Travelling on a Student Budget

Travelling on a student budgetSummer is the most anticipated time of the year. Travelling throughout the summer is a must for any student! However, saving for a trip is always tough for students. So, how can you make the most of a student budget while travelling on your summer break?

Part of spending time in a foreign country is exploring and seeing what the country has to offer. There are some great ways you can make the most of your limited money and stick to a small budget. Travelling on a Student Budget. Continue reading Travelling on a Student Budget

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Shipping a Dolls House with a Difference – Dunroven Hotel

Chris Goon sees a vast variety of interesting items pass through his PACK & SEND Frankston Service Centre every day. That’s what he enjoys most during his 8 years of being a franchisee, which has seen him pack and send some amazing items like a leather bound 18th Century Apothecary’s (Chemists) Reference Book and a very old and valuable painting, a J.M.W. Turner piece that was shipped to the Tate Gallery in London, just to name a few.

A recent client (a private collector who wished to remain anonymous) reached out to Chris about shipping an item described as a “dolls house”. Continue reading Shipping a Dolls House with a Difference – Dunroven Hotel

Smart Ways to Collect Feedback from Your Next Event

Event FeedbackGaining feedback from an event is critical to improving your product or service. So, how can you get decent feedback without coming across as boring and dull? Here are some smart ways to collect feedback from your next event.

Feedback Buttons

Feedback buttons are quick and easy, encouraging lots of people to respond due to the quick nature of the process. Position stations around the event, near specific areas where you want feedback and try to make them as interactive as possible. Alternatively, have feedback stations at the exit, this way everyone will definitely encounter them.

You could have the buttons as answers to questions or go very simple and have an emotion on the button: happy, neutral or sad. This is a quick, easy and often cost effective way to get great, direct feedback. Be careful though, sometimes you have to factor in people hitting the wrong button.

Live Social Media Updates

Social media is a platform where people talk about brands. It’s also the place where attendees are likely to talk about your event. Continuously monitor accounts and see if you’re getting mentioned or tagged accordingly.

Encouraging people to check in at your event will shed light on which attendees are reacting positively. Furthermore, a social event can be fun and interactive, it’s a way for attendees to provide feedback. Another option is creating polls. Twitter and Facebook are perfect for polls and can be answered with emoticons, making it simple and easy.

Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is an interesting new technology that is designed to track the feelings of your attendees. Data from strategically placed cameras can recognise how attendees are feeling through facial recognition software. Amazing what technology can do now! You may have to let people know they are being filmed though.

Comment Cards

Comment cards are there to get general feedback when you don’t have specific prompts that are being targeted. Place them all around the room for maximum effect. One downside of this technique is somebody must collect them all.

User Testing

User testing is great for product or branded events where products can be exchanged for questionnaires, interviews or any other form of feedback you may be after. Depending on the product or service, attendees may be encouraged to give feedback for an exclusive look or testing of the product.

Competitions

Competitions are a great way to gauge how involved attendees are, or what their feelings are towards a product, sponsor or brand. Typically, social media competitions are the best way to do this. You can see how many enter and how fast it spreads. Get people involved in making decisions about products and the business.

You can boost branding and marketing while gauging how much reach your attendees have by creating campaigns that require a share on social media. Use the audience to your advantage, hold creative competitions asking the audience to create a slogan or a caption, then include a feedback response. By making the prize something worthwhile you can get many entrants.

Event App

Using applications to incorporate feedback options is new and fun. Creating an application will be expensive but once you get it up and running it can create a seamless and minimal effort strategy to getting feedback. Results can be displayed in real time and show the data in any form of easy to read graph.

As previously mentioned, you can use polls, or voting statements which echo what attendees think of the event. The real time data can help you adapt quickly.

 Feedback Wall

Sometimes old techniques can work the best. Getting attendees to provide physical feedback which gives others something visual to look at can create atmosphere, and also get others thinking. This gets feedback and discussions circulating!

Stickers, cards, Post-It notes or just permanent markers will all be useful in getting people to give feedback on the wall. Leave plenty of time for people to respond. It’s also a good idea to outline some questions so respondents don’t have to think on their feet – you want it to be as easy as possible. Ask questions like, “what have we done well?” and “what could be done better?”.

Remember, giving feedback is generally boring, so be as inventive and unique as possible!

PACK & SEND are the experts in Event Logistics.  Whether its a conference, an exhibition or any type of event, we can help get all you equipment in and out or the event on time, at a time that suits you and the venue.  We come to you and take care of everything! Give us a call today on 1300 668 000.

 

11 Etiquette Tips for Giving Business Gifts

business gift givingChoosing the perfect gift for your colleagues and clients always turns out to be more complicated than you first imagined. Many factors play a role in selecting a suitable gift, but where to start?  No matter where or when you do your shopping, there are rules you can follow that will guide you towards giving a gift that is appropriate, appreciated and remembered for all the right reasons. Here are 11 etiquette tips for giving business gifts. Continue reading 11 Etiquette Tips for Giving Business Gifts

8 Overlooked Cities in England

overlooked england citiesWhile England isn’t a huge country there’s more than just the obvious tourist locations to visit. When people think of England, it’s usually of London and Big Ben more times than not and while London is a tourist hotspot for a reason, there’s many English cities and towns that are also worth the visit. Travelling outside of the busy city to some of these amazing but underrated locations can provide a unique experience away from the chaos of the tourist loaded streets of London.

Here are eight overlooked cities in England. Continue reading 8 Overlooked Cities in England

The Most Expensive Items Sold on eBay

most expensive ebay itemsThe world’s largest marketplace is now more than 20 years old and is one of the most recognised companies across the globe. With hundreds of millions of listings live at any one point, eBay, the initiator of ecommerce if you will, shows no signs of slowing. Over the years weird and whacky listings of almost every kind have shown up on the site, reimagining the way society does business.

In September 1995, the first item listed on eBay was a broken laser pointer. And in the true essence of eBay, this otherwise useless item was sold, for $14.83. Since then, the site has seen some of the most expensive sales ever made.

Here’s a look at the most expensive items sold on eBay that over 20 years of internet trading has produced: Continue reading The Most Expensive Items Sold on eBay

Unique Art Proves No Problem for PACK & SEND

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Laurence Song has ensured the safe shipment of one of the most unique art packages we have seen come through PACK & SEND of late. Laurence, who’s been a PACK & SEND franchisee for four years, enjoys the helpful network and people he’s involved with. Along with this, he says his favourite part of the job is the fact that he has different work to do on a daily basis – this consignment being no exception.

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