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Top Web-Based Tools to Manage Your Business Events

2012 October 31

Organizing business events such as networking functions with fellow bloggers is a goof way for mom bloggers to build networks. However, there are so much administrative work involved in organizing events and one of the biggest challenges bloggers face is finding the right tool to manage them. The Internet has led to the creation of a number of tools that can help businesses organize their events. By using these tools, you can spend less time dealing with the logistics of running business events. Here are the top web-based tools for managing business events.

1. Facebook

While it is not designed specifically for managing events, Facebook is becoming ubiquitous; with over one billion active users, Facebook is the largest social media network by a large margin. Facebook provides the ability to create pages about events and invite people to attend. Attendees can register through Facebook or decline if they are unable to attend. Further, those hosting events that are looking for large attendance can allow guests to invite other to attend.

2. Salesforce

Salesforce is a customer relationship manager (CRM) tool that provides a number of additional tools that may be useful for those planning corporate events. The Chatter tool, in particular, is useful for managing the communication and planning of an event. With an easy to use, web-based interface, everyone who is involved in planning the event can communicate through Chatter. In addition, managers can set up different teams that handle various aspects of the planning process ranging from sending online invitations to managing RSVP, so Salesforce makes it easier to delegate responsibilities to different groups and individuals. While the switch to Salesforce is a major shift for a company, those who hold multiple events might find Salesforce to be worthwhile for its ability to help coordinate events.

3. SmartMeetings

SmartMeetings is on online resource that straddles between an event-planning tool and a logistics manager of business events. With options for business events in major cities, SmartMeetings makes it easy to plan for impressive events. While their services cost more than hosting a event, their prices are reasonable for the services they provide. Managers who are looking to plan memorable, turnkey events at upscale locations may wish to inquire about the prices at SmartMeetings before taking the time to coordinate everything internally.

4. Meetup

Meetup is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms. People in all areas are using Meetup to reach out to members of the public and attract attendees to certain events. For business events that are intended to attract members of the public, Meetup offers a great way to reach out. Meetup is designed to operate on a local level, so it is possible to use Meetup to reach areas into which business is expanding. Although there are better tools for internal business events, Meetup should be part of the process of finding members of the public to attend.

Business events are a necessary tool for generating excitement both within a business and in the eyes of the public, but planning them can be a major headache. By taking advantage of online tools, it is possible to greatly simplify the process of handling the logistics of running a business event.

Written by Tara Blair

It was almost as good as dream comes true for Tara when she got an offer as a full-time writer three years ago. Tara loves to share her passion on anything to do with DIY art and craft. She has recently been asked by her friend to design online invitations for a bridal party. When Tara is not writing you will most probably find her at her local yoga studio coaching fellow yogis.

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  1. November 8, 2012

    Online tools have really changed the way events are planned and executed nowadays. Thanks to tools like these, the events are more popular and are being attended by a greater number of attendees than before. The tools have also helped in improving the branding of a company in case of a corporate event. Now improved online tools in the form of mobile apps even provide real time information of whats happening in the event.

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