Small & Mid-size Firms Who Adopt Event eRFPs Save Time, Money

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 10/21/2013

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The savings and efficiencies that come with using electronic request for proposals (eRFPs), adopted by many large, enterprise companies about five years ago, are today still elusive for small and mid-size companies.

Last month, I spoke at Meetings Tech Expo in New York City, in a session, “Streamlining Site Selection & Driving Cost Savings with Online Sourcing Tools,” and I talked about some statistics from What RFPs Mean to SMBs: Turning Headaches into Solutions for Event Planners (a joint report by ACTIVE Network and i-Meet, the social network for meeting planners, which interviewed 190 planners) about how this market segment sources for event venues.

Guess what? Among small and mid-size companies, the most prevalent tool for sourcing is spreadsheet software Microsoft® Excel:

  • 62% use Excel to create and submit RFPs
  • 70% review and compare RFPs via Excel

I love Excel. It’s a great program. But when you’re sourcing for event hotels, real savings and efficiencies come from using an automated solution to manage, review and respond to all your eRFPs. Manually managing tons of data on a spreadsheet takes up a lot of time – and that translates into lost savings.

At Meetings Tech Expo, I also mentioned that nearly 44% of respondents use more than one resource – whether it’s Excel, software or email – to manage and execute their event. It’s so important to use a single solution to maximize efficiency, and indeed, the majority recognizes this: 56% use one resource (again whether its email, Excel or software).

If you’re a small and mid-size company, how do you manage sourcing for your meetings and events? Please share whether what you’re doing now is paying off in terms of measurable savings and efficiencies.




Lanyon Launches Smart Events Cloud 2016

Posted by Lanyon on 09/19/2016

Lanyon Launches Smart Events Cloud 2016


Meetings Today-Lanyon Launches Smart Events Cloud 2016-July 2016

Posted by Patrick Mendoza on 07/26/2016

Lanyon, a meetings and travel software company, released a new version of its Smart Events Cloud platform that features a number of significant enhancements, a simplified user interface and improved scalability.


Lanyon Launches New Functionality and Salesforce Integration for the Company's Smart Events Cloud®

Posted by Lanyon on 07/25/2016

New release delivers event ROI transparency for marketing teams


Lanyon Selected as Event technology Provider by Meeting Professionals International

Posted by Lanyon on 06/15/2016

Lanyon Selected as Event Technology Provider by Meeting Professionals International


Meetings and Conventions Magazine — 5 Tips to Make Your Event More Environmentally Friendly — May 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 05/11/2016

Earth Day fell on April 22 this year. As happens every year, people from around the world agreed on that day to turn off lights, reflect on ways to make our planet cleaner and take steps to reduce waste. 
As we in this industry know, bringing together thousands of people can create a great deal of waste and emissions. However, we can make conscious decisions every day, at every event, to make sure we are doing all that we can to make our events environmentally friendly.

Read the original article here.


Lanyon Selected to Power GBTA’s Worldwide Events

Posted by Lanyon on 05/02/2016

Dallas, Texas (April 28, 2016) — Lanyon, a global leader in meetings, events and travel software, today announced that the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has selected the company’s RegOnline® software to power their global events. The agreement reinforces Lanyon’s commitment to provide best-in-class software to the association marketplace.


How Dreamforce Mastered Event Registration With Salesforce’s Scott Owens

Posted by Lanyon on 04/25/2016

Salesforce, the world’s leading CRM technology provider, is one of the most recognizable names in the tech industry. And with over 172,000 attendees, their flagship event, Dreamforce, is the largest software conference on Earth. They’re also a Lanyon customer.


PCMA Convene – 5 Tips to Max Out Your Mobile Event App – April 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 04/11/2016

If you’ve attended an event, or even walked around any street recently, it’s a safe bet you saw a lot of folks walking around with their heads down, eyes trained on their smartphones, thumbs busily scrolling up and down their screens.

What’s so awesome about their phones? Most likely, they were engaged with an app. 


...read the original article here.


Dallas Business Journal — RealPage exec joins Lanyon as president, COO — March 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 03/22/2016

Dallas Business Journal — RealPage exec joins Lanyon as president, COO — March 2016
Meetings, events and travel software company Lanyon has hired Dirk Wakeham as its president and chief operating officer.
Wakeham joins Dallas-based Lanyon from RealPage Inc. (Nasdaq: RP), a rental housing software business headquartered in Carrollton. During his five years as president of RealPage, Wakeham lead the company through an initial public offering and grew revenue to more than $300 million.

...read the original article here.


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