Event Industry News: Golden Globes, CES, social media trends

The new year is always an exciting one for the event industry. New technology, design trends, food and beverage items and more make the start of a new year an adventure in the making. This week’s event industry news post is just a preview of what is to come in 2014:

Golden Globes: As residents of Los Angeles, it’s impossible for us to forget it’s award season in Hollywood. The 71st annual Golden Globes kicked off the season last night in lively style, beginning with a sprinkler bursting on the red carpet and ending with multiple teleprompter blunders. Still, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler worked their comedic magic and enchanted their audiences across the world. The Academy Awards this certainly is not. Aside from the ceremony itself, the dining was a beautiful affair. The event, hosted at the Beverly Hilton, featured locally grown ingredients, Mediterranean spice crusted braised short rib, Atlantic sea trout and a delicious assortment of grilled vegetables as appetizers. The Golden Globes also introduced its’ first-ever champagne cocktail: Moët Golden Night.

 CES: Last year we wrote on how the Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES) attendance numbers are declining, but it seems we were wrong. The Consumer Electronics Association claims that the 2014 CES was the largest show on record, covering a whopping two million square feet of event space with more than 3,000 exhibits on display. The convention welcomed film, television, music and YouTube celebrities alike. Featured trends included wearable gadgets (is it time for the world to fully embrace Google Glass?), drones, 3D printers and smart televisions, all pointing towards a seamless flow between lifestyle and technology. For full coverage of the event head over to Mashable.

Social Media: Social media channels continue to evolve. YouTube introduced 4K video viewing at this year’s CES, Twitter has allowed images and video to show up in news feeds, Snapchat continues to thrive despite their recent hack fiasco and Instagram and Vine stand as equal rivals. Messaging apps like Viber, Kik and Snapchat rose in popularity by 115% in 2013. As Facebook continues to decrease in popularity it will be important to take note of which channels are making their way to the top.

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News summaries include event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County.

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