Curious is a unique, two-story, 1100-square-foot collaborative work-space in Portland, Oregon, that offers clients everything from a sophisticated business meeting venue to a rehearsal space or artist’s workshop. Curious also features a fully equipped kitchen for in-house catering needs. It’s truly one of a kind, and it’s an example of the type of client who has seen the benefits of working with eVenues to market a meeting facility. We recently sat down with Cheri Anderson of Curious to talk about her collaborative space and how her business has grown since listing with eVenues.
How long have you been listed on eVenues?
For about six months.
What motivated you to list Curious with eVenues?
I had found a really fantastic space in the Pearl District that inspired me to share it with others who needed an open, comfortable, and versatile workspace that was conveniently located. That was the site that became Curious.
My neighbor told me about eVenues and said it was a great way to create extra revenue and reach out to people who might not know about Curious or think of it as a space to meet their specific needs.
Can you talk about the experience of working with eVenues?
I love that a service like this exists. I appreciate that I can have a space and list it on a site known for events. There has been a diverse interest and use of my space ranging from wedding receptions to corporate team-building workshops. It allows me maximum flexibility to leverage the space I have to offer to the public.
What impact has listing with eVenues had on your business?
There have been a number of real advantages since we first listed with eVenues. I’ve met some wonderful people who have become fans of my work and the space at Curious who specifically mentioned eVenues, and those people have gone on to refer me to other new clients. The additional revenue that we’ve generated through these new clients has offset my fixed expenses, so I consider eVenues to be a real asset.
What have your clients said about booking Curious through eVenues?
After booking through our page on eVenues, our clients give us really positive responses. Our profile seems to convey just what we want to say about Curious based on their responses. We’ve heard, “This is the perfect space for what I’m looking for,” “It’s just right, not too fancy, great vibe and décor,” and “We loved how open and inspiring and creative the space is.” This says to me that eVenues is a great marketing tool for anyone looking to appeal to a diverse customer base.
What are some key tips you would share with others since listing Curious with eVenues?
I think there are two things that anyone listing with eVenues needs to know. One—there will be an increase in the number of people who learn about your space and want to see it in person. This means you have to be available to show the venue, even though you have details and photos about it on your eVenues profile.
The other tip would be that your new clients will look to you for help and support in the planning of their events based on the type of venue you have to offer them. This also requires more of your time that you need to allow for in advance. I recommend knowing what your limits are in providing a standard service and taking notes on what kinds of referrals or additional add-ons you can provide to create a better, more comprehensive service for interested clients.
Would you recommend eVenues to other facilities around the country?