June 18, 2018
By Cvent Success Team

As the weather gets warmer and we get closer to summertime, we also get closer to the highly anticipated Cvent CONNECT Annual “Plannie” Awards. Entries have been submitted for the 2018 awards and finalists will be announced by the end of June 2018. They will be posted on the Plannies website.

So what are the Plannies?

The Plannies are Cvent's very own Excellence Awards. Think the Oscars, but for event planners – and winning them is a little more gratifying. These awards are a way for us to celebrate and recognize customers who are at the forefront of innovation in the meeting, events, and hospitality industries.

How did this all start?

In 2013, Cvent launched the First Annual "Cvent Planner Awards," that highlighted achievements in the corporate event and meeting management industry. Since then, we have expanded these awards to keep up with our ever-growing Cvent platform. These awards have also expanded to recognize achievements of those in the hospitality industry and their invaluable contributions to our shared success. In summary, what began as five categories of awards has now expanded to include twelve unique categories all geared towards recognizing noteworthy achievements and remarkable innovation.

2013 Categories

Best Event Website

Return on Event

Best Use of a Mobile App

SMM Program of the Year

Savvy Sourcing

2018 Categories: Event

The Achiever: Best Return on Event

The Marketing Mastermind: Best Event Marketing Strategy

The Mobile Maverick: Best Use of Mobile Event Technology

The Onsite Orchestrator: Best Onsite Attendee Experience

Power of the Platform: Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform

The Rookie: Cvent Rookie of the Year

The Savvy Sourcer: Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing

The SMM Star: SMM Program of the Year

2018 Categories: Hospitality

The Best in the U.S.: Cvent’s Top U.S. Meeting Destination

The Block Buster: Excellence and Ingenuity with Room Block Bookings

The Business Intelligencer: Outstanding Achievement in Hospitality Analytics

The Group Game Changer: Best Group Sales and Marketing Strategy

Let’s get to the good stuff - what do I get for winning? 

All finalists will be compensated for up to two (2) complimentary Cvent CONNECT registrations (Passes that include Training Camp are not included). They will also receive preferred seating at our Plannie Awards ceremony and a Certificate of Excellence.

Award winners will receive a personalized crystal Plannie award (told you it was cooler than the Oscars) and a post-event media kit to publicize their success.

So now that you know all there is to know about the Plannies…

Be sure to send in your nominations next year for the 2019 Plannie awards, and congratulations to all of our 2018 nominees! Remember to keep an eye out for the finalist's announcement on our website. We can’t wait to see you all and celebrate your achievements together at CONNECT 2018!

This post was authored by Erin Baldwin. Erin is a Cvent Client Success Consultant that has been supporting customers since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, listening to music, and drinking iced coffee at any time throughout the day.

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