By Jessica Davis
You may have heard the popular phrase Âif you build it, they will come.Â
This is quite untrue in case of organizing events and meetings. It doesnÂt matter how well you have organized an event if you are unable to effectively market it. Lots of organizations and groups fall short in this regard only because they send out simple announcements listing the time, date, speaker, and location of an event.
You, as an event organizer, have to realize there is a lot of competition out there, and you need to convince prospective attendees that you are worth their money and time.
Importance of a compelling headline
A compelling headline holds the key to catching the eye of prospective attendees. A simple headline, such as Â2013 Annual ConferenceÂ fails to grab the attention of any reader. It may describe what your event is about, but cannot really be called a headline. A compelling headline is one that incites the reader to learn more about the event. In terms of marketing, it should typically promise some benefits. For instance Â ‘Master the art of social media in three hours;’ or ‘Touch new horizons with your business.’
If the event has only a single speaker, then their program title can be used as the headline, if it satisfies the criteria given above. Multi-speaker events will require you to present the overall benefits for the reader in the headline.
Location, time, and date
Be sure to make this information easy to locate. In fact, mention it twice at least on the web page or brochure. A map with parking information and driving directions is a nice addition too. If applicable, you should also mention the transportation and hotel information. Other than these, mentioning savings such as discounted rates on group bookings can also help your cause.
Give a general idea of the things taking place in the event. You should include the schedule, such as networking time, meals, or other important details for multi-day or all day long meetings.
This is the essence of the marketing message. This topic explains to the prospective attendees why they should invest their valuable resources in coming to your event. You have to be specific while promising results.
The biographical information about speakers at the event establishes their credibility. Potential attendees probably wonÂt care about the bio of the speaker anyway, but not including this section may lead them to doubt the eventÂs credibility.
Be sure to make the registration process painless. If the registration form is too confusing or very exhaustive, chances are potential attendees will simply reject the event due to the formalities involved in filling the registration alone. The registration instructions should be easy to follow, clear, and simple.
Highlight special features and incentives
Apart from the speakers, include other highlights of the event. This can include local tours, autograph session, trade show, banquet, concert or show, live demo, organized activities, and so forth.
Testimonials are other powerful marketing elements that are generally overlooked by event organizers. You should use two different testimonial types: one from speakers, and other from past attendees. These should preferably be result oriented, and the more, the merrier.
Finally, a call to action should conclude the whole sales presentation. Without it, prospective attendees probably wonÂt take any action apart from reading the whole presentation that you so painstakingly produced. Be clear at the end with lines such as ÂRegister from this linkÂ; ÂFill form given belowÂ; ÂNow!Â TodayÂ; or ÂFax to this numberÂ.