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New Third-party Add-on: WP Event Aggregator

Import Events from anywhere – Facebook, Eventbrite, Meetup, iCalendar and ICS into your Event Espresso powered WordPress site.

Introducing the WP Events Aggregator by Xylus Themes

Have you ever wanted to import your Facebook, Meetup, or The Events Calendar into your website? Well, this is the plugin you have been waiting for! The WP Event Aggregator allows you to show imported events from multiple sources and it supports all leading WordPress Event Calendar Plug-ins like The Events Calendar, Events Manager, All-in One Event Calender, Event Organiser, EventOn, My Calendar, Eventum (Tevolution-Events) etc.

Here’s a screenshot of the scheduled imports page, showing events from Facebook, Eventbrite, Ical, and Meetup:

Better yet, the WP Event Aggregator plugin now works with Event Espresso 4, allowing you even more possibilities over your event website.

Getting the Plugin

The WP Event Aggregator plugin is available on our Third-party Add-ons page or directly from the Xylus Themes website.

Support

Xylus Themes offers help and support for this add-on, while an FAQ is available on the plugin home page.

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8 Proven Tips to Increase Event Ticket Sales in 2018

This post was written by our featured developer partner, WisdmLabs.

Event Sales Tips
With a new year come new beginnings; that means new events too.

World over, there are thousands of events conducted each year. Be it sports, cultural events, shopping, food, music, or anything else under the sun; you think of something and there will be an event related to that. The success of an event is defined, in part, by the number of tickets sold.

More ticket sales means higher attendance, greater income, more popularity, and a fruitful endeavor. If maximizing sales of event tickets is your aim for 2018, then read on.

8 proven ideas for increasing event ticket sales in 2018

First and foremost, set a realistic target revenue you want to earn. Then, depending on the number of events you do annually, break down the amount to arrive at a figure that you should be seeing at the end of every ticket sale. This will give you a number to work with, making it easier to channel your efforts accordingly. (more…)

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Automated Upcoming Event Notification Add-on Now Available for Beta Testing

Woohoo! We’ve added yet another tool to save you time.

With the Upcoming Event Reminder Add-on for Event Espresso 4, you can easily automate upcoming event reminders to improve communication to audiences (attendees, volunteers, sponsors, guests, etc.).

Automated Upcoming Event Notification

Two New Message Types

The Upcoming Event Reminder add-on provides two new ways to send messages: before an event or before a datetime. Here’s an explanation of the two new message types that help make this happen. (more…)

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Using Ninja Forms to Create Waiting Lists

Don’t lose customers when events sell out!

If your event has sold out that’s great, nobody likes empty seats and shows you are doing a great job promoting your events so congratulations!

Ninja Forms LogoHowever, when an event sells out, registration closes for that event which means you no longer capture details from your customers and you’re missing out on potential sales. Creating a waiting list for your events allows you to continue to obtain attendee details when your event sells out. That’s where Ninja Forms can help.

While we are working hard to add a waiting list feature to Event Espresso 4, in the meantime you can capture the attendee details using the excellent Ninja Forms plugin (free download) and a small custom function to call one of the forms on your events page.

Ready to learn how to use Ninja Forms as a waiting list?

Just head on over to our documentation, where we created a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to use Ninja Forms as the wait list for your sold out events. (more…)

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Attendify Event App — Create an Event Attendee App in Minutes

From the administration panel to a fully functional event app in just a few minutes. Attendify is a truly exceptional, custom event app that makes building an attendee-facing event app a snap. The Attendify event app is a simple do-it-yourself tool that makes going mobile faster, easier, and more rewarding than ever.

Attendify Event App Overview (more…)

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Is your Event Business Losing Money from Eventbrite Fees?

Let me tell you a story about a small town quilting company that’s losing over $21,000 from Eventbrite fees, annually.

Is your Event Business Losing Money from Eventbrite Fees?

Starting as a Small Family Business

Modern Quilt Company (not the real name), and we’ll call it MQC for short…started out about ten years ago as a small family business in a small rural town. Employment was scarce in that small town, and local enterprise abandoned the city many years ago. Buildings were left abandoned, and the local infrastructure was crumbling, while many of the residents had to travel long distances to work, or eventually left the area altogether to find employment elsewhere.

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The founder of MQC’s father, Greg, commuted an hour and a half to work each way as a mechanic at the local newspaper. He worked long hours and many night shifts to support his wife (Shauna) and his seven children. In 2008, when he lost a hefty portion of his retirement savings in the market crash and at a time when the newspaper industry was laying off people every month, his son’s James and Sammy concocted an idea to start a business that could help their parents towards retirement. (more…)

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New Feature: Filter Tickets by Date

Hello, everyone! We’ve recently launched a new premium feature in Event Espresso (as of 4.9.27.p) that allows your customers to filter tickets by date. If you have ever used the Multiple Datetimes Per Event feature when configuring your event to occur on multiple days, you know that sometimes there can be a lot of ticket options (one for each Datetime, etc.).

New Feature- Filter tickets by date

To make the process of selecting the correct ticket for the right day(s) easier for your audience, we have added a setting that allows you to turn on a date filter so that your registrants can filter available ticket options by date.

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Using Social Media Marketing to Boost Event Awareness

Whether you plan events year round, or once a year, promoting your event is essential to it’s success. The advances in social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) alone have changed the structure of event planning and promotion in unimaginable ways over the last decade. In 2016 there were some 195.7 million social network users in the U.S., the equivalent of about three quarters of the country’s population. According to estimates, the number of worldwide social media users reached 1.96 billion and is expected to grow to some 2.5 billion by 2018. On average, global internet users spend around 118 minutes per day surfing social networks.

2016 social media stats

2016 Social Media Stats

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Over $20k In Discounts Given To Non-Profits

 

Non-profit

Each of us at Event Espresso loves to help other people and businesses be successful. So, as a company, it’s only natural for us to lend a hand of appreciation to those who do the same. Since December of 2011 we have had the privilege of offering discounts to qualifying non-profit organizations. We have issued discounts to all types of organizations, from human rights groups, to economic development organizations and even political parties.

Non-profits all over the world have saved a cumulative of over $20,000 on Event Espresso products in the last year and a half. We are humbly proud that we have been able to do this. With the power of WordPress at it’s foundation, Event Espresso can help any organization, large or small, be successful in their event registration and ticketing.

 

A few testimonials…

 

I am in love with your product, I work with many educational institutions that hold classes/events and I will definitely recommend this to all of them, the only time I have seen a system this comprehensive and sophisticated is when an organization I worked with paid a programmer nearly $8,000 for a custom solution, and yet still there are features in your registration system that his didn't have. Thank you so much for your help and patience.

 

My hope with this whole integration is to be able to show other school districts an affordable and easy solution to these registrations. I cannot believe how much money they are charged for less by other companies. This has the potential to save schools tens of thousands, which is huge right now.

 

I recently downloaded it to add to a nonprofit site for a Boy Scout troop and the features work wonderfully with what we wanted to accomplish for the site. It allows us to set up calendar, events, and even take payments for trips. At first, I thought that it would be overkill for such a small site, but now I see the possibilities and will definitely be offering Event Espresso to my clients that need an event organization system for their web sites.

Lucy Conn

Lucy Conn
Troop 462

 

If you are a non-profit, and would like to take advantage of our non-profit discount, please complete the Non-profit Discounts application, and we will be in touch as soon as possible. If someone you know could benefit from this offering, please pass the message on to them; and how you can help.

 

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Event Espresso, Johnny Winter sell $35k in less than 48 hours

We all know Event Espresso can do lots of different types of events. One of the most basic events — by which I mean, one that Event Espresso lends itself naturally to — is concerts and performances. Music venues have a maximum capacity — which can be set with the maximum number of attendees setting — and venue information can be stored in the venue manager and used to provide information and a Google Map about the venue. With the seating chart, ticketing add-on and mobile app, you can sell actual seats and check people in at the door.

One of our users who has been working with Event Espresso for a long time has built a couple sites for a couple music venues in Canada that have really paid off. His name is Mark and he runs Muskoka Graphics, a small design and development studio. His background in the music industry led to some jobs for local venues which ultimately needed to be able to sell tickets online. In the early days, this was handled by a simple, customizable script Mark wrote that would handle the PayPal purchase. But as these websites grew, so did his need for a more robust, reliable platform, and that’s when he found Event Espresso.

Early Event Espresso adoption leads to success

In the early days Mark contacted us often and we saw this as an opportunity to really stress test the plugin for our ideal client — someone running an actual venue on Event Espresso. Mark says the thing he likes most about using Event Espresso is the support. “These guys are right on any problem or issue or even general questions. You can’t really put a value high enough on the kind of support these guys offer.” Most of the early issues in those days had to do with scale — these were venues that were selling events out quickly which wasn’t something we had previously had the opportunity to test for. This led to numerous speed and stability enhancements in the plugin. After a while, we stopped hearing from Mark.

So imagine our surprise and enthusiasm when he contacted us to let us know that one of the two sites he’s built using Event Espresso made over $35,000 in less than 48 hours running the latest version of Event Espresso!

World Class Entertainment

Peter’s Players is a small, 88 seat theatre that specializes in world class artists like Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker. The other venue Mark maintains, the Kee, seats 1000 and also brings in top tier artists and has seen Snoop Dogg, April Wine and The Tragically Hip. Says Mark, “I have watched [Event Espresso] perform on my server after a mass email have over 40 people buying online almost simultaneously. I have watched [Event Espresso] sell 1000 tickets in 3 hours. They are rock solid and I trust them with my clients businesses.” Mark uses mostly the out-of-the-box features of Event Espresso — waiting lists, coupon codes & early registration discounts, and invoices — but also takes advantage of the WP User Integration add-on to provide member discounts for registered users.

Powering 100 million ticket sales a year

This is only the latest success story of Event Espresso. Recently, Garth pulled together some numbers based on the User Survey responses we’ve been collecting over the past year. With the user-survey data we were able to estimate that Event Espresso powers over 250,000 events and sells over 100 million tickets per year! This deserves its own blog post in the future, but we thought you’d find it interesting that the example above is not the exception.

Is your business or organization among these? Let us know in the comments! And please share with us your Event Espresso success story, we’d love to hear it.

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