For entrepreneurs and professionals, meeting other industry members is an essential component of establishing a business' brand awareness. The modern conference and event circuit provides a variety of opportunities to meet new potential customers and partners.

However, planning and running these events is never as easy as it seems. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools available to help conference organizers and event planners take the attendee experience to the next level.

Here are some essential tools to help you plan and run a killer event:

1. Keep things simple with BusyConf

Let's be honest. Planning an event is a daunting task — even for experienced professionals. Organizers need basic tools to simplify the planning process, from managing schedules to sending speaking proposals to creating websites for the public.

That's the approach that BusyConf is taking. The tool focuses on the early stages of managing an event and provides the tools organizers need to make sure everything is in place ahead of time. Most importantly, the platform provides tools to streamline ticketing and registration, ensuring you have a strong turnout when doors open.

2. Customize the social experience with AppMyDay

Until now, there hasn't been an easy way for corporate event planners to bring the features of all social platforms into one experience.

Fortunately, there's AppMyDay. This tool provides a platform to create a native app experience for events. Planners can create a customized branded app with the same look and feel of the organization. The platform is available as a standalone app or as a white label solution.

End users are provided with a unified social stream of posts including chats, photos, and videos. Behind the scenes, the organizer can access real-time social analytics to see how the event is going and direct traffic to where it needs to go.

3. Help professionals connect with Whova

It's clear that networking and building new contacts is one of the most important elements of any conference or event.

This is one of the main focuses of Whova, a platform for event organizers that helps attendees plan their experience with a focus on meeting contacts and maximizing their opportunities to participate in the right sessions and panels.

The app has a built-in system that allows attendees to network ahead of time and provides an overview of key attendees' social profiles. Guests can plan who they want to meet and begin networking before the event has even started.

4. Create an all-in-one experience with DoubleDutch

Every planner and attendee has multiple details to keep track of during a conference or event. As a leading player in the space, DoubleDutch helps event planners create branded experiences — that cover all of the bases — for attendees.

With features such as attendee polling and real-time updates, the apps created with the DoubleDutch platform give event-goers all the information they need to have the best experience possible.

5. Look at the big picture with eventScribe

f you need a powerful platform to manage everything, look no further than eventScribe. It focuses on the needs of event planners and aims to provide solutions for all of their concerns, from organizing the event to building native apps for attendees. The service also helps users efficiently manage event data, including information for both speakers and attendees.

Though planning and managing an event can be stressful, there are plenty of tools available to streamline the planning process. When organizing your next event, think about the ways technology can help you maximize your event's potential.

Do you have a favorite tool to simplify the event planning process? Let me know in the comments.

Published on: Sep 24, 2015