Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Not everyone is familiar with fine dining etiquette eg which glass is meant for which beverage (though the waiters will usually fill the glasses for you) so here's a guide to help give you a clearer picture.

Dining Etiquette

Not everyone is familiar with fine dining etiquette eg which glass is meant for which beverage (though the waiters will usually fill the gla...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The locations listed below are non-hotels, non-beaches and non-restaurants. They cater for groups of 5- 200 pax. For furniture rentals, transport, catering, AV and decor needs, Best Events would be more than happy to complement what the venues can provide.
1. Puncak Dani in Genting Highlands
Puncak Dani Genting Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
If you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful baroque style bungalow as your event venue, look no further than Puncak Dani in Genting Highlands. Located just next to Awana, this hidden gem is perfect for an intimate wedding reception.
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2. Duchess Place in Ampang
Duchess Place Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
Located along Jalan Ampang, this unassuming bungalow opens up to a beautiful marquee that can fit up to 300 guests. The best thing about having your event at Duchess Place is that you don’t have to worry about decorations – they literally have everything and can transform the venue into any theme you dream of.
3. Lakeside Venue in Kelana Jaya
Lakesight Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
Who knew the sterile town of Kelana Jaya would have such a beautiful venue for an intimate event? Located by the lake and with very reasonably priced packages that include food and decorations, this is the place to get your bang for the buck.
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4. Enderong House in Janda Baik
Enderong House Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
An amazingly picturesque location for your event, Enderong House has both nature and modern amenities harmoniously intertwined. This place is perfect for both small and big events.
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5.  Dani Lodge in Genting
Dani Lodge Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
Basically the younger sister of Puncak Dani, Dani Lodge is a contemporary bungalow in Genting Highlands with an open concept design. Overlooking the Awana Golf Course, it’s perfect for a nice and cool garden wedding right in tropical Malaysia.
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6. Wanaka the Bungalow in Kuala Lumpur
Wanaka Bungalow Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
Wanaka the Bungalow calls itself a white canvas, as in you can transform it into anything that fits the theme of your event. The beautiful design of the bungalow and its surroundings ensure that your wedding will be one photogenic affair.
7. Laman Kayangan in Shah Alam
Laman Kayangan Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
What a deceivingly beautiful venue right in the heart of Shah Alam! The pillar-less, white, marquee setup is just brilliant as even a very simple wedding theme would look amazingly gorgeous here.
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8. Banker’s Club in Kuala Lumpur

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The great thing about the Bankers Club is obviously its architecture.  Those rich, luxurious wood panellings and high ceilings are perfect for the couple looking for a timeless and elegant wedding.
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9. KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur

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There are not many things that are better than having your wedding at a magnificent venue that has the birds eye view of Kuala Lumpur. Who needs flowers when you have clouds?
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10. Dusun Garden Fairies in Hulu Langat
Dusun Garden Fairies Best non-hotel and non-restaurant wedding venues in Malaysia
Another hidden gem in the cool hills of Hulu Langat.  With a beautiful garden, a treehouse for grown-ups and a spacious pavillion, you will be able to hold your event or wedding of your dreams amidst beautiful nature.
11. Idaman in  Janda Baik
Idaman Janda Baik
Idaman is a wonderful place to go if you have a group of 10 people. At the maximum of RM2100 per night for the entire bungalow, this means it’s only RM210 per person. And the bungalow is so gorgeous!
12 The Dusun – House Sora in Seremban
the dusun
Okay so the House of Sora doesn’t really have a real swimming  pool but taking a dip in the plunge pool is still pretty nice. The beautiful bungalow makes up for the lack of water.
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13 Villa D’oria in Kuala Lumpur
Villa Doria
If you could gather 15 people, you’re looking at paying slightly over RM100 for a whole bungalow with a private pool!
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14 The Greyhouse Bangsar
Need a beautiful indoor space and a huge outdoor garden for all your party needs? The Greyhouse Bangsar is for you.
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15 Summer Residence at Rainforest Sanctuary
Initially meant for post-natal mother care, the venue now also opens its doors to small groups of people wanting to get together in a peaceful and tranquil environment. 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Live music adds such a "wow factor" during your event or wedding that's hard to replicate with a DJ. The right band will create a true party atmosphere that'll get your guests out of their seats all night long. But hiring a band is significantly more difficult than finding a DJ — how do you know if the band is the right fit? What details do you need to know?

Q: How should you get started with finding a band?
You might have attended an event (corporate party or friend or relative's wedding) where a talented band is performing and your friend or relative gives them good reviews; or you can conduct a keyword search online for "event management services" for a full scale planning service which includes entertainment talents or you can search for "bands in your location". Of course in any bands' websites, you will only see the good reviews.
Q: How you be absolutely sure that they are getting a band that is the "right" fit for you? 
Most of Best Events' clients are sent  pictures, live videos, and testimonials form recent clients and venue owners. However, it is important to have a budget set aside so that we can propose the entertainers that fall within your budget. For example, if your budget is RM5,000 (this does not include sound equipment), don't expect Sheila Majid to perform at your event. 
Q. What questions should you ask when meeting with a band?
You should discuss whether they want the performance after dinner, during dinner, before dinner, or all of the above. This will have a lot to do with the type of band and the style of music that an agent will recommend.
As for the prices: it’s an issue that every client should discuss. But remember that prices range anywhere from RM2,000 (for a 2-3 piece band) to even RM50,000 (eg Alley Cats) based on the client’s needs. Some people are happy with a small band that plays for an hour during the cocktail reception, and others want a large (and even famous) group that performs all night. Prices will also differ depending on the time of year. The first quarter of the year is the slowest season for weddings, and thus, the prices for bands are usually at their lowest.

Q: What should you know about hiring a band vs. hiring a DJ?
First and foremost, a live band is visually and sonically more impacting than a DJ, especially when there are a substantial number of guests present.
As for the breaks, a band usually gets three 15-minute breaks, unless the client wants continuous music all night (which would require an additional payment).
An experienced band should not have any limitations regarding musical style and repertoire (unless, of course, the client imposes these limitations and specifically asks for a “Motown” or “jazz” band). And should the client have a unique or “obscure” song request, remember that a talented band will always be able to learn and perform the song as long as the band is provide the sheet music and CD in advance.
Finally, the size and instrumentation for your average wedding band includes bass, drums, guitar, keyboards and a male and female vocalist, but for additional impact, instrumentation can include a full horn section, percussionists, and even back-up singers and dancers (at an additional cost to the customer).
Q: Is there anything else that you must know to ensure that hiring a band goes smoothly? 
So much depends on where the event is being held. If it's held at a residence, a client must have a large room or backyard for the band to set up. They should be prepared to spend a little extra money for the band to bring a generator for power, they should know that neighbors are likely to complain about the noise after 10 p.m., and they should be prepared to designate a quiet and well-lit “holding room” or “green room” with refreshments for the band. As for parking, the band can usually find spots on nearby residential streets.
If the event is held in a hotel, a lot of the issues mentioned above are easier to control — there are typically no space, noise, or parking restrictions. Thus, the finer details that a client must consider when hiring a band really depends on where the event is being held. 
Reference: Bobby Borg

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

How can you help drive more attendee traffic to booths? This post by Julius Solaris gives you clever tactics to make your sales people happy!

Drive attendees exhibition
A Note on Methodology
The tactics you’ll see below are mostly tech driven. After 6 years writing this blog, it is obvious I am a bit of a geek. There are tons of activities and ideas to drive attendees towards stands. I feel more entitled to suggest the tech driven ones.
I loathe spam. I am not a fan of messages over Twitter or any other social network along the lines of: “Come visit us at booth 700B #eventname”. That is called spam. Clogging the event hashtag to just announce you are part of the exhibition is similar to shout you are awesome on the show floor. It may work for some but it is quite a bland practice.
- My advice is usually targeted to business to business environments. Nonetheless you’ll find some good ones for consumer exhibitions.
I dislike initiatives that do not align with the product or brand. Call me old school but I quite dig common sense. Giving attendees a massage it’s usually meaningless unless you don’t provide massage services. Giving away an iPad in return for a tweet makes no sense unless you are Apple. Concentrating your strategy on branded pens is superfluous.
I hate to think about footfall as the end result.
In most cases the game we play is how many leads we are able to generate and how many of these leads translate into customers. In the same spirit it can be important to look at how many mentions we are able to generate online and how many of these mentions translate into clients.
Trade shows are usually about trade, let’s not forget that.
Case studies. I really made my homework with this post. I searched Twitter to present you real examples of most tactics. I must say this has been quite a daunting task. The amount of exhibitors spamming hashtags saying ‘please visit us’ or ‘remember to stop by’ is somewhat depressing. See it yourself.

1. Competitions

This is the most adopted and, dare I say, abused tactic to increase footfall at exhibitions. I believe there is a space for competitions but only for smart ones.
In line with my comments on methodology, competitions should be aligned with the product and/or brand. They should help to communicate the selling proposition of what is being promoted.
It is a smart idea to run competitions over social networks during the event rather than asking for the vintage ‘business card in a bowl’.
I am a big fan of those who offer services around their product as rewards. It is a great way to preserve the value of your core service while giving something away.
Here is an example:
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2. Share Knowledge

One of the most effective online lead generation tactics in B2B is to share free knowledge in exchange for contact details.
White papers, ebooks, reports are just few of the traditionally valuable weapons to gain qualified leads.
I don’t see any reason why this tactic should not be similarly effective offline. The process is the same. Attendees get a copy of your quality piece of content, you get their data.
Delivery can happen via USB stick, NFC, RFID or email (as long as you remember to send it).

3. Offline Like

I started to talk about the value of offline/online interaction in 2010. I believe the industry is mature enough to start investing more heavily in these tools.
Inviting attendees to Like your product at exhibitions is a great way to generate long term value online.

4. Offline Tweet

Similarly effective is the offline Tweet. This is an even better tool to power competitions. It can be easily achieved with simple NFC tags or QR codes.
The key here is to make it super simple for the attendee to action the Tweet (or Like that is). If it takes more than 30 seconds I do not believe it is worth it.
If you are able to work out a simple process to get your attendees to tweet offline I believe you have quite a disruptive competitive advantage. I am sure fellow exhibitors are going to hate you.

5. Photo Booths

I told you in December that this was going to be the year of Photo Booths. I believe that I’ve seen one at each exhibition I’ve attended.
Taking pictures and streaming them online is a great start, but you are required to push it a bit to make an impression.
I believe that the Meet Mr Holland campaign, one of the best social media campaigns ever produced by the human kind, is a prime example of how to get this right.

6. Social Ads

A quick look at a random exhibition hashtag over Twitter will give you an immediate idea of how clogged hashtags are becoming.
‘Come and visit us, we are so cool’ messages flood the tiny screens of our mobiles while we try to make some sense of the intrinsic chaos of the showfloor.
Social advertising is a great way to gain competitive advantage and secure prime real estate in the event stream. I am thinking Twitter here but also Facebook.
Twitter Ads help you to target specific hashtags and audiences, making sure you focus only on relevant prospects. I believe this is an often overlooked opportunity with quite some potential.
That is if your message is not ‘come and visit us, we are so cool’. Not even ads will help you with such a weak message.

7. Wifi Party

It gives me shivers to think that in 2013 I am still writing this. Yet wifi connectivity is still a major issue in the industry. I actually can recall the only events where wifi worked and was reliable. It is probably 5 or 6 out of hundreds.
Smart exhibitors can capitalise on the lack of good coverage most exhibitions have by providing their own wifi for free to attendees.
Not being a fan of freebies, complimentary wifi needs to be tied in some way to your product and service. You can collect leads by giving free accounts and present branded splash screens to login to the service.

8. Tweetup

In 2012 I attended IMEX in Frankfurt. If you asked me what is the most memorable activity I did at the event, I must say it was the #eventprofs Tweetup.
It was a great gathering of like minded people. Once again Mr Holland was so nice to host the tweet up and provide free drinks for the chirpy crowd.
You already noticed how many times I mentioned Mr Holland. This proves the point that the more innovative and welcoming you are towards online communities and technology, the better the results.

9. Customer Service

Another powerful way to leverage on exhibitions’ weaknesses is to fill in their gaps. Despite introducing the role of the Event Cool-ordinator (or Twitter Concierge) a few years ago, this is a service rarely offered at large events.
Very few exhibitions are dedicated to provide customer service over social media. I believe this is a fantastic opportunity to help attendees at the event.
Practical information about the show floor, wifi, services, education program are just few ideas to get your tweeting on and get your brand recognised over social media.
It is your shortcut to amplification, reach and differentiation from the ‘come and visit us’ boredom.

10. Give Workspace and Plugs

Orange Telecom stand at Ad:Tech London 2009. This is how powerful giving plugs and comfy working stations is to attendees.
I still remember that booth, it was the only place where you could sit and spend some time working and relaxing. There was no staff from the company. Just the space.
Yet the message was so powerful and everyone at the exhibition knew that the Orange stand was the place to go to recharge physical and mental batteries.

11. Charity Giving

Donating to charity is such an amazing proposition. It immediately shifts perceptions and attitudes.
Why not asking for social actions in return for charity. 

12. Buy Premium Ads on Event Mobile App

With growing adoption of event mobile apps, this is a great way to secure precious advertising real estate in a very relevant and timely fashion.
Once again the message of that advertising placement needs to be carefully considered. A weak or merely promotional message will not add a lot of value.

13. Mini Live Knowledge Sharing

I can remember the first time I was passing by a super tiny booth and noticed the company arranged 2 lines of 4 chairs. A zealous speaker was running a seminar about what I guess was an interesting topic.
Curious bunnies started to flock to the stand and in a matter of minutes 30 people were listening.
The seminar was about 15 minutes long and it recurred every hour. What a great idea. It is in effect an alternative to share an ebook. It is quick, practical and to the point. Win-win.
In a consumer context, this can be achieved with special happenings featuring guest stars. See an example:

14. Vine Showcase

I still have to make my mind up about Vine or Instagram for events. I don’t jump on excitement bandwagons. I believe it just makes pundits look silly on the long term. Just search for articles on how Google Wave was going to change events forever.
Nonetheless I appreciated this example for a couple of reasons:

First it gives an idea of what to expect at the booth. This could release the ‘tension of the unexpected’ we all feel before reaching out to people we don’t know.
Secondly it outplays on the Twitter stream, giving you quite some real estate on the hashtag stream. Worth considering.

15. Product Sample

Giving away a little bit of your product or service is one of the most adopted exhibition tactics.
After all meeting your customers in person is a unique opportunity to get them to touch and feel your product.
This is a great incentive to drive more people to your stand that is completely in line with your product or brand. Here is a good example:

16. Product Launch

Exhibitions are a fantastic opportunity to make announcements or launch products. We all agree that one of the top reasons why we attend such events is to learn what’s new in an industry.
Giving the insider scoop may well be a great way to capture the attention of the otherwise bored prospect.
Here is a good example of product update announcement and looking at the number of retweets it is safe to say it was quite a successful one:

17. Build Momentum Pre-Event

Most of the time exhibitions are opportunities to gain new customers. Yet most companies ignore the potential of engaging with existing clients.
Few realise that engaging correctly with your existing audience before the event is the best way to secure an army of advocates on the show floor.
Make sure your customers know that you will be there and what your activities will be. It will be easier for them during the show to recognise and amplify your message.
This is a sound example of a company engaging with their existing audience before the event to build momentum:

18. Ask Questions

Another way to leverage social media is to engage with the exhibition audience online via questions or polls.
I think we all agree that the experience of walking through the show puts us in a quite passive role having to listen to pitches, collect bulky brochures and meaningless goodies.
Involving the event audience to actually give their opinion is a unique opportunity to soothe their frustration and get them to express themselves.
I am such a fan of this practice and here is your example:

19. Check in For The Win

Check ins are increasingly influential in the decisions we make when exploring a new environment. If I check in on Foursquare at the exhibition I will immediately recognise those companies that have been active on that channel.
They probably incentivised check ins at the stand, they left tips and created smart to-do lists.
On top of that several event mobile apps allow check ins therefore incentivising them (by means of competitions, charity or discounts) is a smart tactic to increase our exposure.

20. Visual Recording

I was desperate to find a number 20 for this round up and William Thomson was so kind to come to the rescue with quite an interesting one.
What about summarising what is being discussed at the education programme with the help of visual recorders?
You could then share the knowledge at the stand or via social means (think Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Very smart.

In Conclusion

Driving attendees to exhibition stands is not an easy one. It requires creativity, smart communication and tech awareness.

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