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10 Cool Sites For Event Organization — May 28, 2013

10 Cool Sites For Event Organization

A long, long time ago during the analog ages, planning an event involved mailing paper invitations to guests and anxiously awaiting a reply. Unfortunately we still haven’t concocted a remedy for waiting, but luckily several fun and (more) efficient ways to plan an event have been invented.  Even luckier for you, we’ve rounded up 10 sweet sites that will make planning and organizing your next event a breeze. If you have any others to add, leave them in the comments!

1. Splash

Splash’s well designed interface will make even the trendiest event planner drool. A free account gets you an event page, event planning tools, analytics, and mobile check-in for guests. Splash also offers the option of paid pro accounts that offer a custom URL, removal of branding, and email credits. Splash is a great option for throwing your next party.

2. Eventbrite

Eventbrite has quickly become one of the leaders in online event planning and management. The site’s accounts offer an event page, and easy ways to promote, analyze, and manage your event. This is a great option if you are planning free or personal events. Heads up: Free events are free to host through Eventbrite, but paid events are not. Eventbrite charges a 2.5% service fee ($0.99/ticket) plus a 3% credit card processing fee.

3. EventO

EventO is a “full-service event management tool” for any and every sized event. This is a good option if you’re planning events on a fairly large scale on a regular basis. The site is formated for desktop, tablet and mobile. EventO offers event registration, ticketing and promotion, as well as post-event surveys and analytics. Pricing varies.

4. Planspot

Planspot positions itself as the marketing answer to event planning. The site focuses on using media to make events happen. Planspot offers a free 14 day trial of their full account and a free account for event promotion. Pro accounts start at $49/month and include media promotion, publication tracking, email credits, social media and basic stats. The $99 account includes everything just mentioned in addition to advanced stats.

5. DoAttend

DoAttend is a simple and easy to use option for event planning. The site offers free accounts for ticket registration, offering discounts, collecting attendee data, and more. Charging for tickets will cost you 1.5% per transaction plus $0.49 when using PayPal.

6. Paperless Post

Paperless Post is a beautiful option for organizing a personal event. The site gives you the option of ordering and sending snail mail invitations in addition to online invites. The site boasts a wide variety of aesthetically pleasing designs from arts around the web. After sending online cards you can track RSVPs easily through the site. Pricing varies, and some online cards are free.

7. Pingg

Pingg offers offline and online invitations and greeting cards for every occasion with online RSVP tracking.  They feature a terrific collection of invitations for professional events. The designers and artists behind the cards are featured on the site, and Pingg also offers a number of community resources such as party tips and a directory of all events being hosted on the site. Pricing varies.

8. Punchbowl

Punchbowl offers digital cards in addition to party planning resources including a date decider, potluck organizer, contact import, RSVP management, cocktail poll, message board and more. A free account offers you the basics, while Plus, Premium and Platinum (at various prices) allow for additional services such as adding co-hosts, removal of advertising, priority tech support and more.

9. Evite

This is not Evite’s first rodeo, but thanks to their keeping with the time and updating the site it likely won’t be stepping out of the ring anytime soon. Evite offers a range of online invitations and cards in addition to party favors and supplies. Optional invitation features include tracked RSVPs, polling, allowing guests select which items to bring, and allowing guests to invite friends. Pricing varies.

10. Eventzilla

Eventzilla offers a free account that allows you to create a professional registration page, promote events across social media channels, setup waiver forms, deliver tickets online, send email notifications and manage cancellations. For profitable events you pay a flat rate of $1 per ticket sold. Eventzilla is an easy to use, reputable option, good for any personal or professional event.

Good luck, and happy event planning!

Top 10 London City Guides — May 15, 2012

Top 10 London City Guides

Pic courtesy of @jeera.

This week, @ThatGirl_Chloe shares her favourite London blogs which cover what’s happening in and around London and offer an alternative view of this great city! If she’s missed any of your favourites, please tweet or email her. Enjoy!

1. Londonist –>

The Londonist has cult following in the blogsphere and has created a real community spirit around their website and Facebook Page, with loads of interesting stories, articles and event listings. A regular feature is Week In Geek, the Weekend Round Up and for when you are cash-strapped (London is expensive!) some ideas of things to do on the cheap.

2. Handpicked London –> Facebook Fan page

With over 80,000 likes on Facebook, Handpicked London is becoming a favourite among Londonites, to get their pick “of London’s most interesting, secret or unusual things”. Also, a little known fact, they also run this site which aggregates interesting blogs and content from other well-known London Blogs (some of which are listed here). Be sure to like their page to find out latest news and events, silly pictures and tidbits.

3. I know this great little place in London –>

Founded by Rich Brown and Rossa Shanks, I know this great little place in London was born out of pure frustration against the rise of restaurant chains and not having a place to share local knowledge and independent discoveries. In their own words, GLP, “is a collection of thoughts on the best in London’s unexpected special little venues and activities”. The community is heavily involved in contributing to the daily listings, and Facebook and Twitter fans are strongly encouraged to make their own suggestions. In fact because they are so committed, GLP managed to secure over £10,000 in investment from their community and fan base, using a crowdfunder campaign to help fund and re-design their new website.

4. Run Riot! –>

One of my favourite ‘What’s On’ guide for alternative nights out in London, which mainly covers East London. Split into several categories featuring Art, Club, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Think and the Wild Card, Run Riot! generally has something for everyone. If you are looking for something different, then look here first.

5. InFormed London –>

InFormed London features one event per day, that is not to be missed! They cover everything from jumble sales, film screenings, club nights and theatre reviews. Always fresh and updated daily, I definitely recommend you check back here often. They also run competitions and have an impressive blog roll (which includes some of my fave blogs that I have featured here).

6. LeCool London –>

The ultimate London What’s On Guide which features loads of interesting events and listings in a beautifully designed webzine format. Every week, LeCool London has a varied selection of events from exhibitions, gigs, food, sport, cinema and club night listings. You can also catch up on some London extras by reading their blog which includes London Selected by…The Dead Dolls Club.

7. London Loves Business –>

London Loves Business is a fantastic resource for budding entrepreneurs but also covers London Culture and lifestyle news, as well as upcoming conferences and exhibitions. Well worth the look if you are searching for some in-depth news bites and perhaps even a new career move!

8. Tired of London Tired of Life –>

If you ever find yourself bored, twiddling your thumbs, thinking about what to do on a nice sunny day in London, then check back to this blog. Every day the author features one thing to do in London, with every idea is being different from the last. Get out of the city and visit High Elms Country Park. Make new discoveries, and impress your friends about your insider knowledge!

9. IanVisits –>

A bit of a staple for the London blogosphere, IanVisits is full of fascinating facts, news and events. Continually updated with fresh listings, this blog features a what’s on guide, photo gallery and latest news coverage of testing being carried out on the new cable car route over the 02 Arena.

10. Little Miss Random –>

A recent addition to my ‘London favourites’ bloggers list, is Little Miss Random’s weekly round-up of all sorts of events, clubs nights and venues to visit in London. Every week she writes up her top listings during ‘School nights’ and at the weekend. This week features everything from ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ to Hip Hop Karaoke, and Friday Night Freakshow at The Underbelly. One to be bookmarked!

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