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

 

Basic Wardrobe of a Young Professional

 

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My present occupation truly has been molding me from a young lady to blossom into a woman filled with confidence and spunk. Although my base of growth being a hotelier made me used wearing suits, coats and stockings; for the present job that I am in, we dress in a smart business casual attire – nothing too corporate, not too tacky and definitely far from being ragged but rather Professionally comfortable.

In the professional workplace, however, you ARE being judged on your appearance from the moment to set foot in your agency or a client’s boardroom.  Fair or unfair, your status in the workplace is impacted by your choice in couture.

I am actually grateful for what I am being molded to as, we are being taught to be ready to face clients, guests and whoever else everyday. You wouldn’t know who you will be bumping into office hours or not.

These are the key building blocks of your professional wardrobe. Whether you have a last minute meeting or a hectic morning, with these pieces you will never have another “I have nothing to wear” moment.

Top 10 must haves for your work wardrobe.

1- Black Pants
2- Solid Skirt
3- White Blouse
4- Fitted Blazer
5- Cardigan
6- Solid Dress
7- Black Shoes
8- White and Black Tshirt
9- Classic Watch
10- Tote Bag that will fit your resume

Don’t just stick to black and white. Neutral shades will boost up and compliment your wardrobe.  This may be brown, charcoal, or even olive.

List taken from source

Best Friends Across Borders

Let’s meet our friends across borders and meet-up in-between. Sounds like a random brilliant idea and we have 8 months to prepare.  Looks like we’d have to figure out a financial game plan to make our bank accounts hack it but with persistence, we’ll have our fingers crossed.   We’ve reached this age wherein friendships are meant to be spent elsewhere other than our home country, our comfort zone.

Have you ever had that friend whom you can call as your better-half? I think I’ve had about one in each transitional phase of my life, 4 to be exact. One of them is Tamille Perez, my college best friend who’s now residing in New Zealand.

Tamille and I were each other’s girlfriend, we knew each other too well. It came to a point whenever one of us is missing, our college classmates and professors would know we are each other’s GPS. We were each other’s wingman, Bonnie and Clyde, partners-in-crime from day ’til night.  Tamille has seen me drunk, pass out and witnessed my heart broken to the extremes (and never again!), I’ve seen her rant about the boys she dated, been the third-wheel and excuse when we get home at the crack of dawn. We can cover each other’s bases without a glitch.

We learned how to ride the MRT together, figured out how to get to gig places, rode taxi cabs with full courage and spent most of our college life with passionate musicians and a playground called, The Kitchen.

We were each other’s livejournal, text mates and confidant. We were more than just classmates, travel companion and cheerleader.  Sure, we had disagreements but our differences never hindered us from being each other’s bests. We took French classes together just to learn how to say je ne peux pas parler francais (I can’t speak French). We have spent most of our concert attendance backstage and unlimited guest list passes.

Just like any relationships, we also had those days when it was a whirlwind of agreements and disagreements; maybe we were chasing after the wrong boys, listened to too much Jeff Buckley and but hell, we did endured all the reckless decisions we’ve ever had – including trying to be culinary goddesses who can’t bake a successful lemon square or a piece of bread.

College GirlFriend

College GirlFriend

Throwing up in the bush never seemed to be a problem, and with those four years, we sure did grew up a-lot together. Now, I hope we do get to wing it and get to travel once again in a city we both wanted to go to together, purchase that Calvin & Hobbes special edition book at Barnes & Noble, get lost in picturesque places and get to spend sumptuous meals at a Michelin Star restaurant, just because we’re culinary goddesses who can’t be too poor for great food.

Let’s see if this Burma woman who flew back in Manila and New Zealand can get together somewhere we both don’t know.

Invest in Yourself

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They weren’t kidding when they said every dream has an equivalent cost. Just like any asset, it needs to be worked on and built up. Costs doesn’t equate to sole monetary value, it may also mean having to spend hours,days, weeks, months or years before a dream unfold. It requires effort, research and a whole bunch of experience.

Gone are those days when careers are on unilateral path. The new generation has been blessed with more options, specializations, and owning an expertise. Careers are even more defined, and de-boned according to task as a focal point.

Oddly, the more it’s been identified, all the more people have been glorifying themselves as a workaholic. From 8 hours shifts, we’ve become occupied and au fait to 12-14 hours (or more) work hours mistakenly calling it as an acceptable trait called ‘passion-driven

Do you really think that having to spend so much hours, beyond required work hours could take us to the throne we’re trying to sit on? We’ve been victims of this perception.

Do we really need that much time on being in front of the screen, typing away our thoughts, exchanging correspondence and probably being on our stiletto or suits to gain the success we wish to achieve? Would having more money define us or our career stature?

Although, I’d have to say, we all have our own perception on how we define success and investments. Lest not forget other things that matter.

Invest in YOURSELF for YOURSELF

Face it, money matters however if we live paycheck to paycheck; it may not be as sustainable as we thought it’s been. Most would say, it’s always best to build your own business, heck, if you can, your own empire but to those who still don’t have the luxury to do so – it’s time to work on that goal. pay yourself at least 3%-10% of your salary into an investment account, there are also auto-debit programs which can help you without even having to notice from your payroll.

Health is Wealth

Life is short. While you still have your youth, or at your prime, take good care of yourself. Eat clean, exercise, sleep well and give yourself time to breathe. Make time for yourself because nobody else will for you. Don’t let all the bad habits catch up and make the rest of your life filled with pain rather than spending more time with your loved ones playing at the park, chatting with your future grandkids or probably cruising the world.

It’s easier said than done but with effort, it can be done.

It’s never too late nor wrong to invest on Education

Kids typically take this gift for granted. If only I could bring back time, I would tell myself to take education more seriously and ace every test with full understanding of each topic discussed. With the kind of diversified options we have for our career, continuing further education may also bring more good to validate your practice and interest. Having to attend to further education may also help you have a better perspective.

Pause and Breathe

When you’re all dedicated to what you do, we all tend to say YES to everything without rationalizing if it can be done within timeline. Honor your day offs and stay away from your email, and work obligations. It’s the only day wherein your colleagues and the majority would understand. This also applies for your mini-breaks within work shifts.

Avoid getting burnt out and simplify your life. Not only will you be able to manage stressors and exhaustion, it will also make you have sense of time management according to tasks.

Balance

Our bosses may call us a machine but in reality, we’re only but humans who also needs to recharge and get to have a time-off. Just like a computer, it needs its reboot, system upgrade and ample rest.

Going for the full-throttle can be impressive, sure, you may opt for this direction however once you reach the finish line; Don’t forget to give yourself some slack and a pat on your back for a job well done. Attend to your family, laugh and live. You deserve it.

Dreams do have a cost but each dream needs its healthy supplements. Let’s celebrate each achievement as we see the fruit of our labor and at the same time, having to know we enjoyed the process. Success should be fulfilling, satisfying and gratifying. Make that dream worth every minute and effort without neglecting our well-being.