• EventCollab: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

     
    POSTED February 1, 2017
     

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Megan Powers, marketing director, EventCollab.

EventCollab is an event-planning software created for event people by event people, filling the need for a tool that makes for easy collaboration with all stakeholders.

What are some of EventCollab’s outstanding features for meeting/event planners?

EventCollab provides one location online where all stakeholders involved in planning and managing events can share documents, assign ToDos, hold discussions, track time, and easily manage all logistics—all in the cloud.

The favorite feature with our clients is the Google drive integration. Because it’s right inside, there’s no need to go outside of the program to create, open, and edit Google docs. Because of this integration there’s no wondering whether you have the latest version of a budget or a schedule—all the version history is right there. We have more integrations coming with Salesforce, Slack, and Microsoft 360.

What was the inspiration for starting EventCollab?

Our founder and CEO (Tommy Melancon) has an event production services company, and EventCollab was borne out of necessity. They needed an event project management tool that provided the permissions and functionality his team needed to efficiently and collaboratively manage events, so they built it. Once they realized how much their clients liked using it, they decided to build it for the industry-at-large. We’ve been in business since 2014 (starting with a small module called Showbook), and we officially launched the EventCollab event project management tool in June of 2015.

Do you have any numbers/figures/percentages you can share related to the technology that would interest planners?

We have more than 1,500 registered users, and more than 2,000 events have been managed using EventCollab.

Here’s a part of a testimonial we received recently from a Director, Show Operations for PRG.

“We had a very large booth for Airbus Helicopter. We were coordinating with designers in 3 states and the client. We also had to submit documents to the show organizer and decorator. We did this all through EventCollab. With all of the documentation where we needed it and proof that the right people had seen the information we were able to save $60K on final billing, not to mention the efficiency that it afforded the project team.

EventCollab is now our only project management tool—all of our projects go through this software.”

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.