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DPEM offers event planning experience from over the past 20 years for groups of 12 to 85,000 and client types that range from Google to the San Francisco Symphony to Slow Food Nation.

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Happy National Floral Design Day! Florals are a small part of any event, but they add a vibrant and welcoming touch to a...
02/28/2022

Happy National Floral Design Day! Florals are a small part of any event, but they add a vibrant and welcoming touch to an event space while also reflecting the event's theme. We love these creative florals that use beakers and test tubes to embody the theme of UCSF's Saturday Night Science, an event that intellectually and experientially connected donors to the University's mission through hands-on activations.

Florals by Hunt Littlefield

When designing a virtual event, it's important to make a *BIG* statement. We love this bold set design from the program ...
02/22/2022

When designing a virtual event, it's important to make a *BIG* statement. We love this bold set design from the program we created for Baidu. The key for virtual is to maximize the space on the screen with content and branding. Scroll through to see more images of our favorite set designs from past events: Salesforce Tower's Grand Opening with the tower as the background, Google's Partner Summit, Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Eyeliner Launch stage.

Happy Valentine's Day! May today be a reminder to show love to your friends, family, colleagues, and most importantly, y...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentine's Day! May today be a reminder to show love to your friends, family, colleagues, and most importantly, yourself! Send this post to someone who means a lot to you! 🧡

Heart artwork by Paul Octavious

02/09/2022
One of our favorite parts of building events from the ground up is helping our clients find their story/theme and providing our team of talented creatives to bring their story to life. Embodying their theme of momentum and blasting off into 2021, we idea

One of our favorite parts of building events from the ground up is helping our clients find their story/theme and providing our team of talented creatives to bring their story to life. Embodying their theme of momentum and blasting off into 2021, we ideated and designed the rocket ship mascot for Outreach's Growth Summit and incorporated it throughout the virtual event. This fun motion graphic was used to playfully move attendees through different blocks of content, like presentations and videos, in the program. To infinity and beyond - sky’s the limit!

Warmer temperatures this week are reminding us of the fun, multi-day travel incentive program we designed and executed l...
02/08/2022

Warmer temperatures this week are reminding us of the fun, multi-day travel incentive program we designed and executed last year for BlackLine in Hawaii. Rewarding and celebrating the achievements of top sales earners, we created an action-packed program that prioritized guest and staff safety: activations included a welcome reception, choose-your-own-adventure activities, luau finale, curated gifts from local artisans, and more.

Click the link to read the full case study: https://hubs.li/Q013Mx3K0

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Happy Year of the Tiger! To those who are celebrating, we hope this year brings you prosperity, good health, and fun adv...
02/01/2022

Happy Year of the Tiger! To those who are celebrating, we hope this year brings you prosperity, good health, and fun adventures. After a challenging few years, there’s no better time for the Tiger, an animal known for bravery, courage, and graceful strength, to lead the way to a fresh start.

Graphic Artist: Cinz Lin

Happy Friday! Since the start of the pandemic, our Marketing Manager, Kyra, has been channeling our core value, Tastemak...
01/28/2022

Happy Friday! Since the start of the pandemic, our Marketing Manager, Kyra, has been channeling our core value, Tastemaking, and her love for entertaining through mixology. Check out her latest recipe inspired by the DPEM brand. Cheers to the weekend!

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Events are an important part of every company’s marketing strategy. But with the rise of hybrid and virtual events, alon...
01/26/2022
How to Hire the Right Experiential Event Agency & Get the Most Out of Your Partnership

Events are an important part of every company’s marketing strategy. But with the rise of hybrid and virtual events, along with new technology and growing attendee expectations, internal departments are becoming increasingly aware of the event resources and expertise they lack.

Check out our latest blog on how to hire the right agency, what to expect, and the best practices to use to ensure a great agency partnership: https://hubs.li/Q012Yqzd0

Not sure what to expect when hiring an experiential event agency? Here’s how to hire the right agency and what to expect at every step of the process.

01/22/2022
We are so excited to be part of the team giving creativity a home at Pier 70 SF! It truly is a place of Creativity, of the Bay, and of Everyone! First a street art festival, then "Roll with Us" with the iconic Church

We are so excited to be part of the team giving creativity a home at Pier 70 SF! It truly is a place of Creativity, of the Bay, and of Everyone! First a street art festival, then "Roll with Us" with the iconic Church of 8 Wheels and a selection of art cars (as seen at Burning Man), and now The City Canvas, an art exhibition of moving murals created by local artists during the early days of the pandemic, happening over the next two weekends.

Click the link to register for free. https://hubs.li/Q012GC4w0

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As we gear up to produce this year's Growth Summit for Outreach, we can't help but look back on last year's virtual even...
01/14/2022

As we gear up to produce this year's Growth Summit for Outreach, we can't help but look back on last year's virtual event. Building company-wide momentum to motivate and inspire teams, together with Outreach we produced a multi-day virtual kick-off event that celebrated 2020’s successes, demonstrated employee appreciation, and created energy and hype to motivate teams to crush 2021’s goals – all while guests tune in remotely from their homes.

Check out the full case study on our website: https://hubs.li/Q012drfP0

Happy Holidays from the DPEM Team! Looking back on 2021, we are so grateful for all the amazing opportunities, like grow...
12/17/2021

Happy Holidays from the DPEM Team! Looking back on 2021, we are so grateful for all the amazing opportunities, like growing our team & spending time together IRL, building relationships with new & old clients, and continuing our work to create authentic, meaningful experiences that deeply connect our clients to their audiences. We hope you have a wonderful & safe holiday season!

We know the holidays can be a fun but stressful time as we prepare for 2022. We curated a festive playlist to bring a li...
12/07/2021

We know the holidays can be a fun but stressful time as we prepare for 2022. We curated a festive playlist to bring a little calm to your home and help you get through the final weeks of the year.

Check out the playlist on Spotify: https://hubs.li/Q010rphD0

Happy Holidays from the DPEM Team! 🧡

Throwback to last month when two of our newer team members, Brian & Paul, went to the Experiential Marketing Summit in C...
11/19/2021

Throwback to last month when two of our newer team members, Brian & Paul, went to the Experiential Marketing Summit in Chicago! We loved the opportunity to make new connections and learn what's coming next in the event industry.

Treat yourself (or your loved ones) to something delicious! To celebrate and support their Good Food Award Finalists, ou...
11/09/2021

Treat yourself (or your loved ones) to something delicious! To celebrate and support their Good Food Award Finalists, our sister company, the Good Food Foundation has created the Finalist Pop-Up Shop, a convenient online marketplace where you can shop directly from more than 150 of the country's best food and drink crafters - just in time for holiday shopping! Shipping costs are included and revenues from each purchase go directly to the crafters, so you can find unique and delicious gifts while supporting a localized and resilient food system. The Shop will close on November 14, so be sure to get the goods before it's too late!

Click the link to shop: https://hubs.ly/H0-QP9d0

Last month, some amazing creatives joined us at Pier 70 SF to unleash their inner artist. Partnering with Brookfield Pro...
11/02/2021

Last month, some amazing creatives joined us at Pier 70 SF to unleash their inner artist. Partnering with Brookfield Properties and Talking Walls Art SF, we created an immersive art experience to build community and position this incredible space as a creative hub for artists & creators. Guests were led through a learning workshop and then invited to paint with street artists and transform a blank wall at Pier 70 into a colorful mural.

Come see it and join in the fun for our next event, November 13-14, Roller Skating with Church of 8 Wheels: https://hubs.li/H0-rbwy0

Throwback to 4 years ago! Launching a huge multi-year campaign, we partnered with UCSF to create a program that built th...
10/28/2021

Throwback to 4 years ago! Launching a huge multi-year campaign, we partnered with UCSF to create a program that built the university endowment, used to attract and retain brilliant minds, while sustaining foundational support for mission-critical work and finding new funding to tackle the most complex biomedical questions of our day. Guests were invited to participate in interactive behind-the-scenes experiences that introduced them to faculty, their amazing work, and the need for sustained giving.

Check out the full case study on our website: https://hubs.li/H0-gGsx0

Experiential events make a lasting impact on your audience and break through the constant noise of traditional marketing...
10/20/2021
Experiential Events Are The Missing Piece of Your Marketing Strategy in 2021

Experiential events make a lasting impact on your audience and break through the constant noise of traditional marketing strategies. Learn about the core of experiential marketing and how to push creativity to the limit with your next event.https://hubs.li/H0ZN0SC0

Experiential events are engaging and make an impact. Learn about experiential event marketing and how to design memorable events that grow brands.

We're hiring a Senior Event Producer and a Creative Producer! Click the link to apply: https://hubs.li/H0ZJcvC0
10/19/2021

We're hiring a Senior Event Producer and a Creative Producer!

Click the link to apply: https://hubs.li/H0ZJcvC0

Another in-person event in the books! DPEM partnered with Milliman to concept VERGE, an annual engagement program that p...
10/13/2021

Another in-person event in the books! DPEM partnered with Milliman to concept VERGE, an annual engagement program that positions them as a leader of business transformation through thought leadership. Creating a meaningful bond between Milliman and leaders in the insurance industry, we designed VERGE to host a select group of C-suite executives for two days of roundtable discussions, keynotes by world-renowned speakers, and 5-star dining experiences.

Brand communities are the new lead gen tool.  For businesses, this means nurturing a brand community is critical to succ...
10/06/2021
Brand Community + Awareness is the New Lead Generation

Brand communities are the new lead gen tool. For businesses, this means nurturing a brand community is critical to success. Here’s how to incorporate experiential events in order to build a substantial brand community, and boost awareness along the way.
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Experiential marketing is at the core of building a strong brand community. Here’s how experiential events will help your brand attract and retain loyal customers.

We recently planned, designed, and executed a multi-day travel incentive program in Hawaii for top-performing sales team...
10/05/2021

We recently planned, designed, and executed a multi-day travel incentive program in Hawaii for top-performing sales teams to celebrate their successes with an over-the-top program with activities, events, and swag. To ensure guest and staff safety, we customized an event app that provided program updates and sent alerts to all guests in real-time, designed the layouts to promote social distancing, utilized fully outdoor spaces, and ensured all attendees were vaccinated and tested negative prior to arrival.

At DPEM, we approach each experience individually, avoiding formulas and instead, developing each touchpoint with an ele...
09/29/2021

At DPEM, we approach each experience individually, avoiding formulas and instead, developing each touchpoint with an elevated curation. Utilizing Tastemaking allows us to ensure that our work (from event designs and decks to the client experience) is creative and enjoyable. Throwback to when we concepted and produced Benefit Cosmetics' National Brow Day Stunt, a unique event that invited their brand community to participate in breaking a Guinness World Record to promote brand awareness and generate sales for their brow products.

Check out how this event captured global attention in the full case study: https://hubs.li/H0Ym-CT0

As we approach Q4, now is a great opportunity to start thinking about how to kick off 2022 while showing appreciation to...
09/28/2021

As we approach Q4, now is a great opportunity to start thinking about how to kick off 2022 while showing appreciation to employees and inspiring teams for the upcoming year. Last year, we helped Outreach create a live virtual event to kick off 2021. We curated engagement programming and storytelling, which was designed to create hype and inspire employees. Content included a celebrity keynote and dynamic awards ceremony to drive employee engagement.

Click the link to learn more about how we helped Outreach kick-off 2021: https://hubs.li/H0YfPcP0

Not sure how to choose between a virtual, hybrid, and in-person event? We've created a guide to help you make your decis...
09/27/2021

Not sure how to choose between a virtual, hybrid, and in-person event? We've created a guide to help you make your decision based on factors like company + brand readiness, event date, and attendees.

Check out the full guide on our website: https://hubs.li/H0Yf6VP0

Learn how corporate real estate is turning to community building and workplace wellbeing in the face of the Delta varian...
09/16/2021
The Delta Variant’s Impact on Corporate Real Estate | DPEM

Learn how corporate real estate is turning to community building and workplace wellbeing in the face of the Delta variant. https://hubs.li/H0XwBcR0

In March of 2020, there was no telling to what degree and for how long we would be affected by the pandemic. A year and a half later, although there have been a great many strides in adapting to living in a world shaped by COVID-19, there is still tremendous uncertainty around what the future holds....

1400+ attendees. 11+ time zones. 36 speakers. 22+ hours of content. We partnered with BlackLine to create two virtual ki...
09/15/2021

1400+ attendees. 11+ time zones. 36 speakers. 22+ hours of content. We partnered with BlackLine to create two virtual kick-off events to rally employees together around the company's goals. The virtual events' theme, STRONGER, energized, inspired, and motivated attendees to tackle 2021! Our team did full program management from virtual platform management and keynote speaker selection to brand identity design and video content development.

Check out how we brought excitement to the screen in the full case study: https://hubs.ly/H0XppYQ0

Just when we were finally resuming in-person events, event planners are back to the drawing board. Understand how the De...
09/09/2021
What Does the Delta Variant Mean for Event Planning? | DPEM

Just when we were finally resuming in-person events, event planners are back to the drawing board. Understand how the Delta variant and pandemic have changed the way the event planning process works, and learn how to implement flexible event planning tactics to maintain and increase ROI and audience engagement.
https://hubs.li/H0W_2vw0

Just as the world began to allow in a bit of hope for a return to something that looked a little more like the “before times,” the Delta variant reared its head, forcing many to rethink fall event plans. Event planners, who have been navigating the long-awaited return to in-person events, are go...

We are thrilled to be safely working on in-person events again, and couldn't do it without our incredible team and amazi...
09/03/2021

We are thrilled to be safely working on in-person events again, and couldn't do it without our incredible team and amazing clients who trust us to guide them there. At DPEM, we are committed to teamwork and an inclusive, positive working environment, always striving to interact in ways that allow us to better connect and build trust amongst our team and our clients. And as you can see from this photo, we also really love having fun together!

Photo from a recent multi-day sales incentive event program at Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui!

Experiential event production is undoubtedly a creative industry, but it doesn’t just stop there. To produce truly memor...
09/03/2021
The Value of Exploration in Event Production | DPEM

Experiential event production is undoubtedly a creative industry, but it doesn’t just stop there. To produce truly memorable and innovative experiences, event agencies also need to embed a sense of deep exploration into their entire event production process. Learn about why exploration leads to more successful events with better ROI.
https://hubs.li/H0WzN6G0

No matter the project you have set out to create, starting with a solid understanding of goals, challenges, concerns, and environment allows your creativity to be well-grounded. Essentially, the journey is faster and more fruitful if you know where you are going before you set off. In events, like i...

Happy National Eat Outside Day! After spending so much time inside over the last year and a half, this is the perfect op...
08/31/2021

Happy National Eat Outside Day! After spending so much time inside over the last year and a half, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last moments of summer with the people you care about. Have a picnic at your local park, eat your lunch outside, or experience outdoor dining at your favorite restaurant - we know we will! Let us know how you plan to spend your Eat Outside Day!

We worked with SKYY Vodka to create a summit that used brand storytelling to connect, educate, and empower their global ...
08/30/2021

We worked with SKYY Vodka to create a summit that used brand storytelling to connect, educate, and empower their global team. In the spirit of showcasing SKYY as the new world vodka, unafraid to stir and shake things up, and unconditionally devoted to progressive thinking, the summit's creative design and experiential activations celebrated the brand as an icon of style, intrigue, and originality. Check out photos from one of the event activations, where we created an immersive cocktail experience in an upscale penthouse that showcased the innovation of the product through the cocktail, bringing the event theme “Irresistibly Progressive" to life.

Campari Group

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we're excited to help inspire team connections and celebrate all of 20...
08/27/2021

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we're excited to help inspire team connections and celebrate all of 2021's achievements. Creating a unique and playful environment in the spirit of the brand, we built an immersive end-of-year experience for Benefit Cosmetics' employees that inspired participation and provided shareable moments. Contributing to the 80's prom theme, we transformed the venue into a high school gymnasium, complete with rows of lockers, elevated cafeteria-style food, and guests dressed in theme.

With the past two years of changing event regulations, event producers have had to adapt to a more flexible mindset. Her...
08/26/2021
Addressing Event Readiness in Any Climate | DPEM

With the past two years of changing event regulations, event producers have had to adapt to a more flexible mindset. Here’s how to approach event planning with a goal-oriented attitude.
https://hubs.li/H0V-DY30

The world is experiencing a mass transition. After over a year of sheltering in place for the sake of global health, companies have had to learn how to pivot large-scale events, and quickly. For event agencies, this transition also means having to support their clients in navigating event overhauls,...

One of the most powerful ways to communicate your message is to tell a story, and experiential events use brand storytel...
08/25/2021

One of the most powerful ways to communicate your message is to tell a story, and experiential events use brand storytelling to maximize the moment's impact on attendees. Bringing their work and achievements to life through the theme narrative "Big Ideas, Big Solutions", we partnered with UCSF to create Saturday Night Science, an event that intellectually and experientially connected donors to the University's mission through hands-on activations. This creative use of storytelling helped UCSF to show the innovation and research happening around UCSF in an engaging way.

Interested to learn more? Check out the full case study on our website: https://hubs.li/H0VZZw00

Every year, employees at organizations around the world look forward to their company’s holiday party. In light of how C...
08/19/2021
The Benefits of Holiday Events + How to Host Them Safely in 2021 | DPEM

Every year, employees at organizations around the world look forward to their company’s holiday party. In light of how COVID-19 has changed how we gather, these same organizations are trying to determine the best path forward for celebrating their teams this holiday season. Here’s how to approach the holidays as an organization in 2021. https://hubs.ly/H0VFWX20

Each year, the holiday season is marked with merriment and community celebrations. In the corporate world, this means a rise in opportunities to host events such as company holiday parties and themed team building festivities — all in the name of building lasting relationships in the workplace and...

Placemaking (the innovative strategy of turning “a space into a place” by reimagining its potential use) is a powerful t...
08/12/2021

Placemaking (the innovative strategy of turning “a space into a place” by reimagining its potential use) is a powerful tool that helps businesses and organizations solve space use problems and attract their target audiences into their spaces. Here are some of our favorite examples of placemaking IRL. Interested to learn more about these examples or how to use placemaking in your spaces? Check out our ebook, A Guide to Placemaking, on our website.

https://hubs.li/H0Vbhqg0

Now is a great time to start thinking about end-of-year events for employees, whether hybrid, virtual, or in-person. Thr...
08/05/2021

Now is a great time to start thinking about end-of-year events for employees, whether hybrid, virtual, or in-person. Throwback to our holiday event with Campari America, for whom we created a branded holiday event at Union Square's ice skating rink to deepen the bond with its employees. Activations included holiday-inspired Campari cocktails, private skating session, a festive Cable Car ride around San Francisco, and branded decor and swag.

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Tech companies are constantly innovating, not only their products and services but their events and how they engage with...
08/05/2021
Benefits of Experiential Marketing for Tech Companies | DPEM

Tech companies are constantly innovating, not only their products and services but their events and how they engage with audiences. Read on for our insights into how some of the top tech companies are using experiential marketing to create memorable events.
https://hubs.li/H0TMcVT0

One of the biggest opportunities for experiential marketing agencies is breaking into a new industry. Of course, we know that companies and organizations of all shapes, sizes, and specialties can benefit from creating experiential events, but it’s getting them to understand that that’s the excit...

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