If the detail management of your next event is driving you bonkers, you’re not alone. Spreadsheets, checklists and post-it cards used to be enough to keep up, but more and more professionals are turning to event management tools to keep their planning both organized and communicated.
Event management tools are a great solution for properly planning events that will increase attendance, help your brand stand out and make sure your activities run smoothly.
Here are 7 event management tools that’ll keep you from wanting to tear your hair out
Event Rebels is the ultimate solution for planning your trade shows, exhibitions and other corporate events. What really stands out about this software is its top-notch online registration platform. Guests can easily register online, allowing you to track attendance and prepare accordingly.
It is suited for all sorts of events - from small shows with several hundred attendees to large conferences for thousands of people. Event Rebels also comes at a great price with low setup charges and affordable pre-registration fees.
Cvent is an online event, conference and meeting-planning software platform located in Virginia. Cvent seeks to transform how meetings and events are conducted by incorporating technology in uniquely helpful ways. The software offers event management, online registration, e-mail marketing and venue selection, among other useful tools.
Cvent focuses on the entire value chain of event management, even integrating with hoteliers to make accommodation plans much easier to carry out.
Enabledware is an advanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform. It automates the work carried out by consultants, thereby cutting costs of ERP configurations by up to 75%. Think about that – 75%!
It’s a great solution for event management because it has the planning and resources distribution capabilities you’d expect from a high-end management tool. Enableware also provides a system companies can use to upgrade their legacy systems to current and trending ERP platforms.
Planning Pod is an event management software that offers a bunch of great features, such as registration and RSVPs, seating arrangements and floor plans, highly intuitive guest lists and the ability to quickly design event websites.
With Planning Pod, your guests can check-in online and you can view/edit their order information and tickets. Want to know the best part? It’s optimized for multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
Basecamp is an all-in-one project management platform, designed to allow various teams to work together on the same event. It contains may useful features such as chat tools, file sharing and management, and to-do lists.
The software is also laid out in a manner that enables the user to switch between different teams and projects, allowing work on multiple projects simultaneously. Basecamp’s chat feature lets stakeholders come together in one place and brainstorm ideas, tackle problems and track their progress as a team.
Fun fact: Our teams here at Ironmark use Basecamp as our project management platform. If you have any questions about it, please ask.
Trello is an innovative project management tool that visual learners will love. The user interface consists of columns and cards (much like Pinterest), which makes it quick and easy to prepare content and communicate with your team.
The software allows you to integrate other useful resources, such as Dropbox and Evernote. It's also highly customizable, enabling you to add file sharing features, project boards and custom-designed fields.
If you're a fan of Gantt charts, Kanban boards and other visual data representations, then Wrike is the event management software for you. It allows you to quickly generate Gantt charts where you can view your upcoming tasks, due dates and other information in a design similar to a bar graph or pie chart.
With Wrike, you can also work on multiple projects that feature different teams, making collaboration and feedback easier and more efficient.
Each of these tools has it’s own unique take on event detail management, and hopefully you’ve found one or more that will help ease your mind throughout the process. Need some help planning or organizing your next event? We're always willing to lend a hand. Our team of experts can help you or your team get on track.