Five Tools For Communicators - Conference and Events Manchester
13 Nov 2017
Create a banner for a conference or event's website or Facebook page, set up a form for pre/post event research, make a video conference with colleagues from the other side of the world, being a corporate communicator means juggling a multitude of tasks ... and tools!
Luckily, in recent years, the development of many user-friendly online applications to aid event management/planning/marketing has meant that there is no need to master web design, HTML or network settings to equip the best features for your site.
Here are five tools that only require an internet connection that will save you time on a daily basis when it comes to planning a conference and event in Manchester with The Bridgewater Hall.
Canva is a design platform which allows you to customise images in as little as three clicks. On this site, you can quickly create documents for web and print purposes, starting from scratch or inspired by many templates (whose dimensions match entirely with social media platforms). The tool is intuitive and straightforward, and the rendering is breathtaking! Beyond the 8,000 customisable templates for free, Canva also includes many royalty free images and others, which you can pay per use (£1 per image).
To learn more visit Canva - available across all web-browsers and systems; particularly useful on iPad and other tablets due to the image clarity and editing features.
Price: Free with access to more than 8,000 templates. Monthly subscription starting from $ 12.95 (more than 300,000 models, photo editor, extensive colour palette and font combinations)
- Crello - web service very freely inspired by Canva, with the added possibility of creating gifs) -
- Photoshop - the software king, requires time to learn but it remains the most to share and save all screen captures tool easily for graphics creation!
Need to make screenshots for your next tutorial? Skitch is a free and easy-to-use tool for capturing all or part of the screen and annotating or drawing on this image. Published by the company Evernote, this program is linked to the note-taking application to easily share and save all screen captures.
To learn more: Skitch - only available on Mac, iPad and iPhone since 2015
- Capture (installed in native on Windows),
- Greenshot (free program for Windows with features equivalent to those of Skitch)
For a long time, forms were dull and depressing pages ... then came the moment of GoogleForm allowing users to edit and distribute engaging research documentation efficiently. The arrival of TypeForm's online form creation service is distinguished by the ergonomics of its interface, "admin" side and user side. Its graphic style is immediately recognisable, refined and fluid, in the current codes of the web. A professional rendering that can be integrated into a website or pop-up and connected to analytics tools (Google Analytics).
For more information: TypeForm - available online + TypeForm Lite on iOS and Android
Price: Free up to 100 responses per month and ten questions per form. Subscription £25 / month with unlimited fields and answers. Pro version at £59 / month for use in white label.
- Google Form (free web service but limited layout features),
- Jotform (web service similar to TypeForm but with a different graphics style)
Need to quickly organise multiple meetings without taking the lead in managing your availability? Calendly is a web tool that allows you to share different options to participants while remaining synchronised in real time with your current calendars (Outlook or Gmail). With the paid version, Calendly also manages the sending of reminders and the creation of group meetings. A must for some to save time!
For more information: Calendly - available across all web-browsers and systems.
Price: Free for one event integrated into Google Calendar or Outlook. Premium version from $ 8 / month for an unlimited number of events and the management of group appointments. Pro version at $ 12 for white label use.
- Freebusy (integrated web service in Outlook or Gmail that allows you to share your availabilities with the recipients of your choice).
A business partner wants to show you their progress, or your colleague would like to "see" you for a quick chat - yet they are not merely at the other end of the office but in a different country or continent! In business, it is often difficult to install video conferencing tools without the authorisation and implementation from the IT department; however, Appear.in allows to organise a videoconference free of charge, without registration or complicated installation (via Chrome, Firefox and Safari); including screen sharing feature. In addition to this, the platform is managed peer-to-peer, thus Appear.in ensures that no data is stored on its servers.
For more information: Appear.In - web service on Chrome, Firefox and Safari
Price: Free: conversation and video screen sharing up to 8 people. Premium version: £ 12 / month to customise the appearance of the platform and have up to 12 participants in a video.
- Skype for Business (program included in Office 365, Skype enterprise version allows group audio and video meetings in a secure environment)
- Google Hangout (service and apps built into Gmail, will enable you to make audio and video group calls for free).
The Bridgewater Hall is a fantastic choice for holding Conferences and Events in Manchester City Centre. There are a variety of rooms that are not only inspiring to be within but also have the space to create interactive events and activities with delegates. The Bridgewater Hall offers a modern and inspiring environment for 5 to 1800 delegates. We have a dedicated Events Team that will support you throughout the planning and performance of the event. In addition to this our state of the art sound and visual technology, present throughout the building, is operated by a team of expert engineers. The building also boasts the best acoustics in the whole of the UK in the beautiful Auditorium. There is no better place to hold an interactive / experiential conference or event than The Bridgewater Hall.