All posts by Jeff Kear

Jeff is co-founder and head of marketing and sales for Planning Pod.

Save Your Hybrid Event from Epic Fail with These 24 Insights

Hybrid events are those that have two distinct audiences – one live in-person audience and another virtual online audience – and they have been on the rise over the last few years. In fact, it is estimated that 26% of all meetings in 2017 will be hybrid events, and with the rapidly growing popularity of ...

7 Bold and Brazen Ways to Boost Attendee Engagement

Hundreds of articles have been written on attendee engagement and all the sundry ways to create an immersive attendee experience. And we’ve heard (and written about ourselves) all the same ideas. Make sessions more interactive. Creatively employ event apps and virtual reality.¬† Gamify everything. Blah blah blah. So instead of rehashing what you can find ...

9 Event Security Tips That Can Save You from Disaster

“Event security … the service everyone wants and no one wants to pay for.” This was one of the replies I recently received when I started a group discussion on LinkedIn about the current state of event security. Often we as event professionals think of the attendee experience first – like food-and-beverage, venue location, speaker ...

12 Event Industry Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice [Infographic]

You hear a lot of predictions and anecdotal evidence about the events industry, but we here at Planning Pod also like data … and lots of it. We were recently poking around the Web (our favorite timesink) and came across quite a few event industry statistics that didn’t square with articles and social media posts ...

How Proven Event Pricing Strategies Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Pricing strategy may be as old as currency itself – which has its origins around 600 B.C. in Turkey and China¬† – but since then it has been refined and researched to the point that it’s as much (social) science as it is art. Registration and ticket pricing strategy may not have as much research ...

How to Get Sponsors for Events in 14 Simple Steps

If you’ve been in business long enough (and especially in marketing), you have been pitched to sponsor an event. When I ran an ad agency, I was approached frequently, and the first words out of my mouth were, “Show me your audience.” This is because, at the end of the day, an event sponsor is ...

33 Best Practices for Boosting Online Event Registration [Infographic]

Most revenue-generating events rely on registration and ticket sales to generate anywhere from 50% to 100% of total event revenues. And online event registration is an already large and still growing source of sales for most events. Case in point … in 2014, Google said 71% of all ticket buying happens online, and online registration ...