For many organizations, events are critical when it comes to reaching important fundraising and revenue goals.

Luckily, the time for smart event management and planning is now. New technologies make it easier than ever to not only plan and execute your events, but to efficiently collect payments and donations.

First, have guests register and pre-pay online

Consider creating an online event page to highlight your event and register attendees.

If you’re hosting a paid event, enable your guests to pre-pay or donate using PayPal as part of your registration process. This can help reduce payment pain for them and for you.

Plus, having folks pre-pay makes their commitment to attend stronger, and it gives you early insight into how you’re tracking against your goals. That way you can expand your invitation list if needed or close registration when your goals are met or you reach capacity.

Second, offer attendees a painless payment solution

A smart payment strategy makes collecting money at the door or during your event easy. That’s where new mobile payment systems like mobile credit and debit card readers are making a transformative difference.

Mobile card readers like PayPal Here involve a small piece of plastic that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Requiring just minutes to set up and begin using, this unassuming hardware contains a slot where a credit card can be swiped — allowing you to easily collect payments and donations during your event.

For your attendees, it’s just like swiping their card at the grocery store or gas station. Once their card is swiped, they simply sign using the mobile device’s touch screen and choose whether they’d like a receipt via email or text. It’s that simple!

The funds you get from each swipe are also added to your account in just minutes. Rather than recording pledges that can take weeks of time and labor to collect, mobile card readers help you get paid on the spot.

Transform event planning for financial success

On September 17th, EventSpot and PayPal are co-hosting a free live webinar: “How to Increase Event Attendance and Ensure Financial Success.”

The purpose of the webinar is simple: to give you the training you need to execute well-attended, financially successful events.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of online registration vs. offline registration
  • How to set up smart registration forms to maximize attendance and collect valuable data
  • How to simplify and streamline the payment and donation process during registration and at the event

Secure your spot today! Register now.