Setting Access Codes for Your Event Tickets

Have guests with VIP status? Or need to hide some tickets from the general public? We just released an update that allows you to select from 3 password protection options to only allow guests with a special password or invitation code access to certain tickets! Scroll below to learn more about which option is most suitable for your event needs!

Password Protection Options

  1. Default (No Password / No Invitation Code)If you are planning a simple, public event that requires no exclusivity in admission tickets, this option is sufficient for your event needs! This option allows guests to publicly access your ticket information and to freely register for all ticket types you offer for your event.
  2. Event Registration with a Password
    For those of you who are planning to host private events, this option is tailored just to your needs! Any guest who plans on registering for the event needs to have an invitation code generated by you. When anyone tries to register for the event, they will be redirected to a page that asks for an invitation code before they can even access the ticket information page. Thus, no one will be able to see your ticket types or prices without an invitation code. This will prevent any uninvited guests or strangers who stumble upon your event page and register for misleading reasons.
  3. Event Registration with Invite Codes for Selected TicketsThis option allows you to set different invitation codes for various ticket types instead of generating one general invitation code for all guests. Thus, only a VIP can purchase a VIP ticket, only a student can purchase a student ticket, and so on. Unlike ‘Event Registration with a Password,’ this option is more suitable for hosting public events but if you plan to have different types of attendees.
    The invitation code verification box will only pop up when guests select a ticket type that requires an invitation code. So anyone will have access to your ticket information page, it simply prevents anyone from registering for a ticket that they are not entitled access to.

To learn how to set access codes for your event tickets, please visit our help page

If you still have questions on how to utilize this feature, feel free to reach out to us. Our team will be glad to help you! 

About EventNook:

EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organizers can set up and customize their very own event page. Through it, organizers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organizers much easier and more efficient. We are based in sunny Singapore.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
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Customize Your Event Page With Website Theme Selection

Want to add a little zest to your event page?  Now you can select from 3 stunning website themes to tailor your event page and attract more attendees!

 

Default

The default theme lays out all the details of your event in a comprehensive and compact design. Details of the event are displayed in a two-column layout, and visitors to the event page are able to attain most or all of the event details at a single glance. When registering for the event, visitors will be redirected to the ticket information page.

Creative

With the creative theme, your event name, date, location  and registration button are displayed within the header. This keeps your event page crisp and tidy, suitable for those of you who do not have event details in your header picture. This also encourages visitors to register for your event, since it is the first thing they see when they visit your event page! Details of the event are displayed in a one-column layout, and visitors are able to view ticket information and register for the event on the page itself.

Inspire

If you can’t decide between the default theme and creative theme, the inspire theme is a hybrid of the two! It is similar to the default theme in terms of header layout, but visitors are able to view ticket information and register for the event on the page itself, just like the creative theme. The ticket information falls right below the header in a wide one-column layout, while other event details are separated into a tidy two-column layout.

To learn how to set a website theme, please visit our help page.

This feature is currently only available for those who have subscribed to professional plans and above. To learn more about your plan features, please feel free to drop us an email.

About EventNook:

EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organizers can set up and customize their very own event page. Through it, organizers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organizers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making it one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

Which name badge printer should I use for my event?

Choosing the right type of printer for your event can be challenging as many factors come into determining which qualities will be the most valuable for managing your event.

Before deciding on which printer to utilize for your event, first you want to decide what kind of name badges you want to supply for your event. Do you want paper name badges? Or more durable PVC cards? Do you want to print postcard sized cards? Or smaller ID sized cards?

Look no further, because this article is written just for you!

Plastic (PVC) Cards vs. Paper Cards

  1. Nature of your event: Printing on plastic (PVC) cards produces more durable name badges that attendees can retain as a keepsake even after the event ends. This can be suitable for notable events, such as concerts, seminars, conferences or trade shows, where PVC cards also add to the excitement of the event. For corporate events such as business conferences or shareholder meetings, PVC cards result in a more professional appearance.
  2. Duration of your event: For events that last more than a day, printing on more durable PVC cards will be more beneficial to you as an event organizer and for attendees as well. This reduces the risk of damage that attendees can cause to paper name badges, such as creases or getting it wet. Thus, printing on PVC cards can help you avoid having to reprint cards. This also diminishes the necessity of having to purchase plastic badge holders to protect your name badges. You can simply punch a hole in your PVC cards, attach it to a lanyard, and you’re ready to go!

Larger-sized Name Tags vs. Smaller-sized Name Tags

  1. Visibility: For large events, printing on larger-sized cards can help security details as the card allows for easier identification from a far distance. For event organizers, printing on larger-sized cards also allows for easier identification in case attendees need to be separated into groups, and helps the event management team to recognize when an attendee is in the wrong area and needs to be re-directed to the right place. One more advantage is that you can easily market your event or brand name! The larger your company logo or event details are visible, the better.
  2. Cost-effectiveness: Smaller-sized cards can be the more economical choice for planning low-budget events. They take up less ink for printing and are also more portable. On the other hand, small ID-sized cards can also be more suitable for trendier and upscale events as smaller cards will look more sleek.

Now that you’ve decided on the type of name badge you want to print, let’s move on to selecting the right printer to meet your needs!

Types of Name Badge Printers

Brother QL-720NW Printer 

This professional, high-speed label printer comes with built-in ethernet and wireless networking, perfect for printing cost-effective paper labels! It can print up to 93 labels per minute and in high resolution (300 x 600 dpi). The printer uses direct thermal printing mechanism with easy drop-in tape rolls, which means that no ink or toner is required. However, this also means that the printer can only print in black. The machine is simple to use and automatically recognizes the roll size and adjusts the label template accordingly. It also has an automatic cutter. Not to mention, it’s exceedingly portable!

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for hosting simple events. This is one of our most frequently rented printer as it is extremely portable, easy to set-up, and cost-effective. One method our clients have utilized this printer is by sticking the name badges generated by this printer onto pre-printed badges that feature the event details. This cuts down printing time, money, and reduces the attendees’ wait time immensely!

Max label dimensions: 2.4″ x 3″ | Printer dimensions: 5″ x 9.3″ x 6″

Zebra ZD500 Thermal Transfer Desktop Printer

This printer is ideal for small-label printing of text and graphics. It prints on event badges (it can print two-sided badges too!) which feature precision perforations between each badge, allowing for easy separation for speedy badge assembly. It can also print labels on wristbands. It can print up to 4″ per second in high resolution (300 dpi). The high-resolution printer is also compact, making it easily portable, manageable and maintainable from any location.

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for large-scale conferences and exhibitions since it supports fast-speed label badge printing. Labels generated by this printer can be customized for various sizes (4″x 3″, 4″x 6″, etc.) with folding and perforated as well as pre-designed sponsor logos. The printer’s flexible printing abilities also allows it to print on wristbands, which will be suitable for events such as music festivals, as well as personalized tickets.

Max print width: 4.09″ | Printer dimensions: 7.5″ x 7.6″ x 10″

Epson Color Inkjet Printer

This compact, wireless printer is perfect for printing colored name badges that can fit into A6-sized name badge holders. The printer is able to print in very high resolution (5760 x 1440 dpi) and at a high speed of 27 badges per minute! However, it’s larger dimensions make it less portable than the Brother and Zebra printers. As it is a full color printer, it also requires the understanding of replacing cartridges.

Note: When selecting your inkjet printer, make sure that it can be adjusted to print on A6-sized paper! We use the Epson Expression Home XP 245 for our events.

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for major events, such as conferences and exhibitions. It is compatible with high-quality colored printing on thick paper stock. The comprehensive printing capabilities of this printer result in more impressionable name badges that can add a special feel to events. This would be a great alternative to supplying more professional-looking name badges at a cheaper rate than PVC cards.

Label dimensions 3.4″ x 5.2″ | Printer dimensions: 15.4″ x 11.8″ x 5.7″

Evolis Primacy Card Printer

If you’re looking to print PVC cards, this printer is for you! The Primacy printer is very fast, powerful, efficient, and is adapted to printing in batches as it personalizes cards in record time: it can print 225 multi-color cards per hour and a staggering 1,000 monochrome cards per hour! It can also print double-sided. The large capacity of the feeder and hopper can each hold 100 cards, which reduces the frequency of reloading cards. Finally, the Primacy printer prints your cards in a high photographic resolution (300 x 600 dpi for color printing and 300 x 1200 dpi for monochrome printing).

Recommendations: We recommend this printer for corporate events, or small to medium-capacity special events. Because of the durable nature of PVC cards, you can simply punch a hole through it and attach it to a lanyard! Although PVC cards might be a little bit on the costly side, the VIP event experience that it offers attendees surpasses the extra cost.

Card dimensions: 3.375″ x 2.125″ | Printer dimensions: 9.72″ x 8.07″ x 14.99″

Conclusion

With many different types of printers in the market, finding the right printer to fit the needs of your event can be a challenge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for consultation when planning for your event! You can also learn more about our event badge printing service here.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

About EventNook:

EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organizers can set up and customize their very own event page. Through it, organizers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organizers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making it one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Maximize Sales Through Ticket Tier Pricing (ex: Early Bird Rate)

Do you know that EventNook’s ticket tier pricing feature allows organizers to set multiple ticket types?  

Wouldn’t you want your guests to purchase their tickets early rather than last-minute? What better way to encourage guests to attend your event than by offering them a special discount for purchasing their tickets early?

Setting “ticket tier pricing” benefits you as an organizer because it encourages potential attendees to immediately act and purchase tickets upon knowing about the event. This reduces the risk that they will forget about the event when they decide to purchase tickets at a later date.

Utilize this feature now to maximize your event management process and encourage more sales!

To learn how to set ticket tier pricing, visit our help page.

If you need any further assistance or clarification on using this feature, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

EventNook Launches Self-Serve Check-in Kiosk App

To accommodate event organizers who are planning to host big events with minimal staff, EventNook has just launched a self-service Kiosk app that supports event organizers to try a more hands-off approach and allow attendees to check-in on their own.

The EventNook Kiosk Check-in Manager is a comprehensive tool that is designed to support medium to large-scale events and allows event organizers to conveniently manage onsite event registration and make sure everything runs smoothly on the event day. The app is now available for download on the app store.

Through the app, event organizers are greeted by a simple user interface where they can manage the event and guest check-ins through a real-time dashboard.

The kiosk app allows users to check-in efficiently through a QR code, which they receive upon the completion of their registration online. On the actual event day, they can simply scan their QR code to check-in for the event. For guests who have trouble finding the confirmation email, the Kiosk app also allows event organizers to check in their guests manually by searching for their name or ticket ID.

Here are some key features of EventNook’s Kiosk App:

1. Kiosk (Self Check-in) Feature

To save event organizers time and energy of having to redirect guests, the Kiosk Feature now displays a message to prompt guests on to the next course of action upon checking in.

The message displayed on the screen can be customized by the event organizer to anything they want to convey to their guests. Be it a warm WELCOME message directing them to the conference room, or a sheepish SORRY message for customers who have brought an invalid QR code.

2. Onsite Registration for Walk-in Guests

Through the Kiosk app, guests are now able to register and check-in for the event on the spot! This means that event organizers no longer have to turn away guests who have not registered for the event beforehand.

3. Easy Search

No QR code? No problem. The Kiosk app allows attendees to check-in manually for the event. This latest release also features an ENLARGED search text box to accommodate the less keen-sighted customers.

For more information about Kiosk check-in app and eventnook services, check out http://overview.eventnook.com/p/event-kiosk-checkin

About EventNook:

EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organizers can set up and customize their very own event page. Through it, organizers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organizers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making it one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

Conferences Planning Checklist for the busy event planner

 

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Part I- Confirm event details and branding

  • Conference committee & responsibilities
  • Event goals and theme for the conference
  • Budget & Sponsors
  • Options of event dates, venues and speakers
  • Reach out to relevant venues and speakers to confirm availability
  • Design logo and consistent design theme

 

Part II- Early Preparation

  • Conference schedule
  • Reach out to sponsors
  • Reach out to speakers: keynote speakers, trainers, workshop facilitators
  • Research suppliers to compare rates
    • Audiovisual team
    • Staging
    • Catering
    • Performers and emcees
    • Decorations of venue
    • Gifts, awards, flowers
    • Banners and publicity materials
    • Transport and logistics
    • Ushers and Runners
    • Photographer
    • Marketing agencies
    • Merchandising
    • Printing shops
    • Onsite communication: Wifi providers, walkie talkies, etc.
    • Staging Crew
  • Reach out to suppliers and engage them
  • Marketing strategy, slogans and promotional activities
  • Accommodation for international participants

Constantly iterate and refine the schedule throughout the process whenever you confirm or cancel something

 

Part III- Get the word out

  • Send out invites
  • Request speaker bio, workshop description and presentation outlines
  • Print brochures, posters, etc.
  • Send out invites
  • Decide on event registration and ticketing software
    • Set-up online event registration and ticketing page
    • Create special discounts, ticket types and invitation codes and send them to relevant people (if applicable)
  • Launch marketing campaign
  • Send out press releases and organise press conferences
  • Contact people in traditional and new media (newspapers, TV, and magazines as well as prominent bloggers and social media influencers)
  • Publish information in industry related publications
  • Develop long-term content marketing editorial calendar and begin marketing educational and useful content related to your conference and theme
  • Begin social media advertising on various social media platform and build up social media activity nearer to the event
  • List your event on event sites and affiliate calendars
  • Monitor feedback and response on social media, it is an early warning sign for anything wrong with your event
  • Start early bird sales

 

Part IV- Sell! Sell! Sell!

  • Promote ticket sales with giveaways
  • Close early bird tickets and start regular cycle tickets

 

Part VI- Finalising

  • Book flight and rental cars based on registration information
  • Finalise booklets and printables and send for printing (including post-event survey)
  • Pack registration pack
  • Finalise diet requirements and menu with catering
  • Appoint key points of contact for event day
  • If there are VIPs in the guest list, you may need to hire security

 

Part VII- The week before

  • Ensure the staging crew has the banners and decorations required by you
  • Organise a dry run of the conference and test audiovisual as well as rehearse stage lineup and usher movement.
  • Modify sequencing and finalise event flow
  • Ensure venue has been set up properly, with signages put up and security and ushers in place
  • Ensure writing materials are prepared
  • Ensure supplies, merchandise, booklets, gifts and awards have been delivered

 

On the Day

  • Quick run-through with everyone

Invest in onsite event check-in systems and entry management software to avoid long queues and troublesome manual registration

  • Ensure every usher has a fully-charged, Internet connected iPad for the iPad check-in system and are trained on what to do
  • Check internet and battery life of equipment
  • Social media
    • Remind audience to use your event hashtags and social media handles
    • Manage real-time social media posting. Post videos, fun photos and use hashtags
    • Post last-minute updates for event goers

 

Post-event 

  • Oversee packing and returns
  • Finalise accounts
  • Post photos and videos of the event and curate content. This will be very useful for marketing the next event
  • Thank the team and your event-goers for their support. It’s a good chance to market your event again and end off on a good note
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sgbusinessevents.com

 

Plan a business conference today with EventNook today!

Event Management Software company, EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organisers can set up and customise their very own event page. Through it, organisers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organisers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

Contact us:
Email: hello@eventnook.com
Phone: +65 6681-6571
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eventnook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eventnook/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Eventnook/

 

6 event website design hacks from the best EventNook websites

1) Singapore Yacht Show 2014

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One unique thing this event website does is in using the cover photo space at the top to emphasise event details like date and venue. Putting it right at the top as a nice visual allows the organisers to draw greater attention to event details and help their attendees remember the event, or at least find the details more conveniently.

A small but very powerful design element is adding a very thin strip of red at the top of the page. It gives greater coherence to the entire page by aligning the colour scheme to its logo’s colour scheme.

The page also uses the pages function to remove clutter from its main page. By moving important but lengthy information such as FAQs and Terms & Conditions to a different page, the main page can be clean and straight to the point.

The Singapore Yacht Show 2014 event page is all about decluttering and making event information clear and pleasing to the eye.

2) Chill Out with #eventprofs 2015

Designed by EventNook staff themselves, Chill Out’s event website maximises the functions of the EventNook registration and ticketing platform while looking good.

Despite tons of information, the designers managed to balance visuals and words. EventNook’s platform offers flexibility to the event organisers in designing a cover picture at the top as well as change the background.

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The event organisers chose to place the ticketing information on the main page. This is a great feature for event organisers who want to make buying tickets easy and effortless for event attendees.

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The event organisers have also created various ticket types such as an early bird discount and a group discount ticket that encourages event attendees to bring their colleagues and friends along.

It manages to be both professional-looking as well as laid back and fun, totally befitting a professional networking event.

Check out the latest Chill Out event here!

3) Creatory Vol. 1 2014

We just can’t get enough of the mosaic design in the background and how the fonts and colours all align in pastel heaven. You can be extremely creative with your event design on EventNook’s platform without necessarily knowing how to code!

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4) Continental Amazing Race

If you don’t have much time to design a whole new EventNook website page, you can easily upload a pre-designed poster and still have a great-looking page!

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What EventNook does great is to allow you to add on any kind of information for your event participants that a poster or email newsletter cannot! To help event participants choose the correct T-shirt design, the event organisers included a handy page here.

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5) Santacon 2013

Santacon is a series of different events spread across 3 days and the event organisers have effectively used EventNook’s functions to highlight information for each day, without cluttering the main page.

We love their humorous design, featuring many Santas hanging on a line, to form a great design border for the poster.

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While Santacon has a great poster design, rather than just re-uploading their poster, they made sure to fully utilise EventNook’s online event page by choosing a great pastel green background and also including a smaller banner with all the most essential details under Organizer’s Contact Info!

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6) Vi.bran.se: An Interactive Exhibition of Local Social Enterprises

Vi.bran.se makes use of the multimedia nature of EventNook’s platform with a video. Having multiple forms of content helps the event organisers increase frequency and intensity of attendee engagement.

To add videos, simply click the “insert video” icon and paste the url:

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The use of bright colours in the background and foreground, the interesting fonts as well as the video creates a vibrant page indeed!

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Get creative on EventNook’s online registration and ticketing platform today!

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 for Free events!

 

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How you can minimise stress on event day

You have the event plan etched in your brain and you have briefed your staff for the umpteenth time. You find yourself pacing the floor, just wondering when something will crop up and ruin your plans.

As event planners, there is always that nagging feeling that something will go awry on event day. That is because things you never anticipated to happen have happened! But the best event planners are those that can sooth those nerves and not allow it to consume their spark and energy on event day.

These are a few ways you can minimise stress on event day so that you can remain focused on executing a great event and enjoy the process more.

Photo Credits: Attendly.com

Photo Credits: Attendly.com

1. Consider a Plan C

Plan B is not enough.

Although there is no need to put too much effort into executing contingency plans, you should still think about all the possible things that could crop up and devise mini plans to deal with them.

For instance, consider what happens if you have an over or undersubscribed event. Know what you need to compromise ahead of time and your priorities so that you can make decisions on the fly when bad occurrences force you to scrap some of your plans.

Photo Credits: thecitycollection.org

Photo Credits: thecitycollection.org

Give yourself buffer time to deal with last minute things that crop up. The key thing is to think of the worst case scenario (that is likely) and a solution to it. If luck stays on your side, then use the buffer time as time to take a breather. Remaining calm can help you prevent careless mistakes and minimise stress.

2. Consistent face-to-face communication

Run through important details with staff and third-party suppliers or partners in person as much as possible. Remember, physical contact > skype > phone calls > whatsapp, texts and emails > social media.

A lot of stress and unexpected problems crop up because of miscommunication or lack of communication. Ensure that you clear any misunderstandings, set expectations and verify assumptions through face-to-face communication. Even if you do use online methods of communication, always follow up with a couple of face-to-face meeting or Skype (if it’s impossible to meet physically).

Image of company of successful partners discussing business plan at meeting

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3. Keep up with social media

Social media and email response rates are vital evidences for event planners to stay up to date with public sentiments about the event and pre-empt problems.

Keeping updated constantly gives event planners the opportunity to solve the problems and correct negative sentiments in time. Consistently engage your audience up to event day so that you won’t get shocked by a sudden drop in attendance. Moreover, engaging your audience effectively can increase event awareness as well as keep your event in your event-goers’ memory.

4. Event management software

There are plenty of free and paid software providers in the market. Event management software can help event planners focus on the most critical aspects of the event. By outsourcing tedious, repetitive and yet essential processes, event planners are relieved of the stress of overseeing these tasks and can be more flexible and creative in making the event memorable.

Event management software such as EventNook offers a fully integrated online to onsite registration solution, helping you deal with the stress of event ticketing, event registration, onsite event check-in and event tactical promotion. You can easily set-up event micro-sites without having to code while the user-friendly iPad app dashboard helps you monitor event attendance easily.

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5. Have a good night sleep and a full breakfast

Noone wants to work with a stressed out, overtired and hungry event planner. Do yourself and your team a favour by taking care of your well-being. This will help you stay alert so that you are able to think on the spot and remain undaunted in the face of unexpected problems

 

Minimise event stress today with EventNook’s online ticketing and registration solution!

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 and for Free events!

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Should your event really be free of charge?

Event though we all love attending free events, making your event free may not lead to optimal event participation. Instead, pricing your event ticket appropriately is more critical to attracting the right crowd. A free professional seminar or conference may seem cheap to some event-goers whereas a free outdoor picnic would become a must-go. You might have covered the costs of an event through event advertising or sponsorship but don’t be too hasty in making your event free!

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Make your event free if…

  • Your event is about inclusivity and community-building: A free event makes your event seem accessible to everyone and creates an atmosphere of openness and egality.
Free concert at Singapore's Botanic Gardens, open to all. Photos Credits: expatliving.sg

Free concert at Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. Photos Credits: expatliving.sg

  • You are organising a charity event: Making your event free will remove doubts that the ticket money is going into your own pockets rather than the charity. Sponsorships are widely available for charity events as long as you approach organisations with aligned values and interests. People will also be more inclined to donate at your event if they did not have to spend it on an event ticket
  • You are selling your own products at the event: Events are great ways to close deals and get leads for your business. You are able to do live product demos, meet qualified leads and drive conversion. Face-to-face meetings with potential customers builds greater trust and rapport. An event also helps increase visibility of your company in the industry. Charging your event goers may make them less willing to part with their money to buy your products and services
  • You are organising large, public events: Free events attract spontaneous event-goers who haven’t managed to register and pay for tickets beforehand. A significant portion of people get drawn into the event by chancing upon it and have little hesitation to join in because it’s free! For organisers, it is also easier to manage the crowd as you don’t have to make financial transactions. However, it is important to secure a sizable audience prior to the event as the buzz created on the day has a huge impact on any passer-by’s decision to join in! Moreover, it can be difficult to collect money on the day if you are expecting a huge crowd.

Making events free has many long-term benefits such as increasing your company’s visibility, credibility and memorability. But having free events means reducing exclusivity and increasing uncertainty about event turnout as well.

Photo Credits: sphereexhibits.com.sg

Photo Credits: sphereexhibits.com.sg

Charge for event tickets if…

  • You want to track attendance before event: Ticketed events give a better gauge of the expected turnout beforehand. People tend to commit to events that they pay for. Even if they can’t make it, they will try to recover the ticket cost by selling it to others. Using online event management software can help you check who has paid, who has cancelled, how many people are coming and where they come from so that you remain in full control of event attendance, without having to spend every other day manually updating RSVP records.
  • You want to increase credibility of event: Charging for events like professional seminars, professional networking or performances help enhance the perceived value and credibility of your event
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Charging for professional conferences and seminars can increase the perceived value and credibility of the event. Photo Credits: wisegeek.com

  • You want to create invitation codes for VIPs: Charging for event tickets gives you the option of offering special discounts to important people. You can choose to give out promo codes to selected event attendees, perhaps your big clients, to encourage them to attend the event. Their attendance would give your event the much needed boost in terms of credibility and appeal.
  • You want to create event promotions: You can create early bird discounts and group discounts to encourage people to sign up early and bring their friends. This actually helps amplify the marketing buzz surrounding your paid event. You can create a sense of urgency early on as well as encourage people to spread the word about your event. Encouraging people to come in groups also help event attendees remember your event details better and actually come for your event, especially if they signed up early. To manage promotions, discount codes and invitation-only registration, our event ticketing system can customise an online registration software just for you!
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Early Bird Tickets and Group Discounts help boost sales

In essence, ticketed events afford you flexibility in modifying the incentives that can encourage more event-goers to attend the event! Unless you represent a very reputable company, paid events give a stamp of credibility and assurance for the event-goers who experience a psychological assurance that the event will be of a certain quality.

 

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Free or paid? Pricing your event ticket effectively

Free or paid? Pricing your event ticket effectively

6 cost-effective ways to ensure people remember coming for your event

The event is set, the invitations have been sent and the RSVPs are looking good. You are all set to throw a huge event. However, come the day of the event, the venue fills up dreadfully slowly, there is no buzz in the air and it’s already 15 minutes past registration time. Maybe there was a train breakdown you didn’t know about or a crazy traffic jam that blocked up all incoming roads.

Or, maybe people just forgot about your event.

No event planner wants to face that crushing disappointment and sense of defeat. Here are 6 cost-effective ways to prevent such a turnout and ensure people remember to come for your event.

1. Memorable content marketing 

Content marketing that is interesting and well-targeted can be extremely powerful in building a brand for your event and getting event-goers excited. Communicating the event well will mean that

  • Event-goers immediately know what kind of experience to associate your event with
  • Your event is marketed clearly with meaningful and catchy slogans so that your event-goers can share it with their friends easily through word-of-mouth
  • Event details and registration links are easily found. It is preferable to set up an event page and ticketing site all-in-one to make it seamless for event-goers
  • Your event is shareable on social media

Memorability is of course dependent on the quality of your content which can make or break engagement with target audience.

Don’t just rely on blogs or pictures, why not dabble in fun videos as well! Visuals, in particular videos engage your audience longer and generate more clicks! This builds a more lasting impression and helps your event stay in the minds of your audience longer as well! (I hope you click ours as well!)

To stay on budget, content marketing can be directed at individual bloggers for cross-promotion. In fact, they may be more effective than traditional media because they have closer connections with niche audiences. Many events like music concerts, parenting events, fashion shows, food festivals and tech events are leveraging on individual bloggers to feature their events and it has been very successful.

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Beerfest 2015 advertorial on Singaporean food blog. Photo Credits: Sethlui.com

 

2. Consistent social media engagement up to the event day

Your social media strategy can help complement your content marketing strategy. Social media is great to give your event the final push after content marketing has established a credible presence. Social media should be closely based on your content marketing strategy rather than decoupled from it. Adapt content from your main content marketing strategy to be more efficient as well!

More importantly, social media engagement needs to be consistent. While social media is great to give your event the final push, it cannot be done last minute. You need to build rapport with the audience first. This team needs to be dedicated to:

  • Creating a community where the event or company is seen as the clear supporter of the community. You can start a Facebook or Meetup group early on before the event
  • Identifying negative sentiments and rectifying them. If people are saying the event is lacking in certain ways, listen and engage them in tackling any pre-event problems
  • Building-up engagement to the event day itself to ensure the event stays in people’s heads. Post useful content or interesting aspects of the event. Get people excited with giveaways or backstage passes. Avoid spam at all costs.
  • Engaging community in planning event by using polls
  • Post trivia such as “Did you know…?”
  • A countdown is useful in adding to the buzz nearer the event day
  • On the day engagement is very important as well. Remember to remind your attendees to use the hashtags you’ve created. You could get people to like your group to access resources or enter lucky draws!
  • Post engagement such as posting photos of the event can get people excited about the next event and gives memorable closure to event

Social media engagement is a must for events targeted at a younger audience.

events community in singapore, facebook group

Create a Facebook community easily and keep your followers updated!

 

3. Timing content release strategically

It is also very important to time the release of content strategically. Put effort and thought into your editorial calendar.  Pushing out content too closely together can lead to media fatigue. Releases that are too far apart can leave your audience hanging and even forget about your event as time goes by.

By strategically releasing content as well as linking it to public holidays and current affairs, every media push is maximised rather than drowned out.

Editorial Calendar will help you organise release dates for content

Editorial Calendar will help you organise release dates for content

4. Listing on event directories and other portals

Easy and usually free of charge, listing your event on event directories and lifestyle portals such as Yelp, Timeout, InSing in Singapore can help your event gain exposure to wider audiences.

But again, be strategic in choosing directories and lifestyle portals. Pitch your event to make it as relevant as possible for the event directory.

You can also list your event on any association, community, affiliate or event calendars who reach out to your target audience.

Check out this list of event directory websites you can start with!

Event Listing on sites like EventNook or TimeOut can help spread the word

Event Listing on sites like EventNook or TimeOut can help spread the word

5. Group discount tickets 

People like finding friends to go to events with so offering a group discount gives them more incentive to spread the word about your event and bring more people to your event!

And when people come to your events in groups, they tend to remember it better when as they have a friend to remind them about it.

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Group discounts are useful in increasing incentive for your target group to bring their friends!

6. Invest in event registration management software

Event planners have so much on their minds that it’s easy to neglect the very people the event was planned for. An event registration management software helps make event-going convenient for event-goers and helps simplify the management of attendance and ticketing for event planners.

Registration management software allows event attendees to save the event in their calendars when they access the event page. They also allow event planners to blast email reminders nearer the event date in a click of a button. These event pages are also easy to share on social media and makes it easier for event attendees to invite their friends.

Event page that allows users to add event to calendars. Sharing on Facebook also helps them remember event better!

Event page that allows users to add event to calendars. Sharing on Facebook also helps them remember event better!

By having event-goers register even if the event is free, event-goers have to stay on the registration page longer to fill out their particulars and this helps them remember the event details better. At the same time, the registration management software provides flexibility to event organisers to make the forms as simple as possible so that it is as easy as possible for event-goers to register. The software also automatically sends a further confirmation email to event attendees after they have registered, making it even harder for them to forget the event.

Event reminders as part of event management softwares that simplify sending out event reminder emails to select audience

Event reminders as part of event management softwares that simplify sending out event reminder emails to select audience

 

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