The Strauss Blog

Could You Be Saving Hundreds of Dollars and Trees? Analyzing Your Event Printing Budget

As event managers, we are always looking for ways to reduce costs for the association events we manage. Two areas that we have been looking at more closely are printing costs and the value of printed materials. Over the past year, we have noticed a significant shift in the amount of printed materials at events, […]

Managing Hotel Room Blocks

Every event planner will tell you that at some point in the planning process of their event the status of their hotel room block has kept them up at night. If you are planning a national or even a local event, managing a hotel room block will often be part of your responsibility. A room […]

Delegate Communication Leading up to Your Conference

As an event planner you are often responsible for the communication of delegate registration for the conference. You have all sorts of marketing tactics to entice potential delegates to register, but what happens once they’ve actually registered? Communication with your delegate after he or she has registered is just as important as the communication prior […]

Creating the Menu for Your Event

You may have seen a few of our earlier blogs, Breaking Down your Food and Beverage Budget and Satisfying Your Delegates Appetite: Creating Your Conference Menu on a Limited Budget. This blog will expand on those ideas and focus on tips for creating the menu for your signature event. As an event planner I know […]

On-site Communication at Your Event

You have worked tirelessly at organizing every last detail for your event and it all comes down to those few hours or days of programming. Although you may think that you have dotted all of the Is and crossed all the Ts, you still need to ensure your event flows smoothly and is executed as […]

Driving Change in Your Event

Many events that you plan are likely annual events, possibly reaching the point of running themselves. You already have a great foundation for planning the event, you have a good relationship with the venue, have used the same vendors year after year and your attendees know exactly what to expect. Sounds great right? But, when […]

Supporting the Decision Maker

In my blog post Event Planning- Who’s the Boss, I discuss all of the different people who could be involved in the decision making process in an event, including volunteer committees, administrative staff and boards. As we all know, complications can easily arise when you have too many cooks in the kitchen, but this blog will […]

Event Timeline: Keeping track of the big day

When planning an event it is an industry standard to create a critical path to help keep you on track and meet the deadlines, but what about the day of your event? What happens then? You are often thrown in every direction the day of the event, whether it be troubleshooting at registration, accommodating for […]