If you are hosting an event, the chances are that you’ve probably already looked at ways of promoting it to potential attendees. Ultimately, as the event organiser it’s in your best interest to ensure you have filled all the spaces.
However, if you’re not seeing the desired interest you require or wish to expand your offering and grow a larger audience, here are 6 key steps to ensure that you are promoting your events as effectively as possible.
Make Your Tickets Easy To Purchase
If you wish to improve attendance at your event, it is vital for you to make it as easy as possible for your potential attendees to purchase a ticket/place.
You should consider setting up an online booking form enabling your participants to register online 24/7; as well as making the process much easier for you and your customers, this will also bring the potential to hugely increase your online presence.
Promote Your Event On Social Media
Promote your event on social media at every given opportunity; make sure you get involved in the relevant hashtags, keywords and interact with your audience wherever possible.
If you’ve set up a booking system, use social media to share a link to the booking page; this will speed up the conversion process between potential attendees and people booking to attend, if they are able to go straight through to the booking form after seeing your advert.
Bookings From Your Website
As well as promoting your events on social media, it is important to ensure that there is a clear link to book on your website.
Potential attendees visiting your website will need to be able to see where to book instantly, therefore you could consider adding a “Book Now” button or similar attention-grabbing feature to encourage people to register for your event.
You could even have your booking page branded to replicate the appearance of your website, making a seamless transition for your customers.
Offer Special Tickets
You could consider offering discounted “early bird” tickets to encourage people to book well in advance of the event. As well as increasing your registration numbers, this will also help to provide an initial indication, in advance of the event, as to how many people will be attending.
In turn, you could offer discounts for second attendees (e.g. a sibling discount) or returning customers.
Generate Repeat Custom
Whilst social media is a great way to attract new customers, repeat custom is also very important to ensure the longevity of your events.
Emailing attendees from a previous event to invite them to your next one is a great way of generating loyal customers, as they will be more likely to book with you again if they had a good experience previously and have then seen an email encouraging them to attend another event hosted by you. Of course, it’s vital that you have the relevant permissions to contact attendees of previous events.
It is also a good idea to generate a mailing list by utilising a sign-up form on your website.
Benefit From Positive Word Of Mouth
Treat your attendees as advocates of your event; gain their feedback and use this to promote your next event, e.g. an overall satisfaction rating across all reviews. In turn, you can ask your customers to write reviews of your event which you can then use as a marketing tool to encourage new customers to book on whilst also taking their feedback on board to improve your offering.
You could offer discounts for referrals, for example if an existing customer refers a new customer to your event(s) they could receive a 15% discount.
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