There are many ways that event planners can make their jobs run a bit smoother, and be more effective in their day-to-day jobs. Sometimes, these efficiencies can mean the difference between a successful event or losing a client. A great complement to an event planner's life is technology. There are a few startup companies that have recently been launched that should definitely be on the watch list for event planners. Here are the top 5 startups for event planners to watch (in no particular order):
1. GetPromotd is an event planner's dashboard that can help with automating event listings online. This makes the online promotion effort seamless for event planners, and they will be able to focus their energy on other important details such as planning the event itself. 2. Eved is a platform that brings event planners together with suppliers and vendors to allow for a competitive marketplace that is both efficient and convenient for users. This offers suppliers a way to gain a higher visibility with event planners, and helps event planners have a wider range of suppliers to choose from.
3. Smorepages helps event planners create beautiful online fliers for their events. Create a one page website with videos, share buttons, and, of course a button that goes straight to an Eventbrite signup page. 4. Pibster is a web service that helps promote products and services through a reverse online auction. The event is simple: post a product or service to Pibster and any time someone tweets about it the price of the product is reduced $1.50. Not only does this help promote your event, but it also encourages people to buy promotional tickets to your event before others snap them up.
5. Eventasaurus combines social networking, online promotion and event registration all in one. This offers the event planner the ability to kill three birds with one stone. To an event planner, efficiency is effectiveness.
6. (Bonus!) eVenues is a online marketplace that allows meeting planners to book small and medium sized venues for impromptu meetings. They've got boardrooms, conference rooms, galleries, theaters, even dojos and dance studios bookable by the hour or day. They're currently focused on creating a great selection of listings on the West coast and currently have choice event spaces in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles.
We'll probably be talking more in-depth about these great startups in the coming months. Until then, happy Tuesday!
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