2023 Event Trends

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The two mistakes meeting planners make when signing venue contracts: solved! Reading, Presidents, Contract, How To Find Out, Conference, Meeting Planner, Control, Call, How To Plan
Don’t Sign That Contract!
You are planning a conference. You call around to venues to find out what space may work, availability, and of course cost. Then you jump on a plane and set up two days of meetings. You find the perfect space! You can't wait to sign it, but I implore you to use every stitch of your self-control not to sign that contract—at least not yet. Click the pin to read what Scott Frankel, president of Animatic Media, has to say about signing venue contracts.
Here’s how to organize an experience that’s rewarding for attendees.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning an Incentive Trip
Post pandemic, incentive travel programs are making a big comeback. While they’re still designed to recruit, motivate, and recognize employees, these rewards now need to go above and beyond and prioritize mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Click the pin for some do's and don'ts of incentive trip planning.
These sports event planners, producers, entrepreneurs, and marketing wizards are leading the way when it comes to executing incredible fan experiences. Sports, Sports Event, Sport Event, Event Marketing, Career, Event Trends, Marketing, The Incredibles, Event Planner
BizBash Sports Power Players 2023: 11 Sports Event Profs Creating Their Own Playbooks
Click through each profile below to learn how they got their start in sports event marketing, the career accomplishments they’re most proud of, their favorite moments in sports history, and more.
See some of the clever ways brands like YouTube, Bumble, American Express, and Maybelline have used gumball machines to distribute swag, spark conversations, promote social sharing, and more. Ideas, Maybelline, Event Ideas, Event Experience, Event Space, Event Activities, Event
Does Your Event Need a Gumball Machine? (The Answer Is Yes)
Remember the simple joy of inserting a quarter into a gumball machine and claiming your prize? With the increased popularity of nostalgia at events, it's no surprise that brands have been leaning into gumball machines for years as a way to increase fan engagement and social sharing, as well as to distribute swag.
Barbie-fied events, massive floral walls, and disco decor stole the show on BizBash's Instagram feed this year. Here's what else grabbed readers' attention in 2023. Barbie, Pink, Marvel, Instagram, Barbie Movies, Disco Decorations, Standout
BizBash's 20 Most-Liked Images on Instagram in 2023
For event profs and marketers, it seems 2023 was the year of going big and leaving an impact. Remember how countless brands turned pink, in a sense, for the Barbie movie? Or how projection mapping became a hot event backdrop? You'll find those things and more in our roundup of the most-liked Instagram posts from BizBash's feed this year. Keep scrolling to revisit standout events and activations from brands like Mattel, Adidas, Marvel, TikTok, and more. And keep on double-tapping!
Floral plates, tinsel chairs, colorful bars—and now nationwide linen rentals! Vintage, Event Rental, Buffet Display, Vintage Rentals, Rental, Linen Rentals, Upholster
Something Vintage: The Event Rental Company Outlier
In the world of event rentals, Something Vintage is somewhat of an outlier. Instead of stocking their shelves with the typical event rental offerings such as white plates, Chiavari chairs, and mass-produced sofas, they made it their mission to fill their 35,000-square-foot warehouse with vibrant rentals such as handmade floral plates, one-of-a-kind vintage sofas, and statement bars built in-house.
At Quest Events, we recognize the transformative power of drapes—not just for their aesthetic appeal but also for their functional contributions. Photographic Artist, Event Planning
Drape in Event Acoustics and Privacy
In the dazzling world of event planning, every detail contributes to the overall experience. While venue selection and decor are often in the spotlight, two critical elements that significantly impact the ambiance are frequently overlooked: acoustics and privacy.
Here’s how to incorporate Peach Fuzz into your events in the new year. Design, Floral Arrangements, Wedding Flowers, Pink Hydrangea, Lifestyle, Color Of The Year, Floral Event Design, Shades Of Orange, Garden Wedding
Peachy Keen Event Design Ideas Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year 2024
The introduction of Peach Fuzz also marks the 25th anniversary of the Pantone Color of the Year program. First introduced by the institute in 1999 with Cerulean Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year aims to capture the global zeitgeist and serves as a cultural touchstone.
In late November, BizBash Sports brought together some of the best minds in sports events. Education, Country, Event Professionals, Networking Opportunities
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Inaugural BizBash Sports Summit
WASHINGTON, D.C.—What happens when you get some of the best minds in sports event experiences together in one room? This is what BizBash sought to uncover during the inaugural BizBash Sports Summit. The event, held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27-29, hosted 77 sports event professionals and suppliers from across the country for two and a half days of networking opportunities, education, intimate dinners, and interactive workshops.
Hear from two of the best in the biz on how lighting sets the stage for events. Lights, Founder, Event Lighting, Adler, Lighting, David, Episode
Illuminating the Intricacies of Event Lighting
In this episode of GatherGeeks, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler sits down with two of the best in the event lighting biz: Billy Butchkavitz of Billy Butchkavitz Design and Curt Stahl of Images by Lighting.
The brand's 500-square-foot booth showcased its selection of fashion and collectible goods in unique, attention-grabbing ways. Here's how the teams at Media.Monks and Stoelt Productions pulled it off.
See Inside eBay's Massive Five-Room 'House' at ComplexCon
LONG BEACH, CALIF—ComplexCon, Complex's self-described “festival of the future,” brings together a who’s who of influencers in the pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism, and education industries. So for an audience this hip and discerning, you better believe brands are going to bring it.
Check out Implecho's Event Audio Communications planning guide. Organisations, Effective Communication, Organizations, Planning Guide, Attendee, Events, Effective
How to Choose the Best Event Communication Headsets
Thriving organizations often point to effective communication as a key to their success, and the same holds true for their events. When the stakes are high, the last thing you want is for attendees to check out because they can't understand your message.
Hosted by BizBash and BrandSync, this recent Jeffersonian-style dinner in New York asked the question: What's keeping you up at night? York, Planners, Dinner, Evening, Night, Content, Trends
This Intimate Dinner Built Its Own Event Prof Community in Just Three Hours
NEW YORK—On Nov. 9, BizBash and BrandSync hosted 16 senior-level event marketers and planners for an intimate dinner at Palma in New York. The theme for the evening: What's keeping you up at night? We wanted to hear what our readers are currently struggling with in their roles so we could be better informed about the type of content the industry needs now.
The footwear brand’s mobile pop-up tour created a neighborhood experience with concerts, local F&B, merch, and more. Hip Hop, Outdoor, Footwear, Timberland, Pop, Original Timberland Boots, Shoe Brands, Apparel Company
How Timberland Hosted a Citywide Block Party Across NYC
NEW YORK—In November, outdoor footwear and apparel company Timberland wrapped up its mobile pop-up tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and the Original Timberland Boot.
'Tis the season for recognizing your employees' hard work. Team recognition programs have a wide variety of benefits—and no, they don't need to break the bank. Love, Birthday, We, Husband Birthday, Messages, Thanking Someone, Feeling Special, Quote
8 Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Team Feel Appreciated This Season
In 2022, Workman and Gallup partnered to ask thousands of employees across the U.S., U.K., and Ireland what recognition means to them. The result was a comprehensive report on the power of recognition to transform the workplace.