A Definitive Guide to Building an Event Website [PDF]

Guide to building an event website

 

As an event planner, having a website is crucial, especially when you are looking for a platform by which people can find you and solicit your services. But, what makes a good event website? And how do you even go about getting your new site up and running? We have all the details you need in this exhaustive guide on how to build an event website.

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An Abstract Management System that Checks all the Boxes

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In a conference, among other things, one of the most important duties of the chair committee is to launch call for papers, collect proposals and abstracts, assign them to reviewers and manage each and every task involved in the abstract management workflow. There’re two ways for a conference organizer to open call for papers, invite authors to submit abstracts, assign submitted abstracts for review and make decisions.

Manual abstract management : It is a mostly manual process of collecting abstracts through email, forwarding these emails to prospective reviewers who would then review them. Reviewers would email it back to the track chair to request authors to revise the abstracts. Finally, chair would make a decision on the abstract and send another email to convey authors of their decision. Authors would then confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee or by sending yet another email to confirm their participation.

Every step is a manual task which requires a lot of work hours and multiple staff to manage the complete workflow. And if you made a mistake in any of the steps during the submission process, it would not be very forgiving and would make you redo all previous steps making the whole process cumbersome and inefficient.

However, there’s a better alternative.

Automated abstract management : An abstract management system automates these steps, from author invites to abstract submission, abstract assignment to review submission, abstract revision to decision making, automated email notifications to generating abstract books out of the submitted abstracts, auto-populating the program schedule with accepted abstracts to creating a PDF copy of the program schedule and virtually every other task involved in the call for papers process, resulting in huge savings in terms of time and effort.

An abstract management system like Dryfta allows the chair to choose from a very simple submission process to setting up a complex, multi-level, multi-track abstract submission and review workflow.

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Ethnography in Education Research Forum by University of Pennsylvania – A Case Study

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The Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education invites submissions for its 2019 Annual Meeting and the celebration of the Forum’s 40th anniversary. The Forum welcomes scholars at all career stages seeking a supportive venue for sharing their ethnographic work at various stages of development.

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Used Dryfta for: Collecting abstracts, Sending email campaigns, Assigning abstracts to reviewers & conducting Peer reviews, Creating Event website, Selling tickets through credit card payments, Creating Program schedule.

Here’s a quick interview with Mary Yee, EdD, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, about her experience with using Dryfta event platform for Ethnography in Education Research Forum 2019
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National LGBTQ Health Conference 2019 by Emory University – A Case Study

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National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary forum that provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of current health research and programs for LGBTQ adults and adolescents with the overall goal of addressing health inequities for this highly impacted group.

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Used Dryfta for: Collecting abstracts, Sending email campaigns, Assigning abstracts to reviewers & conducting Peer review, Creating Event website, Selling tickets through credit card payments, Program schedule building & management, and Engaging attendees on Dryfta event apps.

Here’s a quick interview with April Winningham, Conference Coordinator, about her experience with using Dryfta event platform for National LGBTQ Health Conference
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10 Reasons to Use an Event Management Platform to Save Time & Money

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Let’s admit it, automating any process does dig deep into your pocket. There is also considerable time and effort involved in getting your programs, systems, and workforce to amalgamate with any platform to deliver quantifiable benefits that make the entire rigmarole worth your time. Having said that, once the foundations are laid is when the paybacks of your efforts begin to take shape.

The event management ecosystem is no different. There are tremendous benefits in terms of time management, manpower investment, reduction of the probability of error and overall output that your event can benefit from if you were to consider engaging an event management platform. In this article, we will touch upon various nuances and features of event management platforms that can help you break the profit ceiling.

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Dryfta Program Builder is the Best Program Scheduling Tool out there. Here’s Why

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Creating a dynamic and interactive program schedule goes a long way in improving participants engagement in a conference. Dryfta program builder comes with a very expansive list of features to make it easy for organizers to build an interactive program schedule in no time.

For participants, it enables them to create personalized schedule and browse through various sessions on the event website and the event app. When they’re at the conference, they can use it to check-in to sessions, explore presenters’ details and other session-related information. Post the conference, participants would use it for submitting feedback for sessions they have attended, downloading the presentation files etc.

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