Because Things Don’t Always Go Right…

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of events. With a few breather days before the team is back and running from event to event. It sounds fun, but not everything is all FUN.

Two years at a particular event I left with plenty of back up time. I ended up stuck in a freight elevator with the Wells Fargo Wagon. The same event last year I spent an hour sitting on the bridge heading to AC because of an accident but then when I finally got to the location there was a fire alarm and it took even longer to get in and set up. This year, when the event was set up with plenty of time to spare we went to hang the TV to discover the plasma was broken. We had 50 minutes to run to a nearby Best Buy (20 mins each way) to buy the TV, switch the back mount, catch a freight elevator, and set up the video on the TV. I admit it was installed a few minutes after the trade show started but before too many people entered the show floor.

Now, I know I will have to do this event next year and I will again plan lots of prep time. You can’t control everything but you can control how you handle the situations. Things happen and you can’t avoid it but grace under pressure it a worthy goal.

When you hire a planner or consultant don’t only ask about their successes. Ask how they handle the bad that happens. It will tell you a lot more about who you want in your corner.

The Glitch- a Tale of Vanellope Von Schweetz

Since “Monsters, Inc.” was such a hit we are continuing with “Wreck-It Ralph.” First, if you haven’t seen this movie it is cute and fun and the sequel is coming out soon.
Vanellope is a great character. While it is not her fault her character is the victim of faulty video game code that makes her affected by the game glitch. The video game racers who play “Sugar Crush” soon learn that when there is a game glitch Vanellope actually helps them win the game. They may not choose her as their game character at first but after they discover her glitch advantage she becomes their go-to character.
In events you can often find a glitch. The weather. No-show vendor. Wrong item from a vendor. Venue issue where you need to move/shut down. It happens and sometimes it is out of your hands. It is how you handle the glitch that makes you successful.
I am happy to say that we handle the glitch for our events, our client events, and a whole heap of emergency phone calls from others running events about their glitches. From ice cream trucks cancelling at a corporate picnic and pinch hitting a freezer, ice cream, and toppings from The Bethlehem Dairy Store (Thanks TBDS!), providing large drum fans for the Fire Dept, during a fire, to modifying a venue after a gas explosion.

After hundreds of events we keep learning so that when you have your glitch- we can help get you to your event finish line.

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What Slow Season?

The last three months have been busy! If you know me you hear me say January -March is my slow season. Well just the last few weeks we helped produce a fundraising auction 2/28 at the beautiful Ambre Studio in Bethlehem, assisted in logistics for the YMCA Prom Dress pop-up shop, March 3rd was the BFKS Bowl For Kids’ Sake with over 800 bowlers, in-house private corporate events, and this week a Phantom’s Game promo, and more private events. Somehow, my slow season has vanished.

It’s exciting to be planning Northampton County’s first festival in May, a private 180th celebration for a company, a grand opening for the new location of Kaplan’s Enterprises, and about 250 other events this year. We are very thankful for all the events that we are working on.

That’s just events! Blogs, e-newsletters, social media posting, social media strategy, videos, and digital marketing classes are booming. Fun-Nominal Marketing is well, Fun-Nominal.

Fun-Nominal Holidays had their first season and will soon be announcing their summer, fall, and Christmas packages! Plus- get ready to hear all about Fun-Nominal Impact. What’s Impact? Stay tuned to find out.

If you are looking to celebrate an occasion, recognize your customers with an appreciation event, or have a product or promotion that needs attention in the digital market we at Fun-Nominal Group are here to help.