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How Much Does an Event Espresso Site Cost?

Ticekting Website CostAs an event organizer, you probably have a process in place that allows prospective attendees to register for your events. You might be asking them to download a registration form, fill it out, and mail it to you or scan it and email it to you, or you might be using some sort of hosted event registration solution on a subscription basis, like Event Smart.

While it may cost you a little bit more money upfront, having your own event registration website certainly has its benefits:

  • The website – and everything you publish on it – belongs to you.
  • It gives you more control and flexibility.
  • You’re able to extend its functionality.
  • Your attendees’ data is stored on your systems – not a third-party site.

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5 Best Practices for Designing High-Converting Event Registration Forms

event registration formsIf your event registration form isn’t optimized for conversions, you could be driving away attendees without even knowing it.

Minor changes in the form’s design and layout – such as following the asterisk standard or grouping related fields together – can improve your form’s user experience significantly and simplify your registration process.

In this article, we’ll share some best practices for designing high-converting registration forms for your event. (more…)

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Multiple Event Registration Now Available for Event Espresso 4

Thanks to the efforts of our development team, sponsors, and support team, we have just released the Multiple Event Registration (MER) for Event Espresso 4.

What is Multiple Event Registration?

The premise behind this great add-on is that the easier it is for people to register for an event, the more events they are likely to attend. With the Multiple Event Registration add-on, attendees can register for several events at once and even add additional attendees to any of the same events–in the same checkout process. Additional attendees also get the customized registration form as the first/primary attendee.

Purchase the Multiple Event Registration for Event Espresso 4, also included in the EE4 Everything License.

How does it work?

EE4-MER-add-to-event-cartThe Multiple Event Registration add-on is super easy to use. Just install the plugin on your site, then the EE4 ticket selector and registration system is automatically updated to allow registrants the ability to add events to an “Event Cart”. Going forward, your customers will be able to add multiple events to their cart and checkout in a single, streamlined registration.

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Here’s a quick step-by-step overview of the Multiple Event Registration process:

  1. Customers are shown a list of events to register for, in which tickets can be added to the “Event Cart”.
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  2. Customer adds events to their cart, then checks-out. Additional tickets can be added/removed in the cart.EE4-MER-cart-view
  3. Customer is taken to a single registration page for all of the events in their cart.
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  4. Customers can reuse information from the first form, across all registration forms on the page, or pick and choose which form data to reuse.
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  5. After the registration forms are completed, the customer is taken to the payment page to finalize the registration.
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  6. That’s it! The customer is registered for as many events as they want in one checkout.
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Purchase the Multiple Event Registration add-on for Event Espresso 4.

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Event Espresso vs. Event Smart; Self-hosted vs. Hosted Online Event Registration and Ticketing

If you’re not already using Event Espresso or Event Smart, there’s never been a better time to switch to a new and improved online event registration and ticketing management system. The tools available in Event Espresso and Event Smart are professional, fully-featured, polished solutions that make it ridiculously easy. (more…)

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Ticket Selector Embed Code Now Available for Event Espresso 4

It’s a great day to be an event promoter! We are pleased to announce a that we have added a “Ticket Selector Embed Code” feature to Event Espresso 4. This is just one, of many features that was requested and added to Event Espresso 4, based on a feature request from an Event Smart (our hosted event registration and ticketing system) customer.

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What is the Ticket Selector Embed Code?

Ever wanted to make it easy for registrants to find your events? What about allowing prospective registrants to select tickets right from a third-party website? Well, the new “Ticket Selector Embed Code” feature for Event Espresso 4 allows anyone with the embed code for your event, to display a ticket selector for that event, on almost any HTML website, Facebook page, WordPress.com and/or WordPress.org posts and pages.

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Learn how to embed the Ticket Selector in a Facebook page
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/ticket-selector-embed-code/#facebook_embed

How do I use the Ticket Selector Embed Code?

It’s very simple, really. All you have to do is copy the embed code and place it into an HTML page, blog post, or page on any website and the ticket selector for your event will display in an iframe. When a ticket is selected an the registrant submits the form, they are then taken to your website to finish the registration. Easy, right?

Documentation for Ticket Selector Embed Code
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/ticket-selector-embed-code/

This screenshot shows what appears when the “Embed” button is clicked:

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Finally, this screenshot shows the embed code placed directly into a WordPress blog post, but actually, as stated previously, the embed code can literally be added to almost any web page on the internet!

What are your thought about this new feature?

Are you as excited about this feature as we are? How will you use the new ticket selector embed code? Please share your examples and feedback in the comments below.

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Developers Corner: Using Advanced Custom Fields to Quickly Extend EE4

acf-home-panel-fieldsEver wanted to add details about an event sponsor to each event? How about adding a custom downloads or course curriculum section on the thank you page? Or better yet, access to training videos?

Look no further! Using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin for WordPress the event presentation and content delivery  possibilities are endless.

 

Over 20 Custom Field Types!

Fully customize WordPress edit screens with powerful custom fields. Boasting a professional interface and a powerful API, it’s a must have for any web developer. The Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin allows you to take full control of your edit screens & custom field data. With over 20 field types (free, premium and user submitted) to choose from, custom data management couldn’t be easier, or look any better!

 

Easy Integration with Event Espresso 4

Once ACF is installed, simply create a field group, add your fields and define the location rules. The custom fields you create will appear in the EE4 event editor and are ready to accept custom data. Fields that are populated with data can be displayed throughout your event and registration pages. ACF will allow you to add just about any type of custom content to your Event Espresso 4 registration pages. Such as event sponsors, course curriculum, downloads, video tutorials, and much more. The possibilities are endless!

 

How Do I Get Started?

Itching to get started, but don’t know how? Don’t worry, we have you covered! I have created a couple of examples to get you going, and will add a few more as time goes on.

Simply follow along with the tutorials below, and I will show you how to add a course curriculum and/or event sponsor section to your registration pages.

 

Tutorials

Requires Event Espresso 4.3

Creating a Course Curriculum/Downloads Section After Payment

This tutorial covers using the ACF plugin and the EE4 “Thank You” Page Actions & Filters to create a course curriculum/downloads section that will be displayed on the EE4 “Thank You” page. So once someone registers for a class/event, the curriculum/downloads section will be displayed and allow registrants to start downloading files immediately.

 

Creating an Event Sponsor Section Throughout the Event Registration Pages

This tutorial covers using the ACF plugin and the EE4 Single Page Checkout (SPCO) Actions & Filters to create a sponsor details section that appears throughout the registration process.

 

 

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Feature Spotlight: Using Datetime and Ticket Names to Consolidate Event Pages

In Event Espresso 4, if you manage the online event registration and ticketing for a category of events (e.g. volunteering opportunities or an on-going writing workshop) you can configure ONE event page and let the multiple datetime and multiple ticket names specify the different dates and ticket options.

Configuring your events this way allows you to:

  • have one event page with a specific url where you can refer people to time and time again via email or over the phone or in social media, etc
  • Optimize this special event page for your particular type of event to increase your search engine optimization ranking and ticket sales
  • Present more volunteering/purchasing options to people at once rather than making them view multiple pages or check out/purchase multiple times

Here is an example of this strategy with all the upcoming volunteering opportunities for a non-profit organization.

In this case your organization offers multiple types of volunteering opportunities that occur on different dates. Once you have configured your event registration and ticketing for these similar types of events, your potential customers/attendees/volunteers will be presented with all the volunteering opportunities on ONE page. This is what the front-end would look like (click to enlarge).

You can only get this type of control with Event Espresso. 

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Take a look at this Event Espresso 4 tutorial if you want to see how it’s done.

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Event Espresso Brings Official Integration with Infusionsoft

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At Event Espresso we’re all about making our customers’ lives easier. We know that your time is precious. That’s why we are excited to announce the stable release of our Infusionsoft integration add-on.

Infusionsoft is touted as, “The only all-in-one sales and marketing software built for small business”. Just check out their latest press releases. With Infusionsoft, you can attract customers, automate marketing, close sales, and even sell online. Infusionsoft is designed to meet the needs of small businesses with less than 25 employees. They combine customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, and e-commerce into one, web-based system.

Now, with Event Espresso running along side your Infusionsoft account, you can push valuable customer data from event registrations on your website straight to your Infusionsoft database. No more copying and pasting data. Did I mention the process is automated?

Here is how the integration works:

1. A customer registers for an event on your website and the data is transferred to InfusionSoft.

2. The customer pays for the event using either a built-in Event Espresso payment gateway or your Infusionsoft Merchant account.

3. The customer is shown a payment confirmation back on your website.

4. Once the customer has made a successful payment, the payment record is updated within the Infusionsoft app.

 

The add-on is included in the Developer License Package, so our Developer License holders can take advantage of this tool today, at no extra charge! The add-on can also be purchased separately and used with any of the other license packages.

Get it here!

 

Expand your possibilities today with the Infusionsoft integration for Event Espresso.

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Over $20k In Discounts Given To Non-Profits

 

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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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