History

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2019

The Cvent Excellence Awards celebrates industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries of event technology in new and inspiring ways. The 7th annual awards ceremony recognized innovative customers across the meetings, events, and hospitality industries. Award winners showcased impressive results, proving the impact of their programs and advancing their organization’s success within the industry.

2019 Results

The Achiever

Best Return on Event

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area

In just three years with Cvent, the small nonprofit has eliminated operating losses while doubling their revenue, creating a fully sustainable organization as a result.

The Best in the US

Cvent’s Top U.S. Meetings Destination

Visit Orlando*

Visit Orlando embraces new technologies and provides integral feedback to shape the future of the industry. Testing and partnering with Cvent on aggressive marketing campaigns helps Visit Orlando stay ahead of the competition.

The Block Buster

Excellence and Ingenuity with Room Block Bookings

MGM Resorts*

With the help of Cvent Passkey, MGM Resorts has been able to apply technology in creative manners. MGM’s hard work has resulted in $3.7M upsell revenue and $9.3 million in total gains.

The Business Intelligencer

Outstanding Achievement in Hospitality Analytics

Visit Dallas*

Through its use of Market Dashboards, Visit Dallas achieved four consecutive record years for bookings. Visit Dallas has moved to sixth place on the Cvent Top Destinations rankings as a result.

The Group Game Changer

Best Group Sales and Marketing Strategy

IHG*

In 2018, IHG increased unique RFPs by +15% and awarded value by +21%. IHG continuously leverages new ways of engaging with meetings and events professionals to bolster their position as industry innovators.

The Marketing Mastermind

Best Event Marketing Strategy

BlackRock

BlackRock unified complex registration, onsite, and mobile experiences into a seamless solution, using data-driven decision making to prove ROI.

The Mobile Maverick

Best Use of Mobile Event Technology

MDVIP

To eliminate manual processes and improve cost savings, MDVIP used Cvent’s mobile event app for a stellar attendee experience at their annual conference. High mobile engagement helped increase lead generation, leading to higher renewal rates.

The Onsite Orchestrator

Best Onsite Attendee Experience

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester leveraged Cvent’s Onsite Solutions and mobile event app while integrating Cvent’s Event Management with their CRM for easy data management. Replacing their outdated in-house system created impressive savings for the organization.

Power of the Platform

Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform

Royal DSM

Royal DSM increased negotiated savings and created a centralized meetings and events policy across the organization using Cvent solutions. Award-winning card integrations, better onsite experiences, and an eco-friendly mobile solution helped Royal DSM achieve valuable global savings.

The Rookie

Cvent Rookie of the Year

Verizon

In their first year using Cvent, Verizon created a centralized events program that saved hundreds of hours and reduced costs by 30%. The team can confidently scale for future success by proving the intrinsic value of Verizon’s events.

The Savvy Sourcer

Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing

Autodesk

Autodesk expanded their global program in the APAC and EMEA regions, doubling the number of events sourced. They provided valuable cost savings, reducing potential attrition and increasing contracted savings to $11 million.

The SMM Star

SMM Program of the Year

Lincoln Financial Group

Using Cvent, the team integrated air travel and payment processing, introduced OnArrival and RFID for better data reporting, and built more than 110 CrowdCompass apps for a better attendee experience. They achieved over $1 million in cost savings and now have an active voice in the business.

*Indicates hospitality industry award category.

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2018

As the meetings and events industry has matured and evolved, Cvent has expanded our annual awards ceremony to recognize excellence in event marketing, attendee engagement, and innovation in the meetings and events industry. For 2018 we continue this evolution by officially renaming the sixth annual Plannies, "The Cvent Excellence Awards for Meetings, Events, and Hospitality," to include the achievements of our friends in the hospitality industry and the impact that these inspiring professionals bring to their organizations.

2018 Results

The Achiever

Best Return on Event

Latin Expo Group

The Block Buster*

Excellence and Ingenuity with Room-Block Bookings

Westin Copley Place

The Business Intelligencer*

Outstanding Achievement in Hospitality Analytics

Two Roads Hospitality

The Group Game Changer*

Best Group Sales and Marketing Strategy

The Peppermill Resort & Spa

The Marketing Mastermind

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Teradata

The Mobile Maverick

Best Use of Mobile Event Technology

USC - Cultural Relations and University Events

The Onsite Orchestrator

Best Onsite Attendee Experience

Cardinal Health

Power of the Platform

Outstanding Achievement Across the Cvent Platform

Travel Oregon

The Rookie

Cvent Rookie of the Year

AbbVie

The Savvy Sourcer

Outstanding Achievement in Sourcing

Conference Catalysts, LLC

The SMM Star

SMM Program of the Year

Allstate Insurance Company

*Indicates hospitality industry award category.

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2017

As the Cvent Plannie Awards continued to grow, we continuously pushed ourselves to create a spectacular and memorable experience for everyone involved, featuring song and dance and acrobatic performances by Cirque du Soleil.

2017 Results

The Marketing Mastermind

CallidusCloud

The Onsite Orchestrator

Morningstar

The Mobile Maverick

ACIG Insurance Company

The Achiever

Netsmart

The SMM Star

Amazon

The Rookie

Sanofi

The Listener

LeadingAge

The Savvy Sourcer

Medtronic

Power of the Platform

Samaritan's Purse

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2016

2016 Results

The Marketing Mastermind

Best event marketing strategy

Morningstar

The Onsite Orchestrator

Best onsite attendee experience

Cisco Systems

The Mobile Maverick

Best use of mobile event technology

Anthem

The Achiever

Best return on event

SevOne

The SMM Star

SMM program of the Year

Kiewit

The Rookie

Cvent rookie of the year

Adtran

The Listener

Best event feedback strategy

AIMIA

The Savvy Sourcer

Outstanding achievement in sourcing

Estee Lauder

Power of the Platform

Outstanding achievement across the Cvent platform

Illumina

Cvent Advocate of the Year

Allen Villanueva

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2015

2015 Results

Best Event Website

Growth Energy

Return on Event (ROE)

Stella & Dot

SMM Program of the Year

Medtronic

Best Use of a Mobile App

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Savvy Sourcing

The Estée Lauder Companies

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Institute for Career Advancement Needs

Rookie of the Year

BBYO

Power of the Platform

Cisco Systems

Best Event Feedback Strategy

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Best Onsite Experience

Milken Institute

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2014

For our second year, we expanded the scope of the "Cvent Planner Awards" to recognize marketers who harness The Power of Live to meet their goals.

2014 Results

Best Event Website

Stella & Dot

Return on Event (ROE)

B2W Software Inc.

SMM Program of the Year

Lincoln Financial Group

Best Use of a Mobile App

The Culinary Institute of America

Savvy Sourcing

Educational Testing Services

Best Event Marketing Strategy

Vocus

Rookie of the Year

Halliburton

Power of the Platform

Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.

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2013

2013 was the first year of the Excellence Awards and featured 5 categories.

2013 Results

Best Event Website

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Best Use of a Mobile App

Agilysys, Inc.

Savvy Sourcing

Meetings & Incentives

Return on Event (ROE)

Ericsson

SMM Program of the Year

Visa, Inc.