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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

VenueWize Launching on December 1st After Running a Successful Pilot

Vancouver technology startup geared towards event organizers is launching on December 1st, after running a pilot with international users. CEO believes tracking guest metrics is key to empowering event organizers.

Vancouver, British Columbia (December 1st) - Vancouver based technology startup, VenueWize is launching on December 1st after running a pilot with users located internationally. VenueWize is a web and mobile based application created for event organizers. "We learned a lot from our pilot users- career fairs in New York, nightlife in the UK, fashion shows in Tokyo- they all face the same problems. The pilot was critical to our product, since it helped us fully grasp and understand the needs of event organizers worldwide, which allowed us to create innovative solutions," said Arvand Alviri, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VenueWize.

VenueWize lets event organizers collaborate on events, access live guest information via the iPad and iPhone apps, track guest profitability using VenueWize's CRM system and stay green. Unlike most event management or event ticketing solutions, VenueWize puts a heavy emphasis on automatically capturing metrics about guests, letting organizers know who their most and least profitable guests are, at a glance. "Having access to this information, as guests walk into an event, is extremely powerful. It's like introducing Google Analytics to an industry which previously had no way to capture meaningful data," says Arvand on the importance of tracking guest metrics and analytics.

VenueWize plans to continue to create innovative and easy to use solutions to empower event organizers. The startup will offer new accounts a free trial, so event organizers can VenueWize their next event with no obligations.

Media Contact
For more information about VenueWize or to arrange an interview with CEO Arvand Alviri, contact: media@venuewize.com

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Managing Attendees at a Career Fair [Case Study]


Career Fair in New York

“The upload process was simple and our guests were impressed with how we were embracing technology and keeping our event green... One less thing to worry about.”
-Mike, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Albany, NY

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College possesses all of the qualities for an outstanding education, including diverse academic programs, modern facilities, and distinguished faculty.” –From Facebook.com/ACPHS

Problems
-Organize a career fair with over 8000 guests
-Gather over 8000 guest names and information onto multiple pieces of paper that ran the risk of being misplaced prior to the event
-Search through the pieces of paper to find guest names upon their arrival

Solution
-Easy process to upload guest information, which was then, accessed using iPads
-The VenueWize iPad app’s search function significantly cut down the time required to register guest names at the entrance and take attendance
-Fewer volunteers were needed to take attendance and register guests

How a Night Club Embraced the iPad to Manage Guests [Case Study]


“All promotion teams update their own list to one LIVE list automatically. All work is [now] done by promoters which leaves me, (promotion manager) to concentrate on running the event... Would recommend it to anyone running guest lists / queue jump / tables.” –Ricky, PURE Bar, Bexleyheath, Kent, UK

About PURE Bar
“PURE is the place to be seen… two floors and a luxury garden where you can chill out with its own bar… The PURE Lounge located upstairs lets you get away from the main party if you need a little break… Celebs are regular visitors.” –From purebars.eu

Problems
-Stressful task of compiling guest lists of about 500 guests each week from several promoters which was done by rushing before the event to get endless SMS text messages and emails together
-Commission payments to promoters based on performance, which reduce cost structure, was extremely time consuming, and difficult

Solution
-Using VenueWize’s Teams Feature, all promotion teams add their own guests to one live list
-After the event, automatic reports are generated specifying which promoter’s guests actually entered the club, which determines how much commission they should receive
-The promotion manager, Ricky, who is in charge of the events, simply assigns the promotion teams to the event, which lets Ricky not worry about guest lists and focus on important things such as running the event
-Last second changes are easy to make because the guest list is live
-iPad app leaves arriving guests with a “classy, great first impression”