Are Your Holiday Party Plans Too Early?

Is it too early to start thinking about your company holiday party? Considering holiday decorations are already lining store shelves, the answer is a resounding no! There are plenty of great reasons you should already be plotting your Phoenix holiday party. According to business experts, this is a dynamite opportunity for employers to express their brand and culture in a significant way. Want to check the pulse of your startup? Unhinge your employees for a fun event that is anything but formal! Company parties are arguably one of the best ways to exercise team building. This is an opportunity for employees...

On August 21, 2014

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10 Awesome Cake Toppers

In our time coordinating events around the country, we have seen plenty of amazing cakes. Occasionally the real show stealer during dessert hour is what’s on top. Arguably the most fun & personalized way to commemorate the occasion, cake toppers have become a veritable art form in recent decades. We rounded up some of our favorite cake toppers to go viral. Check them out below! Best Day Ever A minimalist approach is always a great idea for a cake topper – it allows festivities to champion the day. This cute and modern approach is rather eye-popping, so it’s best to...

On August 20, 2014

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A Life-Long Mystery Solved: Decoding Music Industry Fees

by Jeff Lowy, President, Encore Creative Like so many millions of other “wannabes,” I started writing music when I was six or seven years old.  None of it was any good, but I was lucky and determined enough to get a recording contract when I was 19 and sold a couple of songs that were recorded on a major label, published, and distributed.  Dutifully, I joined BMI, in the hopes of having a hit on my hands and bazillions of dollars streaming into my bank account for years to come. Naturally, that never happened (it happens to one in more...

On April 25, 2014

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The Two Most Dangerous Phrases in the English Language

“If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” OR “We’ve Always Done it This Way” by Jeff Lowy, President Believe it or not, these are two of the most dangerous phrases anyone (especially a GM or Manager) in any organization can ever use. We all know the myriad of reasons why these phrases should never be used, how maddening they can be, and yet, we hear them all the time. The only one that’s better is “Its company policy.” Just what a customer wants to hear when they’re already angry over something that would likely take a second to fix. Now,...

On April 1, 2014

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In Loving Memory: Kevin Crowder

Last week we lost a member of the Encore Creative Family. Kevin Crowder was our Print Shop Manager & Fabricator, and was a loyal team member for over seven years. He will be remembered for his incredibly funny spirit and kind heart. Thank you Kevin for all that you did to make our company a success. We'll miss you Kevo, rest easy brother.

On March 25, 2014

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The most important question to ask any event planner. Ever.

By Jeff Lowy, President I recently read an article in BizBash about the 16 things to ask your event designer, and in typical BizBash fashion, their suggestions were spot-on and possibly a more intense than things I might think to ask an event design team. There are two major “types” of clients: social and corporate. Surprisingly, many of them have the same needs and would likely need to ask the same types of questions: budget questions, service questions, and an array of questions to determine what each party should expect of the other. This list has continued to grow over...

On March 13, 2014

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The Oscars: Expectations Vs. Reality

By Jeff Lowy, President Encore Creative I really can’t say with any degree of confidence (or humility) that I’m qualified to “judge” the quality of a nationally televised, enormous, bazillion dollar budget, watched by billions of people, awards ceremony, but since everyone has an opinion (and some of mine are pretty strong) I’ll weigh in on the Oscars as probably millions of bloggers across the universe have already done. Actually, I’m going to weigh in on the Oscars (and every other live television “event”) with the unique perspective of the meeting planner; mostly as it relates to our mutual expectations....

On March 5, 2014

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Easy or Better? The Evolution Of Event Planning

By Jeff Lowy, President Encore Creative We live in a new world (as it pertains to events of all types) at least when you’re looking at it from my perspective: that of an “in-denial,” yet hopelessly middle-aged businessperson whose company was founded before the advent of fax machines and desktop computers, let alone social media, tablets, and terms like “engagement,” or “experiential marketing.”  Seriously, I started my company with a pegboard accounting system (you youngsters will have to Google that one), two IBM Selectric typewriters, and a couple of phones with red “hold” buttons.  Thank God I’m not old enough...

On February 25, 2014

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What’s the Cost of Creativity?

By Jeff Lowy, President Encore Creative According to LinkedIn, two of the most overused words in resumes and in company names in the corporate world are “creativity” and innovative.  Synergy and passion are close seconds.  Yet, as I plead guilty to my company overusing both of these words, and actually include them in our name, along with hundreds of likely competitors, I wonder how much value, if any is placed on the creative process by meeting and event planners? As we all continue to strive for that next event, whether it be an “experiential” (another choice buzzword) branding event, synergistic...

On February 18, 2014

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