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Next up on The Chat I'll be covering technology that will assist you in planning your next party, wedding, or conference.

Best place to start, Pinterest

Pinterest

I'd like to start simple with Pinterest, where you can search and collect ideas for just about anything, but I find it extremely useful when planning for an event. I've used Pinterest to organize my wedding, birthday parties, photo shoots, a girls night out, and vacation plans - and it is wonderful! Most people I know have at least created an account with Pinterest, but many often get lost in the 'boards' people have created and find themselves looking at something completely opposite what they initially intended to find. My tips are to create a board for your event, let's say it's a birthday party, then start Pinning ideas to that board. You can easily search within Pinterest for your keywords that fit within the theme of your party or search more general terms like themed birthday party. Once you find something you like, Pin it to your board and continue searching. After awhile, you'll begin to see a theme come to life then you can begin to narrow down those ideas into exact plans. You can also search for templates or tips for things like menu items, invitation designs, and decorations.  This is the app I'd recommend anyone start with when planning their next fun party or event. Now start pinning!!


Best place to create a playlist, Spotify

Spotify

My favorite choice for streaming music is Spotify, which allows users to listen to millions of songs for free. Don't like ads? Simply pay 9.99 per month and listen to all the music you want, whenever and wherever without the interruption of ads. Even better news, if you're a student it's only $4.99 (Students click here!)


Best way to stay on task and keep your info organized, Event Planner - pocket edition

Event Planner - Pocket Edition

This one is just simple to use, which is very important to me. Users can easily add their Expenses, Vendors, Guests, and To Do List to the app and keep track of each as the time gets closer to the event. Event Planner is Free and available on the App Store.


Countdown to your event: Big Day Lite

I installed this app about three months before my last event to keep me on track with planning and timeline of tasks. Users can upload an image to represent the event and it just gives a countdown until the day of your event. After the day has passed it displays how many days it has been since the event. Fun, as well as a good reminder of how long until the event. The Lite version of Big Day is a free option.


Great for large, ongoing events or conferences: Sched

Sched 

I had the pleasure of attending a conference out in Salt Lake City last summer and they used Sched to organize the schedule, allow the attendees and speakers to interact with one another, and to obtain more information about the conference. This clean design and responsive mobile version was extremely helpful in getting around, staying on task, and promoting what sessions we were attending on social media.

Pricing varies for this app depending on users' needs and number of events they regularly host. Here are some of the features available:

  • Create Your Event for free & see if it’s for you – then pay if you decide to use.

  • Shows event schedule to attendees in simple to read layouts

  • Integrate with your website or Wordpress site

  • Know your audience – add photos, bios, see who’s most influential

  • Obtain audience demographics

  • Attendees create agendas & can share on social media to promote event

  • Speakers, Sponsors, & Exhibitors create profiles to promotes as well

  • Eventbrite syncs so attendees get access to their schedule as soon as they purchase ticket