Plan Your Event with Social Media

by admin on April 15, 2014

Social Media is great for looking at cat pictures, taking quizzes to find out what character you are, or getting into arguments with strangers. But it can also be incredibly useful if you’re planning a big event. Let’s take a look at how.

Facebook: More and more, Facebook is becoming a place to share links and get information on businesses and organisations. So this is a great place to look at pictures from events thrown by other local organisations. Not only should you like or follow other organisations to build community, but you should be aware of their event pages, too. This way you can get more information on upcoming events and take a look at pictures when they’re posted. Make sure to like their links and updates so you can see their information as it comes up.

Twitter and Instagram:  While these two sites are very different in terms of posting — Twitter relies on 140 characters typed while Instagram posts pictures — they both rely on something we’ve all seen: #hashtags. While hashtags may seem annoying to those who don’t use them, they’re incredibly useful in searching for information. Hashtags are a way to link similar terms together. Say it’s October and you’re throwing a Breast Cancer research fundraiser. Searching for #breastcancer or #breastcancerawareness can lead you to other users with similar goals. A Twitter search may lead you to more links and/or small pieces of information, while Instagram will show you pictures users have linked to that topic.

Pinterest: Pinterest has become a valuable resource for anyone planning a wedding, so it makes sense that it can help you plan your fundraiser. Users can create boards for certain topics, say Floral Inspirations or Amazing Invitations. They pin links with pictures to keep similar  information together. You can browse pins, boards, or pinners (users) to try to find inspiration for your own event. Create a board so you can keep all your event information in one place.

No matter what you choose to use, social media can easily become a rabbit hole where we lose track of time. I like to set a timer if I’m looking for specific information with a goal in mind. Be smart about search terms, try many out, and keep your information organised. Social media can be a fun and easy way to take your brainstorming to the next level.

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Raise Money Before the Big Day

by admin on March 25, 2014

Fundraising and event planning can be stressful, but very, very rewarding. If you have an event coming up and you want to get a jump start on your fundraising goal, get creative! Raise money before the event so guests won’t feel like they have to give when they’re at your event, having a good time.

Here are a few suggestions.

Text a Donation: Many charities have worked with phone companies to set up special texting services that raise money for your organisation. Send out an email or facebook blast a few days before the event. Encourage guests to text the provided number to donate a small amount ($5-15). The price for the service is minimal, the charge shows up on the guests’ phone bill, and it takes less than a minute!

You can even keep it going at the event. Announce during the event that you’d like to raise a certain amount in the next 10 minutes, give your guests the number, and watch them reach for their phones!

Online Auction: Are you hosting an auction or raffle? Post the items online so donors can browse the selection and see what others are bidding. Announce certain items via social media to get your guests talking about the auction. Anticipation for the items will build in the days leading up to the event, leading to higher donations, with a final rally for bids at the actual event.

Start a Social Media Campaign: Encourage supporters to use social media to spread the word about your upcoming event. Promote last minute tickets sales by sharing links on Facebook, and offer free tickets to one lucky person who likes, shares, or comments on your link. Create a fun hashtag for guests to use on Twitter and Instagram. Tell guests to take a picture of their event ticket or invitation and post it on Instagram. Suggest that your guests bring a +1 (partner or friend) to your event on Google+.

Don’t pressure yourself to reach your entire fundraising goal at your event. Your guests want to have a great time while supporting your charity. Encouraging early donations can take that pressure off during the event so you can truly celebrate your work and your supporters. Have fun and raise that money!

 

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Setting Event Goals for the New Year

by admin on January 12, 2014

Events can be a great way to engage your supporters, raise a ton of money, and have loads of fun at the same time. They can also be a lot of work. You need to get the right venue, good food, music, your donors … and you have to make it stand out from the rest. But if you put in the work, you can get great returns for your organisation.

Choose the Events That Will Draw a Crowd

Often an organisation will have a big fundraising event each year, with a few smaller events throughout the year. Will your donors attend a black tie affair? Or are they into something more casual, like an afternoon garden party? Do you have a younger set of donors who might like an evening with some local bands?

Get out your calendar for the year and start picking dates. If other organisations around town have annual fundraisers, pencil those into the calendar. Also think about big sporting events and holidays. You won’t be able to get everyone at your event, but if you avoid peak times, you may find yourself with a bigger crowd.

Set Your Financial Goals

Considering the time and effort put into planning events, you certainly want them to raise loads of money for your group. Here are a few considerations when thinking about budget.

  • What is your organisation’s overall fundraising goal? How much of that will be raised by events? The largest event should bring in the most money and your donors know that.

  • How much will your donors pay for a ticket? How much of their ticket purchase go towards the charity?

  • Will you have a big pitch for more donations at the event? Or will your donors want a raffle and the chance to win?

  • Will all of your events have the goal of fundraising? Sometimes, it’s nice to be invited to an event and not be asked for money. Try to have at least one friendraising event per year…to show your appreciation and relax with your supporters.

Pick A Theme

Now that you know how many events you want, when they will be, and their goals, it’s time to get creative! You could have separate, distinct themes for each of your events, or commit to one fun theme to run the entire year. We can help you design the right tickets, posters, and flyers that will draw attention. Have fun and bring in those donations!

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No Stress! Plan That Big Event and Relaxe

by admin on December 25, 2013

Four Tips on How to Create Your Event with Ease

In general, planning an event is hard work. Planning a big event can be even harder. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the components a large event comes with is normal, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. If you are feeling a bit out of sorts about how to plan your huge event, here are some steps you can take to get your event off the ground and set up without a hitch.

Know your vision: When planning an event, great or small, you have to know the exact purpose of the event. When developing the vision for your event, establish your event’s purpose and the goals you want to achieve. According to eHow, keeping the event’s purpose and goals in mind will help you stay on track.

Develop a checklist: With so many moving parts that come with a large event, it’s  imperative to have some type of guide that shows what must be done at what time. Checklists will keep you on track as to what you need to accomplish for your event. Without a checklist, or some type of guide, you might get off track and begin to feel overwhelmed.

Allow enough time for setup: Let’s say that it’s 30 minutes until your big event gets started, but you’re far from prepared. It’s only a few minutes before the event is set to start, and the DJ hasn’t arrived yet, the catering is doing a completely different menu than the one agreed upon, and guest speakers are still preparing speeches. If you don’t want to run into this horrifying predicament, make sure to plan for ample time, just in case things don’t go according to plan. Eventplanning.about.com suggests having everything set up 15 minutes before your event is scheduled to begin. Schedule your time so that when problems come up—and they will—you’ll have enough time to solve any issues before the event is supposed to begin.

Have a backup plan: Are you having an outdoors event but don’t have a plan for inclement weather? Are you having a concert and haven’t thought about the off-chance that the venue’s equipment is faulty? For any event, it’s best to have a backup plan. For instance, if you are holding an outdoors event, it’s best to have an indoor venue picked just in case the weather turns for the worst. Without a backup plan, all of your hard work to be prepped and organized could go down the drain. Even when you’ve planned for the best, problems will still crop up.

What do you think about these tips?

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Christmas 2013

by admin on November 16, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re speaking, of course, of the Christmas season with its backyard barbecues and beachside brews, friends and family close beside us, the spirit of generosity and kindness guiding our actions. Yuletide is an event that many adults wait for with the same earnest fervency they expressed as children, a magical season packed with exciting events. Between office parties and family gatherings, local celebrations and holidays with friends, there’s always a great deal to do and so many events to choose from.

So, gather around the Christmas tree, or the Christmas bush, if that’s your tradition, and check out some of the highlights of the upcoming season.

Looking for something classic in Victoria? Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights 2013 offers all the traditional trimmings: a North Pole themed children’s activity center, n opportunity to talk to Santa Claus himself, and, of course, the festive lighting of the tree, followed by the festive exploding of the fireworks.

Perhaps you’re searching for a more upscale event in Western Australia. Why not consider the Crown Perth Christmas Extravaganza 2013? This sophisticated evening offers you and your guests sumptuous food, high end drinks, plus a late night of entertainment, including stand-up comedy and live music.

For family-friendly fun in New South Wales, don’t miss Sydney’s Hyde Park Christmas on the Green. With free concerts and costume shows, plus craft activities and tasty treats, $2 stockings, and a dazzling fireworks display when the sun goes down, it’s a magical day of entertainment for kids.

Perhaps you’re searching for the perfect gift in Australian Capital Territory. Canberra offers several Christmas markets, both traditional as well as innovative. Hustle and Scout is a place to explore sustainable fashions, an experience for those with exquisite taste as well as an eye for ecological responsibility. The Handmade Market offers up myriad delights from across the country, catering to those who seek to support artists, creativity, and the act of generation. And, for a classic experience, try Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets, where you’ll find everything you need to create the Christmas of your dreams.

In South Australia, you and your family can enjoy the extravaganza in Adelaide. It’s the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, a favorite spectacle for over eighty years, featuring hundreds of costumed performers, including musicians, dancers, clowns, and, of course, the guest of honor himself, Santa Claus.

Still searching? Why not create your own Christmas event and enjoy the celebration that feels right to you!

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The 2013 Boomerang Festival Comes to NSW This Month

Calling all Australians! Come celebrate Indigenous heritage and culture to the fullest at the Boomerang Festival this year. A ‘New World’ festival that’s open to everyone, the Boomerang Festival takes place 4-6 October at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in New South Wales. Join the festival and immerse yourself in the experience of music, film, dance, theatre, comedy, and much, much more.

The first festival of its breed the world over, never before has there been the opportunity for so many people to join in the celebration of Indigenous culture on this level, with such ease.

This event is set to happen right in your own backyard, in fabulous Byron Bay, making it much more accessible than any other experience of its kind.

All about the Boomerang

This unique and incredibly diverse festival will feature the best the original culture has to offer in the arts, in music and musicianship, dance, theatre, ideas–you name it! With not one or two, but four different stages to host performances over the three-day long weekend, you can experience that which defines Indigenous culture in modern-day Australia for yourself at the Boomerang Festival.

An event that knows no boundaries and is open to every Australian, the Boomerang Festival invites you to join in the celebration of the oldest living culture around and experience exchanges that would not otherwise be possible.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, one of the festival’s partners, says of the fest:

“Boomerang is a Festival of Indigenous ideas, of all aspects of our original culture. We think now is the right time to show the viability and value of Australian Indigenous culture in an accessible event which will give all Australians a sense of pride on experiencing the best of the best in Indigenous arts today.”

Summer Camping Special

Not only does the Boomerang Festival sound like the event of the season, but if you enjoy camping, then this is the perfect fest for you. Tickets are still available, so if you’re planning to attend last minute, don’t forget to pick up your camping pass!

Make your festival experience event more comfortable when you reserve a tent motel in advance. Each tent motel comes with an already set-up tent, awning, roll-up windows and complimentary bedding.

And if you want to bring your home-away-from-home, purchase an extra-large vehicle ticket, and you can bring your RV or camper!

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How Sydney Celebrates Taiwanese Culture in 2013

The Taiwan Day Festival 2011 drew crowds of more than 25,000 people two years ago, and this year it promises to be even bigger and more entertaining. Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013 will be held in Tumbalong Park, located in the incredible Darling Harbour, which is home to some of Sydney’s finest shopping boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and most unique watering holes.

Children of all ages are huge fans of this giant park, making it the perfect place to hold a multi-day outdoor festival. With free entry, you won’t have to worry about your pocketbook. You can bring the whole family for free!

With live performances, a variety of Taiwanese food stands, outdoor art displays and lots of other entertainment, this festival promises to be one you won’t want to miss.

It’s all in the Details

The Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013 will be held from Saturday 7 September to Sunday 8 September in the fantastic Tumbalong Park. Join the family-friendly fun where you’ll get the pleasure of experiencing the unique Taiwanese night market as a prelude to the main event at the festival.

Fabulous Taiwanese food such as pork dumplings, braised and sliced beef loins, pickled salads, deep fried tofu and tender pork ribs will be available for guests to enjoy at the festival, as well as the well-known pearl milk tea.

Don’t let your children miss out on the famous glove puppet performance (a traditional Taiwanese performing art), which includes the puppets acting out an epic story of fantasy, kung fu and adventure.

Authentic Taiwanese Experience 

Let your whole family experience the unique aspects of Taiwanese cuisine and culture when you bring them to the Taiwan Festival this year. Not only does this festival promote Australian multiculturalism as a whole, but it also helps to bring the community together without asking anyone to spend extra money.

Between traditional and modern Taiwanese music and dance performances, brought to you by both local Australian and international performing artists, and even rides for the children, this festival is a fabulous way to spend a weekend in September.

If you really want to get the authentic experience, you can check out the festival’s Facebook page, which is written in all Taiwanese!       

Send them a message and let them know you like their style. Just make sure you have someone (like Google) to translate for you.

 

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Australia’s 15th Annual National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Run by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is a nationwide, collective undertaking of all school communities and governments to underscore the significance of literacy and numeracy skills acquisition, specifically for school-aged children, but also for all young people in general.

This national approach provides schools with the opportunity to take action and participate in a diverse range of literacy and numeracy activities that are designed to increase the acquisition of these important skills.

In addition, NLNW is about recognizing the achievement of those within our communities who support children and young people in their journey toward better education.

Take a Liking to Literacy

National Literacy and Numeracy Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year from 29 July to 4 August. Not only is it a fabulous idea to encourage literacy and numeracy skills in school-aged children in general, but this year there’s a special incentive.

Every class that participates in the activities listed on the national website and turns in a completed survey will be entered to win a unique selection of prizes donated by some generous sponsors.

“A Poem in Your Pocket” is just one of those prize-worthy activities that classes can participate in. All a student needs to do for this activity is compose their own poem at a length that will fit into their pocket.

Teachers and other community-members who want to support literacy can also have their groups participate in the national reading of Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon on Wednesday, 31 July.

Minding Numeracy Skills

This year the national numeracy activity, dubbed, the “Reach for the Stars” activity, is called “This is Rubbish!” Sound exciting? Well, it is! Especially if you’re a student.

Students participating in this national activity will collect, classify and count the rubbish in their classroom or schoolyard waste bins. The data collected from the rubbish activity will be utilized to figure out the primary sources of waste and what quantity there is overall.

This activity is designed to spur student thinking along the lines of how rubbish could be reused, recycled, reduced, or disposed of more safely. After data collection, students will have the ability to compare their findings with that of other schools all over the nation.

Do yourself, your community, and your classroom a favor, and make sure you participate in this national event. It’s up to community leaders like you to inspire students to continue learning, no matter what.

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The Katherine Show: Greatest Show in the Northern Territory

Come one, come all! The most unique show in the Northern Territory, the Katherine Show, is coming up fast, scheduled for the third week of July. This year at the Katherine Show, expect to encounter amazing equestrian events, polocrosse, rodeo, campdrafting, fireworks, and even dog jumping. This is Katherine’s biggest event of the year, and the theme for the 2013 show is ‘water.’

Katherine and District, sometimes called the ‘Crossroads of Australia,’ covers some 400,000 square kilometers of farmland, desert, and plant life. The Katherine Show will bring an estimated 15,000 people into the area, and it creates the largest amount of business that Katherine will see all year long.

The Biggest Little Show in Top End

Not only does the Katherine Show brew excitement in Katherine and its District, people from all over the territory and the region will travel to see the incredible display of entertainment, competition and other memorable features the Show includes.

Show days this year will be 19th and 20th July, but you’ll be able to gain free entry into the showground’s on 16th, 17th and 18th July. Tuesday, through Thursday (16th through 18th), the Katherine Show features ring events for horses, cattle events, and the always exciting campdraft competition.

If you’d like to really get involved with this Top End extravaganza, you can become a member of the Katherine Show Society by purchasing a membership.

Adult membership will give you a number of benefits, like lower fees for nominations in the show, free camping on the grounds during the show, free entry into the show, and even convenient parking.

All the Little Details   

The Katherine Show features the all best and brightest of Katherine in one unique place. A family-friendly event for all ages, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something of interest to children and adults alike during this incredible event.

In case you can’t make it out to Katherine to see this extravaganza for yourself, let the Katherine Show offer you some inspiration for your own event. Choose an area that’s convenient for you, and feature interesting attractions from your local area.

If you live in a tight-knit community, organizing this type of event may be easier than you’d think. Talk to some of your fellow locals, and see if they would be interested in helping you put on your own show.

 

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The British & Irish Lions Rugby Team Tour Australia in 2013

For rugby fans all over the nation, June and July 2013 are two of the most exciting months to occur during the last 12 years. The British and Irish Lions Rugby Team will tour Australia for nine incredible matches in six different cities. This uncommon event only takes place in Australia once every 12 years, so anyone who’s a lover of rugby should make a point not to miss this dynamic occurrence.

The six-week Australian tour, where the British and Irish Lions will take on the five Australian Super 15 Rugby teams, has set dates in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, and Newcastle, and they include 3 test matches along with the series final on 6 July.

How to Fight Like a Lion

Since 1888, the British and Irish Lions rugby team has travelled across the world to play matches against elite international competitors. These gifted and determined players will usually only see one Australian tour during their career, so the two-month event is an honour and opportunity for each one to show off their superior rugby skills.

To be selected for the British and Irish Lions rugby team is the highest privilege for any rugby player from Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales.

Because the Lions only tour once every four years, and the location rotates between Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, this year’s rugby tour is considered the biggest event in rugby to hit Australia since the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Battling the “Sea of Red”

Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Tour are on sale now, and rugby fans are encouraged to grab them while they’re still available. But, in case you can’t make it to a match in person, you can catch the competition on TV at a local pub, or in your home (as long as you have access to the network that’s showing the games, Foxtel).

With a rugby event this big, you might even want to make your own event out of it by hosting a viewing party or an after-party. Print up some handy invitations, send them out to all your fellow rugby fans, and invite them to join you in celebrating the festivities of this once-every-twelve-year competition.

Just remember to keep it friendly and fabulous. Not only are there a lot of Australian fans out there, but many British and Irish Lions fans are likely to make the journey to cheer their team on as well.

 

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