You Need This: Save Money by Using an Event App

1.       Paperwork is now digital

There’s not much use in buying reams of paper and stocking inks for your printer. When you use technology, tasks get a lot easier to do and sharing the work you’ve done turns into a breeze. Sending emails instead of snail mails – just majority of the needed paperwork is now digitized. You turn environmentally good [Save the Trees!] and you get to save time. Adopting and having an events app, you can have the essential information disseminated all within fingertips reach rather than worrying about last minute changes and wasting all the time, effort, money and the trees!

2.       No more costly and expensive changes/errors

You may think that having a traditional printed plan or program is better… Think again. Imagine everything mapped out until the last minute of the event and then a quick minor or major change happens as you execute the printed program. Something, we, event organizers often experience. This will not only cost you time to adjust and more or less remap some of the aspects it will also cost money [Plus it’s a waste of paper]. By means, an events app, however, with just a simple update of change of plans and a little edit on the dashboard, everything is now back on track! Talk about being in control.

3.       Provides ease of work

Having an Events app like Summit App will give you so much aid. Much of the workload and time of planning and organizing is cut half of the effort with using the app. The app itself is cost effective; all the preparation for the event is on your smartphone, Technology just keeps getting better. Plus, it can also provide connections between your attendees during the event itself. You do want to walk out of an event with a goldmine, right? Knowledge and network, golden!

4.       Getting feedback is easier

With an event app, it can save you money and time in getting the attendees’ reaction and suggestions. The possibilities of in-app surveys and suggestion drop-box inside the app bring forth convenience not only for the attendees of a certain event but for the organizers as well. You don’t have to speculate or assume what your attendees want for next year; you can get them live and fresh by an event app.

Honesty Apps will allow you to create your own apps in minutes! You’ll have full control of the look and feel, too! All you need to do is to get your images ready and you’d have your own events app just in time for your event.

Interested in having your own App? Request a personalized demo with our team. Drop me a message and I’ll get back in touch with you.

 

Increasing User Engagement/Interactivity for your Event in 2 Ways

When event planners take on a new project, they think of numerous considerations before pursuing: Who will be the attendees, what they want in the event, and how the event planners can receive their opinions. Usually, they get the attendees’ feedback during the event or have a post-event survey to keep the event relevant even after it is done. With technology on the rise, event planners are now compelled to make use of the mobile phones and internet services to elevate customer and business experience. Here are two ways on how to make the attendees mingle with the event to a more personal experience.

1.      Utilize a social media platform [or a lot of them]

With Facebook’s additional group and page feature, event planners can create a group or page for information dissemination which entails buzz [teasers, ads, trailers]. Through social media channels, discussions can be started on this platform by the people expressing what they want to see in the event or what are they excited about [Make sure you answer questions in real-time]. It becomes a tool for market research.

Another strategy event planners can do is to create a hashtag to be used during the event for easy monitoring. These hashtags can be posted in different platforms of social media [e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.]; this way, you’ll be able to see how the ‘party’ is moving and get to have visual insights on how the attendees are.

With those in mind, you can get your analytics and feedback in a flash. Furthermore, attendees can interact with the speakers of the event through the social media platform you’ve chosen.

2.      Use an Event App

Sometimes inclusivity is a good thing. It adds prestige. However, those who make use of an events app set in public certainly gives more impact to those who weren’t able to join a feeling of inclusion and feel envious that they should’ve gone.

With the majority of people having a smartphone, using an event app is now deemed an imperative for making the event experience memorable. An estimated 2.32 billion people have a smartphone, it’s no surprise that event planners now use some form of application. By means of an app you can leverage real-time updates, connecting the audience through a safe platform, and increase the link of personal sharing.

You also become an advocate of going paperless and cut costs. You’ll have everything an attendee needs and get to reach out to other attendees easily.

The day’s activities can be shown through an event app so attendees will not miss a session on the event. Honesty App‘s Summit for Conference and Tradeshows provides group chats for the attendees to use and tools for planning the event itself.

Overall if you show that your attendees’ opinions and feedbacks matter, it creates loyal and way more engaging audience for the next event to come.

Interested in having your own App? Request a personalized demo with our team. Drop me a message and I’ll get back in touch with you.

 

3 Reasons Why You Need to Adopt Event Technology

I am still astonished from the week that was when our startup, Honesty Apps (Honesty Worldwide Ltd), conquered two different areas in the metro for a week-long engagement from June 19-24, 2017. Our team breezed and came through with ease. I am still coming down from Negosyo Fair 2017, a government initiated event gathering of entrepreneurs, would-be businessmen, industry experts, companies and Center Business Counsellors and program partners to align, review, and further educate attendees on various seminars about entrepreneurship, leadership and technology, and The Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition’s (PSECE) annual convention of leading technology companies, semiconductor, electronics and suppliers/service providers experience.

With rigorous planning by our clients, participated by 300 exhibitors and forecasted 20,000 attendees on each event; the team exerted more effort on customer service – we provided QR codes to track down log-in and log-out behaviour of attendees and participants, decreased the use of paper for what can be found on your app and elevated a trade show experience within the exhibitors to get to know one another, share announcements and promos as additional mileage for their brand and reached out to attendees in and out of the exhibition halls.

Being a new addition to event planners; education and experience are crucial for us to change the way the events industry viewed planning and execution in the 21st century must be run. Amazingly, watching technology move in action, we delivered more than just providing a platform accessible within your fingertips.

Coming from different regions of the country and Asia, the trade show and community app brought together communities and industry suppliers within a large event. It was inspiring to have witnessed how the attendees, exhibitors and key stakeholders were able to meaningfully connect.

Rethinking the role of mobile apps on your chosen devices, here are few reasons why you should integrate an events platform on your next conference, convention, trade show, summit or organisation.

Establish your Presence & Cut Costs

Run paperless by having all the details you need to expedite on a digital source. Have all information about the event, the program agenda, professional information and presentation slides of your speakers, the floor map and run campaigns in-app through the newsfeed.

Your presence goes beyond event day. Say goodbye to loads of flyers, emailing the organiser to seek for the presentation slides, have direct access to attendees and most of all, be kind to the environment.

Connect with Ease: Proactive Networking

Without the act of awkwardness or hesitation, both attendees and speakers information are provided for in-app which makes it easier to connect. If you missed exchanging business cards, you’d be able to find reference through the app. Also, during panel discussions, the attendees as an audience are allowed to ask questions through the ‘Rooms’ channel provided which are segmented according to topics.

Having the app prior to event day also gives you the chance to prepare for whom you want to meet prior, view each other and converse for a possible break-out session or maybe some coffee talk. Maximising the networking potential is encouraged.

Share Insights & Promotions

We all have adapted the ‘share to friends’ culture wherein status messages and news feeds are populated by snaps of friends, current situation, and ‘subtle’ promotions. Through the newsfeed and push notifications; brands may leverage on sharing their announcements, giveaway and thoughts instantaneously. Gamifying the event in-app increases the engagement.

To learn more about how honesty apps can help you for your event and community requirements, check out our website, message me or visit us on social media channels.

Turn the IGNITION on in the Metro

As a serial entrepreneur there are a handful of task lists one should accomplish beyond creating and developing an idea. Pursuing a business and putting it into legitimacy oftentimes prevents an entrepreneur from pursuing their passion or if not, at least, it may hinder and eat their time, resources and motivation.

If you are part of the generation of entrepreneurs; getting to know IGNITION Venture Studio would come in handy (a necessity!) and scratch those things to do on your task lists. You’ll be able to save not only time and resources, you’d be able to spend time to what matters – Your business.

IGNITION Venture Studio is the metro’s first one-stop shop for entrepreneurs.  Being the digital nomads and self-starters that we are, all you’ve got to do is to walk-in to your space,  situate yourself comfortably and do the work that needs to be done.

With the help of Ignition Venture Studio,  you won’t need to worry on the rest of the business matters. Operate and let the machinery do its magic like clockwork: the tedious back office work, accounting services to ensure your tax is handled within compliance, human resource management, and even law consultations for your contracts and corporate housekeeping.

Isn’t that great? Bid farewell to recruitment, looking for the right person for the job and worrying on how to get your paperwork be handled Day-in, day-out. As a generation who’d want to make things work as fast as we can, calculated risks are all that we need. Ignition Venture Capital can already ensure you of all necessities and help you progress.

Located in the southern section of Metro Manila, the studio is within the proximity of the busy business district Manila and is within the heart of the new lifestyle center, Taguig.

During the interview I met the core of Ignition Innovations,  they sum up the space as a fully integrated market entry platform.

Aside from the typical co-working spaces agreement entrepreneurs always look for, you’d be able to have readily available in-house consultants onboard. Not only will you be able to have all the needed equipment for your conferences and printing of documents, you’d have actual access to the following services:

 

  • Business Registration (incl. Co-Founders Agreement, a.k.a business partner’s pre-nup)
  • Government compliance
  • Corporate Housekeeping
  • Immigration
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Intellectual Property (trademarks)
  • Accounting/Book Keeping and Tax Filings
  • Human Resource Management
  • Tax Planning

The business came about when a group of industry experts thought on combining their practices all in one hub. With the mission to empower entrepreneurs, they stand tall and would want to foster a community of like-minded innovators,  build high end connected work spaces, provide professional business support services, and bridge venture capitalists with disruptive innovators long term.

Beyond being just a one-stop shop with all in-house experts and a co-working space for your everyday business needs, events and meetings in conference rooms;  Ignition also planted a Conceirge Service wherein they could lead you to rightful reputable service providers for the kind of industry you are on and what kind of specialty service you need.  Discussions can be readily available to the following entities for more boutique and specialized services:

  • Law firms
  • Accounting firms
  • Customs Brokers
  • Banks
  • Private Investigation Agencies
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Security Agencies
  • Events and PR Firms
  • Travel Agencies

What else would you need? There’s no other excuse but to progress.

Meet the brains behind the venture:

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Photo (L-R)  Juan Paolo Villonco, Atticus King, Tanya Llana & Kassy Pajarillo (Author)

Juan Paolo Villonco (CEO) – is counsel to leading Filipino entrepreneurs and Fund Managers on legal aspects of their business and corporate affairs. He has the distinction of being the first Filipino graduate from Stanford Law School, graduating with Honors in 2014. He is an intra-corporate litigation specialist having practiced law for seven years with the Siguion Reyna Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Firm.

Atticus King – (Director) is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He has successfully invested and exited several start-ups in the health and wellness, publishing, hospitality and food industry.

Mark Tiaoqui (Services Director) – carries 10 years of premium corporate law experience having worked for some of the best and largest Philippine law firms. He began his career with the corporate law department of Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos and eventually joined the Project Development and Finance and Tax groups of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles.

Margo Flores (Finance Director) – has 14 years of exceptional experience in real estate and finance.  She is an expert in financial planning and equities. She continues to play a role in the growth of one of the up and coming private real estate companies in the CBD and has experience in office development, management, leasing and rehabilitation.

 

IGNITION Venture Studio
Facebook: http://bit.ly/IGNITIONstudioventure
Email: contact@ignition.biz
Number: +63 917 654 4110

 

Build An Iconic Brand – Not Just Any Brand.

Last week, I had a refresher’s course in Disrupting Branding and Marketing to feed my thoughts with new perspectives. I couldn’t help but share what I’ve learned. I had to re-evaluate my tactics and take a step back. Learning never stops and I’m glad I attended the event with much gusto.

Disruptive Branding, is this another term coined by another marketer? Truth to be told, a marketer should be leaders of coining new words to make an impact. Looking at the dictionary – Disruptive, have two polar opposite definition:

  1. Troublesome, unruly, badly behaved and undisciplined, or,
  2. Innovative and groundbreaking.

Keeping those definitions in mind, I was reminded on failed ventures I’ve tried (and what worked) to which I learned so much in my everyday practice. As a marketer, you’d have to be entrepreneurial and put yourself in the position the entrepreneur.

There’s no sense in building brands just the heck of not unless you purposely just want to spend your time conceptualising, putting components together for a wireframe, sourcing and the entire jazz just because. And, yes, sometime not too long ago, I have gone through this phase.

In order to successfully build an iconic brand, you’d have to stay away from the clutter. Be a newcomer who embraces and introduces a new normal. Think as an authority, not just another competitor. Being in the neutral state or in-between of things won’t make you and your brand float in abyss but it may rather set you up closer to failure and wasting precious efforts, time and money.

Create a Movement

As much as you have the entrepreneurial mindset, you’d always have to have the cause in mind – about 60% of it next to content and community of both 20% of the 100% mindset design equation.

If it frustrates you so much, do something about it and be the solution. Solve a problem and put it on top of your priority. The art of sub-communication will follow through – you’ll eat, breathe, sleep and wake-up wanting to solve the pain.

There must be a better way and an easier way to make this entire process simple!

Genuineness

People can read your intention first over the words you say. When you’re as genuinely authentic and mean so much to be the solution to be the value-added and the cure to pain, it’ll show. It shows.

Communicate

Be a pioneer and don’t be a maybe. Position yourself or your brand as a new category in a cluttered market. Don’t be an influencer who’d just accept anything free but rather be an authority wherein you make an impact, get endorsed and enthusiastically be talked about.

There is power in an authentic enthusiast.

With the right cause and positioning, as you search endlessly and breathe through your cause – people will walk in and ask for your brand rather than you always knocking on doors to convince them the need to allow you to enter.

Don’t stress much on the aesthetics, focus on what makes it an answer, a solution, a value-added brand that magnifies heaven made on earth.


Qualities of a Marketing Practitioner, Are You?

Being a Marketer means you’d have to operate as if you are the owner of the business; no, in fact, you are accountable and is the owner of the business. It is up to you on how you build awareness, drive interest of the consumers, stabilize recall and ultimately score continuous revenue by helping your Sales team who execute (often times, you become the sales person, too).

As a marketer, you’re the one who oversee implementation and execution of your team, you drive the wheel to form a well thought off and threshed out event marketing strategy which will launch your campaigns.

It’s a fun job but only if you’re ready to dive in as jack and jill of all trades.

What qualities should a marketer have these days?

1. Head for Figures

Just like handling a household, a marketer needs to have an eye on check and balances. You’ll be in charge of managing the budget and who will designate which goes to paid advertising plus cost analysis to bring in the results and how much you can afford.

Being a head of the figures would mean you’d need to monitor the expenditures constantly and review the effectiveness of each effort. These things may sound overwhelming but once you’ve got a hang of it, it’ll be the drug you would want to have at all times. It works, it really works.

2. Designer’s Brain

Let’s be a little forgiving, you may not have an artist brain but you should translate your ideas into a clearer vision on what design you’d want to have for your graphics designer to make. Marketing is not just about sales tactics; it’s about creating a brand, a vision, and a lifestyle. You should be able to formulate in the game plan the event’s visual identity – it’s a personality, a character that needs to be conceptualised, translated and to be understood by the consumer.

These are not limited to the event website, flyers, brochures, advertising artworks to give-away loots.

3. Project Manager & Leader

There are tons of work that needs to be done. How effective of a disseminator and delegator of ideas and thoughts are you? In this case, you’d also need to be a fantastic team player who can juggle and have a deep understanding on your working relationship with the rest of the team working with your campaign.

As a person with the line management responsibility, you’ll have to oversee everything and go through performance reviews. Practice expressing a clear vision for the future of your event and campaigns.

4. System’s in Place

How organized are you? a marketer should have a progressive sheet as guide for the machinery to work properly. Creativity and organisation may not always work hand in hand but as a marketer, you’d always have to be methodical and strategic. Get your campaign dates working accordingly, listen to the behavior of your consumers, and implement the use of customer relationship for future marketing efforts.

5. Networker

How you represent yourself will always say a whole lot about you and your business. You’d need to thicken that contact base for future endeavors and possible collaborations. A marketer should always adept at building relationships whether it’s for corporate, association, industry partners or simply for potential sponsors and clients.

6. A whole lot of Social

Your thirst for growth and getting to know people should be overflowing. Social media and digital plays a massive role in the promotion of campaigns, enabling you to connect and engage with potential consumers, clients, attendees and partners. You will need to be the most passionate about your campaigns – live, eat, breathe and be it.

Embrace technology and continuously learn how to improve your tactics whether it’s for Google AdWords, Mailchimp, pay-per-lick, automation or affiliate marketing. Be up to date and ensure you’ve got all your bases updated and loaded. A good content always has good organic visibility but adapting the pulse of the new tools and trends will help boost your marketing efforts effectively.

In a nutshell, a Marketing Practitioner sure does possess a plethora of skills with a deep understanding of the target demographic; what interests them, where to reach them and how to get them to engage plus put everything in place to get it all rolling. No marketer can do all these alone but with the power of delegation and choosing the right team, it can be done. Always get the history of your efforts as the baseline and move forward with your budget and gantt charts moving.

Keep that passion burning!