Snapchat’s Newest Feature Snap Map for Trending Events

Here at ABCey Events, we like to stay up to date on all the latest event and social media trends! Last week Snapchat launched their newest feature Snap Map, and continues to lead the way as the one of the most innovative social media platforms. Snap Map allows anyone to connect with nearby users and trending events. Read on for tips on how to use Snap Map to find the hottest trending events!


How Snap Map works:

Its easy to get started! Open the app, simply pinch to zoom out, and view the map. Once you are on the map, you will notice “Actionmojis”  which are friends choosing to share their location with you.

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Beyond friends, Snap Map highlights trending events happening nearby.  You will also notice “heat” colors on the map which indicate the amount of snaps being uploaded at an event. The more snap stories uploaded through the our story feature the “hotter” the event!

Snap Map is an entirely new way to browse content and discover the most popular events. It connects you with friends and nearby users seeking adventure! We love the Snap Map feature because it helps us stay in touch with friends and broadcast our most popular events! What will Snapchat come up with next?


Have you tried Snap Map? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook or Twitter!

 

 


Bandsintown: the #1 rated concert app for iOS and Android

One of the most beloved forms of entertainment is live music. Did you know concerts can be enjoyed throughout your city everyday? ABCey Events loves to stay in the know on all the upcoming concerts, events, and happenings here in the Bay Area, and this is concert app is great for that! Bandsintown is also user friendly on both iOS and Android! This awesome app makes concert searching a breeze by allowing you to track your favorite artists and receive alerts when they are in town!


Features of the concert app, Bandsintown

Scan Your Music Library

Make finding your favorite bands in town an easy process!bandisintown This free app scans your music libraries, like SpotifyiTunesGoogle PlaySoundcloudDeezer, and Rdio to find the artists and genres you enjoy.  Also, this app tells you about great artists and DJ’s headed your way. Because Bandsintown connects with your Facebook and Twitter, you can discover similar artists to the ones you love!

Bandsintown concert app

RSVP to Your Concert Event

Bandsintown lets you to keep track of the shows you have RSVP’d to.  Wheather you are just interested or actually attending, this app keeps you in the know of events coming up! Once you’ve RSVP’d, your calendar will sync with Bandsintown so you never miss a show! Don’t forget to share your concert details with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Get Your Tickets

Once you browse Bandsintown to find the upcoming tour dates of your favorite artists, you can easily purchase tickets through hundreds of ticket sites like Ticketmaster, LiveNation, and Eventbrite. Additionally, they offer in app purchases to make it extremely easy to get your reservations on time! If there is any issue with ticket sales, there is a Feedback button to report any ticketing mistakes. Bandsintown works with Desk.com so you get fast and helpful service for any “concert going needs”.


With living in such a passionate age for live music, this concert app works hard to connect us to the artists we love! Do you love Bandsintown as much as we do? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.


How Waze’s New Events Program Can Help Avoid Traffic

Waze has long been one of our favorite navigation apps, providing users with real-time traffic information. For those who don’t already use this amazing service,  Waze is the largest community based app that shares real time traffic and gives you “Waze” to avoid traffic. If you love this app as much as we do and events for that matter, you’ll be super excited to hear about their new feature. Read below to find more about their Global Events Partner Program!


How can people use this new Waze feature?

With Waze’s newly implemented Global Events Partner Program, users can avoid traffic caused by events! However, that’s not all. This can also potentially help out event proffesionals in more ways than you think!

1. For Partners

Partner up with Waze to create a better road. By alerting Waze of your event, you can create better experiences for your guests as well as others! With this app, attendees will know how to get to your event and where to park. In addition, it shows you the best and nearest parking lots and you’ll be alerting non-attending Wazers to stay away from the event venue to create better traffic flow!  Apply for the Waze Global Event Partners to prevent traffic for everyone!

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2. For Attendees

Don’t get stuck in traffic while you’re going to an event!  Download this app to know which alternate route is your best option to avoid road closures, changes, and traffic delays.

Waze

How does it give you this information? Since this app is community based, the information is obtained collectively from other users. When users turn on the app, it can detect traffic by calculating how fast people are going and if you’re going slower than normal, then other users will be alerted and rerouted to avoid traffic!

3. For Wazers

Outsmart traffic caused by events! You may not mean to get into it, but sometimes it happens. We know the troubles and want to help you prevent that from happening. Since you Wazers already know how beneficial this app can be, make sure to keep the app on to avoid event traffic and help others get there faster by steering clear of the area.

Waze

Learning how to beat traffic is a must and with this app, and it’s easier than ever! You’ll get all the information you need while you’re on the road!

Would you partner up with Waze to try this awesome new feature? Let us know if the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


5 Apps Every Event Planner Needs

It’s no secret that event planning can be stressful. From endless checklists to piles of receipts to long guests lines, there just doesn’t seem to be an end to it! However, at ABCey, we believe that with the right tools, your event planning experience can be stress-free! For that reason, we have compiled a list of 5 amazing apps that will surely make planning your events smooth and easy!


1. Wunderlist

Simplify your planning process with Wunderlist! This app allows you to easily manage and share your daily to-do lists with colleagues. By setting due dates and task reminders, you will easily complete important projects on time! Furthermore, you can organize these projects and lists into folders with a simple drag and drop. Jot down tasks while on the go, as Wunderlist is available on all major devices!

Wunderlist App

2. Basecamp

Use Basecamp to stay on top of all your work, schedules, and colleagues! Having launched Version 3 in 2015, Basecamp offers a variety of features to ensure everyone on your event team stays on the same page. At ABCey, we love that Basecamp has a variety of features such as message boards, group chats, schedules, notifications, web-based text documents and file sharing. Basecamp makes communication and organizing your team easier and faster than ever before! So sign up here and watch your event team work efficiently together!

Basecamp App

3. Boomset

Put an end to headaches that come with long guest lines by using Boomset! This essential tool creates a seamless check-in experience for your guests. Not only can you import contacts onto your guest lists, but you can also let your guests check themselves in! In addition, Boomset is also a lead retrieval app, further allowing your guests and vendors to exchange contact information with one another. That being said, don’t wait up and start your free trial now!

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4. Hootsuite

Manage all your social media networks at once with Hootsuite! This convenient app supports social network integration for over 35 popular networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+. With this handy tool, you can post and manage each channel on a single dashboard! Also, save time by scheduling your posts in advance, while using its instant analytics feature to compare your platforms in terms of followers and influencers! Sign up now!

Hootsuite App

5. ScannerPro

Eliminate endless piles of receipts and papers by using ScannerPro! With this app, you can scan documents with a snapshot, convert them to PDFs and email them right away. Users can also resize, crop and edit their documents as they wish! Download ScannerPro now, and turn your phone into a portable scanner!

ScannerPro App

Planning to use any of these apps? Let us know with a comment or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter!


3 Event Networking Apps to Upgrade Your Experience

Over 40 million Americans attend a convention, trade show, or a conference each year. For the attendee, one of the greatest benefits of a business conference is the unlimited access to networking. This is an excellent way to create lasting business relationships, while maximizing on career opportunities and potential. However, in an ocean full of people, how are you supposed to network with the RIGHT ones and how do you sustain these relationships? In the year of tech, there is always a solution, and this solution can be found right at your fingerprints. These 3 networking apps are the greatest new addition to your cellular device and your networking career!


 1. SUMMITSYNC

Summit Sync

For all of our LinkedIn readers you will be very pleased, SummitSync utilizes your LinkedIn login as it’s backbone to connect you to your conference. Once you’re logged in, select your conference and merely swipe left or right across the attendee list to connect with fellow participants who you are interested in networking with. Once a mutual connection is made you are offered a platform of capabilities like in-house messaging, email accessibility, and calendaring tools! Enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) tools also become available and ensure company productivity by recording clientele data to optimize interactions. Oh, and once April hits Google maps and location services will be accessible with the app to cover all grounds!


 

2. CAMCARD

Networking

For all of our earth friendly readers, this is the app for you! There’s no longer a need to bring 20+ business cards to your next networking event when CamCard is just a click a way. Allow CamCard to store your business card so you can go paperless to events while you virtually exchange information at your next meeting, trade show, and/or seminar. Contact cards are quickly and easily stored into the database and provide management efficiency with features like notes, reminders, quick searches, tagging and sharing, and most importantly productivity. Enjoy the convenience of accessing this information anytime and anywhere with iCloud on all of your database platforms.


 

3. CHARLIE

Charlie

While attempting to impress a prospective business relation or employer, you may have competition with the 3 other individuals who are just as prepared and just as interested. However, what your competitors may not have is Charlie, which literally will put you two steps ahead of the game. The Charlie app provides virtual insight prior to any interaction that will enable you to make a lasting impression. Forgot you scheduled a meeting in the midst of the weekend? No worries. This app understands the hectic agenda of a professional and will send you email reminders with pertinent research to ensure you’re fully prepared to present yourself to the best of your ability. Charlie ensures that you’re maximizing all possible opportunities, without you even having to ask!


 

Which one of these networking apps will you be using at your upcoming conference this year? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

Whether you’re hosting a small get-together, big celebration, or just a night in, decisions about food can be difficult to make. Not to worry, we have a great list of apps to ease meal planning! From recipes, to restaurant suggestion,s to food delivery apps we’ve got you covered! We’re excited to try EatWith and their private chefs for our next dinner party!

1. ChefsFeed

ChefsFeed is the inside connection to the best dishes and food culture. They offers chefs a platform to engage with guests, featuring reviews from more than 1,000 chefs in 24 cities. Who doesn’t want the inside scoop from the chefs themselves? Users can read up to date reviews on food and restaurant reviews, check out chefs recommendations and search for reviews by chef, dish, cuisine or keywords.

5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

2. Grubhub

GrubHub is an online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. You can order directly from approximately 35,000 takeout restaurants in more than 900 U.S. cities and London. If your hosting a get together, but don’t feel like cooking, just order in. With Grubhub, food for everyone is just a click away!

5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

 

3. EatWith

EatWith is a community marketplace offering authentic dining experiences in people’s homes in over 150 cities around the world. Through EatWith guests can not only connect with amazing hosts, and enjoy delicious homemade cuisine, but you can also hire a chef for your very own custom private event! You team up with a chef to create an intimate event and personalized menu your guests will not forget!

5 Food Apps to Ease Planning

 

4. Yummly

Yummly is the ultimate kitchen tool and recipe discovery app that combines beautiful pictures with recipes from around the web to make it easier for you cook, eat and share. You can filter recipes by the ingredients you have on hand, create different recipe boxes, and build shopping lists for the week based on the recipes you choose. It’s perfect if you’re hosting a dinner party and plan to cook!

5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

 

5. Evernote Food

Evernote is a great event planning tool we often talk about to stay organized, but there is also food version? Whether you’re organizing recipes, looking for a good place to eat, or just want to lifelog meals, Evernote Food is an ideal companion app. You can save recipes from the web just like Evernote, and so much more!

5 Apps to Ease Meal Planning

 

 

What food apps do you use? Let us know with a comments below or message us on Facebook and Twitter!


5 Apps to Simplify Event Planning!

Event managing is never easy, but with the right tools your planning can be stress-free! Booking venues, hiring vendors, and planning your event size can be managed at the tip of your fingers. ABCey Events has complied 5 apps to simplify event planning for your next occasion!


 

1. Evernote

Get organized in the office or on the go! Evernote is an app that works as a filing cabinet. Brainstorm notes, vendor ideas and important venue research is easily stored, filed, and saved and can be accessed later on different devices. You’ll never have to worry about clutter!

evernote app

 

2. ScannerPro

Scanning important documents has never been so easy! ScannerPro allows users to take pictures through a smart device or phone and create PDF’s. As an event planner, distributing information is key to great communication. You’ll never have to worry about getting to a computer at the last minute to send out files. With ScannerPro, documents are easily shared!

scannerpro app

 

3. Venmo

Writing a check or transferring money directly from your bank account can pose some security issues. Venmo is an app that allows you to transfer money with the click of a button without the worry of theft! Venmo is a third-party platform that safely transfers and stores your money at your command. Simply, request or pay money out to an individual or vendor and cash it out to your personal bank account when ready!

venmo app

 

4. Eventbrite

Hosting a conference or party that involves ticket sales or registration? Eventbrite can help your event run smoothly! Guest lists can be hard to manage with the flow of an event. Eventbrite allows attendees to purchase tickets online and even register via smart device. Go green and make your event paperless! Track statistics and party guests through the app. Share features also allow you to inform family and friends of your event!

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5. Super Planner

Be a super event planner/ manager! Super Planner acts as your personal calculator making sure your event stays on budget with venues, vendors, etc. Nobody likes an overcrowded party, with this app capacity is calculated to the tee! Organize and execute your event without unnecessary space or staffing!

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Execute your events with these 5 apps available in the Apple Store! What do you think of these event planning tools? Let us know with a comment or message us on Facebook or Twitter!

 


3 Music Apps to Turn Up the Beat at Your Event

Playing DJ can be hard. Let ABCey help you out with three recommendations for music apps to keep the tunes going at your next party! If your corporate event has a low budget and you have to cut costs on hiring a DJ, these could also come in handy!  Our favorite is Spotify because of usability and number of options!

1. Spotify

Spotify is the new spin on Pandora. With live streaming of almost any artist you can think of, you can have it all. If you don’t want to make up your own playlist, you can browse the thousands that are pre-created for you! This is perfect for a last minute get together or if you want to find music based on your mood!

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2. 8 Tracks

8 Tracks is also an online streaming platform. Users can create a free account and either listen to top tracks or make their own. Each playlist must consist of at least 8 tracks giving this fun app its name.

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3. Soundcloud

Unlike the other two apps listed above, Soundcloud caters to lesser known artists. Artists and producers can promote their music on Soundcloud and share it with other users! And, it’s free!

Three Music Apps

With so many great options out there, you’re  sure to have tons of  music to choose from! All of these are available on the Apple App Store  and Android Google Play. Let us know if you have used these apps and what you think on Twitter or Facebook!


Get Organized! 2 Helpful Event Planning Apps

Event management is no walk in the park. From vendors, to clients, to caterers, to conferences, to meetings… there’s so many components to planning! Sometimes it’s tough for event managers to stay organized. But with the development of event planning apps such as Wunderlist and Basecamp, there is no doubt an event can flow efficiently! ABCey encourages you to manage your events at the palm of your hands without worry of lost post-it notes or hand written to-do lists!

 


 

1. Wunderlist is an online tool and app that allows you to input tasks and to-do lists for yourself and other colleagues. We recently discovered Wunderlist and in our experience, it has shown to simplify the process of planning! It allows you to check mark what is done, know what needs to be done, and also make separate folders to keep everything organized! It’s a great way to jot tasks down while on the go or even help to overview components of an event.

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 2. BaseCamp is another essential tool for an event planner. Not only does it allow features like Wunderlist, but it also enables you to appoint tasks to fellow colleagues. Communication is made simple with messaging features so you can easily contact your people when important jobs or problems may arise while planning. Communicating with people across country? No problem! BaseCamp even allows the correct time zone to be correlated to fellow business partners. Deadlines will be met accordingly and less stress will dealt with.

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The Wunderlist and BaseCamp apps can definitely simplify an event management job. These are just two of many great tools for event planning. Know any other helpful apps? Let us know with a comment or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

 

 


Life Made Simple: 3 Food Delivery Apps!

Planning a party? Celebrating the Warriors NBA championship this weekend? ABCey encourages you to stress less and celebrate more! Get your favorite foods delivered with apps like Postmates, Caviar, and Crunchbutton for your next hosted event!


 

But wait… What is a food delivery app?

A delivery app allows you to choose your favorite eating spot (from participating restaurants), place an order via smart device, and get it delivered right to your door! It’s as easy as one, two, three… Less worry about hiring a caterer and more time to enjoy your party!

1. Postmates: This app is versatile and easy to use. Looking to order lunch or even make a grocery run? Postmates has got you covered! In under an hour you’ll have what you need to make for a great meal for one or ten!

delivery postmates app

2. Caviar: This service delivers from a wide range of restaurants, commonly used from all corners of the city! Lunch and dinner breaks are made simple. Use it for quick take-out or catering your next event/ business meeting!

delivery caviar app

3. Crunchbutton:  They let you know what restaurants deliver around to your area and simplify your hunt for food. Nobody likes meal-time rush hour. Let someone else do the hard work for you and get your favorite foods delivered to your doorstep with the push of a “Crunchbutton”.

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In this day and age, we aren’t limited to just pizza deliveries. Take advantage of these apps for your lunch, dinner, or hosted party events! Which app do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below or message us on Facebook and Twitter! Or, call ABCey Events and let us do the work for you!