Summer in Full Swing

Summer in Full Swing

We are now officially in summer mode! This means beach, barbeques, boats and more outdoor fun.  Just as we mentioned in our last post, the events throughout the city have kicked off and everyone is in great spirits.  What better place than Boston to have your next company outing?  The locations and venues are plentiful and we have worked with many wonderful clients assisting them in planning and promoting anything from a restaurant opening to the grand reveal of a new store.  Our team offers the whole deal: full service marketing and the help of creating, sponsoring and revealing your event from start to finish.  So, take advantage of the summer months and CommPromo will help you leave the perfect, lasting impression.

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June Events Kick Off Summer in Boston

We have finally entered the month of June and this means beach days are here and the official start of summer is only a few weeks away.  Sunny weekends outside are not the only thing to look forward to; June is a great month for the city of Boston, as it is when the events and various festivals throughout downtown and beyond really kick off.  From a Bacon and Beer Festival to the Cirque du Soleil, there is something for everyone to attend and enjoy.  These events not only give you, your family and friends something to do, but they also have a great way of bringing the community together.  CommPromo has provided marketing and management services for numerous clients for events throughout Boston over the years, and we always appreciate being able to attend additional affairs as well.  So keep an eye open for various announcements for some of the great June happenings in the city, and maybe we will even see you there!

Spring into Boston for Your Next Event

Spring into Boston for Your Next Event

The warm weather has finally made a place to stay here with us in Boston and this is a sigh of relief for many, as events and openings and much more will begin to roll out and occur on an even more frequent basis for companies, restaurants, and other organizations this spring and summer.  There’s nothing quite like an open, outdoor venue to have a brand launch party or a gathering of businesses whether it be for networking, a conference or a special celebration.  CommPromo has years of experience providing public relations services that are tailored to promoting the perfect event in the city of Boston; we know that it is much more enjoyable throwing on a long dress or a light-weight shirt than it is to have to bundle up and head out facing the cold.  The views throughout the city are spectacular, whether you are at an event along the Boston Harbor or you are enjoying the skyline from a rooftop, so these truly are the months to take full advantage of warmer days and nights.  Event management is our expertise, so contact us and see why we have such a high-quality reputation with our clients for any and all marketing services, sponsorship development and brand exposure.


Boston’s Variety of Venues

Boston’s Variety of Venues

Like with many busy and popular cities, Boston is no stranger to the frequent launching of new venues.  Whether you are looking for a restaurant, banquet room, conference center or hotel, the city is thriving with a number of newly established destinations that make for great event spots or meeting locations.  As a full service marketing and event management company, we at CommPromo couldn’t be more excited about these additions to our city.  Any brands or companies that are seeking our services, whether it be sponsorship development, event promotion or organizing a conference, can be assured that we will provide you with nothing but success.  The options for venues throughout Boston are endless, so let us help you find the perfect fit for your next event today!

Pack For A Purpose

Just came across this awesome site, If traveling internationally, look up your destination and see what everyday things they may need–e.g. pencils for school children, simple medical supplies like gauze–and bring some along to drop off. We love the concept!

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Tech Trends for 2014 to Boost Engagement

Whether you yourself are an event promoter or conference planner or you simply find yourself as an attendee, being up-to-date on the latest and greatest technology trends can help push you in the right direction.  We are all obviously no strangers to social media and its extreme influence on how we communicate, receive news and more, and these networks have also become increasingly important for generating exposure for various events and conferences throughout the country.

So, what can you do if you are in the marketing field and strive to generate as much engagement and the best experience for those who are attending your event?  A recent article emphasized the various new and popular technologies that allow conference goers to really get the most out of their experience, communicate with others and ultimately make the event a bigger success.

Event promoters and conference planners should obviously use Facebook, Twitter and Goolge+ to their advantage to invite followers as well as share important information and updates beforehand, but the social interactions can continue afterwards as well.  Creating a private forum or group where attendees can share their reactions and opinions about a specific event or conference can spark great connections and future opportunities.

Interactive software has also become increasingly popular and more widely used at conferences; this allows for participants to share their presentations in real-time for those who are unable to physically attend an event.  This feature could prove to be incredibly beneficial when utilized, as you are opening yourself up to an even wider audience and sharing your words and stance to  much greater territory.

Another tech trend suggestion for those who are coordinating conferences and events is to create mobile-friendly online brochures and event guides.  These references are perfect for the average attendee; someone who is dependent on their cell phone or tablet and can easily access a guide with the swipe of a screen.  You are putting more information at the attendee’s fingertips and creating a long-lasting reference for them even after the event is over.

Take some time to consider some of these new trends and continue to utilize those that have already built a foundation online in the way we communicate.  The more interactions and engagements you have from attendees, the better, and the more likely you are to offer a last impression for your event or conference’s message.


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Connecting for Change

CommPromo is excited to announce that we are working with the Marion Institute on their 10th anniversary event, Connecting for Change. This event is one that is recognized internationally and brings environmental, industry and social justice supporters together to promote the importance of farming, health, green thinking, women and youth empowerment, and much more.  This event helps support and generate a movement towards healing our world and making the earth a better place.

Save the date! Oct 24-26 in New Bedford, MA.

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The Time Machine, 25 Years Later

The Time Machine, 25 Years Later

The Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) just celebrated its 100th anniversary year with a series of events that further cemented its place as the go-to destination for parents and children in the Boston area. CommPromo was around for the Children’s Museum’s 75th anniversary, and we had the privilege of working with them on that landmark gala. We transformed the elevator at the front of the museum into a time machine, transporting guests to different decades on each floor with entertainment and décor from each time period. It was decidedly analog.

Here we are 25 years later, and CommPromo once again had the opportunity to work with BCM on the launch of their 100th anniversary. Events included an Early Childhood Summit in April, which drew 400 educators, policy leaders, and pediatricians to the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. We also helped conceptualize and produce Family Fest, a day-long public celebration at the museum that included “What’s Cookin’ on the Wharf,” a series of chef demos with local celebrities Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang.

Not only is BCM a national leader in early childhood education, having been awarded the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, but it also continues to embrace the role of ensuring that the next generation is empowered to be their most creative, innovative selves. “The Power of Play,” BCM’s new mission statement, confirms that play is a key part of the development of the childhood brain. Play is championed as the liberating, imaginative, and brain-developing activity that it is.

Twenty-five years ago, the Children’s Museum was the first place that I saw a recycling center, where children enjoyed playing with cardboard, plastic widgets, and other recycled manufactured goods. Today, BCM is still on the cutting edge of helping the next generation be all that it can be. Kudos to 100 years of this great institution, founded by teachers of the Boston Public Schools.

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Greening Your Event

Greening Your Event

CommPromo has produced events in a variety of venues, within a range of budgets, and for clients in multiple industries. We know the impact events can have if resources are not considered in advance and planning isn’t approached in a creative way.

We produced Down:2:Earth (D2E) for three years in Boston as a destination for consumers concerned about our impact on the environment and a showcase for companies offering “green” choices. We worked with a board of advisors in developing the event, and we educated ourselves along the way about how to reduce the impact of the three-day celebration – physically and through our messaging. Afterall, what good was telling people they should assess their purchasing behaviors and activities if we weren’t doing the same things in how we delivered that information?

So we created a set of guidelines – that we added to along the way – in how to reduce the impact of D2E. Now, we keep this guide in mind when producing any of our clients’ events, and we make budget- and eco-conscious choices as a matter of course. Greening an event doesn’t always have to cost more, and we help our clients see the benefits (sometimes financial) of choosing a more sustainable course.

We’re always excited to work with our clients to develop a customized plan that fits individual needs, but here are just a few things we do that you may consider when planning your event.

Venue selection                                                         

  • Choose an event location accessible for attendees via public transportation and offer discounts for those who use it.
  • Optimize locations with natural daylight and the accessibility of outdoor space to minimize power usage.


  • Reduce printed communication; post materials online that you would otherwise distribute in hard copy.
  • Design event signage on durable recycled material and without specific dates so that it can be reused for a recurring event.

Energy Consumption

  • Choose production resources and vendors that agree to reduce their energy consumption in transportation, shipping, and materials selection.
  • Select local vendors (food and others) that are located and that source within a 30 miles radius of your event city.
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Annual Booklovers’ Gathering Features Record Number of New National & International Dealers


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Contact: Nina J Berger, 617-543-1595



Annual booklovers gathering features record number of new national and international dealers.

Free Sunday admission with a valid student I.D.

BOSTON, MA –The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing, buying or poking, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books.

Among the highlights of this year’s event are rare and first editions of works by Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Ian Fleming, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jonathan Swift, Percy Shelley; a hand-colored print of William Blake’s beloved poem The Tyger, a dollar bill inscribed by John Lennon; the first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and centerfold); and several pages from the original recording manuscript of The Kingston Trio’s Boston Anthem – Charlie on the MTA. Attendees are invited to bring in their own books for a free appraisal on Sunday, November 17 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including Saturday afternoon’s talks by New England Sports Museum curator/collector Richard A. Johnson on building a sports library and by curator Anne-Marie Eze on Isabella Stewart Gardner’s book collection and Sunday’s talk by B.U. archivist Ryan Hendrickson on the history of espionage.


Friday, November 15 5:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $15.00Opening Night (tickets valid throughout the weekend)

Saturday, November 16 12:00-7:00pm
Tickets: $8.00

Sunday, November 17 12:00-5:00pm
Tickets: $8.00 – FREE with a valid student I.D. (Sunday only)

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at and at the show’s box office during show hours. For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit



Building a Sports Library – Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:30pm

Richard A. Johnson, who has one of the largest sports book collection in private hands, on the five-decade journey of a collector/curator. Johnson has served as curator of The New England Sports Museum since 1982 and has authored or co-authored 21 books.

Intro to Scrimshaw & Collecting Scrimshaw Books – Saturday, November 16, 2013 2:00pm

Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and founding Director of the Scrimshaw Forensics® Laboratory, Dr. Frank will discuss collecting books instead of scrimshaw.

The Ticknor Society – Collectors’ Roundtable – Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:30pm

Women in the Book Trade & Their Collections – Panelists include Susan Krinsky (science fiction collection), Teri Osborn (Indiana-ana collection), and Heather O’Donnell (unique literary classics).

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Book Collection – Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:00pm

Dr. Anne-Marie Eze, an associate curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, researches and promotes the Gardner’s little known book collection. Her 2011 exhibition Illuminating the Serenissima: Books of the Republic of Venice (2011), reflected not only Gardner’s passion for Venice—as seen in her Venetian-style palace and its art from the Serenissima—but also her love of books.

Secrets, Covert Ops, and Spies – Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00pm

Investigate the history of espionage with BU archivist Ryan Hendrickson. Examine America’s first spy satellite; go behind WWII enemy lines with an OSS agent; and uncover the truth behind Operation Neptune.

Bring in Your Books for a FREE Appraisal by the Experts – Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00 – 3:00pm

Expert appraisers will be available to Fair attendees who wish to bring their own books and manuscripts for appraisal.


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The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo.



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✦ Hand-colored print of William Blake’s ‘The Tyger,’ perhaps the most famous of his lyric poems. First published in 1794 in Songs of Innocence and Experience, the poem has thrilled children and has had academics arguing for over 200 years as to its meaning. The book is regarded by many as the first color-printed children’s book.

✦ An original copy of the front page of the first edition of the November 3, 1948 Chicago Tribune, that ran the world’s most famous newspaper error, “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline – signed by Truman, “It was a mistake!”

✦ First edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, with an inscription from the author “To Aubrey/who wrote some of it!/From Ian.” Aubrey Forshaw was the managing director of Pan Books, publisher of James Bond novels in paperback and Fleming’s expert for technical information concerning James Bond’s cars.

✦ A 1969 U.S. dollar bill, signed by Lennon, John. Inscribed “thanks for legs / John Lennon.” The original owner received the bill when he did a walk-on part in Mr. Lennon’s 1970 underground film “Legs for Peace.”

✦ First edition, first impression, of all three volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1954/55 masterpiece The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — The Two Towers — The Return of the King. Of these sets, many have been read, and re-read, so many times that finding them in a clean and collectable condition is rare indeed.

✦ An exceptionally rare uncorrected proof of the first edition of George Orwell’s 1935 novel A Clergyman’s Daughter. This is the earliest extant version of the novel, which underwent significant changes before the manuscript was printed, since the publisher, Victor Gollancz, was unwilling to risk legal action for libel.

✦ The 1st edition, 1st printing of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels printed in London in 1726. One of only 50 trade copies with the frontispiece portrait in the 1st state, this 2-volume edition is very rare! Lush 19th century full green morocco gilt inner dentelles & edges.

✦ An original 1953, 1st edition of the first Playboy, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and centerfold), inscribed by Hugh Hefner. For the literary purists who read Playboy for the articles and fiction, extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sign of Four and Boccaccio’s Decameron are among the latter in this rare periodical.

✦ One of only 225 copies of the first edition of William Morris’s The Order of Chivalry. Reprinted in 1893 from Caxton’s Edition of 1484, with engraved frontispiece by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. From the original L’Ordene de Chevalierie, a french poem of the 13th century.

✦ An 1894 first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with original drawings by Hugh Thomson and a preface by George Saintsbury. Printed in London by George Allen.

✦ A folio of all issues of the 1970s counter-culture magazine Horseshit, The Offensive Review, (vols. 1-4) with a leather binding by the very famous British bookbinder Arthur Johnson in an “American Flag” design which incorporates an erotic image within wavy red and ecru stripes topped by white stars on a blue background.

✦ The original 1959 recording session manuscript, handwritten by Dave Guard, founder and leader of The Kingston Trio, for the Boston Anthem – Charlie on the MTA.

✦ A wonderful gilt and inlay leather-bound three-volume set of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1847 The Poetical Works, with an introduction by his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. An example of the fine bookbinders art at its best!

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo.

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