There’s a Blog for That?

A recurring feature in Convene's front-of-the-magazine "Plenary" department is "There's a Meeting For That?" which explores the awe-inspiring range of interests that bring people together.

We’ve uncovered everything from the Face Painting and Body Art Convention to Laurapalooza 2010, which brought together scholars and fans interested in children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our takeaway? No matter how narrow the niche, people love both to share what they know and to learn from each other.

In that spirit, we offer “There’s a Blog for That?,” a link to a blog with an off-the-beaten-path perspective on a topic relevant to the meetings industry.

First up is Sound Branding Blog, by Karlheinz Illner, a German sound-branding expert.  “Music sparks emotions and emotions control our brain’s decisions,” says Illner, who consults on projects for leading international firms, including Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.

Illner doesn’t post frequently, but what he has to say is often fascinating. (Here’s a link to an interview he did with another blogger about sound branding in hotels.)

As Illner notes, sound branding is a new field. But as meeting planners pay more attention to the senses and the art and science of creating immersive experiences, Illner’s voice is one worth tuning into every now and then.

And, as it turns out, there is a meeting for that: Illner has blogged about the Audio Branding Academy’s annual Audio Branding Congress, which launched in 2009.

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer is senior editor and director of digital content.