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Best Event Organizer Apps For 2015

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »
 

Every day of the week a new fad seems to come on the market, from sending your enemies glitter to new video and text messaging applications. With the number of new apps coming on the market ever increasing, it can be hard to know which ones to download, which ones to use and which ones to just delete from your precious home screen. Here we outline 5 of the best apps for event organizers which are guaranteed to save time, energy and make your life a lot less stressful.

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5. Brewster

Once you have the basics of your event planned and your venue booked, it’s time to start getting in touch with all the various parties involved. It used to be a big task to go through twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or your phone book to find all the numbers you need. Not anymore though, as Brewster is here to help. Brewster gathers all your contacts, from all your devices, and stores them in one secure place making your life a whole lot easier. When your contact updates their number/email/address, it updates automatically in your Brewster App. Pure brilliance.

4. Eventbrite

Once your venue is booked, all you need to do is find people to fill the room. That’s were the Godsend that is Eventbrite comes into place, as it will help you set the event up, promote it on their site and across their various social media sites and make it easy for people to RSVP to your event instantly. You can also easily stay in touch with all attendees through te site sending them event reminders or directions.

3. RouteHappy

If you travel a lot on business and dread that early morning flight, then this is the app for you! RouteHappy helps passengers not only search for flights, but search for flights and airlines that have the highest ‘happiness’ factor. They rate each and every airline, flight and route using a variety of factors such as how fast check in, how comfortable the seats are, if there are power sockets or if there are free refreshments on board. This is the ‘must-have’ app for business travelers.

2. Zirtual 

We have so many tasks to do every day that often 100;s of emails remain unread and left without response for days. Zirtual is essentially a virtual personal assistant there to help you out with the things you simply don’t have time to do. Aimed at Entrepreneurs, Professionals, and Small Teams, it can coordinate travel plans, manage your calendar of events, create itineraries and even reply to your emails for you. Excellent time saver for all event planners.

1. Freckle 

“Your business runs on time. It’s the fuel your team uses to start, create, finish projects for yourselves and your clients. You’ve got to make sure every minute counts… and can be counted” – so says Freckle website. The site helps track exactly how you, and your team, are spending your time so that you can accurately bill customers and clients. This is an excellent tool for freelancers to keep track of what they are doing, how much time they are spending on each task and if their routine needs to be changed at all.

 


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Top 5 Tech Events Of 2015

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: conference destinations | Tags: , , | No Comments »
 

We have compiled a list of 5 of the biggest technology conferences around the world in 2015. These are the top events for discovering innovative new technology, meeting up-and-coming start up teams, listening to inspiring fireside chats from the world’s most influential technology leaders and of course the perfect opportunity to network with people in and outside of your industry.

5. Mobile World Congress, Barcelona

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In short: The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.  Spanning over 5 days from the 2nd to the 5th March in Barcelona, Spain, the conference attracts up to 80,000 visitors from 200 countries across the globe.

A hot topic at this year’s conference will be mobile payments thanks to the recent launch of Apple Pay and the ever increasing demand for secure mobile payment systems.

Speakers: An incredible line up including; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia,Charles Scharf, CEO of Visa and Marty Beard, COO of Blackberry.

Where to stay: Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

 Located in Barcelona city center, The Hilton Diagonal Mar is only 10 minutes walk form the beach and offers stunning views of the sea and the rising sun. It is also the perfect base point for traveling to the conference which is accessible from the city center by bus, metro and a free shuttle service for all attendees. It also has some of the biggest conference space and meeting rooms out of all the hotels in Barcelona, perfect for recapping on what you learned wit your team or to host small events with other attendees.

4.SXSW – South by South West, Austin Texas

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In short: South by South West (SXSW) is so much more than a technology conference.  It is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.It started as a small gathering in 1987 has now grown to a 10 day event known by technology leaders, writers, bloggers and musicians the world over.It is much more relaxed than most tech conferences, so don’t go there expecting to launch your new start-up or get millions of investment. Better to just use it as the best networking event of the year – because simply put, that’s exactly what it is!

Speakers: Dr. Astro Teller head of Google[X], Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, Alfa Intl, Ava DuVernay, Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award.

Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Austin

The perfect balance between the city’s vibrant energy and a resort-like tranquility, the Hyatt Regency Austin is the perfect base for SXSW. With unrivaled facilities including an outdoor pool overlooking the lake, it is the perfect place to unwind after a long day networking.Set on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, The Hyatt Regency lets you experience the best of Austin, a eclectic city famous for live music, rock-star dining and innovative ideas. The hotel also boasts a great choice of meetings rooms in case you and your team need to get some work done during 10 day long conference.

3.Velocity, Santa Clara, California

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In short: Velocity is the best place on the planet for web ops and performance professionals to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned about challenges and progress in web operations. Most companies with outward-facing dynamic websites face the same challenges: pages must load quickly, infrastructure must scale efficiently, and sites and services must be reliable, without burning out the team or breaking the budget.So, why attend Velocity? It will help you to build faster web Apps, spend quality time with industry experts and spend three intense days devoted to web operations and performance. Runs from May 27th to 29th in Santa Clara, California.

Speakers: Have not been released yet but they are actually accepting proposals if you fancy speaking at it!

Where to stay: Santa Clara Marriott

The Santa Clara Marriott, part of the ever expanding Marriott Hotels group (which now has almost 1 million rooms worldwide) is an excellent choice for your stay in Santa Clara.In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara hotel is just minutes from the Santa Clara Convention Center and San Jose International Airport, and is within walking distance of Levi Stadium. Make the most of the sunny Californian weather by using their large outdoor pool and leisure center, in a hotel that is known and frequented by an endless stream of business travelers. Excellent choice for late night or early morning networking!

2.CES International, Shanghai, China

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In short: The International CES is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, this year they are hosting the first ever CES in Asia,which takes place from May 25th to 27th in Shanghai, China. The conference will include a series of keynotes and conference sessions designed to highlight the global innovations taking place in the consumer technology industry and reflected in the exhibits on the show floor. As China is one of the fastest growing market for new technology, this is the perfect chance to go to a technology conference outside of both silicon valley.

Speakers: More famous for product debuts than speakers, such as the launch of; Smart devices such as Tablets and Notebooks, The Plasma TV, Blu-ray discs and Microsoft Xbox!

Where to stay: Le Royal Méridien Shanghai

This 5 star luxury hotel located on one of the most important streets in Shanghai, in China’s financial and commercial hub, is the perfect hotel to base yourself for your stay. With a choice of 4 restaurants,2 bars and an incredible on site spa, in addition to stunning views of the Shanghai skyline, this hotel has everything you need to unwind after a long day of networking. All the bedrooms have dazzling views of the Bund and the city’s skyline and state-of-the-art-technology including high speed WIFI – essential when attending a tech conference!

1. Web Summit,Dublin, Ireland

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In short: Last year Guardian Media called Web Summit the  ‘Davos for Geeks’ while the event itself promoted the event with the phrase ‘where the tech world meets’. Only in it’s fifth year, this new kid on the block had become on of the biggest and hottest tech events overnight. Attracting hugely influential speakers from the top tech companies around the world, such as Drew Houston of DropBox,Werner Vogels of Amazon and Peter Thiel of PayPal, Web Summit attracted 20,000 attendees last year over a 3 day period, and this number is growing each year. The event is split up in a variety of ‘mini summits’ such as music, enterprise, builders, marketing, investors and the always popular night summit which is where all the most important networking is done and where many big investment deals have been signed.

Speakers: This year’s have not been confirmed, but last year included Bono. Eva Longoria, John Collison and Padmasree Warrior

Where to stay: The Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Less than a stones throw away from the RDS, which is the venue for the Web Summit 2015, this luxury 4 star hotel is the perfect base. Voted Ireland’s Business Hotel of the Year for 2015. Facilities are second-to-none and include  the hotel’s own AirSpeed dedicated wi-fi network which provides high speed internet access at all times and is offered free of charge to residents and conference delegates. With the hotel less than a 5 minute walk from the Web Summit, it is the perfect spot for hosting Pre or Post conference meetings with other delegates or for simply getting some work done in the mornings or evenings.


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Top 5 Museums To Take That #MuseumSelfie

Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: conference destinations, Historic Venues | No Comments »
 

According to social media giant Twitter, today is #MuseumSelfie day. To celebrate this highly popular and well known world-wide event (ahem) we have compiled a list of 5 of the top museums in which to take your pic. Be it a sneaky pic with The Mona Lisa or you sitting on a motorbike at The National Motorcycle Museum, be sure to get outside today, stretch the legs, experience s little culture and of course…take that selfie!

5. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

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It’s all here… the brands and packs, posters and ads, fads and fashions, toys and games. Evocative and inspiring,  it’s a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands. This place is the perfect one stop shop for for people interested in the history of brands dating back as far as the 1800s all the way up to the present date.

Snap your selfie then get yourself out of there…all those old Cadbury’s adverts would make anyone hungry!

4. The London Film Museum

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A recent arrival in the old Covent Garden flower market building, the London Film Museum is dedicated to the rich history of the British film industry. Its permanent collection, which is free to visit, uses artefacts, photography, film and multimedia tools to take visitors on a journey through the story of cinema, from shadow theatre and the optical lantern to the blockbusters of today.

What better place to take a modern day “portrait” than in a museum that showcases photography!

3. The Louvre, Paris

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Without question, The Louvre’s most famous work is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” who enchants hordes of visitors with her enigmatic smile. Best to get your selfie here, if you can get a clear view through all the crowds! However once your done snapping your pic considering these mad facts about Paris’ most famous building; Did you know the museum started out as a fortress? That at one stage buildings were once left abandoned and rotting? That mad mad himself Napoleon Bonaparte temporarily renamed the museum after himself? Oh and the lovely Mona Lisa wasn’t always on the museums treasured walls! Now you know.

2. The National Motorcycle Museum

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This fun English museum plays hosts to the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. The founder of the museum, construction entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Roy Richards, started collecting good examples of British motorcycles in the 1970s and then decided to open the museum to showcase his collection 15 years later.

Not sure how happy he would be with you sitting on his prized collection, but I’m sure a sneaky bike selfie could be done!

1. The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

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We love the way this is listed as a museum when essentially it is similar to a large brewery, not that that’s a bad thing! The Heineken Experience tells the story of Dutch brewer Heineken, and includes a 3D, interactive  show and of course lots of tasting sessions. This is the perfect ‘museum’ to check out if you are feeling thirsty. Did you know it is also available for private bookings and you can host events there? Pretty amazing.

So go ahead and  take your #museumselfie with a shiny green bottle, that will probably be empty when you’re done with it.

 

Best thing about all these great museums?

They are all available as venues for your meetings, conferences, events, weddings etc on our site MeetingsBooker.com. Be sure to check it out!


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MeetingsBooker at EIBTM

Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: EIBTM | No Comments »
 

I travelled over to EIBTM on Monday this year to attend the Meetings Leadership Summit on the Monday evening. AMEX announced the results of their annual meetings survey which was very interesting, full details available here. The rest of our Venue Partnerships team (Isabel, Patrick, Noel and Michael) took the red eye on Tuesday morning and arrived at the show at 10.30am. Here is a picture of Patrick having a little snooze on the flight! Plus the five of us on the Holland Stand at the end of a busy day! EIBTM proved to be a very useful show for MeetingsBooker.com huge interest from hotels around the world and some exciting new marketing partnerships on the horizon too!

Patrick HeaphyMeetingsBooker Venue Partnerships Team


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Meetingsbooker.com Google Visit

Posted: October 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »
 

Last week we received a nice invite from Google to meet up at their offices in Dublin. So today some of our team had a tour of their amazing office space in Dublin followed by a chat about MeetingsBooker.com.

I think the whole team will agree that they offer an amazing working environment. Noel mentioned to me that its like a space ship! It literally offers everything you need under one roof. They have restaurants, gym, swimming pool, sleep pods, rooftop terrace, medical centre, dentist, auditorium, shop and of course plenty of desks for their 3,500 employees!

Thanks again to William for showing us around.

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Meetingsbooker.com completes €1 million funding round

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: | No Comments »
 

MeetingsBooker.com, a Dublin-based meeting venue booking portal offering access to over 70,000 meeting rooms in +100 countries, has just completed a €1 million funding round.

MeetingsBooker.com’s growth has been driven organically via online marketing and this year will facilitate over 500,000 searches for conference and meeting venues around the world. The company focuses on meetings of less than 100 attendees which represents a market of more than €15 billion in Europe. Thanks to MeetingsBooker.com’s pioneering, cloud-based software solution, meeting organizers can send venues their event requirements and quickly receive competitive offers, which they can book directly through the site. MeetingsBooker.com offers unique content by creating short 1-minute videos showcasing the conference space of key venue partners and also has the largest collection of meeting-specific reviews of any meetings website in the world.

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“We’re delighted with this investment round, not only for the financial support it will add to our marketing and technology plans but also the strategic expertise and experience it will bring to the company” founder, Ciarán Delaney, explained.

MeetingsBooker.com’s investment was led by the AIB Start Up Accelerator Fund managed by ACT Venture Capital and includes funding from Enterprise Ireland and the Bank of Ireland Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Equity Fund managed by Delta Partners. In addition, the founder and former chairman of HostelWorld.com, Tom Kennedy and Paddy Holahan, have invested along with Hostelworld.com’s current CEO Feargal Mooney who will be joining the MeetingsBooker.com Board chaired by Paddy Holahan. Global meetings industry experts Patrick Delaney and Pádraic Gilligan have also invested with the later joining the board.

The funding will allow MeetingsBooker.com to continue its international expansion by further developing its booking engine, investing in online advertising and rolling out an enterprise platform. The company plans to create 25 new roles in customer support, marketing and IT.


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Park Crescent Conference Video – Set live!!

Posted: August 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 


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RCOG Video, Live!

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Hyatt Milan – conference space video

Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Marketing ideas | No Comments »
 

We are delighted with our new video of Hyatt Milan. As a premium member the Hyatt also receives a video with their membership which can be used by the hotel on their own website and marketing activities as well as via Meetingsbooker.com

This video makes me want to pack my bags and organise my next event in Milan. Mission accomplished.

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3D Floor Plans

Posted: February 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 3D Conference room plans | Tags: , , | No Comments »
 

The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin are now using our 3D Floor Plans on their own website which looks great.This simple widget allows hotels to show all their meeting rooms with each of the different set up types as well.

So potential bookers can easily flick through their meeting facilities and also click to make an enquiry direct through the hotels own enquiry page.