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

joinin.com

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

‘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

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.

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.

How Social Media and Online Platforms Can Be Used Effectively in Event Organisation and Promotion – Part 2 – Part Two

International Confex 2013Following on from part 1 of Robin Brattel’s talk at the 30th anniversary International Confex show, here we conclude how social media and online platforms can be used effectively in event organisation and promotion.

Our first installment finished off by discussing the six stages of online community development and how you can identify them. Now, it’s important to understand the impact that guiding someone from being a ‘lurker’ to a ‘brand advocate’ can have when trying to organise and promote your event.

There are three stages of any event – the before, during and after. When used correctly, social media is an excellent tool that can be used for promotion, engagement and even extending the life of an event.

BeforeThis is the time when you are no doubt going to want to promote and raise awareness of your event. Social media can help you to:

  • Engage your audience and create chatter
  • Encourage social introductions through likes and shares
  • Target influencers you wouldn’t normally have access to
  • Increase success – people are 71% more likely to buy from a company if they have been referred to via social media

DuringWhilst your event is taking place you want to engage with your attendees as much as possible. There are a number of ways you can use social media during this time to actively encourage participation from everyone there:

  • Create a Twitter hashtag and encourage anyone tweeting about the event to use it
  • Maintain interest – good quality and interesting content is quick and easy to post and keeps you at the forefront of people’s minds
  • Go viral – competitions are a great way to encourage people to like and retweet content that will then be seen by their connections
  • Live streaming of the event can be watched by those who couldn’t attend and uploading highlights onto a YouTube video can be used for future promotions

AfterJust because your event is over it doesn’t mean that the hype has to die down. Social media is a great way of extending the life of your event and there are a number of ways you can ensure that people carry on talking about it:

  • Videos – with 800 million users on YouTube you potential audience is massive
  • Blogging – posting a write-up of your event is a great way to remind people about it, inform those who couldn’t attend and even create excitement about the next one
  • Photos – people love seeing photos and they are easy to notice and share on social media platforms
  • Ask for feedback – as well as finding out what people thought of your recent event, asking what they would like to see next time is a sure fire way to guarantee getting people through the door

By now, most people are familiar with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. However, there are also a number of other platforms available that are well suited to a number of different uses:

Flickr – this is a great place to upload photos before, during and after your event

Presdo.com – a good networking tool prior to your event

Corkboard.me – can be used for collaboration and sharing content

Sentiment140.com – one of the many sentiment tools you can use during your event

Coveritlive.com – a good way to curate content during your event

Eventility.coma great way to organise or promote your club, group, community or event. For more information about Eventility, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to Find a Great Venue for Your Event

Anyone who has ever organised any type of event, meeting or get-together will know that choosing the right venue can often make or break the success of whatever it is you’re hosting. Venue selection is often the most challenging part of the process because even the smallest oversight can cause major setbacks for attendees.

There are a number of important things to consider when deciding on a venue for your ‘event’. The first and most obvious thing to bear in mind is the location and where your attendees will be coming from. If you have a number of different groups staggered all over the country, it might be worth considering hosting a number of smaller events across  different locations. People are far more likely to make the effort to attend something if it’s easy for them to get to.

Birthday PartyThe type of event you are hosting is also going to be a big consideration when deciding on your venue. If you’re holding an evening networking event then a room in a pub could be ideal but if you’re holding a children’s party or family club, then a family friendly venue is more appropriate. Think about what is appropriate to your audience and activities.

Don’t forget to think about how many people you are expecting, if you need any special equipment, whether or not there is parking or a train station nearby and if you need any other facilities such as a bar, kitchen, dressing room or stage. There are plenty of venues in your area that can be searched for on the Eventility website. You can even put advanced filters on your search to ensure that only venues that fit your exact criteria will come up.

A lot of people forget that their group or community members can be a great resource for venue ideas. Simply send out a quick message asking for recommendations and you will be surprised how many people are happy to help. Other organisers are also another great source of information because they will have experience when it comes to finding and working with the venues in your area. You can use search on the Eventility site to find other clubs, groups and communities in your area and contact them to see if they have any suggestions for you.

Finally, a great tip when looking for a venue is to consider other businesses that could benefit from hosting your event at their location. For example, if you’re holding a wine tasting club, a small local restaurant or café may be more than happy to accommodate you because chances are that people will buy food and other drinks at some point during the evening. If the venue stands to gain from you being there, it’s more likely that they will offer you, or you can negotiate, a special rate.

If you have any questions about hosting events, clubs, groups or communities check out the Eventility Support Site.

How to Promote Your Event, Club, Group or Community

Whether you’re organising an event, creating a community or putting together a club or group, once you’ve signed up to Eventility, there are lots of different ways to promote it. Below is a quick guide to some of the methods you can use to raise awareness, create excitement and encourage people to join your group.

Social Media

With billions of people using social media sites all over the world, they provide brilliant platforms for promoting and sharing your group or event. Here at Eventility, we’ve made it really simple to share on social media sites and you can even post updates directly to Facebook and Twitter from your Promote tab.

Your Website

Your own website is a great way to let people know about your activities and if someone has made the effort to visit your site in the first place, then chances are that they are more likely to be interested in joining any groups you have created. Adding an Eventility Events Plugin enables members and any visitors to your website to see a live feed of your up-to-date events. Use the Events Plugin builder in the Promote tab of your listing to easily create the features you want to show on your website. When you’ve finished, hit Get the Code, copy the code and just paste it into your website HTML. It’s that easy!

Emails

Email marketing has become an incredibly popular and effective way of reaching out to people. Since the introduction of smart phones, users now have the ability to check their inbox regardless of where they are or what time it is. Sending out emails is a great way to thank people for joining your group, keeping them updated with events and encouraging them to alert and invite others. Simply import your email list from Webmail or an Excel file and within minutes you can send out your notification to all your contacts directly from the Eventility site with a few clicks. You can see when emails are sent, opened and if any have bounced. With new member lists you can now separate your members into different lists e.g. beginners, intermediate, advanced, and email and SMS them separately with different messages.

SMS

A study by Nokia found that the average person checks their mobile phone 150 times per day. Sending out SMS messages to your group members is a sure fire way to promote your event and ensure that your community is kept up-to-date with all your latest news. Setting up auto-reminders means that Eventility will send out your SMS reminders at the time you have specified so it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

With everything you could possibly need to organise and promote your event or group in one easy to manage place, Eventility really couldn’t make it easier. If you need any help, why not use our support site which includes FAQs, access to our forums or email support@eventility.co.uk.

So, if you organise any event, club, group or community and aren’t using Eventility yet, why not give it a try, it’ll help make your give a little bit easier.

Eventility – Group Organisation and Promotion Made Easy.

Embed Video, Audio, Images and Rich Media in Your Eventility ‘Feed’ (Message Board)

We’ve done it again! The latest release of Eventility integrates the fantastic embed.ly  into your club, group or community ‘feed’ (message board). This means we can turn almost any link you share into embedded images, videos and rich previews. Check out some screenshots below and see just how powerful your message board could become.

Video

Embed full videos simply by posting a link. Let your members watch content from over 50 providers including: YouTube, Brightcove, Vimeo, Hulu…

Youtube

Audio

Post a track you’ve uploaded to Soundcloud, share a Spotify playlist, or add audio comments from Audioboo…

Soundcloud

Images

A picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t just tell your members what you are talking about – show them. Supported image providers include: Flickr, Instagram, Twitter Pics…

flikr

Rich Media

Want to visualize a story or presentation or share a link to an online document? We’ve got you covered. Media providers include: Graphicly, Storify, SlideShare, Scribd, Dropbox, Crocodoc…

scribd

Here is the full list of supported content providers which is pretty awesome – Happy Embedding!

If you’re already signed-up to Eventility, login to get embedding. If you’ve not discovered us yet, sign-up for a really easy way to organise and promote any club, group, community, event, place, venue or business.

Steamrollers! The First Six Months of a Group Organisation and Promotion Startup by Robin Brattel, Eventility Founder

Fowler Steam RollerI often get asked what it’s like launching a startup and I tend use this analogy – imagine you have a really big steam roller in front of you, it’s out of fuel and you know you’ve got to move it under your own power – that’s really daunting and is just what it’s like. Whether you are on your own working in your bedroom, or with others in Starbucks, if you’re serious about trying to build a business it’s analogically like a steam roller or even bigger.

Once you’ve had your startup idea, and most probably done work convincing yourself there’s merit in the idea, the next thing you’ve got to do is convince other people that your idea is worth hunkering down for.  It’s hard to move that steamroller on your own but a team of people have a much greater chance of success.

Moving that steamroller, as with starting a business, doesn’t have to be an unhappy or stressful process.  You should enjoy the challenges of working out how to move it.  Some will say use levers, others may suggest fuel, will the engine start, where will you get the fuel money from…

You probably get a sense of the scale of the job now. When I set out years ago I knew that what I was trying to do was a big challenge but I had no idea how tough it would be, and frankly it wouldn’t have made any difference.  While I don’t call myself an entrepreneur I am definitely entrepreneurial, I had and still have the passion and the drive to do what I do.

During a startup there are moments of sheer despair ranging from anyone casting doubts on your idea, an unknown competitor surfaces, a friend says you’re barking, an investor says no and so on. There are also moments of giddy elation when someone uses the system/product you’ve built, which then turn into  phenomenal moments of euphoria when someone actually pays money for it!

Ride the waves of emotion and stay focused, it may be raining but the steamroller is still in front of you and you need to move it.  In fact the rain might help! The ground is slippery so maybe it’ll move a bit easier. You need to try and use every ounce of positive and negative emotion to make sure you’re focused on the end game.

So, you build a team, maybe you get some fuel money, you get things moving. Does it mean you’ll make it? Maybe, maybe not, the fuel could run out, the team may lose energy or focus or be distracted by another’s quest, or more people may join in and the thing gets some speed up.

Suddenly you get the momentum you’ve craved, the steamroller is moving and you’re making a road.  What’s that? No one’s on the road? Do they even know you’ve built a road? No? Well get on and tell them, you should have started to tell them before it was ready… Oh you did and it wasn’t ready, OK.

Momentum is a great thing, vital obviously.  Before you had it, if you took time out, the steam roller wasn’t moving so it didn’t matter. But now it’s moving it’ll just pull you along, and that carries with it a whole new set of issues to deal with.

The first six months of running a startup are tough, at times bleak and miserable, lonely, hard work, and will stretch you beyond belief.  At the same time, they’re probably the best moments you’ll ever experience in your working life.

Robin Brattel is Founder and CEO of Eventility.com, the easy-to-use website to help organise and promote events, clubs, groups, communities, places and businesses.

Eventility – Group Organisation and Promotion Made Easy.

It is built by organisers for organisers, to remove the pain and hassle of managing and promoting any activity, however large or small. With powerful organisation and promotion tools, everything you need to organise and manage is in one place, perfect for building online communities – free for groups and offering significant value for money for businesses.