Plannerwire Event Technology Directory
What marketer or conference manager doesn't want to be sought after like Helen of Troy? When you use 99designs designers from all over the world will put their best foot forward to compete for your affection. Sounds enticing, doesn't it? Here's how it works: you tell 99designs a little something about your company, your style, your budget, and what you'd like designed. 99designs sends that scrumptious info to over a million eligible suitors, and before you know it dozens of designers from all over the world will be knocking down your door with beautiful design offerings. You give feedback, the designers adjust, and bing-bang-boom, you pick your soulmate. Easy as pie. Whether you need a new logo, business cards, conference programs or agendas, web design, or anything else your little heart can dream up, 99designs has got the hook up. And oh, yeah, they won't really show up at your door, because well, that'd be creepy.
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.
While it may surprise many, Airtable is not the newest air hockey table for your company’s break room (though, that’d be cool too). With Airtable you can easily organize all your data for anything and everything: conferences, agendas, events, projects, customers, ideas. Airtable prides itself on being as straight forward and easy as a spreadsheet, while giving you the power of a database. It’s basically the Clark Kent/Superman package of organizing and collaborating: flexible, there for you, and good looking. And after you’ve checked all those boxes, there’ll be lots of time left for air hockey in the break room. Time to challenge the executive director.
Sometimes you don’t realize you’re seeing the world through the wrong eyeglass prescription, until you switch to the right one and everything shifts from blurry to perfectly clear. While an eye doctor can help you see the world clearly again, you’ll want ASANA to put your company’s projects in focus. Asana’s crystal clear platform is easy and fun to use and will enable your company’s teams from start to finish. Managers can track progress and employee productivity, and teams can transform conversations into actionable tasks. Time to trade in your expired lens solution for an awesome new workflow solution.
“Bueller?....Bueller?....” No conference director wants to find themselves staring out into a sea of empty seats or a team that resembles a bunch of over-tired high-school students. Is active participation really too much to ask these days? I think not! Use Attendify to build your event app and boost engagement at conferences and events by helping attendees and sponsors develop relationships and interact with event content. Participants will love the private social networking features and you’ll love the thorough event performance analytics. It’s a win-win for all. Go team!
We’ve all imagined the soundtrack of our lives from time to time; highlighting the powerful job promotion and pumping catharsis into your most recent epic breakup. But what about the soundtrack for your business? You know, the music in your upcoming promo video or on the company website? The sounds that draw interest and excitement, that lure people in? It may be sufficient to have the soundtrack of your life playing in your head, but the audio for your company is going to have to be a bit more, well . . . external. So, in the spirit of sound and momentous effect, drumroll please . . . AudioBlocks has arrived. AudioBlocks is a subscription-based online resource that offers unlimited downloads of royalty-free soundbites, sound effects, loops, and music that is yours to keep forever. AudioBlocks provides you with the sounds you need to make every project pop like its hot. Now if that isn’t music to your ears . . .
Wearing too many hats around the office not only looks ridiculous, it can tire you out. Basecamp may not help with your fashion sense, but it can make your job a lot easier. Basecamp believes that “work doesn’t have to be crazy” and who can argue with that? Basecamp offers you intuitive web-based software that makes it fun and easy to handle your business by streamlining how you manage projects, work with clients, and communicate and collaborate company-wide. Imagine you’re breezing around the office, the wind blowing through your hair and everyone looks up from their work to admire you, The Managing Director, who has it all under control and looks good doing it. So take off all those unnecessary hats you’ve been wearing, and try that image on for size. With Basecamp it’s truly that simple.
Click. Click. Click. Business is booming and people are clicking the link to your website left and right, but who are these people? Where do they come from? And which platforms that you advertise on are producing the best results? If only you had these answers, you might be able to focus your advertising and publicity campaigns, target your interested demographics, track analytics, and measure and optimize your marketing efforts and campaign performance. Wait, what was that?! You can have these answers when you use Bitly. Bitly is a completely free service that allows you to track who is clicking your link, what platform or website they access your link from, and where in the world they come from. With all this information, you can optimize your marketing and bring in the big business.
Ah, Genevieve. She’s the best at everything. She graduated at the top of her class, got a billion job offers right off the bat, and everyone wants her on their team. She’s the best event planner there is, and who doesn’t want to work with the best? The big #1? The cream of the crop? Well, you may not have a Genevieve in your office, but don’t get down you can still work with the best. Bizzabo is the #1 rated event management software, winning the People’s Choice Award for Best Event Technology Platform. It is designed to save you time, money, and labor while managing, growing, and maximizing your professional event. Whether you are a corporate or independent event planner, Bizzabo offers everything you need for event success. Because when you work with the best, you get the best. Need I say more?
Checking into an event shouldn’t feel like checking in for an international flight, and yet sometimes it does. Nothing blows more when you’re a conference director than when you’ve spent months organizing an event or conference, only to get to the day of the event and a bunch of eager attendees quickly go from excited to frustrated as they stand around waiting in line. Bummer. Boomset takes the frustration out of event check-in, with efficient and powerful event software solutions that improve the on-site experience. No more impatient, bummed out attendees, because they are boom, set!
You’ve been told all your life to think outside the Box. I’m here to tell you to think, work, and collaborate with Box. Box is a cloud-based enterprise content management platform that allows you to quickly and securely share files and folders anywhere, anytime, and from any device making collaboration effortless. With Box you and your business can easily organize, edit, search for and share files and folders without having to download the file directly. Best of all, previous versions of your work are always kept readily accessible. Beyond file storing and sharing, Box aims to help businesses with processes like data governance and retention. Box works to integrate with loads of other enterprise-focused apps, like Google, while keeping security and encryption a top priority. So work faster, collaborate better, and keep it secure. Time to think (and work) with Box.
Let’s face it, we all have good days and bad. Some days your creative juices are flowing like you’re Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel and sometimes you might as well be The. Paint. Slowly. Drying. On. The. Wall. The yin and yang of your creative soul is fine for your well-balanced life, but it doesn’t work so well if you are trying to keep members and subscribers both interested and not overly bombarded. In steps Buffer, your knight in shining armor. Whenever and wherever the creativity flows add your ideas to Buffer and Buffer will hold on to your content until the best possible times. When you hit a dry spell, you’ll be happy that Buffer has some extra gems save up from that day your creative cup had runneth over.
We’ve all been there. You’ve finally arrived at the conference you’ve spent months planning for, you begin setting up your table, you go to pull out the beautifully formatted sales summary report and . . . it’s not there. Where the F could it be? Ah, yes. A cloud forms over your head as you picture it sitting on your desk screaming not be forgotten. What do to, what to do. Well, luckily you have the Canon PIXMA iP110 and luckily the Canon PIXMA iP110 is a compact, lightweight, wireless mobile printer that delivers crisp photos and business documents. With the Canon PRINT app, you can print directly from your mobile device, making it the perfect companion for a business professional on the go. Especially the forgetful one.
Alright Picasso, time to design the email, the flyers, the social media graphics, the new website, and the presentation for the next event . . . feeling overwhelmed? No need to fret like a tortured artist, you’ve got Canva. Canva is a graphic design tool that makes designing just about anything as easy your niece’s color-by-number book. Its drag-and-drop feature makes it so user-friendly that that same niece can design your next birthday card with it. But don’t be fooled, this is more than just child’s play. Canva offers thousands of stunning professional layouts and access to over a million graphics, photos, and fonts. So free your creative spirit and design away.
Hot Potato, Hot Potato, Hot Potato . . . BURN! That stinging sensation is what it can feel like when the energy seeps out of your conference as the microphone is slowly passed from one commenter to the next. Molasses! With Catchbox you can keep the energy bouncing along as you throw the microphone from one person the next. Throw it?! That’s right. Catchbox is the “world’s first soft throwable microphone.” Keep your audience engaged and having fun. Batter up!
Hello, my name is . . . BORING! We’ve all seen that name badge one too many times and the event world is so over it. “But what will we use,” you ask. Well, have I got the answer for you. With Conference Badge, you can add oomph to your name badge by customizing it with your company’s logo, branding, and hot colors to make it pop like your Madonna in the 80’s. And fear not! All that customization doesn’t mean extra work. You can quickly and easily import attendees from Eventbrite or Excel. And as if it wasn’t already too good to be true, you can add your event schedule to the back of the badge and print them on-site. Say WHAT?!?
Just like Ms. Julie, your 1st grade teacher, always said, “there’s an artist living in each of us,” and even if you never made it to art school and you wear a suit and work in an office and your moment to be the next Van Gogh has come and gone, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make things look good. And that, my friend, is where Crello steps in. Crello is a graphic design tool that gets your creative juices flowing and designing in no time at all. With Crello you can create, customize, and edit social media posts, invites, ads, banners, and just about anything else quickly and easily. Crello offers a massive library of high resolution images and templates to work from, or you can upload your own. From there, Crello helps you easily edit, enhance, adjust, add text, and more with an amazing suite of intuitive design tools. So bury your regrets about never getting your BFA degree in art and design, Crello just graduated you to the master’s program and you are killing it. Congrats, grad!
Almost nothing is more frustrating than when you are developing a new company website, only to discover well into the process that you are making vital decisions based on what the theme allows you to do. You are limited and that is no way to showcase your business. Suddenly the sounds of the jungle fill your ears. No, it’s not Planet of the Apes. It’s Cyber Chimps. Cyber Chimps has the best variety of Wordpress themes that really work, so you can pick the theme that lets you do what you need to so your amazing business doesn’t look like monkey business.
Spreadsheets are so last year! I mean, do you really want your team to look like a yard sale, or are you ready to be the well-oiled machine you’ve always dreamed of? With dapulse you can ditch the messy Excel and Google spreadsheets and move to a clearer, simpler, user-friendly project management platform. Teams are loving the visuals and project managers are loving that they can see what the team is doing from anywhere in the world. As one user says, “it allows shit to get done.” What more can you ask for when your managing a busy workload.
Don’t deny it, being fought after by a bunch of creatives from around the world sounds like a dream come true. If that’s the case then you can call me The Deliverer of Dreams, because I’m here to transform that creative fantasy into a very tangible and repeatable reality. DesignCrowd is basically the dating app of the design world, with the added perk of everyone wanting you from the get-go, and you chiseling away at the choices until you meet perfection. Here’s how it works: you post your design project with a brief description and budget in the DesignCrowd marketplace and before you know it you’ll have loads of designs from creatives all over the world headed your way. You can share these designs with friends and co-workers for feedback, delete the designs you don’t like, and tweak the ones you do until you’ve reached perfection. And if you don’t like anything, your budget is fully refunded, making this matchmaking completely risk-free. If only OKCupid and Tinder had matchmaking down as well as DesignCrowd, the world would be much more loving place.
Signs you need to change your work-from-home habits: your butt has left a permanent indentation in your couch. The employees at your local coffee shop know your habits better than your best friend since grade school. You have more sweatpants than any other item of clothing because why bother getting dressed? These symptoms indicate that you need help. The prescription? DeskPass. DeskPass is a monthly membership-based service that provides access to a growing network of professional workspaces throughout Chicago, NYC, LA, Denver, and Austin. DeskPass believes in the power, energy, creativity, and relationships that come from shared workspaces, so they aim to make affordable and flexible access to beautiful and diverse workspaces simple. Sign up to go as often as you like, and feel free to cancel anytime. Oh yeah, and while you’re away from home, you may want to flip that couch cushion.
You’ve been wrapping up this “quick” phone call with a client for, well, the last 47 minutes and 16 seconds . . . You’ve got an important business meeting on the other side of town and if you don’t leave now, you’ll be late. Very late. Not to mention later tonight you have a flight to a major conference you’re leading and you still need to follow-up on how preparations are moving along. If only your office were portable you could finish the current call while in transit, have your meeting, and then make your follow-up call as you head to the airport. If only your office were portable you could make everyone happy. Well, my friend, ask and you shall receive. DialPad gives you the freedom to take your office anywhere. DialPad is a cloud-based system that allows you to seamlessly transfer your communication among devices with the push of a button, so that you can stay connected while on the move. And we’re talking all kinds of connected: phone, MMS, SMS, IM, group messaging, online meetings, and video. Better yet, DialPad also integrates with the business apps that you already use and organizes your documents and conversations by contact. There’s no reason to pack up the mules to transfer your office, DialPad has got your back.
Alright there, Captain, those piles of paper on your desk are starting to look less like you’re an executive and more like you’re working on a tiny desk skyline installation for the modern art museum down the street. Just sayin’. If I were you, I’d pull out my scanner and get to work. Wait, wait, I’m not talking about that big cumbersome scanner in the corner that was once hooked up to your desktop until it stopped working last century. I’m talking about your Doxie. You know, your wireless and portable mobile scanner that is so easy to use, you’ll finally fulfill your dream of going paperless. Yeah, that one. I’ll just run and grab you the recycling bin. Looks like you’ll need it.
Attention, attention: draw attention to your website, draw attention to your products and services, and draw attention to your company when you use Draw Attention. Draw Attention is a WordPress plugin for creating responsive mapping and interactive images. Draw Attention makes it easy to create highlight-able areas of images, link your images to more information or another page on your site, and so much more. Draw Attention gives you access to 20 color palettes (or the option to customize your own), a variety of layouts, and the ability to resize images to fit your theme and screen size through the responsive design technology. So don’t hide out in the dark, shine a light on your conference or exhibit floor with Draw Attention.