Using the Eventbrite Integration with Batchbook Means More Time Enjoying Your Event We reached out to a few customers using the Batchbook / Eventbrite integration to find out how the integration helps manage their events. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that while some folks are using it as we anticipated – to deliver personalized follow-up and use auto-imported event details for valuable cross promotion – others are continuing to delight us with their ingenuity and creative approach to pairing CRM with event management software. Check out the case studies below to learn how you can, like these businesses, use the Batchbook / Eventbrite integration to: Easily keep track of your volunteers’ personal outreach. Save valuable, historical details on students attending…
We’ve spent the past 8 years working with thousands of businesses, helping them understand and organize the process of selling their product or service, from pitch to customer support. While we’ve learned that one size doesn’t fit all, we’ve curated a healthy list of best sales practices that perform well across industries and not-so-best practices that should be avoided. Come join our Small Business Sales Workshop on Thursday, May 28th, from 1pm – 3pm ET, and work directly with our CEO and other small businesses to create a plan to sell more in a way that makes sense for your industry and feels right to you. We’re ready to go where the conversation leads, but here’s the agenda that’ll structure…
We dare you to attend a Lady Project event and then try not to be a fan. The group is invaluable for networking, and everyone is genuinely open to sharing resources and lessons learned, which is pure gold for small biz owners & entrepreneurs.
We went to the annual summit again this year. Here are highlights from a few of our favorite speakers and workshops. Be sure to check out the link above for a full list of workshops, panels, keynotes and the rad ladies responsible for delivering the goods.
Improv Warm Up (Time is Precious)
Group activities with strangers make me queasy at best, but the ladies from Boston’s Fine Line Comedy pulled it off with character and ease. In 5 minutes they did two exercises aimed at getting our blood flowing & interacting with your neighbor. The interaction exercise demonstrated that any 2 things (in this case words) can be related, and working together to find a connection between two things is a great way to spark creativity & lose inhibition. I won’t be underestimating the power of 5 minutes again any time soon.Read More
You know when you meet a friend-of-a-friend, and you realize you’re about to have a new BFF? It’s such a great feeling, isn’t it? That’s what happened to us here at Batchbook when we got introduced to The Lady Project through a friend at MailChimp. The Lady Project was started in Providence and their mission statement really connected with us – “The Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through membership, events and community engagement.” Once we met the co-founder, Sierra Barter, we knew we had to be involved in the organization and their second annual Lady Project Summit here in Providence.
Let’s Get The Party Started
The Summit took place last weekend and we hosted a pre-party at our office where we got to meet some of the attendees before the event. The ladies from Mint set up a pop-up shop filled with vintage treasures which were able to browse while enjoying drinks and appetizers.
At the Summit
The Summit schedule was full of interesting key-note speakers and there were so many workshops to choose from. I thought I’d give you a few highlights from the sessions our team attended.
Keynote – Tammy Tibbetts – She’s the First
She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in the developing world with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders.
- Dream Big – Start Small. Tammy shared how her non-profit started with just one YouTube video.
- Follow your passion and share it with others. Instead of asking people what they do, ask them “What are you passionate about?”
- Remember where you came from, be authentic. All the steps you took to get where you are today are part of your story and the person you’ve become.
Each year, there is an event called Blog Action Day. Bloggers are encouraged to take a pause from their regular content to write about a topic that is important to humanity. This year, the topic is one of the most important of all; human rights.
When we learned the topic of discussion for the 2013 Blog Action Day is human rights, we were honestly a bit stumped. Though our own mission statement includes our desire “to create tools that allow passionate small businesses to build better relationships with their community,” we had never thought of it in terms of human rights. When you are going about your own daily life, running your business, paying your employees, it is easy to assume that basic human rights of all those around you are being met. But this isn’t true throughout the world (or even always right at home).
I had the pleasure of speaking at the first annual WomanCon event in Manhattan last week. I always love the chance to head into that spectacular city and spend some time meeting with other small business geeky folks. And I especially enjoyed this trip, as it was a group of women entrepreneurs gathering to share different aspects of the grand game that is business building. I was so inspired by the presentations and the conversations I had there. It is a very collaborative and encouraging community, which comes in very handy when you are working to build a successful business.
I thought I would share my speech with all of you, as I think it pertains to a broader audience of entrepreneurs. I talked about how to keep the human side of your business thriving. These are the original notes I wrote for my speech. I don’t believe in “reading speeches”, so the actual talk itself was an ad-libbed version of this. I even got a bit lost in the mid-to-late slides, so a few parts of these notes were skipped completely in the presentation!
Are you a Batchbook customer? You should know that we love you. Sure, everyone says that, but it’s really true! Nothing makes the Batchbook team happier than hearing stories about our customers and your successes. Our customer experience folks share the nice things that you say about Batchbook with our whole team. They send out links to customers’ businesses, so we can all see who we’re working with and all the interesting things that people like you are doing. Occasionally one of us meets a customer In Real Life™ , and it’s a cause for celebration. So when Pamela got invited to share her story at WomanCon, she knew it wouldn’t just be about her but about you too! …
Wondering how to get more of the right people to attend an event you are hosting? Start by mining your contact data. Find people that share similar interests and market the event directly to them. Whether you are hosting a fundraiser, sales demo, concert, food tasting or whatever, inviting the right people can mean the difference between a full house and looking around at empty seats. And after the event, doing the right follow up in a timely fashion can help you book more sales or get more repeat attendance. Your CRM can help you find the right people to invite and to nurture strong relationships with them long after the curtain comes down on your event. We will be…
Recently we teamed up with Chris Wolfel from Yesware for a webinar on how to sell via email. More and more, sales are taking place via email. This webinar provides actionable tips on how you can improve your sales emails. Get These Sales Emails Tips: Recognize the stage of awareness your lead is in so you can send just the right email Find out what the most important part of any sales email is See how you can structure your emails so they get read and responded to Learn how to speak to your prospects more personally Discover the right time to send a sales email You can watch the whole webinar for free below. Just make sure you get…
**Update: Watch a recording of this webinar Are you using email effectively to close more sales for your small business? With over 140 billion emails being sent every day, you need to make sure yours stand out. Just winging every email is not the way. In a recent post titled How to Close More Deals with Lean Email, Chris Wolfel from Yesware suggests that you should build your emails with purpose and test to make sure they are working. Join Us This Wednesday Chris will be joining us this Wednesday, July 24th, at 3pm EDT for our next free webinar, where he will be sharing some useful tips on email selling, including: What stages to send an email and what…