Strategic Meetings Management
Strategic Meetings Management Programs
A strategic meetings management program (SMM, or SMMP) for both corporations and agencies is a critical component in bringing efficiency to an organisation by driving compliance, promoting common processes and centralising data management. It is a company-wide initiative which requires the buy-in of stakeholders at all levels, from senior management through to PAs who organise events on behalf of their manager or team.
Simply licensing an SMM technology platform is the start of the process - the challenge is the change management and subsequent business process engineering that is required to implement the platform. An SMM program requires stakeholders throughout the enterprise to be trained and informed on the new processes they are required to follow. The training will drive compliance, which in turn will reduce costs through standardisation. Programs can be local, regional or global, but the most significant benefit (and challenge) is to have uniformity of data and processes across the enterprise.
The GBTA "SMM Wheel"
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) introduced the term SMMP, and the concept behind managing meetings (and events) strategically, rather than as discrete tactical activities. The GBTA 'SMM wheel' highlights the different components that contribute to a successful SMM program - the wheel has been updated over the years, but the image below is the most recent version. Critically, it puts Stakeholder Engagement at its centre, as a successful SMMP requires the training and awareness of all the key staff involved in turning event ideas into reality.
Some of the key benefits of an SMM program within an organisation include:
increased visibility of all meetings and events related activity
Transparency on all cost incurred
Centralised data store*
Greater buying power with vendors
Better coordination and communications for meetings and events
*This depends on the strategy adopted.
Ultimately, an SMM program is a project in change management, resolving around people. Some of the key stakeholders impacted include:
Attendee management specialists
Event website and online registration specialists
Technology support staff
Group travel specialists
Supplier relations managers
How Smartec can help
Smartec can help organisation in the following way:
Plan a SMM program by firstly analysing the organisations' processes, policies, business mix and total event-related spend
Recommend a SMM technology platform, if there is none in place
Implement a full SMM program by engaging with key stakeholders, and rolling out common processes and technology platform to all user
Support a SMM program, as continued review and improvement are critical to the ongoing success of SMM. This means ongoing tracking of policy compliance, system usage and industry best practice
Support a global implementation
For more information, call Smartec on +44 (0)7917 451677 or email email@example.com