When it comes to your business, you’ve probably heard the phrase “image is everything.” This is true, as showing a sense of professionalism is important if you want to connect with other businesses and even with your own employees. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your brand.
In actuality, to Make the right impression™, it’s important to build a brand that’s truly professional with a sense of personality. A great way to promote team building, encourage new clients to consider doing business with you, to raise money for a cause, or even to launch a new product is to host a company event.
But, to put together a successful company event, it takes time and planning. From the location, to the publicity, to the catering, there are lots of elements to take into consideration. Here are some of the important steps to making your event a success.
Obviously, the first step in planning a company event is to define the business purpose for holding the event, and who your target audience is. Every planning decision that you make will be driven by this knowledge, such as the event format, the content of the event itself, the location, etc. For example, is your aim in hosting this event to generate business leads, or to raise awareness for your company or a specific product? Once you have established this, you should make sure that your team is aware of that purpose.
The next step is to establish a budget, and accordingly, the complete experience. Determining a set budget allows you to understand what you can realistically do within your limitations and the scope of your resources. At the same time, once you have a set budget in mind, know if it will allow you to achieve your event goals.
Then keeping your goals and budget in mind, the third step is to figure out a theme and plan the experience. What do you want attendees to learn, achieve, and have as a result? What sort of entertainment, or activity sessions should invitees expect to see and hear, for example, games, speakers, maybe product demos, and/or food & drink? There should be some sort of element of engagement or fun, otherwise it will not be a worthwhile or memorable experience for you or for attendees. Think about what type of business you have, and what activities would be appropriate for your brand and your goals.
The fourth step, and probably one of the most important parts of putting on a great corporate event is to promote it. Why is this so important? Because, without promoting your event, nobody will know that it even exists, and without people, you don’t have an event! A couple of good ways to get the word out are to publicize it through social media, targeted emails or newsletters, or creatively reminding them by distributing custom branded invitations or other promotional products.
Now, right from the moment that event invitees enter your event space, you can create a completely branded experience. You could first give them these handy Badge Holder Bifold Neck Wallets, which are perfect for storing ID cards, money, business cards, etc. This will make it easier for attendees to network at the event. Then, along the way, every display could be branded using these custom printed 8-foot economy table throws available in lots of different colors to meet your brand standards. From the décor to the swag and right down to the beverage glasses, don’t miss out on valuable branding opportunities.
Follow these steps, and organizing a killer company event will be a breeze. Finally, remember that utilizing effective branding in your corporate event with items like promotional schwag present a cohesive and professional image that STILL has personality.