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February 16, 2015

Eventgrid – Manage Event Registrations

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Planning a major event is full of obstacles, but managing attendee registrations doesn’t have to be one of them. Eventgrid is a web-based platform that provides event planners with a way to handle online registration and paid ticketing, along with seating charts and social media promotions.

Designed for people planning conferences, seminars, forums, concerts, festivals, and other types of shows, Eventgrid gives you a streamlined way to promote your events and sell tickets online. Design a custom event registration page using Eventgrid’s DIY tools. Through the Eventgrid platform, you’ll be able to manage your entire event, including attendee access and ticketing. Collect payments from attendees with Eventgrid’s payment processing tools or through Paypal. You also have the option to promote the event you’re planning through social media, utilizing Eventgrid’s digital marketing toolset.

Eventgrid’s platform includes advanced features and integrations that enable planners to offer group buying discounts and VIP packages. Eventgrid can also be used for things like housing and travel planning, membership management, and generating interactive seating charts. The cloud-based solution syncs with Salesforce and other CRM programs, as well.

Practical Uses:

  • Plan an upcoming business seminar
  • Sell tickets to a citywide forum
  • Create a seating chart before selling tickets to a lecture series
  • Sell branded merchandise to event attendees

Insider Tips:

  • Eventgrid syncs contacts with Salesforce and other CRM programs
  • Help attendees manage hotel rooms and flight reservations
  • Allow attendees to sign up, renew, and manage their communications
  • Accept payments using Authorize.net, Stripe.com or other merchant processing accounts

What we liked:

  • Attendees can be checked-in at the door using QR codes
  • Geofencing makes it possible to automatically check-in attendees in when they arrive at an event
  • Eventgrid offers “mobile-friendly” event registration
  • Planners can offer discounts or VIP packages to people who buy tickets in bulk

What we didn’t like:

  • Planners are expected to pay Eventgrid a 2% online ticketing fee, regardless of the size of their events

Alternatives:

Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Founded by: Niraj Shah and Eric Popivker
  • Headquarters: Dunellen, New Jersey
  • Web site: http://eventgrid.com

Costs:

  • 2% online ticket fee
  • 2.9% + .30 cents credit processing fees