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7 Popular Event Trends We Saw This Summer

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One part of the hysteria surrounding summer is the excitement that comes with its sun-soaked events – low necklines and cold drinks, dancing outside, and enjoying the hazy days of summer with friends and family.

Everything is better in the summer heat, and every year, event planners aim to make their event the talk of the season. The summer represents a great opportunity to stage an event, with it being one of the most lucrative seasons for professional event planners.

Event attendees – especially those who are accustomed to high-budget corporate events – won’t be wooed by the same gimmicks as last year. It may come as a surprise to those who aren’t in the business of planning amazing events, but there are trends that are ushered in each summer that can take an event from same-old to never-be-the-same-again.

It’s all about differentiation and making your event stand out in the minds of your guests. It’s about finding ways to bring people together, fostering connections, and making everything a bit more efficient to set-up and tear down. Here are seven summer event trends we’ve seen this summer that take events to the next level and impress guests with thoughtful ingenuity.

  1. Technology (Apps, Live Streaming, Live SM Interaction)

It’s hardly news at this point; people are plugged in. Over 90% of North Americans own smartphones and are on them for multiple hours a day. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with guests and have them put their cell phones to good use.

Specialized event apps are amazing for large events that span a day or more, especially when multiple locations, speakers, and itineraries are involved. For a sprawling corporate event with several types of speakers and seminars, it can help to have an app developed that is specific to your event for widespread download.

Encourage your guests to live tweet and post with personalized event hashtags. Modern weddings often combine the last names of the spouses-to-be, allowing everyone who posts to look up each other’s photos and moments easily. Live streaming your event will let those who couldn’t be there feel included. It’s an extension of hospitality that will truly add a caring and trendy touch.

  1. Drone Videos

We all know someone with a drone, and they’re amazing for capturing aerial video. If your summer event is being held in a beautiful outdoor space, capture its magnificence with drone video. You’ll get a beautiful perspective you never thought you’d see, and it makes for great content in a post-event video for attendees to look back on after your event is over.

  1. Non-Traditional Spaces

Barns, warehouses, factories; don’t limit yourself to traditional event venues. Non-traditional spaces offer different pricing than conference centres or banquet halls, have enormous capacity, and have interesting interior elements. Exposed bricks, metal beams, thirty-foot ceilings – your guests will be wowed by your event as soon as they arrive.

  1. Memorable Bars

One of the best parts of any event is the food and beverage. Go the extra mile and create a memorable bar setting. Great drinks are a given, but the bar area itself is a spot where people gather, laugh a little harder, and find the courage to connect with strangers. Up your hosting game from a traditional bar to make your guests feel like they’re at a truly all-out event.

  1. Food Trends on Point

Next to the drinks is the food. If you have mediocre food, often that’s what people will remember about your event. Amazing food will have your guests on cloud nine, pleasing their inner foodies and appreciating your attention to culinary detail.

Donut walls and live cooking are two food trends that are catching on. People also appreciate plant-based, healthy options as more and more folks develop open minds to different diet preferences.

  1. Bring the Dancers

It isn’t a party until there’s dancing! Exploring entertaining with acrobatic tricks and aerial arts, it’s like having a free show alongside your gathering. Your guests will feel so much more inspired to dance when they see the professionals joyously busting out their moves.

  1. Bold Yet Classic Colours

2018 has been a year of experimentation as well as a year of returning to traditional roots, and colour and design schemes are reflecting this. The need to be modern has fallen away and classically beautiful colour combinations are proving to be classics for a reason. It’s always a good thing to give your colour scheme a slight edge, a personal touch that reflects you.

Author
Summer Filippopoulos
Freeman Audio Visual Canada, Sales Manager

Ways to Creatively Engage Your Audience

By | Media Event Staging, Meeting Planners, Mobile Apps

 

You’re planning a large-scale event and have put so much time and energy into making it memorable. The last thing you want is for your audience to be unengaged and walk away underwhelmed and unimpressed. Thinking creatively and outside of the box is always the best way to go.Take a look at some fun ideas to create lasting event experiences.

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Buzz:

Prior to the event, creating a buzz and having lots of publicity is essential. You want people to be excited to attend, and for others to see this hype, and get on board as well. Giving people an unforgettable taste of what they can expect will screens circling globehave them amped up before the scheduled date. Video mapping is a tool you can use to promote an event (or anything, for that matter) on a grand scale. Custom designs, logos and moving images can beprojected onto buildings and structures for a monumental effect that leaves a lasting impression.

Personalized Fare:

While this may not exactly be techy, personalized food and treats is always a fun, memorable method of branding your event. A new creation is the Ice Pop Generator which can create customized ice treats and lollies via a form of 3D printing– everything from a logo, a face or an image can be put onto these edible wonders! Your guests will really feel like breaking the ice with this one 😉

Customized Mobile Apps:

Integrating a mobile app into your event is kind of like giving your attendees their own personal event guides. Accessed young professionlson their personal mobile devices, mobile apps allow you to make various information—like event agendas, facility logistics, speaker profile, and much more—readily available. What’s more, you can integrate social networking to promote peer-to-peer communication.

Contact us for information on our products and services that will engage and amaze your audiences!

AVW-TELAV sets the stage for unveiling of 75th-anniversary Superman coin at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto

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TORONTO – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman (coins)!

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled seven new coins Monday in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square to commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s “most celebrated superhero.”

AVW-TELAV set the stage for this historic occasion. View photos and video on Global News’ website!

FedEx & AVW-TELAV Show Giant Pandas Warm Canadian Hospitality

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On an early, frosty morning in late March, FedEx Express and AVW-TELAV joined forces to give a warm, cuddly Canadian welcome to a pair of giant Pandas from China. Accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, various international media agencies and nearly 300 dignitaries and guests, FedEx Express and AVW-TELAV crew members gathered at the FedEx Express ramp on Toronto Pearson International Airport’s tarmac in anticipation of the lovable visitors.

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