SMG: An Unrivaled Portfolio of Event Venues

Property management is a distinct discipline in the real estate industry. These are third party companies hired by property owners to manage the operations...

Of Noise and Influence

There are certainly more media celebrities and "digital influencers" today than at any point in history. Platforms like Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and others...

The World Economic Forum: Beyond the Annual Meeting

As an event brand scales and gains prominence and traction, it becomes inevitable that the brand extends itself beyond the original product. In this...

Events in the World of Art

Exhibitions is a genre of events that we have explored at some length in the past, but there is an interesting distinction within this...

Industry Literature: Reflections of a Successful Wallflower by Andrea Michaels

If anybody in the events industry to date deserves to have a memoir published, it justifiably would indeed be Andrea Michaels. In terms of...

Thought Leadership Events in the World of Academia

This notion of "thought leadership" is one of the most often touted reasons for attending, speaking, sponsoring, and otherwise getting involved in industry conferences....

Manufacturing Genuine Conversations

I have this theory, that the entire reason why moderators exist so ubiquitously in the world of conferencing, is because for some reason no...

The Aspen Institute: Thinking of Think Tanks

Think tanks have a special place in Corporate America. They are an almost exact middle ground between the public and private sectors, with funding...

Industry Literature: Invisibles, by David Zweig

I wanted to read this book because I think, the subject phenomenon it covers describes exactly the state of affairs that event professionals are...

The CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference: Media Companies as Event Producers

In the past we’ve explored various motifs that define the events industry. Today, we will introduce something that perhaps will call for many more...

The United Nations’ Millennium Summit

Many people are skeptical about the United Nations. There are those who say that it is an organization which means well but lacks the...

Iconic Venues: Lincoln Center, and the Creation of the Upper West Side

As we discovered in our exploration on the Broadway Theater scene, New York City has had a performing arts scene since before the United...

Whatever USA: An Exemplary Case Study in Event Based Experiential Marketing

Remember that Bud Light Superbowl commercial of that random schmuck getting pulled into an unbelievably awesome night on the town? The one where he...

Masters of Conversation: Charlie Rose

TED creator Richard Saul Wurman is known for his lifetime fascination with human conversations. He has said on numerous occasions that conversations is the...

The Infrastructural Economics of Mega Events

Event venues represent a class of urban amenities that anchor subsequent developments in neighborhoods and communities. Major event venues such as arenas, stadiums, and...

Victoria’s Secret: The Secret is Television

As glamorous as fashion may be to the media and social public, it’s actually surprisingly rare to see fashion events be televised to the...

The Format and Lifestyle of Cabaret

Many who don’t know about the cabaret scene think for some reason that it’s an inherently risqué form of nightlife. Perhaps that impression comes...

Iconic Venues: Village Vanguard, Tastemakers in Jazz

With our previous exploration on the Comedy Cellar and its role in the world of standup, I wanted to follow on that path a...

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: Media Establishment of Cultural Institutions

For over 20 million Americans this weekend, the backdrop of all the family get-togethers and the social parties and the esoteric resolutions and the...

Events and Movies: A Comparative Exploration in Extending Experiences

Many people in the events industry would compare live events to theater. At least from a staging perspective, many event planners come from theater...