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7 ways an event manager can make their day more productive

Posted by: corina on Monday 7th May 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

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1. Find a sorting system that works for you

Whether you keep your files and resources in the cloud, on your desktop or in a filing cabinet, they need to be accessible and organised.

For digital files, tags can make it easy to sort through and find particular items, while folders and categories can help you to keep different projects separated.

Physical items can be easily sorted into different places – drawers, files or folders. They can also be colour-coded with labels or post-its to make them easily recognisable.

Choose whichever method you find easiest to manage.

2. Stick with what works

Once you’ve developed a filing system that works and you’ve chosen the best tools … Read more »

How to promote your small business with events: an interview with entrepreneur Peter Wallhead

Posted by: corina on Thursday 3rd May 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

After recently highlighting 5 tips for running events to promote your small business, we’re expanding on this theme by interviewing someone who has done just that.

Peter Wallhead

Peter Wallhead is the founder of Wallhead Web, a web design, development and marketing agency in Hobart Tasmania, and Jobric, a microsourcing site designed to help people find the expertise and stuff they need.

Peter spoke to us about his experience running events to promote his business and the lessons he has learned along the way.

EV: Where did you first get the idea of using workshops as a way to expand your business?

PW: I was given advice from the Startup Tasmania (ST) community that the best way to increase … Read more »

4 creative alternatives to slideshows for your next event

Posted by: corina on Tuesday 1st May 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

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Even if you’re a pro at creating engaging slideshows, using the same tools at every event can easily get boring.

Here are four alternatives to slideshows to make your next workshop or meeting more interesting. Can you add any more to this list?

1. Whiteboards

A whiteboard, chalkboard or even an easel and butcher’s paper will give you more flexibility than a slideshow. Starting with a blank canvas and coloured chalk or markers, you can create an engaging presentation as you go. You might even want to start by pre-setting some basic notes or designs before your event begins, and adding to it with the help of your audience.

For a truly interactive event, using a whiteboard … Read more »

3 tips for encouraging word-of-mouth about your event

Posted by: corina on Monday 30th April 2012
Categories: Latest News, Social Media

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Word-of-mouth is generally considered one of the best ways to promote a product or service. When it comes to your event, word-of-mouth is a useful method of increasing awareness and attracting new attendees.

Encourage your attendees to recommend your next event to friends and family with these three tips.

1. Make it easy to share

Making it easy to get the word out is your first step. Making it easy to find your social media accounts will help your attendees to follow and connect with you. Add details like your website, Twitter handle and Facebook URL to your promotional materials and your event website.

Having brochures or fliers available for attendees to take will encourage sharing … Read more »

Extending the life of your event with social media: a 4-step guide

Posted by: corina on Thursday 26th April 2012
Categories: Latest News, Social Media

Using social media you can connect with your audience outside the confines of your event’s running time. After your event especially, you can develop relationships by continuing discussions, sharing content and getting to know your audience better.

Use this four-step guide to extend the life of your event with social media.

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1. Make connections during event:

During your event, incorporate social media and begin creating connections with your attendees. Encourage them to check-in on Foursquare and follow your account. Promote your brand’s Twitter handle and any event-specific hashtags you are using. Ask attendees to like your Facebook page or sign up to your email newsletter.

Add your social media accounts to any posters, cards or flyers you … Read more »

23 of the best event invitations you’ll ever see

Posted by: corina on Tuesday 24th April 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

The more creative an event invitation, the more memorable it will be. Take a look at these impressive designs that include pop culture references, interactive elements and even some gardening!

Spinning wood

This wood block invitation includes a spinning wheel that reveals facts about wine and the wine making process. Follow the link to see it in action.

8-bit mario

This 8-bit wedding invite comes complete with a pull-tab to make the couple move in and out of the Mario-style green pipe.

Burning man

Taking the interactive element much further, this Burning Man invite uses “invisible” ink made from lemon juice to hide the event details. Attendees use a cigarette lighter to heat up the ink and reveal the hidden message.

Fabric and sticker

Using accept and reject stickers, … Read more »

5 tips for promoting your small business with events

Posted by: corina on Monday 23rd April 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

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For small business owners, running events can help to increase awareness of your brand as well as adding to your profits. Here are 5 tips to ensure your event is a hit and a promotional success.

1. Choose your content wisely

Choosing the content for your event is your first step.

Play to your strengths when choosing your focus topic. Think about your areas of expertise and your brand’s specialties within your field.

Look at your target demographic as well. What do they want to learn more about? What do they ask you about most often?

Choose information that you feel comfortable presenting and add your own unique elements. Try to work within your brand’s Read more »

How to make your conference relevant in the Internet age

Posted by: corina on Thursday 19th April 2012
Categories: Latest News, Social Media

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With technology so prevalent today and social media slowly infiltrating every aspect of our day-to-day lives, audiences are a different breed than they once were. People behave differently and expect different things from conferences.

Being aware of these changes will help you to prepare for them and ensure your conference is keeping up with attendee expectations.

Be aware of short attention spans

With the bombardment of media and information overload, our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. We lose interest quickly and look for novelty.

This means that more than ever you need to avoid dull presentations that drag on. Keeping the attention of your audience will require dynamic presentations, lots of variety … Read more »

3 quick tips for better event slideshows

Posted by: corina on Tuesday 17th April 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

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Slideshows are useful tools for training events, workshops and seminars. When illustrating a point or going over complex material, slides are helpful in adding a visual element to your presentation.

Sadly though, slideshows have become infamous for being boring and less-than-helpful.

These three quick tips can help you to avoid the dreaded ‘death by Powerpoint‘ and use slides to improve your next event.

1. Slides are support beams, not foundations

Avoid relying on your slides as the bulk of your presentation. Reading directly from slides for long periods is a sure-fire way to bore your audience.

Reference your slides sparingly to illustrate your points. Use slides to show your most important points and the information … Read more »

38 quirky handmade gifts for your next event

Posted by: corina on Wednesday 11th April 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

Nobody wants to get the same old gifts at your event, so we’ve collected 38 ideas for handmade gifts. Most of these are so easy the kids can lend a hand, and will make your event memorable long after it’s over.

Sidewalk chalk

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Not only is this an easy project, these colourful chalk sticks are just as much fun to make as they are to use.

Tile coasters

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Who knew old tiles could be so handy? Tie four of these together with ribbon for a sweet coaster set.

Lanyard

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The added pen pouch makes this lanyard pattern perfect for a conference or networking event. Try using fabric colours that match your event’s theme.

Lego cookies

Lego cookies

Everyone loves cookies, but it’s … Read more »