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Promotional Dos & Don’ts

Every event you’ve ever attended, you have heard about from some place or another like the radio, the newspaper, or maybe even a flyer. And what’s it called when an event planner let’s everyone know about an event?

That’s right, kiddos. Promotion!

Whether your event is large or small, I’m here to offer the basic dos and don’t to handling its promotion.

Advertising:
Do– Stay consistent. Don’t let potential attendees miss out because they didn’t hear about it. Find multiples advertising mediums and avenues including social networks, community calendars, and radio promos to let the public know.
Don’tSpam. If you post about your event on your Facebook page three times a day, people will become so sick of hearing about it that they may resent your spam and then not attend. Remind your potential attendees when the event is approaching but never annoy them.

Invites:
Do– Send an invite or promotional flyer to a specific group of your target demographic.

Don’t– Be vague or bland. Salutations such as ‘Dear supporter’, ‘Dear business owner’, and ‘To whom it may concern’ are not appropriate when sending invites. Think about how special you would feel if you received a basic invitation not addressed to you. Do they event want you there?

Press Releases:
Do– Take advantage of them! Even if only one or two local newspapers or news programs share a story on your event, that’s promotion. Why would you turn down free promotion?? So take the time to write a story that sounds interesting to you with a catchy title. It takes less work to edit a story than write one from scratch so it’s more likely that it’ll get published.
Don’t– Pull media. Put the bare minimum of general details in your press releases if you must, but if details are still being decided upon, do not include them. You can add information to your promotional efforts but you should never take away information. You never know who has already seen your posters.

As usual, good luck!

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How To Politely Decline An Invitation

Event planning isn’t merely planning; it’s scheduling and properly managing your time.

So in the midst of your big event, you have four other events that you are expected to attend and they aren’t even yours! Coming from someone who never says no, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to say no.

Knowing how to say politely say no. Here are some tips:

Make Time: Don’t say you are too busy for any of the events you’ve been invited to. Are you really too busy for your cousin’s wedding? Because being the amazing scheduler that you are, you probably aren’t. Prioritize which parties or events are most important to you. Consider the networking that will take place at that conference, or remembering that baby shower ten years from now.

RSVP Is Not Included Just For Fun: Once you’ve decided which invited you are declining, let that person know! When someone asks you to RSVP it’s because they’re trying to determine a count of how many will attend the event. This helps them determine the amount of food, drinks, or even chairs they will need. Be kind. 

Practice Good Public Relations: Don’t be too professional or informal with your friends, but practice good PR. Even if you feel bad about not being able to make it, don’t imply that you are still on the fence about attending. Your friend will appreciate a clear no and move on.

  • Always thank them for thinking of you.
  • Always apologize for not being able to attend.
  • Always follow your decline with “But I really appreciate the invite.” or some variation.

Finally, Call: Do not decline an invite via text or social media. It’s impersonal and the tone and quality of your voice when declining in person or on the phone will soften the blow.

Remember you can’t say yes to everyone. And one day I’ll learn to take my own advice.

Hope this helps!

Benefits of Having An Event Website

Let’s say you already have all the promotion you could need with flyers, press releases and social media posts. Okay, but have you considered creating a webpage for your event? If it’s a small-scale gathering, a Facebook event page would do. But if you’re planning well in advance and expecting several hundreds of people, build your own site!

Benefits of Your Event Website

  • All the information about your event can be found in one place! Attendees or potential attendees will be able to search your event name in Google to find your site and will immediately have access to all the information they could need.
  • Information can be organized on different pages and separated by tabs on the top for easy searching. For example there can be a separate page and link for ticket information, parking, event information, about us, contact us and more.
  • You have more to offer sponsors of your event by way of advertisement with links and logos posted to your website.

Tips

  • Use a free website creator such as weebly.com or wix.com. They have basic beginners templates and are easy to use. Personally, I really like weebly because you can easily create new pages and only have to drag and drop text boxes and photos to format your layout.
  • Buy your domain name. If you want to be able to advertise the website and make it look official. Purchase a name that will fit your event like Dew Tour’s www.dewtouroc.com. Simple right?
  • Include a contact form for questions. This will filter to your email address and allow you to answer any questions attendees have that weren’t answered on the website. If you’re lucky, you might only have to link them pages of your site to find the information. If not, edit your site to include the information they requested.

A website is an easy way to brand yourself. It also takes some of the pressure off of you when promoting your event because you’ll have a place to direct potential attendees for all their event needs.

Good luck!

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ACToberfest Paddlemania

Assateague Coastal Trust: Social Media Press Release

Assateague Coastal Trust
P.O. Box 731
Berlin, MD 21811

Contact Information:

Client Contact:
Steve Farr
410-629-1538
development@actforbays.org

Agency Contact:
Jordan Guiton
240-426-1234
jg88260@gulls.salisbury.edu

Agency Contact:
Michelle Malinger
410-713-1234
mmalinger1@gulls.salisbury.edu

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASSATEAGUE COASTAL TRUST CELEBRATES FIRST ANNUAL ACTOBERFEST PADDLEMANIA

Featuring paddling events, local food and beer, children’s activities, live music, and more!

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Who:  
Assateague Coastal Trust

What: 
First Annual ACToberfest Paddlemania

When: 
Saturday, October 19th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where:
Castaways RV & Campground on Sinepuxent Bay
12550 Eagles Nest Rd.
Ocean City, MD
(map & directions)

Cost:
Adult: $35 in advance — $40 at the door
Children:  ages 5 – 11; $15 in advance & at the door
Children:  ages 4 and under; are FREE
All children must be accompanied by adults

Some Highlights Include:

  • A paddling race across to Assateague Island and back
  • Coast Kids activities on the beach!
  • Guided Birding paddle of Assateague Island!
  • A ‘locavore’ dinner buffet — featuring Greenbranch pastured chicken, seafood, and organic veggies
  • Corn Hole and Can Jam competitions!
  • Bonfire
  • Guest Bartenders
  • 50/50 raffle!
  • Event Ticket / Camping Combo Packages from Castaways Campground

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Assateague Coastal Trust works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed through advocacy, conservation and education. ACT is committed to protecting our watershed to ensure clean waterways for humans and wildlife, quality of public health and sustainable economic growth.

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