Month: October 2014
Five Last Minute Halloween Costumes!
In a pinch finding a Halloween costume for tonight’s festivities? Don’t fear ABCey Events is here to help you create the perfect Halloween costume (last minute!)
1. Instagram Post
Grab a poster board, print out the Instagram logo, and your profile photo and voila!
2. Pugsley and Wednesday Addams
Put on some tights and tie your hair in braids as you emulate the woeful Wednesday Adams!
Wanna feel a little frilly this Halloween? Why not put on a tutu and become a magical unicorn.
4. Morton Salt Girl
Hear there’s going to be a chance of rain? Don on your favorite yellow dress and a bubbly umbrella and be the Morton Salt girl!
Give your friends the silent treatment tonight with a stripped tee and your best mime moves.
What costume will you be donning this Halloween? Share with us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!
ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco October 31st – November 2nd, 2014
Looking to spend a relaxing weekend on the ice? Or would you rather go crazy on a haunted pirate ship, or take a time machine to the 1930’s? For a Spooktacular weekend, ABCey Events has got you covered! It’s everybody’s favorite topic of the week: ABCey’s Weekend LineUp!
Mr. Nobody’s Spookeasy Halloween Extravaganza
Thursday, October 30th to Sunday, November 2nd | 8PM – 1AM | Great Star Theater, Chinatown | $49
Want to take a trip to the past this Halloween weekend? With a multi-evening experiential destination party, the San Francisco Spookeasy Halloween Extravaganza is taking a a daring and sophisticated spin on Halloween! Located at Chinatown’s Great Star Theatre, the event will take on the Burlesque and Vaudeville era of the 1930’s in a decadent Prohibition-era Speakeasy!
Creatures of the NightLife With Peaches Christ
Thursday, October 30th | 6PM – 10pM | California Academy of Sciences | $12
Zombies, brain dissection, and a dive show?! What more can you ask for to kick off an amazing Halloween Weekend? Stop by the Bay Area Science Festival for an evening of delight and disgust, including an education on the science the behind of vampires, zombies, and other monsters that go bump in the night!
Ghost Ship: An Art-Drenched Halloween
Friday, October 31st | 9PM – 4AM | Pier 70 | $80
Buckle in your strait-jacket and commit yourself to the Asylum! Why not spend this Halloween at the 7th annual Ghost Ship 2014. Strap yourself in for a wild ride and dance the night away this Halloween at Pier 70!
Holiday Ice Skating
Saturday, November 1st | 10AM – 11:30PM | Union Square Ice Rink | $11
Tis the season! Yet again. Kick off the Holiday season, the day after Halloween, by spending a leisurely Saturday on the ice at the Union Square Ice Rink!
Dia de los Muertos Procession & Festival of Altars
Sunday, November 2nd | 6PM – 11PM | Garfield Square | Free
Put on some face paint and join the other deathly figures and make your way down the streets of the Dia de los Muertos Procession and Festival in celebration of lives now gone. The festival features six local groups which have commissioned large-scale community altar installations and over 75 personal altars! (Don’t forget to bring candles, flowers, photos, mementos, food, or drinks to place on the altars).
What will you be doing this weekend? Tell us about your plans in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
5 Last-Minute Halloween Event Decor Ideas
So you’ve sent out the invitations for your awesome Halloween event, but Halloween still managed to sneak up on you this year? Don’t worry because ABCey has you covered with these 5 Last-Minute Halloween Event Decor Ideas!
1. Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Add some color to your party this Halloween with these crafty Melted Crayon Pumpkins! All you need is a white pumpkin, crayons, and a hairdryer to get this psychedelic effect!
2. Ghoulish Lanterns
Light up your Halloween event with these Ghoulish Lanterns! What other faces can you come up with to draw on this creative decor?
3. Mason Jar Mummies
These adorable Mason Jar Mummies might look complex, but don’t be fooled, they only require 4 materials to get the job done!
4. Watermelon Brain
Watch as your guests get squeamish as they reach for this tasty Watermelon Brain. Would you dare to take a bite?
5. Foil Portrait
Probably the easiest of the bunch, the Foil Portrait provides a creepy, ghostlike profile of your loved ones in a matter of seconds with materials you already have at home!
Which one of these last-minute Halloween event decor ideas will you be trying? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
Tech Tuesday: Beyond Verbal’s Moodies
Tech Tuesday highlights the best and brightest ideas in the tech world. ABCey would like to recognize these up and coming technologies for their innovative ideas and impact on the event world!
Event planners now have a new option to gather feedback from attendees with Beyond Verbal’s Moodies, an app that records user’s voice and then analyzes various elements, such as energy, timing, pitch, and volume to determine the person’s emotional state.
Moodies can detect 11 different moods in a 20-second response using Emotions Analytics which is a compilation of mood, attitude, and personalitites. Did we mention this technology has been tested on more than 10,000 people around the world, so the app works across languages and cultures.
Why We Love Moodies: Beyond Verbal’s Moodies can be used throughout the event to watch the ebb and flow of guests’ reactions to various portions of the production. Not only can it provide valuable data about guests, but also about events’ speakers which can ensure they are conveying the right mood to their audience. This app could revolutionize feedback and provide valuable information for event planners!
Would you use Beyond Verbal’s Moodies at your next event? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
Tips to Improve Customer Relationships
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Customers
Any business professional should know how to manage customer relationships and event planners have a unique perspective on these. ABCey has outlined five insider tips to help improve customer relationships and motivate your customer base to choose you over the competition!
Customers Value Quality Over Quantity
As event planners, we are often in a rush to satisfy our customer’s needs quickly and present preliminary results as soon as possible. However, rushing in order to satisfy the customer could impact the results and the quality of our work negatively. When all is said and done, most customers remember how competently and accurately we did our jobs and prefer that we are knowledgeable and precise rather than fast. In fact, a recent Gallup study revealed that the number one reason customers leave a service is because they feel too rushed. Very few people have stated they have left a service because it was too slow.
Customers Value Time Over Money
When it comes to events, always make sure to promise your customers a good experience rather than an inexpensive service! Customers feel better about a brand or a service if they feel like their time was well spent. They will most likely chose a service that guarantees their event to be a success and a great experience, no matter how inexpensive your service is compared to others. Most people favor memories of good times over memories of great savings.
People are Willing to Pay More for Customization
Offering basic packages is easy. Often, the small differences help your service or brand stand out. Surprise your customers with unexpected extras and put additional effort into your work. Your customers will notice additional benefits and pay more if they feel comfortable with your work. They are also likely to be repeat customers in the future, because they will remember little extras you offered in your service.
Loyalty Programs Actually Work
Offer your customers a loyalty program and they will stand by your brand. When you start a loyalty program with a first-time customer immediately, they are more likely to come back and finish the program. You could offer a 10% discount to repeat customers or offer discounts for referrals. There are many ways to reward loyalty! Be creative and have be open to suggestions and ideas.
Customers Love Stories
Persuade your customers of the value of your service or brand by sharing brand-related stories or anecdotes. Past researches have shown that storytelling is one of the most persuasive forms of communication, whether in verbal or non-verbal from. If we can connect our service or brand to a story, we convey lasting messages in our customer’s mind, because they build relevant connections. Therefore, storytelling enables us to leave a powerful impression on our audience.
What valuable lessons have you learned from your customers? Tell us about in in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!
ABCey’s Weekend Line-Up: San Francisco October 23 – 26, 2014
Whether your interested in a leisurely weekend of pumpkins and painting, or looking to have some fun with cocktails and a lunar eclipse, ABCey Events has got you covered! It’s everybody’s favorite topic of the week: ABCey’s Weekend LineUp!
Off the Grid Presidio
Thursday, October 23th to Sunday, October 26th | 5PM – 9PM | Presidio Main Post Lawn | Free
Want a relaxing evening with friends, drinking beers and exploring new foods? The then Off the Grid: Presidio is the place to be. Kick back and enjoy the nice weather with lantern-lit dining cabanas, cabana style cocktail service, fire pits, and live music!
Did you know there’s a solar eclipse today? What better way to celebrate this natural marvel than in style with the California Academy of Science’s Nightlife. Enjoy some cocktails, solar eclipse DIY projects, live music, and much more at the California Academy of sciences, tonight!
Paint & Wine Party: Haunting Halloween
Friday, October 24th | 7PM – 10PM | Beyond Canvas Studio, the Mission | $50
Looking for a mellow Halloween gathering before the big event next week? Night enjoy a bit of paint and wine at the Beyond Canvas Studio in the Mission. Get a little tipsy while creating an easy to do (instructed) step by step ghoulish masterpiece!
DayDrink: A Comedy Brunch
Want a side of comedy with those eggs?! Join Cafe Royale this weekend for a bunch of brunch favorites: bacon, eggs, and did we mention mimosas with the added bonus of some feel good stand up comedy!
Costume Party, Pumpkin Patch
Sunday, October 26th | All Day | Treasure Island| $3
Looking to get a little more mileage out of that Halloween costume this year? Why not stop by Treasure Island’s monthly flea market with the added bonus of enjoying a pumpkin patch, vintage costume shopping, and did we mention 2 for 1 cocktails!
What will you be doing this weekend? Tell us about your plans in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
StartUp Monday: Loopd, the Event Marketing Wearable
Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events!
Loopd, an event marketing wearable, provides personalized data to enhance your event strategy using the Loopd badge. By simply downloading the Loopd app, everyone at your event – guests, clients, vendors, planners, and you – can receive real-time data and analytics about your guests and event on your mobile devices!
Loopd caters to everyone at your event! The event marketing wearable allows the event’s exhibitors to identify and collect leads automatically while attendees can use the app to connect with others and trade information in place of business cards. The app will remember when and where guests connected so there will never be any of those awkward re-meeting conversations again!
Why We Love Loopd: Loopd is perfect for event planners, clients and attendees! It works in real-time by measuring traffic flow throughout the event and can significantly improve marketing campaigns because it shows what guests are most interested in. Not only that, but all of its valuable insights is provided in easy-to-understand analytics. This device is well-rounded and perfect for event planners!
Would you use Loopd? For what type of events? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
ABCey’s Weekend LineUp: San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014
From short films to craft beers, San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014 is full of events to see, taste, and hear! ABCey’s Weekend LineUp will reveal the most bumping beats and tastiest treats for you to enjoy this weekend.
SF International Festival of Short Films
Thursday, October 16th to Saturday, October 18th | 7PM – 11PM; 5PM start time on Saturday | Roxie Theater| $11.50 per session
If you love short films, this three-day event is for you! All shows are 30 minutes or less and cover topics ranging from sacrifice to identity. Start planning with the schedule here.
Noe Valley Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 18th | 10AM – 5PM | 24th Street between Sanchez and Church Streets | FREE
This family friendly event offers endless amounts of fun with a Costume Contest for pets and kids, a pumpkin patch, face painters and live music on two stages!
San Francisco Craft Beer Festival – Fall Harvest
Saturday, October 18th | 1PM – 4:30PM or 6PM – 9:30PM (two sessions) | Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason Center | $60.77
75 breweries with 150 different beers will be ready for tasting at this year’s SF Craft Beer Festival – Fall Harvest! With unlimited 2 oz tastings of this extensive variety from breweries all over the United States, which will be your favorite?
Treasure Island Music Festival
Saturday, October 18th to Sunday, October 19th | 12PM – 11PM | Treasure Island | $160 2-Day Regular Ticket
Head over to Treasure Island for this two-day music festival which will include live music, gourmet food, and fun activities! The 2014 lineup includes Janelle Monáe, Zedd, Massive Attack, and Outkast!
Haight Ashbury House Tours
Sunday, October 19th | 1PM – 5PM | Haight Ashbury | $51.80
Haight Ashbury has the largest number of Victorian houses in all of San Francisco and this Sunday, you have the chance to enter and explore these quintessential SF houses throughout a 9-block radius!
Which event will you be attending in San Francisco October 16 – 19, 2014? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!