In speaking with event organizers and industry suppliers at IMEX America, a common theme kept popping up: Meeting professionals were getting ripped off.
In one situation, an independent planner brought a friend in to help her on a job last year. When the client called the friend about coming back this year, the friend took the job, cutting the original planner out of the deal.
Another planner complained about an advertising agency that sent RFPs to event organizers soliciting bids for a client’s special event. Rather than using any of the organizers who applied, the agency took the proposals and used their favorite idea to produce the client’s event themselves.
Both planners and suppliers complained of in-house or third-party planners undercutting them on-site in front of clients and then stealing the business (and their ideas for execution) from them.
When I asked, what did you do? They uniformly said “Nothing. What can you do?”
I wonder how many of you have been victims of unethical business behavior. What did you do? Did you seek to redress the wrongs? Or did you silently suffer? Did the people who ripped you off get their comeuppance? Let me know.