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Be a Sports Event Planning All-Star this Season with Ennect Do-it-Yourself Online Event Registration Tools

Posted on | March 15, 2018 | No Comments

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Major League Baseball opening day is only a couple of weeks away, so now would be a great time to start planning that annual group outing to your favorite Major League Baseball stadium. Ennect Event online sports event registration tools can assist you in creating and managing group sporting events that will easily make the day a home run!

Use Ennect Event for pre-game and game day event registration logistics which include:

  • Ticket selection
  • Transportation options
  • Sizes for shirts and hats
  • Scheduling special events (meet and greets / autograph sessions)
  • Food and beverage selections
  • And much more.

Major League Baseball Opening Day is Thursday – March 29, 2018. This is the earliest opening day in Major League Baseball history and all 30 teams will be in action on the dame day!  Here are a few top match ups for MLB’s 2018 opening day:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants – 7:00 p.m.
  • Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 1:10 p.m.
  • New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays – 3:37 p.m.
  • Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros – 3:30 p.m.
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 4:10 p.m.

While your out at the ballpark check out some of these unique and outrageous stadium snacks:

  • Yankee Stadium: Lobel’s Meatloaf Burger
  • Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox): Brisket Mac and Grilled Cheese
  • Safeco Field (Mariners): Toasted grasshoppers
  • Suntrust Park (Braves): Tomahawk pork chop
  • Citi Field (Mets): Junior’s Deep Fried New York Cheesecake
  • PNC Park (Pirates): Cracker Jack and Mac Dog
  • And More!

Sport Event Registration AppThe “Burgerizza” at Atlanta’s Suntrust Park

Learn more about do-it-yourself online event management software from and how to easily get your group out to the ballpark this year.



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Ennect Sweepstakes is a Win-Win For 2018 March Madness Basketball Bracketology

Posted on | March 6, 2018 | No Comments

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The 2018 NCAA Basketball tournament is a perfect opportunity for sports fanatics and basketball bracketeers to get in on the “Madness.” Ennect provides a hybrid sweepstakes and survey tool that can be used to create a one-of-a-kind online March Madness Bracketology experience. Participants can choose which NCAA basketball teams they think will win each round for a chance to win prizes and recognition. Sweepstakes owners can also conduct random drawings after each round of the tournament or whenever they like to enhance excitement and overall chances of winning.

2018 March Madness tips-off on March 13th with 68 teams and ends with the national championship on April 2nd. 68 collegiate basketball teams will compete through the first two rounds for a chance to play in The Sweet Sixteen, The Elite Eight, The Final Four and the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship Game in San Antonio, Texas.

2018 March Madness Schedule

Ennect is a Sales and Marketing Game Changer
Companies can use an online sweepstakes app to build brand excitement, create sales leads and grow contact lists. The Ennect Online Sweepstakes app is an inexpensive, easy-to-use marketing tool that should be a starting player on all sales and customer service teams.

Learn more about how people are using Ennect Online Sweepstakes for research, fundraisers and many other events.

Turn Your St. Patrick’s Day Festival into a Pot of Gold with Ennect Online Registration Software

Posted on | February 19, 2018 | No Comments

Online Event Registration for St. Patrick's Day festivals

St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here, have you started your event planning yet? Let Ennect Event help you turn this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festival into a pot of gold.  Ennect Event do-it-yourself online marketing software can help with all of the following St. Patrick’s Day party logistics and more:

  • Sign up members and volunteers for parade day duty.
  • Register attendees and collect the amounts and sizes of party swag such has leprechaun top hats and shamrock tee-shirts.
  • Help determine the amount of green libations and food that will be needed for an epic celebration all on one simple online registration form.
  • Conveniently collect registration fees online.
  • Send out confirmation emails and party agendas to event registrants.
  • And much more.

Let us also help with the party conversation, here is a bit of Irish history from and that will make you as knowledgeable as St. Patrick himself:

  • Around 300BC, Iron Age warriors known as the Celts came to Ireland from mainland Europe.
  • Following the arrival of Saint Patrick and other Christian missionaries in the early to mid-5th century, Christianity took over the indigenous pagan religion by the year 600 AD.
  • The Vikings founded, Dublin, Ireland’s capital city in 988.
  • St. Patrick’s Day began in 1631 with a Church sanctioned feast honoring the Patron Saint of Ireland.
  • Green officially became the color of St. Patrick’s Day in 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion.

Learn more about Ennect Event online event management and registration software for successful celebrations all year round.

Social Media News and Tech Industry Updates For Online Event Management Software Users

Posted on | February 8, 2018 | No Comments


Here is another round of social media updates and tech industry news for the online event management community and do-it-yourself online event registration software users. This update includes news on Facebook’s creepy obsession with lazy users, Snapchat’s new face lenses tool and how Twitter is vanquishing those darn bots.  Enjoy the update and learn more about social media usage for online event management success.

Google Unveils Default Ad-Blocker for Chrome (TheGuardian)
Google launched it’s default ad blocker to combat intrusive ads on the Chrome browser.

“A big source of frustration is annoying ads: video ads that play at full blast or giant pop-ups where you can’t seem to find the exit icon,” – Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, vice president for Chrome.

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts (New York Times)
More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.

Snapchat Rolls Out Face Lenses (TheVerge)
Snapchat is rolling out new features including a new tool to create custom face lenses and new text caption styles for your snaps. Lenses are AR masks that overlay your face with details like puppy ears, flower crowns, and the all important vomiting rainbow. The lenses start from $9.99 and go up depending on the size of the location you’ve chosen (covering anywhere from 20,000 to 5 million square feet), duration of the lens, and other factors.

Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back (Bloomerg)
The social network is getting aggressive with people who don’t log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers.

“The content of mail they send is essentially trying to trick you,” said Gorantala, 35, who lives in Chile. “Like someone tried to access my account so I should go and log in.”

Obtaining Positive Event Registration Flux from Seeding the Social Media Ecosystem (Ennect)
So you’ve created your event registration landing page and sent out your email invitations using an uber-effective event management software. What’s next? Try creating some extra attention and positive event registration flux using social media.

Digital Event Management Tools for a Successful 2018 Event Season!

Posted on | January 24, 2018 | No Comments

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One of Ennect’s partner organizations is, which happens to be one of Pittsburgh’s largest online event directories and during a recent chat with the team, they noted an upward trend in event postings and believed that this year’s Pittsburgh conference, trade show and seminar season was going to be epic. Pittsburgh event venues like the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh and the nearby Monroeville Convention Center have recently unveiled their 2018 slate of exciting conferences, trade-shows and seminars, so be sure to check out these venues and their 2018 events.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is  a 1,500,000-square-foot convention, conference and exhibition complex located in downtown Pittsburgh. Major 2018 shows and events include:

The Monroe Convention Center is located about 13 miles east of Pittsburgh and always hosts some of the most anticipated events of the year.  Popular events include:

So whether you are a small business hosting a seminar or large venue holding major events, now is the time to launch some PR, fire out those event communications and begin online event registration. This year consider online marketing software or a do-it-yourself event management software with digital hybrid solutions that include email, survey, sweepstakes and of course online registration for a successful event season.

Ennect and wish all event professionals and attendees a successful, safe and productive event season. Happy Eventing!

An Online Event Marketing Resolution for the New Year

Posted on | January 10, 2018 | No Comments

Online Event Marketing Resolution for the New Year

2018 is here and so is your new slate of company events. As an event professional, you should propose a New Year’s resolution to make your job easier by utilizing online event registration and management tools. Whether you are managing multiple conferences and trade shows, hosting customer appreciation events, or running monthly educational seminars – a user-friendly online event management software will surely help you maintain order with event related processes, payments and logistics.

Here are some must have features when choosing a do-it-yourself online event management software program:

  • A robust online registration portal
  • A CMS to create and maintain custom event websites
  • Powerful engine to send email invitations
  • Automated confirmations
  • convenient online payment options
  • Data rich detailed reports
  • Post-event survey templates

Don’t relive last year’s late-night planning sessions and irate attendee voicemails. This year, quell event chaos with online marketing software and truly embrace event marketing success.

“Ennect is a great solution for a small business in the confusing big world of social media and online registration.” Kathy Stevens, educational programming director.

Learn more about Ennect’s digital marketing tools and fall in love with your job all over again!

The Emarketing Blog: Readers’ Choice Top Ten Digital Marketing Blog Posts of 2017

Posted on | January 4, 2018 | No Comments

Readers' Choice Top Ten Marketing Blog Posts of 2016 It’s that time of year again, a time when “Top 10’s” and “Best of Lists” are making major headlines. In keeping with media tradition, we would like to present the Top Ten Emarketing Blog Posts of 2017! The top 10 list is based on the overall blog traffic of our readers and social media engagement and shares.

Our blog analytics team revealed that the following topics caught the attention of our readers the most in 2017:

  • Online Digital Event Management
  • Going Retro on Web and Digital Marketing Design
  • Do-it-yourself Event Registration Tools
  • The 10th Birthday of the Hashtag

So here we go, The Top Emarketing Blog Posts of 2017!

#10 – Planning St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations with Ennect Online Event Management Software
Can you hear the faint sound of bagpipes in yonder glen? If so, it’s time to start planning your St. Patrick’s Day events with Ennect online marketing softwareFebruary 2017
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#9 – Happy 10th Birthday to the Social Media Hashtag!
We just wanted to wish our dear friend, the social media #hashtag, a very Happy 10th Birthday!  For a decade you’ve helped us focus and enhance our social media messaging. – August 2017
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#8 – The Great Marketing Horse Races of 2017
If you look at marketing budgets year after year, they sort of resemble a grand horse race like the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes or Preakness – May 2017
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#7 – Do You have what it takes to be a digital event marketing sheriff and corral online event registration chaos?
Hey there Pardner, word around here is that you want to wear that shiny event marketing badge and become the new digital sheriff in town. – April 2017
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#6 – Social Media for Predicting The Weather and Event Planning Success!
A recent tech article in the U.K. Sun reported that social media behavior can be used to predict future events including the weather. – July 2017
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#5 – Social Media or Not, Here We Post: Those Scary Facebook Folks
According to an article by Jared Bennet of the Center for Public Integrity, Facebook is working overtime to capture and track your every smile and frown along with every wink and blink. – August 2017
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#4 – Simplicity in Event Website Design Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Retro 90’s
The New York Times recently published an article titled “The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s” that shows us that there is a unique and almost punk-rock renaissance of pre-millennium (Y2K) website design optics. –  July 2017
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#3 – The Journey Begins With Online Event Registration
Event professionals should remember that a person’s journey begins with event registration and it should be as easy as possible for them to sign up for event bliss. – January 2017
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#2 – Easily Fill Event Seats with Online Marketing Software and Event Registration Tools
Think about it, you can’t really have a successful event without attendees – right?.  – January 2017
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#1 – Complete the Cycle of Digital Event Management with Online Attendee Surveys
Congratulations on your event success, but your job as an event planner is not over! You need to ride that celebratory wave of event success and capture post event sentiment with a do-it-yourself online post event survey.
May 2017
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Our Most Shared and Social Media Engaging Blog Posts of 2017

  1. Preparing for Future Digital Marketing Trends and Social Media Disruptions, Part 1
  2. Google Tax, Facebook Global Domination and The Millennial Question of Wi-Fi vs. Clean Underwear
  3. Simplicity in Event Website Design Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Retro 90’s
  4. Planning St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations with Ennect Online Event Management Software

Thank you for visiting The Emarketing blog in 2017 and keep clicking through in 2018.

Read the 2016 Top Blog list and 2015 Top Blog list and learn how Ennect do-it-yourself marketing software can help achieve your 2017 marketing goals.

Preparing for Future Digital Marketing Trends and Social Media Disruptions, Part 2

Posted on | December 7, 2017 | No Comments

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In a recent blog post we explored how Millennials and Generation Z are setting digital trends and causing marketing disruptions everyday and online marketers and social media gurus need to be able to quickly pick up the social media trends. Our earlier blog post discussed Facebook and YouTube trends and part 2 of the blog will discuss screen time and how the young folks feel about being connected to their devices.

Screen(s) Time
Did you know that Gen Zers use up to five different screens (smartphone, TV, laptop, desktop and IPod/IPad) over the course of the day and evening?  Marketers need to be designing for and targeting the right digital devices and social media platforms to get their message across.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?… Depends on How You Feel
Some Gen Zers are going all in because they can’t stand to be away from their social media accounts and digital devices. According to CTAM, 79% of Gen Z displays symptoms of emotional distress when kept from their personal electronic devices.

On the other side, some young folks are going total social media blackout mode because they don’t like the way social media makes them feel, there are even studies out there linking Facebook to depression.

Digital 411
Check out some of these digital marketing industry articles and stats on social media and technology that might cause digital marketers to review and possibly re-adjust their game plan.

  • 15 Stats on How Gen-Z Spends Their Time on Social Media and Mobile Messaging (
  • More Than 11 Million Young Folks Have Left Facebook Since 2011 (Time)
  • 10 Tips For Marketing To Gen Z On Social Media: Master The Art Of Snapchat (Forbes)
  • Why Teens are Tiring of Facebook (CNET)
  • So Long Social Media: The Kids Are Opting Out of the Online Public Square (The Conversation)
  • That’s another story… Snapchat as a higher education marketing tool (AHA)
  • The 11 Generation Z Statistics Advertisers Must Know (MediaKix)
  • Why Some Millennials Are Breaking Away from Smartphones (The Emarketing Blog)

As mentioned earlier in the blog –  It’s getting complicated out there. To stay on top of the latest Generation Z digital marketing trends and disruptions, please visit for some digital marketing enlightenment.

Have an Eco-friendly and Sustainable Holiday Season with Ennect Online Do-it-yourself Digital Marketing Tools

Posted on | November 28, 2017 | No Comments

Holiday Email Greetings

Welcome to our annual eco-friendly, highly-sustainable, holiday greetings blog post about going green this holiday season. Ennect online do-it-yourself marketing apps and tools are the perfect way to obtain that holiday “green” spirit this season. Ennect offers paperless options for digital business holiday email blasts, end of the year online customer or employee surveys, web-based company holiday event registrations and exciting online holiday sweepstakes.

Each year we like to offer up a few cool ideas on how to share season’s greetings and be mindful of our environment. Check out some of these innovative ways to have an eco-friendly Christmas and a wonderful holiday celebration from recycling gurus ecocycle:

Use e-Holiday Greetings
Holiday emails obviously save paper and postage and a single email blast from Ennect can easily blanket all of your clients, staff and partners in sincere seasons greetings.  Don’t have time to create a holiday email?  Contact Ennect and we can design a festive holiday greeting and send it for you. And if you do use paper greetings try and reuse the cards as next year’s gift tags or place-setting cards.

Wrap it & Pack it Eco-Style
Wrapping paper is difficult to recycle because of its high-clay and low-paper content.  Instead, get creative and choose reused/reusable alternatives like comics, posters, maps, blueprints, or calendars (all recyclable), fabric, reusable paper or cloth gift bags, bandannas, etc. For shipping, replace foam or bubble wrap with balled up newspaper or magazine pages.

Reduce Food Waste
Roughly 40% of all the food grown in the U.S. is thrown away. Prevent waste with careful planning with the  “Guest-imator” tool from Stick to your shopping list. If there are leftovers, encourage guests to take them home in reusable containers and freeze the rest for an easy meal on another day.

Don’t Give “Stuff”
Instead of buying new products or things for your friends and loved ones, give meaningful gifts that will enhance their lives. Some ideas:

  • Give experiences in the form of gift cards to museums, parks, or the movies.
  • Give something edible; make a dessert or a healthy snack packaged in reusable mason jars.
  • Give products that will help your friends and family go green, such as mugs, or reusable lunch containers.

Read past Emarketing holiday blogs below for tips and tricks for a greener winter celebration and learn more about going paperless with Ennect online marketing software, apps and tools.

It’s Not Too Late to Use Email Greetings to Spread Joy and Save the World

Have a Holly, Jolly, Greener Holiday This Year with Email Greetings

Go Zero Waste this Holiday with Do-it-yourself Event Management and Email Greetings

Happy Holidays from Ennect!

They’ve Done It! Twitter Increases Messaging from 140 to 280 Characters Providing So Much More Room!

Posted on | November 15, 2017 | No Comments

In a recent Emarketing blog post titled, Twitter’s 280 Character Increase Could Be A Boon For Online Event Management, we discussed how event planners would benefit in many ways from a Twitter character increase from 140 to 280. Well, Twitter has finally done it and 280 characters is now the new reality. So what do we do with all of this room? Well, a line from Brennan Huff in the movie Step Brothers comes to mind, “It will give us so much extra space in our room to do activities!” So go ahead, get a little crazy and load up on hashtags, include more shout outs and go long with your tweets!

So why did Twitter do it? Here are the three main reasons Twitter provided for the new character increase:

  • Easier to Tweet
  • Keeping Twitter’s brevity
  • Engagement

Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data, we’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue. – Twitter Product Manager, Aliza Rosen

Here are some mixed reactions from the Twittersphere to the new 280 characters:

Stephen King & JK Rowling Slam Twitter’s New Character Limit (
No one is more excited about Twitter’s new 280-character limit than New York Yankee Didi Gregorius  (
Manchester City Utilize Twitter’s New 280 Characters in the Best Way Yet (
COOKIE (@MeCookieMonster)

Cookie Monster Tweet

For the decision behind 280, read Giving you more characters to express yourself  by Twitter Product Manager, Aliza Rosen.

To learn more about social media and twitter for online event management and registration support visit The Emarketing Blog.

I bet you never thought you would read a blog that included the New York Yankees, Stephen King, Cookie Monster, Harry Potter, soccer and the movie Step Brothers all in one place.



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