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Maria Keenan

3 Community Event Organisers Working Towards Social Good

When we consider the benefits a conference coming to town could hold for us, we always think about it in terms of numbers: 

The number of dollars, or euro, or pounds that will flood into the economy,  the number attendees that will leave our area who will share their positive experiences, and the increased numbers of people contributing to local businesses. 

This week, instead, I wanted to consider events and conferences in a different light, but still a beneficial one. Aside from the money and prestige that comes with big-ticket events, there are others that are pouring other positive influences into the areas they set up in. 

Today, we'll be looking at event organisers working towards social good, and the impact that work has and will have on communities:

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Maria Keenan

Free, Effective Writing Resources for Event Organisers

Whether it’s an invitation, an email asking for more funding, or a recap article, events need content that people will actually read.

That said, the process of writing often has to take a back seat while the ever-pressing, million-part to-do list of the organiser gets attended to.

My background has almost always been in writing. I’ve always been a big believer in the notion that writing is a craft anyone can get into, but good writing is a skill that needs constant work. The issue is, pouring over grammar books or taking courses is a daunting, needless commitment for anyone whose full-time job only requires a little bit of putting fingers to keyboard.

However, that shouldn’t rule those people out from being able to produce quality writing, even in short bursts of their spare time. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of eking out different methods to make the writing process more efficient. Here, I’ll share the biggest time-saver available to those of us who don’t need to know what “Realis mood” means just to write a blog post: free tools.

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Maria Keenan

A Brief History of Pride: Lessons for the Modern Event Organiser

Tito HQ is in a city where it was illegal to be gay until the year this writer was born.

So, as you'd imagine, Pride is a subject very close to our hearts and minds.

For something with so rich a legacy, condensing the vivacious spirit of the LGBT+ community into the 30 days of Pride month is a challenge. Yet, every year, celebrations across the globe become even more effervescent, rising to that challenge.

In today’s post, given we’re in the final week of Pride month for this year, I wanted to reflect on the history of Pride celebrations through the years. I've drawn some comparisons that may influence how organisers make decisions about what their events represent and how they evolve. 

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Maria Keenan

3 Youth Conferences to Add to Your Agenda - A Round-Up

It seems that everyone has what I call "Abe Simpson" days:

Those days where you feel your age catching up with you; you feel resentful about having to get older and having different opportunities than you used to, and not always in a way you'd like. 

Some people have the privilege of avoiding those days entirely and, instead, spend their time and careers fostering the potential of younger people and helping them to learn and celebrate their capabilities. 

This week, I've brought together three youth conferences that I think embody the joy of being a younger person at liberty to embrace the world and your future in any way you see fit:

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Maria Keenan

3 Conferences for Leaders - An Event Round-Up

First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.

- A Bug's Life

Everyone has different opinions about what leadership means, but anyone in a leadership position (if they're doing it well) will tell you that they don't usually have the luxury of thinking about it on a level any deeper than "I need to get this done."

That said, a good leader takes heed and inspiration from those who have been successful in similar positions before them. One arena that facilitates this exchange of ideas particularly well is the humble conference.

This week, we'll be looking at three such events tailored to the leaders in modern businesses:

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Maria Keenan

Basic SEO for Event Pages

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is one of the most contentious parts of digital marketing. 

People are often put off by SEO because of a few misconceptions:

  1. SEO is too technical for a "normal" person to get right
  2. SEO takes too much time and doesn't yield results quickly enough, so it's not worth the work
  3. SEO is too complicated and everyone contradicts each other's techniques.

Admitedly, there are over 200 facets of a website that Google looks into when deciding what rank to allot your pages, but everything, no matter how complex, can be simplified to be workable.

Then again, depending on your experience, ambition and available time, you might want to up the ante in terms of SEO strategy complexity, but I want to flag now that this is a post for those who are new to SEO and who want to be able to get some results with minimum effort. So, if you're not a beginner, my apologies for potentially telling you some stuff that you already know. 

(To see our new post on how to implement these tips, click here.)

While I'm never going to pretend that these are quick fixes that will skyrocket your organic traffic and conversions, they are useful for identifying some areas where you can optimise your event pages that will at the very least do more good than harm, and that don't take a tonne of time to implement:

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Maria Keenan

What I Learned from 8 Years of Conference Badge Design

The Tito office is something of a hub for conference materials. Between the events we host ourselves, the publications we put out for organisers, and the memorabilia we have from being attendees in the past, you'd think it would be a bit of a mess.

Thankfully, it's controlled chaos. That said, every now and again we'll reorganise and find something we hadn't exactly been looking for, but that we're very glad to see. 

Like every conference badge we've ever had:

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Maria Keenan

3 of the Only GDPR Emails We Didn't Delete (And 2 We Promptly Did)

Sometimes you have to crowd-source material, and sometimes doing that is the worst idea you'll ever have. 

This post is a little of both. 

To begin with, here's a pretty familiar sight: 

You see, I (like you, if you live in the EU) have gotten 768 emails containing the acronym "GDPR" over the last few months.

While I appreciate the steps that are being taken to increase online user security, and while getting the first few was cool, it is decidedly uncool that they all took the guise of an EU clone army of marketers programmed to send the same "we're updating our privacy policy" message. Here's a sample:

Note: I blurred out a few that weren't privacy policy emails or whose identities I wanted to keep private

Since GDPR will be at the back of our minds soon, and since it's the one week anniversary of its enactment, instead of our weekly round-up of events using Tito, this Friday I wanted to focus instead on the truly annoying and amazing GDPR emails that came to our inboxes. 

I put it to our company Slack to see if anyone had examples of GDPR emails that broke the spammy norm.

Now, I should clarify that there were a couple of exceptions that I didn't list here because they didn't win re-subscription by virtue of their email copy and strategies. Rather, they were services that we knew we wanted to use again regardless of what the email said (some examples include newspaper and software subscriptions.)

Instead, here are the GDPR emails that actively convinced us, and what marketers can learn from them:

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Vicky Carmichael

The Customer Who Crossed Over

The first thing I did when I joined Tito last week was have a look through Slack messenger for any mentions of my name.

I felt sure that Doc and Paul must have moaned about me at some point in the past during my three years as a very demanding customer. Turns out they hadn’t (at least not in writing) – instead they hired me as their new Customer Experience Manager.

My job is to help customers get the most out of using Tito. I think of it as being a bridge between the product and the people who use it. I’m an evangelist for how Tito can improve your experience of organising an event, and I’m an advocate for you within the company – helping guide our technical team in building the things event organisers actually need.

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