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  • Inspired by Chaos

    “We’re gluttons for chaos; visual, audio, sensory, social. Not only do we welcome it, we often actively seek it out.”

    Jeff Janes, GES Creative Director, shares his experiences working with creative partner IDEAS on the Future Flight and Houston LIVE experiences at Super Bowl LI.

    Jeff talks about his methods for dealing with the chaos that is often inherent to the creative process for event planning. Having the awareness to filter the input, absorb what’s important and use that information to inspire new ideas are key to Jeff’s process.

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  • The Human Factors Leading to Higher Event Effectiveness

    We all want to be actively engaged with experiences that mean something to us personally or professionally. These are the events in our lives that lead to great stories people want to hear and that make memories we cherish long after the occasion ends. Our professional events should have the same impact. Events and exhibiting are people businesses. Anything that emphasizes and appeals to each individual’s humanity produces authentic engagement and deeper meaning for all involved.

    GES MarketWorks asked corporate marketing leaders, brand managers and event marketers about their event objectives. Revenue, Enhanced Customer Interactions and Brand Awareness topped the charts,essentially tied with about 70% of responses. Corporate responders reveal logic that should penetrate all event strategies and planning. Several factors lead to higher event profitability and success, engagement (enhanced customer interaction), brand awareness and personalization.

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  • Matchmaking at Events: Brain Dates and Brain Mates

    You walk into an event, look around and realize you don’t know a soul. Suddenly, you feel paralyzed and the internal questions start: “Who should I connect with?” and “How do I meet up with like-minded people?” OR maybe you’re the belle-of-the-ball, the social butterfly, someone who can make multiple connections in a single smile?

    Either way, you quickly begin courting a few people here and there, making small talk about where they’re from and what they do... etcetera… but are you dating the right connections? Are these new connections your brain-mates?

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  • Behind the Scenes at Houston LIVE

    It takes a lot to create a live event. There are countless moving parts, and all those parts must come together and work as a whole to make it happen. When that happens, it’s reminiscent of a clock – gears all working together to turn the hands.

    This year’s Houston LIVE experience at Super Bowl LI was no different. Any event that has attractions, staff and guests needs a top-notch cast and a crew working behind the scenes. What does it take to pull off such a massive activation? The IDEAS Orlando team shares their experience, including what it was like collaborating with GES and several other talented partners.

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  • VR 2.0 – Elevating Events in New and Exciting Ways

    The sedentary experiences of most virtual reality activations today with a heavy headset and repurposed gaming chair are quickly coming to an end. The latest and best VR experiences allow users to get up and walk around or incorporate additional elements, such as motion or even scent, providing a completely immersive sensory experience for event attendees.

    This strategy has come to life as part of the 2017 Super Bowl LIVE Fan Festival, where GES and partner IDEAS quite literally “launched” Future Flight , an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience, including a tower-drop ride that takes guests on an excursion through space to Mars. Guests don VR goggles for the 2-minute ride, which concludes with a 64-foot vertical drop that transports riders back to Earth, landing on the 50-yard-line of Houston’s NRG Stadium.

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  • Got A Minute? Go to Mars: A Virtual Reality Journey

    GES worked closely with a number of talented partners to bring several projects to life for Super Bowl LI. One of those projects is Future Flight, an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience, including a virtual reality tower-drop ride that takes guests on an excursion through space to Mars. Guests don VR goggles for the 2-minute ride, which concludes with a 64-foot vertical drop that transports riders back to Earth, landing on the 50-yard-line of Houston’s NRG Stadium.

    GES’ involvement ranged from creating the graphic look and experience supporting the Future Flight and Mission to Mars, to assisting with the development of the site. GES organized logistics and worked with all vendors and sponsors to facilitate the event, including loading in the tower by strategically and carefully working with Discovery Green’s landscape to leave the park undisturbed.

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  • How Super Bowl Fans Are Traveling to Mars

    Kickoff for Super Bowl LI won’t happen until Sunday night, but already football fans are converging on downtown Houston for various pregame activities. Organizers expect about one million people will visit Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon, the free fan festival that opened Saturday and ends a few hours before the game. The main attraction of the 250,000-square-foot space is Future Flight, a drop tower ride that uses virtual reality to take passengers on a space flight to Mars.

    Read the full article from BizBash and check out some of the other brand activations and experiences GES helped bring to life at this year’s big game.

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  • Trend Tracker 2017: The Year of the Intelligent Event

    Here we go again! Each year, members of the GES team and our partners at Event Marketer explore countless events and exhibits around the globe to find the most interesting – and potentially game-changing – trends in the industry.

    This year, we focus on event intelligence – topics such as data automation and preference-based experiences are front and center. We’ve fully embraced intelligent automation in our homes and everyday lives, so why not at our events?

    Whether your focus is B2B or B2C, we’ve provided useful and actionable event planning insights so you too can start creating intelligent events that attract, engage and excite.

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  • Multiple Plays, One Team: Bringing Brands to Life at the Super Bowl

    It’s no surprise that teamwork is a central theme around just about anything related to the Super Bowl. And when it comes to events, marketing and brand activations at the big game, teamwork isn’t just one element… it’s everything.

    GES teamed up with several partners to bring exciting brand experiences to life at this year’s Super Bowl. Here’s a sneak peek:

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  • Webinar: Sneak Peek at the 2017 GES Trend Tracker Guide

    A new year means new trends! GES’ annual Trend Tracker guide provides readers with the ultimate annual event and exhibit trend forecast. The 2017 guide includes 50 top industry predictions in areas such as planning and strategy, marketing, technology, and design. Learn more about it in the webinar recording below: 

    Here are a few of the trends you’ll see in

    Trend Tracker 2017: the Year of the Intelligent Event. 

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