Thursday, May 3, 2012

Planning Special Events - Six Strategies for Success

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Whether you are in the event planning business, planning an event for a local nonprofit or planning an event to promote your business, the strategies needed to make your event memorable and profitable are extremely important. They require a certain amount of planning and a whole lot of commitment to achieve the ultimate goal: Having a Great Event people will remember and talk about long after the celebration has passed. And of course with the perfect number of guests in attendance!

Your ultimate goal is to host an event that leads to even more success, referrals, more business, and most likely, more people committed to the project in the future.

A special event is an event with a specific purpose such as a special occasion (celebration of a milestone, conference, party, awards ceremonies, fairs). Special events are different from ongoing programs in that they may be single, one-time productions or even once a year celebrations that people anticipate and plan for.

Here are my SIX Strategies for Success:

  1. If a company or host has hired you, they have already determined that the purpose of the event is important enough to warrant the expense and time necessary to put it on. If you are a volunteer leader, this must be the first step in determining whether or not to pursue the idea.
  2. Do you need a team of volunteers/paid staff to execute a successful event? Involve your team in the planning. This core group will help develop the theme, select the location and determine who else should be involved.
  3. Determine the purpose of the event. Is it to make money? Is it to increase awareness of the product, company or organization? Is it to celebrate a success or a milestone? It might be a combination of all three. Once you know the purpose, you can plan accordingly. 
  4. Who is the target market? If you are an event planner, you may not be involved in that part of the planning. Your job may be just to stage an extraordinary event. The company or organization may be responsible for attendance. However, you will have input and connections. Be sure you offer feedback and share those connections with the "powers that be."
  5. How will you measure the success of the event? By the number of attendees, by the amount of money raised, by the number of people interested in helping out with future events?
  6. If this event has been hosted in the past, talk with others who have worked on it before. Get their advice and support. Seeking the opinions and advice of others will help to elicit support for future success of the event. Find out what went right, what went wrong and how they measured success in the past. What are/were their expectations of this event? Were those expectations met or exceeded? If not, what would they have done differently?

Heidi Richards Mooney is a Professional Speaker, Business Coach and the Author of 7 books including "Rose Marketing on a Daisy Budget ~ How to Grow Your Business Without Spending a Fortune." She is also the Publisher of WE Magazine for Women. Stop by to get a FREE copy of YOUR Marketing Calendar today!

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