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7 Event Management Tools Essential to Organizing Any Event

7 Event Management Tools Essential to Organizing Any Event

Great events are born when an excellent idea meets a passionate team with limitless energy. But in event management, passion and energy are not enough. You also need the right tools to help you plan, organize, and bring your event to life.

The list below has the necessary applications to make event organization more efficient and team communication faster and easier, while at the same time reducing the risk of any mistakes or problems. The following tools will help bring your dream event to life.

Google Apps for Work

(or Gmail + Google Drive + Calendar + Hangouts) — For file management, file sharing, and team collaboration.

Think of Google Apps for Work as your business diary, desk, and office. With Gmail and Google Apps for Work, you and your team can store, share, and collaborate on files, documents, appointments, and activities. All of your work is neatly organized, accessible, and editable, 24/7, 365 days of the year on any device. The default Google Аpps package includes Email, Calendar, a word processor (Google Docs), spreadsheet application (Google Sheets), slide show app (Google Slides), survey creator (Google Forms), a drawings and graphics app (Google Drawings), and there are hundreds of add-on applications — some paid, some free. Google Drive starts off with 15 GB of storage and all of this is free.

The Benefits: Easier team communication, collaboration, more efficient file keeping, and it’s all free!

Asana

For staying on top of tasks and deadlines.

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With Asana, you and your team members can assign yourselves and each other tasks with deadlines and communicate inside the application regarding the progress. Needless to say, the tasks can be edited, sub-tasks can be added, and deadlines can be changed. With the help of Asana, event organizers can see how much each team member has on their plate and whether they are able to handle more, because let’s face it, there is always more work to be done.

The Benefits: Less emails, better work communication, and task progress-tracking.

Weemss

For your event website, ticket sales, event registration, reserved seating, accepting payments online, and event check-in.

If Google Apps for Work is your office, Weemss is your corporate headquarters. With Weemss, you create an event webpage and set up your ticket sales and event registration online.

Everything in Weemss is automatic, so once you’ve set up your event inside the application, people who buy tickets receive them automatically by email. You receive information about those purchases and the money from all the sales goes directly into your account.

Weemss also has features like Reserved Seating, Awards Management, and Event Check-in.

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The Benefits: Easy setup, control and automation of the event sales, registration, and check-in processes.

Xero

For invoicing.

Let’s face it, accounting is a pain. However, with a cloud solution that automates payment tracking and invoicing, you have your painkiller. With Xero, you can easily track payments, reconcile bank accounts, send out invoices, claim expenses, and much more. The best part is all of this can be tracked and done on mobile devices with the Xero app.

With Xero, you can stay on top of your accounting with less staff necessary and less work hours spent on repetitive, boring tasks.

The Benefits: Hassle-free accounting.

Mailchimp

For email marketing.

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To keep everyone posted on new updates surrounding your event, whether it is a new speaker, performer, artist, new sponsor, or other change surrounding the event, you need to be constantly sending out emails. Automation of this process is essential, and the most user-friendly service is Mailchimp. If you have fewer than 2,000 subscribers, with Mailchimp’s Entrepreneur Edition you can send up to 12,000 emails per month completely free.

The Benefits: Simple and fast mass emailing, AB testing of email effectiveness.

Hootsuite

For staying social.

We all fall victim to mindless staring at social media. Multiply that by the different social media networks and you get a couple of lost hours a day at the very least. With Hootsuite, you can manage all your social media profiles in one place, schedule posts, and monitor analytics for the effectiveness of the posts. There is a free version available.

The Benefits: Better organization and more efficient communication in social media.

Google Analytics

For tracking website traffic.

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The Internet is a jungle, and Google Analytics is the local explorer guiding you through and helping you to make sense of it all. Although the dashboard is not very presentable, the software is incredibly powerful and useful for finding out 1) who is visiting your website, 2) where they are coming from, 3) how they got there, and 4) what they are doing. By setting goals inside Analytics, you can track specified conversion rates and measure effectiveness. You can add Google Analytics to your Weemss event webpage and track conversion rates for your event registrations.

The Benefits: Understand your webpage’s traffic, set conversion goals and track progress.

Some final words

We hope you find these applications as useful as we have. In choosing what applications you want and need for your next event, consider the following:

  • Is the application easy to deploy?
  • Is it easy to use or does it require additional training and services?
  • Is it safe and secure?
  • Is product support offered?
  • Does it work across all devices? Is it mobile-friendly?
  • Last but not least, how much does it cost? Is it a one-off or a license-based fee?

Make a checklist of your particular needs and test and try out the solutions before making a choice. Involve your team in the selection because they will be using the applications most of the time. In reviews and articles, listen to user discussions and comments.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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