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How to Increase Attendance at Your Festival Event

No matter the time of year people are always looking for activities to fill their weekends Research shows that about 91% of organizers gauge the success of their events by the number of participants. Increasing your attendance rate year over year is vital to the continued success of your festival. So here are a few ways in which you can increase the attendance at your festival event.

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Topics: Event Planning, Festival Management


The Complete Festival Planning Check List

As a festival director, thinking and planning in advance helps you to stay organized and provide your patrons with a memorable experience. From securing WiFi and vendors to contingency planning and staffing, you need to arrange every detail to get your festival event off the ground.The more detailed your planning, the more successful your festival goes off without a glitch. Use this checklist to ensure you're well-prepared and have everything you need ready.

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Topics: Festivals, Event Planning, Festival Management


The Ultimate Conference Planning Checklist

Conferences, both corporate and otherwise, are an important component in promoting the cause of an organization. In fact, according to a survey, about 98% of US Federal employees agree that conferences are an effective way to communicate their respective agency's missions.

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Topics: Event Planning, Conference Event Management


The Ultimate Non-Profit Event Planning Checklist

Event planning at times can be tedious, time consuming, and stressful. With everything going on it's really important to stay on track and keep organized. Not only will this save you a lot of time, but help make sure your goals for the event are executed. The best way to achieve this is with a customized checklist, or maybe a few checklists for each step of the event. Preparing these prior to the event will not only help you manage any hiccups that may arise, but it will keep you on track to tackle the chaos of the day.  

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Event Planning, Non-Profit Events


4 Strategies to Boost Fundraising at Your Non-Profit Event

If you have ever organized a fundraiser for a non-profit organization or even participated in one as a volunteer, you will then be well aware of the actual struggles of raising money. Sure, it is all for a good cause, but getting your message across to the donors can sometimes prove to be a bit tricky.

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Topics: Event Planning, Non-Profit Events


Your Complete Guide to Planning an Endurance Race Event

Planning an endurance race event is hard work, but rewarding. Race events have a lot of moving parts from registration to spectator entertainment, in order to organize a successful event you need a reliable plan to get started. To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, follow these seven basic steps.

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Topics: Event Planning, Sporting Event Management


The Ultimate Festival Event Planning Guide

Every event planner knows that festivals take a lot of work. But regardless of the scale of your event, there are basic steps involved which apply to most festival planning stages. So use this ultimate festival planning guide to make your next festival your most successful one yet.

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Topics: Event Planning, Festival Management


10 Amazing Theme Ideas for Endurance Events

 

People love races and other endurance events, but there are a lot of them. Besides, anyone can step out their front door and run 10 kilometers. Why should they pay an entrance fee to run with you? Themes bring excitement to your race and make someone say, "Oh, this one sounds like fun!" Here are 10 fantastic theme ideas to consider for your next endurance event.

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Topics: Event Planning, Sporting Event Management


Top 4 Sports Tournament Event Planning Fails (and how to fix them)

Organizing a sporting event or tournament can be a great way to bring people together to enjoy some competition, but the logistics can become overwhelming pretty quickly. We spoke with industry expert Ruth Nicholson founder of GO!, who has worked in youth and semi-professional sports, particularly soccer, for more than 30 years to bring her expertise to this article. In order to ensure you're planning for success make sure you avoid these 4 common pitfalls when organizing your next sports tournament.

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Topics: Event Planning, Sporting Event Management


Tips for Planning a Sports Tournament

There are many moving parts that go into planning a sports tournament, from the perfect venue to ensuring you have correct number of water stations. Every detail that goes into planning a sporting tournaments will help ensure that you hit your sporting event out of the park  Here are a few tips to consider as your start planning your next sports tournament.

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Topics: Event Planning, Sporting Event Management


Tips To Successfully Plan Your Next Conference Event

Conferences are some of the best places to meet like-minded colleagues within the same industry or creative individuals who share similar interests. In an increasingly interconnected world where relationship is key for business, conferences are a must-have for proper networking. And the company that organizes the conference will have the most prestige and visibility at the event.

But, you already know all that. You also know that planning a conference can be tricky— how do you create a dream conference that will go smoothly and benefit you, the organizer, and all attendees? Try these tips:

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Topics: Event Planning, Conference Event Management


The Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Value that Volunteers Bring to Events

Most volunteers aren't in it for the recognition; they just want to help. Volunteering can be a thankless role (which is exactly why you should make your volunteers feel appreciated). The tasks that volunteers commonly handle may seem minor, but the assistance of volunteers is vital to any event. 

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Event Planning, Event Promotion


The Shift Change Shuffle: Volunteer Placement Done Right

You've planned your festival to the last detail: every seat's arranged, every ticket booked, each artist knows their start time and every goody bag is filled, tissue paper-fluffed and labeled. And your volunteers are signed in, assigned and accounted for.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Technology, Event Management, Festival Management


Push and Pull Approaches for Successful Volunteer Recruitment and Scheduling

Adopted from push and pull marketing, push and pull methods of recruitment and scheduling are two very different but valid ways of going about managing your volunteer teams for your event. Read on to learn more about push versus pull approaches to volunteer recruitment and scheduling. 

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Volunteer/Staff Recruitment, Event Planning, Event Management


How to Stay Sane as an Event Organizer & Producer

Organizing and producing a large event can be incredibly stressful. It may feel like a million things are happening all at once. While it may seem impossible to hold onto your sanity, here are some solutions and tips to help you survive & thrive:

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Topics: Event Planning


Roadshow Events: Staying Organized When You're on the Move

As the world of modern marketing continues to evolve, event planners eager to make an impact are often looking to outside-the-box tactics. While mobile events certainly aren’t a new concept - having been around since the days of horse and carriage - this unique way of reaching consumers has seen an exponential rise in popularity in recent years.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Management, Event Promotion


Flexible Software: A Must-Have for Event Professionals

And we're talking 'touch your toes' flexibility! Events as a whole are widespread, unique, and each has different requirements of its professionals. In such a dynamic and complex industry, each new day requires different processes and workflows. The technological tools used need to suit every need, or at the very minimum, 90% of them. Is the tool you plan to use sufficient? Will it cover all contingencies? The product in question should be, not only flexible, but robust enough to handle varied and intricate workflows.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Technology, Event Management, Event Management Software


Exceeding Expectations: 4 Tips for a Successful Outdoor Event

Any event manager will know that outdoor event planning comes with its own unique complications and demands - which can make it difficult to manage the expectations of attendees, vendors and onsite staff, while also ensuring your event goes off without a hitch.

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Topics: Event Design, Event Planning, Event Management


How to Promote Your Event Using Instagram

Instagram is a fantastic tool for spreading the word about your event. By incorporating the use of Instagram into your event planning, you can create excitement before, during, and after the big day. Here are a few tips for making the most of this free platform to boost your event marketing capabilities.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Technology, Event Promotion


Are You Asking Too Much of Your Volunteers?

Your volunteers are ready to go! It's tempting to pass out assignments like candy until you get it all off your plate. Before you add that "Would you also...?", keep this question in mind: if you're not paying these people, what's an appropriate workload? Your event volunteers are there to help, out of the goodness of their hearts, and that's not something anybody wants to ignore. Find a balance and make sure you don't ask too much of the people who are helping you make your event run smoothly with these helpful tips.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Volunteer/Staff Recruitment, Event Team, Event Planning, Event Management


Ready To Go: 10 Event Day Reminders For Volunteers

Good men and women are especially hard to find when you need their services and are not paying them anything for their time. Volunteers are event and festival "fuel," they keep services running, people moving and smiling, solve problems and find solutions. To keep volunteers happy (and retain their services for your next event), here are 10 event reminders to discuss before sending them out to their posts:

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Event Planning, Event Management


No-Shows? No Problem: Developing Your No-Show Volunteer Policy

There's nothing like visiting the reception desk at your event to discover there's no volunteer there after all. It's the stuff event planning nightmares are made of, and most of the time, it's an event planning reality, too.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Event Planning


Why Under Pressure is an Understatement for Event Managers

Career Cast released their list of most stressful jobs of 2017. After the ones you'd expect like soldier, military general, firefighter and police officer, there was one you might not expect: Event Coordinator. Or perhaps you do, since that's your job title. Here are five of the reasons why "under pressure" is an UNDERSTATEMENT for these men and women, and exactly what put it at the number five spot.

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Topics: Event Design, Event Planning, Event Management


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