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Friday, January 9, 2009

More Web Resources

Here are a couple more useful resources I wanted to share.

Just came across this helpful article on using web based event planning applications. They can be a great way to manage, organize and plan events online. The article gives several references of such applications, on which you can create events, schedules, track attendees, sell tickets, and lots more. Some of the services even allow you to set up a free website for your event.

Also, for those of you interested in business networking, I've mentioned LinkedIn before, which is a business social networking site. (You can view my LinkedIn profile HERE.) I've also just discovered and joined another similar site called Naymz. Here's my profile on Naymz.

These types of sites are a terrific way to build business connections, and to increase your web traffic if you market through a website.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Way to Find Corporate Sponsors for Your Events

I just came across a terrific resource for event planners, and wanted to share it right away...

In my writing on event planning, I've often mentioned the value of getting corporate sponsors to help offset the costs of your event. If you can find the right match, this can be a great "win-win" way to have a great event and allow your corporate sponsor to get it's message to it's target market. This is especially true for fundraising events, where you want to maximize your profits, but it's great for any event where you just want to keep your costs down and get the most from your budget.

Well, I've just discovered a free web based resource that helps you find sponsors for your events. It's called CrossPartner.com, and it allows you to post notices and find good corporate sponsors for your events. Also, here's a Press Release with additional information on their services.

I plan to try their services out myself to see about getting sponsors for some of my events, so if I have good results, I'll try to make another post here to update you on how it went. (If you try them out, I'd love to hear about how it worked for you too!)

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Magic in the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

to all my friends, clients, and anyone else stumbling upon these pages...

I hope the holidays were joyous and filled with wonder for you and yours. My season was filled with shows for both new and repeat clients, and I had fun with all of them.

Next week I'm doing a series of shows at Washington Intermediate School in Pekin and am putting together a special program to go along with their "RESPECT" code. I'm looking forward to it, as I think the importance of mutual respect is often overlooked in education. Kudos to the folks at Washington Intermediate for putting together such a valuable program!

HERE is something a friend sent me recently that I thought you might enjoy. It's a "magical" animation based on a new technology. It may take a few moments to load, but once it does, a playing card will appear. Scroll down to the slider bar below it, and move the slider gradually to the right and stop and watch what takes place, then move it a little more to the right and stop and another show will take place. Keep doing this until you get to the end.

Enjoy! And stay in touch!

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