Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Planning Factory blog has a new home!

Come follow us at:

http://pfi.tumblr.com/

 
Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, April 9, 2012

Calling all Girly-Girls

Sephora is getting a makeover! A Digital Makeover, that is.

Starting today, Sephora is expanding its digital presence with iPads in stores, Pinterest "Pin it" buttons on its website, and expanded Instagram / Facebook / Tumblr / Twitter presence.

What are your thoughts on their digital expansion? Are they at the forefront of a new tech push, or is this something that they should have done a long time ago?

Are there any corporations / websites that you think are doing a great job of expanding the digital tech / social media movement?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, April 6, 2012

Big Event, Part 2


Did you guess it? We were at Desserts by Dana's Dream Wedding (Networking) Evening! Check out Chef Dana's blog for more details, or stop by and try some of The Sugar Daddy's awesome desserts! We're always thrilled to work with him :-)

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Big Event, Part 1


PFI has been working on a big event this week... any guesses as to what? Just a couple of teaser photos for you... there's always more on our Facebook page. Answers tomorrow!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Instagram

Ok, ok, we admit... we're still a bit behind in the times... not all of us use iPhones. The PFI office is filled with BlackBerrys. (We blame the close geographic influence of D.C.!)

However, we're loving the Instagram craze that's going on right now. (If only they had a BlackBerry app!) Since a lot of people post to Twitter, we'd love to get some great Twitter accounts for us to follow. Any great Instagram / Twitter feeds we should know about?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Are you Square?

Has anyone used (or been to a vendor that uses) the Square card reader? We're thinking about using it because:
1. The iPad / iPhone app is free.
2. The Square reader is free (and has free shipping!).
3. The merchant fees (2.75%) are pretty standard.

We know a few vendors that use-- and love-- Square, but we're looking for feedback from the other end. Has anyone had any experience-- good OR bad-- with Square?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hotel Tonight

Have we talked about Hotel Tonight before? We're totally in love with this app! It's available for Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad). Need a last minute hotel room? They've got you covered! Decided to party too hard in New York? Stay overnight! Missed a flight? Stay overnight!

... or you could take the route totally recommended by a PFI staffer... plan an entire vacation minus the hotel rooms, and book through Hotel Tonight! (If she had done that, she would have saved $500 for a 4-day weekend.) Some deals are better than others... weeknights are better than weekends, and holidays are all expensive. Still, dying to try a boutique hotel (like Room Mate Grace)? This may be the way to do it!

Check it out... but be sure to let us know first! We both get free credits (aka money toward that boutique hotel) if we invite you. Anyone?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tumblr

As everyone is well aware, PFI & PFB are trying to increase their social media presence. We have our Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages, but no Tumblr. Is it something we should consider adding? Or should we switch from Blogger to Tumblr?

Thoughts, PFI Fans? Are there pros and cons to either we should consider?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pinterest

We know there's been a lot about Pinterest in the news these days, but we've been using it for a while, and we're so happy with it! Check out our PFI Pinterest site and become one of our followers!

If you're planning an event with us, and you use Pinterest, let us know. We can create a custom board just for you to collaborate on ideas! We're also happy to give an invite to anyone who needs one.

Happy Pinning...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sandalista

With the PFB offices in Bermuda, we sure do spend a lot of time in warm weather! That's why we're in love with Sandalista-- a custom-sandal company! Whether you want to upload your own artwork and create sandals unique to you, or just browse the collection of artwork online, these sandals will get everyone talking! We can't wait to order a pair-- or three!

Another great recommendation from Cher! Hmm... maybe she needs her own website recommendation section of the blog! Thoughts?


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bling!

Looking to add a little glitz and glamour to your everyday life? Then we have the website for you!
Blingisthenewblack.com allows you to custom-design tee-shirts, add bling to the bottom of your heels (new or old!) and more!

This website is one of Cher's new favorites, and we can see why! Wouldn't a glittery, bling-y EVE2013 tee-shirt look fabulous?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another of Cher's favorites!


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, March 26, 2012

Last Week of March Madness!

March and March Madness is wrapping up... and so is PFI's contest! Don't forget to "like" our Facebook page and get started on your entry!

Best of luck to you, and your favorite teams!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Bio

Well, we've run through half of our PFI staff, and we're sorely lacking time to get new Q&As up each week! We'll be back as soon as we can with our Friday staff member Q&A... in the meantime, you can vote to tell us who you'd like to read about next!



Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Bermuda Photos Up


Have you seen all the new photos up on Planning Factory Bermuda's Facebook page? We've put a couple of new albums up over the past few weeks... they're our most "electric" yet!

Check out the photos and let us know what your favorites our! We've got a busy two weeks coming up, in Bermuda and the States... stay tuned for hot-off-the-camera photos!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stress-Free Planning

We've found a great new site to follow... Mind, Body, Green. (Not that it typically has anything to do with design or event planning, but who doesn't love a great wellness blog?)

Well, while doing our daily scan, we found a fascinating article called "6 Tips For Stress-Free Wedding Planning." It may as well be called "6 Tips for Stress-Free Event Planning"-- the sentiments are universal!

We especially love "accept the stress and anxiety, but don't feed into it." Any big event in your life-- whether you're doing it on your own, or (hopefully) working with us is going to be stressful. (Part of our job is to reduce YOUR stress levels!)

Got any hot tips for us on how to stay calm and focused for big events?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great Amtrak Deals

It's that time of year again... Amtrak is offering a killer deal for those of us in PA / DE... one-way tickets to NYC from Phila is $25, and one-way from Wilmington is $29, between May 1st-23rd!

If you want to take advantage of this deal, you have to book by March 22nd-- Thursday! There's no time to waste... what are you waiting for?

We'll certainly be taking advantage of this killer deal... who doesn't love a long spring weekend in New York?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, March 19, 2012

Facebook and Work... Good or Bad?

Now for years, there's been a debate raging over social media use and its appropriateness at work. If you follow the PFI Facebook page, you know we're all over social media, twittering and posting links and pictures several times each day. Of course that's a work account... but if you look closely, you may see team members "liking" certain PFI / PFB status updates from their own accounts :-)

Well, that may no longer be the biggest issue any longer. Some prospective employers are now requesting Facebook log-in information if your personal profile isn't public. What do you think-- acceptable background check, or crossing a line?

As for us... we're staying out of this debate, for now. We don't care what information you choose to share with us-- we're going to share everything with you! Don't forget to check out our pages for updates on March Madness, recent events, and other exclusive tidbits...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Almost Spring...

... and you know what that means! The first day of Spring-- next Tuesday, April 20th-- is free Italian (water) ice day at Rita's!

We know where we'll be on Tuesday-- taking a break from our busy schedules to celebrate Spring! Are there any other Spring rituals you partake in-- like Spring Cleaning? Perhaps it's time for us to spring clean our warehouse... but Rita's is so much more enjoyable!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PFB Warehouse




Doesn't the new Planning Factory Bermuda Warehouse look fantastic? We're so excited to see it up and running! Be sure to check out PFB's Facebook page for all the latest happenings down there...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Facebook Timeline

Has everyone switched their Facebook accounts to Timeline yet? We have! We've had great fun playing with all the new features and changing our cover photos-- maybe the best part of the new layout.

If you're not following us yet, you should be-- Facebook is where we're keeping everyone updated on our March Madness promotion!

Any fun Timeline tips to share with us?


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Travel Deal Alert

It's almost April, and that means Virgin America service is almost here at PHL! They'll be offering daily service to LAX & SFO. Or, if you're lucky, maybe you'll be able to grab a connecting flight to PDX.

If you have a Twitter account and an American Express card, you should take advantage of this great deal-- register your AMEX card and get 10% a Virgin America flight (through 3/31). (There are other great deals, too, if you don't have travel plans any time soon...)

Just be forewarned... Virgin has had some problems with its online booking system since it went through a server change last fall. Check and double-check your tickets... and happy travels!


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, March 12, 2012

PPT vs... ?

Happy Monday, everyone!

We've been looking into new presentation materials lately-- we're always trying to see what's new and better out there. And let's face it, PowerPoint is so last decade.

Here are two options we've found recently that we're loving:
--Prezi
--SlideRocket

We love Prezi because of its unique design, but SlideRocket uses cloud software, so we never have to worry about forgetting our flash drive!

Which of these programs do you use? Are there any new ones you can recommend to us?


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bio Friday: Cher


Read on below for Cher's bio, and check back in a few weeks for a Q&A session with our leading lady!

Cher Przelomski: CEO, Planning Factory International; VP, Planning Factory Bermuda

Cher pioneered the industry since 1982, becoming a Founding Member of ISES at its inception. Cher has served the industry in various capacities, most notably as VP of Education in 1990 and 1991, under whose leadership the first Certification Program was written and implemented, and as President of the Foundation Board of Education. Cher led various ISES committees and spoke at Chapters nationwide, has been a repeat speaker at The Special Event as well as for other industry and business organizations.

Cher and PFI won (4) first-place Awards at TSE for Tabletop Design, the ISES Spirit of Excellence Award and nominations for both Gala and Espirit Awards. Cher’s community service includes The Pedro Project (see YouTube), in which the PFI’s 25th anniversary was celebrated by leading her community to rebuild a home for a man rendered a paraplegic through an act of violence.

Cher’ Design and Production Company staff are highly trained event professionals; PFI is celebrating its 30th year in business during 2012. In 2008, Cher opened Planning Factory Bermuda with her Bermudian partner, Kathryn Massa. Now the leading event marketing and management firm on island, PFB is producing corporate events and meetings for on-island clients such as Bacardi, HSBC and the Bermuda Insurance Institute, and serving the client needs of local hotels and incoming Incentive or Meeting groups, particularly at Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa. PFB was recently engaged by the Maritime Museum as their exclusive Event Management Company.

What has made PFI/PFB one of the most successful and in-demand companies in the US and Bermuda is Cher’s knowledgeable yet personal approach to marketing and networking combined with her commitment to quality, service and education.


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, March 8, 2012

PFB Thursday


We spend a lot of time talking about ourselves... it's time we shared the spotlight with PFB! From now on, we're going to try and feature Planning Factory Bermuda on the blog at least once a week, starting with Thursdays.

The photos above and below are of our new warehouse in Bermuda. With its opening, we've doubled our storage space to almost 6,000 square feet! Above, we're doing a little bit of cleaning before move-in. The construction shot below gives you a good idea of how much space we have!

Stay tuned for "action" shots of the warehouse in use next week...

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New PFB photos up!

We know we've been encouraging you to "like" PFI on Facebook, especially for our March Madness event. But do you "like" Planning Factory Bermuda as well?

PFB always has some amazing events in the works. They've just posted photos of a huge corporate anniversary event--which is one of the most visually stunning things we've ever done (if we do say so ourselves!). No teaser photos this time-- get on over to PFB's page and check them out yourself!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Travel Reminder

For all those of you who do a lot of traveling: This past weekend, the Continental-United merger went into full effect. This means, among other things, all Continental flights are now branded as United flights, under United flight numbers. If you booked a trip on Continental that you have yet to take, be sure to confirm everything on United's website.

Also, all OnePass frequent filer miles will be converted to United Mileage Plus miles, with a NEW member number. Though the transition will be tricky, this is good news for us Philadelphians / Delawareans. US Airways, which is the largest airline at PHL, codeshares with United as a part of Star Alliance. This merger increases the number of flights from the PA-NJ-NY area we can earn frequent flier miles on!

Safe and happy travels!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, March 5, 2012

We're Back!

Welcome back to the PFI blog! We apologize for the lack of posts lately, but we've been crazy-busy around the office, with new events to plan, and of course, our new March Madness promotion!

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks... as well as a re-design of the PFI blog!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Madness Facebook Promotion!!!

March Madness Facebook PromotionLink

During the month of March 2012, Planning Factory International is offering a special FACEBOOK FAN online promotion! Available to current Planning Factory International Facebook Fans and/or newbie’s who “like” us during the month of March, this online giveaway is NOT something you’re going to want to miss!

LIKE IT:
Each NEW person who “likes” Planning Factory International during the month of March 2012 will be entered into a drawing for a “Night on the Town.” This prize includes: Dinner for two at World Café Live at the Queen Theater and (2) Tickets to a Show at World Café Live. (Note: Some date restrictions may apply.) The “Night on the Town” drawing will be held on Monday, April 2, 2012 and winner announced via Facebook.

LEAD IT:
Each CURRENT or NEW Planning Factory International Facebook Fan who refers Planning Factory International to a potential client (Friend, Family Member, Coworker, etc.) for an active job on or before Friday, March 30, 2012 will be entered into our “Weekend Away “ – a weekend for two at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa, a 5-Star Property in BERMUDA! If you refer us, please let us know you’ve done so by contacting kate@planningfactory.com. If you supply us with confirming information, you’ll be entered in the drawing! (Note: Some date restrictions may apply.) The “Weekend Away ” drawing will be held on Monday, May 1, 2012 and winner announced via Facebook.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Inspiration Board

The hot new thing at the PFI office? Our inspiration board! We're just starting out, but already we have photos, magazine clippings, future conferences, and more posted. Plus, many more things are clipped and ready to be pinned!

Does anyone else keep an inspiration board? What do you have on it?

Don't forget, you can always check out our Pinterest page-- a virtual pinboard!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, February 16, 2012

QR Code


That's right, Planning Factory has a new QR code! Download the QR app to your phone (if you haven't already) and see where you link to!

For those of you that live in Wilmington, have you seen our QR banner anywhere? (Hint: If you follow our Facebook page, you already know.)

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Special Event

Recently, some PFI / PFB team members attended The Special Event conference in Tampa, FL.

Next year's conference has been announced: January 15-18, 2013 in Chicago, IL-- and we're going! Who else is planning on attending? And where is everyone staying?

More scoop on Tampa's conference coming later. To find out more about The Special Event, go here.


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Planning Factory Daily

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

PFI has a new newspaper, The Planning Factory Daily! All the latest and greatest headlines chosen especially for our PFI fans, with topics we think you'll enjoy.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Were there any stories or sections you particularly enjoyed? Anything you want to see more of? Less of?


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Eve

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day-- and one of the biggest days of the year for marriage proposals!

Are you planning on proposing to that special someone-- if not tomorrow, than sometime soon? If so, PFI wants to hear from you! We're looking to speak to people in committed relationships (particularly the one who would be doing the proposing) about proposal planning. If you'd be interested in speaking with us, e-mail: kate@planningfactory.com

Happy (early) Valentine's Day to Everyone!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, February 10, 2012

Meet Jenna!

Job title: Intern


Hometown: Pottstown Pennsylvania


How You got involved with PF: applied during the summer of 2011 for an internship and fell in love with the people and the business

Favorites:
Favorite Food – ALL FOOD but maybe if I have to pick one….Strawberries

Favorite Animal – Tiger

Favorite City – Berlin

Favorite Holiday – Halloween

Favorite Movie – Love Me If You Dare (it’s a French comedy)


Fun Fact:
I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Beyonce and a much more healthy obsession with candles.


Thing you're most looking forward to about 2012:

Graduating College!!!

Best event / favorite PF memory:
It was a weekday afternoon at PFI and Kate is sitting in her office directly across from me talking to Cher who is standing behind her. Ann sneaks out of her office with a 5’ long toy snake and whips it into Kate’s office. It lands on Kate’s desk and there’s about a 3 second delay while Kate does a double take before she completely loses it. Arms and legs flying, Kate is now doing a wheelie on her chair and simultaneously screaming bloody murder. However, the icing on the cake is that while Kate is falling back and about to fall off the chair, Cher takes one step forward with her arms stretched out to catch Kate and then immediately thinks better of it and steps back. Luckily, there was no injury to report, only a broken chair. Quite a show.


Favorite Event Décor

This is a toughie but the first event I ever worked with PFI was the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences Gala and it was stunning. Everything was so natural that it made the event so very enjoyable and relaxing to work.



Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Winter Travels


Got the winter blahs? (Especially with the snow forecast for this weekend?) It may be time to plan a winter getaway to somewhere warm... (maybe Bermuda to visit the PFB staff?!)

Chris Elliott's Insider has a great post today about cruise planning and purchasing. What we love the most? He lists pros and cons for all the various ways of booking a cruise, so you can make an informed decision and choose the option best for you.

Anywhere in particular your winter travels (or daydreams) are taking you?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

2012 Trends

Well, now that we're more than a month into the new year... time to think about Event Trends for 2012!

What does everyone think of this list? Do you think it's accurate? We like the Event Dashboard idea... but Twitter?! Was Twitter so 2011? #weighin

What event trends would you like to see PFI implement this year? (Besides proposal planning, of course!)

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New PFI Event Photos


Last night, the PFI team installed Asian-inspired lounges for a winter ball. Check out all 5 different lounge setups on our Facebook page!

Each one was so different... but this one is a staff favorite. The cherry blossom screen is just stunning!

Which "lounge" was your favorite?

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, February 6, 2012

New PFB photos up!


Planning Factory Bermuda has some great new event photos up on their Facebook page.
Just look at the gorgeous table settings at Queen's Exhibit Hall! Have you checked them out yet?

Both the PFI and PFB Facebook pages have some great event photos up... let's see some comments on them! You can find more on our Pinterest page as well!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday!

PFI bios is taking a break this week, as our PFI / PFB teams are doing a lot of traveling for events!

Safe travels to everyone, and (for those of you not working), enjoy the weekend!


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Restaurant Week

It's our favorite time of year again! No, not Groundhog day! Philadelphia Restaurant Week!

If you haven't been paying attention, Restaurant Week offers 3-course lunches for $20 and 3-course dinners for $35, at more than 100 restaurants in Center City. But it all ends tomorrow! Hurry and make a reservation... we recommend Zento!

Got any great foodie-recommendations for us?

(Hot tip: if you're not into the Restaurant Week scene, La Calaca Feliz just opened in Fairmount and is supposed to be amazing!)

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Best of Delaware

Delawarians: (Or everyone, really!)

Please help make Planning Factory a multi-year winner-- vote for us at "Best of Delaware 2012."
Check out our great review on Delaware Today's website (the sponsor of BoD) and vote for us in the "Event-Wedding Planner" category!

Thanks for your support! We couldn't be the best without our great vendors and clients :-)

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EVEWilmington

Today is the LAST day to get your EVE2013 tickets for only $99!

Don't miss out on this amazing offer-- regular early bird prices will apply in the fall! Go to EVEWilmington to book your tickets-- you have until 11:59pm!

Looking forward to seeing you at EVE2013!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tour the PFI office... Part 3

Last photos in this series... for now. Just wait until we dig out the photos of the PFI warehouse!

The front conference room... and more samples, doubling as curtains!

Ann's office...
The back desk. In the main office, there's 3: one for Lindsay, one for Jenna, and one more... (mine, when I'm there!)

Stay tuned for the aforementioned photos, and for a tour of PFB!


Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Friday, January 27, 2012

Meet Kate!

Job title: Meetings & Experience Manager

Hometown: Rochester, NY

How she got involved with Planning Factory: "I read an article about Planning Factory in an (ah-hem) “oldish” edition of Delaware Today Magazine. I was immediately impressed and knew I wanted to work for that company! One thing led to another and I landed a summer internship and, well, the rest is history. Eight years later and I’m still here! (No longer the summer intern, thankfully!)"


Favorites:

- Cheese: Bulgarian Feta & Cambozola

- Drink: Dirty Martini with Blue Cheese Olives

- TV Show: Glee

- Event Equipment: Microphones & Walkie Talkies. Any of the PFI team members can tell you that I’m completely obsessed!

- Catch Phrase: “Sorry about your luck, Chuck!”

Least Favorite:

- Scary PFI Office Pranks:

o That time my office was plastered with animal photos and it took weeks to find each and every last picture!;

o The Halloween prop in the bathroom; it gets me every time!


Best event / favorite Planning Factory memory: I loved being a part of the Live 8 Concert in Philadelphia back in 2005. Planning Factory had the opportunity to decorate the VIP tents for the entertainers/musicians. It was the best/craziest/longest few days in the scorching summer heat, but it was an absolutely incredible experience to have been a part of!


Thing you're most looking forward to about 2012: I’m looking forward to celebrating Planning Factory’s 30th Anniversary this year. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what we plan on doing to celebrate later this year!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tour the PFI office... Part 2

First stop on today's tour... Cher's office! She is hard at work, as usual :-)


More of Cher's office. All of the artwork on the walls was painted by our art director / Cher's husband, Ed.


Kate's office! Note the EVEWilmington poster on the walls!

Stay tuned for the rest of the office next week!

Planning Factory International
www.planningfactory.com
302.656.8400