MPN126— The Potency Of Self-Service

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Today’s podcast brings you information from Etouches Blog, Meetings NET, Event Manager Blog and Plan Your Meetings.

First up from today’s posts:

GA of Etouches Blog writes on Why Self-Service Is The New Standard:

Self-service transactions have experienced a surge in popularity over the past few years. According to Self Service World magazine, 27,000 self-service terminals were shipped to retail businesses worldwide in 2012. And this growth is projected to steadily rise to a whopping 60,000 terminals by 2018!

Customer demand to use kiosks for visitor registration and badging is also increasing in the congress and event industries. It is pretty clear that several arguments are in favour of self-registration over traditional attendee transaction methods. Let’s have a look at why:

  1. Efficient staffing

In most countries, the minimum booking period for staff is in four hour shifts. Staffing is usually calculated on the concentration of visitors at peak times, such as initial registration times and right before the keynote speeches. As a result, most staff members are jobless immediately after theses peak moments.

The solution? Implementing a combination of manned registration desks and self-service kiosks to better support the busiest moments. Typically, an event planner can estimate to have one staff member per three or four kiosks.

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Next from Meetings NET:

Angela Gaffney writes on 5 Ways To Snooze Yourself To Better Health:

Sleep, one of the top five habits of healthy people, has benefits that extend far beyond just feeling good when you wake up in the morning. Adequate sleep decreases stress levels, improves memory, and decreases inflammation, which is associated with heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.

Do you really need any more reasons to assess your sleep habits and create a healthy sleep routine you can use when snuggled into your bed at home or on the road inspecting the site of your next meeting? Here are five components of a great sleep routine:

  1. Structure your sleep time: Go to bed at the same time every night. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of consistent shut-eye in order to be most productive and feel well. If you like to wake up at 6 a.m., you should head to bed around 10 p.m. It is best to keep this schedule on the weekends as well; this allows your circadian clock to stay on track for consistent sleep all week long.

To access more information on 5 Ways To Snooze Yourself To Better Health, Go over to Meetings NET at

Next from Event Manager Blog:

Julius Solaris writes on 13 Creative Event Sponsorship Ideas:

Gone are the days that your sponsors can hand out a few branded badges at an event and be satisfied. The traditional booth, banner and logo are dead and it’s time to think of something new!

If you want your event to stand out and be attractive to sponsors then you need to come up with new concepts and ideas. Re-using old jaded sponsorship ideas doesn’t cut it anymore. Here is some inspiration for your next event.

  1. Goody Bag:

Everyone loves swag bags and gifts because they love to walk away from an event with free stuff. Give unique and alternate gifts in the goody bag and they won’t be thrown away. Sponsors can collaborate to give away some pretty decent swag and with higher budgets you can provide a lot of excitement and a treasured, tailored swag bag. Sponsors can create intrigued by only handing out the best swag to VIPs or top prospects that talk to them rather than a blanket approach.

To access more information on 13 Creative Event Sponsorship Ideas, Go over to Event Manager Blog at

To close the show out we have an article from Plan Your Meetings.:

Anne Brown writes on 10 Ways For Creating Interactive Hybrid Events:

Hybrid events are awesome but If they aren’t carefully designed, well planned and smoothly executed, hybrid events can face the same pitfalls as face-to-face events. A series of talking heads with no interaction between participants just doesn’t cut it in the real or virtual worlds.

Here are some tips to ensure that your hybrid event does not turn into a “snoozefest.”

1. Control costs by wisely selecting sponsors who will add value to the event

Suppliers who have technology that makes interaction possible in the virtual and real worlds are of particularly high value. Tech suppliers, venues and food and beverage suppliers can help event planners producing hybrid events save significantly.

To access more information on 10 Ways For Creating Interactive Hybrid Events, Go over to Plan Your Meetings at

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