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TIPSHEET: 21 Ways to Make Your Event a Success

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800.443.9441 | solutions@blackbaud.com | www.blackbaud.com February 2018 1 TIP SHEET 21 ways to make your event a success Planning and hosting a successful event is a powerful way to engage your supporters. Ensure that you're on top of every detail by putting your resources to optimal use and using data to help you execute and follow up seamlessly. Below you'll find suggestions for pre-event planning, day-of-event execution, and post-event follow-up. See your efforts pay dividends in increased revenues, smarter planning, and better donor stewardship when you put these suggestions into practice. Pre-Event 1 Reach out to your peers for help and advice. Seek help within the Blackbaud network by engaging with the Blackbaud Community, attending a Blackbaud User Roadshow, talking to a Blackbaud Champion ™ , or attending a Blackbaud University training course. 2 Make headline news and use social media to create buzz. Use press releases, local bloggers, and social media outlets to spread the word, create awareness, and drive attendance. 3 Create and use an event-planning checklist. Simplify the planning process. Start with "The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist" on npENGAGE. 4 Make each seat worth more! Use the Seating function to add a fun element to seats or tables at your event. Looking for ideas? Consider naming seats after popular movie or storybook characters, or creating company sponsorship for tables.

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