Early in 2017, Genero Productions was approached by Omnicom Media Group and UniCredit to provide event services for a VIP dinner marking the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff in June. When we discovered that the event was to be held in a castle, we felt all the more excited to embrace this new challenge.
Making news all over Wales this summer was the spectacular Weeping Window which flowed beautifully out of the Senedd at Cardiff Bay.
Events have stepped up a gear this season and Genero have been welcoming a busy, yet exciting, period of exhibitions.
A memorable corporate event doesn’t just happen: it’s planned perfectly. In order for your event to stand out, you need a combination of organisation, the right equipment and the best people for the job – and that’s where we come in! Here’s some of our top tips to getting this tricky combination just right.
1. Start early
The early bird might get the worm, but the early planner makes the most memorable event. If you’ve got your heart set on a venue and speaker, contact them at the earliest opportunity. Booking up early doesn’t necessarily mean better rates, but it does mean peace of mind during what can be a rather frazzling time for you. Get even more peace of mind by giving your guests plenty of time to RSVP and pop the date in their diaries.
2. Find the perfect venue
When scouting for a venue, make sure it suits your every need as well as your attendees’. Does it have nearby hotels for your guests who are travelling from afar? Does it have adequate space and facilities for your tech team? Is it easy for your guests and suppliers to find?
3. Keep a checklist
A checklist never did anyone any harm – just don’t get lulled into a false sense of productivity! At a time when you are being pulled in many directions, a checklist can ensure you don’t miss any of the small but highly important details. Try and prepare yourself for every eventuality; spare microphones and extra stationery may be the tiny details that save the day.
4. Create a pre-event buzz
Some event organisers use email campaigns to start an event buzz, as it’s a good way to cement the event’s theme in your guests’ minds long in advance. You can encourage even more pre-event discussion by using a custom hashtag or invite-only forum. Once you’ve generated this buzz, its momentum will keep building throughout the event and long after it’s ended. #EventsMatter
5. Keep it up-to-date
Ditch the standard Pimms on arrival and serve the hottest drink of the season instead. From the choice in venue to the contents of your music playlist, you want to make sure that every bit of the event represents your brand: clever, current, and effortless.
6. Post-event debriefing
Now the event is over, you finally have time to take a breather and look back with a different perspective. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your team to get together and discuss the success of the event: what went well, what went very well, and what could have gone a bit better. Take your findings, give them a tweak and decide how you’re going to build them into your planning to well and truly elevate your brand and any future events.
7. Make your brand shine
Getting your brand message across at an event is key. Even when you think there isn’t much room for brand promotion, talk with your event organiser; there could be room for AV beyond what appears to be the obvious solution. Making your brand shine after the event is a challenge, but with the perfect balance of planning and expertise, guests will remember your brand long after the music stops.
The Gethin Jenkins Testimonial of 2016-2017 was honoured to host an incredible British and Irish Lions preview dinner at the Grosvenor London on the 18th May 2017.
The impressive venue provided guests with the opportunity to rub shoulders with British and Irish Lions legends such as Paul O'Connell, Lawrence Dallaglio, Shane Williams, and of course Gethin Jenkins. The excitement didn’t stop there; for music fans a unique, live, and unplugged performance was provided by Welsh music greats The Sterophonics.
An event of such scale needed to do more than shine, it needed to roar. Providing seamless lighting and audio visuals was safely in the hands of Genero. Of course satisfying the beautifully sculptured room with pitch-perfect sounding suitable for a question and answer session, a charity auction, a video and a live set from a rock band naturally came with challenges. But, not even a tight 4-hour rig time could deter the team from setting an outstanding atmosphere for 380 guests.
Pete Leckie, Managing Director at Genero, said: “The night was explosive! Our team really set the atmosphere, that mixed with an impressive set from the ‘Phonics and rugby legends sharing all in a question and answers session, truly provided guests with an unforgettable experience.”
Rhys Blumberg, Sales and Marketing Director, joined Genero towards the end of 2015, at a time of real excitement and prosperity in the events industry. With some major projects under his belt, Rhys has taken the time to share his ideas on what it takes to get an event picked, planned and perfected.
Genero Productions has expanded its team across different departments as the company expands reach across the UK.
Privately owned Genero Productions has expanded to new offices, marking the start of an exciting new year for the Events and Media company.
What a year 2016 has been for Genero!
On Sunday 16th October, Genero swapped it suits for lycra in a charity event that would make even the fittest of athletes’ quiver. We also participated in Cardiff’s “Byte Night” fundraiser with Action for Children, in which thousands across the UK gave up their beds for one night to help change the future for young vulnerable people.