Friday, May 10, 2019

Five Ways to Collect Registration Information for Summer Events

This time of year always feels exceptionally busy as the end of the school year nears while at the same time many of us are planning for summer activities like camps and summer enrichment programs. Automating or streamlining as many things as possible can make things feel a little less hectic. If you find yourself trying to plan a summer activity and need a good way to organize registration information, try one of the following methods.

1. Eventbrite

  • Eventbrite is an event ticketing service that you can use for free if you are not charging people for admission to the event. By having attendees register through Eventbrite you'll get a head count, a list of email addresses, and the attendees will be issued a ticket for the event. Eventbrite will let you set a cap on registrations too. You can embed your Eventbrite registration forms into an existing blog or website. EventBrite is the service that I am using for my Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp registrations. 
  • JotForm is a service that offers a lot of templates for creating event registration pages.Some of those features include the option to have personalized confirmation notices sent to registrants without the need for a third-party add-on, the option to collect signatures in forms, and the option to collect payments directly through your forms. Those features are all available in the free version of JotForms. 

  • SignUpGenius is a freemium service for creating event registration forms. The free version allows you to collect basic registration information. The free version will display a lot of advertising on your registration page and will not let you embed the registration form into your blog or website. 

4. Google Forms

  • You can use Google Forms to create an event registration page. By using the Google Forms add-on called FormLimiter you can impose a registration deadline. It is possible to issue tickets via email by using the Add-on called Certify'em with a certificate modified to be an event ticket. Watch my video here to learn how to use Certify'em.
  • Microsoft Forms is a solid option for creating registration pages for free events. Once you have the registration information collected, you can sort it in Excel. Take a look at this video for a tutorial on how to get started using Microsoft Forms.