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

 

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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!
early bird tickets group discounts
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