eRSVP and MPbid Form Strategic Alliance

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Agreement creates new integrated meeting consolidation solution for the meetings and events industry.

eRSVP, developer of Web-based events registration, payment processing and information management solutions, and MPbid, provider of online site selection, meetings consolidation and data management applications, have partnered to offer a comprehensive package of attendee management products and services for the meetings and events industry. Under terms of the agreement, each firm will coordinate marketing and operations to provide clients with a complete meeting consolidation and attendee management solution, comprised of the combined offerings of both firms.

“With the requirements of meetings and events professionals becoming more sophisticated and more demanding all the time, it’s essential that those of us who serve them rise to the challenge,” stated Jim Etkin, MPbid president and CEO. “To that end, we are delighted to reach a partnership agreement with eRSVP, a provider with years of experience and expertise in online registration services, to deliver quality components to our joint solution we simply could not do without,” he said.

“We’re impressed with the MPbid offering, because it truly leverages the power of information technology to solve practical problems faced by meetings and events professionals every day – to create direct, positive impact on ROI. So our partnership with them is market-focused and client-focused,” observed Ajay Arora, eRSVP co-founder and CEO. “In that way, we consider MPbid a natural partner and a kindred spirit,” he said.

Originating in the early 1990s to promote new operational efficiencies, the meetings consolidation trend has accelerated noticeably in recent years, driven by such factors as the increasing logistical complexity of meetings and events, demands from corporate management for greater financial accountability, and new federal regulations, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Key industry associations, including Meeting Planners International (MPI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Convention Industry Council (CIC) have also taken up the cause, illuminating the issue through numerous white papers and member educational programs.

About MPbid

Founded in 2000, MPbid is an independent information technology company specializing in online site selection solutions, meeting consolidation management tools and information services for meetings and events professionals, from small firms to the corporate enterprise. MPbid Strategic Meeting Solutions offers a cost-effective Web-based application that consolidates critical meetings data across multiple enterprises, providing modules to manage such crucial functions as control processes, e-sourcing, budgeting, contract administration, negotiating processes and risk management. For more information, visit

About eRSVP

Founded in 1998, New York-based eRSVP specializes in Web-based events registration, payments processing and value-added information services for professional meeting planners and events organizers. Its event response management tools create an instant Web presence for clients, enabling online invitations, confirmations, e-commerce transactions and scheduling, plus campaign management, custom report generation, survey creation and data analysis tools, to support such sophisticated business processes as customer relationship management (CRM), data mining, e-marketing and online market research. For more information, visit

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