You’re Invited: Using Online Event Planning Platforms

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Whether it’s an intimate get together or a full scale house party, everyone loves a good party. Planning and executing your (or your client’s) event can be tricky, but what if I told you there are sites that can help you organize everything from the invite to ticket sales to check in. Here are a couple of websites will make marketing your event simple.



Brighten Up Your Event


Founded in 2006, Eventbrite boasts selling over 79 million tickets. This platform let’s you create a personalized website for your event, so people can have a landing page while searching for your event. The website is mobile ready and retail accessible if your event requires selling tickets. With tools like social media promotions and listings on the Eventbrite website and public search engines, you are able to get the word out about your event quite easily. Want to see how your sales are going or how many people are coming? Take a look at Eventbrite’s tracking features.


When it comes time for the event, Eventbrite offers the “Entry Manager” app that can check guests in, and read tickets. If you would like to continue to sell tickets at the door, just download the “At The Door” app and you can securely sell tickets straight from your iPad. You may be wondering about a price. Well Eventbrite only charges if you are selling tickets to your event. They offer a 2.5%, 99 cents per ticket sold, and various payment processing option charges. The payment options include credit cards (3% of ticket value), PayPal (2.9% + 30 cents per transaction), Google Checkout (2.9% + 30 cents per transaction), and (varies). 



Bee First On The Event Front


You can promote your annual fundraiser or a one time seminar on Eventbee. This handy website lets you choose between RSVP events and ticketed events like Eventbrite, but also let’s you choose the type of ticket you want to sell. Another cool feature is Eventbee lets you accept donations to a non-profit if that applies to your event. You can customize how you want your event’s personal page and integrate your event page on your website.



Create share buttons to get the word out on your event. Also paste in the custom Facebook URL in your event description and you are able to sell tickets from your event page. With the “Real Time Attendee” app you can use multiple cell phones to check in your guests in. After the event, create reports to look at your attendance, the number of check-ins, and sales report. Based on various features, your service rate can run from $1 to $2 and for payment options you can choose PayPal (2.9% + 30), Google Checkout (2.9% + 30 cents), Eventbee (4.95% + 50 cents) and a merchant account , which means Eventbee provides a custom account through Braintree payments.



If you have used these or another event planning website, let us know about your experience. Did you see an increase in attendance because of them? Were they easy to use?


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