I’ve got my Starbucks locked and loaded and I’m ready to hit Monday with a vengeance. When you love what you do, you can look forward to a productive Monday, rather than dreading it. Here are a few of my Monday practices that keep me on track all week long.
Update my calendar.
I block out time for all the priority projects I need to tackle that week. I also schedule all the calls I know I’ll need to take and make sure I know what is on my cal for the entire week. This helps me professionally and personally – so I understand what I have ahead of me and can plan accordingly.
Clean out my inbox.
There’s no better feeling than a well-managed inbox so I spend the first few hours of Monday morning combing through my emails and getting back to anything I missed the previous week. If you missed my latest post on managing your inbox, here are some of my tips for getting to Inbox Zero!
Set my daily goals.
With competing prorities, a set task list can be hard to follow. There’s always something popping up and throwing us off. So – my latest technique is to set just a single daily goal – the BIGGEST thing I absolutely MUST achieve each day of the week. That way – no matter what pops up, I have one big business thing to focus on before I can call the day successful. While smaller tasks can get moved around, my BIG priority must be accomplished. Even better – I try to accomplish that task first thing so I start my day feeling productive!
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Do you find it difficult to respond to all the emails in your inbox, and sort through all the junk? Our inboxes have become command central for our businesses, and learning to manage them well is incredibly important.
In this newsletter, I want to offer you 3 tips that I’ve learned in my years as a professional planner to dramatically minimize the time wasted and allows me to spend more time in pursuit of my ideal clients.
1. REDUCE YOUR EMAIL LOAD WITH UNROLL.ME
This is one of my favorite tools for cleaning up your inbox. Just link it to your email account and it will pull up all of your subscriptions. Go through them one-by-one and unsubscribe with one click or do it in bulk. And – even better yet – for the ones you want to keep (like my west elm subscription and techsytalk :P), you can roll them up into a single digest so you only get ONE marketing email per week that holds all your favorite pieces of information.
I’ve found this DRAMATICALLY reduces my email load and helps me focus on getting back to clients and getting through the time-sensitive responses.
2. MANAGE INTERNAL TEAM COMMUNICATIONS WITH SLACK
This tool was built to help teams communicate more seamlessly and efficiently. You know those long group-chat thread emails that get longer and longer? Imagine moving those OUT of your inbox and INTO a place that’s more effective? You can organize conversations by topic or project – add people only to relevant conversations – and attach files, emojis and gifs. And, best of all, the platform is FREE to use and totally searchable, up to 10,000 messages (at which point it’s about $6/month per user!)
3. GET MORE WORK DONE, WITH LESS INTERRUPTIONS USING GMAIL OFFLINE
Event planners are known as road warriors. But whether you’ll be flying in the air without wifi access or you just need to focus on cleaning out your inbox, this Gmail Offline extension for the Chrome browser, downloads your emails and then lets you respond, sort and work as if you were online. Then – as soon as you have connection – it automatically updates your inbox to match all the work you did. I like the idea of using this for an hour a day to get through emails without the distractions of social media or new emails popping in every 2 minutes!
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- Create a registration page easily with a live preview and a risk-free trial.
- Configure multiple ticket types and discount codes to boost sales.
- Customize a branded check-out page that’s conversion optimized.
- Seamlessly integrate registration data with any Attendify App.
- Centralize event registration data on a single platform and use it with Attendify Audiences.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Join us on Friday, April 20th, 2018, at Convene, 32 Old Slip, in New York City, for techsytalk LIVE 10: The Grand Finale. That’s right, after 8 years, New York’s most acclaimed event tech conference announces its 10th and final event in the techsytalk LIVE series. You won’t want to miss this very special day.
This final production will be emcee’d and soundtracked by Sean Patrick McGillicuddy – Host/DJ for great companies like Disney, Google, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and The NFL, just to name a few!
Featured presenters include:
- Author and Serial Entrepreneur – Peter Shankman
- Digital Strategist and Social Media Maven – Sree Sreenivasan
- President and Co-Founder of Convene – Christopher J. Kelly
- Owner & CEO of K.I.M. Media, LLC – Leslie Short
- Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Smart Hustle Magazine – Ramon Ray
- Tech Evangelist – Dahlia El Gazzar
- Founder & CEO of Social Tables – Dan Berger
- Co-founder & CMO of Bizzabo – Alon Alroy
- President & CEO of VeeKast – Donvil Collins
- Founder & CEO of Greater Good Events – Ellen Hockley Harrison
- CEO of Voila Event Solutions – Christina Rene
- Business & Sales Coach – Carolyn Herfurth
- President & Owner of Renaissance Meetings & Special Events, Inc. – Bernard Toliver
- Founder & Owner of Alive Entertainment – Ed Baker
- Renowned Mentalist and Foodie Magician to the Stars – Josh Beckerman
- and our very own Liz King Caruso
For the last eight years, techsytalk LIVE has distinguished itself by presenting an event crafted by and for event planners – a well-curated experience presenting the industry’s finest innovators and tech experts to share their know-how and learn from one another. Most importantly, it’s a gathering that promises a non-bloated format that is both instructional and FUN. You’ll enjoy panels on everything from transforming a raw space into a masterpiece event location, learning to trust your gut instincts, and speaking the language to attract more sponsor dollars, to leveraging the best apps, social media and influencers to take your event game to the next level.
And for the first time EVER, techsytalk LIVE will be hosting an amazing after party to celebrate eight fantastic years of event tech goodness. The party will be at The Mezzanine, the financial district’s latest gorgeous addition to the land of industrial-chic event spaces.
If you’re a growth-obsessed event planner working in NYC, do not miss this last chance to be part of the best LIVE experience, For Planners, By Planners. If you can’t be with us in person, join us via livestream as we broadcast the entire day from the main stage. Get your tickets HERE.
For more information, contact: Liz King email@example.com.
San Francisco, USA, February. 26, 2018 – Evvnt Inc, the digital event marketing platform, has announced its expansion into the USA that includes six strategic partnerships with leading data, ticketing, platform and search companies. Launching integrations including Ticketmaster, Eventbrite, Universe, Bandsintown, Ticketsauce and SpokenLayer, means that Evvnt continues to prove itself as the solution to the challenge of monetizing online event discovery and promotion for the news, media and publishing industry.
Richard Green, CEO of Evvnt explained “For decades news groups have been supplied feature-rich event discovery platforms and data services that cost thousands of dollars in license fees, without focussing on the ultimate return – ad revenue. Evvnt’s turnkey solution for news media, which now includes event discovery & reseller tools, has the potential to deliver exceptional marketing value to local organisers, drive SEO traffic back to site and ultimately provide a new revenue stream. We are set to generate over $1m for our early adopters which is a huge ‘win-win’ for local news publishers, and for their communities of event organizers looking to reach new audiences”.
After launching with Hearst Communications’ SFGate and SeattlePI titles earlier this year, Evvnt is continuing to roll out its products to new partners across the US. By combining event calendar software, rich data and its aggregated network marketing service for resale, Evvnt is delivering a leading revenue solution across news & media titles whilst simultaneously helping event attendees discover the best events in their local areas. In addition to Hearst’s flagship titles Evvnt has also onboarded 60 more news sites, including Morris Communications’ “WhereTraveler” national network and the Metro Media US New York, Boston and Philadelphia news sites.
“It’s sophistication made easy!” Franc Coleman, Digital Product Manager at Hearst Media said, “My partnership with Evvnt has opened my eyes to the world of event marketing. Saving time by having my events populated on qualified, relevant, event listing sites in a matter of minutes along with search results is… game changing. Using Evvnt’s reporting analytics to provide greater transparency around our campaigns only adds to the value proposition of Hearst Media. I’m a firm believer that Evvnt is changing the event marketing space and I look forward to seeing what else this dynamic team brings to the table.”
Driving that event discovery is new relationships with Ticketmaster, the global market leader in ticketing, Bandsintown, the leading concert discovery platform, Eventbrite, the world’s largest ticketing and events technology platform, and Universe, who are providing their catalogue of events to further power Evvnt’s discovery calendars. In return Evvnt has also opened up its core product, the premium network of 4,000+ publishing sites to its major ticketing partners, helping event organizers to sell more tickets through targeted marketing, and making sure their events are seen across major news & media titles.
Evvnt are also introducing an integrated ticketing solution as part of the event submission experience. Organisers can now set up ticketing & marketing from one centralised platform, choosing between leading providers Eventbrite, Ticketsauce white label and Universe.
“We are excited about working with Evvnt to provide the ability for their customers to create events and sell tickets,” stated Travis Fisher, CEO of TicketSauce. “Event ticketing and event discovery are two critical components that drive new revenue and data for media partners. Richard and the Evvnt team create the robust discovery experience that partners very well with the TicketSauce platform.”
Richard Green added “we are listening very carefully to news publishers to ensure we supply a service that meets their needs, Ticketsauce has made impressive in roads with our target market and continues to be the preferred choice for a number of large news organizations, it’s clear that white label ticketing revenue is a quick win and we felt it essential we integrate and combine the offering.”
Moving into new markets, Evvnt will also be piloting event discovery through voice technology with SpokenLayer, based out of New York. Delivering event suggestions alongside news via popular smart-home technologies like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the two companies are designing a solution for major news publishers that helps keep media consumption on the forefront of technology. Richard Green commented “Watching my daughters instinctively engage in voice search to get web based results really highlighted the simplicity and direction for future generations to access local news content and SpokenLayer are well placed to ensure we surface local events data.”
Jeremy Mims, Head of Strategy and Partnerships at SpokenLayer:
“SpokenLayer powers voice experiences for leading media companies like Gannett, McClatchy, Hearst, Univision, Oath, Time, Medium, Politico and many more. We know that local events are an important piece of what users want on Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant/Home, and Apple’s Siri. We’re excited to work with Evvnt as a valuable resource for local events content on the SpokenLayer platform.”
Evvnt – INVITE THE WORLD TO YOUR EVENTS
A leader in events marketing automation our mission is to help people promote and find events.
To empower people, event organisers and venues of all sizes, to manage and promote events data across the industry’s largest ecosystem of event listing sites, calendars, directories, ticketing, social networks and search engines from one simple platform.
EventOPS (www.EventOPSSoftware.com), the premier online tool for streamlining event management, is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Fuller as Chief Strategy Officer.
Fuller has an impressive background in event technology and the MICE industry, with extensive experience working with a broad range of clients and industries across the United States, Europe and Australasia. His previous roles have included VP Global for ShowGizmo, where he spearheaded their international expansion, and Strategic Communications Manager for the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, where he helped raise the industry profile of business events in Australia and globally.
EventOPS Co-Founder Chris Roberts said, “Mike is a stellar addition to our team. Our software is gaining traction at a heck of a pace, as it’s helping event professionals realize efficiencies and automate actionable plans; Mike’s appointment is key to ensuring continuous alignment of product with customer needs, and his depth of experience in the meetings and events industry is vital to that.”
EventOPS is a member of the Event Tech Tribe, a collaborative ensemble of event tech specialists offering best-in-craft event technology. Event Tech Tribe COO, Marie-Claire Andrews, is also happy with the news: “I was lucky to work with Mike in Australasia where I was impressed with his nous – and his extensive networks!” she adds; “His global connections and industry knowledge will undoubtedly help make EventOPS #1 in the ‘business of event management’ and I look forward to working closely with him on Event Tech Tribe business.”
Michael Fuller said, “ It’s an honor to join the EventOPS team – as someone that has planned major events, conferences and summits I absolutely understand the grind and how (and why) event professionals continue to make the list as one of most stressful jobs year after year, so I feel well qualified to help take that pain away!”
The EventOPS platform allows individuals to be more strategic in all areas of the business by breaking down silos, organizing teams (and vendors), automating and streamlining pre-event planning as well as tackling event budgeting. The events industry has changed a lot over the past 20 years and the EventOPS team feels that the traditional tools and software used has lagged behind. Roberts added, “we started EventOPS with one thing in mind – how can we help event professionals create better events. This is something Mike is also very passionate about and I so welcome him to the EventOPS team.”
A Bigger, Better Room Block Management Solution
We’ve made the room block management, better (which we call Housing 2.0) and we think you’ll agree it’s an impressive step up.
In our previous housing management solution, there were a few limitations presented which made room block management a bit more complicated. With your feedback, our newly improved room block management solution does away with each of these pain points. In fact, it puts greater control of your block in your hands.
Here is a list of some of the new improvements in our new version:
First up, you have full and secure access to your room blocks whenever you want. You’re able to view live event data, export rooming lists and reports at the click of a button. An interactive map function is there to assist your attendees with proximity of hotels to meeting spaces or other event related venues.
Further improvements in Housing 2.0 include the ability for booking multiple reservations across a number of hotels. Speaking of hotels, you’ve now got the ability to upload images of the every one of your hotels, room type and amenities. If you find that you need them, additional hotels and room blocks can easily be added.
But perhaps one of the best new features of Streampoint’s Housing 2.0 is its ability to integrate with your event registration system; meaning that your attendees can be registered and housed in a seamless process, instead of them having to do both separately. It’s a small, but potentially powerful step in helping to minimize attrition.
Oh, and did we forget to mention that there’s no annual licensing fees? That’s right, Housing 2.0 is setup as a pay-per-use model.
Of course, all this comes backed by Streampoint’s impeccable support so you can feel right at home with our new room block management. Want to find out more or sign up for a demo? Drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Streampoint Solutions Inc.
Streampoint Solutions Inc., founded in 2001, is a full service, highly configurable event management solution company. Streampoint Solutions provide solutions ranging from online to onsite registration; including a SaaS approach to online event registration, exhibitor booth sales and management, housing, CRM / AMS integrations, onsite registration and session management, e-mail marketing, and badge production solutions to ensure its clients success and business needs. Streampoint Solutions clients range from associations, governments, corporations and event management companies. For more information please visit www.streampoint.com or socially connect with us onTwitter, on LinkedIn or on Facebook.
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**All winners will be notified via email by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
Enterprise Organizations Can Now Leverage the New Event App Offering Fully Custom Branding and Tailored In-App Features
NEW YORK AND TEL AVIV – January 16, 2018 – Bizzabo, the world’s leading events cloud, today launched the next generation of its mobile events app for Android and iPhone devices. The new app offers highly customizable branding capabilities and in-app feature selection for marketers to make their events truly unique and impactful for their participants. With this new wave of mobile event experiences, marketers can build communities, showcase their brand, maximize audience engagement, and effectively drive stronger return on investment from their events. Starting today, all Bizzabo customers can access the new app for future events worldwide.
Eran Ben-Shushan, Co-founder and CEO of Bizzabo, said: “We were first to market with a comprehensive mobile solution for event engagement, which enabled us to collect years of customer feedback across thousands of events to surface the newest design and user experience trends. Our new app is modern and sleek with significant customization capabilities and an expansive feature set. Unlike other event apps, our app is integral to our all-in-one event success platform that enables us to offer a more holistic experience for attendees that no other event app vendor can provide. In the $28 billion-dollar events software industry, we’re offering the most capable app solution in an increasingly mobile market.”
Trusted by over 10,000 live events worldwide, Bizzabo’s event success cloud helps marketers manage a customized experience for attendees as well as track performance data from each event to make events more impactful and rewarding. Today’s release represents the culmination of over six years of dedicated research, in collaboration with many leading brands, on how to use mobile apps to maximize engagement and overall event success.
In addition to key branding capabilities across the event’s app interface, the new Bizzabo app enables marketers to:
- Customize Your App Experience – provide attendees with all the information they need to make the best decisions, including a new agenda interface, session descriptions, ticket information, venue map, and more.
- Build a Community – foster growth for your event through the community feature that enables attendee, one-to-one messaging, and the ability to mark and follow up with leads.
- Enable Partners – help drive return on investment for sponsors and exhibitors by giving them the opportunity to set up special offers and benefit from branded profile pages.
- Track Engagement in Real-Time – monitor social media activity and see how attendees expand the reach of your event.
- Analyze Event Performance – leverage event data to demonstrate ROI to stakeholders.
Today’s news falls on the heels of Bizzabo’s recent growth investment round, which raised the company’s total funding to $30 million. The new capital will continue accelerating product development for both the mobile and web-based event cloud, as well as supporting the company’s rapidly growing global customer base.
For more information on Bizzabo, visit https://www.bizzabo.com.
Bizzabo is an award-winning holistic event cloud providing marketers with a modern suite of tools to create impactful and rewarding professional events. Bizzabo unleashes the power of events to drive impactful in-person experiences, networking opportunities and business outcomes for thousands of events around the world including those by WeWork, Hubspot, GitHub, EA Sports, CoinDesk, and Virgin. Customers use Bizzabo to consolidate their event stack and benefit from the platform’s insights to manage, measure and grow their events participation, engagement and experience. Key features enable organizers to build websites, manage event registration, sell tickets, grow communities through onsite networking, and event apps – all within a cloud-based, user-friendly platform.
Founded in 2012 by Eran Ben-Shushan, Alon Alroy, and Boaz Katz, the company’s mission is to bring people together, and to make events more rewarding for everyone involved. Bizzabo was selected by The Event Technology Awards, in 3 consecutive years, as The People Choice’s Award of the Favorite Event Technology Solution. Backed by leading investors Pilot Growth Equity, Maor Investments, LionBird VC, AfterDox VC Mr. Zvi Limon, Mr. Gigi Levy, Mr. Barak Rabinowitz, Mr. Joey Low, Mr. Eli Alroy, OurCrowd and Kaedan Capital, the company holds offices in Tel-Aviv and New-York. To learn more, visit https://www.bizzabo.com.
Drones. Artificial Intelligence. Cryptocurrency. Vacation Space Travel (soon, soon.)
Technology is morphing faster than a client’s mind and it ain’t slowing down! In less than 3 minutes we’ll give you 3 important event tech waves to surf in 2018:
We’re not **quite** Tom Cruise in “Minority Report” level but, AI is impacting our industry TODAY and it will only increase in 2018. What if you could use the terabytes of data points you’ve accumulated about your audience to help them make decisions and deliver a more intuitive experience? Customize an experience to their taste? Increase your attendee retention by automating suggestions based on prior attendee behavior (in a non creepy way, of course). AI is enabling us to leverage technology to make smarter, more targeted decisions to benefit our audiences faster than previously humanly possible. Am I saying technology is smarter than us? Wellllll, not just **yet. <<wink>>
You’ve heard about Venmo, Stripe, Apple pay and other digital payment solutions and a once seemingly far-reaching concept called cryptocurrency, now being embraced by the mainstream. The landscape of how currency is being exchanged is evolving right before our eyes and will have a lasting impact on how we plan and execute events. The key here is to learn about these types of technology by experimenting with some of these new modes of payment and to stay in the conversation with other early adopters via reputable Facebook groups, blogs etc. Expect to see these new modes of payment integrated in our day-to-day planning and influencing how we think about paying for services, pricing (less fees please!), transaction speed, digital security etc.
From the dynamic possibilities with aerial event videos & photos, to the promise of Amazon drone deliveries – drones are here to stay. And the thing you’re really going to want to pay attention to with drones in 2018 is the law. The FCC and other entities are scrambling to make sure your drones are registered and that you’re properly trained to operate them. If you’re hiring drones at your next event, make sure the operators are up-to-speed on the regulatory requirements. Oh – and make sure they are properly insured!
My 3 minutes are up, but JOIN US AT TECHSYTALK LIVE 10: THE GRAND FINALE as we dive deeper into these and other event tech trends to anticipate NOW.