LinkedIn boasts over 500 million users, yet most planners forget about this professionally-oriented platform when marketing their events. This social network is perfect for promoting professional events (like the 14 events we host on SignMeUp's online event registration system each year) and social events alike. LinkedIn users tend to be wealthier than the users on … Continue reading 3 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Increase Event Registration
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One common question asked by almost all event organizers is this: how do I attract and retain sponsors for my event? Not sponsors that will give me a flyer for a goodie bag, but quality sponsors that will help me make the event a better experience for its participants and the community? As a recovering … Continue reading Got Sponsors?
When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast in 2012, one of my first thoughts after checking on my New Jersey family and friends was, “what is the New York Marathon going to do?” Seeing photos of the debris in the streets made it difficult to imagine anyone running a marathon in those conditions. Ultimately, however, the marathon would “go … Continue reading Emergency Planning for Race Directors
Two tanks of gas: $115.00. Four cases of Gatorade: $52.00. Forty-eight endurance bars: $44.00. Six guys running 96 miles overnight from Enchanted Rock to Austin: priceless! Last April I stepped outside my comfort zone to participate in the Run to the Sun Relay, which was started in 2011 as a fundraiser for Beyond Batten Disease … Continue reading Lessons from an All Nighter
If you organize participatory sports events, you've probably hired a timing company. Most timing companies such as ours, Classic Race Management, offer a wide variety of services depending on your needs, from bare bones timing to full-service event management. Regardless of your level of engagement, here are five steps you can take to ensure a smooth … Continue reading 5 Tips for Successful Race Timing
Andrew Wonders is Event Manager for Mudathlon and many other events, and a long time SignMeUp online registration customer. In 2009, a group of organizers that traditionally had focused on marathons and half marathons was looking to expand its scope and put together a different and unique event. After many potential versions, we settled on … Continue reading Event Management: Five Tips for Starting Fresh
After a 13 year stint as a professional runner, my day to retire from competition came upon me in the City of Brotherly Love during what was then known as the Philadelphia Distance Classic. I always wondered how it was going to end and in this case a strained calf muscle put my running career … Continue reading A Pro’s Perspective: From Running Marathons to Running a Marathon