The SouthSoundTalk Events Calendar is a powerful tool for sharing your organization’s local events. Our Events Calendar tab is consistently in the top five pages visited daily on our site, and our readers know it as the go-to source for what’s happening around Pierce County.
With more than 51,000 unique visitors to SouthSoundTalk.com monthly, utilizing the free online calendar is an excellent way to get the word out about your event. Community members have shared seeing a direct correlation between an event shared on SouthSoundTalk and increased attendance. “You have helped our organization so much over the years,” says calendar user Sherry Mastick.
And while SouthSoundTalk editors ensure that such major community events such as Art on the Ave, 4th of July fireworks, and popular holiday events are included, we rely on our community partners to help us fill the calendar with a diversity of events and happenings appealing to our broad readership.
With countless events added monthly to the calendar, it’s important to know how to make yours stand out and offer all the important information needed by readers to ensure they can find and attend your event. Here are five tips to use when submitting your event listings to the SouthSoundTalk Events Calendar.
- Use the “Post Your Event” button — The quickest and most accurate way to get your event seen is to utilize the “Post Your Event” button located on the SouthSoundTalk Events Calendar. This green button is at the top of any calendar page you visit. Simply click this button and a submission form pops up. Filling this form out in its entirety, with all your event’s details, is the surest way to get accurate event information to our readers.
Submit ALL the details — When readers click on an event posting, they want to know the who, what, when, where, and how of your event. Be sure to include start and end times for your event (no events are truly all day), the venue (location name), as well as contact information including phone number, email address, websites, Facebook pages, links to purchase tickets and costs. The more specific and complete your information, the easier it is for the community to find you.
- Include a relevant photo — By uploading a quality photo with your calendar entry, you enhance the reader experience when they click your event to learn more. Photos appear as thumbnails in the calendar feed but are featured prominently when readers click for more information. When you include a powerful photo (fliers are okay, too) you create greater interest in your event.
- Write a description (but not too much!) — Adding a few lines of additional information and details in the “description” box is essential to catching readers interest in your event. This area also gives you the chance to expand on the basic details sharing guest speakers, expanded schedules and more. But be careful — calendar posts should be a quick snapshot. Do not be tempted to cut and paste your entire press release into a calendar entry. Instead, include a link to an external website for more information.
Be patient — After you have submitted your event, it enters a queue of events pending approval for publication. Each event on SouthSoundTalk is reviewed for accuracy by a real person — our SouthSoundTalk Associate Editor. We aim to have each event approved and published within one to two business days. Be patient — there are human beings behind that screen, but we are happy to answer questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SouthSoundTalk’s Events Calendar is a powerful tool for linking neighbors and building community. By utilizing this free feature with these five tips in mind, your event is sure to shine.
Submit your event to SouthSoundTalk here.
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