• What's Your Favorite Event-Planning Tool?

    Successful planners use a variety of technology tools to help them coordinate their complicated meetings and events. Here’s how several of them keep everything on track.

     
    POSTED June 26, 2018
     

“We’re loving Tripleseat for all of our database management, billing, and planning. With SnagIt, I can take a screenshot of my computer then crop it, annotate it or draw on it as needed. Canva saves us from bugging our professional designers when we need something quick and easy that looks great.”
- Lyn Gleasure, Bedrock Detroit

 “I’m obsessed with Smartsheet for collaboration and work management. It’s like a ramped up version of MS Excel. I can get my spreadsheet fix, but it also gives me the opportunity to attach files, insert comments and collaborate with colleagues or clients on a project. By housing all of my information electronically, I always have my ‘binder’ of information with me, as long as I have my phone.”
- Lindsay Krause, Special D Events

“We use Connect Space for registration, communicating to attendees and speakers, storing event documents and keeping track of which team members are taking care of what tasks. We can customize the agenda and web pages to our branding. It inaugurates with Slack giving us the collaboration on an even higher level. 24me is an app I use to combine my calendars, tasks, and notes. [The app] helps me make sure I’m not missing something.”
- Jodie Cady, Michigan Realtors

“Social Tables is our favorite planning tool. We like that we can create proposals, collaborate with other vendors, create floor plans, manage rentals, create seating charts and manage check-ins. It does everything we need it to do and it’s user-friendly.”
- Rebecca Schlussel, Star Trax Events

“OneNote and Microsoft Teams, because it is a way to interact with other groups. OneNote helps keep me organized and you can access it from all of your devices (computer, phone, tablet). You can link files to it, keeps tabs, add notes within notes and then, when the event is over, you can save it to your hard drive. It’s awesome!”
- Beverly Maddox, The Detroit Regional Chamber

Spanning 30 acres, this full-service venue offers a Texas-sized list of team-building activities.