Tips for A Successful (And Fun) Company Event
There’s a lot of benefits to hosting a company event. They can help to cement your branding, connect you with your audience, and can help to galvanise your workforce. But of course, hosting an event isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks. It takes time and effort — and especially if you want to make your event as fun as possible (and really, who doesn’t?!). Fortunately, there are plenty of tried and tested tips you can follow that’ll push you in the right direction. Take these tips, and you’ll be well on your way towards holding an event that your attendees love — and which ultimately benefits your business.
You might get lucky and have an awesome event even though you’ve done everything last minute. But that’ll be unlikely. As with most things, the more time you give yourself to prepare for the event, the more likely it’ll be that you’ll have a successful day. There’s always a lot more things that have to be taken care of than you realise. If you’re in no rush, then you’ll have time to get things organised — and you won’t just get things done, you’ll get things done to a high standard.
Rally the Troops
You won’t be able to organise the event all on your own. But even if you could, you wouldn’t want to. Events work best when there are plenty of different people involved in the process — plus, it’s more fun to do things this way. Of course, the people that should work on the event will be your employees. By that, we mean during the development stage of the event, not the event itself. They should enjoy the day just as much — if not more — than other attendees. Making them involved in the planning process will ensure that the event well and truly represents your business. After all, your employees aren’t just company assets; they are the company.
Find a Location
You’ll need to find a place to host your event. If, as expected, your workspace isn’t suitable for hosting events, that is. If you live in a cosmopolitan area, then there’ll be no shortage of options available to you. At that point, you’ll need to think about what type of venue you want to have for your event. Is it going to be outside? Is it going to be in a trendy hotspot? Or perhaps you’d prefer to host the venue in a minimally decorated place so you can put your own stamp on things. While you’ll have an idea of the type of venue you’re looking for, remember to think logically — you’ll need a place that can hold the number of visitors you’re looking for and somewhere that’s easily accessible.
Bring the Fun
You might hope for some corporate outcomes from your event (in fact, you should). However, it’s important to ensure that you’re not making your event, well, boring. Unless you work in a naturally glamorous industry, you’ll probably struggle to build the event exclusively around your business. That can be the core, but it can’t be everything! To keep people engaged and interested while they’re there, you’ll need to bring the fun. You can do this in any number of ways, including hiring a DJ, serving drinks, having interactive games, and so on.
Add a Surprise
As well as having a broadly fun atmosphere at your event, it’ll be a good idea to look at adding a surprise or two. This can help to move your event from ‘good’ to ‘great.’ People will remember the event for all the right reasons! For example, you could look at setting off fireworks towards the end of the event. If you do this, then learn how to photograph fireworks, so you can post pictures of the display on your social media channels. You may also surprise the attendees by handing out goodie bags that include freebies or samples of your products, among others.
After the Event
Finally, remember that hosting the event is only half the job. The other half of the work will take place once the event is done and dusted. You’ll have generated plenty of interest in your company during the event; once it’s over, it’ll be up to you to capitalise on the success of the event by following up with this interest. You might just find that you’re able to bring many more customers on board, but that’ll only happen if you go out of your way to strike while the iron is hot.