We’ve all been there: sitting at your computer screen, mindlessly scrolling, and just waiting for that spark of inspiration to hit you. When you’re planning an event, it can be tough to impress event attendees while constantly racking your brain on how to keep things fresh. When you’re often working overtime just to plan your event in the first place, let us help out. We’ve compiled a list of five unique resources to inspire and reignite ideas for your event, whether it’s in-person, hybrid, or virtual.
It’s probably no surprise that social media is an endless hub for event inspiration, but what really matters is what platforms you’re on and how you’re utilizing them to their full potential. If you’ve found your way to this blog, you already have a grasp on how to navigate the Internet and likely have an account on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. With these being some of the most popular social media platforms, hundreds of thoughts and ideas are put on display on a daily basis and it's a great place to start to collect event inspiration. Start looking under popular hashtags like #eventinspiration, #events, and #eventprofs to find accounts that inspire you.
However, if you’re looking to dig a bit deeper, consider adding Pinterest to your rotation. Just type in any keyword into the search bar, and you’ll find an endless stream of photos come up. If you benefit from being able to visualize your event and neatly organize inspiration photos into categories, this is the platform for you. Also, if you’re already on Facebook or want to join, look into the various Facebook groups offered that are designed for event producers. Here you can also exchange ideas with other event producers and request advice tailored to your specific event. This is one of the best ways that you can seek further support, keep the conversation going, and also build relationships with others.
Browse Online Event Ticketing Platforms
The event industry landscape is constantly growing and evolving, with more and more producers joining the space every year. Your colleagues can often be the best source of event inspiration when it comes to finding out what works and what doesn’t. An easy way to check-in is simply by browsing online event ticketing platforms. Search by events in your location, or those who fit your similar event category. What type of venues are they using to host their events? How are they transforming the space with decor to match the theme of their event? Asking yourself questions like these can help inspire you for what you should do for your next event. Just make sure to put your own personalized twist on it to make it unique!
Reading reputable blogs is a great place to find event inspiration. Pay attention to topics that are regularly posted about (or those that are rarely posted about) to keep up with current trends and what’s rising into popularity. Do a quick search and you’ll see just how many blog pages are available for you at your fingertips. To narrow it down, check with your colleagues to see which ones they actively follow and would recommend.
Podcasts are an underrated way to get in some quality information about the events industry and planning your event. They’re often an easy listen that you can just turn on when you’re cleaning the house, walking the dog, etc. and just let the ideas flow to you. While there are many that are specifically directed to event producers, also consider thinking a little more outside of the box for event inspiration. If your hobbies (like science, movies, and so on) inspire you, also seek out podcasts on those topics to get those creative juices flowing.
When all else fails, take a step back and let your surroundings inspire you. Stepping into the venue where your event will be held can help to spark new ideas of how you can transform the space to be your own. Look into the location of your venue. Is there some kind of unique or historical aspect to the place where the event is being held? Leverage that for storytelling through your event. You can also turn to your audience themselves and ask what they would like. After all, they hold the key to what would truly entice them to attend your event. All in all, event inspiration can really come from anywhere, you just have to put your mind to it.
Now that you've got the inspiration for your event, now you can put that plan into action. When you're done planning, don't forget to set up online ticketing for your event. Schedule a demo with one of our highly skilled event experts to learn how you can set up ticketing for your event in less than 60 seconds.