From Live to Online-How to Plan and Deliver Hybrid Conferences and Events

From Live to Online – How to Plan and Deliver Hybrid Conferences and Events

Adding virtual elements to your live events – it’s something we’ve all thought of and something we’ve all been a little hesitant about. Where do you begin, will you cannibalise live attendance, how will the whole thing work?
While many Professional Conference Organisers worry that the virtual streaming of sessions may decrease on-site participation and reduce sponsorship options, the reality is – online audiences can expand your revenue stream, generate additional marketing opportunities and increase attendance at future events.

Here are the details;

Date: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Sydney Time
Presenters: Sara Gonzalez and Michael Bunker – Redback Conferencing
Cost: Complimentary

This webcast will guide you through everything you’ve ever wanted to know…
• The case for hybrid: The why, the when and the how
• The Top 5: Tips for planning a Hybrid Event and gaining sponsorship
• The Technology: What to look for and what questions to ask
• The X Factor: How to create engagement before, during and after your event
• The Results: Those who have done it all before!

About the Presenters…

As the Product Manager for Managed Events at Redback, Michael is responsible for enhancing and implementing new features and applications that ultimately lead to increased interactivity and engagement within online events.

Sara is the Marketing Manager at Redback. As well as her daily communication duties, Sara also runs the Redback Business Skills Webinar Series.

Register for this webcast today!
Looking forward to seeing you join,
PCO and Redback Conferencing

Around the room block booking: How much money are you losing?

Around the block booking – or pirate booking – when attendees are tricked into booking rooms outside the official conference room block is one of the most important discussion topics of the year. The word ‘attrition’ is now heard on a daily basis- leaving even the most confident meeting planners shaking in their boots. Pirates, we declare, pirates!

ABTS Convention services, a global company specialising in serving medical associations in the US developed “Support Associations, Book Official!”, a meetings industry awareness campaign designed to counteract increasingly larger industry challenges caused by ‘around the block’ booking.

The www.SupportAssociations.com website allows interested event planners and associations to estimate their revenue loss due to around the block bookings through a free to use Revenue Loss Calculator. Interested event planners and associations can now download the whitepaper “AROUND THE BLOCK BOOKING: HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU LOSING?” to find best steps and recommendations to protect your meeting.

Source: Chris Hurd at MiceBTN

New Zealand allow non-resident businesses to register for and claim GST

The NZ Government amended their Goods and Services Tax Act to allow businesses which are non-residents of New Zealand to register for GST in New Zealand, effective from 1 April 2014.

This will allow non-resident businesses to register for GST and claim GST input credits if they:

  • Receive goods or services in New Zealand and
  • Don’t carry out a taxable activity or make taxable supplies in New Zealand (i.e. the non-resident does not provide any goods or services in New Zealand).

These amendments would allow an Australian resident company to register for GST in New Zealand, even if they have no taxable activities in New Zealand, and claim the GST paid on New Zealand conference expenses.  For example, an Australian company with no activities in New Zealand organises a conference for their managers to be held in New Zealand and pays for the various expenses associated with the conference (e.g. accommodation, venue hire, meals etc).  Under the new rules, this Australian company must register for GST in New Zealand and claim back the NZ GST included in the NZ acquisitions (rather than present your receipts at the airport and claim on the way out of the country).

So it can be done – just more work for the PCO/Event Manager.

Details of this update can be found in the following link (including how you go about registering):
http://www.ird.govt.nz/industry-guidelines/non-res-bus-gst/intro/non-res-bus-gst.html#01

Check with your accountant for further details.