Pinterest is becoming an amazing source of inspiration for event professionals around the world. What boards should you follow if you are a pinning event professional? Here they are.
Pinterest is growing exponentially. But as you know, I don't care about that. I pay attention to social networks that bring value to our tough profession. The thing is that it is a damn useful social network for event professionals. End of story.
If you are in search for event inspiration and this blog does not suffice, Pinterest can help in tons of way.
While on this blog I focus mostly on trends, technology and social media, looking through boards can inspire you in your event decor, speaker selection, food trends, and so on.
I am often times amazed by how boards curators find incredibly cool stuff from around the Interwebs.
If you are new to Pinterest, the following list is an amazing starting point.
When it gets to good stuff I love to be biased. Therefore I am going to start with Event Manager Blog's Board. This is a humongous collection of event startups. There are 750+ startups collected in this board.
If your startup has been left out, which I highly doubt, you can get in touch on Twitter and let me know. I'll keep updating the list as new startups are born.
2. Event Decor: Events
This is a great board by Tara Skelley mostly focused around wedding decor. Some quirky and stylish ideas to apply to other kind of events as well.
There is a wealth of suggestions in regards to table and ambience decor, some awesome origami style invitations and lighting.
3. Event Decor: event: inspiration
This board by Christina Leigh Events, this is only one of a series of amazing boards. There are incredible ideas to inspire your event decor.
Amazing settings and hard to find pictures from weddings and celebration around the world.
4. Venues Management: Event & Venue
This board by Cave Man is a quite unique source of inspiration for venue setting. It features a fantastic collection of stages from around the world together with easy to digest visual advice on room setup.
5. Event Venues: Best 75 Meeting Hotels
Grupio is an event startup that is doing a terrific job on Pinterest. I love their boards. You can tell that there is a lot of effort in setting them up.
This board specifically has a list of the top 75 hotels around the world with incredible meeting facilities. I am extremely impressed by the sophistication and elegance of some them. It is an event planner venue bucket list.
6. Event Marketing: Event Marketing Tools
Energy Parks features this great collection of tools and technology to better market your event. It is a good combination of gadgets, infographics and blog posts. It gets often updated therefore worth the follow.
7. Event Marketing: Hospitality and Event Marketing
Another interesting board on marketing with a wider focus on hospitality, brought to you by Sara Berner. The focus here is on infographics and who doesn't love a bit of infographic inspiration.
8. Trade Shows: Trade Show
This is a pin-rich and followed board about cool booths from wedding trade shows around the world. Abbey Fowler put a lot of attention in catching eco-chic ideas and simplicity in booth design.
A must if you exhibit regularly at all kind of trade shows.
9. Trade Shows: Trade Show
Sara Ardeleano offers another collection of booth inspiration for your trade show presence. This boards features tips, solutions and pictures on how to decor your trade show booth with style and simplicity.
10. Trade Shows: Triumph Events & Trade Shows
There is no shame in publishing your work on Pinterest. It is the case of this board by Triumph Expo. I would call it a board from the trenches. It is great to see the path of our colleagues, what they produce and what they are up to. It can help us becoming better professionals.
11. NonProfit: Fundraising Ideas
If you work with silent auctions, look no further. This is an amazing niche board that features inspiring silent auction basket ideas. What I love about Pinterest is that you can find extremely specific boards and this is a superb example. Thanks to Gracie Cash.
12. NonProfit: Fundraising Ideas
This board features an extensive collection of food related fundraising ideas. It is definitely not all about food though. I loved the bracelet section - a personal favourite. Thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life - Kentville.
13. Music Visuals: Music Festivals
If you like to spend hours looking at visuals for your event, Belinda Jilbert has an awesome collection of visuals, brochures and invites from music festivals around the world. Cool.
14. Fun: Epic Event Fail
Ok this is a personal favourite. Being the geek that I am I love the concept of "Fail". Long time friends of Busy Event came up with the excellent idea to start an event fail board. I must say this board is a total #win.
15. Fun: Fun Event
Slightly different from event fails but equally entertaining is this collection of funny and crazy pictures from an event near you. Jennifer Nemerson had the patience and perseverance to put it together and we thank her for that.
16. Team Building: Team Building
If you work with team building you are constantly hungry for inspiration. This board by C. features a precious collection of tips, pictures and infographic to inspire your next team building session.
17. Corporate Events: Corporate Event Themes and Urban Beaches
Anne Thornley-Brown, the manager of our LinkedIn group, is an authority when it gets to corporate events, incentives and team building. These two little but destined to grow boards are great to be inspired about corporate events.
18. Food: Event Cuisine & Cocktails
This cute little board by The Event Bank seems to have started in the right direction. I love the food inspiration featured and it seems like it is a board to watch.
19. Food: Cakes!!!
My friends at ISES cover a subject we can all relate to and with the right amount of exclamation marks. Cakes are the crucial ending of all memorable events, a cake board is a must follow board. Period.
20. Speakers: eSpeakers Marketplace Boards
eSpearkers Marketplace thought, quite smartly so, to feature their speakers in different boards divided in categories. It is a great way to give exposure to speakers and it can help those who want to quickly skim through lots of speakers. This is not one board but multiple boards, therefore I suggest a "Follow All".
There hundreds of boards popping up all over Pinterest to inspire your next event. Please do use the comment section to suggest your favourites. I'll include them in future roundups.