Get those people OFFline!
I’ve written frequently over the years advocating inviting your online contacts to join you offline for some face to face time and while there are countless ways to do this, there are very few ways to manage these events online. For tweetups, I use Twtvite.com (click here for a sample invitation) and for professional events, I use Eventbrite.com (click here for a sample invitation). What’s important to me regardless of the site I use is the following:
- Ability to promote and gather RSVPs from Twitter and Facebook.
- Ability to edit the invitation should details change.
- Control over HTML so I can insert our logo or make the invitation unique.
- RSVP management that allows attendees to see and get to know each other before the event.
- Simple UI and clean, modern options.
Alas, the day has come where I can finally say that I am happy with an invitation management system and it hasn’t even been introduced to the public. Because I’m known as a local organizer, I got an email from a company called Anyvite.com asking what was important to me in an invitation management system and within 24 hours of our phone conversation, they had made updates and changes that I had indicated were critical for me and because of their incredible customer service, innovative thinking, fast pace and absolutely gorgeous site, I am now a convert to tweetvite.com (click here for sample invitation). I love tweetvite as much as I love napping on a work day and Starbucks combined… seriously.
So here’s a peek into why I love tweetvite and how it works:
The back end for editing:
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You not only have options to control the color of the font and background of your invitation, you can use their templated options OR make the invitation mimic your own Twitter background which could possibly be one of the most creative touches I’ve seen in a long while:
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This feature is not one I’ve found in other invitation management sites and it’s extremely useful!
And here’s the final product:
The team took into account all of my requests and my number one is the ability to read the RSVP list at a glance and know who’s coming (and be able to see their bios), so now when you hover over a guest’s avatar, you see their Twitter bio which IS AWESOME! Guests are kept in alphabetical order and the site loads so quickly, the Yes/No button is super easy to see and find and the ability to share it on networks is great (and will be growing to my understanding), you can see how many views the invitation has had, a hashtag is allowed for tweets about the event, attendees can add the event to their calendar from the invitation itself, mapping and directions are automated and there is a comment board and live twitter feed right there on the invitation (wow that was a mouth full!):
I’m excited because without even talking to the team at Tweetvite, I would have been totally pleased with what they presently have but knowing that it’s THIS GOOD out of the box prior to being public and there are more improvements to come, I’m sold! I can’t wait to see what’s next!