A New Year, a New Blog

a-new-year-a-new-blogWith the start of a new year always come changes big and small, and for us it’s time for a pretty big change. Long-time followers of EventD8 will know that we’re the event planning resource branch of Worldwide Ticketcraft. EventD8 has been a valuable source of information and ideas for event planners, but it’s time for something new. With great excitement for what’s to come, we’re announcing the end of the EventD8 blog, and the beginning of a new event planning blog on the Worldwide Ticketcraft website.

Fear not! If you love the ideas, news, articles, and other content you currently get on the EventD8 website, it’s easy to switch over to our new blog. If you want to continue receiving our news without interruption, all you have to do is subscribe to the new blog, here. You can also subscribe to the news feed here.

It’s always a little bittersweet saying goodbye to a venture you’ve poured your efforts into for many years, but when you’re moving on to bigger and better things, it’s for the best. All of us here at EventD8 are looking forward to spreading our wings at the new Worldwide Ticketcraft blog, and providing even more helpful articles and event planning ideas for you in the years to come!

EventD8 has fulfilled its purpose, and the business has grown beyond it. Consolidating our branding under the Worldwide Ticketcraft banner will offer all sorts of new opportunities. It will also allow us to bring you a more cohesive and easy-to-navigate online experience. Once we’ve switched over to the new blog, you’ll get a smoother, more polished reading experience. So, don’t forget to opt in to receive our event planning news at our new blog.

From all of us here at EventD8, thank you for reading, and have a happy and successful 2017!

 

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Stand Out From the Crowd with “The Cricket”: Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential Product

Stand Out From the Crowd with The Cricket Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential ProductIf you regularly organize events, you probably get bored with looking at the same kinds of tickets all the time. Even if you try to order custom tickets or use a new design, it doesn’t always make it into the kind of keepsake that gets guests thinking about their memories of your event and how much they enjoyed themselves. If you’re looking for a truly unique ticketing product that will take your event to the next level in professionalism and great design, Worldwide Ticketcraft has just the thing available! It’s called The Cricket, which is essentially an oversized ticket printed on a clear plastic. With a single glance, these new clear tickets grab attention like no other admissions product.

Most tickets are fairly impersonal, and produced at the lowest cost available, with simple text for the event details, and a plain background. Paper or cardstock tickets and credential badges are also not the most durable, often requiring laminating or plastic sleeves if they will be used over multiple days. The Cricket is different; these durable plastic creations have a multitude of features which make them stand apart from a traditional ticket, including:

  • Full color printing on clear plastic. These tickets are vibrant like no other admissions product, with high quality, colorful inks that really “pop”!
  • Personalized for each patron. Each ticket or credentials badge is individually printed, so the customization options are endless.
  • White ink for opacity and variable information. For contrast against the clear background, and effective visual communication, white ink can be used in addition to black and colors.  
  • 20 and 30 mil thickness options. Choose your durability depending on your needs.
  • Any shape or size. However you want to design your ticket or other admissions and events product, you have complete flexibility with The Cricket. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Slot punch for attaching lanyards. Make badges simple to design with this optional feature.

Worldwide Ticketcraft has developed and tested the clear ticket to meet the highest quality standards. Your guests will be impressed by these gorgeous tickets and events products—designed for multiple uses, The Cricket can meet the needs of any venue for admission, ID verification, or special access. Each printed item can be personalized for individual patrons to include a barcode, consecutive number, name, date, or whatever other information you require. Thanks to this unlimited customizability, The Cricket goes beyond just ticketing. Here are a few other options for this revolutionary admissions product:

  • Backstage Pass
  • Membership Pass
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Sideline Pass
  • Suite Holder Badge
  • Parking Hang Tag
  • Opening Day or Night Admission
  • Oversize specialty ticket
  • Whatever else you can dream up!

Not only does this give you the freedom to design just about anything for your upcoming event, it also makes for a great souvenir for guests to hold onto. Unlike a paper ticket stub, your attendees will want to keep their beautiful clear ticket or badge. When they look at it, they’ll appreciate the effort put into designing a beautiful and functional ticket. The memories of your event will remain strong in their minds, and that’s one of the best ways to attract repeat patrons to your events in future! When you’re ready to make the leap to the next big advance in admissions products, learn more about The Cricket and request a quote here.

Season’s Greetings: How to Raise Funds for Your School This Holiday Season

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The holidays are the perfect time of year to raise funds for your child’s school. Since it is already September, now is the perfect time to start planning your holiday fundraiser. Be creative and don’t feel compelled to put up the same old card table to sell homemade treats for 50 cents apiece. There are more lucrative ways to raise money these days besides bake sales! With a little planning and preparation,  you school can end the holiday season in the black – with funds for that school library makeover or new computers for the tech lab!

Go the traditional route with a twist!

It’s up to you and your school to decide what product is best for your students to sell. Perhaps you want to focus on calendars, greeting cards, gift wrap or gift tags, since these are items many parents will be picking up for the holidays anyways. It can be tricky deciding what to sell but remember that seemingly small items can add up to a lot of money! School groups raise more than a billion dollars every year selling items such as cookie dough, calendars or coupon books. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the action and raise funds for your school.

Once you decide on the best product to sell be sure to advertise your fundraiser. You can put up customized posters throughout the school and in your local libraries, churches, grocery stores and shops. You could also create customized postcards with your fundraisers information – these could be sent home with the children and even mailed to local businesses or given out at community events.

Take your fundraiser online! Most people these days will appreciate the opportunity to shop online in the comfort of their own home. Not to mention this type of fundraiser works great for family or friends at a distance that still want to support your school. Your school most likely already has a website, so just dedicate a page to use to collect funds via PayPal, so grandparents and family that don’t live locally can still donate to your child’s school. Don’t forget – this holiday season is the perfect time to remind people that all donations made to the school are tax deductible.

 

 

 

Raising Funds at Your Holiday Event with Custom Raffle Tickets

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If you’re looking for a great way to raise money at your upcoming holiday bonanza, but have the need to do it on a budget then fundraising with auctions is for you! There are several different types of auctions for your special event –  we are outlining two of our favorites, raffles that utilize Chinese raffle tickets and for those events that will have a entrance ticket component, our large custom raffle tickets. Both are sure to please and will take your fundraising event to the next level.

Up first, Chinese auctions which are very similar to silent auctions except they have a raffle component added to the mix. Instead of bidding on items by a written bid it is done by using Chinese Raffle tickets. Customers buy a number of tickets for a set price, then use the tickets to bid on the items that are on display by dropping them in a fishbowl next to the item. Each customer can put as many tickets as they want in the fishbowl. Once the auction has ended, the winning ticket for each auction item is drawn and the winner is announced!

If you are looking for raffle tickets that can double as an entrance ticket with a graphic and that can hold more information about your event – our Large Custom Raffle Tickets are perfect! You can upload your logo and text instantly online. There’s a variety of colors to choose from, you can choose an image from our design library or upload your own to complete your ticket. The overall process gives you the flexibility to make your tickets as unique as your event.

Both of these auctions are perfect to use for fundraisers around the holidays, think of the possibilities for raffle fundraisers at schools, galas, art shows, carnivals, and much more. Ticket costs are low compared to the actual value of the auction items so buyers and organizations win big! You can add to the fun by having a theme such as Christmas or New Year’s. And of course, you can create your fantasy theme any time of the year! The possibilities are endless!

YOUR TURN: How could you use these auction tickets to amp up your next fundraiser?

4 Ways Communities can Fundraise for National Disaster Relief

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It seems like every time I turn on the television there is another natural disaster happening in one part of the world. Natural disasters are an unpredictable part of life – they not only come as a surprise, they come with a high cost too. Since many families directly affected by a natural disaster may be left with no home, food or possessions, fundraising is a critical step to getting them back on their feet. Good fundraising, when properly implemented doesn’t only bring in funds, it can also keep supporters and would-be supporters apprised of the future goals and developments of those affected by the disaster, it allows those not directly affected by the natural disaster become a part of the healing process. This is especially important when the natural disaster occurs outside of the local area where supporters live. Offering supporters a chance to donate funds and necessities to those affected can make getting food, shelter and supplies to those in need happen a lot quicker. Read on my 4 ways communities can come together to raise funds for those affected by natural disaster – the more of us that get involved, the bigger difference we can make!

#1: Concerts

A concert is a great way to raise a lot of funds at a single event. Especially if you can find local and national talent that will perform for free and can find a hosted venue that can be used without payment. Regardless of the community that you live in, there is musical talent in every part of the world making this an accessible fundraiser for any community. You can spread the word of your concert through ticket sales, posters and flyers.

#2: Tournaments

This is another great fundraiser for any community – since all communities have a couple of sports that can be enjoyed year round. If you live in a warm climate, then a golf tournament is a fundraiser that would go over very well. If you live in a cold climate, you could work with a local ski resort to host a skiing or snowboarding tournament. Even small communities that don’t have resorts can host their own tournaments via sports games hosted at their local church, community center or even a large park. You could raise more funds with a tournament by selling personalized megaphones and food tickets.

#3: Silent Auction

A silent auction is a fantastic way to not only support those affected by a natural disaster, they are great for supporting your local community too. You could gather prizes from local shops, restaurants, boutiques, and studios for the silent auction. During the silent auction these small businesses receive a lot of free advertising  and exposure to individuals that otherwise may not have known about their services. This is especially effective when individuals win the prizes and are able to experience the services first hand and possibly shopping at the venue again in the future.

#4: Online Fundraising

Online fundraising is perfect if you would don’t have a lot of time or volunteers to host a traditional large scale fundraiser. You could put up a simple Facebook Fan Page dedicated to raise funds for the national disaster of your choice. Then, by adding a button for people to donate funds via PayPal or their credit card, you can watch the funds start to trickle in. Since it is fairly easy to get a page shared on Facebook via your personal community, you can potentially raise a lot of funds when working with your friends and family to get your page shared throughout the social network.

YOUR TURN: How have you and your community raised funds for national disaster relief? Please leave your comments, they support us all!

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6 Fantastic Tips for a School Book Fair Fundraiser

Book-Fair-FundraiserA book fair is an excellent way to raise funds for your school while building community at the same time. Kids always enjoy a book fair, it’s a great way to see new books up close and personal. And while you will get a lot of children that come in and out of the book fair, possibly picking up a book or two with funds that their parents sent with them – the key to making your school’s book fair a fundraising success is to get the students’ entire families and individuals from the community to attend the book fair as well. The more people that attend the book fair, the more books that will be sold, equally a bigger fundraiser return for your school. Read on to learn my 6 tips for making your school’s book fair fundraiser a success!

#1: Get Organized

First and foremost, it is super important to get the book fair organized. Start by gathering a book fair committee made up of parent volunteers. The book fair committee can work with the school’s librarian and teachers to decide on a good part of the year to host the book fair as well as possible themes (read more about themes below). Your committee will also need to work with the librarian and teachers to pick out the best books to offer during the book fair and they will be responsible for assisting in publicizing, setting up and running the book fair too.

#2: Pick a Theme

Instead of simply setting the book fair up in a corner of the media center or school library, give it more personality by completely customizing it with a theme. For example, if your school has an auditorium or gym with a lot of room to spare, consider choosing a Mad Hatter theme. You could set the space up with round tables complete with funky tablecloths, colorful centerpieces and tea for guests to sip as they browse the books. The idea is to make the book fair an event that students will want to bring their friends, family and members of the community to. The more people that attend the book fair, the higher the dollar amount for the school at the end of the fundraiser.

#3: The Perfect Invitation

In the past, there have been many school book fair’s that I wasn’t even aware of. Mostly due to the book fair flyer getting smashed to the bottom of my son’s backpack or even worst lost in the abyss he calls a locker! A great way to ensure that the families of all of the schools students are aware of a book fair, is by formally inviting them. It would be fun to send personalized bookmarks with all of the book fair information on it and then giving them to parents at parent-teacher conferences or even mailing them to their homes. If you plan to send the invitations home with the students, you want the invitation to be something pretty and fun – maybe a personalized magnet for their kitchen refrigerator.

#4: Colorful Posters

If your school publicizes your book fair only through the morning announcements or by sending invitations home with the students – you are missing out on valuable customers. Make sure that you have several different marketing funnels set up for advertising the book fair. I am a huge fan of colorful personalized posters – they can be hung anywhere, come with fun graphics and look great hanging in the classrooms, halls, media center and cafeteria. They can even be given to local shops, grocery stores and medical offices. Just make sure they are hung at eye level for the kids to see and in high-traffic locations.

#5: Host a Special Event

While your Mad Hatter book fair will be much more fun than a traditional one – it is still important to host special events during the book fair week. For example, why not host your school’s ice-cream social or meet and greet during the book fair. If your school has a parent-teacher conference, theatrical play, or sporting event that will bring a lot of people to the school – host your book fair at the same time. For parents with younger children that need a break, you could set up a craft station near the book fair. It would also be fun to host a raffle during the special event – your prizes could be book gift packs or gift certificates to use at the book fair.

#6: Be Grateful

Make sure at the end of the book fair after the last book is sold, that you thank all of the people that helped to make your book fair a success. I am a fan of personalized gift tags attached to a small gift, it’s a great way to let your volunteers know how much you really appreciate all of their hard work. It’s also fun to invite the students and families back after the book fair to share with them the purchases that the school was able to make with the funds from the fundraiser. It gives them a visual as to where there money and volunteer time helped the school, and inspires people to be a part of the process next time.

YOUR TURN: What other tips have you seen used to make a school book fair a success?

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