google-site-verification: googlef883a6e29ff25395.html March Madness Champion: What Drives Meeting Planners the Most Mad? - The Omnipress Blog

championWell ladies and gentleman, it’s finally over. The long battles between some of the biggest pains for meeting planners is over. We started with eight of the biggest issues that we have heard from meeting planners:

  1. The sales manager of your 2017 venue leaves her position, just as you were building a great working relationship.
  2. It seems like everyone you work with has champagne taste—and you’re working with a beer budget. Are you the only one who thinks about managing costs?
  3. Managing the process for collection and review of countless abstracts, working with a very clunky system. You’re ready to tear your hair out!
  4. Another presenter gave you their final materials after the deadline, and now you have to call three different vendors to update the app, the website, and the printed program.
  5. A CVB calls you out of the blue and tries to monopolize half an hour with their sales pitch. You don’t have time for that!
  6. This year’s keynote is well-regarded and popular, but he’s also the biggest diva you’ve ever met. If he requests green M&Ms; in his rider, you’re going to scream!
  7. You’ve called your conference printer three times this week and no one has gotten back to you. There’s no excuse for bad customer service.
  8. Attendees bring every device under the sun to your annual meeting—except laptops—and your online conference materials only look good on a full-sized screen.

MWe then randomly paired them to face off in the first-round, or our elite eight. And there were some interesting winners that advanced toour final four:

  1. It seems like everyone you work with has champagne taste—and you’re working with a beer budget. Are you the only one who thinks about managing costs?
  2. Another presenter gave you their final materials after the deadline, and now you have to call three different vendors to update the app, the website, and the printed program. For the fourth time this week!
  3. A CVB calls you out of the blue and tries to monopolize half an hour with their sales pitch. You don’t have time for that!
  4. You’ve called your conference printer three times this week and no one has gotten back to you. There’s no excuse for bad customer service.

It then came down the final two in the championship:

  1. You’ve called your conference printer three times this week and no one has gotten back to you. There’s no excuse for bad customer service.
  2. Another presenter gave you their final materials after the deadline, and now you have to call three different vendors to update the app, the website, and the printed program. For the fourth time this week!

After 68 different meeting planners participated in this year’s March Conference Madness, “8 Things That Drive Meeting Planners Mad;” we have a champion. The thing that drives meeting plann
ers the most is:

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What do you think? Do you agree with our participants ranking of the things that drive meeting planners mad? Or is there something else that was maybe left off the list?