The International Society for Technology in Education (“ISTE”) is the premier membership association for educators and thought leaders on the cutting edge of technology in teaching. We’re huge fans of education, from Jedi training to Harvard PhDs which makes us super excited to announce our partnership with ISTE.
ISTE members include individuals, affiliate organizations, and corporations:
If you are an organization focused on delivering or implementing technology in education then what are you waiting for? Join ISTE today!
We’re pleased to introduce Christopher Holland (@stomptokyo) as our new Execution Director.
Chris hails from Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and several dozen Disney Princess dolls. Chris started one of the very first movie review blogs (long before the word “blog” existed), Stomp Tokyo. The site was hailed by the New York Times as “a place to indulge one’s questionable cinematic taste.” Chris and his co-author Scott Hamilton published a compendium of reviews entitled Reel Shame: Bad Movies and the Hollywood Stars Who Made Them.
Chris fell in love with event marketing while on staff at the Austin Film Festival. He then spent six years working with hundreds of film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and Fantastic Fest as the Director of the Festival Genius project at B-Side Entertainment. In 2008 Chris wrote a marketing and festival strategy handbook for filmmakers called Film Festival Secrets. He has helped dozens of filmmakers take their films to successful runs on the festival circuit.
In his new role, Chris will help organizers find and implement Sched.org’s software and services for their events.
"I’m really looking forward to working with all kinds of events to improve the attendee experience and reduce organizer workload. Sched.org shifts the focus from running a website to running a great event.”
- Chris Holland
What’s In This Post?
One of the features event organizers love is the ability to add calls to action for their attendees with the Custom Button field. The custom button is typically used for handling external links to evaluations, RSVP’s and registration pages.
Well now, if you you place an Eventbrite link in the Custom Button field, you will receive a special treat: your registration page embedded right on your Sched.org application. This update allows your attendees to perform the reservation or registration while on your site browsing the schedule, speakers and all sorts of other content. The widget shows all over the schedule including in the tooltip windows and on the dedicated session pages.
Your attendees can now also connect their Eventbrite account and automatically synchronize their Eventbrite registrations with your event so that those sessions will be updated on their personal schedules!
These updates are ideal for film festivals, music festivals (especially with showcase formats) and other events where additional registrations are required.
What do you think of this integration? Any suggestions to make it even better?
Every event has it’s net promoters:
Now it’s easier than ever to let those attendees do your marketing for you with the Sched.org public embeds!
The embeds will allow your attendees to easily share not only the overall event schedule but also their personalized plans! It’s great way to help build an audience for your event by tapping into your attendees’ and partners’ networks.
What’s In This Post?
You can now easily embed your sched.org website into your event’s website, just like a YouTube video. The embed will allow you to retain your conference or festival’s branding and give you added flexibility to either replace pages on your website or enhance your existing site. This is a great solution for those not familiar with HTML/CSS and let’s your Sched.org site easily adopt your event’s branding.
The embed code is extremely flexible and available with variety of flavors including with or without the Sched.org sidebar, with or without a fixed width and is incredibly easy to implement. Simply copy a small snippet of code to a page on your website and voila! You now have your Sched.org tools embedded on your website!
You can use the Sched.org embeds to replace portions of your website or simply to enhance your existing pages. For example, you could replace your existing static speaker directory with Sched.org’s dynamic speaker directory or embed a speaker’s presenting schedule directly on your event website’s page dedicated to that speaker.
The embeds also allow you to control the default view you choose to have your attendees interact with. For example, instead of the sched.org default view, you could embed the Grid View as the default view for your schedule.
The embed code is accesible in the administrative portion of your Sched.org site. You can find the code directly in the Dashboard or in Settings » Embed
You’ve asked for it and now we’ve got it: monthly plans with unlimited events (conferences, festivals, meetings, etc). The monthly plans are ideal for those looking to offer five star solutions with a half-star budget. The unlimited plans are great for anyone planning more than one event and for organizations interested in offering our tools for attendees at smaller scale events like internal meetings.
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One of the more interesting aspects of running a software business is learning to iterate to improve your products. The iterations occur based off a feedback loop and one of the things we noticed in the behavior of our sites is that attendees would come to our marketing website targeted to event organizers. They would proceed to sign up for our free package under the assumption they were creating an account for the specific conference or festival. In reality, they were creating entire duplicate sites of existing events when all they wanted to do was create a personal schedule.
We were a little confused by this. We put in many safeguards to try and prevent this specific behavior including an Event Organizer verification page but attendees continued to come to our marketing website and create duplicate event packages.
After reviewing some data, one of the things we discovered is that many users would come to our marketing website and manually type in “sched.org/login” so we created a page that existed at this URL with some great new functionality.
This new page allows you to log in to the sched.org marketing site, see all the events you’ve attended and all the events where you’ve been assigned a role like a Speaker. It doesn’t yet have everything we want it to have, but it’s a great start for something that never before existed!
The Sched.org content management system has been listed and reviewed as one of the fantastic web apps that help solve the problems of event organizers!
Sched.org allows event organisers to manage their schedule of events; create and maintain a website; and integrate social networking and mobile access.
Head on over to Product Web Apps to check out the review and give your own rating!