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Ms. McManaman

Megan McManaman

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Chadwick Martin Bailey

As CMB's Senior Product Marketing Manager, Megan McManaman works closely with CMB's practice leaders and clients to drive the firm's overall product and content strategy and build demand for CMB's solutions in new and existing markets. Ms. McManaman works with the firm's leading global clients including Aflac, Hilton Hotels, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Dell, to translate data into compelling narratives. A former research analyst, Ms. McManaman also leads CMB's self-funded Consumer Pulse initiative dedicated to exploring trends in mobile technology, travel, entertainment, and finance. Ms. McManaman earned her M.A. in Applied Sociology, with an emphasis in qualitative methods, from University of Massachusetts and her B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson College.

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Ms. McManaman can be contacted at 617-350-8922 or mmcmanaman@cmbinfo.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.