PCMA Convening Leaders 2014: [R]evolutionizing Meetings and Events

 

Figure 1: Monday’s General Session with Lisa Bodell of FutureThink.

Figure 1: Monday’s General Session with Lisa Bodell of FutureThink.

ACTIVE Network™ Business Solutions is back from PCMA Convening Leaders 2014 Convening Leaders was all about [R]evolutionizing Meetings and Events with creativity, and innovation!

The conference had record-breaking attendance of 4,072 people this year representing 37 different countries.

Here’s a pic from Monday’s General Session, where Lisa Bodell with FutureThink inspired us to think outside the box within ourselves, our departments, and our organizations in order to create memorable Meetings and Events that accomplish our business objectives.

 

Technology vendors showcased their best products in TechCentral.

Figure 2: Technology vendors showcasing their best new products in TechCentral

Figure 2: Technology vendors showcasing their best new products in TechCentral

We announced the availability of ACTIVE MarketView 3.0, our new, easy-to-use tool that allows hotel and venue sales teams to respond to eRFPs up to 70% faster*. Part of the SMART EVENTS™ Cloud and formerly StarCite® MarketView, ACTIVE MarketView 3.0 provides the ability to respond to eRFPs in a single page, with pre-populated “favorite” answers.

Figure 3: ACTIVE MarketView 3.0 allows hotel and venue sales teams to respond to eRFPs up to 70% faster*.

Figure 3:
ACTIVE MarketView 3.0 allows hotel and venue sales teams to respond to eRFPs up to 70% faster*.

All hands were on deck for our tech tours showing how our ACTIVE Conference™ technology powered this amazing event for the second year in a row. Folks raved about the ability to check into the event at their hotel─what a welcomed convenience!

Figure 4: Tech tour showing how ACTIVE Conference™ event-management and –marketing software powers PCMA Convening Leaders.

Figure 4: Tech tour showing how ACTIVE Conference™ event-management and –marketing software powers PCMA Convening Leaders.

In Tuesday’s General Session, Mike Walsh with SpeakInc talked about how face-to-face meetings will be a strategic priority for the networked organization of the future. We cannot overestimate the value of a handshake! Walsh also discussed how the one constant in today’s organizations is change, and leading organizations must remain nimble and able to adapt.

This year’s educational sessions were top drawer, with experts presenting on everything from Big Data for Meetings and Events, to hotel and venue sourcing best practices, to contract negotiation, to integrating mobile and social media, and more.

Figure 5: ACTIVE Network™ Business Solutions’ Anthony Miller and Sonic Foundry’s Donny Neufuss present on Big Data for Meetings and Events

Figure 5: ACTIVE Network™ Business Solutions’ Anthony Miller and Sonic Foundry’s Donny Neufuss present on Big Data for Meetings and Events

We Partied with a Purpose Monday night at House of Blues in support of PCMA Education Foundation and PCMA’s Network for the Needy and Tuesday night’s networking event at Fanueil Hall was amazing, with all of the food vendors open serving complimentary samples of their best dishes.

We’re looking forward to continuing the [R]evolution in Chicago at Convening Leaders 2015!

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