Conferences Planning Checklist for the busy event planner

 

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flickr.com

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

 

Need an efficient registration or ticketing system to manage your event?

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

 and Free for Free events!

 

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.

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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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Want to try out free event registration software that can help you increase efficiency substantially? EventNook can help you set up an event page for free if it’s a free event!

Top 4 Events this June on EventNook

Not sure what to do this June? Not to worry, because we’ve rounded up some of this month’s highlights just for you.

The Art of Groove – Bass Masterclass by Norm Stockton

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Is it all about that bass? It will be a no-holds-barred, all bass, all groove afternoon with Norm, as he shares about the finer details of groove and bass playing. Hear his journey to becoming a highly sought after musician and bassist. Come and be part of this exciting afternoon to be inspired, equipped, and hang out with fellow bassist and musicians.

The event will be on Saturday 6th June, from 2.30pm-5pm. More details can be found here.

 

DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia Finale

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Come down and be inspired by the finalists as they pitch their ideas in front of a renowned panel of judges. Come down early to enjoy the DBS Foundation Seminar for Social Enterprises.

The event will be on Friday 12th June, 9.30am-4pm. More details can be found here.

 

The New You – Skincare. Hairstyling. Makeup. Photography.

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A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous. – Coco Chanel

Come down for a relaxing afternoon and let yourself be pampered by a professional team of makeover specialists and the most advanced skincare technology from Maione Youth Original Essence.

The event will be on Sunday 14th June, 1pm onwards. More details can be found here.

 

Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign 2015

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Singapore celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign, an annual flagship event in support of the anti-drug cause. With a focus on Community Togetherness, this year’s campaign will include the Anti-Drug Abuse Carnival – with DIY stations, activities such as skateboarding and a special photo exhibition on 20 years of the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign. The popular anti-drug dance competition – DanceWorks! will return this year and be held concurrently, within the same hall.

The event will be on Friday, 26th June to Saturday, 27th June. More details can be found here.

Organizing or Planning an event?

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[Feature Update] Make Event Site Look great with cover image (header image)

Once again we’re excited to bring you a new feature we added this week. If you’ve been organising events using EventNook for online event registration, you might’ve noticed the empty space at the top of your event page.

Now with this new feature, you’ve the option of adding a cover image to make your event page look even more amazing!

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If you want your event page to look even better, contact us and we can customise your event page to your specifications.

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If you need help on how to add your cover image, just visit our help guide at http://help.eventnook.com/site/article/153710043/add-cover-image

Just let us know if you have any feedback, we always appreciate your feedback!

Organizing or Planning an event?

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and Free for Free events!