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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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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How to Design Your Own Unique Event Tickets

We’ve all heard the saying, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Well, as it turns out, there’s more truth to this than we originally thought. While asking a friend for help certainly couldn’t hurt, when it comes to event planning and ticket printing, doing it yourself may be just what you need.

What exactly do we mean by this? We DON’T mean buying an expensive new printer and spending your time printing out your own tickets. We also DON’T mean painstakingly cutting them out by yourself in order to sell them individually.

What we DO recommend, is designing your own event tickets. That way, you get exactly what you want, in addition to what you need.

You CAN Always Get What You Want

If you’ve found yourself browsing countless online ticket templates without finding anything close to what you’ve visualised for your event, try the Design Your Own tool from Ticket River.

The Design Your Own tool gives you the freedom to create unique tickets by letting you choose your own personalised colours, pictures, logos, designs and text for your event ticket. This leaves you in complete control of your ticket design.

Imagine creating an event ticket that is attractive, yet expresses the nature of your event perfectly, right on the ticket. That would be smart AND savvy.

Don’t Settle for Anything Less

It’s simple to Design Your Own event tickets, and it’s a blast. With a user-friendly system and the ability to upload your own images, the task of creating event tickets becomes an adventure for advertising and interesting to anyone with a creative vision.

And if you’ve waited until the last moment to finalise details like tickets, worry not! Procrastinators are welcome at Ticket River. Once you’ve designed your own ticket, the turnaround time for printing is fast. Not only that, but your tickets will be printed in full digital colour for a totally professional look.

All event tickets come with detachable stubs, a convenient and handy item when trying to keep track of things in the throws of the actual event.

They’re also numbered to make the final count of attendees easier, and prevent ticket forgers from printing fakes – you’ll know a fake if you already seen the number on another ticket that day!

 

 

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