Using Music to Energize Corporate Presentations

Executives, by and large, expect your presentation to be boring. It’s why they ask for the exec summaries up front––so if they have to zone off, they’re still covered. So how do you signal to them, right away, that yours is different? One of the easiest ways is also stunningly effective: play music. Whenever I… Read more »

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions

2017 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions In addition to the winners listed above, we received a number of write-in recommendations for this year’s ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Awards. While we receive write-in votes every year, the properties listed below received multiple write-in votes, which qualified them for our Honorable Mention recognition.   ALABAMA Bellingrath Gardens & Home Visit Mobile… Read more »

Exploring Louisiana’s Northshore

By Senior Editor Marcia Bradford During previous trips to New Orleans I have often glanced at the long causeway dissecting Lake Pontchartrain as I followed I-10 southward into the heart of the Big Easy and thought I’d like to check out the area. In mid-September that idea became a reality and I found there are… Read more »

Technology Trends That Will Drive Future Events

Today’s conventions and trade shows are not your fathers’ events. So much has changed, and event technology has been one of the most dominant change agents, driven mostly by the advent of metrics to measure trade show investment dollars. Now, event technologies that were not available 20 years ago, or if available, not widely-used, can… Read more »

ConventionSouth Visits The Hilton Sandestin

By Senior Editor Marcia Bradford Even with Hurricane Irma spinning toward south Florida, the waters along the state’s northwest coast were calm and clear when I arrived at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa on Sept. 7. From my guest room balcony on the 7th floor of the hotel’s Emerald Tower, the view… Read more »

Planner Profile: Samantha Vogel, CMP

Q&A with Samantha Vogel, CMP Manager, Meetings and Travel, GameStop While teaching 11th grade English, Samantha Vogel came to the realization that the type of work she most loved was to design and create unique experiences. Ultimately, this realization led to a career in the meetings and events industry. “I knew I wanted a job… Read more »

Crazy Costumes, Interactive Exhibits & Games, Oh My!

  By Adrianne Bowen With the soaring popularity of comic cons and other fun role-playing events, costumes and interactive adventures are becoming a major part of today’s trade shows. And it’s not just anime extravaganzas getting in on the fun. Dazzling Mardi Gras costumes have always been a magical part of the festivities in Mobile… Read more »

How Southern Expos Are Becoming Trendy & Fun

By Adrianne Bowen The digital age has touched every business, including the large-events market. But that’s not the only thing that has transformed the trade show experience and what attendees can expect. Even though the most important factor is always going to be showcasing the services and products of the vendors, an element of fun… Read more »

Thinking Of Our Friends In Texas

The staff of ConventionSouth wishes to offer our sympathy and concern for all of the people in Texas suffering the effects of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding that continues to impact the area. Our hearts go out to all those experiencing loss, shock, displacement and uncertainty. We are pleased and proud to learn that… Read more »

July Planner Profile: Sue Walton

MeCo Co-Founder, Co-Owner of May and Williams, LTD., Independent Meeting Planners, Evanston, Illinois Sue Walton’s experience as a planner began during a 1980’s political event that included a keg of beer. “On the 4th of July, in 1987,” she recently related, “my husband and I were attending a Libertarian Party of Illinois picnic and people… Read more »