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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Next Event a Hit

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Next Event a Hit

Planning an event—whether it’s for twenty 4-year olds or thousands of Fortune 500 employees—can be completely overwhelming. That’s where SurveyMonkey comes in. Consider us the best event coordinator you never have to hire. Read on to learn 3 ways we can help make your next event a smashing success—saving you time and money (so you can go big on that ice sculpture).

1) Pre-Event: Start At the Very Beginning

You’ve been given the green light for your event. Now all you need is a date, venue, invite list, agenda, speakers, menu, goody bags…and your sanity back. By starting with a pre-event survey, you can simplify planning and learn more about your attendees to help you tailor your event.

Quickly find out from your guests:

  • The best dates
  • Food preferences
  • Travel plans or needs
  • Interest level in seminars or outings
  • How to stay in contact (email, facebook, twitter, snail mail)
  • And much more…

 
Check out how Tom & Angie created a pre-event survey to plan their wedding.

2) Easy RSVP: Let Wufoo Do the Heavy Lifting

Using the results from your spiffy pre-event survey, you’ve set your date, picked the location, and planned an amazing agenda. Now you’ve got to gather RSVPs. Before hiring temps (or neighborhood children) to stuff envelopes, lick stamps, and tally response cards, check out what you can do with Wufoo (the newest member of the SurveyMonkey family).

With Wufoo forms, you can:

  • Embed your RSVP form right on your website
  • Create a custom theme
  • Easily build reports for everyone involved in planning your event (let the caterer know 25 people want beef, 15 want chicken, and 7 are going vegetarian)
  • Get notified by email or SMS when someone replies
  • Collect payments (PayPal, Authorize.net, and Google Checkout) right from your form

 
Wufoo Workshop Registration Form Example

See a Wufoo registration form in action, watch a cool video tutorial on how to set up an event form, or learn more about what Wufoo can do for your next event here.

3) Post-Event: Wrap It Up in Style

You know whether you thought the event was a success, but what about all those people you were trying to impress? Following up to gather valuable feedback and actionable insights will help you make your next event an even bigger success. And, it’s a great way to thank your guests and show you care.

Take a look at this 10 question example post-event feedback survey for more ideas.

SurveyMonkey Example Post-Event Feedback Survey

 
What kinds of events are you planning this year? Tell us how we can help make your next event a huge success in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “3 Easy Ways to Make Your Next Event a Hit

  1. nicolas says:

    hi there,
    i have received this information 3 times by email today, it’s a lot, isn’t?

    1. Anne R says:

      Hi Nicolas–we’re so sorry about that. We had an email hiccup this morning (which we’ve fixed). Thanks for your understanding.

  2. Rebecca Lacy says:

    I love the Wufoo form. I look forward to using this process in the near future for a webinar on team engagement. Wanna come? Oh, wait, I haven’t got my Wufoo form set up. Well, just subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll let you know…

    http://bit.ly/signup_for_our_news_letter

    Thank you team Survey Monkey for being a great small biz friend.

    Rebecca

    1. Anne R says:

      Rebecca–we’d love to see your form when you have it set up, so please share! :) And thanks for the very kind words, we’re happy that you’re happy.

  3. Sala Tokalau says:

    My club is organising an annual event in October (independence celebration) and I will request an application for Stall Hiring. Could you help me out please in drafting out the forms and its content.

  4. Manoj S. says:

    I would like to know more about it. I am having one event coming up where around 200 participants would be there and they will be needed to pay the money online.

  5. K.Harris says:

    Can you manage Wufoo forms within your Survey Monkey account?

  6. Kerry says:

    Sounds great, I look forward to using the system on my next function.
    Many thanks for a professional process.

  7. GG says:

    Hello, I would like a really easy meeting planner and had hoped that would be one of today’s three useful items. Could you do a calendar and maybe you already have it and I just can’t find it??
    Thanks
    G

  8. Very intersting and helpfull in organising for a family get together, meeting etc.
    Thanks for the ready made information that help to arrange for many events

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