Registration desk Pretty Clever EventsHi. I’m Tanja and I’m an account manager at Pretty Clever Events. I’m pretty new, and I’m Dutch, so you’ll need to look out for my English! But we’ve been doing some really interesting event management stuff in the office that I wanted to share with you.

Yep, the British weather is disappointing us a bit right now, but we have absolutely good hope it won’t let us down this summer (I tell this myself every year, it will work once!). I think more people had these good hopes, because it was absolutely busy in the office the last couple of weeks. After doing plenty of different proposals for upcoming summer parties and teambuilding events it was nice to have a bit of variety and organise a totally different event: our own Pretty Clever networking event. Companies from all over the South of England were invited to our networking lunch to get to know us and each other, and to listen to our guest speaker: Facebook marketer Viv Craske from Digital Marketing Blueprint. The event took place at the Ramada Plaza Gatwick, a venue we have worked together with many times… including and event with 90 men battling in their conference room for an Olympic medal during an Olympic themed evening? Oh yes, we have had it all there!

This network event was something completely different. After sending loads of invitations (I think my email hated me for that), we had a nice group together of 100 people. That’s me in the middle above with the blonde hair welcoming everyone to the lunch! From consultant to holistic practitioner and from accountant to photographer, it was real nice group. It was an absolutely great feeling to do something for so many companies at the same time. People enjoyed the talking and the networking during our drinks reception and during the lunch it looked like everyone knew each other for years already. It is amazing to see how every person comes alone and end up talking to people they first didn’t know, but in the end having great conversations with about their experiences and companies.

Our guest speaker Viv gave an interesting talk about how to use Facebook for your company. Facebook has an incredible number of users in the United Kingdom (almost 31 million!) but many of us (yes me too, I have to admit) are just using it to put on their party pictures from the weekend. Viv showed us how Facebook can be useful to give your company a boost and how to reach potential customers. The best tip of the day was that it is not about the amount of likes you need, but it is all about the talking people do on Facebook about your company.

This all together gave us a great afternoon and we even achieved an enquiry to job confirmation record after the network event.

‘Here’s my number, so call me maybe!’ Is the new song that won’t go out of our heads, and that is what I would like to sing again right now. If you want to find out more about our events or if you want to do an enquiry or if you want to be on our mailing list for our next network event, just give us a call on 0845 413 3030 or email!

We have some images from the event on our Facebook page HERE