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Wednesday Buzz: Condé Nast, Event App Publisher?

By / Jan 31, 2018 (Concierge.com screenshot)

Condé Nast expands its event industry footprint by launching its own event concierge software. Also: A few things to consider before migrating to Microsoft’s Office 365.

One sign that the event software space is a big deal? One of the world’s largest publishing companies is getting in on the action.

Condé Nast, which made waves in the meeting space last year with the Teen Vogue Summit, is continuing to expand further into the event world by launching its own event management software, Concierge.com.

Condé Nast’s event agency, 23 Stories, launched the platform this week, reports BizBash. That a major company like this wants to enter the world of event software may raise some eyebrows. It’s safe to assume the company sees a business case for investing in its own tech product despite the many options on the market.

It’s weird to think that the publisher of The New Yorker, GQ, Wired, and Pitchfork is getting in on a space often associated with startups, but here we are.

Office 365 Considerations

Is your association thinking about a switch to Office 365? The Microsoft suite has a lot to offer any organization, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you take the plunge.

“As part of your business case to move to Office 365, you should determine which 365 products to use and how you will use them,” says a recent Delcor blog post. “You also have to decide whether you should spend money on (a) implementing these 365 applications or (b) a better alternative outside the Microsoft brand.”

Not every organization will need all of the programs in the suite, and many have additional costs. For instance, Office 365 email is a good solution, but if you actually want to back up your emails, you’re going to have to pay extra.

Other Links of Note

Create buzz at your meetings. AdWeek shares six ways to encourage social sharing at your next event.

Is employee theft at nonprofits widespread? Nonprofit Quarterly delves into a troubling report from the Boston Globe.

Many organizations face PR challenges at some point in their history. Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog offers up several reasons why you should use the problem-solver approach to overcome them, as opposed to just staying silent or issuing a statement.

Raegan Johnson

Raegan Johnson is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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