If you are lucky enough to be able to afford professional events management software to track tasks, develop programmes, handle registration and marketing etc then there are a variety of options available to you – but we suggest doing detailed research and reading up on the pros and cons of each of your top options.
I have been involved on projects with new software that has just been implemented and has run to the detriment of the event team, as opposed to making the job easier.
New software requires a fair amount of training for staff – make sure you factor this in when you have some quiet time, not in the month prior to a huge event
Have a look at the following top rated options, according to Capterra:
Etouches – A totally cloud based, multi-functional software and available in a variety of languages, and manages tasks such as event registration and logistics, event promotion and analytics. Etouches also boasts 24 hour support, 365 days a year at no extra charge is a huge plus. Check them out on try.etouches.com and get your free trial.
EventBrite – Allows you to create a customized event page, promote your event and track attendance online, sell tickets and manage online payments, as well as manage event registration on site. Basically attendee management software – freeing up your time to focus on other events management related aspects. Have a look at eventbrite.com
Summit Event Manager – is a desktop application that gives you complete control over every detail of events: attendee registration, travel and lodging arrangements, budgeting and finances, meals and seating, badges and tickets, exhibitions, sponsors, correspondence, reports and an optional internet registration feature. They also have an open code, which means you can customize features and build entirely new functions specific to your events. Visit miesoftware.com for more info.
Cvent – have been around for many years, are well known in the industry and offer software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, e-mail marketing and web surveys. Have a look on cvent.com
For more options, as well as star ratings and client feedback – visit Capterra, a website that help a variety of businesses find the software to best suit their needs http://www.capterra.com/event-management-software/