23rd January 2017
For immediate release
A new collaboration of best-in-craft event tech suppliers has been launched to make life easier for event planners and marketers, and to help make their events more awesome.
The Event Tech Tribe is a collaborative ensemble of businesses that have chosen to work together technically, but more importantly, to co-ordinate at a client level. The Tribe includes mobile app provider ShowGizmo, registration platform Swoogo, onsite specialists TRC, content management system Hubb and audience engagement platform Glisser and is currently focussed on North American, European and Australasian customers.
ShowGizmo CEO, Marie-Claire Andrews says “The raw potential of event technology has created an explosion of new companies and innovative products. But, this placed the burden of supplier co-ordination and integration of technologies on already overworked event planners. We aim to solve that – making life easier – saving time as well as money.”
In defiance of the alternative ‘vanilla’ options presented by enterprise solutions, the Tribe has built a way of working that puts the customer first. Based on a fundamental belief held by all the members – that each piece of the event technology ecosystem needs to be excellent on its own, and that the best companies focus on doing their bit really, really well – the group will offer all the advantages of an end-to-end experience by taking each of those components and blending them at the edges to create compatible functionality.
Founder and CEO of Swoogo, Leonora Valvo, was the pioneer of the concept and confirms that “The Tribe ensures service, technology and data are all connected in a flexible way to make your events world-class.” “Data is at the heart of what we all do: technology is just a means to help you create truly ‘intelligent events’ – measurable, repeatable, scalable and evolutionary.
TRC founder and Chief Executive, Greg Lazzaro is excited about the potential the partnership has for his customers: “Ultimately, this is about excellent events. Building these strong relationships with key partners means we can continue to offer innovation after
innovation” He adds, “And the best bit is we’re flexible, we’re independent, and we’re complementary. We can help whether you need to work with two of us or all of us”
The Tribe is launching with a webinar on 25th January and presentations from Tribe members around the country, with a roadshow scheduled for March/April.
For further information:
The Event Tech Tribe: https://eventtechtribe.swoogo.com/tribe2017
Marie-Claire Andrews, ShowGizmo CEO
firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: +64 21 814 224
14th December 2016
For Immediate Release
One of Australasia’s longest standing event app companies, ShowGizmo is announcing a new focus on Associations for 2017.
Since launching one of the world’s first event apps in 2010, ShowGizmo has now powered thousands of events throughout the world with their suite of native whitelabel and owned event apps. “We’ve served clients from all industries and sectors over the years, as event people as well as mobile specialists. Helping to create awesome events has always been a huge driving force for us,” said CEO and Co- Founder, Marie-Claire Andrews. The company was recently named one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 in the APAC region.
“Our experience with Associations in Australasia and the USA have consistently been positive, we really love the collaborations that Associations foster, and we want to continue to help make that a possibility for these vital organisations by ensuring their requirements are front and centre for our product development,” said Marie-Claire.
In a nod of more to come, ShowGizmo has confirmed 2017 partnerships with two of Australasia’s leading Association industry bodies: The Australasian Society for Association Executives and Associations Forum. Both will be utilising ShowGizmo’s technology as a year-round platform to digitise the way they communicate with their members.
“Face to face events are still our core business, and we’re going to continue supporting them as always, but we want to help Associations and other organisations leverage the possibilities that year-round mobile interactions offer. Our partnerships with AuSAE and Associations Forum is a sign of great things to come!” explained ShowGizmo’s COO, Ryan O’Connor.
David Browne, Executive Officer of the Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) NSW is looking forward to showcasing his 45 member associations a digital platform throughout 2017, “I’m excited to offer the platform and I’m confident of great adoption, not only because of the opportunities to cross promote events, but because our app will also be an attractive tool for our associations to attract sponsorship.”
Marketing Executive at ShowGizmo
Westport, Connecticut August 11 2016
Event marketing software newcomer Swoogo announced the acquisition of their 50 th customer today. In just eight months since launching, the company is celebrating rapid success, growing to their current size with no outside funding, and no plans to take investment money in the future.
The unprecedented speed of the company’s growth has highlighted the market’s hunger for a younger, fresher, more robust event software solution. Swoogo’s second generation event tech team, led by Leonora Valvo and Tim Cummins (both previously of etouches) has delivered a product seamlessly designed to answer the problems industry heavyweights have left unsolved for almost a decade.
“We’re honored by the outpouring of confidence the market has shown us and we’re committed to being an independent company that is dedicated to its customers. More importantly—we’re excited to continue building a product that makes event professionals’ lives easier,” says company founder Valvo.
While the company has grown at an unbelievable pace, the team’s success is no surprise to Swoogo’s first customer. “Swoogo is an extremely user-friendly tool,” says Vendome’s Senior Marketing Director Abbegayle Morrow, “The experience from the back-end development to the front-end user is extremely smooth, logical, and very easy to use. Swoogo…is clean, functional and professional – from the registration build-out to even the website build-out. Having worked with many different systems, Swoogo is certainly at the very top of my list.”
It’s clear that Swoogo is doing things a little differently from other products on the market. “Tim [Cummins] and Leonora [Valvo] worked incredibly hard to make a product that is easier to learn and use than any other similar solution. A new generation of event professionals is out there dealing with software systems that were developed before they had even graduated from high school. You wouldn’t buy a cell phone from 2008 – why would you buy event software from then? So we set out to tell these smart, tech-savvy people that yes, duh, there should be something better out there, and there is. It’s us,” said Swoogo marketing consultant Molly Falco.
Beyond their refined product, Swoogo is quickly becoming known for their outstanding support. Led by Head of Product Neil Keefe and Director of Support Michael Sabani, customers are currently reporting 100% satisfaction with the company’s help system.
It’s clear that the Swoogo team has stumbled upon a recipe for success, and the company is looking to continue growing full speed ahead.
Contact: Molly Falco, Marketing Director, email@example.com
The benefits of an event app are clear for attendees, sponsors, planner and everyone else involved. However, how can reap these benefits everyone is buzzing about? You’ll need to market your event app! Here are a few key reasons why:
- Attendees will not find it on their own. The truth of the matter is, regardless of how awesome the app is, attendees will not download it unless you ask them to. The onus is on the planner and marketers to show the value of the app to the attendees. Highlight features that they can’t find in the print guide and ways their event experience will be improved if they use it.
- As you market your app, you’re marketing your event. A good marketing strategy includes messaging the attendees (and prospective attendees) via many channels. As you spread the word about the app, they’ll also hear about the event. It’s fantastic brand exposure for the event.
- Sponsors will be impressed. There are many ways to incorporate and highlight sponsors and other key partners in your event app. A high adoption rate is very beneficial to them in getting a better ROI. Additionally, if you’ve featured them on the app cover, their brand automatically gets exposure as you market the app with images of the app.
Marketing your event app doesn’t have to be difficult. You can leverage existing tools, tips, strategies resources such as this Event App Marketing Guide. It has a 6 channel marketing strategy as well as a 3-month event app marketing plan and editable templates so marketing the event app won’t be yet another daunting task on your event planners checklist.
Clara de Soto from Event Farm
Named one of The Next Web’s 100 Tech & Business Women Speakers, Clara heads up Event Farm’s experiential division, EFx, as SVP of Business and Product Development. Prior to being acquired by Event Farm in 2015, Clara co-created the viral hit, KillSwitch App, and co-founded ClearHart Tech, an innovation agency that leveraged emerging tech and non-traditional marketing solutions to bridge online and offline. Featured on Bloomberg TV and named in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies of 2013, Clara’s work as a Creative Technologist has ranged from leading edge Tech Startups to Fortune 500 companies in North and South America. Clara started her career as a Creative at McCann Erickson, overseeing creative direction for clients such as L’Oreal, Mastercard, Dentyne, and others. Clara graduated from Boston College with a major in English, loves Star Wars, and lives in WeLive.
Check out this recent webinar, featuring yours truly, about tech tools that can boost your event ROI here
James Spellos from Meeting U
James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology. Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Focus magazine. He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award. In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty/hunger think tank, which supports over 43,000 agencies in North America. Jim co-created for them the Whole Earth Calculator app, which helps organizations to identify the quantity of food donated and carbon footprint reduced from food recovered at meetings and events. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability in the industry.
Outside of the meetings industry, Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar, keyboards and singing for the New York City rock band Contraband. They released their first CD, “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in late 2008, and is back in the studio recording new songs for a new release.
The Event Guys Launches “Integration Platform as a Service” for the Meeting & Event Industry @Builtio
Powered by Built.io Flow, Meeting and Event Planners Can Now Connect Disparate Systems into Complete EndtoEnd Solutions
For immediate release
July 6, 2016, Portland, Oregon
In the 2015 study “The State of Event Technology Adoption” conducted by MPI and PSAV, 69% of respondents were found to use manual processes (information tracked through Word documents, email or spreadsheets) to ensure that programming, sessions, speaker lists and session details are consistent across the web, print directories, digital signs and the mobile app.
This same study concluded that “the manual data management—using Word documents, emails, handwritten notes or spreadsheets—used by a large numbers of event professionals to align both attendee and program databases means that they are precluded from the wide range of benefits that come from automated data synchronization and integration. This lack of technology adoption has the potential to increase staffing costs, decrease operational efficiency, decrease data accuracy and deprive organizations of the insights that comes from the advanced computing capabilities of automated systems.”
To help planners overcome these barriers, The Event Guys, in a strategic partnership with Built.io, has launched an Integration Platform as a Service to help planners connect their separate systems into complete end-to-end solutions. Planners can use the platform to integrate their existing systems, or select “best of breed” platforms from the EventTechGuide Marketplace to connect together into technology stacks. Dozens of other mainstream business applications such as email, CRM, marketing automation, project management tools and accounting systems are already available for integration through the Built platform. Planners can also incorporate data provided by smart badges, wearables, sensors, beacons and any other connected device with a digital heartbeat to spark innovation with the “Internet of Things” to enable new experiences.
This new platform will help planners increase productivity by eliminating manual and double entry and improving workflow through automation. It will also help small emerging technology companies with innovative products compete for market share with larger legacy systems by bundling and connecting their platforms with other products.
“This platform has the potential to be a gamechanger for the events industry,” shared Eric Kingstad, CEO of The Event Guys. “The lack of integration between systems is a very real pain point and obstacle. Planners are busy people that just want technology to work, so that they can focus on improving engagement and experience. Integration of data between systems and automatic workflow enables them to get to the next level of strategic planning and to maximize ROI from their meetings and events.”
“We are thrilled to partner with The Event Guys,” said Kurt Collins, director of partnerships at Built.io. “The event and meeting industry is ripe with opportunities for digital innovation. By combining their extensive knowhow and industry experience with Built.io Flow’s ability to quickly and easily integrate systems, The Event Guys are able to reimagine the event experience and deliver truly transformative solutions for attendees and organizers alike.”
Built.io Flow is a new kind of integration platform for connecting separate systems of many kinds, ranging from cloudbased services to legacy IT systems. Its draganddrop, iconbased UI is simple enough that business managers can connect a couple of applications. In addition, the Flow cloud integration platform also serves veteran software developers and architects who create sophisticated integrations between extremely different systems.
The Event Guys is a consulting group formed in 2010 that specializes in meeting and event technology integration. In February 2016, The Event Guys launched the EventTechGuide Marketplace, a resource for meeting planners that makes it easier to discover, compare and purchase technology for meetings and events.
For more information contact Eric Kingstad at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 503.539.1215.
1. Reduces Negative Environmental Impact
Take a relatively small event with just 1,000 attendees and 100 sheets of paper distributed per attendee. The damage to the environment and to our planet is:
- 12 trees wasted
- 75 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere
- 1 million liters of water wasted
Simply put, mobile event apps are Earth-friendly.
2. Cost Savings
For an event with 100,000 printed pages, it can cost $20,000 just in printing costs (at 20 cents per page). Additionally, there are costs for shipping, packaging and preparation pushing the costs into thousands of dollars depending on the event. Eliminating paper can result in incredible savings after going mobile.
3. Updated Information for Attendees
Ever been at a workshop where you showed up a minute late and saw a sign on the door redirecting you to a new location a five-minute run away? Yes, us too. It’s embarrassing and preventable due to a mobile app feature called “instant publish.” It allows organizers to publish any changes they make to their event app to the attendees’ phones instantly.
4. Headache and Hassle Reduction
Spending too many hours stuffing agendas into totes, running to the printers and constantly updating confusing spreadsheets or documents? Superhero app to the rescue! Develop an app in minutes, continue to update it with details as they flow in, and finalize the app as late as the day of the event if you’d like.
How to go mobile at your next event
You can easily transition your event programs from print to mobile. To learn how, get a free eBook filled with tips, tricks and best practices to convert even the naysayers at your event into mobile event app fans.