Nearly a year ago Kate and I set up our networking group for event managers called Eventprofslive and it has just gone from strength to strength! Last week we were featured in the Chambers Travel “Travel Matters” magazine (you can read more here) and we couldn't be prouder!
Kate and I recognised the gap in the market for a group that was for event managers and run by event managers. A group run by event managers working in the role every day. We understand what event managers need and the support necessary for us to do a great job. We always wanted a group that was quite informal where we could come together once or twice a month to share ideas, see new spaces, have a bite to eat and a drink or two and so….Eventprofslive was born.
In the past year we have held events at The Ritz, The Mondrian, The Andaz and The Dorchester to name a few. Whilst our events have been typically evening networking events, we have also noticed the need for breakfast events and are hosting our first one in a few weeks.
We’ve helped members find new roles and supported each other numerous times to help find a venue quickly or to perhaps run a catering company by the group to see if anyone has any feedback.
Our group is built on social media. We use LinkedIn and our website for a members only forum, we use Twitter to interact and ask questions and pride ourselves on being one of the forerunners in recognising the benefit of Periscope. We started using Periscope last year for doing virtual show rounds when members couldn't make it to our events.
Our hosts have also seen amazing results from hosting our events too. One sales manager reported back to us that our tweets on the night of the event had a reach of 80,000 Twitter users.
We think our group is amazing and so far we have over 70 members. If you want more information or would like to join you can find more information on our website here.
If you are a venue who would like to host one of our events you can email us here!
I certainly wasn’t the first Event Manager to see the merits of using Periscope to showcase Events and I don’t think that I’ll be the last BUT at the moment, there really aren’t many of us doing it and I don’t understand why!
Periscope is taking social media by storm, it is Twitters’ latest venture and put simply, it is a video streaming platform. It lets people “follow” you, recieve a notification when you are broadcasting and lets them watch a live stream of what you are doing wherever you are across the globe. In the event world you could be watching a live stream of the Mardi Gras in Sydney and the next day joining a broadcast of an awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Kate and I of #eventprofslive use Periscope for our venue show rounds and networking events and have had a great response so far. I don’t think people would forgo attending an event to sit at home and watch it via Periscope but it is great for those people wanting to come along but are unable.
Your broadcast videos sit on users home pages for 24 hours after the event. I follow a lot of motivational speakers and tend to watch their broadcasts on the train to work. I can’t see the limitations at the moment. I think its great and will be broadcasting tomorrow evening from our event at The Dorchester. You can follow me here and check it out for yourself.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm