Eventility Partners with The National Volleyball League to Supercharge Volleyball in the USA

NVL

July 30, 2013, London, UK.

Eventility is pleased to announce its partnership with The National Volleyball League (NVL) to create a real-time, connected, online community of everything volleyball in the USA.

“This partnership significantly helps us with our goal of uniting the volleyball community. It makes it really simple for people to organize and find anything that’s going on in volleyball across the country and get involved. With over 173,000 club volleyball programs in the USA we’re incredibly excited by that potential and to be working with Eventility to achieve this.” Stated AL-B Hannemann, CEO of The National Volleyball League

The NVL is using Eventility’s ‘Engage’ solution for associations, which seamlessly connects multiple clubs, events and volleyball related activities together.  It brings communications, events, payments, member and data management into one, easy-to-use place. Engage helps solve the problem of managing and promoting associations’ networks and capturing meaningful, connected and up-to-date information.

Volleyball clubs get an easy way to organize and promote their own events and activities with a powerful suite of free tools. As coaches, organizers and managers post new content, it’s updated in real-time to the NVL and Eventility websites and mobile apps giving an up-to date, unparalleled view of what’s happening in the volleyball community.

“Our Eventility ‘Engage’ solution has been specifically designed to help associations and organizations like the National Volleyball League with objectives to understand and increase participation. All of us at Eventility are extremely excited about working with the NVL. They’re a fantastic and passionate team and we’re proud to be supporting them.” Robin Brattel, CEO of Eventility

The NVL community is continuously growing and anyone can find out what’s going on in volleyball near them by going to:

www.thenvl.com/ and www.eventility.com/

About The National Volleyball League (NVL)

Founded by Albert Hannemann in late 2010, the National Volleyball League (NVL) has one mission: to unite the rapidly growing volleyball community and tap into the sport’s full potential by working with players and sponsors toward a common goal of delivering a one-of-a-kind sports entertainment experience.

The NVL is a player-focused league that simultaneously allows fans unprecedented access to the sport’s greatest stars. Often produced in conjunction with large-scale lifestyle events, NVL tournaments are designed to showcase the players, sport and lifestyle of beach volleyball among new and existing audiences nationwide.

Additionally, the NVL strives to elevate the visibility and credibility of beach volleyball by cultivating lasting relationships between the league and the greater community. Through education, coaching and accessibility, the NVL continually works to bridge gaps and drive the sport to new levels. At the core of this movement is a commitment to fostering meaningful relationships and collaborating with the entire beach volleyball community at all levels, including youth, junior, collegiate and professional. As a result, pro beach volleyball will finally have the opportunity it deserves to thrive on domestic sand.

www.nvl.com

About Eventility

Helping Organizers Organize and People Take Part.

EventilityEventility® is the easy-to-use online platform specially built to help organizers organize events, clubs, groups, communities and places. It also enables people to meet others with shared interests and for everyone to take part.

We also work with associations, alumni and media partners to build national and global communities of connected people, events, clubs/chapters, places and content.

Eventility removes the pain and hassle associated with running and marketing any activity or business, however large or small, via our website, mobile apps or API.

Founded in 2011 by Robin Brattel, our independently backed business is now being used by thousands of organizers and people across the globe.

www.eventility.com

Contact

To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Robin Brattel, Founder, Eventility robin@eventility.com

Albert Hannemann, Founder, The National Volleyball League alb@thenvl.com

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How To Get Sponsorship For Your Event

Getting sponsorship for your event is a great way to raise your profile and get some much needed extra funding. It can be difficult to know how to secure deals however so courtesy of eHow, here is a quick and smart guide to getting sponsorship for your event.

Types of Sponsorship

Event sponsorship can take many different forms. The most traditional is cash sponsorship, in which “sponsors provide funding to market their name via various forms of signage, typically alongside product/service distribution,” said Erin Calhoun-Delaney, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur. Other popular types include product donation (for gift bags) and event location sponsorship (in which a venue is provided gratis in exchange for affiliation).

Sponsor Solicitation

Start with a targeted outreach plan. Event consultant Char Glatley creates a solicitation spreadsheet that serves as a working list of potential sponsors. On the list are current vendors, past sponsors and existing/past connections to be tapped. “I begin with the board and staff members’ affiliations — companies, schools, where they volunteer, etc.,” said Glatley, who owns Cleveland-based company The FUND-amentals.

Event Cache

One surefire way to get an event sponsor is to promote the list of boldface names scheduled to take part. (Yes, it’s OK to name-drop!) “You can effectively demonstrate the benefit to potential sponsors by showcasing the influential people who will be in attendance,” Calhoun-Delaney said. “Whether those influencers are teens or celebrities, word-of-mouth marketing remains the most successful platform for advertising and marketing investments.”

Event Perception and Presentation

Present an organised front to potential sponsors and allow ample lead time for response. When approaching sponsors for awards shows and celebrity retreats, Calhoun-Delaney prepares a presentation that demonstrates how affiliation with the event can boost their visibility. Having a clear and well-prepared message is also of utmost importance: “Knowing what to say over the phone or in person is the best way to close the deal,” she said.

Sponsorship Levels

Establish various giving levels to make sponsorship more accessible. In this model, top-level sponsors get maximum perks and promotion, while low-level sponsors might get a program mention or free event tickets. By offering packages at different price points, you can attract more sponsors.

Importance of Budgeting

It’s important to solidify the event budget early. “Once the projected budget is created, it guides me to create the sponsorship levels and how many I need to solicit to reach the net goal,” said Glatley. “If an event budget is managed properly, the ticket price more than covers the expenses of the event, leaving the sponsorships untouched and donated in full.”

Creative Execution

Get innovative by brainstorming out-of-the-box ways to showcase your sponsors. When Calhoun-Delaney secured Houman/LUZ as an event sponsor, she sought a memorable way for the company to leave an impression on the guests who attended. “We had two models painted in black latex walking around the party wearing LUZ jewelry, interacting with guests, and bringing to life the existing marketing images of the brand,” recalled Calhoun-Delaney.

Post-Event Wrap Up

Seal the deal with proper thank-yous and follow up. If your event is an annual one, the gesture will set the stage for repeat sponsorship, and even if not, the move will reassure sponsors that their investment was a smart one. Along with thanking your sponsors, include post-event data and reporting that will show your sponsors how your event successfully met their objectives.

Eventility, is the free, easy to use online platform to help organisers, organise and people, take part.

How To Host An Environmentally Friendly Event

These days, everyone is concerned about the impact we are having on the environment and wants to do their bit to help. Below are some helpful tips from Ecco Magazine on how to host an environmentally friendly event that will benefit both you and the world.

Planning to host a party this summer? Make it an eco-friendly, low impact celebration. We have put together a few tips to help you host this year’s most stylish shindig in your area with as little impact on the environment as possible. This party is sure to go down in history as your best eco-party ever. Enjoy!

The Venue

One of the most important aspects of your low impact soiree is LOCATION.

  • Not hosting the party at your home? Then have the event at a central location accessible to most guests. This will help decrease your impact as well as your guests’ impact on the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
  • The great outdoors. Select a location outdoors so your guests can breathe fresh air and party outdoors like its 1999. Utilise the Earth’s natural resources (air, wind and natural beauty). This will also reduce energy usage associated with having an air conditioning unit.

The Décor

  • No need to spend money on fancy decorations that you will more than likely throw out. Instead use household vases to display blossoming flowers or decorated cardboard boxes to display art. Be creative.
  • Avoid using incandescent lamps these use a lot of energy. Instead opt for energy efficient alternatives: Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED). They are more environmental friendly alternatives and reduce your energy usage by up to 75%.

The Food

  • Cook local. Your menu should consist of locally grown and seasonal food. Purchase all the provisions you will need from local producers, most snacks, fruit and meats can be found locally. You will reduce your Carbon Footprint when you buy food produced locally.
  • Incorporate your backyard garden provisions. Home grown treats are a delight at any event. This shows the versatility and thoughtfulness of the hosts.
  • Always wanted to try organic foods? Well this is a great time to go organic. Incorporate organic foods like: peppers, celery and more into the event’s menu. Tell your guests their tasty treats are local and organic, you will definitely get a round of applause for your pesticide-free, locally grown cuisine.

The Invite

  • Printed invites are so blasé. Instead use greener, online alternatives like organisation website Eventility; since printed invites carry a larger carbon footprint. Today Social Media allows us to get closer to everyone both near and far, so set up an Eventility event and invite everyone you know.
  • Have to print. Find printers that offer paper with recycled content, recycled paper, or paper from certified forests such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This non-profit organization promotes the responsible management of forests, thus allowing consumers the ability to choose products from forests that are socially and environmentally responsible.
  • Still want to print? Make your invite a keepsake. Design an invite with double duty: Bookmark, recipe card, green tips to go.

The Clothes 

  • Try to encourage party goers to wear clothing made from organic material, hemp or bamboo. This will certainly bring a “green vibe” to the entire look of your party. Talk about great eco-fashion conversation, wow!

Recycle, recycle, recycle 

  • Help educate your guests on the importance of recycling. Ensure all your guests recycle their “empties” by placing a recycling bin in close proximity to the trash bin. You can store all the empty bottles collected throughout the night and give them to your local beverage producers or recycling facility.

Bonus tips

  • Carpooling: Persuade your friends to carpool and share a ride. This will reduce the amount of carbon emission accumulated during the ride to your party. It also provides for responsible driving.
  • Utilise your old china and silverware you never get to use, this will definitely give the event that extra stylish touch.

Follow these great tips and your event is sure to be a success. Your family and friends will be looking forward to your next eco-bashment.

‘Explainer’ Video, Photo Upload and Organizer Data View – Service Improvements to Eventility

We’ve added some exciting new improvements to the site as well as a fab new homepage video.

The video explains more about us, what we do and how using our website can help you.  If you don’t have time or can’t view it on your device, here’s a roundup of the main points.

What is Eventility?

If you run a club, group, chapter or event, things can get complicated and confusing. With so much to organize it can be difficult enough just knowing where to start. It’s not just the organizing that’s the difficult part however – promotion is just as important because without it, how are people going to know about your group or events?

Eventility is built to help organizers, organize and people, take part.

Why Use Eventility?

We give you everything you could possibly need to help you organize your club, group, chapter or event and best of all, it’s free. You get lots of fantastic features including:

  • Email tracking and SMS
  • Sell tickets or invite attendees to RSVP to your events
  • A mobile apps which allows you to manage everything on the move including scanning tickets
  • A live feed to share photos, documents and comments and lots more
  • Subscription/membership/dues collections
  • Everything you need for promotion including professional web pages, social networking and plug-ins that integrate with your existing website
  • And if you want to, the option for us to share your public information with our partners to make it even easier for people to find your club and events

Get Started – It’s Free

If you aren’t already signed up to Eventility and using it, then get started today – it’s free! Simply register or log-in and you will be guided through the quick and easy process so you can get organizing and promoting your club, group, chapter or event immediately. If you ever get stuck at any stage or have further questions, our support site has everything you need to know including details of how to contact us.

So What Else is New?

Upload Photos to Your Live Feed

image-d0a4c96d1427f32686e8425ba5e4c828It’s slick, it’s fast, it’s really, really, easy!  Posting photos to your club or group’s live feed is simple. Just browse and select, or drag and drop. You can also add a description of your photos so you know who was there and where you were.

Upload and share your photos here

Your Data at a Glance With Our Organizer Panel

image-82bbb42d6875f0ad60e3193dbe97edf6Available on your own homepage and for every club, group or event you’re organizing. Get key stats on emails, membership, attendance and sales – all at a glance!

For clubs or groups, you can straightway see your total number of members, the percentage of members who have joined, the number of requests to join, and the percentage of those who have paid their membership fees/subscriptions/dues.

You can also see the results of the last communication you had with your groups via Eventility. It shows how many emails were sent, the percentage opened, clicked, bounced and the percentage of unsubscribes – so you know exactly what’s going on.

Login and view your very own Organizer Panel

Eventility Attends the 2013 USA AAU Girls’ Junior Volleyball National Championship in Sunny Orlando

IMG_2271Our CEO Robin Brattel and our Account Director, Adam Harris were lucky enough to jet out to sunny Orlando, Florida last week. We didn’t want them coming back with too much of a tan though so we sent them off to the USA AAU Girls’ Junior Volleyball Championship to spread the word about Eventility.

We must say, they did a great job and the outcome is that there are going to be some exciting new developments for Eventility in the coming months. At the same time the guys were in Orlando, we also had a branded presence over in Texas at the National Volleyball League Texas Championships. Even better, our video was played in between games and was seen by over 200,000 people. America here we come!

Volleyball EventWe asked Adam to provide us with an insight about who they met and what they got up to whilst in Orlando and he was kind enough to answer the following questions.

1)   What was the purpose of the event?

It was the 40th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.

2)   Who was at the event?

It was absolutely jam-packed full of people from all over the USA. There were 1,997 teams from 40 regions, 25,000 under-18s girls playing volleyball every single day, the families of the athletes, staff from AAU, the National Volleyball League (NVL), more than 400 college coaches, club directors, regional directors, the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and a whole host of vendors, including Rox Volleyball. The only downside was that it was physically impossible for Robin and me to get round to talking to everyone who was there.

3)   Where did the event take place?

The event was held in two venues. One of them, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the main venue was The Orange County Convention Centre. This is the largest indoor sports facility in the world and last year they broke world record for hosting the largest volleyball tournament.

4)   What did you do at the event?

We were certainly kept busy during our time in Orlando. We met with the NVL, networked with coaches and club directors who are interested in using Eventility and even managed to sign up coaches who were so excited about the concept that they wanted to get started straight away.

We also met with the JVA and AAU who were interested in finding out more about Eventility and attended a seminar about the future of Sand Volleyball, which is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. We were also really excited about meeting the great people at Rox Volleyball and are looking forward to working with in the future.

5)   What did you achieve from attending?

We feel like we well and truly spread the word about Eventility. So many great associations and tours such as the NVL, JVA and AAU, and companies like Rox Volleyball now know about us, and lots of volleyball coaches are already signed up to Eventility.

It looks like we’re going to have to send Adam and Robin away more often after they did such a great job. Stay tuned for regular updates on more exciting news about our recent developments and progress in America.

Eventility.com is a website that helps organizers organize and people take part and we’re dedicated to bringing people together around their passions.  Sign-up now to use the powerful suite of free tools to help organize almost anything.

Events To Look Forward To This Summer

It may not feel like it with the unpredictable weather, but summer is now well and truly upon us. This means that come rain or shine, there are a whole host of brilliant events coming up across the UK for everyone to enjoy. Whether you prefer music festivals, camping out or sporting events, there certainly is something for everyone. Here is a round up of some of the best events coming up in the next couple months.

Wimbledon

Monday 24th June saw the start of the famous and popular tennis competition, Wimbledon. Running right through until the 7th July, spectators can watch the matches from the comfort of their home on the television or even get tickets to see the live events. It’s no wonder that Wimbledon is so popular, it is  the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered to be the most prestigious.

Glastonbury

With tickets always selling out within hours of going on sale, Glastonbury is by far the most popular festival in the UK. Taking place on the 26th – 30th June, this year the line up promises to be one of the best yet. With acts like the Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones, Primal Scream, Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg, Smashing Pumpkins and many, many more there is definitely more than enough choice for attendees. For the unlucky people who didn’t get tickets, why not get a group of friends together, have some drinks and watch it on TV? You can even set up a group on Eventility to make planning and communication simple and effective.

The British Grand Prix

The Grand Prix heads to the UK from the 28th – 30th June this year and as always, it promises to be a thrilling weekend. Formula 1 fans can choose whether to get tickets for the whole weekend which will include testing and qualification or just for the big race itself which will take place on the Sunday.

Henley Regatta  

Every summer, Henley-on-Thames comes to life during the Royal Regatta and this year the event will take place from the 3rd until the 7th July. First held in 1839, the Regatta is a unique rowing event that comprises of 100 world-class races over five days. With the opportunity to see some of the Olympic stars battling it out in beautiful surroundings, the event has long been popular for both corporate and social entertaining.

Cheltenham Music Festival

From the 3rd-14th July 2013, music lovers can enjoy high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music at the Cheltenham Festival. With excursions into world music, film, dance, visual arts and the spoken word, this musically centred cultural banquet has very few rivals in the UK when it comes to such high standards.

If you want to set up an event, club, group or community this summer, why not do so through Eventility? With everything you need in one easy to access place, it really couldn’t be easier.