An increasing number of ministry activities benefit from online event registrations.
If you live in Australia, check out the event calendar of 50+ Christian events in 2016.
There are some excellent tools available to help you serve the people who will attend your event – benefiting both them and you.
Here’s 10 great new features now available to help you manage your ministry's event registrations.
1. Book Now, Pay Later
Not everyone who would like to attend your event will be able to pay the full amount upfront. A great way to serve them is to allow them to pay in instalments.
Ticketbook provides a ‘book now, pay later’ service that automatically deducts set amounts from a delegates credit card over a set period of time.
2. Social Messages
If someone has registered for your event, they are very likely to know others who would benefit. Services like Tito make it easy to craft customised social messages that a delegate can share on social media to promote the event.
3. Social Deals and Rewards
Making even more use of social media, tools such as Universe and Outix make it possible for you to reward delegates for sharing your event on social media:
Another tool that provides this functionality is RegFox, with their ‘Share and Save' option:
4. Affiliate Programs
While we’re talking about recognising your event's advocates, providing an affiliate program is a great way to incentivise word of mouth promotion.
5. No Per-Ticket Fees
In an industry that is dominated by complicated fee structures, Ticket Tailor provides a refreshingly different approach.
Instead of paying per ticket fees (often in the ballpark of $2.5 + $0.30 per ticket), Ticket Tailor has a monthly subscription fee. With this fee, you get unlimited tickets. With a higher monthly fee, you can host multiple events. For larger events and conferences, this is particularly useful.
6. Pay What You Want
Radiohead may have pioneered this unconventional pricing approach, but ticket providers are now making this possible too. The Storyline Conference with Donald Miller was the first Christian event I've seen offering this option.
With Tito, you can create a ticket without a set price, and delegates can pick what they want to pay. This can also be combined with a ‘suggested donation’ – e.g. to cover the base costs of the event.
7. Reserved Seating
In a culture where people are increasingly delaying decision-making, it can be useful to provide incentives for delegates to register sooner rather than later.
Services including Ticketbooth and Eventbrite include the ability to display or create a seat map. Delegates can then select their seats on a first-come, first-served basis.
The seat designer tool from Eventbrite is particularly impressive:
8. Realtime Analytics
Access to real-time data can be both encouraging and motivating for the people organising your event. With the dashboards provided by services such as Ticketbooth and Tito, you can see your event registrations and celebrate your progress on the big screen:
9. Group Registrations
Making group registrations easy is a win-win approach. It helps group leaders with the unenviable task of getting others organised, and it helps your event registrations.
10. Twitter Walls and Instagram Streams
As people register for your event, generate buzz with Activity Walls. Link to your wall on the confirmation page or in subsequent email communication, and encourage delegates to get talking about your event on Twitter and Instagram: