We get it: The term “networking event” can sometimes spark images of awkward chatter and shameless self promotion — but that might just be because the event host didn’t have access to the right tools. There are tons of tech services designed to help you hold a networking event that doesn’t suck. Next time you want to plan one, try some of these NYC-based companies devoted to making networking events great again.
Meetup is a social platform that connects people with similar interests to relevant events near them. To create a Meetup group, all you have to do is enter a few details like your location, categories you want to focus on and a short description on the goal of the group. From there, you’ll build a network of likeminded people who are ready to party — or network.
Splash is a service that assists you through nearly every part of the event marketing process, from promotion beforehand to communication during. It makes it easy to build event landing pages and sell event tickets, and allows you to manage communications with guests while the event is in progress. Users can check people in, capture their professional information and keep them engaged with fun contests and surveys all in one spot.
If you want to host an event that doesn’t suck, you need to have food that doesn’t suck. ZeroCater offers a corporate catering solution for businesses in New York City, and they partner with top local restaurants and caterers. You provide information on the number of attendees, tastes and budget, and a specialist customizes the perfect menu for your event. The company also offers a subscription service for anyone who wants to regularly cater their lunches or events.
When it comes to hosting a cool event, good music is a necessity — and right on par with food. Scratch Music Group is a music and technology company that gives you access to an entire network of DJs. Their database has 1,000 heavily screened marquee DJs who are ready to choose the best music for your crowd.
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