questions. Regardless of how you may define the term “meeting,” travel is always involved, whether by plane,
  22. All-Inclusive Resorts – Are They Right for Your Program?
    09 Nov, 2016
    All-Inclusive Resorts – Are They Right for Your Program?
    With the increasing popularity of all-inclusive resorts in the leisure sector, you may be wondering if an all-inclusive resort could be the right fit for one of your upcoming meeting or incentive programs. There are benefits to conducting meetings and incentive/recognition programs at properties that offer this option to groups, just as there are many advantages to selecting a traditional hotel or resort that does not offer this.  So, which is right for your program? Benefits Of An
  23. Get Ready for Thanksgiving with Recipes Courtesy of Chef Josh Capon
    31 Oct, 2016
    Get Ready for Thanksgiving with Recipes Courtesy of Chef Josh Capon
    The MPI New Jersey Chapter OnSite Online Editor caught up with Chef Josh Capon, host of Spike TV’s first food series Frankenfood and four-time champion of Rachael Ray’s annual Burger Bash competition. Chef Josh Capon is the seasoned executive chef and partner behind Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco in New York City, and Lure Fishbar in South Beach, Miami. When we told Chef Capon our readers might enjoy adding some new recipes to their holiday table, he generously provided us with
  24. How to Moderate a Panel
    26 Oct, 2016
    How to Moderate a Panel
    Moderating a panel discussion is a lot like being a TV talk show host. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and is an exercise in ‘planned spontaneity’ (think about that). A good panel discussion can be the highlight of a conference. Getting together a group of experts with diverse opinions to discuss important issues is both engaging and informative to an audience. Types of Bad Moderators Without a skilled moderator, however, it can be a train wreck. Here are some examples: Moderator too weak.