Event planners keep up a crazy work pace. Not only do they have countless details to keep track of doing their "day job" (yeah, we know—sometimes running events seems more like a "24-hour-a-day job"), but they also need to stay current on the latest trends, tech, and developments in the event management realm.
Fortunately, there are a number of outstanding online and print (yes, that's still a thing) publications that can help keep event professionals informed and up to speed on what's happening and what's new in the field.
8 Key Publications To Follow
Here are 8 key event industry publications event professionals should consider reading and following. Both the link to the site and the twitter handle are listed in the headline.
BizBash is the top source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals in North America. The site even offers region-specific content, so you can get the latest event-related news from New York highlighted, or from your local area (for non-New Yorkers) by sharing your location. Each month nearly 225,000 unique users read BizBash for content about interesting venues, event style, and technology / tools. David Adler and Beth Kormanik also produce the monthly GatherGeeks podcast.
Campaign is one of the world’s leading business media brands serving events, marketing, advertising, and media professionals. Originally launched as a weekly magazine in London back in 1968, it has evolved into a globally-networked franchise providing real-time news and analysis by expert commentators around the world. Campaign’s mission is to provide professionals from across the marketing, live events, advertising and media communities with creative firepower to attract and delight consumers
Event Industry News (EIN) is an online magazine covering the latest news,views, and happenings in the events industry. EIN is read by conference organizers, promoters, event managers, production companies, suppliers, agencies, corporate event professionals, and government agencies. The content serves the needs of event organizers planning anything from a regional conference or international exhibition to a trade show, brand activation, or major festival.
Based in New York, Skift isn't, strictly speaking, a publication for event professionals. It's targeted at global travel professionals, but offers content and insights event planners and organizers may find valuable as well. Topics addressed include accommodations (venues), online booking, meetings, travel tech, corporate travel, agencies, and restaurants.
Similar to what BizBash is for North American event pros, Exhibition News (EN) is for UK event planners: the leading publication dedicated to the UK exhibition and events industry. It seeks to be an informative, relevant, and timely source of information and ideas to help the industry grow. The EN brand extends across a monthly print publication, the EN website, email newsletters, social media, and its annual awards celebration. Every issue features news, analysis and features that meet the needs of CEOs, event directors, marketers, and suppliers.
Successful Meetings is a leading multi-platform information source for multi-tasking meeting planners across a range of industries and job titles, delivering how-to strategies, creative solutions, and sourcing services. Its data, digital, events, and print products serve events professionals including senior executives, department heads, sales and marketing directors, and administrative professionals who plan and approve a range of business events from high-level retreats and conferences to ad hoc meetings.
Trade Show News Network (TSNN) is a leading online resource for trade shows, conferences, meetings, and live events. This site covers the latest developments and happenings in the events industry, associations, event tech, venues, people, and sustainability. TSNN also hosts the weekly #Expochat Twitter chat for event professionals.
Corporate Event News (CEN) is the leading online resource for senior-level corporate event professionals. From venue news to event marketing insights, to tips on vendor sourcing, content creation or career advancement, and all the nitty gritty details in between, CEN’s online articles, interviews, blog posts, and weekly e-news covers the spectrum of corporate event planning.