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Social Media Roundup: An Exotic Take on Event Planning

By / Oct 24, 2013 (iStock/Thinkstock)

Partying in a cemetery sounds weird, but it’s not the strangest place that event planners have taken over lately. Also: Is now the time to plan an event in an emerging country?

Time to give your next conference a little more life? Think about the space and the location.

Convention centers or hotels are great, but sometimes your attendees might be looking for something a little different. And who said your conference had to be in the U.S.? Don’t be afraid of the rest of the world!

Thoughts on these issues in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Think Outside the Venue

A cemetery. A walk-in freezer. An abandoned subway station. What do these  things have in common? Easy. According to BizBash, all three have doubled as event venues for marketing firms or others. While we don’t necessarily recommend holding your next party in a construction zone without a hard hat or two nearby, we appreciate the publication’s effort to show how a little creativity can turn a ho-hum event into a real talker. Your industry likely has unique, novel things going on that might suggest ideas for unusual parties. Why not take advantage, right? (ht @Picatic)

Think Inside the BRICS

It’s a big world out there: If your organization is global, don’t be afraid to look past the usual suspects when shopping for an event location, Event Manager Blog suggests. In fact, the site’s Amy Capron instead suggests that event planners take a good hard look at the world’s five fastest-growing countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. They’re part of a coalition known as BRICS. (Get it?) And each has its own worldly charm. “The five BRICS countries, and those looking to become members in the near future (Turkey and Indonesia), are real alternative locations for those looking to plan a corporate event that offers something out-of-the-ordinary for delegates,” Capron writes. So whaddya say—time to look past the U.S. or Europe and head somewhere else entirely for a change? (ht @bryanwempen)

Where’s the most unusual place you’ve ever held an event? Tell us about it in the comments.

Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. More »

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