3 Free (and Very Cool) Tools for Event Planners

Whether you’re an independent event planner, an agency, or working at hottechcompany.com, there are so many technologies out there today to make your #EventProf life a little more manageable. Here are three that can make a world of difference!

  1. EasilyDo: There’s one constant in an Event Prof’s life – you’re hardly ever in one place. EasilyDo advertises itself as ‘Your Smart Assistant’ and follows through on the promise by making your smartphone even smarter. It integrates your email (Outlook, Google, etc.), social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), cloud storage and services (Box.com, Dropbox, Evernote) and even Salesforce.com with a paid business account. And it does amazing things like dedupe and automatically update your contacts with information buried in email signatures, send real-time flight and travel alerts and package tracking updates, give you traffic and bad weather alerts and more.
  2. AllSeated: Always free, forever, AllSeated is a great tool for designing floor plans, managing guest lists, and creating visual seating charts. It’s perfect for small events and quick mock-ups for your clients, and super handy for your personal events as well!
  3. Attendify: OK, this one’s not totally free if you use it – but we couldn’t resist. Every event these days needs a mobile app to disseminate information, connect and engage attendees, and do your part for the environment (#GoGreen!). Attendify makes it SO easy with their drag and drop interface. Your app can be fully customized with your agenda, tracks, speaker bios, maps, sponsor lists, and branding and is built for social engagement with introductions, photo sharing, public and private messaging, a notification center, and quick polls (and you can moderate everything). Perhaps best of all, the analytics allow you to concretely measure the success of your event. Measure things like app adoption, social engagement, influencer identity, sponsor ROI, and success of content. Once you’ve created your app (for free), you can publish it for $999 – and the companion website IS free.