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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. 

The Push Method  

This approach emphasizes a vetting process, gathering recruiting and scheduling information, and leaving the decision-making in the hands of the organizer. Here's what's involved:

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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