Social media has drastically changed since I was in college. Thanks to Instagram, Twitter and FB, the hashtag symbol is becoming a larger topic when it comes to following, reporting and engaging with companies, friends or events. I personally love following the buzz during events that I cannot attend via hashtags. Savvy event planners can use hashtags to help our industry and business grow.
A study on the important of social media in the meetings and events industry conducted by American Express Meetings & Events found usage of social media has increased in the industry, and about 45 percent of planners see the value in online engagement. Neemah Persad-Celestine is an executive of Hyatt Regency Trinidad, and responsible for all Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s social media, understands this and is an advocate for using social media in all aspects of planning.
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority just became even more connected with its visitors.
Early last week, the CVB launched a free mobile app for the area.
The one-touch easy access app provides information on entertainment, places to stay, restaurants, shops and feature an events calendar. Even more fun is the Wildwoods Earth Cam (a 24-hour webcam), a 10-day weather forecast, ocean tides, ocean temperatures, contest information and the destination’s comprehensive vacation planner and guide.
Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.
Photo Credit: Allée Photography
Colorado Meetings + Events’ editorial advisory board recently met and shared insider insights about challenges and opportunities and where the meetings and events industry is headed. We’ll run most of the comments in our summer issue, but here is the conversation about social media among a few of the board members.