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Options for your events during a crisis: postpone, cancel, or reschedule

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Activities like events bring us closer together by creating a connection. We create new memories during these shared experiences. During challenging times, your events may be affected. So what can you do if you find yourself unable to host in-person events for a while?

Here are three ways to overcome moments of uncertainty and take action with your events. We’ll begin with how to postpone an event below. Then we’ll cover how to cancel an event and how to reschedule an event.

1. Postpone an event

How does the thought of postponing an event make you feel? You’ve invested lots of energy and time with your team, and now you are forced to make a decision. It can feel frustrating.

I understand and want to share another perspective to consider.

Try thinking of postponing an event as “now is not the right time, and I know I can host my event in the future.” In doing so, you are 1) showing your attendees that you care about them and their wellbeing enough to say “this is not the right time for us to hold this event,” 2) giving yourself some space, and 3) allowing an opportunity for your event in the future. This change in how you think about delaying your event can instantly brighten your outlook.

One of my roommates from college had to delay his wedding because of coronavirus. Here is part of the conversation that we had:

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New features: remove “Use Attendee #1’s information for ALL attendees,” add attendees to past events, and more

In this post, we’ll highlight a few improvements that are now available in Event Espresso. We are still working on major new features like Recurring Events, but we like to sneak in some useful upgrades here and there too.

Filter by venue in the events overview screen

Do you host events such as classes & workshops at different event locations? Now you can see events for a specific venue in your events overview screen.

From your WordPress dashboard, go to Event EspressoEvents. The new dropdown menu for All Venues appears between the “Show Active/Inactive” and “All Categories” dropdown menus.

Click on All Venues and choose a venue. Then click on the Filter button.

You’ll then see events for a specific venue. Afterward, you can click Reset Filters to see all events again across your venues. (more…)

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How the Los Angeles Center of Photography used Event Espresso to have a “smashing success” with their Exposure Weekend event

Nestled in sunny southern California, in the heart of Hollywood, is the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). We had the privilege of chatting with Brandon from the LACP.

LACP is a nonprofit 501c3 organization devoted to photographers and the photographic arts. The organization offers classes, workshops, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and more, all to help photographers advance their skills and careers.

What does the Los Angeles Center of Photography do?

Whether you are a photography expert with years and years of experience or you are just getting started as a novice, the LACP has resources available to help you level up with your photography skills.

Photo credit: Julia Dean

When asked about one of their memorable events, Brandon told us about their “Exposure Weekend.” Hosted in the third week of July, the multi-day event was described as a smashing success, and we knew we wanted to hear more. (more…)

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Announcing the Automated Upcoming Event Notifications add-on

Automatically send out event reminder emails for upcoming events

Has this happened to you before?

You hear about an upcoming event and eagerly register online to confirm your spot. Then you continue with life, and somehow you forget about the event. You’ve now missed an event that you were looking forward to, and it feels like you’ve tossed money away.

I know the feeling because I’ve had the same thing happen to me. It is more common than you think, and it may be happening for attendees that register for your events. Just like you, your attendees are busy, and they may also forget to show up for your next event.

The good news is that you can nudge your attendees by sending event reminder emails. (more…)

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Import a list of attendees from a CSV file upload with the Event Espresso Importer

Do you have an upcoming event where you would like to import a list of attendees?

If you have a small number of attendees, then you could manually import them into Event Espresso through your WordPress dashboard. However, if you are expecting hundreds of attendees, then importing one by one is a show stopper.

Bulk register attendees with the Event Espresso Importer

As an alternative to manual registrations, you can upload a list of attendees by importing a CSV file with the Event Espresso Importer extension. (more…)

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How Santa Cruz SPCA accepts online registrations for their youth volunteer program: PAWS

Promoting Animal Welfare with Students (PAWS)

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Are you searching for an event registration system for your nonprofit organization? In this success story, we had a chat with the Santa Cruz SPCA to learn more about how they use Event Espresso for event registrations through their WordPress website for one of their programs: Promoting Animal Welfare with Students (PAWS).

Who is the Santa Cruz SPCA?

Since 1938, the non-profit organization Santa Cruz SPCA in sunny California has promoted the well-being of animals and people in their local community. They’ve done so through programs for advocacy, education, and adoption. One of their programs is Promoting Animal Welfare with Students or PAWS, which is an engaging volunteer program for young students. (more…)

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Accept online payments with PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons (with Venmo)

Payments through PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons are now available for Event Espresso. Event organizers in many countries all over the world can receive online payments for their event registrations using PayPal. In addition to popular payment options like credit cards and PayPal funds, an attendee can now pay for their event registrations using PayPal Credit and even Venmo (where available). (more…)

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Accept online payments with Authorize.net Accept

Authorize.net has announced that they are closing down their SIM service. Once the closure happens, then you won’t be able to accept online payments through Authorize.net SIM. Authorize.net has recommended their Accept product as a replacement for their SIM product and we’ve integrated with it with Event Espresso 4 by using their Hosted option through an iframe. With Authorize.net Accept, event organizers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia will be able to accept online payments for their registrations.
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Accept Payments for your Events with First Data Payeezy

First Data Payeezy is an on-site payment method for Event Espresso for accepting credit and debit cards and is available to event organizers in many countries.

This payment method uses the Direct API so your guests for your event will register and pay on your website. Card types such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover JCB, and Diner’s Club are supported.

Learn more about First Data Payeezy for Event Espresso.

Check out the documentation for First Data Payeezy which has information on getting set up.

If you need help with First Data Payeezy, then feel free to reach out in our support forums so we can assist you in moving forward with your project. Have an Everything support license for Event Espresso 4? Your account was automatically updated to include this add-on.

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Accept payments with PayPal Express, Embed the Events Calendar, and More

We’ve been working hard on Event Espresso to make it work even better for your events. In this post, we’ll cover a handful of the improvements that have been introduced to Event Espresso over the past few months.

PayPal Express is now recommended over PayPal Standard

PayPal Express replaces PayPal Standard in Event Espresso 4. PayPal Express offers a similar registration experience for your guests and is more reliable than PayPal Standard as it does not use the Instant Payment Notification (IPN).

This means that payments are processed on a secure PayPal.com page, and then a guest is returned to your website to view a confirmation of their registration. You no longer need to worry about a possible delay that could happen with the IPN as payments are updated immediately after a payment is completed.

And you can continue to offer guest checkout with PayPal which means that your registrants/attendees can pay for their registrations without needing a PayPal.com account.

PayPal Express uses a different set of credentials than PayPal Standard and here is a step by step guide on switching from PayPal Standard to PayPal Express. (more…)

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