Contrary to the popular belief, event planning is not at all a new profession. In fact, anecdotes of event planners can be traced back to 30 BC in Egypt.
Alexandria’s very own Cleopatra was a well-known event planner who used to organise the most lavish banquets and social gatherings.
Back then, this was restricted to the royalty and aristocrats. But post the industrial revolution and the very recent digital revolution, event planning has now become a full-fledged interdisciplinary industry.
From sending out simple invitations and making basic arrangements to using the best of technology and marketing to get quick and measurable ROI, the event industry has come a very long way.
The current scenario of the industry is not at all simple and needs event profs to focus on a lot of different aspects. The event industry is so dynamic and detailed that whether experienced or a beginner, every event professional needs to follow some thought leaders.
In order to assist you in this quest of yours, here is a list of some of the most insightful blogs that will surely enlighten you.
1.Event Manager Blog:
2017 marks 10 years since the inception of EventMB. In all these years, the blog has emerged as the go-to choice of event professionals from all the parts of the world. Accounting to the years of its constant presence and the experienced content team, you can find useful blogs regarding almost every aspect of the event industry here.
The blog is mainly divided into three categories: How to Articles; Trends and Event Ideas; and Event Technology. All these categories are constantly updated with newer and better content. Readers can also find the latest industry news on the blog.
Apart from the blogs, EventMB also has an ensemble collection of e-books that are worth reading. Plus, the website provides some online certification courses for event professionals as well.
Based in North America, BizBash is another popular name dedicated solely to the event industry. The company was founded in 2000 and has since then been a leading resource for many event professionals from around the world.
Users can find a range of content related to event ideas, technology trends in the event industry, news of the industry and much more. BizBash also has a few publications including magazines, e-books, guides and much more. With such detailed and varied content, event professionals have a lot to learn from BizBash.
Apart from the diverse content, event planners can also find a bunch of tools that can help them get event venues, sponsors, and much more for their events.
3. Social Tables:
Social Tables is an event management platform plus one of the biggest communities of event industry professionals. Accordingly, they also have a blog that has a variety of content useful for everyone related to the events industry.
The Social Table blog also focuses on the hospitality industry. Professionals from this industry are also a part of their ensemble community. The content on this website is more focused on widening the knowledge horizons of professionals rather than updating them with the latest news.
Most of the blogs are therefore relevant to both, professionals as well as beginners from the events and hospitality industry.
Hubilo is an event tech company which provides an ‘all-in-one’ automated event management software. The company also has an interesting and frequently updated blog.
Event profs can find a lot of useful content here. From the basics of event planning to the latest industry updates, the website has a lot of detailed blogs about everything that an event planner needs to know.
The peculiarity of Hubilo’s blog is that whether you are a beginner in the industry or an experienced geeky event prof or an event attendee or just someone who has some interest in the event industry, you can find definitely something that will interest you.
The website also has some informative e-books that provide detailed insight into various crucial aspects of event planning.
5. Event Tech Brief:
In a limited span, event tech has grown to benefit event planners in every part of the world. It has changed the face of the event industry post the digital revolution. Thus, it is crucial for every event planner to know a fair share of it.
True to its name, Event Tech Brief updates event planners with everything that is going on in the world of event technology. Readers can find all the new inventions and trends in the event tech industry described in a very comprehensible format.
They can also find a range of content on how to optimally use the existing event technology. Event profs can also subscribe to the blog’s newsletter to get frequent informative emails about event technology.
6. Event Industry News:
Unlike the former blog, Event Industry News is concerned with the news and updates of the entire event industry. Based in London, this blog updates the readers with major events, conferences and trends taking place in all the different parts of the world.
All the content on the website is systematically organised in various sub-categories. Thus, no matter what part of the event industry you belong to, you can find something interesting and informative on this website.
A lot of guest blogs from some popular event profs can also be found on the website. Rather than informing about the event industry ‘happenings’, these blogs analyse the impacts of them on event profs.
7. MPI Blog:
The Meetings Professionals International or MPI is a meetings and event industry association with more than 17,000 active event professionals. The organisation works to help event professionals connect, learn, network and interact.
Accordingly, their blog is also a very intricate and informative one which provides event profs with a lot of new ideas, tips, news and much more.
Apart from the blog, event profs can also find a lot of other useful tools and resources that help increase their productivity substantially. MPI also has an online academy, that helps amateurs become certified event profs.
8. Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is another blog focused on event planners working in the meetings industry. The website was started in 2002 by Marin Bright of Bright Business Media. The company helps event profs connect with various venue partners, sponsors, speakers, etc.
The blog encompasses a lot of different sub-domains of meetings and event industry. The blogs are mainly descriptive and inform the readers about various updates and new happenings in the industry. The blogs also mention various new trends and ideal ways of leveraging these trends.
9. Event Marketer:
Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, Event Marketer is another popular ‘go-to’ resource for event profs. This regularly updated blog has a lot of useful content that can help event planners host a more profitable event.
Apart from a variety of useful blogs, the website also lists more than 1,000 detailed case studies that can be very useful to event profs. The website also has ensemble photo and video galleries which provide a lot of information along with graphics.
A peculiarity about Event Marketer is that it creates various ‘top lists’ related to the event industry. This helps event profs understand the reputation hierarchy of the industry.
10. Endless Events:
Endless Events is an AV and event production company. They have a popular blog which is followed by a lot of professionals working in the different arenas of the event industry. This blog is quite regular and gets updated from time-to-time.
The main aspects that their blog focuses on including the new updates and innovations in event technology and the industry as a whole; some tips and tricks that boost the skills and productivity of various event professionals; and much more.
They also have a prompt newsletter option. By subscribing to it, you can get updated with their content right in your inbox.
The internet is a vast realm with a lot of information floating around. But as a smart reader, you should always know that not all the sources that you follow are reliable enough. That is why, filter out some trust-worthy domains before accessing any information on the internet.