Eventility Becomes Joinin.com

cropped-coverpic.pngWe’ve changed! We’re now joinin.com and have some great new features, plus all the existing, fantastic free organizational tools you’ve come to expect.

What is joinin?

Joinin.com is a social network that helps people make the most of their free time with the things they love doing.

Our goal is to bring people together in the real world – To help everyone spend more time doing the things they’re interested in, with like-minded others!

You can use joinin to:

  • Joinin with, or become the founder member of a joinin community of something you love
  • Chat with people with shared interests
  • Meet people nearby with shared interests (mobile app only)
  • Discover things to do
  • Add events, clubs/groups or places so other people find them

joinin for organizers

If you organize people you’re in luck – so does, Robin, our founder, and for the last 5 years he’s thought about nothing apart from how to help you organize others.

  • Organize events, groups, clubs and customers
  • Chat and share privately in your own feed on the web or mobile
  • Send emails and texts and see who opens them
  • Sell tickets and collect payments
  • If it’s public – we really help you promote it! From connections to social networks, plugins and links to data partners – and we’re just getting started!
  • You can even get a free website and choose from a range of templates
  • Oh, and it’s free* to use! (see How We Make Money below)

Our mission

Last year the founder of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said “People still mainly talk to their neighbours, or those with the same religion or culture. Can we develop systems on the web which will actually help solve that problem? I think the web can do more.”

We agree, and we launched Joinin.com to bring people together in the real world. We do this by helping everyone with a shared interest – Join, Chat, Meet, Do. And by giving organizers free tools to help them organize the things that we all love doing!

Simple really.

BTW – do you know that people who organize are mainly volunteers doing it for the love of it? We want to help them find you and you find them!

Our ethics

All of us at joinin believe that everyone’s personal information is important and private and should be treated that way. That’s why we’ve spent years working out the best way to respect your information and deliver a service that you can use freely and securely.

  1. You can’t be found on joinin – we don’t have a ‘people’ search and we don’t let search engines index you
  2. You can create a private club/group or event that’s invite only and no-one else can find it
  3. We never sell your data to third parties

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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.

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.

What is Eventility? Our brand new video explains it all

Eventility New Home PageHere at Eventility we have just launched a brand new video which explains more about us, what we do and how using our website can help you. Those of you who would like to see the video can do so by clicking here or alternatively, if you don’t have time or can’t view it on your device, here is 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 organise it can be difficult enough just knowing where to start. It’s not just the organising that’s the difficult part however – promotion is just as important because without it, how are people going to know about you?

Eventility is an online platform that makes life easy for organisers and promoters because everything can be done quickly and easily via our website and even while on the go through our mobile app.

Why use Eventility?

We give you everything you could possibly need to help you organise your club, group, chapter or event and best of all, it’s free.

When you sign up to Eventility, all of our members get a communications hub to help manage members and it includes a number of fantastic features including:

  • Email Tracking
  • SMS
  • An events app which enables you to sell tickets or invite attendees to RSVP
  • A mobile app which allows you to manage everything on the move including scanning tickets
  • A live feed to share photos, documents and comments
  • Subscription collections
  • Everything you need for promotion including professional web pages, social networking and plug-ins that integrate with your existing website
  • 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 for free

If you aren’t already signed up to Eventility then you can get started today for free. Simply register on the website and you will be guided through the quick and easy process so you can start organising and promoting your club, group, chapter or event immediately. If you ever get stuck at any stage or have further questions, our support section contains everything you need to know including details of how to contact us directly.

Changes to Eventility.com and Why They Benefit You – Part 2

To coincide with the service update that we carried out a few weeks ago, we recently posted the first part of our guide to the changes that have been made and how they can benefit you. Part one detailed member management, subscriptions and enhanced repeating events. In this second instalment, we cover free texting and introduce the newest member of our team.

Free Texting

Improvements – To celebrate our latest release, we are giving away Bronze Pack bundles of 100 SMS credits to Eventility users. Simply login to your account and head over to My Account/Extras to start benefiting from this fantastic offer.

Benefits – With the average person checking their mobile phone up to 150 times a day, texting has become a fantastic way to reach audiences. Whether you’re organising an event or running a club, group or society, keeping in touch with members via SMS really couldn’t be easier with Eventility.

If you are not familiar with using this service, there is plenty of information on the website that will guide you through the process. Here you can learn how our SMS service works and find out more about the bundles we offer.

New Account Manager

Improvements – As the number of people using the website expands, so does Eventility.com. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience and customer service to our users and as a result we are delighted to welcome our newest recruit, Adam Harris who is joining our rapidly expanding team as an Account Manager.

Benefits – With more people on board here at the Eventility headquarters, it enables us to offer a better quality service to our customers. With so many clever and creative individuals working with us, it also means that the products and services we offer you will continue to go from strength to strength. Adam has been brought in to show our clients exactly what our software can do for them and off course to make sure that they’re extremely happy with our product offerings.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the changes that have been made to Eventility.com. We would love to know what you think so feel free to contact us via the website or if you prefer, why not get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Changes to Eventility.com and why they benefit you

EventilityAs most of you will already know, at Eventility we’re committed to making your experience on our website the best we possibly can and are regularly making changes and improvements.  At the beginning of the month we sent out a service update, but for those of you who missed it or want to know more, here is the first installment of a two-part guide to the changes and how they can benefit you, your group, club, chapter or event.

Member Management

Improvements – when you add contacts to your club/group/community, you can now include their gender, date of birth, postcode and any other labels or notes that you wish to add.

Benefits – using this function enables you to categorise and separate your lists for more targeted communication. For example, if you are running a specific event in Cambridge and only want to invite those on your list who are local, you can now do so quickly and easily by sorting your contacts by postcode.

Adding notes is particularly helpful when it comes to remembering who you have spoken to at previous events, keeping track of who has requested to receive information about future events and any other details that you think may be helpful when it comes to running your club, group or community.

Subscriptions

Improvements – we have updated our member subscriptions service to include:

  • A simple four step set up (PayPal integrated)
  • The choice between ‘organiser view’ and ‘live view’
  • The ability to notify members individually or by lists
  • Functionality that allows you to search for members when adding offline payments
  • Tools to build revenue reports for the dates you have chosen

Benefits – using the new improved subscriptions feature means that it’s now much easier and faster to set up to collect your subscription fees. You can categorise and list members by different subscription type and it’s easy to add offline payments as well. Plus you get tools to pull your revenue reports.

Enhanced Repeating Events

Improvements – we have completely re-worked how our members can set up and manage events that are repeated/happen more than once. The new, state-of-the art system enables you to use a simple and powerful repetition scheduler that includes end dates, uses a calendar view to navigate and edit exceptions and even change ‘place’ for individual occurrences.

Benefits – with a new, fully flexible system, users can now set up and manage repeated events much more quickly, easily and efficiently. For example, if you run a sports group at the same time and place on a set day every week, rather than setting this up manually, you can use the repetition scheduler to do it for you. If there is the odd exception such as bank holidays and Christmas, the calendar view enables you to mark these exemptions so that events will not show up for these dates. You can even set an end date if you only want to set up meetings for a certain period of time.

Believe it or not, there have been even more improvements to Eventility.com in our latest service update, so stay tuned for part two next week. In the meantime, why not go and check out some of the features we have already mentioned!

Eventility Supercharges BJJAGB – Case Study

bjjagb-large_755About the BJJAGB

The British Ju-Jitsu Association GB National Governing Body (BJJAGB) has been offering instruction and training in Ju-Jitsu since 1960. Located in Accrington, Lancashire, the British Ju-Jitsu Association National Governing Body has produced champions in life as well as in the martial arts.

The British Ju-Jitsu Association was originally founded in 1956 by Soke James Blundell and was later re-constituted in 1988. It included other affiliated Ju-Jitsu associations from around Great Britain. Together, these clubs and associations approached the British Sports Council (now the UK Sports Council) to establish a single Governing Body for the Martial Art of Ju-Jitsu in this country and as a result, since 1993, the BJJA has become the British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body.

The BJJAGB oversees all aspects of Ju-Jitsu in Great Britain:

  • Establishing codes of conduct
  • Standard practises
  • Competition formats and rules
  • Arranging group insurance policies for clubs
  • Certification of teachers and competition referees
  • Registration of new clubs

The BJJAGB Experience Before Using Eventility

The main points of frustration that the BJJAGB faced were:

  1. Out of date club listings on the website
  2. Limited data on what was happening at club level
  3. No online tools for affiliated clubs
  4. Having to use multiple tools
  5. Difficulty pulling together accurate national diary information to put on their website.
  6. No easy way to sell tickets to national events
  7. No single view for participation data across affiliated clubs

How Has Eventility Specifically Addressed Those Problems?

  • Eventility Engage solves the problems of data and membership management for associations with multiple connected clubs, groups, events and facilities.
  • Eventility gives a platform for their connected clubs and groups to organise and promote their activities.
  • Eventility provides a website, mobile apps, text and email services, range of plug-ins and website templates to organise and promote their activities and an API for the associations to manage their data.

The BJJAGB Experience Using Eventility

Eventility presented the Engage Solution to the BJJAGB National Congress in October 2012 and it was enthusiastically received with clubs signing up to use it there and then.

At the time, Eventility founder, Robin Brattel said, “We’re delighted that The British Ju-Jitsu Association National Governing Body have chosen to work in partnership with Eventility.  With our Engage products powering their website they will be able to increase the exposure of all the fantastic Ju-Jitsu clubs and events being run around the country, helping to encourage more people to participate.”

The BJJAGB are using the following Eventility products:

  • Communications Hub inc. email tracking and SMS
  • Events Hub
  • Selling tickets
  • Collecting subscriptions/dues

What Are The Top Features the BJJAGB Love About Eventility?

  1. The BJJAGB website now has the Eventility Engage plug-in which means that they have accurate contact information available
  2. Ensures that the BJJAGB website is updated in real-time with club details, training and event listings
  3. The information is also available on the Eventility website for prospective members to find
  4. Provides BJJAGB Ju-Jitsu club organisers with free tools to simplify the organisation and promotion of their clubs
  5. Helps BJJAGB understand and report on participation in Ju-Jitsu and how it is increasing across their membership

BJJAGB Map

BJJAGB Results With Eventility

  • Originally 97 clubs were listed on the BJJAGB website, that has now grown to 217 via Eventility Engage from partner aggregation and additional clubs
  • 43% of originally listed clubs are now claimed with full details updated
  • 724 club level events not previously listed are now listed
  • National Event ticket sales are now run via Eventility
  • Tracked email communications showing engagement with open and click rates
  • More awareness for BJJAGB

The BJJAGB Recommends Eventility

“The partnership with Eventility is fantastic for the BJJA.  Not only does it provide our clubs with an amazing free tool to help manage their clubs, events and members, but the Engage solution powering our website means we’ll always have the latest data for our members clubs and statistics to show participation across our sport.”

Martin Dixon, Chairman, British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body.

To see Eventility Engage in action visit http://www.bjjagb.com

For more information on Eventility Engage

www.eventility.com/engage

Email: robin@eventility.co.uk

How to Contact The BJJAGB

Martin Dixon

5 Avenue Parade, Accrington, Lancashire.

Phone: + 44 (0) 7850 317553

Email: chairman@bjjagb.com

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates 100th Anniversary

This week marks the return of the annual world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, it looks set to be one of the best so far with a fantastic line-up of show gardens and displays.

From the 21st – 25th May, visitors can marvel over a combination of exciting new plants alongside some old favourites from when the show first started back in 1913. Taking on an historical theme, the show has also put together a display of 100 years in pictures – a look at how Chelsea style has evolved through the decades.

Additionally to this, a number of other intriguing exhibitions will be available to spectators including:

Marc Quinn Sculpture

The UK’s leading contemporary artist, Marc Quinn has created an art installation in support of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal that is helping to raise £1m for the next generation of horticulturists.

This is the first time in the show’s 100 year history that it has teamed up with an artist and the installation, titled ‘The Rush of Nature’ will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to raise money for the fund. The installation has been kept under wraps until the show opens but promises to be an exciting and iconic piece of artwork that will act as the image for this year’s show.

Chelsea Memories

Exhibiting in the Great Pavilion, Chelsea Memories will evoke fond recollections of past shows for many attendees. Eight nurseries, including David Austin Roses, Hillier Nurseries and Raymond Evison Clematis will all be sharing their favourite memories of shows gone by. Regular visitors to RHS Chelsea Flower Show certainly won’t be disappointed as they can reminisce with exhibitors who have been attending the show since it first started.

Plant of the Year 2013

It has been a tough year to get on the shortlist for this prestigious competition as unusually low temperatures and a lack of sunshine has meant that several entries failed to flower in time. However, the judges are still going to have a tough decision to make as this year’s entries include everything from a chive right up to a beautiful new mahonia.

Celebrity Gnome Painting

Among the fundraising activities for the year-long appeal for the RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal, a whole host of celebrities including Sir Elton John and Dame Maggie Smith will be painting garden gnomes. The gnomes will then be auctioned on eBay during the flower show to raise money to create apprenticeships, an RHS Learning Centre and to support the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

More information about this year’s very special RHS Chelsea Flower Show can be found on the event’s website. If you find yourself inspired by all the wonderful creations that can be seen this year, why not check out some of the gardening/horticultural groups that are using Eventility, or set up your own free group and the share the enjoyment.

How to Promote Your Club Through Eventility

Once you have set up your club or group, there are a number of ways you can promote yourself to raise awareness, keep in touch with existing members and even attract new ones. If you are signed up to Eventility there are a number of ways you can do this including:

Manage MembersOur membership management tools are simple to use and highly effective. You can create lists with all your members’ details, send out emails, text messages, track activity and monitor the status of members. This enables you to keep everyone updated with the latest messages and even track who has and hasn’t responded.

Stay in TouchWhenever you post a message via the Eventility ‘Live Feed’, you can send it out via email, Facebook and Twitter. All your message activity then gets rolled up into a daily digest email that gets sent out to your members. This way you can ensure that nobody ever misses important updates or announcements.

Photo GalleriesUploading photos is easy to do and is a great way to share memories and keep team spirit alive.

Social NetworksYou can easily connect your Eventility account to Facebook and Twitter. Not only does this enable you to keep in touch with existing members, it also allows you to reach out to potential new members who can see your online activity.

Your WebsiteAdding an Eventility Events Plugin enables members and any visitors to your website to see a ‘Live Feed’ of your club’s up-to-date events. We’ve also made it simple to add an events calendar and other buttons on your website to allow visitors to join, RSVP or even buy tickets if applicable.   

Of course, there are also other ways to promote your club as well as using Eventility. Some simple yet effective methods include:

Flyers/bookmarksIt might sound old-fashioned but flyers or bookmarks can be a great way to raise awareness. Think about where the people you are trying to attract might go. For example, a leisure centre is likely to be filled with people interested in a sports club, a book shop is a good place to look for people interested in a book club and your local coffee shop is bound to be full of people who would happily join a coffee morning group. Make sure you ask permission from wherever you leave your flyers though because if you don’t, they might just end up in the bin.

Word of MouthNever under-estimate the power of word of mouth. If you are looking to recruit new members ask those in your club if they know of anyone who might be interested. People are far more likely to agree to something if it has been recommended by someone they know and trust.

Networking EventsWhy not hold regular events for your club members? Not only does this keep team spirit alive, it also allows you to attract new members. The promotion you do for your event will naturally attract interest from outsiders and asking existing members to invite friends and colleagues is the perfect way to find new people.

For more information about promoting clubs, feel free to view the Eventility Tour or visit our support section if you have any other questions.