I love, love, love all things events and technology. If you can’t tell by my tweets, Facebook posts and all my other social media interactions, I love to talk about events and the tools that help us do what we do better. In June 2011, I partnered with an organization called imbookin to bring you PlannerTech – an event technology showcase. This weekly blog series is going to help continue to expose you to new tools you need to be aware of as an event planner. Also, in case you missed it, PlannerTech could be coming soon to your area!
What is the “problem” that your tool seeks to solve?
Managing events is stressful. Managing a cadre of speakers and a mass of attendees is even worse. The meetings industry has realized that simply using spreadsheets and email is an outdated and inefficient way of doing things, but no single solution has emerged from the dizzying array of single-use event apps. Hubb solves this problem.
What is the best audience for this tool? Corporate events? Social? Other? Large? Small?
The ideal users of Hubb are Corporate and Association meeting planners who manage events that have multiple tracks and a variety of speakers and sessions, as well as large groups of attendees and exhibitors.
What does your tool help event planners do better?
Hubb helps event planners empower stakeholders to plan and execute an event more efficiently. Event owners are empowered to initiate an efficient Call for Papers process and select the best content for their conference. Track owners are empowered to manage their speakers and sessions. Speakers are empowered to manage their own profiles and resources via desktop and mobile interfaces. Attendees are empowered to build their custom profiles and schedule meetings to get business done more efficiently. Exhibitors are empowered to create their bios and upload sales resources to attract the right attendees. At the end of the day, event owners have a high-level view of what’s happening at every stage of the event planning process.
How is your tool different from/better than the competition?
Hubb differs from the competition because it combines every piece of logistics technology without the need for expensive APIs and web service integrations. It’s all made to work together, and this results in a seamless event experience for speakers, attendees, and exhibitors.
What is the single coolest feature of your product?
The coolest feature of Hubb is that it’s completely self-managed. Once an event is set up in Hubb by our Account Management team, every option is fully customizable by the event manager. There is no need for trouble tickets or lengthy support calls. While we offer a full range of support options, most customers rarely require any significant assistance.
Anything else we need to know?
Hubb was designed and built by real meeting planners. We created Hubb as a solution to our own everyday challenges, and our in-house Development Team continues to update the software on a weekly basis. We understand that every event is different, and we work with our individual customers to ensure we’re providing a product that fits their unique needs.