Events can be a successful technique for marketing, engagement, and networking—if they're done properly. Unfortunately, many organizations settle for mundane, outdated, and unimaginative events. So much so, that when some people hear the word "event," they may just roll their eyes.

Three-quarters of executives are looking for greater return on investment (ROI) from corporate events, a national Harris Interactive survey found. That may seem daunting to achieve, but there are tried and true ways to increase event ROI, including making use of behaviors that drive happiness, such as the surprise factor and authentic interaction.

Here are five tactics you can use to ensure your attendees thoroughly enjoy your events and, in turn, ensure ROI.


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