This post was originally published on Attend by Event Farm's blog and was written by Garrett Huddy.
Why does your company host events? Your event strategy, like all other marketing activities, should ultimately be designed to build pipeline and drive revenue. As marketing and sales teams morph into revenue teams with shared goals, marketing has started to start thinking more like sales by tracking success in pipeline and opportunities instead of just lead generation and awareness.
Just as your marketing team leverages different types of content in order to achieve different goals—writing blog posts to grow top-of-funnel leads, for example, and creating case studies to help convert middle-of-the-funnel prospects—you can similarly use different types of events to reach different objectives.
But events typically require more time, money and resources than other marketing channels, and you want to make sure you're extracting the most value from each event you host. While there may be some cases where you can and should host events with the specific goal of fueling top-of-funnel growth, this likely is not the best objective to set for most of the events you're hosting—keep reading to learn why.
This is the third post in a three-part blog series with tips for engaging with attendees before, during and after events. If you missed the first or second posts, which were about engaging with attendees before and during events, you can check them out here and here. Otherwise, keep reading for 10 tips to engage with attendees once your event has ended.
1. Send a general “thank you” email. Within 24 hours of your event ending, you should send an email to all attendees and simply thank them for attending. This email does not need to be lengthy or include any sort of sales pitch—just show your attendees that you’re appreciative of their attendance, because without them your event would not be possible. If you want to incorporate something fun, include a link to a Facebook album of photos from your event.
Events are consistently cited as one of the most successful marketing channels, but they also take up a significant portion of a marketing team's budget. If you're going to host an event, you want to make sure you do it right—which means you need to host the right kind of event to help meet your business objectives. Not sure which type of event is best for you? Use our flow chart to find out.
This post was originally published on Attend by Event Farm's blog and was written by Pia Heilmann.
The discussion around events usually revolves around the marketing team. It makes sense—marketing typically plans events, and the events come out of marketing's budget. But when the ultimate goal of a marketing event is to create and accelerate sales pipeline, it’s important to look at events form a sales perspective as well. The more involved a sales team becomes in planning an event, the greater the ROI typically becomes.
So what’s the issue? The problem is that many sales teams don’t have a good process for handling events—keep reading to learn our best advice for how to go about changing this.