Eventinterface https://eventinterface.com/blog en-US Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:55:35 +0000 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/1.0 FeedWriter Eventinterface Affiliate Program Launched http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Affiliate-Program-Launched Earn up to $500 per referral with the Eventinterface Affiliate Program. Our program is super simple to join, and you can start earning money immediately by referring your event or meeting planning associates, friends and colleagues. And yes, you can earn up to $500 per referral. Nothing too shabby!

Whether you are expanding your product portfolio or getting your business off the ground, the Eventinterface Affiliate Program can help you boost your income stream with no limits on your earning potential!

At Eventinterface, our goal is simple: we want planners to be able to run their events and meetings more easily and cost-effectively. We are a strategic partner with the experience and the tools that will enhance the value of their events and brand. Our cloud-based event management and attendee engagement platform is an all-inclusive system that lets planners manage events generate additional revenue, and build powerful communities. Eventinterface supports small organization to enterprise level accounts of any size, and scales as planning needs grows.

For more information and program details, view the program agreement here.

Questions? Reach out to us here. Ready to start? Apply for the program by completing the application here

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Affiliate-Program-Launched
Our Latest Ebook: Successful Registration Fee Pricing Strategies http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Our-Latest-Ebook-Successful-Registration-Fee-Pricing-Strategies Setting registration or ticket prices for meetings and events can be a contentious process. It is a procedure not necessarily enjoyed by planners and committees. It can become an emotional roller coaster and it usually lacks a strategy. Developing registration or ticket prices has to do as much with meeting budgets as offering opportunities for a large number of people to attend your event or meeting. 

At Eventinterface we’ve seen a wide-ranging variety of strategies and pricing models. Our latest e-book outlines helpful tips to develop successful pricing strategies for your events and meetings.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Our-Latest-Ebook-Successful-Registration-Fee-Pricing-Strategies
Attendee “Wants” Take Center Stage http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Attendee-Wants-Take-Center-Stage Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2015 Summer Edition. A renewed focus on attendee engagement, based on their “wants,” is emerging at a time when planners are re-experiencing a strong meetings market and facing challenges such as budgets that are disproportionate to costs.

The quarterly report key findings include:

  • 72% of meeting professionals expect overall business conditions to improve in the near future, up from the 65% percent reported one year ago.                                         
  • 62% of respondents expect their meetings to grow, up from 53% one year ago.
  • 11% fewer respondents predict an increase in virtual events compared to last year, 57% vs. 68%.
  • 81% of respondents say their CEOs have witnessed how meetings and events yield tremendous value for companies.
  • 83% of meeting pros are tailoring communications around the demographics of their meetings and events.
  • 36% of respondents are making meetings more engaging by participating in community volunteerism at the site of an event.

To view the full report click here

Meetings Outlook is developed in partnership with Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is supported in partnership with the IMEX Group.

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Attendee-Wants-Take-Center-Stage
Eventinterface Launches Certified User Program http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Launches-Certified-User-Program The Eventinterface Certified User Program is an opportunity for Event and Meeting Planners to be recognized as leaders in their community as well as earn benefits and rewards. Certification is based on platform use and active participation in the Eventinterface community.

“Our planner clients bring an amazing amount of talent and experience to the table not only in planning events but also in the use of our platform,” said Al Wynant, Eventinterface CEO. “So many of our clients greatly benefit from this community, and our planners are incredibly supportive of other planners, happy to share information and lessons learned. Building this community of Certified Users is an extension of our commitment to building the best community possible for planners using our platform,” said Wynant.

HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED USER
Qualification is open to Eventinterface clients. To become and remain an Eventinterface Certified User, planners must collect a minimum of 50 certification points annually.

Here is how you can collect points:

  • Plan one single session event a: 5 points;
  • Plan one multi-session event b: 10 points;
  • Attend one online Eventinterface workshop: 5 points;
  • Attend a live Eventinterface workshop (in person or remotely): 10 points;
  • Submit an article for our blog: 10 points;
  • Speak at an Eventinterface event: 15 points;
  • Refer a new client: 25 points awarded when client signs up;
  • Engage with us on social media: 1 point per social media like or follow on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram for a maximum of 6 points;
  • Repost or re-tweet an Eventinterface post on social media: 0.25 points per repost or re-tweet;

Certification levels:

  • 50 Points = Eventinterface Certified User – One Star Badge
  • 75 Points = Eventinterface Senior Certified User – Two Star Badge
  • 100 Points = Eventinterface Top Certified User – Three Star Badge Badge

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What are the benefits of becoming an Eventinterface Certified User?

  • Industry-wide recognition of your competence on the Eventinterface platform.
  • Recognition of your Eventinterface Certified User status via badge that can be displayed on your profile, social media profiles, business cards and Eventinterface website profile.
  • Ability to attend Eventinterface User Conference at a reduced cost or free, depending on your Certification Level (Level 3: 50% discount; Level 2: 75% discount; Level 1: 100% discount).
  • Confidence in your ability to maximize the Eventinterface platform.
  • Official Eventinterface Certified User framed certificate.
  • Opportunity to be invited to speak at the Eventinterface User Conference.
  • Exclusive client resources and benefits sent to you via Eventinterface Certified User emails.

How can you get started?
The program has officially started and any activity beginning July 1, 2015 forward will be counted towards certification. There is nothing you have to do to sign up. Participation is automatic for active Eventinterface clients; however, if you haven’t yet liked us or are not following us on social media, start today! That’s a quick 6 points! Here are the links: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+Pinterest.

Questions?
Reach out to us at MemberServices@Eventinterface.com or connect with your Eventinterface contact directly.

a. A single session event is an event that does not include breakout sessions or multiple tracks. A sample could be a luncheon event or workshop.
b. A multi-session event is an event that includes multiple tracks or sessions with the planner using the program feature to share session details.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:54:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Launches-Certified-User-Program
Extending the lifecycle of your conferences and events http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Extending-the-lifecycle-of-your-conferences-and-events We are joined today by Al Wynant, CEO of Eventinterface who is sharing his tips on how to extend the lifecycle of your conferences and events. With more than 26 years of international experience in planning conferences and events, and leading event technology firm Eventinterface, Al brings a unique viewpoint to the conversation. He truly understands how technology can make the lives of planners and attendees easier while making the event experience richer, as well as more profitable.

Listen to Eric Dye and Al Wynant discuss the following:

  • Can you share what you mean by event lifecycle?
  • How would an event or meeting planner extend the lifecycle of their events?
  • I anticipate that by extending the lifecycle you also have an opportunity to monetize your event further?
  • What tools are available to reach this objective?
  • What are your top three tips for planners who want to successfully extend the lifecycle of their events and conferences?

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

About our guest:
Al Wynant, CEO of Eventinterface has 26 years of international meeting and event management experience. He has managed events from 50 to 125,000 on two continents. He intimately understands the many aspects of planning, and how technology can make the complicated process of planning, managing and engaging easier, a definite plus in his position at Eventinterface.

Al studied in Europe and traveled with the international educational program Up with People. He has worked as a Marketing and Public Relations Representative working concert tours in the United States, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. He ran event management firm A6 where he was responsible for the management of a large variety of conferences and events in the Southwest and in Atlanta, High Point and New York City. 

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Extending-the-lifecycle-of-your-conferences-and-events
Join Our Team, We Are Hiring! http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Join-Our-Team-We-Are-Hiring Do you want to be part of a high performing team? Are you ready to work hard and reap the benefits for doing so? Do you think you are perfect for our culture? If so, we invite you to get to know us.

What are we looking for? Individuals who will thrive in the culture of our company and live by our core values: service, integrity, communication, innovation and success. Individuals who can develop their own path to reach the designated success factors of their position!

CORPORATE OVERVIEW
Eventinterface is a company offering a software platform that helps meeting and event planners manage events and build communities. Associations, corporate meeting planners, nonprofits and institutions use Eventinterface to manage conferences, seminars, incentive events, tradeshows, festivals and fundraising events. Our office is based in Scottsdale, AZ.  Learn more about our company at Eventinterface.com.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
We live by success factors. As part of getting to know each other we want to learn how you plan on meeting the objectives of the position. We want to learn about the path you will take to get there, and how that path ties to our company culture.  In essence, you get to create your own path. It’s that simple! Event experience is helpful as is being creative, flexible with a willingness to learn.

THE POSITION: PLANNER SERVICES
Position Success Factors:
- Master the use of the Eventinterface platform and company CRM software;
Manage onboarding of planners and assist them with the set-up of events using the Eventinterface platform;
Respond to planner and attendee inquiries and resolve requests with provided resources in a timely manner, keeping impeccable records;
Learn from the planners you work with and communicate possibly software enhancements to the team;
Maintain and develop industry knowledge by reviewing industry publications and being engaged in our community;

COMPENSATION
- Salary based on experience with an opportunity for performance-based bonuses;
- Insurance; vacation and personal days; 

- Educational opportunities;
- Flexble work schedule; 

HOW TO APPLY
Send your resume and cover letter in PDF format to HR@Eventinterface.com. Include the job title in the subject line of your email. Tell us why you are perfect for our team. It is key that you address the above success factors and how you will be successful in the position in your cover letter. Share with us the path you want to create to be successful! Why should we invite you to be part of our team?

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Join-Our-Team-We-Are-Hiring
The New Buchanan Hotel Debuts http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-New-Buchanan-Hotel-Debuts Fulfilling a long-desired need for a hip, boutique hotel perfectly situated amidst the chic shopping and dining neighborhood of Pacific Heights and the authentic Japantown chock-full of hidden gems, The Buchanan opened its doors June 23, 2015 as the newest Kimpton hotel in the brand’s hometown of San Francisco.

A neighborhood pied-a-terre erected upon the footprint of the existing Hotel Tomo, the 131 guest rooms emanate the warmth and style of a chic, urban apartment, steps away from some of the best food, shopping, drinking and entertainment San Francisco has to offer. The Buchanan provides an urban respite, laced with a sophisticated, sultry design scheme and echoing the neighborhood influence with artful elements of Japanese culture.

The residential experience features a private courtyard; stylish whiskey lounge-inspired lobby; spacious guestrooms, many of which boast private outdoor balconies with expansive views; and a quiet neighborhood experience for savvy travelers looking to explore the city beyond mainstream tourist destinations. 

LOCATION
The upscale boutique hotel rests between disparate but eclectic and culturally rich enclaves of San Francisco. Fillmore brings its deep-rooted history in jazz and music, family-owned retail shops, and ethnic restaurants of all types. Nearby Japantown is reminiscent of the Ginza district in Tokyo, overflowing with shops selling vintage kimonos and Japanese earthenware, noodle houses and sushi. Finally, Pacific Heights adds a sense of urban upper-crust with some of San Francisco's best dining, high-end boutiques, and savvy locals buzzing about one of the city's hippest walking neighborhoods.

The hotel is nestled among the charming Victorian architectural homes and private alleys that so characterize the iconic image of San Francisco neighborhoods. 

DESIGN
San Francisco-based NICOLEHOLLIS Interior Design has created an environment that draws on these dynamic local influences and iconography, while celebrating street life, urban culture, and artistic virtuosity. Under the direction of NICOLEHOLLIS, the new hotel is a relaxed urban destination, catering to the vibrant neighborhood and blending seamlessly into the creative, cultural hub of the city. Bright, white and open, the design scheme is characterized by classic hardware and linen textiles, curated accessories, chic lighting, and eclectic furniture.

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GUESTROOMS

The Buchanan’s guestrooms have a bohemian sensibility rich with custom detailing, residential accents, and curated accessories. Subtle nods to Japanese culture are expressed through artistic techniques, seen in the Shibori-print accent pillows, Kimono-inspired guest robes and colorful prints by local artists. Bespoke furniture includes the platform beds, headboards and casegoods. Bathrooms feature custom vanities with black quartz countertops and matte black metal frames, with luxury fixtures from Waterworks. The overall color scheme is replete with charcoals, bright whites, and highlights of deep forest green and navy.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Especially suited for small board meetings and social gatherings The boutique hotel and its intimate Boardroom and playful courtyard set the stage for inspired meetings, buzz-worthy breakouts and other special events like anniversary parties, reunions and corporate retreats. The Fillmore Room can seat 10 for a board meeting to 25 in theatre style.

More information at www.thebuchananhotel.com.

Images courtesy of the property.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-New-Buchanan-Hotel-Debuts
Eventinterface Resources Your Way http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Resources-Your-Way We’re super proud of our blog. We love sharing helpful resources, tools and destination news with you. You can read our posts on our responsive website, and we have a complimentary app for iPhone and iPad, and we’re available to Android users via the Newsstand on Google Play.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:03:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Resources-Your-Way
Building Successful Hotel And Venue Partnerships http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Building-Successful-Hotel-And-Venue-Partnerships venue and hotel negotiation tips for event and meeting plannersOn many occasions volunteers are given the responsibility to plan a meeting or event. They have little or no experience, no hotel or venue relationships, no negotiation experience, and perhaps no budget to hire a professional planner. Unfortunately this can cost an organization dearly. Volunteer planners sign contracts not fully understanding the ramifications to the organization they represent. As a planners with more than 25 years of inter­national experience we have seen agencies lose thousands of dollars by poorly negotiated contracts. Great hotel or venue contracts won’t save your event if it isn’t planned and marketed well, but it will start the planning process on a solid foundation.

Hotel sales staff ought to play an educational role; however the opportunity of a long-term relationship can get thrown out with the bathwater in favor of a quick contract, allowing a sales person to meet monthly sales goals. Smart sales people will help planners negotiate a fair con­tract. This will create a win-win for both parties, with the planner having a sound contract, and the hotel establishing a long-term relationship and a possibility of future business. Sadly, not all hotel sales people fall into the last category. No disrespect intended, simply a reality in the industry.

This e-book outlines helpful tips to making your negotiations with hotels, resorts and venues a breeze, especially for volunteer event and meeting planners. Keep these tips in mind as you plan for your event and start the negotiation process. After reading this e-book you will have a better understanding and the ability to create a winning venue partnership.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:17:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Building-Successful-Hotel-And-Venue-Partnerships
Happy Independence Day http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-Independence-Day The Eventinterface team wishes you a fun and safe Independence Day weekend. Enjoy the celebrations! 

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Happy-Independence-Day
The Startup Journal: Managing Your Mentors http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Startup-Journal-Managing-Your-Mentors Finding the right blend of mentors and advisors are key components to guiding a team and pushing a business forward. The same counts for event and meeting planning committees.

Al Wynant, CEO of Eventinterface, shares the importance of mentors in building his business and while finding the right mentor is key, it’s also important to understand that sometimes founders need different skill sets as a business grows.

Read the full story by Austin Paetow here.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:37:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Startup-Journal-Managing-Your-Mentors
Creating Community http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Creating-Community Merriam-Webster defines community as a group of people who have the same interests. Events attract people with a common interest. Are events communities? And if so, wouldn’t you want your community to be the best possible?

As planners we tend to look at our events as a finite moment. A blip in time defined by the opening of our registration desk to the end of the closing session. We are happy when everyone shows up, receives the right meal, participates in the correct field trip. We are especially thrilled when name badges are spelled correctly. We’re ecstatic when there are no issues at the venue, transportation worked flawlessly and all vendors performed beautifully. Perhaps a simplified view of the process; however as planners we prepare, execute and move on to the next event as soon as the doors close on the last one. We have a job to do, produce flawless events on time and on budget.

Marketing and Product Managers spend an exorbitant amount of money on these events, very well understanding the power of bringing people together around a product, cause or brand. The power of community here is undeniable. It builds personal connections and drives positive business outcomes.    

They too understand the immense power of social media tied to the success of events. What is less understood is how you bring planners, marketers and product managers together to create meaningful and long-lasting event experiences around a product, cause or brand using the power of the event, social media and event technology. How does one extend that finite moment of the event into an everlasting community, generating industry intelligence, revenue and business development opportunities past the closing session of the event?

At Eventinterface we have seen first hand how a carefully orchestrated community building campaign can increase the ROI of an event, extended the lifecycle of the event and build long term virtual communities around a cause, product or brand.

One company using Eventinterface attracts on average 120 attendees to their bi-annual conference. They invite 500. The speakers are top-notch scientists presenting discoveries using the conference’s host technology. In 2014 the team decided to make an effort and build a community, opening up the conference post-event to the 380 prospect attendees not able to join in person.  The strategy evolved around posting meaningful and exclusive content, presentations and engaging peers to invite the at home attendees to buy into the online private conference community. A community champion spearheaded the effort and discussions.

The strategy paid off. The client was able to increase engagement from 23% to 83%. Event revenue nearly doubled. Creating the community and committing to being the best community clearly benefited the client and the event participants. The still active community continues to provide business intelligence on the use of the company’s technology, normally something the client would have to wait to gather at the next conference. 

Today we are sharing a handful of the lessons learned from this project, and others, and best practices to get your own community building efforts started. It’s not easy and requires strategy; the payoff however is well worth the investment. Over time the investment is returned multiple times over in increased brand loyalty, access to industry or product intelligence, boosted event revenue and the community will be viewed as the best in your industry.

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LESSONS LEARNED AND BEST PRACTICES

Know your audience
Building a community requires the use of multiple tools. Know your audience and the social tools they use, and then make these tools a component of your overall strategy. Insure that your event technology works with these tools.

Commit to the community – everyone is on board
Community doesn’t just happen. The desire to build community comes from company leadership and should tie to the aspiration to being the best community. Communities too must have measurable goals, and there must be a designated champion managing the community, leading it to success.

Create "must have" content
People participate in communities to learn, network and be part of an exclusive group with access to member only content. Build a content library featuring exclusive articles by respected peers. Open up the community for conversation with leaders in the community.

Invest
Commitment to being the best requires investment in time, talent and resources. Community building does not start at the event; it starts at the time you send your first registration email. Invest in creating a sound community building strategy. Define what “being the best” means to your organization and define a plan around building the community and engaging your stakeholders.

Engage 
Community does not just happen, especially at the beginning, you must engage with your audience by providing quality content, discussions and opportunities to connect with each other in a protected and judgment-free zone. You must build new behaviors and teach your audience to dial into your community for answers, feedback and discussions.

Analyze and utilize a treasure trove of data
Now that you have created and continue to manage the community you must learn to analyze the data shared and comments received by its members. The business intelligence delivered is invaluable to your organization. You no longer have to wait to connect with people at your events, you can now view real-time data, analyze it and implement lessons learned immediately.

EVENTINTERFACE AND YOUR COMMUNITY

Eventinterface is an end-to-end event and meeting management platform. It manages registrations and speakers. What sets us apart is the strong engagement and community building tools that allow planners, marketing and product managers to create the best communities in their industry around their brand, cause or product.

With Eventinterface you can manage your event elegantly and cost-effectively, and increase the ROI of your event by increasing engagement and new revenue opportunities around community building. Planners can use self-guided tools or our experienced team can help you develop the best community.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Creating-Community
Montréal Continues To Rule http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Montral-Continues-To-Rule For the fourth straight year, Montréal ranks first in the Americas for international association events, ahead of New York, Washington and Buenos Aires, according to the Union of International Association’s (UIA) International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2014. Overall, the city hosted 79 international events during the last year. This ranking is remarkable given the extremely competitive global environment marked by an overabundance of convention space, highly incentivized offers from prospective host cities, and a U.S. convention market fervently bouncing back.

Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. Eventinterface“We are very proud of Montréal’s enviable standing among the world’s leading business destinations. We’ve been actively developing the major international convention market for over 30 years, and the collaboration of industry partners like Tourisme Montréal and the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal is essential in order to attract large-scale events to our convention and exhibition centre,” says Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès.

Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal Eventinterface“At Tourisme Montréal, we work alongside our partners to spark business opportunities aimed at maximizing tourism for the city and the resulting economic benefits. We are very pleased to see that Montréal tops the list of leading cities for international events. Our reputation as a host city and our convention related expertise are irrefutable. The top ranking speaks to the collective hard work of the tourism industry,” states Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

Montréal attracts thousands of business tourists each year, thus entrenching its standing as a tourism leader in North America. For 2014-15, international conventions held at the Palais drew 52,000 participants and generated nearly $106,000,000 for the Montréal and Québec economy.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Montral-Continues-To-Rule
Top 5 Reasons Why People Attend Conferences http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences Wondering why people register for your conference? Knowing these top reasons will help your meetings stand out and attract attendees by creating value for all stakeholders.

TO LEARN
Most attendees come to your conference to learn about a topic. It is in the planner’s best interest to present a program worth attending. As part of the speaker selection process planners should make sure speakers present new information, not the same rehashed findings.

TO NETWORK AND MEET PEOPLE
Attendees want to network. Planners need to provide ample time and space for individuals to engage with each other during the meeting. Technologies such as Eventinterface allow for planners to offer networking opportunities pre-, during and post-event. Planners should offer time and space for attendees to network

TO BE INSPIRED
Conferences should be inspirational. They should inspire attendees to implement what they have learned. Attendees should return home invigorated and motivated. Planners should find new ways to excite and engage attendees at the event.

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TO SOLICIT BUSINESS
Many attendees come to a conference to build a network and solicit new business. Planners should offer opportunities and technology to facilitate connections during the conference. Shameless plug, Eventinterface allows this.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
At times location is perhaps your biggest draw. It can be hard to say “no” to a conference hosted in a fabulous destination. Don’t underestimate the value of a destination. Planners should promote the destination and attractions in the area. 

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences
Eventinterface simplifies event engagement http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-simplifies-event-engagement Eventinterface, a Scottsdale-based event and meeting planning platform launched Eventinterface PROGRAM and Eventinterface ITINERARY, fully integrated solutions for event planners to engage attendees and generate new event revenue.

“Events and meetings play an integral role in bringing together people around a cause, brand, product or service,” said Al Wynant, Eventinterface CEO. “We are no longer thinking about events as something that brings people together for a few hours or days. Events unite people around a common interest and planners; marketing and product development managers are beginning to understand the value of engaging their attendees pre-, during and post-event. With Eventinterface we are now making that community building super easy and cost-effective, and we include ways to monetize content and opportunities to generate new event revenue,” said Wynant.

Eventinterface simplifies event engagement for event and meeting plannersEventinterface already simplifies and automates many of the tasks planners do. The solution allows planners to easily collect and analyze attendee data, gather and share event content. Eventinterface PROGRAM and ITINERARY in combination with Eventinterface PITCH now offers a full-featured engagement suite for use by planners and attendees. Event attendees, speakers and sponsors can schedule appointments with each other.  Planners can share simple to complicated multi-session events, speaker bios, session videos and PowerPoints. Planners can keep the conversation alive after the event and continue to engage attendees, extending the lifecycle of events, building value for all stakeholders and increasing ROI on the event.  Attendees can build rich itineraries, easily track their event participation and retain access to exclusive event content and conversations.

“Planners using Eventinterface to its fullest have experienced increased event revenue by more than 30%, and decreased management cost by as much as 25% by incasing efficiencies.  Stakeholder engagement increases as well by as much as 27%,” said Wynant.

About Eventinterface:
Eventinterface is a SaaS platform that helps Event and Meeting Planners plan events better, build new revenue streams and create powerful communities before, during and after events. Planners pay a monthly subscription fee to use the service that includes unlimited transactions and events planned.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-simplifies-event-engagement
Top Tips For Great Event Websites http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-For-Great-Event-Websites Event websites should be engaging and encouraging prospect attendees to sign up. We’re sharing top tips in our latest infographic. For more detailed information read this blog post.

Top Tips for Great Event Registration Websites for Event Planners by Eventinterface

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:49:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Tips-For-Great-Event-Websites
Exhibition Industry Showing Robust Growth http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Exhibition-Industry-Showing-Robust-Growth The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released 2015 first quarter data collected for the annual CEIR Index report. Despite the severe winter, the performance of the business-to-business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a year-on-year gain of 4.6 percent. This increase reflects strong industry growth, marking it as the highest increase since the second quarter of 2007.

“The performance in the first quarter was remarkable considering that the East Coast was frequently paralyzed under severe winter weather,” noted CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates Inc.

2015 Q1 also marked the 19th consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth. While the growth of the exhibition industry lagged behind the GDP during most of last three years, the exhibition industry outperformed the macro economy as real GDP gained 2.7 percent year-on-year.

The year-on-year gain spread across all 14 sectors, especially Building, Construction, Home & Repair and Government. For the overall exhibition industry, all four metrics in the first quarter posted year-on-year gain. Net Square Feet — increasing by 4.1 percent, in Real Revenues, which rose an impressive 7.3 percent, followed the strongest metric. Exhibitors increased 3.3 percent, whereas Professional Attendance could have been influenced the most by the severe weather and yet it rose a relatively strong 3.7 percent.

“We are very encouraged to see that the exhibition industry is continuing its upward climb. While industry growth has been moderate, the strong performance of Q1 is certainly offering positive indicators for the near future,” said CEIR President and CEO Brian Casey, CEM. “After two challenging recessions, it’s wonderful to see this kind of performance despite the impact of weather.”

As an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, the CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four key metrics to determine overall performance: Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space Sold; Professional Attendance; Number of Exhibiting Companies; and Gross Revenue. The CEIR Index provides data on exhibition industry performance across 14 key industry sectors: Business Services; Consumer Goods; Discretionary Consumer Goods and Services; Education; Food; Financial, Legal and Real Estate; Government; Building, Construction, Home and Repair; Industrial/Heavy Machinery and Finished Business Outputs; Communications and Information Technology; Medical and Health Care; Raw Materials and Science; Sporting Goods, Travel and Entertainment; and Transportation.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Exhibition-Industry-Showing-Robust-Growth
Meeting And Event Planning Myths http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-And-Event-Planning-Myths Event and meeting planning can be challenging. There seems to be quite a few myths that have developed over the years creating a disconnect between what the job is perceived to be versus the reality of the profession.

MYTH 1: ANYONE CAN BE A PLANNER
Planning events and meetings is a high-stress job. We are well-organized professionals, able to manage hundreds of details simultaneously. This is not a job for the faint of heart. Customer service, an ability to listen and understand clients and deliver on what is promised on time and budget are key aspects of the job. 

MYTH 2: PLANNING IS GLAMOROUS
Did you know that the job of Event Planning is consistently ranked in the top-5 most difficult jobs alongside police, military and firefighting personnel? Events can be glamorous for the attendees, rarely for the planner.

MYTH 3: PLANNERS ENJOY THE MOST AMAZING RESORTS
We do indeed get to travel to the most amazing places and venues but rarely get to see anything outside of the ballroom. We’re managing the event, which means endless hours on our feet with a smile on our face! We are living in a fishbowl as we are managing the show.

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MYTH 4: PLANNERS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
Yes, most people can plan a dinner party at their home quite well. Planning a large-scale event on the other hand is an entirely different ballgame. Investing in a professional planner will save time and money along the way. You will benefit from our experience, relationships, and discounts, and above all keep your own sanity.

MYTH 5: PLANNERS ARE PLANNERS
Definitely not true. There are different levels of planning professionals. A Party Planner will be able to help you plan a social event such as a bar mitzvah, wedding, and birthday party. An Event Planner will be able to help you with social events and corporate events such as product launches and fundraising events. A Meeting Planner will focus on conferences, tradeshows and meetings and will hire Party or Event Planners to help create and manage the social events under the umbrella of the larger project. Each group has their own professional designation.  

Have your own myths about planning, share them with us on Twitter #EIEventMyths.

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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-And-Event-Planning-Myths
Eventinterface Builds Cash Flow And Communities For Event Planners http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Builds-Cash-Flow-And-Communities-For-Event-Planners AZ Tech Beat, Arizona’s online news source for the technology industry features Eventinterface in story.

For organizations putting on an event that draws hundreds to thousands of participants, event planners need a way to organize and manage the masses. Startup Eventinterface is a SaaS end-to-end event management platform that enables planners to build revenue and their communities simultaneously.

Read the article by Chloe Nordquist on AZ Tech Beat here

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Fri, 29 May 2015 06:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Builds-Cash-Flow-And-Communities-For-Event-Planners
Event Planner Quick Tips http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-Planner-Quick-Tips Top 10 tips and thoughts for event and meeting planners to make event planning easy and stress free.

1. EVENTS ARE SIMPLE…REALLY!
Think of events as a dinner at your house with friends. Pick a date, invite friends, select a menu and entertainment, communicate parking instructions and confirm details. Events are the same, just at a much bigger scale.

2. EVENTS ARE EXPENSIVE
Unexpected expenses are the norm. Give yourself a few percentage points of wiggle room in your budget to address surprise expenses.

3. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
It is key to understand your attendee’s likes and dislikes, and plan your event, location, venue, activities, and technology around your audience’s likes.

4. CUSTOMER SERVICE
Events are all about hospitality and customer service. Providing 5-star service to your attendees is a must. Listen to this fantastic Event TALK! podcast to learn best practices and tips around event customer service and hospitality.

5. COMMUNICATE
A key part of event customer service and hospitality is communication. Put yourself in the attendee’s shoes, listen genuinely to issues, address them immediately and insure that people are heard. Click here for a great article on event customer service.

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6. ALLOW MORE TIME
Professional planners we can singlehandedly plan events blindfolded; however working with committees and vendors requires a carefully planned production schedule. It never hurts to allow extra time to insure that all production partners and vendors can complete all tasks required. We recommend allowing for at least 10% extra planning time.

7. ASK FOR HELP
You can’t do it all yourself. Consider hiring someone to help you with the planning process or administrative support so you can focus on delivering a fantastic program and revenue generation rather than stuffing envelopes and folding napkins.

8. ALLERGIES
Allergies are a real issue for many attendees. As we strive to deliver a first-rate experience to our guests, meeting planners must address these challenges by offering meal options and environments free of allergens. It is however key to understand your limitations in your ability to offer the right services, meal options and environment to your attendees. If you ask about allergies, attendees expect you will deliver on their request.

9. TAKE CARE OF YOU!
Planning and working events is brutal. After all, the job consistently ranks as one of the most difficult to perform. You cannot be successful if you do not take care of yourself first. Ample sleep, balanced meals and comfortable shoes are only the tip of the iceberg. Click here to see a list of life hacks for meetings and event planners.

10. FIND YOUR SECRET HIDEAWAY
Inline with the above statement, planners need a quiet space away from the event to hide, regroup and relax. This is not the hotel bar, pool or other public area of your venue, but your room, office or other hidden away place at the venue. A place you can go to and collect your thoughts, take a deep breath and get ready for the next task.

What are your tips and thoughts, share them with us on Twitter @Eventinterface #EIEventTips.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 13:02:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-Planner-Quick-Tips