Meeting and event planners are busy people, which is why so many of them love to experiment with ways in which technology can make not only their jobs easier, but their events more successful. We've gathered some of the best apps for frequent travelers to check out, as well as some cool unique apps that you can employ at your next event.
ON THE GO:
Packing Pro https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/packing-pro/id312266675?mt=8 Meeting and event planners often have multiple trips in the works. PackingPro is the perfect app for the detail-oriented. Create a list from scratch for each of your upcoming trips, or borrow from a sample list that customizes categories based on destination, climate, even how you are going to be washing your clothes. Segment your list into pre-trip, mid-trip, and post-trip.
Cost: $2.99 on iTunes
TripIt https://www.tripit.com/ Those who frequently travel for work are might find it difficult to juggle multiple trips that include several airlines, trains, or car rentals. How many times have you asked yourself “Where is that confirmation email?!” Your TripIt can automatically scan your email account for itineraries and compile them in one place (or you can manually send your itineraries to TripIt.) Pro accounts offer perks such as real-time flight trackers, help choosing an optimal airplane seat, and tracking all your various rewards points programs.
Cost: Free (Pro: $49.99 annually)
LoungeBuddy https://www.loungebuddy.com/ LoungeBuddy has the inside scoop on lounges and clubs in over 400 of the world's busiest airports. Search by amenities such as WiFi or showers, or by cost. You can tell LoungeBuddy which memberships or credit cards you have, so you know which lounges you have access to, or which are available for a one-time fee. Take the guesswork out of airports and travel like a VIP!
UNIQUE APPS FOR YOUR EVENT:
Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/ This ticketing services allows you to manage all aspects of paperless event ticketing. From online ticket purchases and social media promotion, to tracking attendance, and guestlist and barcode scanners at the door — there is a reason why Eventbrite is an industry leader. Cost: Free to organize an event, transaction fees collected per ticket.
CoatChex https://coatchex.com/ CoatChex is one of those apps that leaves you saying “why didn't I come up with this?” Nothing is more satisfying than having an age-old event logistics problem solved digitally. CoatChex allows you to digitally check a coat using your smartphone and QR scanner, while massively improving your event's efficiency.
Cost: Contact for Quote
Valet.io https://www.valet.io/ Valet.io works great for nonprofits, political campaigns, and schools. This app turns any event into a fundraiser. Attendees can donate at any time during an event, and organizers have the ability to track pledges and bids, and follow up when the event is over.
Cost: Contact for Quote
BUILD YOUR OWN APP: Depending on the size and needs of your event, you might require an all-encompassing app, customized just for your event. We have a couple suggestions for you.
Attendify https://attendify.com/ With Attendify, you can engage your event attendees, post conference or speaker schedules, maps, and a newsfeed. Plus, it's social, so attendees can share content to anyone in their networks.
Cost: Basic app starts at $399-$599/event/year
BigEventApp https://bigeventapp.com/ With BigEventApp, your high-tech app is built from scratch and features exceptional design. Not only can it feature speaker schedules maps, and bios, but it's also social, and allows attendees to message and network. What's more, you have access to all the event's metrics, including attendee habits and app interaction.
Cost: Starts at $4,500
What are we missing? Recommend the apps you rely on!