CBI Scene Blog

Q&A With the 2018 Trailblazer Award Recipients

Posted by Sabrina Delio on Jun 13, 2018 2:41:52 PM

To be in the life sciences industry, it is important to never stop seeking out new ideas and thinking imaginatively.  That is why this past March, at the 14th Annual Pharma Forum 2018, three recipients were honored during the premier Trailblazer Award Ceremony. 

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The Underestimated Importance of Ground Transportation for Meetings & Events

Posted by Robert Turner Jr. on Mar 7, 2018 2:24:26 PM

 

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What Will Be the Next Hot Technology at Life Sciences Events?

Posted by Brent Turner on Mar 5, 2018 1:31:50 PM

 

Over the past few years, three major themes have been driving change across our community of life sciences meeting and event professionals.

As Millennials have become the dominant demographic, we’ve begun redesigning events to meet their expectations. As leading global events – such as C2 Montreal and Dreamforce – have reconceived their experiences, we’ve entered a “festivalization” era for meetings and events. Finally, the landscape of event technology providers has grown 70% in the last few years, ushering in new tools for meeting organizers and attendees.

These three themes have, in turn, pushed meetings and events into the forefront of emerging technology.

In 2016, virtual reality and augmented reality drove attendee delight and provided new mechanisms for learning and development. 

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Put One (Green) Foot In Front Of The Other – Sustainability in Meeting Planning

Posted by Sabrina Delio on Feb 27, 2018 4:37:00 PM

 

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Find Your Fire! Top 5 Stress Busters for Busy Meeting Professionals

Posted by Sabrina Delio on Feb 6, 2018 5:47:55 PM

 

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Keeping It SiMMPle (Strategic Meeting Management: Practical Light and Effective) Part 3

Posted by Betsy Bondurant on Jan 9, 2018 3:30:00 PM

V is for Validating Value!        

In order to keep ongoing support for your SMMP, you must consistently prove the ongoing value of the program to all of stakeholders in the meetings sphere. Since there is a spectrum of stakeholders who have varying needs, specific reports that validate the value of the SMMP must be developed to address the needs of these various stakeholders.

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Business Travel Tips 101: Pharmaceutical Meeting Planner Edition

Posted by Sabrina Delio on Dec 26, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Putting together a meeting for the pharmaceutical industry is a huge undertaking. Getting the best efforts while maximizing your time is a must. When there are so many different entities involved, travel can become stressful. Being able to navigate this first step while accomplishing everything else can be tedious, but well worth it. Here are a few business travel tips to help make things easier:

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Keeping It SiMMPle (Strategic Meeting Management: Practical Light and Effective) Part 2

Posted by Betsy Bondurant on Dec 19, 2017 3:30:00 PM

S is for Successful Supplier Relationships!  

As a result of the economic downturn over the past few years we have seen a steady increase in the co-sourcing and outsourcing of meeting and event services in the corporate setting. More and more companies seem to be reducing their internal staff and augmenting with 3rd party meeting planning companies, travel management agencies and other Strategic Meetings Management service suppliers. This has created a need for companies to create successful supplier relationships in order to manage their business effectively, efficiently and within expectations. In procurement terms this is referred to as "Supplier Relationship Management", which is a thoughtful and systematic process for integrating suppliers into your business and ensuring their success on your behalf throughout the life of the relationship. Therefore, Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) needs to be a part of the design of your SMM program, not an afterthought.

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Strategy for Attendee Acquisition for Life Sciences Meetings

Posted by Taya Paige on Dec 12, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Timing is everything! A strategic, organized and agile approach is the key to attendee acquisition.

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A Walk through the Pharma Forum 2018 Agenda

Posted by Melanie Demakis on Nov 28, 2017 4:43:00 PM

We are pleased to announce the release of the Pharma Forum 2018 program agenda and share some of the exciting features of this year’s program. (Want to skip the summary and download the finalized brochure right now? Click here.)

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