Software for event planning come in all shapes, sizes and colors. When one thinks of software we usually associate it with helping us do our jobs easier and more efficiently. And lately we’ve been hearing about this software. For those of you wondering, cloud-based software means that the actual software sits on a remote server and you access it over the Internet. Of course the biggest plus to cloud-based software is that you can access it from virtually anywhere in the world – as long as you have an Internet connection.
What kind of event planning software do you use?
The answer to what kind of event planning software you use is directly related to what you’re using the software for. Naturally, many planners are looking for free event planning software. Free software does exist, just make sure it fits with the type of event planning that you do as there may be advertisers etc. they get displayed. As long as you don’t have a problem with that and or your delegates then I suggest you strongly consider as some of the best event planning software can be free or at very nominal cost.
Do you need software that can easily show you room setups (i.e. dinner functions, meeting setups, etc.) or do you need software were you can set up your program and store vendor information? As well, as a lot of the events are registration based, software that allows you to track registrations, send out reminder notices as well as collect fees, if any, is also very popular.
There Are Many Places to Look to Find Event Planning Software for You
In case you haven’t noticed many applications on the Internet today are offered to the end-user for free. Not that long ago we were used to paying a one-time fee or a small monthly subscription to use event planning software. Today it’s becoming more and more common that a lot of event planning websites offer the service to you for free. These websites are in the business of making money it’s just that they are doing it in different, non-traditional, ways.
Some websites that I would recommend you take a look at for their event planning software are;
EventPro Planner – EventPro Planner has event software for both vendors and planners. The website states that their event planning software is ideal for an event planner that needs to plan events at various venues, manage attendees or delegate registrations, manage boobs and exhibitors and create a complete and in-depth attendee and exhibitor itineraries. A look at their product page also provides a full list of offerings at a glance.
Cvent event planning software – we have talked many times in the past about Cvent here. They got their start as a registration software company and has since expanded to include vendor listings and additional cloud-based solutions for the meetings industry. Their event planning for planners provides free and unlimited access to their supplier network where they can submit (request for proposals) that can streamline event sourcing and site selection.
EventBrite – EventBrite prides itself as an industry leader for managing and promoting your events. It is free to use and you can have many events occurring with the one user account.
Grupio – for today’s mobile world Grupio is a smart phone application that makes attending an event that much more convenient. Grupio provides easy access to event information and enables attendees to interact with each other. The company has three different packages available with the standard package offering scheduling, sponsor and exhibit information, speaker profiles, push notification and SMS messaging, floor plans, banner ads and is easily integrated with Facebook and twitter.
As you can see there are many shapes and sizes of event planning software available. Some are free and some charge based on your usage. But one thing is certain in today’s busy world and that’s if you’re an event or meeting planner then there’s an event planning software of some type for you.