Last year put the "f" into feisty. But one thing we now know for sure is theSQUAD can take the heat when the pressure skyrockets. We couldn't have made it through 2017 without the support of our remarkable suppliers, clients and epic 24/7 SQUAD team. Thank you and here's to an accomplished 2018 ♡
"You truly are the BEST, most talented, gifted events organisers!" Bernadette Da Silva Casais
Four nights of feasting went down beautifully at our inaugural pop up restaurant. Lashings of gratitude go to our guests for making it extra delicious and to our co-stars: Chefs, Licorish Bistro, CME Decor Specialist, and chefs Karel Jacobs and Reino Deetlefs. Look out for the next one in May 2018.
"Consumers and creatives alike will begin tossing out the old romantic jet-set and beautiful ideal, and instead demand content that is a more authentic reflection of our lives." TJ Leonard
Looking at marketing trends for 2018, the demand for real-life visual content will continue to increase. While storytelling remains aspirational; what we aspire to has transformed and this will be reflected in the media landscape. In our connected and crowded world brand authenticity is an outstanding feature.
"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over." Richard Branson
Being part of the Business is an Adventure Conference was a high note for theSQUAD to hit towards the end of last year. Richard Branson and a host of Africa's finest entrepreneurs were live-streamed from the event in Johannesburg all around the world. We were honoured to help with the innovative team at TILT.
"There is no more time for fluff, sales talk and over-promising." Julius Solaris
There is growing pressure on tech providers from the event planning community to create services that deliver. The market is now mature enough to know exactly where to spend money. Event professionals are growing tired of being taken advantage of and are not up anymore for marketing talk.
"We don’t do death by PowerPoint or school room seating, but we can do pretty much anything else - from flying people in the sky to printing words on paper." Kelly McGillivray
Good news for event professionals, in 2018 virtual meetings will not replaceface-to-face engagement. Webinars and other virtual get togethers are great for short information exchange. But in today’s multi- tasking and often distracting work environment, attention spans are short...
“With the inhalation, we draw into our own center, our own being. With the exhalation, we expand outward into the world.” Sally Kempton
What's amazing about Coherent Breathing is that it doesn't just calm the body, it also calms the mind. The sweet spot of about five breaths per minute creates an ideal state of calm alertness where the mind is clearer than usual. Learn more by reading the Healing Power of Breath.
Last but not least, our year long Night of 1000 Drawings campaign ended with a knock out event in November. "Thank you" doesn't cover how deeply grateful we are to all the suppliers, sponsors and art buyers who made it all happen for charity, once again ❣