Event planners keep up a crazy work pace. With this in mind, earlier this week we “short-listed” a few publications you should follow in this business. Today we are releasing the full and definitive list of the Top 24 Event Industry “Must-Follow” publications.
The publishers and chief editors of these websites and journals—individuals like David Adler at BizBash, Rachel Wimberly at Trade Show News Network, Adam Parry at Event Industry News, Travis Stanton at Exhibitor Magazine, and Leo Jakobson at Successful Meetings—apply their decades of experience in events and journalism to deliver valuable insights across platforms and formats.
While top events industry bloggers (and more top events blogs) offer commentary and insights, event publications provide the news and research that supplement influencer content.
Here are two dozen top event industry publications event professionals should consider reading and following.
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.
Event Marketer Magazine is one of the world’s leading providers of content for the event and trade show industry. Founded in 2002, the publication serves the information needs of strategic brand-side event marketers and agency executives across the gamut of face-to-face marketing—including mobile marketing, mall marketing, street events, trade shows, corporate events, proprietary events, virtual events, buzz marketing, PR campaigns, sponsorships, business-to-business conferences, and press events.
Conference News is the leading monthly magazine solely dedicated to the UK's conference and meetings industry. Topics covered include industry news, event tech, awards, venues, leadership, agencies, people, insights, and events across the UK.
MeetingsNet delivers award-winning, engaging content for market-segmented meeting decision-makers planning meetings, incentives, and events through integrated solutions. MeetingsNet publishes an interactive magazine app and digital edition and several e-newsletters tailored to the meetings & events industry, including segment-specific coverage for association conventions, corporate events, and medical / pharma meetings.
Smart Meetings is a leading resource for meeting and event professionals. It's a multi-platform brand specializing in connecting meeting planners with premier hotels and destinations through its meetings publication, monthly hosted-buyer events, CEU-accredited webinars, complimentary site-selection service, and digital solutions.
Meetings & Conventions (M&C) is a leading multi-platform brand for dedicated meeting and business event planners in corporations, associations, incentive vendors, and independent planning companies. It provides insightful news analysis, industry research, and guidance to meetings professionals seeking new ideas and ongoing education to remain competitive. Through data, digital, events, and print products, M&C brings together buyers and sellers.
Meetings Today provides industry news, insights, and guidance for event professionals across North America. It covers the industry leaders and trendsetters, U.S. and international locations, and global conferences event professionals need to know about. Meetings Today also produces webinars, awards honoring the best hotels and resorts, and a podcast.
Exhibitor Magazine offers news and advice for trade show and event professionals covering topics from budgeting and planning to event marketing, venues, and measurement. Exhibitor also sponsors five awards programs including its corporate event awards, and hosts EXHIBITORLIVE each year, one of the top professional development conferences for trade show and corporate event marketing professionals.
Meetings + Events helps professional meeting planners as well as marketing and business professionals who plan meetings and events. This includes customer conferences and sales kickoffs tp board retreats and client golf outings. Meetings + Events magazines are specifically written and circulated in each state and throughout the surrounding region to expose readers to cultural events, service providers, venues, and industry resources available in each market to assist them in planning and managing successful events.
Published by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Convene Magazine produces educational and professional development content for meeting industry professionals. It covers news and trends on a range of topics from venues, food, and travel to career development and leadership.
Stand Out is a trade magazine for busy event professionals and organizers: featuring news about UK events, festivals, suppliers, people, venues, and trends, through print and video content.
Trade Show Executive covers news, views, and tools for managers of trade shows of all sizes, in every industry. These industries include automotive to medical to woodworking, helping show organizers turn innovative ideas into their competitive edge. The publication helps show managers improve growth, profits, and exhibitor and attendee satisfaction.
Published by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), The Meeting Professional offers in-depth reporting that highlights planner and supplier members. It showcases best practices, trends, destinations, sustainability, and industry leadership. The website also features research reports, guides, and other resources to help event professionals enhance their skills and knowledge.
Based in London, CMW Magazine provides conference and meeting news from around the globe. It is offered through seven regional news segments, in print, video, and visual formats. The website offers news, insights, and commentary for event professionals, plus destination guides for several countries.
Exhibit City News (ECN) covers the meeting, convention and tradeshow industries. ECN reports on people, strategies, trends, services, venues, and more for its broad-based readership of CEOs, CFOs, VPs, managers, meeting planners, suppliers, facility personnel, account executives, show floor workers, and exhibitors.
Connect Corporate is a magazine, website, and mix of live and online events. These bring corporate meeting professionals together to learn, share and grow the business of planning meetings, conferences, incentive travel, and events. Connect Corporate provides continuing education for event planners and service providers through print and digital media plus its annual Connect Corporate Marketplace event, leadership summits, advisory board meetings, and other conferences.
Canadian Special Events (CSE) is Canada's favorite information resource for professionals who plan live experiences. The publication covers news and trends in event branding, venues, design, event technology, entertainment, food, people, and more. CSE also sponsors awards programs for events and venues; offers planning guides and a vendor directory; and hosts the annual CSE Live event for planners and industry professionals.