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XING EVENTS Social Media & Events Report 2014: Organisers continue to rely on social media marketing

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Social Media & Events Report 2014:
Organisers continue to rely on social media marketing

- The event industry increases its social media measures

- Facebook and XING are the most important social media channels

- More than half of all organisers were able to reach their goals

- Matchmaking is becoming more important

Munich, August 19, 2014 - Today XING EVENTS, the event industrys' expert
for attendee management and event marketing, publishes its fourth Social
Media & Events Report. Social Media is a vital element of organisers'
communication channels and marketing mix. With new technologies, it seems,
the use of social media before and after events is indispensable. But how
is the event industry using social networks for event marketing? And how do
German-speaking organisers compare to their international colleagues? XING
EVENTS has once again set out to find out how event organisers utilise
social media as marketing instruments, what the latest trends are and where
challenges lie.

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The event industry increases its social media measures
Almost every organiser is planning on increasing social media activity
further. It is evident that organisers are seeing even more marketing
potential for events in social media.

Facebook, XING and Twitter are the most important social media channels
Facebook and XING are the most used social media channels by German
speaking organisers, followed by the video streaming service YouTube. These
channels are seen as the ones with the highest event marketing potential.
In an international context, without the survey results of German event
organisers, the significance of the individual networks shifts slightly. As
was the previous year, Facebook (89%) and Twitter (63%) remain the most
important.

Almost half of all event organisers were able to achieve their goals
The most important goal is still the increase of event and brand awareness.
Almost 50% of event organisers were able to achieve this through social
media activities. The results show that it's possible to achieve ones goals
through the use of social media, if sufficient resources are made
available. Despite the huge potential, there are still not enough resources
being made available. Lack of time and a shortage in human resources
continue to be the biggest obstacles for reaching ones goals.

Matchmaking is becoming more important
The opportunity of networking has become just as important for attendees as
the content of the event. Organisers have identified this trend. 30% are
already providing their attendees with the option to network prior to the
event. While 70% of the surveyed organisers are not yet offering
matchmaking functions at least 41% are interested in the idea of
matchmaking.



About the Study
XING EVENTS GmbH surveyed about 2000 event organisers from April until the
end of June 2014 in order to learn how theyutilize social media as a
marketing instrument, what the latest trends and what the biggest
challenges are. The surveyed were 59% male and the majority between 30 and
50 years of age. 76% from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 6% from the
rest of Europe and 18% from North and South America. 20% organise mainly
conferences and conventions, 21% seminars and courses, 14% corporate
events, 11% stated to be mostly organising concerts, festivals and
nightlife events, while the remaining 28% are spread out among various
events, networking events and private events.

XING EVENTS. For people moments that matter
XING EVENTS offers organisers of conferences and seminars an award-winning
event management software for online event registration and ticketing. As
an expert in the event industry, XING EVENTS is an excellent partner for
guest management as well as event marketing.
More than 180,000 organisers of conferences, seminars and corporate events
around the world currently value XING EVENTS as their partner. As a key
player in the events industry we will assist you in all matters concerning
online ticketing, event registration and event marketing.
The leading expert for business events is a 100% subsidiary of XING AG.
This close collaboration with XING, the social network for professionals,
allows event organisers to reach around 14 million additional potential
attendees.

Pressematerial / Informationen / Links
XING EVENTS: http://www.xing-events.com
Pressematerial: http://de.xing-events.com/press/pressarea/
Produkte: http://de.xing-events.com/features/
Pressekontakt XING EVENTS
Myriam van Alphen-Schrade
Sandstraße 33
D-80335 München
Telefon: +49 89 5 52 73 58-32
myriam.schrade@xing.com


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