Key Web Elements for Event Planners
The Sprocket Report
Spring means folks are coming out of hibernation and they’re ready to party! If your not-for-profit or business has an event planned, here’s your checklist for successful digital marketing.
Yes, we design websites but we also use them like any other visitor when looking for a fun or interesting event to attend. We often wind up frustrated because we can’t find the information we need. Seriously, we’ve thought about founding a not-for-profit to help not-for-profits learn how use the web effectively.
Not-for-profit organizations may hold annual fundraisers, but businesses also plan events like grand openings and special presentations. Online marketing is one of the cheapest options out there, but folks fail to put it to work for them and are faced with disappointing attendance. The online options for marketing are many, but the foundation to build upon is your own website.
It’s surprising how many organizations don’t complete even the most basic tasks of digital marketing. How much of this checklist can you check off for your upcoming event?
Event Digital Marketing Checklist:
A temporary micro-site for your event would be most advantageous, but a specific page for your event would also work. A paragraph or a calendar listing is better than absolutely nothing, but not by much.
Responsive designs for mobile viewing make it easy for patrons to locate handicapped parking areas, hours of operation, maps, directions and other information they need while en route to your event.
Send press release emails to traditional news outlets and post your own articles and calendar events on Patch.com and similar websites. Be sure to include the URL to your event information. Not only will you get in front of more eyeballs, you’ll lead search engines back to your site.
Post early and often on Facebook and Twitter, but don’t forget to create an Event on your Facebook page as well because folks aren’t going to scroll through all of your old posts to find event details.
Do write Facebook posts linking back to your event’s website or webpage, but check the thumbnail posted from the shared URL. Graphics or photos are more eye-catching than plain text, but sometimes the graphic doesn’t show up or Facebook shares the wrong one.
Event information should be text on your webpage so it is easily available to search engines. Graphics of text and pdfs need special treatment to optimize them for search.
Consistent Message across Channels
It may seem redundant to you, but please make all information available on all media outlets. There’s a different audience at each outlet needing full details and “same as last year” means nothing to someone who didn’t go last year.
This year could be your best-attended event ever! The Daily Herald’s Summer Fun Guide is going to press soon if you haven’t already emailed your details to firstname.lastname@example.org, but remember you can update your website hourly if you want. Contact us today to talk about how to really rock the web for your event. We’re happy to help!