Celebrating 10 Years!
Feb
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Watching Out for Hidden A/V and Production CostsAs an event planner, you probably learned the hard way about $80-per-gallon coffee service or $1,000-per-day Internet access. But you still might not be aware of the hidden costs associated with A/V and production. Or, you may think they are just the cost of doing business. Before you plan another event or embark upon any contract negotiations, read this article. I guarantee it will save you some money… Read the full article, written by OnCue Staging’s co-founder Jim Tzitzura, at Texas Meeting + Events.
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Sep
19

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Transform Your Next Event - Transitions Are The Trick  As most event planners know, you spend a lot of time and money managing what happens on stage during an event, and how the audience will perceive it.  You painstakingly plan every detail from creating a theme, securing speakers, choosing music and delivering PowerPoint presentations. However, there is a critical knot that ties everything together that often gets overlooked, an element that can make or break your event—TRANSITIONS.  Event transitions are the process of changing from one situation to another on stage.  These are little details that make a big impact. (more…)
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Sep
11

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OnCue Staging In The NewsRead a recent article profiled in Texas Meetings + Events Magazine on Rightsizing Your A/V and Production Needs, written by OnCue Staging’s co-founder Jim Tzitzura.  Also, check out the RFP templates located on the Event Planners page. Texas Meeting + Events Article
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Jul
27

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Seating Tips for Your Event - What Works Best?“Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Our program will begin in five minutes.”  Well, only if you have set up your room and it is show ready. That leads to an important question that many meeting planners have asked me over the years: How should we set up the seating? (more…)
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Jul
11

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Optimize PowerPoint for Any Event - Big or SmallYou’ve probably seen clothing that’s marked “one size fits all.” Unfortunately, it rarely does. The same is true of PowerPoint presentations. And it’s true about more than just size. It’s also true of fonts, colors, embedded objects, and projection vs. print quality. So, how do you make sense of it all? (more…)
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Jul
3

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Is New Event Technology Always Better?A wise man once said, “When you’re dealing with technology, it’s better to be on the cutting edge than the bleeding edge.” Technology shouldn’t make people bleed, should it? As an A/V and production company, OnCue Staging is all about technology—the latest and greatest technology to hit the market. But just because it’s “new” doesn’t mean it’s better. We’ve found it isn’t always the best idea to run out and buy something as soon as it hits the market. So, when should you use new event technology? (more…)
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Jun
11

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Five Tips for Event Planners to Control the “Out-Of-Control”  If you’ve been in the A/V and production business for a while, you’ve already heard this story. A client tells his A/V vendor that he’s worried the event might not go off exactly as planned, and the A/V vendor says, “Don’t worry, we’ve screwed up much bigger events than this.” It’s funny because it’s true. We’ve all had something go wrong, and sometimes something goes very wrong. If an A/V and production company tells you that nothing has ever gone wrong at one of its events, turn and run because you’ve
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Apr
11

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Batteries? Who Cares About Batteries at an Event?For event planners, I’m sure changing batteries in a microphone is the farthest thing from your mind, as it should be.  I’m sure you think it’s one of those details that somebody else takes care of, not you. But, batteries are probably one of the most important details when it comes to presentations at an event. (more…)
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Apr
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Going the Extra Mile...All the Way to ShanghaiNow a days, everyone is talking about customer service. How customer service can make or break a company. It’s what separates the good companies from the bad. But what exactly does that mean?  As a principal of an AV and production company, OnCue Staging, I think about this all the time.  At our company, we believe that just delivering a good customer service isn’t enough. We believe in showing, not telling. (more…)
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Jan
18

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When to Start Planning Your EventOnCue Staging can jump into the meeting planning process at almost anytime. For the best results, you should engage your team before the final contract with the venue is signed and even better when you begin your site selection. Hotel venues often write restrictions into their contracts about working with certain outside audio/visual and staging vendors and we can help save you some dollars by working with you from the start. If it is not possible to involve the team from the start, the next best time to engage your team is as you are creating your event’s theme and beginning the planning
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