COVID-19 and the Business Events Industry

Convene reports on how meeting professionals are navigating coronavirus. Visit PCMA's COVID-19 resources page for more information.

Budgeting for a Virtual Event

How can planners account for new costs associated with virtual meetings? Members of the PCMA Catalyst community discussed the issue of budget in a recent thread.

BY Convene Editors June 1, 2020

Convene Salary Survey 2020: Before COVID-19

The picture of a vibrant, healthy business events industry portrayed by more than 600 respondents to this year’s survey before COVID-19 stands in stark relief to the uncertain reality many currently face. The results serve as a kind of optimistic benchmark: a level to return to as the industry resets and recovers.

BY Michelle Russell June 1, 2020

Embracing the Digital Opportunity

As the pandemic pushes record numbers of business event planners toward digital platforms and new ways of connecting online, it may ultimately strengthen the ability of meeting professionals to serve their audiences and to reach their business goals.

BY Barbara Palmer Convene Editors June 1, 2020

Keep Calm and Be Inclusive at Digital Events

The pandemic may have made it feel like the world is upside down, but that doesn’t mean conferences should go backwards in terms of equity and inclusion.

BY Barbara Palmer May 31, 2020

The L&D Conference: An Online Event Built for Learning

The program for the inaugural and online L&D Conference promises to “break some things” — including the traditional learning pathway for participants at face-to-face events.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2020

Soft Skills for Hard Times

The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to work on strategies that will help you prepare for success during the COVID-19 recovery process.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2020

Students Getting ‘a Crash Course’ in Virtual Events

A George Washington University professor has found the pandemic-caused abundance of online events a boon for her students learning about event design.

BY Casey Gale May 31, 2020

The Rise of Digital Events

As face-to-face business events were canceled and postponed during the COVID-19 crisis, many rushed to move their content online. What comes next?

BY Sherrif Karamat May 30, 2020

Back to Business Travel Safety Guidelines

ALHI publishes an online resource so planners are kept up to date on the latest health and safety measures in place from airports to hotels to event venues.

BY Michelle Russell May 29, 2020

What This Online Dance Party Can Tell Us About Sponsors

With social distancing making dancing next to thousands of strangers impossible, here’s how one event company recreated the dance-party experience online — and put their sponsor in the center of the action.

BY David McMillin May 28, 2020

4 Non-Obvious Trends and Why They Matter Now

Marketing expert and SXSW keynoter Rohit Bhargava on how paying attention to trends can create resilient businesses and careers. 

BY Barbara Palmer May 28, 2020

PCMA COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Results, Survey 4

Insights from our latest survey — conducted May 18-21 — on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing business events professionals’ roles and how they envision future events.

BY Convene Editors May 27, 2020