Allcal Offers One-Stop Shop Event Scheduling Solution for Event Planners

February 1, 2018

Event organizers now have access to another cutting-edge digital solution to help improve the event experience for their attendees. Allcal Events is an interactive calendar and event management platform that gives organizers the ability to build their own mobile event apps, branded online schedules and ticketing services, as well as attain valuable engagement data.

Launched in 2014 as a social calendar solution for personal use that seamlessly syncs events in real time, Allcal kicked off Allcal Events in 2016 after being approached by major conventions about custom-branded solutions that could address their event app problems.

“We give you the ability to create your own mobile event app, post an online schedule to your site and sell tickets with no coding experience required,” explained Danielle Cocanougher, vice president of Allcal. “Easily set up your event through our dashboard and manage everything in one place.”

She continued, “Our online platform and app schedule sync instantly. An end user makes and edits their personal schedule from either the app or online schedule. You can also sell tickets to your trade show, conference or event directly on Allcal.”

Clients also are able to set up event calendars themselves through the Allcal app, which is available for free for iPhone and Android, she added.

Allcal Events’ most recent development is its Branded App Solution, which allows clients to transform Allcal into their own branded event app that is also wholly compliant with the new guidelines of the Apple App Store, which began rejecting white label or duplicate event apps in January of this year in what is commonly referred to as “Appageddon.”

The new guidelines left many events, conventions and trade shows in need of an alternative, Cocanougher said.

“Thousands of clone apps are about to be stopped with Apple’s new regulations,” Cocanougher said. “The new guidelines are a great thing for users and event organizers alike because it will force developers to make better apps, but it will also leave a big hole in the event app industry and many organizers scrambling.”

She continued, “Allcal is the aggregator or ‘picker’ model that Apple specifically refers to in the updated App Store guidelines as an example of what is acceptable. It has always been our goal to offer the best solution for events and that’s true now more than ever.”

With the Branded App Solution, clients can select their own color template, fonts, logos and even app icon button to customize the Allcal app for their event attendees.

Numerous filters on Allcal Events enables the solution to handle even the most complicated scope of multi-day programming with color-coded filters, while the new panel schedule creator allows clients to have creative control in an easy-to-use interface. Users are can also add features including links, images and Twitter feeds to schedules.

In-app chat rooms allow users to communicate in real time, which can help build excitement and community for events. Clients can also promote and sponsor important chat messages to be seen by event attendees, and all updates to the schedule update in real time, sending a push notification to event participants.

“We liked the depth of options and the completeness of the solution,” said Lindsay Haylock, customer relations manager of a healthcare technology company that recently used the Allcal app for its conference. “(Allcal is) a comprehensive solution that is very well priced – and the support is top-shelf.”

Since its genesis, Allcal has been the official scheduling vendor for both small and large-scale festivals, conferences and expos, including Los Angeles Comic Con; RuPaul’s DragCon; Dallas Startup Week; Scare Los Angeles; the International Truffle Expo; Project Anime; the Hospital and Medical Benefits System Annual Conference, and the 26th annual Philadelphia Film Festival.

“It’s important for Allcal to be able to offer an event planning calendar solution for even the most complicated and advanced festivals, conferences and events,” Cocanougher said.

She added, “Our ability to brand our calendars for an integrated, mobile-friendly web experience has been a major draw for organizations. Allcal represents the future of event app and web scheduling software.”

To learn more about Allcal Events, go HERE.

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