April 27, 2016
By Anderson Conte

This year honors The Plannie’s fourth appearance at Cvent CONNECT. Think of it as The Grammys for meeting and event professionals. The Plannie Awards celebrate Cvent customers who excel in strategy, implementation, experience, design, and more. There are nine prestigious awards in all, each category representing all the wonderful achievements of our customers. Which one do you want to take home?

1.   Power of the Platform: Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform

One size does not fit all when it comes to your events. Each meeting, conference, and tradeshow has its own set of unique characteristics, and nominees in this category are embracing the power of the platform and multiple Cvent solutions to meet and exceed their goals. Cisco Systems won in 2015 – who will rise to the challenge this year?

2.   The Savvy Sourcer: Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing

In this category, you’ll join 2014 winner, Estee Launder Companies. Customers in this category have displayed exceptional budget-saving techniques to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to venue sourcing. Savvy Sourcers also juggle RFPs for multiple events, receive bids from numerous vendors, and execute successful events with impressive metrics.

3.   The Listener: Best Event Feedback Strategy

These nominees care what people think, and we salute them. Recognizing the importance of event feedback is crucial to adapting and optimizing meetings and events. Last year, planners at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) were recognized as feedback maximizers.

4.   The Rookie: Cvent Rookie of the Year

It didn’t take long for these Cvent customers to see positive changes in their meetings and events. Though these companies may be new to the Cvent platform, their strong adoption of Cvent technology is transforming their overall event planning process. This year’s rookie will join last year’s, BBYO.

5.   The SMM Star: SMM Program of the Year

Implementing a Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) is no easy feat – there are many moving parts and various stakeholders to include. Nominees in this category have mastered implementing a successful SMMP by incorporating a blend of registering and approving meetings, strategic sourcing, budgeting, and cost-saving methodologies while continuously increasing effectiveness. The super star in this category will join last year’s winner, Medtronic.

6.   The Achiever: Best Return on Event

Return-on-investment (ROI) reigns king when it comes to proving event success, and those in this category have mastered this skill set. Meeting and events are essential to businesses for training employees, engaging clients, and building strong relationships through in-person interactions. The winner in this category will join fellow goal getter, Stella & Dot.

7.   The Mobile Maverick: Best Use of Mobile Event Technology

These savvy event planners have tapped into a mobile device’s ability to increase attendee engagement. From session tracking to retrieving exhibitor leads, mobile technology is powering events at exponential rates. The North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) will join this category’s winner as a mobile maverick.

8.   The Onsite Orchestrator: Best Onsite Experience

The onsite experience will make or break your attendees’ experience. These planners know the day of the event needs to be flawless – from the moment an attendee checks in, to navigating speaking sessions throughout the day and engaging with other attendees. Nominees in this category have dominated the attendee experience and will join the Milken Institute in the winners’ circle.

9.   The Marketing Mastermind: Best Event Marketing Strategy

These nominees are marketing machines. They know that event marketing is critical to the success of their events; developing targeted multi-channel marketing strategies to generate buzz, increase event registration, and enhance their brand. These planners will join last year’s winner, The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN). If you want to win, submit an entry while there’s still time.

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