4 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trade Show Experience

Whether it’s your first time on the trade show floor or you’re a seasoned attendee, you can always pick up new tips to make the most of your time at an event. Below are four of our favorite bits of advice that will have you returning home from a trade show feeling refreshed, full of knowledge and ready to hit the ground running when you get back to the office. 1. Preview the exhibitor list and come up with questions [...]

By |April 23, 2019|Blog|

Three Tips to Make the Most of Your Golf Outing

Planning a golf outing is no small undertaking. But with a lot of preparation and a little luck, your golf outing will be a hole in one! Follow the advice below for help making your golf outing a huge success. Offer a Big Prize Offering a big prize, such as that for a hole-in-one competition or a putting contest, is a great way to add some fun and attract more players to your golf outing. The best part of offering [...]

By |March 13, 2019|Blog|

5 Things to Think About Before Joining a Fair or Festival Board

Joining the board of a fair or festival—most of which are governed by boards—can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, it is no small undertaking, and if the organization finds itself in hot water, you could be held personally responsible. That’s because nonprofit organizations, like many of those that put on local fairs and festivals, are still susceptible to some of the same threats as for-profit businesses, including the potential for lawsuits. If the organization is sued and doesn’t [...]

By |January 2, 2019|Blog|

How Listening to Our Clients Has Led to Innovation

If there’s one thing we have learned is key to the success of our clients, and ultimately our success, is listening. It’s not just about hearing what our clients have to say, but actively listening to them. Sales reps are often too busy talking to listen. Even if they are tuned in to what a customer or potential customer, they’re often just listening for a specific cue or challenge that gives them a jumping off point to pitch their product [...]

By |November 27, 2018|Blog|

How to Cope With the Salt Shortage This Winter

If you’re in the business of snow and ice removal, you’ve more than likely heard about the salt shortage plaguing the Midwest and Northeast. An unexpected late season ice storm last spring, a labor strike at the world’s largest salt mine, and issues surrounding a large mining operation in Ohio have resulted in a deficit in a salt deficit as plow companies begin stocking their supplies for winter. Since municipalities typically get first dibs on road salt, private plow companies [...]

By |October 10, 2018|Blog|

It’s Raining On Your Parade. Now What?

5 Steps to Cancel or Postpone Your Event Without Damaging Your Reputation When weather doesn’t cooperate for your outdoor event, you need to act fast to communicate the situation to attendees and preserve your reputation. Here’s how: 1. Act Fast You should begin monitoring the weather a week before your event, so you can prepare for any expected weather. However, keep in mind that there are no guarantees when it comes to the forecast, so be ready for anything. As [...]

By |July 25, 2018|Blog|

Top 5 Reasons We Attend Industry Conferences and Conventions

If you’ve been to a conference or convention in the event or snow removal industries, you’ve probably seen Spectrum President, Robert Holmes. Rob strongly believes that there is no true replacement for face-to-face interaction and, therefore, racks up quite a few frequent flyer miles attending as many industry events as possible. While networking and meeting new business prospects are obvious reasons to attend these types of events, we also see it as an opportunity to better serve our clients. These [...]

By |June 4, 2018|Blog|

Hurricane Season Starts June 1: Here’s What to Expect

We should start out by saying you should always expect the unexpected. We cannot control the weather, nor predict it with 100 percent certainty, so always be prepared for the worst. That’s why we advise our clients, especially those planning events in coastal areas during hurricane season, to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook—which extends from June 1 to November 30, typically peaking [...]

By |May 30, 2018|Blog|

Are You Using the Correct Broker for Your Rain Insurance?

There are several insurance brokers that offer rain and other weather insurance products, but how do you know which one is the best choice for your needs? There are a few potential pitfalls you should be aware of to help you choose the best insurance broker for your needs. Beware of brokers who offer rain insurance only on a surplus lines policy If your insurance broker is only able to offer rain insurance on a Lloyd’s or other non-admitted insurance [...]

By |April 3, 2018|Blog|

The Versatility of Weather Insurance 

As we shift our attention from wintry weather to warmer days, we look forward to an increase in seasonal activities, such as sporting events, concerts, music festivals, weddings and many other outdoor activities. At Spectrum, we can help your clients be prepared for the unpredictable weather patterns the coming months often bring. Weather insurance is a versatile tool that can benefit event organizers and businesses to protect event income, drive consumer sales and stabilize budgets.   The financial success of most [...]

By |March 19, 2018|Blog|

6-Step Severe Weather Plan for Outdoor Events

If you’ve been in the entertainment industry long, you know Murphy’s Law tends to ring true. Heck, even if you’re brand new to the industry, your time on this planet has likely proven to you that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Even if you’ve planned every last detail meticulously, there will always be something that doesn’t go according to plan. These things are often beyond your control. However, what you can control is how it impacts your [...]

By |February 22, 2018|Blog|

4 Surefire Ways to Make This Year Your Best Yet

A new year means a fresh start and 365 days to achieve everything you want this year. Unfortunately, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. It certainly doesn’t help that January is a particularly difficult month for self-improvement. For one, we’re coming off a holiday hiatus and are struggling to get back into the groove of things. Secondly, crummy winter weather practically begs us to stay on the couch in front of the fireplace all day — not [...]

By |January 15, 2018|Blog|

Working With Spectrum Through Your Local Agent is a Win-Win-Win

We understand that the relationship you hold with your local insurance agent is one that has most likely been cultivated and maintained for years or even decades. We, too, cherish the relationships we’ve developed with our clients over the years. We certainly understand and applaud such relationships, and we are not in the business of wedging ourselves in between those relationships. Perhaps the agency has been a sponsor of your fair or festival for many years, or perhaps even serves [...]

By |December 11, 2017|Blog|

The Three Types of Terrorism Event Cancellation Insurance

If there were a mantra for the events industry, it would be “Hope for the best, but plan for worst.” There are always going to be things that are out of your control and, while it’s not something anyone wants to think about, in today’s world, no event is immune to the threat of terrorism. When many people think of terrorism insurance, they think of a claim that covers losses due to an act of terrorism at their event. However [...]

By |November 12, 2017|Blog|

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