Plannerwire Event Technology Directory
It’s basically the most frustrating thing in the world when you’re in a meeting designing the banner for your next conference and Eureka! you’ve got it, so you start to explain the concept and moments later you look up at the other conference planner’s fried faces and realize that no one is getting it. Then, you’re like, “it’s really something you need to see, I promise this idea is cha-ching” and so you start to sketch it out . . . 52 pieces of strange stick drawings later you realize you probably should have just used Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is a free graphic design app that helps you tell your story with social graphics, web stories, and animated videos. It lets your visuals come to life and gets the word out quickly (to your team or on social media) with a graphic design platform that lets you (someone without a ton of design experience) create in minutes and share instantly. With Adobe Spark, you can save yourself the frustration, and let’s face it, the embarrassment.
DirectPoll is live polling made uber easy and faster than your brother-in-law’s racecar. And why shouldn’t it be? DirectPoll gives you the tools to create a poll in a minute or less, and the technological simplicity to let your audience answer with absolute ease from a smartphone, tablet, or computer without downloading a thing. It’s so easy that you can instantly set up follow-up questions that come up in the heat of the moment, so that you can learn from your audience as the conversation unfolds. All of the answers that you receive will be immediately counted and displayed live via visual animation on the result page. With polling this simple, you’ll be able to focus on your presentation, lecture, or event, rather than on a difficult technological set-up or mountains of paper questionnaires. Why make polling harder than it needs to be? Just use DirectPoll.
The days of needing an entire camera crew and loads of expensive equipment to broadcast and publicize are long gone. With Facebook Live, production is as easy as pulling out your phone and accessing your Facebook account for iOS, Android, or Facebook Mentions. Sure, you’ll ideally want a WiFi connection, but as long as you’ve got a strong signal, you’ll have a live broadcast up and running in no time at all, engaging your followers for up to 4 hours. And what happens when your live post is over? The video will be published to your profile or Facebook Page so that anyone who missed it the first time around will have the opportunity to check it out, and those who want to watch it again can come back for more.
Remember that heart-sinking feeling you had back in middle school when you were the only kid in the class who wasn’t in on the joke, leaving you humiliated and feeling like a social pariah? The worst. You vowed then and there that you would never be left out of the loop again, and that’s why your grown-ass self understands the immeasurable value of Google Alerts. Google Alerts is an automated web-based search engine that keeps you up-to-date and in the know about all of the topics and stories that you subscribe to. From people to businesses, news headlines to financial updates, and everything in between (ahem, that guilty pleasure gossip column), you’ll never be out of the loop again.
Tracking and analyzing your website’s traffic doesn’t need to be hard and it doesn’t need to be expensive. That’s why there’s Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service that gives you and your business the insight and data you need to better understand your audience and web traffic. With Google Analytics you’ll be able to identify how your visitors are getting to your website, what specific pages they click on, where they are geographically located in the world, and how long they are staying on your website. You’ll also learn which pages are performing well, and which pages are under-performing, giving you important information on how to strategize your marketing and sales. So analyze until the cows come home, just don’t let it cost you an arm and a leg.
“Wanna hangout tonight?” “Totally.” “Cool.” “Oh wait, I forgot that I’m flying out of town, we’ll have to reschedule . . . unless . . . want to Google Hangout?” “Huh?” “With Google Hangouts we can chat online or video call each other, and if we wanted to talk on the phone we could do that too using our WiFi or data plan. Oh, and if we decide to loop in anyone else, we could start a group chat. Texting is also possible. Interested?” “Perfect. I’ll see you at 8.” “Later” Staying connected with anyone from anywhere across all of your devices has never been easier. So, let’s hangout.
Maybe you’ve heard of Google Street View. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe the name speaks for itself. But beyond checking out homes and city streets around the world through awesome stitched-together panorama images, have you considered all that Google Street View can do for your business, especially when planning events and conferences? Let me bring you up to speed. If you are planning an event or conference or just want to provide awesome visual location information for clients and partners, Google Street View can give the vivid 411 on neighborhood, location, and environment, so that people can plan what to do and where to stay and familiarize themselves with the local scene. So, go the extra mile and help your guests and clients out with the full picture of where the magic happens. Isn’t technology cool?
All right, Sylvia Plath, just because your 7th grade English teacher isn’t marking your paper with corrections in red pen, doesn’t mean your writing is up to par. I mean, you are writing for a big business. You are the voice of your company. You need another set of eyes on the editorial prize, and that is precisely where Hemingway steps in. The Hemingway app marks up your writing and guides you to literary perfection. Type your composition directly into the app, or paste the text of what you’ve already written and the Hemingway app will tell you what sentences are too hard or complex, when there is a simpler alternative, how many adverbs you’ve got thrown in the mix, and when your writing is passive when it could be active, along with a slew of other information that will help you engage your readers, and make you sound, well literate. So, know your audience, know your voice, and rest assured you are putting out the best literature to represent your brand.
IFTT. Applets. WTF. Let me explain. IFTTT is an acronym that stands for If This, Then That and the platform itself allows you to set up Applets (also referred to as recipes) that do just that. For example, you could create an Applet that will automatically email members when they sign up for your event or service. There are unlimited Applets and you can also build your own that will work specifically to meet your needs. IFTTT works with more than 110 services including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Google, Etsy, Feedly, Foursquare, YouTube, LinkedIn, WordPress, Etsy, and loads more. And IFTTT gives you the option to sign up to see in depth analytics so that you can learn and grow your company. Get it? Got it. Good!
A picture is worth a thousand words. And with that I introduce to you: Later. Later prides itself on being “the #1 marketing platform for Instagram” and who are we to argue. Later offers a simple way to plan, manage and schedule your visual content. With Later’s “Bulk Uploader” tool you’ll have the capability to sync and store photos so that they are there when inspiration strikes. You can also organize and store visual collections in a media library that keeps your team on the same well-curated page. And for the moments when you wish you had more analytical insight than just the 7846 hearts on your Instagram post, Later provides you with analytics that drive you towards a successful visual campaign. Later.
What’s cookin’, good lookin’? Are you working on some new designs for an upcoming event and you’re feeling graphically challenged? Well, I’ve got something I think you might find appealing: Pixlr. Pixlr is a complete line of web and mobile apps that makes photo editing and designing as easy as 1-2-3. With tons of layers, effects, graphics, fonts, and stickers Pixlr can help you transform any image into something mega attention-worthy. So enjoy the time you spend creating, and create something stunning while you work. By the time the big event rolls around, your designs will be the talk of the town. And now a round of applause.
How often do you hear the phrase “No Experience Needed?” Moreover, how often is that actually the case? Well, you are in luck. With Quik you don’t need experience to create and edit beautiful videos. Quik is an intuitive and user-friendly app that makes it super easy to create awesome videos with just a few quick steps. Quik helps you quickly search footage found via Facebook, Instagram, Photo Library, or GoPro Plus to find the most captivating moments and images. From there you can quickly add transitions and effects to your masterpiece with just a few taps, sync your movie to work with the music of choice or use any number of the endless tools Quik offers to customize your video, and easily to share it with friends. Job description: video editor, no experience needed. And . . . you’re hired.
Gosh darn it! You know you received that important email from your boss with this week’s agenda and meeting schedule, but somehow it got lost among all the holiday deals you signed up for once upon a time. You don’t need a coupon, you need your important work update, but where oh where could that little dog be? Sounds like you might want to use Unroll.Me to bring order back to your inbox. Unroll.Me reduces your inbox clutter by helping you unsubscribe from all those junk emails with one easy click. Now wait a second?! Did I hear you quietly mumble that there are some subscriptions and coupons you do want, just not all up in your face every time you check your email? Completely understandable. With Unroll.Me you can also combine all the subscriptions you want and receive them in a neatly organized digest cleverly named the Rollup.