Maria Keenan

Wigs, Women, and Workshops - The Event Round-Up

Wigstock was a New York-based festival for Drag Queens in the 1990s.

This was at the height of RuPaul's gender-bending music career which made way for the lyrics, "It don't matter what you wear, they're checking out your savoir-faire. And, it don't matter what you do, cause everything looks good on you, Supermodel."

Through a more apolitical exploration of gender than drag (my undying passion for RuPaul's Drag Race aside), I've spent my whole life trying to figure out what being a woman means. 

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Paul Campbell

Introducing a Series on Diversity

When Maria asked a selection of our customers what topics were important to them that we could research and write about, two topics came to the fore: sponsorship and diversity.

These two topics aren’t surprising. Both are challenging areas to get right. As a conference organiser, I’ve struggled with both of these. But they are tough in very different ways. 

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Tito

Changelog: Winter is coming

We continue to work feverishly behind the scenes on the next version of Tito but in the meantime here are some pulls, tugs and tweaks to our existing app:

  • ⚙️ Added the maximum upload limit for file type questions (tl;dr it’s 5MB)
  • ⚙️ Added a link to our privacy policy from our event homepages on the advice of the W3C Advisory Board (🙌)
  • ⚙️ Added title attributes to the input fields on the event homepage for accessibility and on the advice of the W3C Advisory Board (double 🙌)
  • ⚙️ Made some changes to the language and arrangement of invoices and receipts based on regional requirements
  • 🐞 Fixed an issue with discount codes on donation type tickets
  • ✨ Broke out docs into a separate app and added algolia search
  • ⚙️ Updated the Stripe country list in Payment Options to reflect the latest beta statuses
  • ⚙️ Added an option to allow the assigning of unassigned tickets when tickets are locked by the organiser (private beta feature)
Update!
  • Added a section to the docs about the mystical world of Open Graph data used when sharing links on various platforms
Maria Keenan

It's Really Very Simple: The Tito Event Round-Up

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.

- Captain Jim Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series

As my previous efforts with the Tito blog would imply, I love words. And, as with most romances, there's a twinge of jealousy attached to my ongoing affair with language.

That is to say, I can't code. 

I find the concept of figuring out how to use CSS declarations about as easy as learning the periodic table by heart. In Basque. Backwards. And I'm on fire.

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Maria Keenan

3 Ways to See the Value of Events Even if They Didn't Help You Sell

Matthieu Gauthier is the Head of Marketing at Mention, a French HQ’d organization that aims to help those in events and beyond to monitor how their brands are perceived online.

In a previous life, he was the Territory Manager for French sales at HubSpot, so he professionally grew up with a deep appreciation of how marketing affects salespeople’s ability to close business.

With that in mind, I wanted to talk to Matthieu (pictured below) to see what the value of events can be, even if almost no one buys something after attending them.

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Maria Keenan

A Funny, Little, Weekly Event Round-Up

Babies laugh, on average, 400 times a day; people over 35, only 15.

- Alison Beard for Harvard Business Review

For me, the end of the week is usually a blend of exhaustion and euphoria; I've cleared a lot off my plate and am about to reach into the infinite potential of two days that I haven't made a schedule for. 

Friday, in short, is a time where my brain can only really process tying up loose ends, planning the bulk of what I need to do the next week, and finding terribly great jokes on the internet. 

Why don't you join me?

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