Pro Tip: Event Registration

Pro Tip: Event Registration

Event Registration is a necessary evil.  "Necessary" is obvious but "evil" no more!  Registration Officers likely hold the least desirable job at the event. During the backups, the confusion of alphabetization, the names spelled incorrectly and the need for constant organization...now tell me that isn't evil! We have a fix that is not only modern, but inexpensive, accurate and innovative. Zkipster is an app that is compatible on all iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms which makes it functional for the vast majority of those with a cell phone or other mobile devise. With bulk list upload capabilities and instant syncing of list updates across users, it has deleted the "evil" and created a seamless "necessary" operation in which registration officers can breath easy and guests can gasp at the speed of check-in and use of exciting technology. What is the catch you ask? There is none. The price is well worth the function at a $75 blanket rate per event (thats it-$75 covers the list upload and syncing capabilities for an unlimited number of registration officers!) There are also monthly and annual rates to suit your fancy.

XO,

E

 

Pro Tip: Corporate Networking Made Easy

Pro Tip: Corporate Networking Made Easy

This past fall I attended the BizBash Expo at the Javitz Center in New York. Among the many presenters and vendors, learning about Poken was by far my biggest take away. Poken is an event technology company that provides networking, lead generation and engagement solutions.

How it works is we were each given a Poken hand, which is a small plastic four-fingered hand that can be attached to a lanyard. There was a quick registration process (name, company and email), then you begin the networking. As you make your way through the event meeting people and connecting with new vendors you clap Poken hands and immediately your information is transferred to a spreadsheet that each person can access by plugging in their Poken USB. The other great draw is that the Poken is completely customizable so it could be great placement for a lead sponsor or host branding.

So take aways... it is a great ice breaker, it boosts networking and connectivity and it is completely customizable.

Pro-Tip: Visit Poken to learn more

XO,
RG

Pro Tip: Event Stationery

Pro Tip: Event Stationery

You are grabbing your mail as you do every day..(or week), and you notice that in the stack of bills is a uniquely shaped envelope with elegant calligraphy. Eagerly you unstick the envelope where a colorful envelope liner EMRG's, introducing a heavy cardstock invitation with painted edging and clever presentation of the event you MUST attend after this introduction.

Stationery is the first impression for any event, and the design used on the invitation is carried through to the design of the day-of stationery and inspires design for the event itself. We are always looking for unique and talented new artists and I wanted to share one with you this week that has gotten me over the moon excited. Alison from Red Tree Creations has taken the "expected" out of stationery by concepting a new WOW factor. I have used her supreme service for private parties, escort cards, and even my very own baby shower invitations. If you want to have something created that will be extremely memorable to your guests (and probably make it into a keepsake box), this stationery is a way to distinguish your style, your event, your memories.

"Transforming plain into playful, conventional into the unexpected" - RedTree Creations

 

XO,

EM

 

Pro Tip: Welcome Bags

Pro Tip: Welcome Bags

One of my favorite parts of planning my wedding was designing the welcome bags. My husband and I are both qualified foodies so we had to make this first impression really special. A few things to think about... presentation, quality of goods and assembly.  

Traditional welcome treats come in a paper bag but we wanted to shake it up so we used a box with confetti. When thinking about the treats we decided to have a balance of sweet and savory items from local artisans. We went with Taza Chocolate, a Whoopie Pie from a local baker, Q's Nuts, Cape Cod Potato Chips and Kettle Corn. Of course we wanted our friends to party hard while knowing they had a safety net at the hotel and included blowfish, the hangover cure and a few other refreshing goodies. We used a few custom stickers and voila! a unique welcome box that kicks-off the weekend and gets everyone excited for the wedding. 

Pro Tip: I recently came across this amazing company Gracious Goodies that can do all of this for you!

XO,
RG