Open Source Secret: Eventbrite

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Eventbrite  is a service that helps you “manage, promote and sell out” your events using very simple, but very powerful tools.  With over 28 million tickets sold, this is a great tool to add to your toolbox. This site helps you break down your event registration into four easy steps: publish, promote, manage and sell out.

With the software you are taken step-by-step through a very simple process to publish a professional looking event registration page. You are then able to promote your event through a majority of the most popular social media networks. The easy to use tools in the system help you manage your event by displaying graphical representations of your registrants, sending emails to registered attendees, the option to print name badges and check in lists and much more (as a side note, the free Eventbrite app lets you check in participants with their confirmation and the camera on a smart phone).  Selling out your event becomes simple and easy and for a nominal fee you can collect payments and donations through with the help of on-line tools.

Eventbrite is FREE to use for events that do not have a cost associated with them, or fees that need to be collected up front. If you do have an event where you are charging a registration fee, you can choose to build the nominal Eventbrite fee into the registration cost, or have it added after. There are a multitude of uses for this program, I have been using it for a while now and it is great!

– Matt Brinton, NASPA TKC Chair

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