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Planning a fundraiser: What you need to knowSince we first started our business, we've been lucky enough to be involved with some incredible charitable causes. From golf days to comedy events, live performances to days outside, we've found that special events aren't just the most successful way of fundraising, they can genuinely be the most fun and engaging, too. There are so many ways to raise money for a great cause, but while social media challenges and text campaigns might seem like a step into the modern world, nothing beats the benefits of meeting with your potential donors face to face. 18 Sep 2018 Read more

Understanding event return on investment (ROI)When it comes to eventing, calculating event return on investment (ROI) can be complicated. It's understandable that today's event planners are increasingly being asked about ROI by their clients and team leaders, but it seems there's no one clear way to track it, and many event planners don't know where to start - or, in fact, what event ROI even means. 18 Sep 2018 Read more

Event budgeting: Common event budgeting mistakesAs event planners, our budget is our best friend. With so many of the most classic event mistakes being related to bad budgeting, we know that having a solid, well thought through, comprehensive budget is absolutely key to staying on track and ensuring that your event goes off without a hitch. Here, we discuss some of the most common event budgeting mistakes, and how to avoid them. 12 Sep 2018 Read more

How to use social media to promote your eventSocial media has gone from being a personal networking tool between close friends and family, to a mandatory tool for all businesses. 10 Sep 2018 Read more

Learning from negative event feedbackRemember, people need (and deserve) to be heard. If it's clear to an attendee that you've heard them and taken their negative event feedback seriously, they're much less likely to kick up a bigger fuss. Unhappy people can be demanding and may require you to adjust the way you normally communicate in order to fit their needs but think of it as experience gained - the more you practice communicating, the better you'll become at it. 27 Aug 2018 Read more

Speaker management 101For as long as there have been events, there have been event managers and there have been event speakers. 23 Aug 2018 Read more

Problem-solving at eventsThe events industry is filled with surprises - some good and some bad. In a previous blog we gave you tips on how to avoid the obvious mistakes that event planners often experience, but what happens when contingent disasters strike? 14 Aug 2018 Read more

The ultimate intro to event gamificationThere's no getting around it: gaming is everywhere. From entire communities playing in virtual worlds online, to everyone from grandmothers to toddlers navigating mobile games in their spare moments, the world of gaming commands increased engagement globally, and businesses are sitting up to take notice - including ours. 16 Jul 2018 Read more

Event budgeting: Making informed budget estimatesWhen you're deep in the excitement of planning a new event, sometimes the last thing you want to have to think about is the B word... Budget. We get it: Nothing puts a damper on big dreams, big ideas, and big plans quite like a limited budget, but there's no denying that developing a budget (and then sticking to it!) is key to having a successful event. After all, you don't want to book a huge act to perform, only to find that you've blown the budget and now don't have anything left to spend on things like a venue and food - definite Event Must-Haves. 10 Jul 2018 Read more

The biggest event fails to avoidWe've said it before, and we'll say it again: when you're in the event planning business, things go wrong. It's unavoidable - live events carry uncontrollable factors so there's always an element of potential unpredictability, so we've learnt to take these factors in our stride and think on our feet when those unavoidable mishaps do crop up. But, what about the avoidable ones? 6 Jul 2018 Read more

8 tactics to make your event greenerGreener eventing has been one of the major trends we've picked up on in 2018, and we understand its significance: being conscious of your impact on the environment is important and is something close to our hearts. Even though it might not necessarily be your cheapest choice when it comes to budgeting, we think that conscious eventing is imperative and is going to become more and more important into the future. 26 Jun 2018 Read more

The importance of building strong relationships with event suppliersWhen you've been in the industry for over 20 years, you learn again and again the importance of building and maintaining good relationships. This doesn't just apply to your clients but extends to your suppliers - especially if you plan to offer a reliable service or product that sets you apart from your competition. So, it's good to have numbers in your little black book that you know and trust to deliver - and make sure you're maintaining these relationships so that they always answer when you call. As event planners (and so, in many situations a 'middleman'), we know that you live and die on the service offering of suppliers, so at Worx Group, our approach has always been to build real partnerships with our trusted suppliers, and we've found that this benefits us in more ways than we can mention. 25 Jun 2018 Read more

Time-saving hacks for event plannersEvent planners all over the world could do with a bit more of two things: time and money, and while we've tried to help with the latter here we'll be talking a little bit about the former. As great as having an abundance of time to plan an event would be, in most cases we find that ample lead time and manageable timelines are more best-case scenarios than actual realities. 21 Jun 2018 Read more

Professional MCs - They're worth itHere's a little insight - you'd probably be surprised by how often we're faced with a situation where somebody who has no experience as a Master of Ceremonies decides that they can pull off the job. And while there have been a few occasions where we've been pleasantly surprised by the hidden presenting talents of our guests, MC-ing in general is far more complex a skill than most people assume. 30 May 2018 Read more

Why a great AV tech supplier can be the key to successWe've all been there: you're in the throes of planning a big event, the budget is feeling a little tight, and you're searching for a good place to cut costs. With your eyes scrolling over the budget, you come across a line: AV tech supplier. Hang on, why are you paying an AV tech supplier? The venue will definitely have a PA system, and using that is pretty much the same thing, right? 25 May 2018 Read more

Worx Group young talent: Meet Thato and MerveilleIn our last blog post we caught up with two young talents from our shop to find out how entering the workforce at a young age has challenged and influenced them. Here, we're going on to chat with two other young talents in our shop, Thato and Merveille. Read about their experiences below. 24 May 2018 Read more

Worx Group young talent: Meet Chandelle and AbigailInternship programmes continue to assist in bridging the gap for graduates and individuals entering the workforce for the very first time. Not only does it equip them with the skills to do practical work, but it prepares them to operate in a working environment in a professional and ethical manner. 22 May 2018 Read more

Event must-haves vs event nice-to-haveWhen you're starting to plan your next big event, things can get overwhelming. With so many choices to take into account, decisions to make, factors to consider, and balls to keep in the air, even the smallest of details can feel like a huge deal. 18 May 2018 Read more

The power of unconventional venuesFor the modern-day event planner, unconventional eventing is an undeniable trend in the future. Done with a strategy that aims to produce an experience where guests proactively engage with organisers (either directly or indirectly), the setup in this form of event planning is key in determining whether your guests will be able to engage and experience the event like never before. Gone are the days where guests attended events to merely consume information for long periods of time in a conference hall at a generic hotel - contrary to popular belief, the real eventing magic happens outside the boardroom, and choosing an edgy venue is a big part of making that magic happen... 14 May 2018 Read more

Event budgeting: The basicsWhen you're planning an event for the first time, few things are more daunting than putting together your first budget. To help you get started, our team of event planning experts put together some tips to make you an event budgeting machine in no time. 11 May 2018 Read more

Event budgeting: Money saving tipsThere's always a great thrill in planning corporate events, but once budget talks are on the table, the excitement tends to die down. With brands commanding increasing ROI and returns, we've got a few tips that will help to ensure savvy budget expenditure when planning your event... 9 May 2018 Read more

Using technology to personalise your event experienceWe're well into 2018, and when it comes to event trends for this year, it's no surprise that we're seeing 'personalisation' popping up again and again. 7 May 2018 Read more

How to define your event goals and objectivesEvent planning has become more than just organising get-togethers that people will enjoy. Yes, that's obviously important, but to keep a finger on the pulse in an ever-evolving industry, you need a sound strategy. And while the word strategy may sound intimidating, it simply means being considerate of your event objectives and its impact on your business/brand. 4 May 2018 Read more

Turning event guests into brand ambassadorsIn today's event climate, we've already established that the growing experience economy means that there are more events than ever before for guests to attend, and getting them to select yours from the pack is a huge step - but, unfortunately, it's really only half the battle. Everyone can consider their event guests to be fans, but the real strength comes in when you convert those fans into actual brand ambassadors. 2 May 2018 Read more

Creating more inclusive eventsIn the past, planning an event usually meant structuring it around the message that your team was hoping to get across, while focusing on aspects like brand personality and business objectives. 30 Apr 2018 Read more

How to develop a winning content strategyIf you're organising an event, chances are you'll have access to a fair amount of content, which you may have spent weeks or months putting together to create the perfect experience for your event guests. But what happens to that content once the event is done? 25 Apr 2018 Read more

Are you a born events planner?From award ceremonies to concerts and even office year-end functions, the lifestyle of an events planner can be seen from the outside as a glamorous job where you're essentially paid to throw parties. 23 Apr 2018 Read more

The art of the site visitIf you ask any experienced event planner what items top their event to-do list, we can guarantee that finding a suitable venue will be right near the top. 20 Apr 2018 Read more

The perfect event briefPunctual, organised, creative: these are some of the qualities commonly used to describe an exceptional event planner. However, the qualities of an event planner can really only go so far in making magic - while organisation and creativity might make up 50% of an event's success rate, the other 50% is in the hands of the event host. So, how do you as an event host take control and deliver your 50% as easily as possible? With the perfect event brief. 18 Apr 2018 Read more

What is The Experience Economy?"Goods and services are no longer enough." Way back in 1999, this sentence was the reading line (following the book's subtitle) that accompanied the original hardbound edition of The Experience Economy, a book written by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore, describing what they believed would be the next economy to shape the way that businesses work. Today, nearly twenty years later, the line remains truer than ever before, with Pine and Gilmore's theory standing strong in the modern-day events industry. 20 Feb 2018 Read more

Five ways to ensure your attendees have FOMO about your next eventIt takes a lot of work to properly understand why people attend your event and engage with them in a way that makes them not want to miss your next event. Jessica MacRoberts shares five actions that make this easier. 19 Feb 2018 Read more

What not to do when planning an eventStress is an almost unavoidable aspect of planning any large-scale event, and at times a little bit of stress can actually be helpful in improving our ability to think under pressure, make clear decisions, and respond to problems quickly and efficiently. With that said, a competent event manager will always look to mitigate on-the-ground stress by recognising all the potential things that could go wrong, and planning for them in advance. 16 Feb 2018 Read more

Four questions to guide your event planningEvents are a powerful way to showcase your brand, so your brand values must be at the core of your planning. Jessica MacRoberts, MD of Worx Group, outlines the key questions you should be asking. 13 Feb 2018 Read more

Thuto Masihleho - From events intern to project coordinatorThere are few things that inspire us more than getting to watch one of our interns grow and embrace every opportunity to experience new things. With interns being central to our passion for development and learning, we're driven by how their fresh ideas and outlooks keep us moving forward, and how we learn just as much from them as they learn from us. 22 Sep 2017 Read more

Year-end events - should you bother?It's that time of year, just past the half-past mark, where the inevitable question arises at the boardroom table: “What are we going to do for our year-end event this year?” 24 Aug 2017 Read more

The real value of exhibitionsWe've all experienced exhibitions in a professional space. The question you should be asking yourself about big-ticket activations is whether your company gets real value from them? If you're thinking of presenting your business in exhibitions, there are a few factors you should consider. Grant Waites, our head of ACTIVE (Worx Group's unit focused on activations, exhibitions, sponsorships and sports), breaks them down. 27 Jul 2017 Read more

Worx Group welcomes Selz Vision as 2017 IMPACT Enterprise Development PartnerWorx Group is pleased to announce that Tlakale Somo, owner at Selz Vision, has agreed to join us as our 2017 IMPACT Enterprise Development Partner. 28 Jun 2017 Read more

Worx Group and Oak House Vocational Academy trial work experience pilot programmeEducation is incredibly important to Worx Group, so when a fantastic opportunity came along to initiate a pilot programme with Oak House Vocational Academy as part of our IMPACT programme, we were eager to get on board. 26 Jun 2017 Read more

Thato Selau - From design intern to junior designerWe've always been passionate about the interns we take on and the imperative roles that we feel they play in our business. By having interns as an integrated part of our team, we love the opportunities that arise for us to learn just as much from them as we teach them every day, and how their fresh ideas and outlooks help to keep us on our feet and moving forward constantly. 28 Mar 2017 Read more

Worx Group achieves Level 2 BBBEE statusWorx Group has concluded a corporate restructure that sees its empowerment rating improve to Level 2 while significantly enhancing its transformational plans, and is expected to have a profoundly positive influence on the company's community in the years ahead. 13 Feb 2017 Read more

Applications open: IMPACT enterprise development programme 2017As part of our ongoing transformational plans, Worx Group is now accepting applications for our 2017 IMPACT enterprise development programme. Think you're the right team for the spot? Send through your application . 11 Nov 2016 Read more

Kim and Jess - our lionesses of AfricaWith the Lionesses of Africa conference having just taken place in Joburg, we turned our gaze inwards and took the opportunity to look at the two lionesses at the head of our pride, Chief Growth Officer Kim Winstanley and Managing Director Jessica MacRoberts, and what makes them an exceptional entrepreneurial team. As a conference that is run by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs, and with the vision of empowering women entrepreneurs, both Kim and Jess jumped at the opportunity to work on this incredible project as professional conference organisers. 31 Oct 2016 Read more

The Worx Group enterprise development programmeWhen an opportunity comes along to help out in a new company with great potential, we jump at the chance to get involved. Our Impact enterprise development programme is about doing just that, and through our work with young entrepreneurs, we're excited by the opportunities that we've shared with these budding businesses and the impact that they, in turn, will have on us, our clients, and our industry. 13 Oct 2016 Read more

Outdoor events: Rocky's recommendationsThere's no one you'd rather have on your side when you're planning an outdoor project than our new on-site and logistics team leader, Rocky. Rock-star shared his thoughts on what to keep in mind when embracing the opportunity to host your event outdoors, and how thorough planning can make a fresh air venue your best friend. Our experiences with large-scale outdoor events over the years have helped us to develop into meticulous planners rather than chaos managers, meaning that being outdoors is far more about potential opportunities for triumph than opportunities for disaster. 12 Oct 2016 Read more

Keeping the energy up - Kim's five top tipsWhen you're running an event or a roadshow over a few weeks or even months, keeping the energy up is key, but it's not always easy. We know that each event we run is only as good as its crew and suppliers, which is why it's crucial that we work together to ensure that everyone is always on top of their game. Having just completed a roadshow that spanned nine provinces, 15,000kms, 82 sessions, 15 venues, and 24,000 delegates over 56 days on site, our Chief Growth Officer, Kim, knows all about this. As the undisputed authority on enthusiasm, she talked us through her five top tips for keeping your team energised and on the ball, no matter how long you're on the road. 10 Oct 2016 Read more

Taking your team away? Here's what to remember...We recently took the opportunity to spend a little time out of the office as a team for our annual breakaways. Whether we're planning a breakaway for our clients or for ourselves, the same principles apply - for a diverse and talented team, it's less about taking them somewhere that'll look great in photos, and more about creating real value for them, as employees and as individuals. Although, the great photos we got were an added bonus! 7 Oct 2016 Read more

Opportunity everywhere: ICC annual meetingSince we first opened our doors, we've taken on projects of all shapes and sizes. From visually large but technically small conferences to complex, multifaceted gatherings, we're proud of our ability to face each new project with enthusiasm and professionalism, no matter the scale. In the middle of 2015, we were awarded the contract to be at the forefront of organising the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission Annual Meeting in South Africa, proudly hosted by Standard Bank. As with any big project, the scale and the diversity of the project made for interesting and complex challenges, and we're incredibly proud of how our team worked together to make it happen. 6 Oct 2016 Read more

The Worx Group internship programmeThere's no denying the importance of internships in business today. Over the past 15 years, internships have been increasingly highlighted as integral in developing not only individual careers and businesses, but also in shaping the economy. By building work forces from the internship up, the number of skilled applicants at entry level has increased, improving quality of work and cutting down basic training time for companies. With interns able to improve their experience levels from the get-go, and companies able to develop talent that understands how their business works, it's a win-win situation - and an opportunity that we're really excited to be involved in. 5 Oct 2016 Read more

New team leader for on-site and logistics - Rocky PhiriThe Worx Group is incredibly proud to announce that Rocky Phiri has been promoted to the position of team leader for on-site and logistics. 4 Oct 2016 Read more

New design team leader - Gerrit BreitenbachWe're proud to announce that Gerrit Breitenbach, who has been a part of the Worx Group family for the past two years, has been promoted to the position of design team leader. 6 Jul 2016 Read more

Finance and admin manager wantedWhilst the company is an equal opportunity employer employment equity candidates will be preferred for this position. 10 Feb 2016 Read more

Worx Group is in the market for fresh, young talent!Incubate is an internal unit of the Worx Group, dedicated to finding, growing and producing great young talent for our evolving team. This unit is committed to our transformational goals from which our internship programme, amongst others, is driven. 5 Feb 2016 Read more

Welcome to the new campaign, Appetite for Good! Support this cause and walk for someone who can'tOver the years Worx Group has quietly found ways to involve ourselves in small ways in our community. We like to believe we have made a difference in our small individual ways. 22 May 2015 Read more

Eventworx evolves into The Worx GroupAfter more than a decade of building a solid business based on carefully thought-out events, Eventworx has evolved into The Worx Group. The rebrand is effective immediately. 4 Nov 2014 Read more