AVPartners has once again demonstrated their dedication to nurturing talent by appointing Michael Berger as Associate at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.
Previously the leading Technical Event Manager at the premier Sydney venue, Michael brings to the Associate role 13 years of AV industry experience.
The promotion will see Michael apply his knowledge of complex events and team leadership to a wider scope of operational responsibilities and day-to-day processes.
Regarding his promotion, Michael said, “I am looking forward to taking a more central role in AVPartners at the Four Seasons Hotel. I’m excited about the opportunity for continued growth and the new challenges I have yet to face in an industry that truly never gets old.”
Michael joined AVPartners in 2016 with the Sales Team and acknowledges the support of Venue Partner, Nigel Taylor, and Regional Partner, Teresa Amey, in his career progression.
Michael said, “AVPartners has allowed me to grow in not only my career but also on a personal level.”
AVPartners’ Partner at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Nigel Taylor, said, “It was important that whoever took on the role possessed strong leadership skills and an entrepreneurial approach; Michael has demonstrated this over the last three years and his promotion was an easy choice for management to make. I look forward to seeing him take on the responsibilities of his new role.”
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The newly-opened Sunshine Coast Convention Centre boasts the largest installed LED screen in Australia.
Five months after the grand opening of the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre (SCCC), in-house audiovisual provider AVPartners is delivering unprecedented event production services to the Sunshine Coast. AVPartners was involved throughout the planning and build of the $10 million purpose-built centre and has installed industry-leading audiovisual technology, the highlight of which is a staggering 24m-wide stage-to-ceiling LED screen.
The LED screen is the largest installed screen in Australia and is suspended on a custom track allowing it to be separated into multiple configurations. This technology caters for the traditional 16:9 content right through to the ultra-wide 24m screen, with tailored media bringing endless concepts for branding and event experiences to life. When in its full size, the screen boasts an 8K resolution width.
AVPartners’ Partner Ritchie Harland said, “The sheer scale of the screen and the incredible colour replication means client content is delivered exactly as envisioned with phenomenal success. We’re excited to be working with this state-of-the-art technology and creating unforgettable events for our clients.”
Event experiences can be created from the moment guests approach the Arrivals lounge, which is an immense 400sq metre area featuring high sloping ceilings, luxurious relaxed seating, an impressive 5m x 3m LED screen, digital signage and secretariat — all of which can be customised to suit a client’s needs and tailored by AVPartners’ expert stylists.
The tropical regional setting of the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre provides a point of difference to the facilities found in major cities and convention centres.
“Guests are stunned every time they step out of their events into the natural oasis surrounding the centre,” Mr Harland said. “The setting becomes part of the event experience and is completely unique to the Sunshine Coast.”
AVPartners provides the technology, style and expertise to deliver flexible, transformative and unique events from conferences to gala dinners, trade shows and exhibitions and social events.
As AVPartners were involved with the architects and builders during the design and development of the convention centre, installed audiovisual technology is seamlessly integrated into the venue.
North-East Queensland regional partner for AVPartners Andrew Delangen said, “Being involved from the very beginning allowed us to put forward design ideas to provide a safer, faster, cleaner and future-proof product.
“This provides the client with flawless event execution, and means no matter where guests are positioned in a room, they will experience the clearest sound and unforgettable visuals, whether it is an event for 20 people or a thousand.”
Ritchie and his team of Technical Event Managers, Stylists and Technicians are thrilled to be putting their abilities and technology on display this coming November when the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre will be hosting the Queensland Tourism Awards.
The event is a huge win for the Sunshine Coast and is one AVPartners is delighted to be a part of.
About Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort
The Sunshine Coast Convention Centre is the ultimate conference, meeting and event venue destination, located within natural beauty of bush and beach at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. The premier convention and event destination combines a world-class business and leisure venue with event expertise to create unique experiences. Industry-leading facilities cater for groups, organisations and associations across a wide range of industries and interests. With fresh air and fresh ideas, we offer a flexible new way to conference, curating unforgettable unique experiences which are outside the box and creatively integrate indoor and open spaces with world-class technology, hospitality and services.
Delivering Wonder-Full experiences and smart business outcomes. Step outside the box, this is not your average convention centre, discover more at https://sunshineccc.com/
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AVPartners continues to thrive on promoting from within by appointing Jovan Singh as Partner at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.
In early 2019, AVPartners was appointed the in-house audiovisual provider for Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, and with this Jovan was offered the role of Partner.
Previously in an associate role, the promotion has seen Jovan take his technical event knowledge and strong management skills to new heights as he leads the team at the luxury Sydney hotel.
Thrilled to be part of the project from the very beginning, Jovan said, “It was a highlight for me being able to build the venue from scratch, including my fantastic team.”
With an AV career spanning 12 years, Jovan commenced his career with AVPartners as a Senior Technician in 2015 and has progressed quickly in just over four years. In 2016 he was promoted to Operations Manager and then was awarded the Associate position in 2017.
Regarding his recent promotion, Jovan said, “I was excited to take the next step in the company and be entrusted to run my own venue. I am very proud to be an equity partner in this business.
“So far I found the role to be a huge learning opportunity. I feel I have grown in both my personal and management skills in the short time I have been in the new role.”
An outside-the-box thinker and problem-solver, Jovan enjoys the versatility of the events industry, and that no two days are the same. In reference to evolving technologies, Jovan said, “The AV industry is ever-changing and I like that AVPartners is at the forefront of it.”
AVPartners’ NSW Regional Partner, Teresa Amey, said, “Jovan was the perfect candidate for this position; he has proved himself with every new challenge and I have no doubt he will flourish in this leadership role.”
AVPartners is an unrivalled provider of fully integrated event solutions to premier conferencing and event venues in Australia. AVPartners delivers superior technical production and audiovisual technology, tailored event design and styling, with teams of highly-skilled industry professionals.
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Leading audiovisual company AVPartners has once again demonstrated their commitment to promoting from within by appointing Mat Brooke as Technical Director at Crown Perth.
Previously a Senior Technician at the popular Perth venue, the promotion will see Mat continue to use his technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to create event concepts which exceed client expectations.
Mat commenced his career with AVPartners as a Trainee Technician in April 2012, and in six short years has progressed to a leadership position.
Regarding his promotion, Mat said, “I had no idea six years ago that I would have been able to progress so much within one company. AVPartners is a supportive network of passionate audiovisual people, and I’m ecstatic to be able to continue to grow and advance with them.”
AVPartners’ Partner at Crown Perth, Daniel Watters, said, “Mat is an extremely hard worker which has made his advancement through the ranks at AVPartners an easy decision for management to make. I look forward to seeing him take on the responsibilities of his new role.”
AVPartners and Crown Perth have enjoyed a partnership for several years. AVPartners provides AV support for conferences and events at the venue and professional technical assistance for delegates.
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Leading audiovisual service provider AVPartners has appointed Ben Davis to a sales role at Crown Perth.
With over 12 years experience in the industry, Ben brings his unique skill set and passion for events into his new role.
Ben previously worked as a Technical Director at the venue. Ben has extensive experience in the day to day running of audio, visual and lighting, along with coordinating staff, event set up and pack down, and liaising with clients.
His new role will see Ben nurture and build on client relationships while creating event concepts to suit their AV needs.
Commenting on his new role, Ben said, “I’m excited to work with our loyal clients on creative and innovative events in this new capacity. Of course, I’m also eager to welcome new clients to our venue where I know we will exceed their expectations.”
AVPartners’ Partner at Crown Perth, Daniel Watters, said, “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of Ben’s evolution here with AVPartners. He is great at what he does and brings a lot of creativity to his work. I have no doubt that he will continue to impress in his new role too.”
AVPartners and Crown Perth have enjoyed a partnership for several years. AVPartners provides AV support for conferences and events at the location and professional technical assistance for delegates.
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Your event doesn’t need to be confined to the walls of your event space. Using the right tools and technology, you can grow your next event so that it reaches people all across the country… and even the world!
The trick is to get people involved and engaged online. Here’s how to do it.
Choose the right webcast technology
Running a webcast of your event is the perfect way to encourage people who are unable to attend your event in person to get involved. Webcast technology can be incorporated into your event plan from the very beginning of your planning process. To make sure your online guests feel involved on the day, prioritise your webcast just as you would prioritise choosing your event space, organising your seating plan and planning your guest list. To really embrace your online guests on they day, consider having your MC and speakers address them directly.
A great AV team like AVPartners will use state-of-the-art technology to put the guest experience first. AVPartners will also step you through the planning process and ensure that your webcast is set up in a way that allows people from anywhere in the world to attend.
Use live polling
Live polling is a great way to engage with your online audience on the day of your event. It can be used during your Q&A session or anytime throughout the event to keep your guests from around the country and globe interested and involved.
Use an event app
Using an event app can strengthen the involvement and engagement of your online event guests. Apps like Whova and Grupio can keep your attendees up-to-date with your event agenda and special event announcements. Some apps even offer surveys and contests to engage online attendees as well as networking capabilities to help your online guests socialise with each other.
Create an event hashtag
Using a hashtag is a simple way to encourage online conversation about your event. A hashtag that is exclusive to your event can help you to build brand awareness with the people that matter by igniting discussion about your event across social media.
Make an event video
Using the right video technology can really bring your event to life online. By choosing a team of experts to create your event video, you can build a buzz around your brand and build anticipation for the next time your event is held. Sharing an event video online is also a great way to display the experience of your event with people in other cities and countries.
Share your event on social media
Social media is the perfect tool to create a buzz before, after and during your event. Social media is global in nature so using it gives you the ability to reach people far and wide. Leading up to the event, social media can be used to share content that builds anticipation for the event to attract online attendees. Posting live video snippets and images during the event is a great way to include people online. Sharing some highlights after the event is a great way to build buzz for the next time you run your event.
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Business dinners are a great way to combine relaxed fun and entertainment with professionalism and networking. They offer guests a chance to mingle, catch up, and learn more about each other in a more casual environment than the office or board meeting scene.
A business dinner might be planned to celebrate milestones; to thank and recognise clients, customers or staff; to introduce new products, services, or ideas; or simply to continue with long-standing traditions. They offer guests a chance to let their hair down while also cementing your brand identity in their minds.
Some things to keep in mind when planning a business dinner to impress include:
First things first – a great venue will delight your guests as soon as they arrive. Perhaps the venue is in a gorgeous location, is modern, sleek or awe-inspiring. Ensure your guests enter your business dinner with a smile on their face.
For a business dinner, an engaging or classy choice of entertainment is best, such as a presentation by a motivational speaker, or a smooth and slow band to set the mood.
Impressive food doesn’t need to be oysters or caviar. Your chosen venue may offer dining specialties that can give your dinner a point of difference. Often, the most impressive options involve presenting tried and true favourites in new ways.
AV and styling
Advances in audiovisual technology mean there are endless ways to inspire guests at a business dinner. From lighting up the tables in your brand colours, to projecting your logo onto the walls – there are no shortage of ways to thrill. Add this to themed styling and decor, and your guests will be talking about this dinner for weeks to come!
Contact us today to start planning your next business dinner!
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A panel discussion is a great way to bring together influential speakers at an event to offer their advice, stories, and expertise to the event attendees. The audience is given a chance to ask thought-provoking questions and get different perspectives in real time. Panel discussions are a great inclusion to many events, however they do require a bit of planning to ensure success.
Here’s what you need to know to hold an engaging panel discussion at your next event:
Mix up your panelists
To ensure you have adequate diversity in your panel, make sure to include people with various opinions, backgrounds, industries, specialisations, ages, and experiences. This will mean your audience can benefit from a range of knowledge, and it also means your panelists won’t be competing with one another.
Choose an engaging moderator
A moderator is an important part of a panel discussion. They will introduce each speaker, ask questions and direct attention to certain people or topics. The moderator keeps the discussion on track and flowing, so it’s best to choose wisely. Ideally you want someone who can get the most out of the panelists while having a little fun with the audience.
It’s a good idea to prepare early and choose panel questions well ahead of schedule, giving each panelist time to prepare their answers. Make sure the moderator and panelists have input, this will make them feel valued during the process.
Set the stage
Generally speaking, panel discussions are on a stage with panelists seated on a lounge or chairs facing the audience. It’s best practice to not have them sit behind a desk as it can cut off the open flow of communication. It’s a good idea to check with your AV provider about what AV is required, such as spotlight lighting, fixed desktop microphones, lapel microphones or a shared wireless microphone that can be passed along to each speaker. At AVPartners we have an exciting ‘Question & Answer’ product called Catchbox. It’s the world’s first ‘soft throwable microphone’, allowing easy and fun audience participation, discussion and most importantly, encouraging engagement.
Using a reputable AV provider will ensure the panelists are successfully seen and heard, and that their messages are conveyed effectively to the audience.
Contact us today to start planning your panel discussion!
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Using social media to promote an event builds a buzz before the event, attracts attendees to your event and increases the level of engagement at the event. But promotion shouldn’t stop once the event has passed; social media can also be used to extend relationships with customers afterwards.
Popular platforms for brands promoting events and building communities include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and many more.
Use smartphones and social media to help with event planning
When planning an event, smartphones and social media can be used in several ways to ease some aspects of the planning process. Event planning apps can keep you on track and there are also several apps you can use to coordinate ticket sales.
Have a social media wall at your event
Another good idea to incorporate social media into your event is to have a social media wall, harnessing the power of social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This gives all attendees the opportunity to participate and be part of the conversation and fun.
Encourage audience involvement during the event
By giving your audience ways to participate and interact such as through social media, it can help keep their focus and attention on the presentation. More and more events are incorporating interactive tools such as event apps, real time polling, surveys and messaging so presenters, sponsors and event organisers can open up the dialogue, share information, and receive and answer questions instantly.
What are your favourite ways to use social media at events? Let us know!
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Styling an event can be the most exciting part of event planning! This is where you get to choose the look and feel of your event. It’s an important part of the event planning process as it lays the foundation for how guests will experience the event.
At AVPartners we’ve helped create nearly every event theme or style you can think of – from the Oscars, to Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge, Masquerade and many more. Event styling incorporates furniture, decor, centrepieces and table layouts, props, audiovisual and digital elements. It takes your guests on a journey, showcasing your theme, your branding and your ideas.
We’ve wrapped up some of our best blog posts to help you style and impress your guests at your next event:
Use colour creatively
When deciding on the styling for your event, it’s important to consider the role that colours play in creating atmosphere. The colours you choose, be it for your decor or your lighting, say a lot about your event message, brand, and theme. Colours can leave your guests with an even deeper appreciation of your event.
Wow your guests
What type of centrepieces will wow your guests? Special consideration should go into all visual aspects of your event, big and small. Including customised lighting, such as gobo lighting, to match the theme or style of your event is a simple yet hugely effective way to make a difference to the overall look and feel.
Use a set piece
A set piece is a backdrop added to a stage for a production or event. It can vary from a simple branded backdrop right through to sophisticated projection mapping. The only limit is your imagination! A set piece can also help with a quick room turn around depending on the venue. For example, a band can be pre-set behind a set piece. Set pieces allow for a visual transformation sure to impress event delegates and make for easier and more impactful transitions between event elements.
Let us help style your next event! Contact us today.
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